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An Excerpt from Silent Scream

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This is an excerpt from Silent Scream. It is one of Schaefer’s writings that he said was fiction. However, it is not fiction, it is the confession of the brutal torture, and murder of one of his victims. IF you want to know which one you have to read the book. Gerard Schaefer was more than a monster. There is no word to begin to describe this man and the evil he perpetrated. If you have not yet watched Most Evil on the Investigation Discovery Channel you need to- watch for it on your TV Listings. It has played several times and will play again. If you have watched it- then this excerpt will make sense to you.

“I was absolutely smitten by this sexy whore. She was lively, intelligent, and had a sensuous figure. I was enchanted. I wanted our assignation to be special. I went right out and bought her a brand new rope. I knew she’d look exquisite swinging at the end of it. I took great care in selecting it. As the date approached, I called her to confirm our evening together. I instructed her on what to wear. I wanted to see her in pink and black. She had long blonde hair fixed in ringlets that would look so nice against a
black evening dress. Black heels and stockings with a garter belt. Pink bra and panty. A frilly brief. She assured me she’d look her best for me. Never before had I been so taken with a whore. I was furious. She was seducing me, and I was helpless before her daunting sexuality. She would have to suffer for that. Yes, suffer. I drove out to Davie and purchased an excellent horsewhip. I’d put her to the lash before hanging her! She’d pay for her seduction!”

January 11, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | 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

It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go Someone Knows Your Work

Yesterday I was in Stuart which is located in Martin County.  I was giving a speech at a business meeting. At this meeting was a gentleman who knew about my book Silent Scream, the true crime novel about the victims of Gerard Schaefer, Florida’s first serial killer.

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In the course of our meet and greet he brought up the book and I told him that I was the author of said book. He was shocked. I have learned during my journey of writing and publishing that people may not always know my name but they know my work. Another instance happened at an event I attended last Saturday. A lady came to my table  and was looking at my books. She saw Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option and told me she had heard of the book. She bought it.

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option to be released on Audio in 2012

They have either been told about my work from someone else, seen a news clipping, read it on the internet or who knows, but they know my work. My father who holds the oldest business license in Georgia for Heating and Air Conditioning  never placed an ad in a newspaper, never listed his business in the yellow pages, never paid for a billboard, never did any normal advertising but yet even after all this time (since 1948) he is getting calls from the grand children of his original customers to either service their equipment or to replace old equipment.

My point is this. People may not know my name, but they know my work and they know my reputation. They know about me. They have heard about my books and when they see me they are able to put a face with the book. This is how books are sold.

I am grateful to each and every one of the people who take the time to purchase and read my books, even if they hate them. Even if they write a bad review. The reason is simple, they took the time and if they didn’t like the book – sadly they missed the boat.   They missed the boat because they read the book with a closed mind. But the fact is they read the book.

However, that being said, back to the original message, I am learning that people may not always know my name, but they do know my work. They buy my work and they read my work. For that I am so appreciative.

 

August 16, 2012 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Five Star Review for Silent Scream my True Crime

Silent Scream has received a five star review on Amazon. This book is not for the faint of heart  and neither is it sanitized as most true crimes are. It is written the way it was solved and in language that law enforcement and those in the criminal justice system understand.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Scream, April 17, 2012

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This book is amazing and easy to read even though the subject matter is very gruesome. Having read all of the authors books I would recommend her books to anyone who wants a true crime novel that grabs you at page one and does not let go until the very end.

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | 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

A Five Star Review for Silent Scream

Silent Scream A True Crime

Truth: Always stranger than fiction, March 22, 2012

Today this appeared on Amazon about my true crime Silent Scream. This reader got it. She understands that the girls voice was more important than the sanitized – feel sorry for- softball throw for Gerard Schaefer Florida’s first serial killer – before Ted Bundy- Danny Rolling and O’Toole.

Schaefer was before “Serial Killer” was even a term. Ms. Fonatainne understands that girls have been forgotten way to long. She got it that everything on the net had to do with Schaefer and his narcissistic personality. She understood that the girls were screaming silently and had been since the day they were taken, tortured, and executed.
This review stands on its own merit. And she is right truth is stranger than fiction.

By Ashley Fontainne “Ashley”This 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.

March 22, 2012 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It Is Better To Be Thought A Fool Than To Open Your Mouth and Remove All Doubt

  • Silent Scream A True Crime

    This morning I opened my mail and to my surprise I found this “nice” little comment on the photo of the cover of my true crime Silent Scream. A Mr. Chuck Bales who doesn’t know me from Adams House cat and has absolutely no clue as to what I write, nor why I write it decided to either be cute or stupid. I am going with stupid. This is what he posted ‎”Their Screams are no long silent.”?? What kind of author writes THAT??
    Now if he had bothered to read the back of the book or had bothered to read anything about the book he would understand the meaning behind  “Their screams are no longer silent.”
    The victims of Gerard Schaefer were bound, gagged, hung, tortured and executed. He killed in pairs. One had to watch while he  killed the first one. Because they were gagged they could only scream in their minds, hence the “Silent Scream”. The book has given their screams a voice.
    Now back to the second part of Mr. Bales comment. “What kind of author writes THAT?”  Mr. Bales the kind of author who writes “THAT” as you so simply put it is the kind of author who believes that the dead deserve to be remembered.  Especially victims of crimes. The kind of author who feels compassion for the families who live every day with the wonder of what happened and why. The kind of author who feels compassion for those families whose daughters have never been found. The kind of author who feels compassion for parents who lost a child way to soon, whose daughter will grow up without her mother and whose siblings will never see their sister again.
     Mr. Bales, apparently you have never been exposed to the underbelly of society. That part of society which is dark and unforgiving. Apparently you have never been in position where  you wanted to scream but couldn’t. So you could only scream silently in your head. Apparently you live in a world behind rose colored glasses which taint your view of the real world.
     Please do not insult the memory of the victims by your crass comments, your insensitive thought process. Only by becoming educated into what happened to the girls are you good enough to read their story and honor their memory.   These girls have been screaming silently ever since the day they were taken. Not anymore. They have a voice and that voice is me.
    Their screams are not heard and their lives are remembered and honored.

February 25, 2012 Posted by | Hate Mail | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Victims Deserve to Be Remembered

Some of the victims have never been found. Some of the families still hold out hope. A child has grown up without your mother. Siblings have grown up without their sibling, parents have grown old and died without ever knowing for sure what happened. Read their story help keep their memory alive.

February 23, 2012 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Imagine How You Would Feel If You Ever Got The Call- The One No One Ever Expects!

Imagine for a moment- your wife, child, sister, mother leaves home one day and that is the last time you ever see her. Imagine for a moment that one of two things happen, you get a call months later telling you a skeleton has been found and it has been identified as your wife, child, sister or mother. Imagine the second instance- you never get that call because the body is never found. Imagine that hole that never ever gets smaller because you live with the hope that one day they will walk through the door. With one instance you can grieve over the remains, in the other you grieve forever because there is nothing to say goodby to. You spend your life wondering how you could have prevented it, what you might could have done to keep that person from walking out that door. It eats at you like a cancer. This is what happened to Schaefer’s victims families, most of them are still grieving because the victims have never been found.
Because they have never been found many have been forgotten. The person who is remembered is Gerard Schaefer the serial killer who took their lives way too soon. It is time to remember the girls to honor their lives and remember their deaths. This book is for them.
It is not sanatized it shows Schaefer as he really was pure evil. Give the girls their voice. Keep them in your heats.

February 19, 2012 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

For Those of You Who Don’t Know……

Brilliant Insanity

For those of you who are not friends with me on Facebook, and I don’t know why you aren’t yet, and for those of you who are but don’t see my page all the time, listen up.

My book Brilliant Insanity is on Amazon Kindle best seller list and has stayed on there consistently since it was uploaded over two years ago.

If you enjoy reading stories about serial killers and especially serial killers with a twist then this book is for you. If you live in on the East Coast of Florida – especially near the Treasure Coast and have been to Archie’s on South Hutchinson Island then you will want to read this book. If you have ever been to Savannah or traveled on US1 between Vero Beach and Ft. Pierce then you want to read this book.

Brilliant Insanity is told in first person by the killer. He is smart- actually genius- manipulative- and different. He weaves his story with narcissism and glee. He makes his reader love to hate him and hate to love him. He has no remorse- but he wants understanding.

Brilliant Insanity was written while I was researching Silent Scream which is my true crime about Florida’s First Serial killer. The personality of my killer in Brilliant Insanity is close to Gerard Schaefer who killed between 9-34 young girls and women between 1966 and 1973.

Silent Scream A True Crime

Brilliant Insanity while fiction has the same traits as fact. Serial killers are narcissistic, sociopaths who really believe that what they are doing is okay. Most of them have an IQ that is on the genius level. They have no remorse and everything is always about them.

Even though Brilliant Insanity is Fiction there are lessons that can be learned from this book- Silent Scream is full of lessons as well as showing the reader the pain, torture, and suffering that Schaefer’s victims suffered.

All of my books can be found on Amazon Kindle, Nook Book, Lulu.com, Amazon and my online bookstore http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

October 28, 2011 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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