Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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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 Second Phase of Pre Production of the Documentary has Taken Place

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These are the nine known victims of Gerard Schaefer

These are the nine known victims of Gerard Schaefer

For seven years I have worked toward not only giving the victims of Gerard Schaefer a voice, I have wanted them to be visual as well. The reason is simple. All over the internet Schaefer’s face, videos and other “treasures” are plastered like some big celebrity. He is not nor will he ever be a celebrity. He was and continues to be a monster who took the lives of innocents simply because he could. What he did was beyond the pale. He had no remorse, or feelings of guilt. In fact quite the opposite. He lived for the fame and misguided power it gave him right up until the day he was murdered in prison.

In all of this the victims- and not just those who lost their lives- but the families and friends have not only been forgotten they have been totally pushed aside. This is not the way it is supposed to be. They are to be remembered always. Silent Scream is just that a remembrance. A testimony to the fact that they lived and more so that they were so horribly tortured and murdered to satisfy the power lust of Schaefer.

Well, after seven years the girls now will be seen as well as heard. Investigation Discovery is doing a documentary about them. It will be shown on the show “Most Evil.” This is the worst of the worst of criminals and the crimes they committed. The Investigation Discovery Channel has copies of all my research as well as the book. I have been interviewed once and will be again when they come to Florida along with others who were involved with the investigation and prosecuting of the Schaefer.

There have been several people who when they read the book were not only appalled by it they hated it. The reason is simple- it is the raw un-sanitized facts of what Schaefer did to his victims. You might ask why I chose to write it so raw. That is also easy to answer. I wanted the reader to understand a small portion of what his victims had to endure before they were murdered. How one had to watch while he tortured and killed the other knowing she would be next. Schaefer used FEAR as his mental weapon of choice.

Sure I could write about what school they went to, how many friends they had or how popular they were. But what good would that have done? What kind of voice would it have given them? The answer NONE. It would have been just another fluff piece and the girls would have still remained forgotten. Once you read this book you will not ever forget them. They will stay with you whether you hate the book or love it. The girls will be forever in your soul.

My hope is that the documentary will follow that line of thinking. That it will show the horror the girls suffered, the FEAR of knowing they would die an unspeakable death. The do not deserve to be forgotten. Their life was cut short to soon because a monster believed he was their savior.

If you read the book read it with an open mind- think about how you would feel if it were your child, your girlfriend, wife, mother or sister. Think about the pain the families suffered not knowing what happened to their daughter. Some of these bodies have never been found. The families still live in limbo because they never got to say goodbye.

This is their story not mine. It is their nightmare- their pain and their deaths. Be kind to them, they deserve the kindness. Remember them they deserve the remembrance- last but not least do not judge but instead help give them peace.

August 1, 2014 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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