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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

If You Missed the Show the First Time Around

http://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/tv-schedule.htm

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Here is a video I did at the site of Blind Creek

This was the video we did at C-24 Canal also known as Oak Hammock Park

The exposure the girls are getting is such a blessing. It is time the world knew their young lives were cut way short in a manner that no one should ever suffer. At the hands of a monster. That monster was Gerard Schaefer. Their story needs to be told over and over so we never forget how it affected not only them- but their families and friends and the men who worked the cases. These young women were cut down before they could ever leave a lasting footprint on this earth. They were brutally murdered just because it felt good. Let us never forget these young women we will never know what they might have achieved in their lives- their footprint is forever gone.

January 6, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Review for Silent Scream

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As most of you may or may not know on Jan 4, 2015 on the Investigation Discovery Channel at 10:00 pm Silent Scream will be the topic of the show Most Evil. This has been seven long years in the making. The victims not only have a voice they now will be seen – There has been much discussion of my book and why I chose to write it the way I did. Those who read it and understood why I applaud you, those who chose to read it with a closed mind- your loss. That being said this review appeared today and I give kudos to the reviewer. I could not state it any better myself. She got it. She understood why.

Silent Scream is not for the faint of heart – nor is it a feel good story- it is a story of pure evil and a story of extreme loss. Gerard Schaefer was an evil monster who only cared about killing and torture.

Here is the review:
“4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Scream by Yvonne Mason, a True Crime Opus, December 29, 2014
By Peg Insula – See all my reviews
This review is from: Silent Scream (Kindle Edition)
Yvonne Mason’s research for Silent Scream is thorough and detailed as she leads the reader through the case from its beginning to its end with the killer’s death in prison. Leaving no stone unturned in gathering information, she includes many photographs and presents writings by the serial killer himself. Every step of the legal process is described as well as the players in it. The nature of the crimes is graphically but sensitively disclosed. The reader gains informed insight into the methods and madness of Gerard Shaefer and begins to grasp and sympathize with the horror faced by his victims.”

Thank you so much Ms. Insula for your understanding and for you ability to read with an open mind. The girls are forever grateful. You understood that is important to try and grasp and sympathize with the horror they faced and the horror of knowing it was the end for them.

I for one am forever grateful.

December 30, 2014 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | 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

   

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