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This is For All of Those People Who did not Understand Why Silent Scream Was Written the Way it Was Written


Silent Scream A True Crime

Silent Scream A True Crime

When I first began to research for this book I knew that in order for the girls to have the peace they sought I had to write it in a certain way. It could not be written in the manner that every other true crime had been written. It had to be written from the prospective of an investigation. I  received some less than stellar reviews because of the way it was written. I have always maintained that in order for the victims to be heard it had to be written in this way.

Well, it has paid off in ways that I never saw coming.  As most of you know I was contacted by a group of college students were are getting their degree in forensic investigations. They were given a project by their professor who is a retired police officer. This project was about Gerard Schaefer and the victims. He gave them my phone number and asked them to call me because he had been told I was the expert. I am.

They not only contacted me but they tried to talk to other officers who have been working on some of the cold cases which we believe that Schaefer was involved in – but the doors were shut in their faces. They also tried to get the case files and because Schaefer is now dead they have been destroyed. They were running into roadblock after roadblock however when they got to me I had it all.

They spent many days at my house and we all spent several days at the two crimes scenes here in St Lucie County.

By weathering the storms of snarky- tasteless reviews  and by staying true to the victims it all paid off. Because of my book, my research and my firm belief that the victims needed and wanted their  voice it all paid off. This group of students put together a killer presentation which they all made an A on. The professor told them that they did exactly what he wanted them to do- he purposely did not tell them how to work the project he wanted to see what they would do with it. They exceeded his expectations. They told him they had become embedded with the victims and did become involved with them he told them that  was exactly what he wanted them to do. The students told me that had it not been for the way the book was written the research I have they would not have been able to achieve their objective.

I have said since the beginning of this journey that the girls were driving this train. I wrote the book the way they wanted it written. I tried several different ways but this is what they wanted. They didn’t want people to know what school they went to- what their favorite song was or any of the other trivial things in their lives. They wanted the world to know what happened to them and how it happened and who did it to them. This event has proven that they are right.

It gets even better the professor asked the lead on this project if they thought I would agree to allow another class to come to me in the future – The answer was yes.

You see the girls are being heard, they have a voice and that voice is coming in the way of teaching future forensic investigators how to solve crimes so that no one is ever forgotten again. So that there will be less unsolved cases because the dots cannot be connected.

So for those of you who have read this book and have given it less than it deserves shame on you. This book is not for entertainment- it is for education on many levels. Even after close to 40 years the girls are still teaching they are being remembered. For those of you who do not understand why I wrote Silent Scream the way I did and have bashed me for it – shame on you. You have cheated the girls of being remembered. You have shown that their lives didn’t mean anything. Those of you who understand the why thank you. You have been a big part of the memory of these girls.

May they keep driving this train, may they keep teaching and may they never ever be forgotten again. May they find the peace they deserve by helping students how to become the best they can be at forensic investigations. May the time come when no victim is ever forgotten again.

June 27, 2013 - Posted by | Books | , , , , , ,

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