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We Now Have a Date for the Show Most Evil!

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We now have a date for the viewing of the interview I did for Investigation Discovery Channel on the show Most Evil. The first showing will be Jan. 4,2015 at 10:00pm on Direct TV the channel is 285 check your listings for other channels. After this has been shown it will be played at later dates. This has been a long time coming for my girls the victims of Gerard Schaefer, Florida’s first serial killer before Bundy or Rolling.

Ever since I published this book I have not only wanted their voices heard I wanted them seen. I never want them to be forgotten again. So please tune and then buy the book – The girls have their voice in a big way!!!!

December 25, 2014 Posted by | Investigation Discovery Most Evil | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Most Evil On the Investigation Discovery Channel

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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

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 Continue to Have a Voice

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A Couple of days ago I posted that I have received a phone call from the production company that produces some of the shows for Investigation Discovery. That production company is Optomen Production and they are based out of New York. They will be here next Thursday. For those of you who hated the book, who wrote bad reviews, who said it was not worth your time. Well, while that may be so, there are still people out there who want to tell the story based on my book. They thought it was good enough- I have to say I am humbled by all of this.
I have always said that the victims drive this train. They are the ones who determine when we take a new journey. After seven years they have decided that it is time to be in the limelight. The beauty of this show is that it will be shown over and over again on Investigation Discovery as well as online. The girls will now have a voice in places they didn’t before.
To make it even better some of the people involved with this case are still alive and are willing to be interviewed. I cannot explain the feeling I have about this journey. It is humbling, it is sad, yet happy. It is without doubt one of the highlights of my life.
Those of you who have supported me who have read the book and understood why I wrote it the way I did, who appreciated the fact that it is raw, it is hard to stomach and it shows the evil of Schaefer in ways that no one else has, I am so grateful to you. You will never know how much it means that you have supported me. Supported the victims so that they will never be silent again. The girls will never be forgotten because of each of you.
I believe that all things happen in their time and it is now the time for the girls. They no longer scream silently they have a voice.
What an honor to be a part of something so important to them.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Victims of Gerard Schaefer Have Taken Their Story to the Next Level

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Silent Scream my first true crime has always been very close to my heart. It is the voice of the victims of Gerard Schaefer who were long ago forgotten. This book has raised many voices of both controversy and praise. Some have hated it because it is raw and it does not sanitize the horrific torture and murder of the victims nor does it glorify Schaefer. It shows him for the monster he was, it shows how the girls were tortured and murdered and even after death tortured even more. I refused to compromise on this book. It is written from an investigative mindset. The reason is simple that is what the girls wanted.

Yes, you may laugh and say how would you know they are dead. That is true, but when I say this is what they wanted it is very true. As I started this book,I tried many ways to write it but it would not flow, when I gave up and just let them write their stories it flowed.

Gerard Schaefer was Florida’s first serial killer before Bundy or Rolling however, he never received the kind of fame the other two did, he always hated that. He wanted to be known for his acts of horror but yet he denied it without denying it. It was a game to him. He thought he knew how to beat the system to get away with his little game of horrors. The girls are speaking out now. They are no longer without a voice.

I got a call on Thursday July 10, 2014 from the Television Channel Investigation Discovery, http://www.investigationdiscovery.com/ they will be at my house on July 23rd to interview me about Silent Scream and the girls. They will filming a show about the victims and Schaefer.This has long been a dream of mine that the girls would be heard by the masses, that their voice would be heard and that they would no longer be forgotten. They had names, they had dreams, they had families and they had lives. Those lives were cut short way to soon. They did not deserve any of that, the least we can do now is remember to allow their memory to live so that the universe will know they were here.

Another dream is that this book will eventually become a movie, I do not know if that will happen or not. The girls will tell me until then, think good thoughts and help us to get the word out that the show is coming.

For the Girls!!!!!!

July 11, 2014 Posted by | Events, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This is For All of Those People Who did not Understand Why Silent Scream Was Written the Way it Was Written

Silent Scream A True Crime

Silent Scream A True Crime

When I first began to research for this book I knew that in order for the girls to have the peace they sought I had to write it in a certain way. It could not be written in the manner that every other true crime had been written. It had to be written from the prospective of an investigation. I  received some less than stellar reviews because of the way it was written. I have always maintained that in order for the victims to be heard it had to be written in this way.

Well, it has paid off in ways that I never saw coming.  As most of you know I was contacted by a group of college students were are getting their degree in forensic investigations. They were given a project by their professor who is a retired police officer. This project was about Gerard Schaefer and the victims. He gave them my phone number and asked them to call me because he had been told I was the expert. I am.

They not only contacted me but they tried to talk to other officers who have been working on some of the cold cases which we believe that Schaefer was involved in – but the doors were shut in their faces. They also tried to get the case files and because Schaefer is now dead they have been destroyed. They were running into roadblock after roadblock however when they got to me I had it all.

They spent many days at my house and we all spent several days at the two crimes scenes here in St Lucie County.

By weathering the storms of snarky- tasteless reviews  and by staying true to the victims it all paid off. Because of my book, my research and my firm belief that the victims needed and wanted their  voice it all paid off. This group of students put together a killer presentation which they all made an A on. The professor told them that they did exactly what he wanted them to do- he purposely did not tell them how to work the project he wanted to see what they would do with it. They exceeded his expectations. They told him they had become embedded with the victims and did become involved with them he told them that  was exactly what he wanted them to do. The students told me that had it not been for the way the book was written the research I have they would not have been able to achieve their objective.

I have said since the beginning of this journey that the girls were driving this train. I wrote the book the way they wanted it written. I tried several different ways but this is what they wanted. They didn’t want people to know what school they went to- what their favorite song was or any of the other trivial things in their lives. They wanted the world to know what happened to them and how it happened and who did it to them. This event has proven that they are right.

It gets even better the professor asked the lead on this project if they thought I would agree to allow another class to come to me in the future – The answer was yes.

You see the girls are being heard, they have a voice and that voice is coming in the way of teaching future forensic investigators how to solve crimes so that no one is ever forgotten again. So that there will be less unsolved cases because the dots cannot be connected.

So for those of you who have read this book and have given it less than it deserves shame on you. This book is not for entertainment- it is for education on many levels. Even after close to 40 years the girls are still teaching they are being remembered. For those of you who do not understand why I wrote Silent Scream the way I did and have bashed me for it – shame on you. You have cheated the girls of being remembered. You have shown that their lives didn’t mean anything. Those of you who understand the why thank you. You have been a big part of the memory of these girls.

May they keep driving this train, may they keep teaching and may they never ever be forgotten again. May they find the peace they deserve by helping students how to become the best they can be at forensic investigations. May the time come when no victim is ever forgotten again.

June 27, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I May Never Become Rich and Famous

 

I may never become “rich and famous” or be on high society’s “A” list. I may never be recognized by strangers in public and I may never make the New York Times Bestseller list.  But it does not matter. The reason is simple. Those that want to or need to and enjoy my books will find me and them.

Case in point, the same group that from Keiser University who contacted me about Silent Scream has spent two days this week with me and at my home working on their project for their Forensic Investigations class.

 

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For those of you who don’t know their assignment was to show how they would have worked the crime scene of Susan Place and Georgia Jessup after they were found on South Hutchinson Island after being tortured and murdered by Florida’s first Serial Killer Gerard Schaefer. They had no idea where to start- the information (other than mine) which they looked at on the internet was so wrong on so many levels. They had doors slammed in their faces- no one wanted to talk with them and them that did knew nothing about the case. To make matters worse all of the case files had been destroyed. Schaefer was murdered in 1993 in prison so there was no need to keep the files even though there are several unsolved cases with his imprint on them still sitting out there.

They were told about me. So they called me. Not only did I NOT slam the door in their faces, I am the only one who has all of the known research anymore. I kept it after I finished Silent Scream. They are the second group to ask to come look at my work. I have things that no one else has. They told me that they were very glad that I had written Silent Scream the way I did because it was the best tool they had found before they came to my house where they found the mother lode.

I spent one entire afternoon with them at two crime scenes talking about the cases recording video and taking photos. Today they spent all morning at my house using my research working on their project. They will be back Monday to work on it some more.

 

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I have received a few bad reviews because of the way I wrote the book. I have stated over and over again that this book is not for everyone. It is not for entertainment- it is for educational purposes. If you want to be entertained read Ann Rule. Don’t get me wrong she is a great author I own all of her books. We have different writing styles. I choose to show the criminal as the evil person they are. I do not sugar coat anything . Not even the deaths. I want the reader to understand on some small level if possible how those victims might have felt while they were being tortured and murdered. Where they went to school, what they ate for breakfast, who their friends were or anything else is trivial when it comes down to how they were stolen from us too soon by a monster.  (Yes, I was criticized for not adding all of the fluff to the book)

This group of young people got it. They thanked me for writing Silent Scream the way I did. And one of them did something else that just blew me away. They know how I feel about the victims how they are in my soul. They know that I am always saying they are close to me and drive the train that is their story. The young man who was taking videos came up to me and asked me if I would be offended if he recreated the crime scene using a rope and hangman’s noose for the video he was making for this project. I almost cried. His comment to me was “I know you call them your girls and I do not want to offend you or their memory.” I told him I thought they would like that, to show what happened. For him to understand how much the victims mean to me personally and as a writer just proved to me how much they cared about this project and how much they wanted to not only be respectful- but to honor their lives. They will make great forensic investigators.

                                                                          

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The real place that Goodenough and

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If the forensic technology had been around in the years of the death of the girls- Schaefer might have been convicted of more than just the two. However that being said, the history is a great learning tool for those who are going into that field. They are getting a better understanding of just how hard it was to solve crimes of that nature. They are getting a better appreciation for the technology that is out there today.

So before you write that nasty review- before you judge my work based on your closed mind understand a few things. One it could have been your loved one that I wrote about- it still could be your loved one that is taken by an evil person. Two- Silent Scream was written the way the girls wanted it written. They drive the train- Three it is a tool for educational purpose to help those who are learning forensics how to do what needs to be done in order to solve a crime.   Four if you are looking to be entertained this book is not for you if you are looking to know every little detail about the victims this book is not for you. How they girls lived is not the story- the story is how they died way before their time.

However, if  you want to be part of a bigger picture – and that picture is keeping their memory alive so they will not be forgotten- then you will want to read this book. If you want to better understand some of the horror they went through before they died then yes by all means read this book. If you truly want to understand how evil Gerard Schaefer was then you want to read this book.

Just remember this-   The dead do speak if we only listen.

Silent Scream A True Crime

Silent Scream A True Crime

 

June 21, 2013 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Things Happen in Their Own Time

As I have gotten older I have learned a few things about life and dreams. The one thing that took me forever to learn is that all things come in their own time and in their own way. We can not rush them nor can we make them happen. Case in point, for over a year things have been quiet where my true crime Silent Scream is concerned. Yeah there have been book sales, and a couple of reviews- one was particularly nasty. (The reader didn’t understand the reason nor the rhyme for the book- but then it was not her cup of tea) Anyway, she became my stalker for a while. I felt like I had arrived in the book world. When I didn’t rise to her bait (after the first day she bored me, I had better things to do than play her childish games) she stopped.

I moved on to my other projects then one day a couple of weeks ago out of the blue I get a phone call from a young woman who is studying Crime Scene Investigations at one of our local colleges. Their teacher had given them a project that involved Gerard Schaefer and the torture and execution of his victims. They project was to put together a plan to investigate the crimes using todays forensics technology which they did not have during those days of Schaefer’s crimes.

The student told me that they had been hitting dead ends everywhere they turned – all of the case files had been destroyed because Schaefer was now dead (he was murdered in prison in 1993 by a fellow inmate) they had no resources except what they could find on the internet and we all know just how accurate that is. (not) They were at a loss as to how they were going to pull off this project.  That is until they talked to someone who just happened to be a very good friend of mine who is an attorney and had worked with my husband at the State Attorney’s office. This friend is very involved with this particular college and he told this young woman to contact me that I was the expert. (What a humbling compliment)- Hence the phone call.

She and five other of her compatriots made a visit to my house and spent four hours going over my research. They all understood why Silent Scream was written the way it was written. They all appreciated the way it was written and they all understood why I feel the way I do about the victims.

Today I will be taking them to two of the known crime scenes. We will be discussing the crimes and what happened. We will be discussing Schaefer’s MO and his need to not only kill but to torture.

I have said since day one when I first started this journey that the girls are driving this train. I have said that they will lead me to open doors when they are ready. They also understand that not everyone will be happy when they read this book. They too understand why I chose to write it the way I did.

Death is never pretty- Murder and Torture is even less so. Serial killers are evil – They kill for power and control- They Torture because it shows their victims who has the power. They instill fear and false hopes because it gives them power. They keep trophies so they can relive the crime over and over again and make it end anyway they choose. When that memory starts to fade they have to kill again- in order to bring back the rush of  the moment.

Silent Scream is not pretty- it was never meant to be pretty- it is not a love story nor does it end happily ever after. Silent Scream is real life. The victims were real their families were real. These girls died a very violent death- These girls were mentally tortured and emotionally tortured and physically before they were ever murdered.

Silent Scream is their story- it is not meant to be entertaining it is meant to be educational- it meant to be a remembrance for the girls and it is meant to help others learn more about the mind of serial killers.

I do not write like Ann Rule nor do I write like any other true crime writer- I refuse to water down the facts. I refuse to give Schaefer any quarter. What he did was unspeakable- hideous and beyond words. He doesn’t deserve any sympathy- that is reserved for the victims.

While I would love for everyone on the planet to read this book- I know that will not happen- I also know that as in the past there will be those who think less than kind about it. That is their opinion- and their alone. It is also their loss. On the other hand there will be those like the kids studying Crime Scene Investigations who will appreciate the fact that I am the expert. I do know what I am talking about and I have the research to back up the story. They are the ones who will benefit most from this book and the useless death of the girls. That is just one way they will always be remembered.

So- if you are an open minded person and you are interested in how the mind of a serial killer works- or if you have read the stuff on the internet and want to know the facts then yes, Silent Scream is a good read for you. However, if you are looking for a happily ever after, what the girls likes and dislikes were, what their grades in school were and all the other dribble that most true crimes authors write about then don’t bother with this book. Because those things are not there. What is there is the raw pain, suffering, cold calculated thought process and the senseless loss of life to nine young women who didn’t deserve any of it.

Silent Scream A True Crime

Silent Scream A True Crime

June 18, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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