Women Kill Me!!!!

Shane Ladner was in court this week to find out the verdict on his case of lying about having a Purple Heart.  He was a police officer in Cherokee County and was accused of lying under oath about having a Purple Heart.  He was found guilty on 6 of the 7 charges against him.  One charge of lying to investigators and 5 counts of lying to the tax commissioner so he could get a “free tag” for his truck. As he is lead out of the courtroom in handcuffs, friends comfort his wife.  Are you serious?  Some women kill me with how easily a guy is able to smooze her.  She don’t even get a clue that if he lied about this, what else do you think he lied about.  His tag was only $20 a year; he lied to get a $20 tag free.   I promise you, the lies he has told his wife are a lot worse.  Wake up lady, this is only the beginning.

Why Are They Not AS Big And Tough In Court As They Are On The Battle Field

When I first heard the story about Kayla Norton and Jose Torres, I didn’t feel compelled to write about it.  After watching all the videos available on the case and seeing all the comments on Facebook, my blood is boiling.  For those that have no clue what I am referring to, in 2015 when the Confederate Flag was taking a beating, a group of people that called themselves “Respect The Flag” terrorized a 8-year-old little girl’s birthday party.  It was a group of several trucks with several flags in the back of the trucks and the passengers and drivers were yelling obscenities and threats to the partygoers.   At one point, the people from the trucks were threatening to get guns out of their trucks.  When I heard people done this at a child’s birthday party, my heart sunk.  I couldn’t believe we had adults, young adults, but nonetheless adults acting like this.

Fifteen people are arrested: Kayla Norton was sentenced to 13 years to serve 6 in prison; Jose Torres was sentenced to 20 years to serve 13 in prison; Thomas Summers was sentenced to 6 years; and the other 12 were sentenced to probation.  Here is where I get heated.  There is a petition shared on the social media sites asking the Governor of Georgia to overturn the wrongful convictions of Kayla Norton and Jose Torres.  I am trying to figure out how Patrick Rogers of Pennsylvania knows anything about this issue to begin with.  Patrick Rogers is the person who started the petition.  He doesn’t know what it is like to live in Georgia where 60% of the population is white and 30% of the population is black.  In Pennsylvania, those numbers are more like 80% white and 10% black.  To narrow it down a little more, in Douglas County we have 52% whites and 39% blacks.  Do you see where I am going with this?  We have to get along.  It is so close to a 50/50 split.  We don’t have room to rise up against the other.  No one can call the other more superior than the other can, because we aren’t.  We definitely don’t need someone from Pennsylvania that has no clue what it is like to co-exist with another race causing issues down here in Georgia.  Even the original Mr. Rogers knew to stay within his own neighborhood.

Another thing that upsets me about this whole issue are the lies that are being spewed.  Starting with Norton and Torres’ lie: they were not in that area to crash a birthday party (like they would say it if they were), they were there to sale American Flags to raise money to buy Confederate Flags for those less fortunate and can’t buy their own … or something like that.  Not sure exactly what they were doing, but selling or buying flags was not what they were doing in this video.  If you will notice, there are a lot of police already on the scene.  This is the only video that anyone has of what happened.  Witnesses in court testified that objects thrown at the partygoers along with racial slurs yelled and threats of bringing out guns.  I have yet to see any proof of anyone selling flags.  The fact that the police are there tells me something had to have happened before this video started filming.  It was a lie.  Last night someone claiming to be Norton’s best friend (and we all know how that goes, with friends like that ..blah ..blah ..blah) said that she “knows her friend Kayla wouldn’t have done that because she has been dating a black guy for the past year”.    Here is what I do know; Jose Torres is the father of Kayla Norton’s 3 kids.  I doubt she has been dating a black guy, but if she has, I think that would have been more for Judge McClain’s benefit than anything else.  Lie … another bold face lie.

Although the previous points are surely damaging on their own merits, the thing that eats me up is how far above this we should be by now.

  • Slavery was abolished on January 31, 1865
  • Douglas county Georgia is originally named after Frederick Douglas (a black slave abolitionist) on October 17, 1870.
  • Some 84 years later, Desegregation of the schools happened in 1954

We should be far above anyone doing any acts of this sort.  Tonight someone asked me why I thought it was right to sentence Kayla Norton and Jose Torres to more years than a rapist or murderer, because what they done was worse than murder.  That 8-year-old and all her friends should have only seen something like that in history books in a history class.  Thanks to Norton and Torres that poor child seen what her Great-grand-parents went through first hand.  They murdered a child’s ability to trust white people.  A child is innocent and everything that we teach them will eventually come out in action … what do you think the action will be from this learning experience?  Gangs?  Murder?  Burglary?  The only way these things and plenty more are not the result is going to be based on how the parents can turn it into something different.  The video of one of the victims in court gives me hope that she will do just that.

As with anything that upsets the public to this degree, this too shall pass, with the passing I hope we learn some lessons. We need to respect one another … no matter who your neighbor is, we all can connect on one level or another and we need to find a way to do so.  If you don’t have a dog in the fight (speaking of the guy in Pennsylvania), then stay home.  There are a million things I can think to say about this topic and a million things I wish I still had time to say; but I think for now enough said.

 

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The Jury Got It Right

On January 11, 1999 David Temple, a high school football coach, found his pregnant wife, Belinda Temple shot to death in their home.  In his trial 9 years later, David was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life in prison.  I do not believe the jury got it wrong.  They were right to find him guilty.

In the legal world, the case is what they call a circumstantial case.    District Attorneys do not like to go to court on a circumstantial case because it means they do not have any evidence to back up their claim.  They do not have fingerprints, footprints, or any DNA.  They do not have anyone coming forward with a confession.  They have the contrary; they have one person that they has come up in their investigation repeatedly.  Kelly Siegler, the Prosecutor, has a saying, “if you take one wooden pencil (each wooden pencil represents one string of circumstantial evidence) and try to break it, most likely, you will break it.  If you take a second wooden pencil and add to the first, then try to break it, you might be able to break it.  But, the more wooden pencils, the more pieces of circumstantial evidence, you put together, the more unlikely it becomes to break it”  I happen to agree with her.  There comes a point when one has to come out and say, “oh, come on now, admit it”.

Let me review some of the evidence that they did have:

  • Shaka – David’s Chow that was ferocious with everyone except David, Evan, and Belinda Temple;

was in the home at the time of the murder.  The dog was not drugged.  When the police arrived on the scene, Shaka was so ferocious; they almost had to shoot it to get into the house the help Belinda.

  • The door that gave entry to the burglar (David Temple’s story … and he has stuck to it) was broken while the door was open.
  • Belinda only drove while wearing her glasses … her glasses were on when she was shot.
  • Belinda always pulled her shoes off at the door when she came in … her shoes were on her feet when she got shot.
  • Belinda had gone to David Temple’s mom’s house to pick up some soup for Evan because he was sick before she came home from work … the soup was sitting on the kitchen table after the murder. A caring mom usually would have fixed Evan a bowl and put the rest in the Fridge for later.  A bowl was not made for Evan and she never put it in the fridge.
  • David said that Evan had been riding his bike in the garage when his mother was murdered … Evan’s bike was hanging on the wall in the garage.

As with most cases, David Temple had the oldest motive in the book, a girlfriend.  David Temple told Heather Scott that he “loved” her three days prior to Belinda Temple’s death.

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Here are a few of my issues with David Temple and Heather Scott:

  • In his trial, David blamed the teen who lived next door for the burglary and murder.
    • Just like all the other students at Katy High School, that teen liked Belinda. Sure, he did not like the discipline that came from her for his lack of attendance, but he liked her as a person.
      • It kills me that he would try to put a teen in prison for life for something he did.
    • Soon after Belinda’s death, Heather and David started their relationship.
      • A year after her death, Heather and David got married.
        • I have to wonder, how can Heather live with a man that clearly murdered his wife?
        • How can Heather resolve the fact within her own mind that David wanted to blame a teen for what he done rather than take the blame himself?
        • Finally, what does Heather think he is going to do when he gets tired of her; or thinks she is getting fat, or David simply wants another woman, if he gets away with this murder?

No, these are not incriminating facts, but they are definitely some things to take into consideration.  One could say that means Heather has full faith that David is innocent and therefore we should consider those.  Some could argue that David has convinced Heather to help plead his case by remaining in the relationship with him.   Others might say that Heather is throwing caution to the wind and putting her life at stake for someone who never considers others himself.

Due to some mistakes made during the prosecution of David Temple, a Judge has granted him the right to a new trial.  He is gave a $30,000 bond and his family scraped every dime and was able to get him out of prison until his next trial.  Here is my problem with a Judge doing this.  After every high profile court case, the first thing people yell is the jury got right; or the jury got it wrong.  I worry about the juries coming to a point where they do not want to make decisions in court cases because the Judge may come behind them and rule against it.

I can understand granting him a new trial, after all, our appeals process would not be complete without one.  I do not think we should grant him a bond while awaiting that new trial.  We have juries for a reason and they play an important part in our judicial system.  We need to trust them to do their jobs to the best of their ability and not let a judge over rule that verdict.

But these are my thoughts, what are yours?

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Racism

A woman in Lithia Springs, Georgia is outraged because of the Black History Month display in her 4-year-old son’s daycare (pictured above).  She does not think that white people should be on this display.  She went home and made a post about it on Facebook about how it outraged her and the creator of the display (which is also black), responded.  As usual, when you get into a debate on Facebook, the outcome is not always what we expect and by no means wanted.  Molden’s son was kicked out of the day care.  They simply told her that her son was unable to come back.  She sits in front of an interviewer for WSB-TV and explains her issue and why she took the stand she did.  She explained to the news anchor that black people only get one month out of twelve to be celebrated and she cannot understand why white people have to be a part of that celebration.

Well Kendra Molden, your outrage outrages me.  It is not like the creator of the display has every white person that has ever done anything significant in history on the display.  No, as a matter of fact, the people that she has put on the display are the exact people that she needed to have on the display.  Calm down a minute and let’s look at this a little closer.

Abraham Lincoln was directly involved with the slave issue and abolishing it.

John F. Kennedy (35th President) is the one that proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  He is the exact reason you have the same rights as I do.  Which by the way, blacks had voting rights before women did.

Jimmy Carter (39th President) was the one to sign into law the Civil Rights of Institutionalized People.  This gave rights to the people that are locked up in prisons, hospitals, and other mental institutions.  When your people fought the good fight for Civil Rights, your fight went so much further than your race and Jimmy Carter is the one that brought that to light.

These were only a few of the men that outrage you.  Men that served your purpose as well as was moved mountains and walls for the common good of the people … both black and white.  I have to wonder if it would outrage them as much to know how little you know about your own history.  The creator of this display knows her history.  You should have been proud to have such a knowledgeable teacher at your son’s school.  Instead, you go home and blast the school and the teacher on Facebook.  Then you go to WSB-TV and ask them to share your story.  Kendra, I feel sorry for you.  I feel sorry for your son.  If I was you, the next time I get ready to blast someone on Facebook, I would do a little research first.

On a personal level, I have to ask you about your comment about one month out of twelve.  Yes, you have one Black History Month out of twelve; how many white history months do we have?  Do we have a Hispanic history month?  I work for Hindus, we do not have a Hindu month out of the year.  What gives black people the right to think this land is theirs and only theirs?  George Washington (President’s day), Martin Luther King, and Christopher Columbus (bet you don’t know why he has a day) all have celebrated days in a calendar year … not a month.  Since you know more history than I do and you know why the blacks deserve a whole month (because I do not know), please enlighten me.

If I was a black person, I would want to know why Jesse Jackson doesn’t have a day named for him.  What about Hosea Williams, does he not deserve a day for him?  These are two guys that were just as strong in the fight for Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.  I do not see you fussing that they were not on that display.  I understand your fight to where you are, but at some point you are going to have to let the past stay in the past.  You have the same rights as I do today.  We have everything in our hands to move forward and make this nation a better place … not only for blacks, but for whites also.  Do you think the slavery days did not hurt the whites?  Yes it did.  Because of what our ancestors did, people like you in your race will never let it drop and be able to move forward.  You will forever be stuck in the past and that will always cripple you and in this case your son.

I doubt you will ever see this blog Kendra Molden, but if you do, please feel free to contact me at any time.  I have my Facebook, Twitter, and email linked to my blog and I would sure love to talk to you.

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ADDICTION

Ten years ago, I was addicted to Crack Cocaine.  My addiction last for 14 months after my then boyfriend introduced it to me.  Crack was my drug of choice, but honestly, any drug would have sufficed.  I have been thinking a lot about those days lately.  Not because I would ever want to revisit them, but because my heart breaks for people caught in such a trap.  On April 7th, 2007 I got arrested while out looking for the drug and thankfully, my parents had the bright idea to leave me in there until my court date.  Other inmates told me how to ask bail bondsmen to bail me out without any money to put down, but I was afraid to do something like that.  Then if I were to get out without my parents’ approving way, where would I have gone.  There was more to consider than how to get out.   I’m glad I didn’t bail out.  I stayed in the county jail for 28 days and it gave me plenty of time to think.  I was able to think about what all I had been doing the past 15 months.  I was able to push a reset button and start fresh when I got out.  My body was clean of drugs and my mind for the first time in over a year was clear.  The first thought to hit my head when I awoke was not to find money to get high.  It was not to find my dealer or hit the pawnshop with stuff I had stolen.   For the first time in over a year, I awoke clean and clear minded.  From that moment on, it was up to me if I was ever to get high again and I knew this.  It was my choice if I would hang out with that crowd again.  You know the one, the one that knew where to find drugs.   I changed my friends.  I changed my hangouts.  I changed everything I did and who I did everything with.  That was my first arrest and that is what 28 days did for me.  Most addicts do not have that opportunity.  Not because they are able to stay in their addiction and never get caught; but because they are able to whine enough so they convince someone to come get them out.  Did I whine to my mother … heck yeah I did.  I also cried, cussed, and fussed and anything else I thought might convince her to come get me.  It broke my mother’s heart, but she knew what she was doing … even if I did not understand.

Today, I watched the show The Doctors on TV.  I rarely watch this show.  If I do watch it, I usually caught it in a doctor’s office or it was on TV when I walked into the room (and I usually turn it rather quickly).  Today’s show was about a 27-year-old girl that weighed almost 400 lbs and wanted help with her weight.  Her whole family was addicts of one sort or the other.  Her addiction was to food.  You know how these shows go, after exposing the problem; the host will offer a solution.  The solution to Jessica’s problem was TJ Howard at Origins Behavior Healthcare.   I actually think it is neat for the show to offer these people such awesome help.  I have seen Dr. Phil McGraw offer the same help on his show (which makes sense because The Doctors is his son’s show).  As I said, this is awesome help.  However, let’s get real, not all of us can write in to The Doctors and the Dr. Phil show; and if we did, the two shows cannot help every case.  Dr. Travis Lane Stork, the host of The Doctors said on today’s show that Jessica’s help was going to cost right at $250,000.00.  That really upset me.  How is the average person supposed to afford that much to get help?  It is much easier and cheaper to stay in the addiction.

Is it really necessary to go to jail for 30 days in order to get clean?  Would that even work for everyone if that were a viable solution?  I don’t think so.  I have seen people go to jail for 2, 4, even 6 years and still be an addict when they come out.  The jails are not rehabilitation programs.  Sure, they have the drug classes, the GED classes, and some even have trades that you can learn; but those programs are not professional programs with doctors watching over them and guiding you as you go through them.  Besides, in jail, you are right there with the people that was out on the streets doing it with you.  Maybe not the exact same people, but I assure you there is not much difference from them and you street buddies besides their names.   You are able to sit there and talk about drugs all day.  Talk about the music that you listen to … for example:  Percocet Ten by Kyle Lucas.   When my boyfriend back in the day was locked-up, he would call me from jail and tell me a new “hook-up” for the drugs.  Is that rehabilitating?  I don’t think so.  So, what’s left?

You have AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), Celebrate Recovery & other church programs; but do these work?  Personally, I don’t think so. I attended the Reformer’s Unanimous program long before I was ever an addict because I wanted to help the addicted.  I seen people attend the meetings and go straight to the dealer after the meeting.  I seen people come into the meetings high and drunk.  I seen people come to the meetings as a social gathering and then I seen others attend for the free food that was offered at the end of the night as a meet and greet time.  The reasons people attended the meetings wasn’t always for the purpose of rehabilitation and because of that, it would interfere with someone else’s purpose.  My point is this, there is no real help out there for the poor addicted.  We need more hospital beds for the addicted.  We need more beds for the mentally ill also, but the addictions are taking over our society.  It is truly sad how many people out there are addicted and there is nowhere for them to turn and no one their families can go to for help.  I guess we could keep writing into Dr. Phil McGraw and Dr. Travis Lane Stork; but I don’t see them being able to help a whole lot people and honestly, to suggest someone write into them and then get refused the help they need would be more damaging than never contacting them in the first place.  The depression from the refusal to help could cause the addicted to go on a binge where they use more than the normal for a spurt of time.

Next time you watch one of these show, think to yourself how much is this show helping that person?  How much is it helping the multitude of others out there?  It would be more beneficial to write into the show and let them know how disappointed you are they didn’t use that money to help more than one person.    Let them know it upset you that they used that one person with that one problem so they could get more ratings.  Ask them if $250,000.00 was worth the ratings they got for that show.  As a former addict that needed help and couldn’t get it, I hope their answer is “no”.

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Katelyn Nicole Davis

On December 30th, 2016 Katelyn Nicole Davis hung herself outside her home in Polk county Georgia … she was only 12 years old.  Katelyn videoed her suicide and live streamed it to a website that published it as she streamed it.  She was found around 6pm and although efforts were made to revive her, they were unsuccessful.

Outrage

This video has sparked a lot of outrage.  After the video was posted to the one site, a lot of the other sites more or less picked it up.  People are so outraged over this video that they are ignoring the issues that are so blatantly obvious in the video … and subsequently the online diary that she kept.  Katelyn by no means was quiet about all the things that she has been feeling and the things that she has been doing.  She also was not quiet about the issues that she faced in the home.  I have a hard time believing that she found the world of internet more attentive to her needs than her own home, but that does appear to be the case.

I realize that blogs like this one are probably hard for the family to hear, but only you know what was really going on in the home.  No one in the internet world knows if everything Katelyn was saying and feeling were the real deal or if it was merely the emotional roller coaster of a teen’s life.  It is no secret that teens are very emotional, they tend to wear their emotions on their sleeves.  But when you mix with that emotional roller coaster a mental illness or addiction of some sort, it will create a volcano that is bound to erupt in a volatile way.

Sure, there is outrage from the public; no one wants to see this on the internet and no one wants to entice others that may be thinking about it to do it.  The internet alone worries parents, but when you realize that your kids could be watching a video that could influence them at their worst moments, that is a fear that parents do not want and they do not need.  We never know what is influencing our teens.  Some parents do not allow their kids of any age to play certain video games because of the violent content and nudity.  I am sure that when “reality internet” hits their home, it probably does scare them.  What is a parent to do when all this hits their homes?

Deidre Dukes from Fox 5 Atlanta said that the Polk County Police Chief has tried contacting the administrators of the websites that keep posting the “suicide link” and asking them to remove it from their sites, but they will not.  The Chief says that his hands are tied because there is no law against them posting the link.  The Chief says that he has been getting calls as far away as Germany to complain about this video.  Any time a teen dies, we hate it.  It does not matter how it happens, the fact is, this teen could have had the cure for cancer one day.    They were precious lives that left us too soon and we will never know what kind of adults they were going to be.  Katelyn’s Mom even makes that comment in one of the arguments with her.

Then you have the outrage from the family and friends of Katelyn, they do not want to see her in this situation.  They do not want to see her at her lowest.  In their minds, this is probably feeding right into the people that caused her to come to that decision that dreadful day.   In reality, no one will ever know what brought her to this point.  The family cannot blame the public for posting her videos that was her desire.  That was how she wanted to live her life … live streaming.  She posted her diary live, her arguments with her mother, and her suicide.  If she was a Kardashian, they would say she was doing it for the publicity.  This was how she wanted to live.

Argument Videos with Mom

Let me tell you what I see when I watch Video 1 and Video 2 of arguments with her mother.  I see a typical teen girl arguing with her mother; but the topics that I see argued about are not your typical topics.  For instance, she accuses her mother of being a drug addict, a snorting drug addict on at least two different occasions and not one time does the mother deny this.  Katelyn also refers to her mother looking for a job and in Katelyn’s opinion; her mother is not putting her all into finding this job.  I guess one would have to wonder why this would matter to Katelyn so much.  I can come up with several reasons why this would matter to her.  Katelyn describes living in a basement, sleeping on a mattress in water that leaks from the water pipes coming from the bathroom.  She said she has a big hole in her room that goes clear to the outside and that she has even had a bird come into her room through the hole.  Katelyn also describes having younger siblings that she always has to watch.  Why does she have to watch her siblings?  Her mother does not work.  Where does her mother go so much that makes Katelyn have to babysit so much?  Again, it probably is none of Katelyn’s business where her mother goes, and it is none of her business if her mother works or not; but in the conditions that I described, I can understand Katelyn’s distress.

Summary Of Problems

I am doing this blog not as a redundant article about a 12-year-old girl that committed suicide, but more as warning.  This sweet precious girl had many things going for her: good grades, was very creative and she was in line for college.  However, Katelyn had what seem to be very big issues: depression, cutting, and a Slender Man obsession.  All these are some very serious issues.

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Depression and cutting go hand in hand.  Katelyn was in so much pain that the only way to relieve the pain was to hurt herself by cutting herself.  Her mom knew that she was cutting herself.  Only three days before she committed suicide, she told her mom about cutting herself on the shoulders and thighs.  The picture above is from her online journal three days prior to her suicide.   Keep in mind, her and her mother were in an argument when she done this … and her mom offered to be someone she could talk to if she needed to.  Really, who wants to talk to someone that is arguing at her.  The moment her mother heard this, she should have been in touch with her psychiatrist.  Chances are, if her mother did not work, then Katelyn had Medicaid and was able to go to the doctor anytime she needed to.  The minute that Katelyn admitted to cutting herself, there should have been an imaginary 24’x24’  huge red flag flailing above her head.  At what point does a Mom get off her behind and yell for help.  Help of this kind would not be a reflection on her parenting.  Then again, I guess if I was doing drugs (I am only going on what Katelyn accused her of), then I would worry.  If my daughter told me that my husband was touching her, I would probably worry that she might tell the doctor that was a reason for her pain or depression.  If my house was unsuitable to live in (Katelyn’s room was in the basement with leaking water pipes), I would probably worry if I was unable to correct this problem.  I can understand the problem here.  Help was impossible because help would have endangered another’s freedom.

Slender Man

Slender Man is the part of this whole situation that worries me.  Katelyn first mentions Slender Man only nine days before committing suicide.  I first heard about Slender Man in May of 2014 when two 12-year-old girls tried to kill one of their classmates because Slender Man told them to.  As one website points out, every generation has its monsters and unfortunately, we live in the day of Slender Man.  I personally have not researched Slender Man enough to know how he affects these 12-year-olds, but I do find it odd that Katelyn was 12-years-old when she committed suicide just after mentioning Slender Man in a online journal entry and two girls from Wisconsin tried to kill a classmate after having a fascination about Slender Man.  This is something to worry about parents.  Depression, addiction, and cutting can all be dealt with … Slender Man is something no one sees and yet has all the control.  Do I think he is real, no; but I am not the one attempting to kill people or committing suicide either?  I think we have another predator out there.  We know who started the meme Slender Man, but even he is surprised that he has lived as long as he has as a meme.  Is it possible that we have a predator stalking our young girls and preying on their innocence and their need to have a purpose?  This cannot be a coincidence that all three girls were the same age.  In the same journal entry that Slender Man is mentioned, Katelyn mentions a boy by the name of Ben Drowned.  Who has a name like that?  I looked on Whitepages.com (click on whitepages and it will pull the listings I found) and there was not one listing for a person with the last named Drowned.  In the suicide video, as Katelyn is saying her goodbyes, she apologizes to Ben.  Ben who?  Was she apologizing to Ben Drowned?  If she were, why would she apologize to him?  In the journal entry, it is very clear that Ben is not his real name because she even mentions that.  I think any criminal investigation into this case should start with Slender Man and Ben Drowned.  However, being the internet characters that they obviously are, chances of finding them are slim to nil.

I would love to hear your insights into this.  Ever since I heard about this poor girls case, I keep coming up with new aspects of it to explore.  I hope one day, if there are any guilty parties, that they are found and prosecuted.  If there is help to be found or a lesson to be learned, I hope it is done in great honor to the one that gave her life for it.

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Book Review: Gang Mom

Have you ever asked yourself if it is easier to get by with crime while being immediately under the nose of the police department?  My ex-boyfriend use to tell me that the easiest place to find drugs was in the back of the police department.  At the time, I thought he was absolutely out of his mind.  He told me that over 9 years ago and every now and then, I find myself looking behind police departments and seeing if he was right.  Well, it isn’t only about doing drugs behind the police department, but Gang Mom by Fred Rosen will shed a whole new light on gangs and the crime that is committed by them.

Gang Mom is from the true crime genre.  It focuses on the crimes that were committed by one mom, that was trying to keep her son out of jail, while breaking the law in a variety of different other ways herself.  Through the whole book, you find yourself questioning your own limits with your kids; or I did.  Just how far would I go to protect my boys?  Is it possible to protect them from their crime and at the same time teach them a lesson on how to avoid it in the future?

In the end, I am not sure if Mary Thompson was really trying to protect her son or not; after all, she is Gang Mom or Moms as they called her.  I love how Fred Rosen wrote this book.  He wrote it in a way so you as the reader can decide for yourself if she was trying to teach her son lessons or if she too was a part of the crime.  She had most of the officers in the police department on her side … but then she had Michaud that was very much aware of what she was doing.  I absolutely loved Michaud’s’s sarcasm during the trial.  I could just see him wanting to yell his remarks out.  I can also picture Mary Thompson putting her hand across her heart and crying when he did too.

You will love reading Gang Mom.  It was the first book I have ever read by Fred Rosen and I can’t wait to buy my next one.

 

Crimes Worthy of Ink

Tabitha Sampson Rohm