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For Those of You Who Have Not Yet Seen the Show Most Evil Sexual Deviants

Here is the link for the Most Evil Show Sexual Deviants that I was on – It talks about my book Silent Scream which is about the victims of Gerard Schaefer. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2f4ubx

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April 8, 2015 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Funny How Fiction Becomes Fact Simply Because It Is Carried by Word of Mouth

I know you all are scratching your head wondering where in the world I am going with this. Let me give you a bit of a backstory. This morning I was going through my email and saw where I had received a friend request on facebook. So I checked out the person who sent the request and the first thing I saw was a posting from another page. The posting had to do with a Park in Port St Lucie called Oak Hammock Park. The park in the early 1970’s and 1980’s did not exist, it was just a canal known as C-24 canal. This canal sits on the Martin Co. St Lucie Co line and was the scene of a torture and execution of two of Florida’s first serial killer’s victims. These were the last two victims, but they were not found for several years after the crimes were committed. In fact only parts of them were found due to decomposition and the scatterings of their body parts from animals feeding off of them. The serial killer was Gerard Schaefer, the victims were Paulette Goodenough and Barbara Ann Wilcox.
Now, here is what caught me ire- yes I said ire. My husband and several of his investigators worked this crime. One of them Rick McIlwain worked the C-24 canal crime as it was called back then. They all knew Schaefer had killed these two girls but they didn’t know where the bodies were until the bones were found by some local fishermen.
Now fast forward to today’s post. There is a page about supporting ST Lucie Co and the things that one can do here, it includes what is now OAk Hammock Park. Which by the way is a beautiful park. In this park is a huge Oak tree that now has the urban legend attached to it. IT is known as The Devils Tree. No the victims were not killed at that tree but legends being as they are… well you know the rest.
There were several comments about the tree, the park and what really blew me away was a guy who said he was a paranormal investigator said that no one was killed in that area. That is was made up and that he knew it because he could not find any stories. Really?! Apparently he didn’t look hard enough. My book Silent Scream is all over the place. I have been on Investigation Discovery’s Show Most Evil the segment Sexual Deviants , the local newspaper not only did an article they did a video, my blog talks about the victims all the time.
There were some other comments that were made by others who did not really understand that yes a crime was committed there- I very bad crime and two young lives were stolen.
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They were just two of the nine to thirty five young girls and young women who were killed by Schaefer. As I researched this book, I grew very close to the victims- I am very protective of their memory. I tend to get a bit protective of them even after all these years. You see there was no one to give them a voice. They were forgotten until the book was written. The investigators who worked the two crimes scenes here in ST Lucie Co were forever changed. The investigators who worked the other six cases were forever changed –
So knowing all of this first hand and having the research in my possession- maybe some of you can get an understanding how personal this became. And they remain close to me and how it is so disrespectful of them as victims to make comments about something that one knows nothing about.
I understand that everyone loves a good ghost story and everyone loves to be scared. However, that being said, one must remember that behind every “ghost” was once a person.
Please respect their memory. Please understand that at one time they were loved by family and friends, they had a future, they lived and then their lives were stolen by pure evil.
http://www.tcpalm.com/video/the-devil-tree-in-port-st-lucie

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/local-lawman-who-investigated-some-of-the-most

April 4, 2015 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Silent Scream to be on Investigation Discovery

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My true crime Silent Scream has been out for seven years. During those seven years I have read many reviews on this book. Some by people who are in the law enforcement field who understood why the book was written the way it was and some who have no clue how the judicial system works, much less how law enforcement works or the psychic of Serial Killers. The second group of reviews are those who bashed the book, bashed me personally and just generally showed a total lack of respect for the victims. There were remarks, like “lack of plot” which in itself is laughable. This is not fiction folks, this is real, Girls were murdered. Not just murdered, they were tortured and murdered. There is no happily ever after at the end of this story. The book is not sugar coated, there is no “who the boyfriend was, what was there favorite color, what school did they go to.” That was not the nature of the book, the sugar coating is for those people who live in a world of rose color glasses.
There were also comments like Many a sentence begins with “It is not known whether…..” I have read under half this book, and can’t see myself finishing it.” Again I find this beyond laughable. For one these crimes happened between 1968-1972 at a time when most law enforcement believed that “Serial” was something one ate for breakfast. In other words, there were many unknowns. There was no forensic science, there was no DNA and there were no bodies in most cases and the bodies that were found were in pieces and skeletons. Those readers who made these kinds of statements apparently are very ignorant of these facts and believe that law enforcement has always had forensics to work from.
This book is written from a law enforcement angle not a layman’s angle. It is filled with unknowns for a reason. It is filled with technical language for a reason and it is filled with horror- the horror of the crimes for a reason. Anyone can read a cotton candy story of murder – anyone can read the sanitized story and not get anything out of it. That was not the reason for this book. The reason for this book was so that the readers on a small level could in an even smaller level feel what the victims endured before they died. Could feel what the parents and loved ones of the victims endured before they died and in some cases still feel because they had no body to bury.
It is said that revenge is best served on a plate cold and that is where I am with those who decided to write ugly reviews because they either didn’t understand, read with a closed mind or chose not to understand. The revenge is not only will the girls be heard they will now be seen.
When the new episodes of Most Evil come on the Investigation Discovery Channel after January, my book will be one of the episodes. Yes, Silent Scream will be shown, the ultimate evil of Gerard Schaefer as he destroyed lives will be shown to the world. That is the best revenge. Silent Scream is being recognized for what it is- a TRUE CRIME! not a fairy tale.

These are the nine known victims of Gerard Schaefer

These are the nine known victims of Gerard Schaefer

September 28, 2014 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Most Evil On the Investigation Discovery Channel

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The producer and her crew

On August 13,2014 I met with and was interviewed by the Producer of Most Evil one of the shows for the Investigation Discovery Channel. The interview last almost three hours. The documentary will be released sometime after January of next year. It has taken seven years for the girls to not only be heard but to be seen as well. Schaefer was an evil monster who destroyed so many lives. I will keep you updated as to the time and day.

August 15, 2014 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Next Phase of the TV Show

These are the nine known victims of Gerard Schaefer

These are the nine known victims of Gerard Schaefer

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The next phase of pre- production has begun for the show which will be shown on the Investigation Discovery Channel – The Actual show is called Most Evil. These are the stories of crimes that have been committed by some of the most evil people out there. The story is one I have been telling for seven years. That is the one of Gerard Schaefer’s victims. My book Silent Scream is that story.

Today I signed the releases and next week the producers will be down here in Florida for the interviews. It is exciting and surreal. For years I have been talking about the victims, telling their story and putting up with those who did not understand why I wrote the book the way I wrote it. Some have said it is too raw, others have wondered why I didn’t sanitize it and others wondered why I didn’t talk about what high school they went to, their boyfriends, etc. The reason is simple. That was not what they wanted me to write about. They wanted me to write about the horror they suffered at the hands of a man who had no conscious. A man who tortured and killed because it gave him power. A man who sought out his victims like most of us seek out the perfect steak at a grocery store.

Gerard Schaefer was the first serial killer in Florida and he would have continued his reign of terror if two girls had not gotten away because he got sloppy. The victims deserve for their voices to be heard and now they will be seen. I can promise this show will not be pretty nor will it be for the faint of heart.

There are more victims that just the ones who were murdered. The families, the investigators, friends and even strangers became victims of Gerard Schaefer.

For those of you who blasted me and told me this book was beneath you- who said that it didn’t tell a story, well as you can see you were wrong. For those of you who understood what I was doing and where I was going, you will want to watch this show and I will keep you informed. The girls are being heard and seen.

August 6, 2014 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Silent Scream Train has Pulled Out of the Station

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For those of you who don’t know the Investigation Discovery Channel is doing a show on my book Silent Scream the story of the victims of Gerard Schaefer Florida’s first serial killer.

Yesterday July 24th was the first interview. There are more to follow.

This story has been a long time coming. The victims of Schaefer have been silent for too long. It is now time for their voices to be heard. I have long believed that they drive this train. When it is time for them to take their story in a new direction they make it happen.

It has been seven years since the release of the book. It has taken this long for the girls to decide that they need to be seen as well as heard. They are no longer screaming silently, they have a voice and that voice will be heard.

July 25, 2014 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Girls Keep On Driving This Train of Silent Scream

Silent Scream A True Crime

Silent Scream A True Crime

Today I received a message from a gentleman. It was amazing. He told me that a friend of his contacted him and told him that he had finally found out what happened to a friend of theirs who disappeared in 1973. That friend was Collette Goodenough. She was one of the last victims of Gerard Schaefer. It was because of this book that the mystery was finally solved.

Sadly, those who have bashed the book, have not seen the good it has done for those who have always wondered what happened to those they loved.  It has taken 43 years for this man and his friend to finally know what happened to Collette.  For those of you who read the book and chose to give it bad reviews remember this – the book was not written for you it was written for the girls and their loved ones. One more victim will soon find the peace that she was denied all those years ago. Maybe someday all my girls will find that peace.

For the Girls!!!!

 

 

 

February 27, 2013 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , | 1 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

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

   

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