Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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My Interview with Rhett Palmer the Mayor of the Air Waves in Vero Beach Florida

A couple of days ago I did a radio interview with Rhett Palmer the Mayor of the air waves in Vero Beach Florida. We talked about a number of things including my books. Included in that interview we discussed, domestic violence, getting published without using a tradional publisher, the mind of a serial killer. Why do they do what they do and other topics of interest. We discussed my true crimes Silent Scream and The Last Rites which are part of Florida History. You can go to the link belonw and listen to the show it is in five segments beginning to end.  

http://www.spreaker.com/user/yvonnemason

August 3, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Five Star Review for Silent Scream by Author Ashley Fontainne

Silent Scream A True Crime

Once again the voice of the victims of Florida’s First Serial Killer Gerard Schaefer have a voice. Author Ashley Fontainne has added her voice to those of the girls and allowed them to speak through her. I have always said the victims are driving the train of this book. They are the ones who give Silent Scream the voice. They are the ones who have been screaming silently for over thirty years because no one but their families remembered them. They are not out of the darkness and into the light. They are no longer surrounded by the evil that permeated from their killer, Gerard Schaefer. He is no longer the voice of the girls. They have their own voice and with that voice they finally find peace.

Thank you Ashley for being a part of that voice, for listening to their screams for hearing their cries and for remembering them!

5.0 out of 5 stars Truth: Always stranger than fiction, March 22, 2012
By Ashley Fontainne “Ashley” (Malvern, Arkansas) – See all my reviewsThis review is from: Silent Scream A True Crime (Kindle Edition)

So many people enjoy a book full of mystery, suspense, thrills and chills, cringing when the antagonist wreaks havoc on the pages, cheering when the protagonist gains the upper hand and wins.

But that is fiction, and this story by Yvonne Mason was based on real life events. That alone made me give pause while I read her well-researched work, wondering, as she did, what truly made this monster tick and feeling nothing but empty sadness for the poor trail of victims and their families left behind in his evil wake.

Yvonne Mason obviously spent untold hours of research delving into the mind of a serial killer long since dead (thank goodness) and it shows in her work. Her care and compassion for the hapless women that suffered unspeakable horror during their last moments on earth will truly send shivers up your spine. Questions posed about the mindset of this truly evil man are left unanswered because no one, not even Gerard John Schaefer himself, could really understand the depths of his insanity.

This is a gripping story that will leave the reader perhaps a bit more cautious in daily life, wondering what evil truly does lurk around the next corner.

Yvonne Mason summed up this book at the end:

“I must give them a voice. Now, no longer will the victims scream in silence, they now have a voice, and with this voice, comes peace. For the girls – sleep well.”

Amen, Yvonne. May all of them rest in peace.

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Five Star Review for Silent Scream

Silent Scream A True Crime

Truth: Always stranger than fiction, March 22, 2012

Today this appeared on Amazon about my true crime Silent Scream. This reader got it. She understands that the girls voice was more important than the sanitized – feel sorry for- softball throw for Gerard Schaefer Florida’s first serial killer – before Ted Bundy- Danny Rolling and O’Toole.

Schaefer was before “Serial Killer” was even a term. Ms. Fonatainne understands that girls have been forgotten way to long. She got it that everything on the net had to do with Schaefer and his narcissistic personality. She understood that the girls were screaming silently and had been since the day they were taken, tortured, and executed.
This review stands on its own merit. And she is right truth is stranger than fiction.

By Ashley Fontainne “Ashley”This review is from: Silent Scream A True Crime (Kindle Edition)
So many people enjoy a book full of mystery, suspense, thrills and chills, cringing when the antagonist wreaks havoc on the pages, cheering when the protagonist gains the upper hand and wins.

But that is fiction, and this story by Yvonne Mason was based on real life events. That alone made me give pause while I read her well-researched work, wondering, as she did, what truly made this monster tick and feeling nothing but empty sadness for the poor trail of victims and their families left behind in his evil wake.

Yvonne Mason obviously spent untold hours of research delving into the mind of a serial killer long since dead (thank goodness) and it shows in her work. Her care and compassion for the hapless women that suffered unspeakable horror during their last moments on earth will truly send shivers up your spine. Questions posed about the mindset of this truly evil man are left unanswered because no one, not even Gerard John Schaefer himself, could really understand the depths of his insanity.

This is a gripping story that will leave the reader perhaps a bit more cautious in daily life, wondering what evil truly does lurk around the next corner.

Yvonne Mason summed up this book at the end:

“I must give them a voice. Now, no longer will the victims scream in silence, they now have a voice, and with this voice, comes peace. For the girls – sleep well.”

Amen, Yvonne. May all of them rest in peace.

March 22, 2012 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It Is Better To Be Thought A Fool Than To Open Your Mouth and Remove All Doubt

  • Silent Scream A True Crime

    This morning I opened my mail and to my surprise I found this “nice” little comment on the photo of the cover of my true crime Silent Scream. A Mr. Chuck Bales who doesn’t know me from Adams House cat and has absolutely no clue as to what I write, nor why I write it decided to either be cute or stupid. I am going with stupid. This is what he posted ‎”Their Screams are no long silent.”?? What kind of author writes THAT??
    Now if he had bothered to read the back of the book or had bothered to read anything about the book he would understand the meaning behind  “Their screams are no longer silent.”
    The victims of Gerard Schaefer were bound, gagged, hung, tortured and executed. He killed in pairs. One had to watch while he  killed the first one. Because they were gagged they could only scream in their minds, hence the “Silent Scream”. The book has given their screams a voice.
    Now back to the second part of Mr. Bales comment. “What kind of author writes THAT?”  Mr. Bales the kind of author who writes “THAT” as you so simply put it is the kind of author who believes that the dead deserve to be remembered.  Especially victims of crimes. The kind of author who feels compassion for the families who live every day with the wonder of what happened and why. The kind of author who feels compassion for those families whose daughters have never been found. The kind of author who feels compassion for parents who lost a child way to soon, whose daughter will grow up without her mother and whose siblings will never see their sister again.
     Mr. Bales, apparently you have never been exposed to the underbelly of society. That part of society which is dark and unforgiving. Apparently you have never been in position where  you wanted to scream but couldn’t. So you could only scream silently in your head. Apparently you live in a world behind rose colored glasses which taint your view of the real world.
     Please do not insult the memory of the victims by your crass comments, your insensitive thought process. Only by becoming educated into what happened to the girls are you good enough to read their story and honor their memory.   These girls have been screaming silently ever since the day they were taken. Not anymore. They have a voice and that voice is me.
    Their screams are not heard and their lives are remembered and honored.

February 25, 2012 Posted by | Hate Mail | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Victims Deserve to Be Remembered

Some of the victims have never been found. Some of the families still hold out hope. A child has grown up without your mother. Siblings have grown up without their sibling, parents have grown old and died without ever knowing for sure what happened. Read their story help keep their memory alive.

February 23, 2012 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Imagine How You Would Feel If You Ever Got The Call- The One No One Ever Expects!

Imagine for a moment- your wife, child, sister, mother leaves home one day and that is the last time you ever see her. Imagine for a moment that one of two things happen, you get a call months later telling you a skeleton has been found and it has been identified as your wife, child, sister or mother. Imagine the second instance- you never get that call because the body is never found. Imagine that hole that never ever gets smaller because you live with the hope that one day they will walk through the door. With one instance you can grieve over the remains, in the other you grieve forever because there is nothing to say goodby to. You spend your life wondering how you could have prevented it, what you might could have done to keep that person from walking out that door. It eats at you like a cancer. This is what happened to Schaefer’s victims families, most of them are still grieving because the victims have never been found.
Because they have never been found many have been forgotten. The person who is remembered is Gerard Schaefer the serial killer who took their lives way too soon. It is time to remember the girls to honor their lives and remember their deaths. This book is for them.
It is not sanatized it shows Schaefer as he really was pure evil. Give the girls their voice. Keep them in your heats.

February 19, 2012 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Would You Do IF?

The Last Rites

What would you do if your daughter, sister, mother, wife disappeared and no one knew it until there was a knock at the door? What would you do if that same daughter, sister, mother, wife was not who you expected her to be so you just wrote her out of your life?
What would you do if there were questions by law enforcement and you were hiding something or you were ashamed of her?
What would you do if……
These questions may sound strange or even impossible but they happened. Pauline Metler who marched to her own drummer disappeared on or about Mememorial day weekend in 1975. No one even knew or cared that she was missing. When she was finally discovered in a remote area on Ulrich Rd in Fort Pierce there was hardly anything left to autopsy much less bury. She had been raped and executed and left to the Florida elements.
When the investigators tried to interview people she knew, places she worked and even family memebers they all lied. None of them were forthcoming with anything to help solve her senseless murder. Even her current husband refused to claim her body and give it a dignified burial.
She was thrown away like trash in a landfill without a second thought. St. Lucie County finally buried her in a pauper’s grave without a headstone and no one to remember.
Her name was Pauline Metler age 33 – she is one of the forgotten ones who lie in a cemetery with no stone and no one to grieve over her.
Her story is that rememberence. Her story is for her to always be remembered. Help to remember her by reading her story. Don’t let her life become one of the many statistics.

January 22, 2012 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apparently this Reviewer Didn’t Read A Previous Blog About the Art of Writing Reviews.

Silent Scream A True Crime

This evening a review popped up on Amazon about Silent Scream. The so called reviews G. Gilmore states that they have never written a review before and this is their first. That is obvious. It was a very nasty review. Not only that but it was crude and ill written. Obviously this person has a closed mind. Has never read true crime that wasn’t santized and has no clue as to why it was written the way it was written. So with that said, Let’s look at this childish review.

The first this this G. Gilmores says is in response to a prior review from some idiot named Dan- He didn’t appreicate the fact that I posted the review sent to me by retired FBI Roy Hazelwood. This person named Dan said that it was pitful that I would post it. Really?! Seriously? His last comment was “if it is any good I will read it and comment on it.” I didn’t even bother responding to that childish remark.

Now this sets the stage for this G. Gilmore who didn’t have the “gonads” to give their first name. The first sentence is “Don’t Bother, It Sucks.” Really. G. Gilmore here is a news flash, you can read parts of this book before you ever download it or puchase it in book form. So why did you wait until you downloaded it and then say, ” As an avid reader of true crime and non-fiction, there’s nothing worse than finding an interesting story and then discovering that the writing and editing turn what could’ve been an excellent read, into a bunch of unintelligible gibberish. This book takes the cake.”

You had the ability to read some of it before you bought it. Second obviously the only true crime and non- fiction you have ever read is watered down and written for some child. Every true crime I have read without fail is so watered down that is is almost laughable. If you want rainbows and unicorns then read them. I have read many true crimes- My back ground is crime so don’t try to play that card.

I wrote it the way I wrote it for a very vaild reason- the reader is put in that place that no one wants to be. Get over it. I wrote it for the victims- it is their story.

“The author includes both a forward and preface that pretty much say the exact same thing. What’s worse is that the author actually makes a point to explain that she “rarely” includes both in one book, but felt compelled to in this one because it was so disturbing or something of that nature. After skimming through this nonsense I finally got to the chapter and sighed with relief. ” This was G. Gilmore’s next statement – Are you serious?! You have obviously such a closed mind you can’t get out of your own way. You felt it was nonesene. Obviously you didn’t understand the reason for the book and still don’t. You didn’t spend two years of your life talking with law enforcement watching them relive what happened like it was yesterday, going through evidence boxes, hearing their screams in the middle of the night. You just don’t get it.

“But the chapters were even worse! Following every factual tid-bit of information are several rhetorical questions posed by the author to the reader. For example: (Serial killer whatever his name is) went through (some type of childhood trauma). Could this have caused the (serial killer) to kill? Could this have warped his mind into the monster that he became? Could this incident…blah blah blah…. On and on and on and on…” This paragraph is what sent me into peals of laughter. Apparently G. Gilmore has never studied Serial Killers, if they had they would have understood the questions. This book was written in order for the reader to think about how the girls felt, to put themselves in that situation. To understand on some small level what caused Schaefer to take the path he did. G. Gilmore apparently you just wished to be totaly entertained without having to use any thought process. Your loss. You don’t even remember the killer’s name so how can you remember the victims. You have just insulted them in death. Shame on you.

” And if that wasn’t bad enough, in addition to the endless questions that leave you more confused about what’s going on or what started her endless stream of consciousness in the first place, are the grammatical errors, typos, etc.
I’ll have to take note of the publishing company and use caution before purchasing and reading another one of their books. It’s a disgrace. It appears that it was almost published as a first draft.” This was G Gilmore’s last paragraph. This is the one that made me fall of the sofa holding my sides. Apparently G Gilmore didn’t see the quotes around the different statements. Yes, there are misspellings and typos the reason is simple. Try this on for size any time quotes are used in a paragraph it has to be exactly as it is written. There were several newspaper quotes which were used and yes there were misspellings in those quotes. Apparently G Gilmore never showed up in English Class. As for their statement about it being a first draft- it was the 20th draft that was published.
G. Gilmore I only have a couple of things to say to you – read my post on the art of writing a review and second you don’t deserve to read any of my books. They are way above your head. Your mind is to closed and my victims deserve better. And one more thing- This book has been on the best seller list!!!!

January 6, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Dark Side is Part of History Too

Silent Scream A True Crime

As with all history there is the dark side. That side that no one can believes happens. But it does. It is as much a part of the lives of those who have gone before as the good side. Such is the story of the young women that Gerard Schaefer kidnapped, tortured and murdered between 1966 and 1972. This is part of Florida History. It is the dark side. The lives of these young women was extinquished before they even had a chance to live. The lives of their families was forever changed. The future of these young girls and women will never be known. Gerard Schaefer saw to that.

The way that law enforcement solved crimes took a different path. The way that they communicated changed forever. No longer was murders kept hidden within a department. They began to talk to each other, the term serial killer came into being. Method of Operations was monitored by the different departments. They watched for patterns and acted on those patterns. Gerard Schaefer changed the way the general public felt about a man who wore a uniform. The trust was gone.

Silent Scream is the story of this time in Florida History it has become a best seller on Amazon Kindle. It gives the girls a voice- a voice that until now has been silent.

The Last Rites

The Last Rites-
St. Lucie County was just getting back to normal after the arrest – and conviction of Gerard Schaefer when a body was found in a remote area of Fort Pierce, Florida. There was no identification, the body was in full decomp and law enforcement was at a stand still. They didn’t know if they had another serial killer on their hands or if this was just a random murder or a domestic violence murder.
This young woman 33 years old had been left to fade away into nothing as her body was ravaged by the creatures of the night and the elements of the Florida sun and heat. There was no one to report her missing-

The Last Rites is the story of Pauline Metler who was brutaly raped and executed while saying her Catholic Prayers. Her story and her death effected those who worked the crime even to this day. She was buried by the County in a Paupers grave with no stone for rememberance. It is time to remember her.

December 9, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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