Special Promotion: from Jeff Mudgett, Author of “Bloodstains”and “Ladyjustice”, Shattered Lives Radio Show Host….
Jeff Mudgett, Author and Descendant of notorious serial killer H H Holmes… AKA Herman Mudgett
A signed autographed copy of the book of the decade, BLOODSTAINS
If you are a friend of “Shattered Lives” and Ladyjustice by reading the special blog and listening to the June 9, 2013 podcast.
This offer is available through the end of July only. We will compile a list. Simply listen to the podcast, and then leave your name and mailing information with Ladyjustice via Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org. This information will be forwarded to Jeff’s manager to provide future autographed copies.
“On a hot summer day and all through the yard… not a creature was stirring… nor was one heard…“ But lo and behold, a fishing tackle box and a set of diaries would unlock the secrets of past generations….
The most prolific, brilliant murderer of all time….and also a blood relative…. Could it be true? YES… it could, as Jeff uncovered more and more information.
Wrestling with the devil, “Bloodstains” is his personal journey like no other true account ever told!
As we begin the summer season, we need:
Something to fascinate us while on summer vacation…
Something to take our minds off the mundane chores of life…
Something to talk about at lunch…
Something unique to give as a summer birthday gift…
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST FOR THE PROMOTION AND ORDER TODAY!
You MUST listen to the show to put in the “code” word. Listen carefully for the clue!
Special Promotion: from Jeff Mudgett, Author of “Bloodstains”and “Ladyjustice”, Shattered Lives Radio Show Host….
“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”
– Robert Kennedy
Some people enter law enforcement from the very beginning with purity of heart…knowing that’s what they’ve always wanted to be… Others go to college and major in criminal justice…Still others enter “through the side door,” as Ward Hamilton did, via a foundation in security work. ‘But no matter… Whatever the path… the importance of volunteerism, and being a public servant with heart is vital!
However, who would have foreseen that perhaps one of Ward’s brightest moments in law enforcement would be following retirement?? (Ward made the decision to retire in order to care for his mother who had terminal cancer) Yes… out of the blue….he did what few would ever do…on the job or off… running into a hail of bullets to save a State Trooper from a neighboring state thus assisting in saving a life!
However, that’s just a small part of the story…. Ward humbly prefers to focus on what counts to him… the integrity of the job…doing it right and dealing with the realities and pressures in a way that safeguards and benefits everyone…
Ladyjustice and Delilah interviewed Ward, a former police offer based in New Haven, CT on this episode of “Shattered Lives” to discuss the issues of then… and now. Join us for this interesting topic!
- Introduction to our guest;
- An overview of the position as a police officer back in the early 1990’s;
- The first day at the Academy –a rude awakening… Accountability and protection to the max!
- Discussion of towns…size, demographics…Does it matter?
- The risks unknown to the public beginning with the initial contact and how you approach a situation; Changing in a second;
- Academy Police Training then and now …MPTO- Municipal Police Training Council,
- (From the Office of Legislative Research) Duties of the MPTO
- Changes: the POST- Police Officer Standard Training
- Ward’s analogy….no do-overs in law enforcement; its life or death in an instant!
- Discussion of police partners in the cruiser…or not…. The realities of financial budgets;
- Policy and procedure “The first officer on scene”
- Columbine…they waited and waited… a learning experience…
- Training facilities for active shooter trainings…
- Delilah asks about squelching your instinct versus protocol…. A bad versus a good outcome?
- Mental heath issues: and the importance of stress outlets;
- Realistic Police Shows: Ladyjustice’s recommendation: “The First 48”;
- Ward’s recommendation: Accurate portrayal in the first season done in real time; a ride along series: “Boston’s Finest”:
- The unmentionables…biting, scratching, Hepatitis C;
- The significance of removing a perpetrator’s wedding ring…
- A discussion of expectations by the public on calls for help…. A very complex issue….
- A discussion of our changing landscape: Homeland security preparations for natural disasters and mass shootings;
- Ward’s prediction of future disaster: Communication breakdown on a mass level the infrastructure…. The potential terrible consequences… even for Imagine Publicity…
- Delilah talks about one’s perception of the police and asks…What is the “good old boy network”? Ward responds with a detailed answer including a discussion of the multiple pieces of equipment an officer is equipped with
- A slowly dwindling phenomenon…“You never have to remember the truth”
- Getting back to decisions and the consequences of your actions as a police officer…
- Ladyjustice’s opinion on “the good old boy network…” particularly in state legislatures.
- Ward on politicians: “They are doing a great job with what they have to deal with…”
- Checks and balances in modern police departments regarding complaints …”beating a ticket”
- There’s always a camera watching….
- The heroic event explained: Friday the 13th in April 2012…a guy with a gun… State trooper John Vasquez drove into a hail of bullets and was shot:
- The perpetrator, Carlos Laguer shot dead… and a six wheeled remote control vehicle drove up to the front step of the house to assess safety;
- A series of awards and honors for Ward…;
- The job is not what Hollywood glamorizes….
- The men and women of all aspects of public safety work very hard…
- The realities of crime and mandatory overtime;
- Ward’s parting advice…
- Contact Info:
Questions Elicited From the Show:
- Does the show “Cops” provide an accurate portrayal of the job?
- How do cultural differences impact the experience?
- What is the primary change in focus in police training compared to years ago?
- What is the biggest challenge faced by officers in their day to day dealings?
- What are some factors that influence their decision making process?
- Since Columbine, how has the protocol changed in terms of an active shooter situation?
- How are split second decisions…and the impact dealt with?
- When making an arrest, what are the consequences of the act of cuffing someone when you are in public safety?
- Taking away someone’s personal property -what can the consequences be?
- The public’s expectations of a police officer’s role are based on many factors…Homeland security and preparation for natural disasters- What are they?
- In Ward’s opinion, do cops cover for each other a la the “good old boy network?”-Why/why not?
- In Ward’s opinion, what is the foundation that politicians have prior to serving the public?
- What happened during the deadly incident in Chicopee, Massachusetts in which Ward for involved?
- How is Officer Vasquez doing today?
- Does our guest recommend others pursuing law enforcement today?
“The comments expressed on this website or on the broadcasts of Shattered Lives do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the hosts, producers, or other guests.”
As a survivor of homicide with 30 years of experience in crime victim issues, Ladyjustice uses integrity and compassion everyday in the performance of her job and full time advocate for many people who are oppressed or forgotten. However, does this compassion extend to death row? At this writing, LJ has to say probably not….unless it is definitively proven that the prisoner has been wrongfully convicted to this “special class” called death row. And another thing…. Why should we have any compassion for any murders in the first place? Although this topic continues to be widely debated with no clear cut answers, this blogger choses to focus on accommodations of death row in selected states and some of the forces that contribute to the status quo.
We begin with an interesting set of facts regarding the debate and actual demographics of death row inmates, compliments of:
(Within the telling graph below, the 1977 average time between conviction and the number of months to be executed was a little over 4 years, compared to the 2009 average of 169 months or 14+ years). What does that say about justice and the times in which we live? Read on, bloggers…
The Debate: When the constitution was written, the time between sentencing and execution could be measured in days or weeks.
A century later, the Supreme Court noted that long delays between sentencing and execution, compounded by a prisoner’s uncertainty over time of execution, could be agonizing, and resulting in “horrible feelings” and “immense mental anxiety amounting to a great increase in the offender’s punishment.” (In re Medley, 1890, as cited in Foster v. Florida, 2002).
But in the wake of the Supreme Court-mandated suspension of the death penalty from 1972 to 1976, numerous reforms have been introduced to create a less arbitrary system. This has resulted in lengthier appeals, as mandatory sentencing reviews have become the norm, and continual changes in laws and technology have necessitated re-examination of individual sentences.
Death-penalty proponents and opponents alike say such careful review is imperative when the stakes are life and death. “People are adamant . . . that every avenue should be exhausted to make sure there is no chance (the condemned) is not guilty,” former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers said in 2001. “The surer you are, the slower you move.” (Atlanta Constitution, October 27, 2001).
The years it takes to carry out a death sentence exact a huge toll – on taxpayers, victims’ families and inmates themselves. Yet without thorough appeals, mistakes in death penalty cases would be missed.
The Intensity of the Debate increased a thousand fold in Connecticut with the case of Michael Ross
[LJ has the distinct honor to know personally some of the crime victim families associated with the many victims of serial murderer Michael Ross through her association with Survivors of Homicide Inc.]
Michael Ross was executed in Connecticut on May 13, 2005. He was found competent and waived his appeals.
Michael Ross was about an hour away from becoming the first inmate executed in New England in 45 years when his lethal injection was abruptly put on hold in 2005. Ross had waived his appeals and accepted his execution. But his former public defenders, along with a death-row expert and a former prison official, raised serious doubts about whether he was competent to make such decisions, or whether despair over his living conditions on death row had caused him to become mentally unhinged – perhaps suffering from death row syndrome. [There’s that phrase again…. Bloggers, please go to Susan Murphy Milano’s journal and read about others claiming to be unhinged after this blog at:
Ross had attempted suicide three times while in prison, writing after the last attempt of the isolation he felt sitting in a cell 23 hours a day, thinking of his crimes and his impending lethal injection. He once admitted that he was seeking his execution largely because of “a desire to end my own pain.”
2009 Demographics of Death Row Inmates
(According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics: Capital Punishment)
- 56.1% of the death row population is White;
- 41.5% is Black and 2.4% is of another race;
- Men on death row make up 98.1%, while women make up 1.9%;
- The median education level of death row inmates is 12th grade.
- Of death row inmates, 54.7% have never married, 20.5% are divorced or separated, 21.9% are currently married and 2.8% are widowed.
- 8.6% of inmates had a prior homicide conviction.
- 65.7% had prior felony convictions.
- Among all inmates under sentence of death, half were age 20 to 29 at the time of arrest; 11% were age 19 or younger; and fewer than 1% were age 55 or older.
- The average age at time of arrest was 28 years.
- As of 12/31/09, 29.1% of all inmates were age 30 to 39 and 51% were age 25 to 44. 1.2% of inmates are under the age of 25, and 2.6% are older than 65.
- 7,773 people have been sentenced to death from 1977 until 2009.
[Ladyjustice finds it very curious that over 50 % of death row inmates have never married. What does that say about men’s attempts at intimate partner relationships as they build up anger and resentment? They keep trying and fail at relationships with men and women, to say nothing of the intimate partner homicides of those with marriage licenses. In addition, it is very clear that you don’t wind up on death row as a first time offender. These are seasoned criminals….]
Should you be a fan of Hear Women Talk, radio shows, Vicki Childs and Carol Baker featured a lively debate (11-28-2011) on all sides of the issue with guests Paul Peterson, Paul Henderson, and Richard Dieter. Particular facts that were illuminated for Ladyjustice were:
- One expert’s opinion regarding the most prevalent reasons for wrongful convictions is: wrongful identifications and misconduct of police and overzealous prosecutors.
- The “old adage” that the data can say anything you want it to was exemplified during this show when another expert related that 138 people were freed from death row -17 of which were proven via DNA analysis since the 1970’s as a result of a landmark case known as “Furman vs. Georgia.” No…. wait.. data regarding Barry Scheck’s Innocent Project showed that 5 people were exonerated from receiving the death penalty.
- But, but… the DNA exonerations by the Innocence Project are not related to murder cases…
- And… the biggest controversy arose between experts when the discussion turned to those exonerated versus those having the charges dropped due to wrongful prosecutions.
- In the end, some experts on Ms. Child’s show agree that it may be “okay to ratchet down the system” (i.e. abolish death row) in favor of saving those innocent of the charge [Notice LJ did not say “innocent people’] and saving money!
Who knows what the answer is? However, it is obvious that we can no longer afford the delays for the sake of crime victim families. We can’t locate adequate legal representation in sufficient numbers for prisoners; nor can we afford death row accommodations as things stand.
A Review of Selected States:
According to a report from the Office of Legislative Research in Connecticut whose job it is to acquaint state legislators of the issues via research on topics of inquiry, death Row inmates and conditions were reported on as of April 2011 as follows:
1) Connecticut: In Connecticut there are 10 inmates on Death Row. Michael Ross was the last execution in 2005…and the political winds are such that those remaining will be a resident for years to come….
- The longest serving prisoner is Robert Brenton, first sentenced in 1989 , convicted of beating and stabbing his ex-wife Jo-Ann and their 16 year old son.
- The most recent addition to death row is Steven Hayes, convicted December 2, 2010 of the Cheshire home invasion and vicious murders of Jennifer Hawke Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michalea. The second trial for accused murder Joshua Komisarjevsky begins this month.
- Six of the ten inmates have not yet completed the initial appellate review by the Connecticut Supreme Court. Four have completed their appeals through the State and U.S. Supreme Courts resulting in denials. All four filed habeas corpus (unlawful incarceration) petitions.
Actual Death Row Conditions (Example: State of Connecticut)
[LJ- For those who exhibit compliant non-violent behavior]
The Department of Corrections requires that:
1) Death row inmates spend 22 hours a day in their cells;
2) DR inmates are not permitted any congregate activity;
3) DR inmates are always alone- in isolation except when escorted;
4) DR inmates are escorted by at least one staff while in restraints when moving outside their cell;
5) DR inmates are allowed two hours of recreation outside their cells six days per week. This time can be spent indoors including the law library with use of the phone or a “caged courtyard” outside;
6) DR inmates are permitted to access the commissary but with greater restrictions as compared to other inmates;
7) DR inmates may partake in selected religious, educational, social or counseling services by court decree and DOC management /supervision;
8) Any work assignment is restricted to the death row housing units. Prisoners must be secured in their assigned area until the task is completed. [ LJ- Note that other states do not permit work assignments on death row – Read on…];
9) DR inmates are allowed three one hour “non-contact” visits per week.
The Department of Corrections stipulates that all cells must be well ventilated, sanitary, appropriately heated and adequately lighted. They are “equipped” with a bed and furnished consistent with the general population cells. (? Sink and toilet)
Searches are conducted on an irregular schedule at least every 15 minutes by regular staff. Death row prisoners are visited by custody supervisors once per shift. Calls are inspected at least twice a week by the unit administrator.
Clothing that is “not degrading” is provided, the same as the general population.[LJ- I have never seen a degrading orange or beige jumpsuit in my life!] DR inmates can have basic personal items in their cell [LJ- Assume nothing that they can make into a shank, of course!]
Movement and Restraints:
DR inmates are handcuffed behind the back for routine out of cell movement such as : showers, phone calls, visits, recreation. Once the inmate is secured in the area, restraints
are removed and vice versa. DR inmates are fully restricted in front for “professional visits” including attorneys, medical, mental health visits and video conferencing. Such restraints include handcuffs, leg irons and a tether chain. DR inmates are fully restrained behind the back for out of unit movement within the facility.
DR inmates receive “the same quality and type of food” as the general population within their cells. Should inmates use food or food service in a hazardous or inappropriate manner, an alternate meal service is used.
More Selected States:
2) Illinois: As of July 1,2011, Illinois’ death row was officially “null and void.” A state law abolishing the death penalty as Governor Pat Quinn commuted the sentences of 15 men to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Fourteen are now in maximum security prisons. One inmate in is a medium security prison with a mental health facility. In prior years from 1977 to 1999 when the death penalty was reinstated, 12 men were executed. The super max prison known as Tamms in southern Illinois is the most restrictive, while the former death row prison in Pontiac, southwest of Chicago is now a step-down transitional prison.
3) California: Dave Mann, journalist for the Texas Observer reported in June 2010 that the nation’s first super max facility in which inmates are kept in long term solitary was built in 1989, opening its Pelican Bay facility. Forty other states and the federal government followed suit with super max facilities or special segregation units.
- As of 2009. At any given time, there are between 25-100,000 prisoners serving time in permanent or temporary solitary confinement … and this continues to increase.
- As of June 2011,California has 714 inmates on death row.
- A new study showing how much the death penalty costs taxpayers revealed that since 1975 and the reinstatement of capital punishment by then first time Governor Jerry Brown, 13 people were executed at a cost of $308 million each.
Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus, Jeanne Woodward (a former San Quentin warden) stated that the study reveals that the state of California can no longer afford executions and that if death sentences were altered to life without the possibility of parole, they would save a billion dollars in five years.
Although a bill was introduced to ban the death penalty in the legislature recently, it would also have to pass the ballot box. Legislators say the status quo isn’t tough on crime, it’s tough on taxpayers.
- According to an LA Times article in November 2009, the California Supreme court was/is so overburdened with cases, it takes 2 to 2.5 years to file all briefs in preparation for oral arguments;
- For prisoners sentenced since 1978, after automatic appeals have been decided, the average delay, “the judgment of death” and the filing of a California Supreme Court opinion was 8.1 years.
- Delays between the appointment of counsel and filing the initial brief were 3.7 years. However, due to the scarcity of available attorneys, it was more like 11 years!.
- The average delay between the judgment of death and oral argument before the Supreme Court was 7.6 years.
- Again, as of 2009, a study conducted by Senior Judge Arthur Alcaron stated that an average cost per death row inmate per year was $124,150 (which was more than $90,000 more than those housed in the general population.)
4) Florida: As described in a St. Petersburg Times article, September 4, 2011, a Florida inmate on death row named Ronald Clark fancies himself a poet-writer and has a blog through the support of Dina Milito, a California mother. She and her engineer husband set up the blog via Death Row Support as “a means to express himself, as Dina doesn’t believe in capital punishment.” [LJ -How very thoughtful of you Dina, while those murdered by Clark are silenced forever!]
- Clark is one of 397 prisoners on Florida’s death row within a 63 square foot cell.
- Clark was found guilty of two vicious murders involving repeatedly shooting one victim in the head with a shotgun, tying concrete blocks to his body and dumping the first victim in a river.
- With his initial murder years earlier, he reloaded his gun, shot him in the mouth, rolled his body in a ditch and took his cash and boots;
- Currently, three death row inmates blog in Florida, as there are no laws or rules prohibiting it as long as they aren’t paid or seeking a pen pal. The Corrections secretary, Edwin Buss, who recently resigned, is incredulous that this inmate could have a blog. [LJ Ditto!] Buss stated that false accusations are being made on the internet and that there is no practical way in which they can adequately monitor the thousands of pieces of mail received and content somehow reaching the internet via friends.
- As of August 15, 2011, an assistant warden deemed Clark’s blogs via Death Row Poet as a security risk….. And yet, his indictments of the prison system and grievances continue… until the Governor signs his death warrant (Clark’s words).
5) Texas: As of November 2010, a Texas Observer article entitled ‘Solitary Men” reported there were more than 300 inmates on death row in Texas.
- Accordingly, Texas was rated as “probably the most inhumane,” in which prolonged isolation 22 ours per day of confinement in 60 square foot cells is the norm;
- An incident on Thanksgiving Day, 1998 in which seven condemned men suspected of planning their escape during work detail at the Ellis Unit, outside of Huntsville resulted in revocation of all work and recreational privileges.
- Texas is one of two states that allow no television (along with Oklahoma) and one of eleven states disallowing contact visits.
- Other than the recreation cage, they spend 158 hours per week , 8,216 hours per year or 94% of their lives in prolonged isolation.
Supporters of the abolition of the death penalty say that such isolation can exacerbate mental illness. Numerous studies report the increased expense and the fact that no real reduction in violence negates the value of death row. Supreme Court Justice Breyer noted, “astonishingly long delays experienced by inmates were largely the result not of frivolous appeals, but constitutionally defective death penalty procedure.”
Justice Clarence Thomas offered a different opinion commenting on the same 32 year delay in a particular case: “The cruelty of the murder for which the defendant was sentenced to death, he asserted, was caused by the defendant, as the perpetrator of the crime.”
Terminating Thoughts from Ladyjustice….
So… what should be our parting words on this topic? Do we care about death row inmates, regardless of environmental conditions and state statutes? Should we follow the moral principle of humane treatment even for the worst of the worst murderers? That, my dear bloggers is for you to decide individually, and not for Ladyjustice to dictate. I invite you to comment!
“I trust everyone. I just don’t trust the devil inside them.” Troy Kennedy Martin
Trust and overlooking the devil inside was the way that “evil personified” was able to continue his infamous murder career interwoven with doctoring, insurance sales and fraud. Women were captured by his charm, good looks and intellect, tortured in acid baths and a myriad of other barbaric ways…. tossed away like so much trash with the use of a highly skilled scalpel and perhaps a skeleton kept as a souvenir to sell to laboratories and medical schools. But it is in the long range planning that this evil genius was able to become the mastermind and most prolific serial killer of all time!!
HH Holmes… AKA Herman Mudgett Holmes…, AKA Jack the Ripper… AKA… 31 different aliases… This story has so many layers… and although not for the faint of heart, it represents a metamorphosis for many readers to re-examine their own lives…
BUT…the real story here is that of direct descendant, Jeff Mudgett, the great- great grandson of the evil doer…. coming across a tackle box and diaries that literally transform this man’s life FOREVER! How does one deal with such realizations? He goes about validating the trail of clues like a great detective despite the naysayers… in order to live with the knowledge. Jeff’s heritage torments his life beyond belief…. wrestling with his heart, mind and soul…and some medical conditions that may have served as a “window to his true world.”
Jeff talks about the personal aspects of his “Shattered Life” with hosts Ladyjustice and Delilah. A process of sifting through the myths, the folklore to the truth has taken Jeff ten years… with the discovery of irrefutable evidence and more to come… The listener comes away with shock, amazement and respect for this courageous man!
LISTEN to the PODCAST And the SPECIAL OFFER!
- Introduction to our guest;
- Delilah reads some of the introduction of the book “Bloodstains”;
- Jeff explains why and how he didn’t “leave well enough alone…”
- Background information on HH Holmes…and movies in the making…
- An attorney on the rise…but not a happy man – a different man….
- And then one night…. Owing your existence to a monster…
- HH Holmes – a historical overview
- Making $3-400,000 in the 1890’s
- The Chicago World’s Fair- a perfect venue for his Master plan.
- Movies and Jeff’s outreach will illustrate what the capabilities of human beings are and the true definition of evil;
- Holmes’ childhood and a devastating choice…
- Delilah on “a precursor to Hitler;”
- Clarifying what “Bloodstains” is truly about…
- A roller coaster psychological story…and where to get it:
- Delilah on the reader wanting more…. the human condition, and it being Jeff’s true reality;
- Jeff’s personal cause….
- What is it like to have epilepsy?
- Giving the reader a choice….Coincidences or fact?
- Jeff’s brain tumor….
- Delilah asks about how he was able to cope with the content of the diaries?
- Starting over with a pathological liar and Jeff’s research…
- Digging up his concrete grave to prove Holmes was not actually executed….
- Walking out amid gunfire and a guard who may have been hanged;
- DNA testing and the Involvement of the Smithsonian Institute- over $100,00;
- Jack the Ripper- images and direct handwriting evidence….
- DOJ, the University of Buffalo and a special computer program on handwriting analysis- 97.95% similarity!
- Ladyjustice asks about the “coming out process”- to himself, his family and the community at large;
- A revelation by Ms. Chris Williams host of radio blog of Ancestory.com;
- “Look who we were as good people”…in spite of Holmes….
- Proof positive that it doesn’t matter where you come from….
- The NUMBERS… 200 mistresses, 6 wives, 30, 40, 50, 60 kids…
- Jeff as the messenger for the proof and why…
- Ladyjustice asks about genetic counseling and questioning whether to produce offspring;
- Delilah on the pleasure of talking with Jeff and voraciously reading Bloodstains;
- Jeff on “This book is not for everyone;”
- “Devil in the White City” discussion and a reader’s tolerance;
- Hollywood connections and making a different kind of movie… What a surprise!
- The historical thing and trouble finishing the movie re “Devil in the White City;”
- What is the process of writing for Jeff? A plug for self-publishing…
- The book writer’s circuit …. and the movie studio;
- A discussion of Facebook and other social media as promotion;
- Delilah’s advice regarding authorship and social media;
- Ladyjustice asks about Jeff’s future relationship with “Bloodstains” versus moving on to other things;
- Jeff’s future destiny…. Multi-faceted;
- Ladyjustice on no matter what cards you’re dealt…. Paying it forward is so rewarding;
- Delilah… is “Jeff’s pot of gold.” A wonderful recommendation for ImaginePublicity….The future is bright!
- Jeff on “the pressure is gone” etc….
- Writing a book is a hobby…. A road to success
also available on Kindle.
- ***Special Offer: For friends and listeners of Shattered Lives” you can request a special signed copy. Listen to the podcast for details towards the end of the show.
- Plans for the future… Another Shattered Lives” show with Jeff discussing the movie process!
Questions, Questions and More Questions…
- Was this journey a mistake in Jeff’s opinion?
- What would have been the consequences had the secret have been unveiled earlier?
- What did Jeff do about physical inklings and pulling back on the anger?
- What were Holmes careers and how did he perfect his crimes?
- What was the Murder Castle and how was it constructed?
- When did Jeff’s personal demons occur?
- When did Jeff develop epilepsy and what were the ramifications?
- Is there a true link between Jeff’s voices and vision with his epileptic seizures?
- Do the former books and Holmes’ memoirs reveal the truth about what happened?
- How will it be proven that Holmes was not actually executed?
- How many eye witnesses were there to Jack the Ripper?
- Are handwriting experts accepted in court?
- How did Jeff’s family react to his work?
- A good upstanding family versus not so good…. Would that have been used as an excuse?
- What have been the responses by the public who have read his book?
- How does “Bloodstains” assist with self-examination?
- What is the future of publishing and how is Amazon involved?
- What’s Jeff’s attitude regarding the content of his upcoming movie?
- What is Jeff’s current project with “Bloodstains” and what are his plans for a new book?
- What were the three movies Hollywood discussed with Jeff regarding the future format ?
Jeff Mudgett is available for keynotes, speaking engagements, workshops and presentations including not only the book Bloodstains and the information contained, but he also speaks to audiences about writing, publishing, and epilepsy.
- BLOODSTAINS, Journey of the Decendant of serial killer H. H. Holmes
- Evidence of Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes, Are They One and the Same? You Decide
- Epilepsy: The Hidden Diagnosis
- Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: Pros and Cons
Contact ImaginePublicity Tel: 843-808-0859 Email:email@example.com
“The comments expressed on this website or on the broadcasts of Shattered Lives do not necessary reflect the opinions or beliefs of the hosts, producers, or other guests.”
- Imagine….living in a town so small…that the post office is located in a barbershop;
- Imagine… living through two world wars, the polio epidemic, the Great Depression and 9-11;
- Imagine being a career-minded women when it wasn’t expected in the 1920’s, 1930’s and1940s working initially at a law firm followed by the Connecticut Unemployment Commission Office;
- Imagine… falling in love with the boss in your 50’s and marrying him;
And that’s only part of the story…
Ottlie Lungren, age 94 at her death, of Oxford, Connecticut (population 9,800 people). This woman was fiercely private, meticulous and seemingly enjoyed a quiet life consisting of avid reading, cruise travel liking fashionable clothing, poetry writing and church activities. Her work ethic was described as “…an incredible woman, bright, articulate organized and amazingly good at her job.”
Certain qualities stood out about her… Prior to her marriage, she was so private that she refused to enter any future plans in her school yearbook. A friend states, although she was unusually kind, “Her business was her business and if she wanted you to know something, she’d tell you.” Ottlie loved children (But had no children of her own). She willingly supported friends who were grieving, saying, “If you need to cry, I’ll cry with you. I know what you’re going through.”
Ottlie was referring to her unwavering love and tender loving care for her former boss turned husband, who had multiple sclerosis. He became increasingly debilitated…using canes and then crutches and progressively was barely able to walk. Ottlie sat in the lobby reading a book and attended to his needs so that he could continue to work. Relatives said, “They didn’t waste words… they were both private, but madly in love. You could tell.”
No one had any idea they were dating until they announced plans to marry!
At age 70, after her husband died, there was a turning point in Ottlie’s life…. She pursued swimming at the YMCA and new friendships for lunches and dinners.
Mrs. Lungren had consistently tornher junk mail in half prior to disposal… The fact that she was “a pioneer woman” of her era is in stark contrast to dying of inhalation anthrax (initially diagnosed as pneumonia).
One theory of the 2001 event concerned how a lone 94 year old Connecticut resident fell prey to such a death. That theory was cross- contamination of postal machines handling her regular mail and bulk mail passing through the postal center in Trenton, New Jersey crossing with highly contaminated mail meant for Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy.
Mode of Spread
- as weapon Contagious Incubation
- period Symptoms Vaccine Treatment
- Aerosol No Within 7 days Fever, malaise, fatigue, occasional cough and chest discomfort evolving into severe respiratory distress Yes, but not for the public. Used only by the military Antibiotics, if administered prior to symptom onset
- Expert opinion: “It is deadly. It’s one of a few pathogens that form spores that are hardy and resistant to environmental stresses.”
- - Ramond Zillnskas, Senior scientist at the Monterey Institute of International studies.
Historical Overview of the 2001 Anthrax Attacks:
- Just the facts…as reported by multiple sources:
- “Ameritrax”: Was the FBI Investigation Case Name;
- The case continued from Tuesday, September 18, 2001 (one week after 9-11) through the end of the formal FBI investigation officially closed on February 19, 2010;
- Targets consisted of several media personalities, U.S. Senators. “Unintended deaths” included “ordinary citizens” such as 94 year old Ottlie Lungren, postal workers, a Vietnamese immigrant and Washington D. C. residents;
- Suspects included a bio-weapons expert who was exonerated (Steven Hatfill) and a bio defense lab employee of Fredericks, Maryland (Bruce Edward Ivans)’
- The FBI considered Ivans a “serious suspect” but more indirect evidence played a role with this suspect. He took “an intentional overdose” of acetaminophen, dying two days later …;
- Letters addressed to Senators Leahy and Daschle contained material the texture of refined powder with approximately one gram of “pure spores.” Whereas… Letters sent to news organizations consisted of coarse brown material causing skin infections;
- A minimum of 22 people developed anthrax infections – many inhaling it with 5 confirmed deaths;
- Some messages contained implied “hidden codes” such as selected letters bolded or highlighted letters and incorrect return addresses;
- Much controversy still exists regarding the chemical makeup, origin and identity of the “controlling factors”;
- The scope of the investigation was massive covering six continents, 9,000 + interviews, hundreds of FBI personnel and 67 searches;
- It was often compared in scope matched only to the investigation of the Unabomber attacks spanning from 1978 through 1995;
- The Blame Game… Many theories continue to circulate….Al-Qaeda; Iraq; a” rogue CIA agent” such as Steven Jay Hatfill;
Was the FBI correct in their conclusions? Some say “No.” A brief except follows:
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 19, 2010
Justice Department and FBI Announce Formal Conclusion of Investigation into 2001 Anthrax
Earlier today, representatives of the FBI and Justice Department provided a 92-page investigative summary along with attachments to victims of the attacks, relatives of the victims and appropriate committees of Congress. This document sets forth a summary of the evidence developed in the “Amerithrax” investigation, the largest investigation into a bio-weapons attack in U.S. history. As disclosed previously, the Amerithrax investigation found that the late Dr. Bruce Ivins acted alone in planning and executing these attacks.
The investigative summary and the attachments are now accessible to the public and have been posted to the Justice Department Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/amerithrax under the Freedom of Information Act. In addition, roughly 2,700 pages of FBI documents related to the Amerithrax case are now accessible to the public and have been posted to the FBI website at http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/amerithrax.htm under the Freedom of Information Act.
Returning to Ottlie Lungren…
Ottlie Lungren was a generous but extremely private individual her entire life…. The fact that there were hoards people examining her every move and possession following her death would have sent her into a tizzy, no doubt about it!
The Questions of How and Why?
Ottlie was of advanced age…She had a habit of tearing her junk mail in half in a meticulous manner (not unlike Ladyjustice…Yikes!). Even our former Governor, John G. Rowland, (Governor of Connecticut at the time) http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/February/10-nsd-166.html recently speculated on his radio show that that she may have held her mail close to her face in order to see the print…and thereby inhaled the anthrax on her mail. With probable deteriorating vision at age 94, this would seem like a likely scenario…essentially creating “the perfect storm”.
Connecticut’s state epidemiologist (expert dealing with the detection and sources of disease in large populations) Dr. James Hadley, advised during the height of the crisis to “open your mail gingerly.”
If only…. May you rest in peace, Ottlie!
“The physician must be able to tell the origin…, know the present, and foretell the future – must mediate these things. The physician must always view disease with two things in mind… namely, to do good or to do no harm….
The art consists in three things – the disease, the patient, and the physician. The physician is the servant of the art, and the patient must combat the disease along with the physician.”
Colby Salerno is a rare individual….selfless, brave, pioneering in the field of organ donation advocacy and is on the precipice of applying his considerable knowledge as the recipient of a heart transplant and life skills to the future of medicine. His story is unique in many ways. His mother is a fierce advocate for “Donate Life,”
but she continues to worry as a mother in her situation has cause to do. They have been through so much….and yet, they know they are blessed. Colby forges on with confidence and the promise of a bright future…with so many supporters!
Our national audience witnessed this incredible story of a “Shattered Life” transformed into something so rare and filled with inspiration and hope for others. The critical message- Be prepared and think about organ donation early in the game of life.
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- Introduction to our guests;
- Ladyjustice on the social media blogging aspect;
- Colby’s life as a young child and athlete - a misdiagnosis of “sport induced asthma;”
- Research and hoping to “fix my heart really fast….heart transplant instead;
- End of 2010..by Sept of 2010 double listed for heart transplant at Tufts and at Hartford Hospital;
- Memorial Day weekend 2012…. Receiving the call;
- Emotions running the gamut…and grief for the donor;
- Creating a blog to get through it….telling the story while feeling numb….;
- Delilah asks about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and its symptoms… The leading cause of sudden death in young athletes…
- Colby’s case…very rare…. “A heart performing the way an 80 year old man’s heart would…
- Kelly Salerno…. A mother’s feelings….in retrospect a year ago… How they learned about “the call;”
- “Tales from the Tenth Floor” blog;
- Keeping everybody going at the hospital…a tower of strength;
- The inspiration to blog from the hospital…. At least a three month adventure that blossomed into more…
- Spreading the word about organ donation…..Blogging was the vehicle….dispelling the myths…
- Ladyjustice asks about the critical and sensitive time of requesting organ donation;
- Colby doing a documentary after a good friend dies and becomes an organ donor;
- Good coming from bad….and a new chance at life;
- A change in perspective and Kelly as a board member…. The importance of getting the conversation started early on…
- Connecticut Law regarding organ donors;
choosing to be a tissue donor or organ legally;
- ***Once you are an organ donor in Connecticut, your family CANNOT overrule it;
- “Overruling” in other states…. Ladyjustice asks about passing away in another state but designated as a donor in your home state.
- Colby’s opinion – viability of organs and giving the best organs possible in the area in which the person is located…
- Ladyjustice asks about financial donations;
- Colby explains the process of knowing if your organs are adequate and how the doctor’s examine organs versus personal selection;
- Colby’s donated heart…getting a virus for the first time from the donor heart….Why and how?
- Colby’s first bout with illness in a year;
- A crime element to this story….and the usual process of donor communication circumvented
- An 18 year old basketball player assaulted and died….
- “Colby’s charm” and the media figured out details of the donor;
- Kelly on “a first in donor history;”
- Colby’s blog:
- Organ donation exploitation: Colby sets people straight…a teaching moment;
- Delilah asks about the organ transplant protocol: How do you determine the most in need and who makes the determination?
- Kelly explains the importance of blood type, matching and Colby’s wait…
- Type O…the good and the bad of it….
- “On the list” from Sept 23rd 2010 until May 29th, 2012
- Ladyjustice asks about the time when you are waiting…. Are you sustained on an artificial heat pump?
- What medical procedures sustained Colby during the waiting period?
- Kelly discusses the staff at Hartford Hospital and support groups;
- Therapy sessions…going from one kind of worry to another….
- Kelly’s personal journey….to the present and some extra curricular activities;
- Two most important meds and keeping up with payments ($7,000 per month);
- Colby on the “longevity of hearts;”
- Not thinking about rejection…and living a healthy lifestyle…
- Restrictions: Hand washing and avoiding raw foods;
- Colby’s future goals as an MD;
- Contacting Colby on Facebook: You can send a message
Questions Regarding Colby’s Story:
- What was the medical discovery that changed Colby’s life and “coming clean” with his physician?
- Why was Colby’s heart failing needing hospitalization in December 2011? What was the diagnosis?
- What was Colby’s plan after 166 days in the hospital?
- What happens with the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?
- How did Colby’s condition affect him during college?
- How did Colby’s mother get through this ordeal?
- How many viewings and what awards were bestowed on Colby as a result of his blog?
- Colby doing a documentary after a good friend dies and becomes an organ donor;
- What is the process and protocol for requesting organs from grieving families?
- How many lives can be saved with the donation of a single organ?
- What are the important factors involved in designating organ donation and the state in which you live?
- Are there opportunities to give money or volunteer?
- Are all organs accepted… under what circumstances?
- What is CMV?
- How much information do they actually divulge to the donor recipient?
- What is the proper way of communicating with donor families?
- What are the statuses involved in the organ donation protocol?
- How many people are waiting for heart transplants in the US?
- Are all patients on an artificial heart pump while you wait? What happened in Colby’s case?
- What was the other medical tragedy that effected Kelly’s life prior to the transplant?
- Colby’s former job and losing his job…
- Health insurance and the financial toll…;
- “Helping me out”… “I’m just not that type of person looking for a handout.”
- Kelly’s expression of gratitude the numerous help and events that were offered
- How many medications does Colby take per day?
- Is Colby able to resume sports and going to the gym?
“Never Fret For an Only Son, as the Idea of Failure Will Never Occur to Him”
Although these words are attributed to George Bernard Shaw, they could very well have been spoken by either parent of Martin Alberto Garza…. Martin was the pride and joy of two extremely loving, intelligent and Christian minded parents and one sister… He was acculturated into small town life near the Mexican border… where hard work, a strong faith and love of community was far richer than dollars and cents. He had personal aspirations beyond Imperial Valley but also wanted to pay it forward. Martin had a Plan A and a Plan B for the future… And then one dark night in January 2013, those plans came to a halt by forces beyond his control. As an attendee at a party, he suddenly and viciously became the victim of a stabbing and homicide… forever silenced in the prime of life by a gang member.
Football was part of the fabric of his life… He spent many hours on the field practicing….and in death a vigil was held in the very same place. His coach instilled the importance of hard work, achieving goals, attaining maturity and rising above petty complaints. Coach uttered the phrase, “Put Your Purse Down, Son” often and it became a meaningful slogan for an entire community. In fact, it was emblazoned on Martin’s jacket….as well as part of the Mothers – Men Against Gangs Coalition logo.
This personal story is set apart, not by the act of gang violence, or homicide. This story stands alone for the incredible faith, proactivity versus reactivity and wonderful accomplishments put forth in just five short months. Yes… there are moments of grief and tears and yet… no revenge, no bitterness by the Garza family. They are God’s children and they know what to do. Rather, they got busy on behalf of Marin’s memory, embraced by an entire community!
- Introduction to our guest; Yulil Alonso-Garza Founder of MAG and mother of Martin Alberto Garza
- Prevalence of gang culture;
- An outline of the case…in the wrong place at the wrong time;
- Martin Alberto Garza described in the context of his town and the county;
- A mother’s choice justice versus revenge…
- Organizing an event to memorialize Martin;
- Setting the tone for a community;
- An arrest;
- A giving community contrasted in a “water tower town” versus a metropolitan area;
- The highest unemployment in the nation…and the most generous…
- “Ignoring our surroundings for the sake of our children”- One mother’s perspective;
- “You must believe in yourselves;”
- Vision Boards with Jack Canfield:
- A story about near drop outs thinking differently… the vision of the cap and gown;
- Martin’s routine and the “ticket to take him somewhere”… Sports and business administration;
- Preparation, preparation, preparation…
- Plan B… Teaching Math;
- Talking about Mothers Against Gangs… What’s the long range plan?
- A discussion of deterrence as the focus of MAG;
- A misperception – Changing the name to include men;
- The beginnings of activities memorializing Martin and ramping up…
- The process of non-profit status…taking off quickly due to the need;
- Ladyjustice listing accomplishments thus far..;
- The importance of proactivity versus reactivity and unifying without negativity;
- Yulil on the philosophy on Jack Canfield;
- Contact Information and acceptance of donations:
Mothers Against Gangs Coalition
P.O. Box 1639, Brawley, California 92227;
- Website… the beginnings;
- Yulil’s dream….. a center in the future… Working two jobs or in the fields…;
- Yulil’s lack of aware ness of victim services and needing to know their rights;
- In the midst of being proactive, Yulil never realized that she and her family also are victims (survivors);
- Grounded in Faith… and a Sunday routine;
- Embracing Catholicism and preparing for grief;
- Grief and two Mother’s Days;
- Differing perspectives… staying or leaving the Imperial Valley;
- A son’s dream for his Mom….building a school; Working outside of the box;
- GO BIG OR GO HOME….
- Rosie Lopez a true friend and Upward Bound professional to Imperial Valley;
- A parting message from Yulil; Contact: 760-791-9125 for collaboration on similar projects.
Questions, Questions, Questions…
- What is the significance of faith in this story?
- Where was the vigil held and why?
- What was the progress of the investigation?
- What is it like to be a part of the community in Imperial Valley California?
- Recognizing the influence of gangs…What has Yulil accomplished individually as a teacher with gang members?
- What are vision boards and how does Yulil use them to assist students to take a different path than gang life?
- What was Martin’s legacy concerning sports?
- What was Martin’s “Plan A “educational plan?
- Yulil’s decision asking, “What are we going to do now”?
- What is the meaning of the acronym MAG?
- How did MAG evolve?
- What is the true composition of gangs?
- Why was it important for Yulil to form a coalition versus a single organization?
- How is MAG Coalition promoted?
- What types of victim services were provided?
- How are other family members coping?
- Is more prosperity coming to Imperial Valley or does everyone want to leave?
- A life lesson…Can a mother or town shield their children from violence?
Mothers-Men Against Gangs
Mary Ellen Bruneau has suffered an all too common circumstance that wreaks havoc on the mind, body and soul…. and reportedly she has come out the other side of disaster. The epidemic of intimate partner violence does not discriminate…does not occur only in the poorest of the poor, those of lesser academic standing, minority populations or in the big cities…
Some people have such tragedy in their lives…It’s bound to lend itself to skepticism at times and wondering how people can live through such atrocities…. However, at Shattered Lives, it is not our job to judge. It’s our job to tell their story as presented and let the audience digest the details for themselves. In any case…all personal stories teach us valuable lessons.
In a study of Domestic Violence Outcomes (2004)
Effectiveness of Hotline, Advocacy, Counseling, and Shelter Services for Victims of Domestic Violence: A Statewide Evaluation: University of Illinois at Chicago:
They follow important variables were ranked according to services provided. *** Note the lack of safety plans and explanation of intimate partner violence in a larger context below….
JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE / July 2004
Outcome Measures, Number of Items, Item Anchors, Sample Items, and Number
- Support 1 = never, 5 = always; Ranking = 2 “I have someone I can turn to for helpful advice about a problem”
- Self-efficacy 1 = never, 5 = always; Ranking = 3 I trust my ability to solve difficult problems.”
- Coping skill 1 = never, 5 = always; Ranking =3 “I have ways to help myself when I feel troubled.”
- Goal setting 1 = never, 5 = always; Ranking = 3 “I was an active participant in setting goals with my counselor(s).”
- Information 1 = never, 5 = always Ranking = 3 “Counseling has given me new ways of looking at abuse”
- Non-judgment 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree Ranking = 3 “My counselor(s) listened respectfully and took me seriously.”
- Safety Plan 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree Ranking = 1 “My counselor(s) helped me develop a Safety plan”.
- Personal is Political 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree Ranking =1 “My counselor(s) explained that domestic violence is not only a personal problem but also a social problem”
- Respect 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree Ranking = 4 “Staff respected my racial/ethnic identity.”
We can only speculate and hope against hope that the data would be better as of 2013
To follow Mary Ellen’s story, beginning in rural Vermont,
- Introduction to our guest;
- Delilah relating information on Susan Murphy Milano’s legacy:
Apple App for Evidentiary abuse Affidavit;
- Ladyjustice on the importance of sharing stories and “If I can save but one life…”
- Mary Ellen: “Abusers are very, very good at manipulating….”
- A single parent’s priority ;
- The fourth wife… a ten year gap…
- Delilah: This is a warning to check into the backgrounds of people with whom you are dating;
- The red flags….an accusation… starting with a newspaper article;
- Bi-polar disorder and intimate partner violence explained;
- A 24-pack of beer “provocateur requests “ and a machete;
- A speeding truck, thrown out by the perp and being run-over by another car…
- A coma and Rehabilitation therapy;
- Domestic violence incarceration “overnight” and DUI….
- Dealing with alcohol alone and not the abuse…
- Vermont and the gun culture…
- Delilah asks if this was “the last straw” and what resources were provided?
- Lack of counselors specializing in domestic violence;
- Mary Ellen goes back to school to figure out “what made her husband tick”….
- A trial and error safety plan…
- Ladyjustice asks Delilah what other considerations do victims need to be considering including SMM’s book: “Moving Out, Moving On”
- Mary Ellen escape and luring her back to the marriage home….” The honeymoon period”
- Restraining orders, texting and harassing…after the accident;
- Getting an apartment and looking for a job…
- “Making my own way”…and getting myself-esteem back”
- A battered women’s shelter…”Helping to a point…”
- Delilah questions accuracy of single women being turned down without children in Vermont;
- A fixture at the State House trying to change DV laws…
- Running for Governor and the aftermath…
- The importance of voting and being invested in the DV issue;
- Divorce papers in the mail…
- Forgiving for what he did versus his actions…
- My life is so much better now…even before marriage…
- A book about domestic violence…and Henry Lee Institute
- Mary Ellen’s main message- Be Safe….. One Step at a time…
- Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org 802- 279-6944.
Questions you may have….
- What was Mary Ellen’s background before her life with domestic violence?
- Was Mary Ellen looking for marriage fulfillment? (The courtship)
- When did things get bad and what was the progression?
- What are the consequences of alcohol and bipolar disorder?
- What was the pinnacle of escalation regarding the truck episode?
- What happened to her husband after the truck episode?
- What is the level of training of the police in Vermont regarding IPV?
- What is the story regarding entrance to a women’s shelter?
- What did Mary Ellen’s safety plan” consist of?
- Why did Mary Ellen go to her parent’s house to seek refuge?
- In addition to personal possessions- money and cell phone, what are the other things a victim needs to do?
- During the probation period, what did Mary Ellen do?
- What resources were available after she began working again?
- What happened legislatively after her horrific episode?
- What was the final chapter with her husband from November 2012 to January 2013?
- What was involved in Mary Ellen’s forgiveness?
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Life Interrupted…The Toll of Intimate Partner Violence
The Recovery Prayer from Narcotics Anonymous:
“We cannot change the nature of the addict or addiction. We can help to change the old lie “Once an addict, always an addict,” by striving to make recovery more available. God, help us to remember this difference.”
Such is the personal mission of Melissa Cote… to change the old lie…. For she has proven beyond any stretch of the imagination that indeed, “A leopard can change her spots.” She can thrive and assist others in their struggle…thereby helping herself to stay on the clean and sober track.
“Life is about the choices that you make…. Taking the easy way out is never the right way.” Melissa Cote
Melissa came from a good family…. She was provided with love and all of the creature comforts offered in a “normal childhood”. Despite this…she plunged into the depths of darkness and deprivation. She cared not for herself or others….choosing instead to chase the illusive drug… escalating out of control …ultimately leading to incarceration. Fifteen years later and many lessons learned, with the respect of the Pardons Board in Connecticut, Melissa has a college degree and forges on asking for a helping hand…a chance to meet her future goals… NOT a hand out.
Ladyjustice and Delilah spent a revealing hour on “Shattered Lives” learning about Melissa’s inspiring and incredible journey back.
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- Introduction to guest:
- Delilah on People who aren’t well known have the most touching stories… We can relate better…
- Melissa “If I can help one person…one teenager…..”
- The cold hard facts of the beginnings of drug abuse…
- The blame game…and a special anniversary…
- Delilah asks about how to recognize when you’re addicted?
- The flu times100….and Melissa’s “gateway drug;”
- The frontal lobe and teenager’s ability in making decisions;
- The reasons for drugs…. “the long haired boys” and not being the most popular;
- The beginnings of recovery…and a soul mate hiding alcoholism ;
- A father and daughter’s relationship;
- Drug Addiction and use of IV’s…. Intervention questions;
- Arrests catching up to me…. and going cold turkey in prison;
- Differences in treatment in men versus women’s prison;
- A discussion withdrawal and how it manifests;
- Ladyjustice asks Delilah her perspective as a mother in such a situations…and other factors involved;
- Life on the streets prior to incarceration….
- The male benefitting from Melissa’s activities;
- Melissa’s horror and fear for her daughter in the future;
- Leaving the man ….at loose ends for a year…
- “Arrest is a gift”…..
- The journey of prison…
- Melissa’s recovery program described and her will…
- “Forcing me to grow up-“a wonderful experience;”
- Parental response and “tough love”;
- Sneakin’ around… typical teenage behavior;
- The intersection of Parole with Ladyjustice and Pardons with Melissa;
- Doing the work to apply for Pardons and “putting it off;”
- Social work, and juvenile just as special interests;
- “The pardons process was made for me”…
- Misdemeanor crimes… not on her record….
- Discussion of her personal hearing… so unique and awesome!
- Minimum versus maximum….going above and beyond;
- Recommendation from her arresting officer – A FIRST!
- Mellissa’s daughter’s and her recommendation letter to the Pardon’s Board…
- Wonderful feedback from Pardon’s officer and feeling “so scared”;
- Starting a two-year degree…seven years later- Drug & Alcohol Counseling;
- Mental health and behavioral health cuts in Connecticut effecting Melissa’s future;
- “When you really want something….you have to make time…”
- Welcoming Melissa back …
- Delilah asks Melissa about what her advice would be bringing up little girls and the inappropriate forces in our culture etc…
- Guilty conscience….
- Appealing to colleges and employers:
- Contact Info: Melissaxina@yahoo.com: Tel: 860-798-1780;
Questions, Questions, Questions…
- How do drugs become all powerful?
- Does “just say no” work?
- What’s the difference regarding different types of addictions- Cocaine and heroin?
- Did Melissa’s childhood “Drive her to drugs”…or were there other factors?
- What factors come into play in high school and fitting in;
- Does being in recovery have an impact on other family members needing help?
- What types of intervention are most helpful when you are addicted?
- Detoxing… the dangers involved in withdrawal of different types of drugs?
- In 2013 is the pervasiveness of drugs or the good upbringing key factors?
- How does guilt play a factor?
- What was Melissa’s relationship with law enforcement then and now?
- What is “Assessments” in prison?
- What is that “One last chance?”
- How do you become eligible for Pardons?
- What are the realities of employment and the type of crimes committed?
- What are the different types of pardons and who are they designed for?
- What is the process of getting references?
- How does Melissa use her experience as a teaching tool?
- What’s it like to be on the other side of drug and alcohol as a professional?
- Did Melissa have to let go of her former peer group after recovery?
- What coping strategies are effective for Melissa to resist the temptations of drug today?