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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.