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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

Oak Hammock Park Port St Lucie, Florida

Silent Scream A True Crime

Oak Hammock Park also known as C-24 Canal located in West Port St Lucie, Florida was the scene of one of the most brutal crimes in Florida History. Two young women by the name of Barbara An Wilcox and Collette Goodenough were picked up hitchhiking by Gerard Schaefer and taken to C-24 Canal brutally tortured, hanged, murdered and then he committed crimes against their dead bodies.

These two girls were just two of the six which he killed while he was awaiting sentencing for Battery for two girls who were able to get away from him in July of 1972. Schaefer was never convicted of the murders of Wilcox and Goodenough, but he was convicted of the murder of Susan Place and Georgia Jessup two girls he had murdered and buried on South Hutchinson Island before he killed Goodenough and Wilcox.

The only reason law enforcement was able to tie Schaefer to Goodenough and Wilcox was evidence found at Schaefer’s mother’s home when a search warrant was executed after Jessup and Place were found. At the time he was serving a six month sentence for the battery charge. Since the crimes appear to be the same MO law enforcement exectuted the search warrant.

The Bodies of Goodenough and Wilcox were not found until much later at the Canal. Then on parts of them were found. At the time of the crime and the discovery of the bodies the area was only known as C-24 Canal. It wasn’t until much later when urban legends began to swirl that the area was made into a park.

The so called “Devil’s Tree” is not where the girls were murdered. They were murdered off a trail away from the tree. They were brought into the area by Schaefer from a road that runs behind the park. At the time Port St. Lucie was still very remote. There were roads which led nowhere and it was one of these roads Schaefer used. Because he was a Martin County Deputy and because that area was located on the Martin County/ St Lucie County line he was able to move into St Lucie County to scout out his killing grounds with little or not trouble from his superiors.

Instead of this area being labeled as haunted and evil, I choose to label it as the final resting place for two young women who were taken way before their time. Schaefer took away their future and the future for their families and friends. He destroyed two lives for his own pleasure and feeling of power.

Every time I visit the park to pay my respects to those girls and to remember their death and to honor their life I visit the so called “Devil’s Tree and the surrounding area. As I am walking in and out of the area on the trail I am led by two Monarch Butterflies. I believe it is the girls letting me know that finally they have found peace. Peace because their story along with the others has been told allowing the world to see what a monster Gerard Schaefer truly was. They know they are no longer forgotten, that their deaths and lives will live on; their memory not stuck someplace where they are just another statistic.

These young girls and young women, the victims of Gerard Schaefer were real they lived, were loved, loved, had families and did not deserve to be murdered in such a heinous fashion. Silent Scream is their story it. Oak Hammock Park is the final resting place for Goodenough and Wilcox it is a place of rememberance and sadness not a place of evil. So if you go there to visit- say a prayer for them, commune with them, remember them.

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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