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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.

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

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

The Famous Devil Tree and Gerard Schaefer

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March 9, 2010 Posted by | videos, yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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