The Journal spent six months re-examining the attack at the Silk Plant Forest on Dec. 9, 1995, the police investigation of the crime, and the prosecution and conviction of Kalvin Michael Smith. Jill Marker was an assistant manager at the artificial-plant store in the Silas Creek Crossing shopping center at the time of the attack. This five-part report is based on hundreds of pages of police reports and interviews with Marker and her family, Smith, witnesses, police and lawyers, and experts in police interrogation, head trauma and eyewitness identification.