Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (April 2022). He is a writer, editor, and graphic designer living in Brooklyn. He tweets from @ianmacallen.
Rachel Rear with Ian MacAllenBy Ian MacAllen
Stephanie Kupchynskys 1991 disappearance from her home in Greece, New York haunted the people of her home town of East Brunswick, New Jersey, a bedroom community about an hour south of Brooklyn. Kupchynskys father, Jerry, taught music at the local school. He was beloved by his students, like Rachel Rear, who played the clarinet. Rachels mother eventually married Jerry, and she became his stepdaughter and Stephanies stepsister. During that time, Stephanies disappearance remained unsolved.