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Justice for Cindy

I wanted to bring all of you up to speed on what is coming down the pike for you to read. I have been working on a new true crime. This has been a challenge. Not because of the lack of research, but because it hit so close to home. The book is titled Justice for Cindy. The back story is Cindy was married to a man who was a narcissistic psychopath who over a 14 year period abused her mentally, emotionally and physically. In the end he executed her while she slept. And that was not all he did. After he disposed of the body he filed a missing person report two days later – the same day he filed the report he moved another woman and her young child into his house. This woman slept with him in the same bed where he had executed his wife –
This book is very challenging to write, not because I do not have the research, I have it. But because after he was caught and confessed he only served 10 years for this murder. When he was released he committed another crime on a family member that was beyond words.
Those of you who have read my true crimes know that I do not sugar coast the book. The story is told in all of it’s horror. Some of you cannot handle it and think it is poorly written. I do not talk about her favorite color, where she went to school, who her boyfriends where or any of the other normal stuff. That is not her story. Her story is what happened to her and why. Her story is there was no justice for her because of the liberal criminal justice laws in the state of Oregon. Her story is because there was no justice for her, the murderer was allowed to be set free after only 10 years in the penal system and when he was released, he committed another crime what was just as heinous. Because he had gotten away with murder- he knew he could continue his life of crime. Not only did he destroy Cindy and her family he destroyed another family.
I advocate for women in domestic violence relationships all the time. I am a survivor of one. I know firsthand what happens and why it happens and how subtly it happens. I know how many women are killed each day in a domestic violence relationship- I was lucky.
Cindy sadly became a statistic. Please watch for the release of this book – share it talk about it and understand at any time a woman can and does become a victim in more ways than one. Many become statistics

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April 13, 2016 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Amazon Has Silent Scream For Prime Members at A Huge Discount

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For those of you who do not know Silent Scream is one of my true crime books. It is the story of the victims of Gerard Schaefer Florida’s first serial killer. I just went on Amazon and Found out that Amazon is selling the book not the download for 8.44 to their Prime members. That is less expensive than the download. So if you are a prime member or have been considering becoming one. Now is a good time. You can get Silent Scream for 8.44 vs the 19.99 it normally sells for. I don’t know how long Amazon will be running this special so if you are interested to hesitate is to lose. I have added the link for your convenience. http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Scream-Yvonne-Mason-ebook/dp/B001JQLT1I/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445432099&sr=1-3&keywords=yvonne+mason
I will agree this book is not for everyone. If you expect fluff or if you expect to read what school the victims went to or their favorite song or color or clothes, then you will be disappointed – This book talks about the horror of the deaths, what happened, how they happened and why they happened. It also is written backwards, in other words it is written from the time Schaefer was arrested for assault – So if you are thinking Ann Rule or any of the other true crime writers that write a sanitized story then please do yourself a favor DON”T BUY this book. You will not be happy. (That is my public service announcement for the Day) You have been forewarned.
However, if you want to read with an open mind and want to know what really happened to nine of Schaefer’s victims and can handle the facts and wish to honor the girls then by all means order this book.

October 21, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

For Those of You Who Have Not Yet Seen the Show Most Evil Sexual Deviants

Here is the link for the Most Evil Show Sexual Deviants that I was on – It talks about my book Silent Scream which is about the victims of Gerard Schaefer. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2f4ubx

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April 8, 2015 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.
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April 4, 2015 Posted by | True Crime | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Most Evil – Sexual Devients Will be Shown Again on Feb 5th at 5:00PM

Well, my little minions if you have been hiding under a rock and did not watch the show Most Evil РSexual Devients when it first came out on Investigation Discovery you have another chance. On Thursday Feb 5th at 5:00 PM it will be shown again. On Direct TV it is channel 285 I do not know what channel it is on Comcast or Uverse.  http://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-schedule/

This is the true story of Florida’s first serial killer Gerard Schaefer’s victims- He was before Ted Bundy or Danny Rolling. You do not want to miss this show and you do want to read the book

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February 2, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Missed Last Night’s Show

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If you missed last night’s show in Investigation Discovery you missed an excellent show. The show was called Most Evil and the Narrator took three serial killers and rated them as to who he felt was the MOST EVIL. Schaefer won hands down as I knew he would. This show will be shown again on Jan 10th at 10:00am here is the link http://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/most-evil/tv-schedule.htm

The victims of Schaefer who I refer to as my girls are finally getting their voice in a big way. This show was shown at 10:00 pm, 1:00 am and again at 5:00 am – And it will be shown many more times as it begins to loop on the station.

Gerard Schaefer was an evil evil man. He was worse than a monster- he has no remorse, no conscience and he believed that was he did was right and that the victims really wanted to die. Please continue to give the girls a voice buy the book – but remember that this book is not for everyone. If you cannot handle facts, raw evil and things that will make you sick inside then this book is not for you. I do not gloss over the evil he perpetrated on the girls it would be an insult to do so. You will not read about what their favorite color was, who their current boyfriend was, what their dreams were or any of the other stuff that usually takes up a true crime page. This is the story of the horror they suffered at the hands of a man so evil he was even murdered in prison.
This book includes some of his writings which he said was fiction but was really confessions of the crimes he committed.

Bottom line if you decide to read this book- read it with an open mind understand it is not a pretty book- understand it is filled with horror- pain- death- torture and loss. Many lives were affected by the crimes, not only the lives of the victims- but the lives of their families, friends and even the people who investigated and prosecuted this evil man.
Even though the girls are no longer with us- they mattered- they lived they loved and were loved- their loss affects us all.

January 5, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | 1 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

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

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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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

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