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Across the Miles…. A Father’s Quiet Desperation Evolves into a Hunt for Justice Like No Other

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Lubbock Texas- Nick named the “Hub City,” due to its reputation as the economic, education, and health care hub of that region of the state. Lubbock is the largest contiguous cotton growing region in the world…. The Lubbock Police Department was shaped by Chief J.T. Alley (1923–2009), who served from 1957–1983, the third-longest tenure in state history. Under Chief Alley, the department acquired its first Juvenile Division, K-9 Corps, Rape Crisis Center, and Special Weapons and Tactics teams.

It was also against this backdrop just eight years later… in May 1991, that an affable young man, at age 24, always popular with the young ladies, seemingly was outmatched by a sociopathic hanger-on girlfriend that he could not shed in favor of his true love.

Descriptions such as callous; unemotional; lacking empathy; aggressive; impulsive; acting without any regard for the welfare of others have been used to describe psychopathy…However, new research suggests that female psychopaths differ in the expression of deceitful, manipulative, and exploitive personality traits. They are more likely to express these personality deficits through behaviors typically with extreme fear of abandonment; outbursts of rage over real or imagined transgressions, they switch between seeing their significant other as either completely perfect or totally evil or become women who must constantly be the center of attention.  They may be misdiagnosed as having mental illness.  Such a female…. perhaps Leisha Gwen Hamilton…. [The murderer of Roger “Scott” Dunn] may be just as incapable of true empathy, and just as manipulative and deceitful, as the psychopathic callous, unemotional male. [Published on May 2, 2012 by Joni E. Johnston, Psy.D. in The Human Equation].  Such a woman, who upon first meeting Scott’s Dunn’s father, was more concerned with acquiring Scott’s car (holding the keys in her hand) than finding him… and THAT was just one layer of the onion…..with 21 more years worth of layers to come….

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“Shattered Lives”  travelled the path with Jim Dunn, as he recounted his fight for justice with many revelations along the way

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

 

  • Crime tips across the miles…South Carolina, Connecticut.  ***Email your tips  anytime to feature on the air at: ladyjusticedonna@gmail.com;
  • Introduction to our guest; Murder of a son…
  • What it takes to be a survivor to continue to pursue justice all the many years…the road not taken…;
  • The circumstances of the crime….. All of a sudden we don’t hear from our son….….A strange woman calls….
  • “Why are you calling me at work? “(Leisha)  The story continues… a piece of carpet tells the story….;
  • Richard Walter, psychologist’s comment  on  psychopaths;
  • A bright technically oriented kid, who had “too many girlfriends;”
  • Twenty-one years to the date that he was murdered…. The remains were found in May 2012;
  • Filling in the gaps…. The law enforcement response initially- Across the miles  from Philadelphia to Lubbock ,Texas;
  • A father’s demeanor to “take care of business” just  like a business meeting;
  • The dinner with Leisha-   a plot to play one man against the other – in jealousy;
  • “Scott just left.”  I want his car…..”
  • Under surveillance…. Ready to jump on the case….
  • 300-400 phone calls in one year- June 1992- Meeting Richard Walter…from the Vidocq Society;
  • “You don’t have a body…. You don’t have a case;”
  • Duct tape and hair fibers …. A telltale sign;
  • Tim Smith and former criminal records discovered by Jim;
  • A TV show that made the difference….. http://www.vidocq.org/who.html;
  • Richard Walter comes in from Scotland Yard…. “I’ll let the phone ring five times”
  • Texas Law tells the story – a body, a confession or part of a body;
  • The trials of Leisha Hamilton and Tim Smith….
  • A suspended sentence – Why??
  • Discussion of a probated sentence;
  • A victim’s advocate….Pam Alexander  “a God’s send;”
  • His wife Barbara and her needs…. I’ll leave you…”
  • Scott’s biological Mom….
  • An unexpected event – finding the body….  Repair men on Pipelines;
  • Meeting Wanda Evans and the evolution of “Trail of Blood”
  • My purpose was to find Scott and give credit to the Vidocq Society;
  • Competing books…..  “The Murder Room”  http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/headlines/20100905-Book-review-The-Murder-1497.ece
  • Jim’s “Trail of Blood” http://www.amazon.com/dp/0882822616;
  • Contact Information:  dunnj@bhosted.net;

 

 

Questions, Questions, Questions;

  • The parole board -What is the status of the murderer when does the perpetrator get out?
  • What was the crux of the altercation that led to the murder?
  • How long did it take to secure a conviction?
  • What was Jim’s charge by the police in order to find out more information from the perpetrator(s)”?
  • What were the evidence and the results of the DNA?
  • What were Jim’s efforts after Scott’s blood was identified?
  • Who ultimately responded to Jim’s outreach efforts?
  • What was the Texas law enforcement’s theory of the case?
  • Who was Bill Fleisher, William Fleisher, V.S.M. and what was his significance to the case?
  • How was it that the case came to trial with “no body”?
  • What was the involvement of Scotland Yard?
  • What happened with the Grand jury?
  • What part of Texas law allows for a suspended sentence-“probated sentence”?
  • What was the condition of Scott’s body when located?
  • A letter from prison… What’s going on?

 

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.

 

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Legislation and Advocacy: Changing Tolerance Levels of Sexual Assault

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Five minutes… That’s how long the rape scene lasts  in the movie, “The Accused “, and 90 percent of that sequence is focused not on the victim but on the perpetrators — the three men gang-raping Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster) and the assortment of other men cheering them on in the bar.

The Accused “was based tenuously on the real-life rape of Cheryl Araujo in New Bedford, Massachusetts back in 1983, a case that didn’t, unfortunately, establish a precedent for criminalizing the behavior of whooping onlookers as the film suggests, but did provide the template for the “blaming the victim” strategy that has since been employed by many a unscrupulous defense attorney.

The reality is: We don’t like torture. But we love punishment. And in five minutes at the end of the film, “The Accused “gave us all the reason we needed to want to see those sons of bitches suffer. It’s just too bad all they got was a Class B felony and probably a six-month suspended sentence. [Excerpts from: http://www.pajiba.com/think_pieces/the-double-standard-of-sexual-violence-the-accused-and-our-relationship-with-onscreen-violence.php]

Such is the case…even in 2013.  Where does it end? Or ….more to the point, where SHOULD it begin in shaping the minds and souls of children? We MUST teach that respect; tolerance for all humane cultures, thoughts, words and actions is the ONLY standard. We MUST teach that a person’s body -their CHALICE is sacred and  one that we CANNOT drink from… without their explicit, clear permission!

How do we teach?  By example, by intervention, by a good moral upbringing… and finally by law if we have not internalized… to keep the wretched souls on the straight and narrow…

Ladyjustice and Delilah delved into such topics once again with Anna Doroghazi, Director of Public Policy and Communications at Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.  Important legislative and programming updates were the focus of discussion.

            Listen to the Podcast

  • The importance of a radio podcast as “an educator….”
  • Introduction to our guest…
  • A discussion of legislative advocacy and public policy,  “an opportunity to improve systems;”
  • The composition of CONNSACS… direct advocacy of sexual assault survivors and their loved ones…
  • 24-7 State Wide  HOT LINES…. 888-999-5545 – English; 888-568-8332- Spanish with potential to accept out of state calls;
  • Hospital advocates – a divide between legislation and public policy….
  • “We don’t know what we don’t know…” How to gauge lack of services….
  • State wide level services – CT Hospital Associations or Legislators or….
  • 14 Victim Advocates placed in Parole & Probation Units at a post conviction phase…
  • Sex Offender Supervision – What’s it about?
  • Legislative Change – Sexual Assault of the Disabled – the Fourtin Case – National Outrage….
  • “Physical Helplessness” –a  1950-1960’s definition-  Biting, Kicking and Scratching;
  • A big difference between knocking over a bowl of cereal and turning down sex….
  • Criminal statues and “Mental defectiveness;”
  • New Definition – More specific – Can you communicate something that is situationally appropriate or are you able to resist?
  • A discussion of “bending over backwards” in favor of the perpetrator in Ladyjustice’s opinion;
  • HB 6702 “An Act Concerning Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” … Beyond the technical changes…
  • Eligibility for restraining orders offenders- (40%) who have  “No official relationship “a change…;
  • A discussion about the difference between civil and criminal restraining orders – 17 states have civil restraining orders….
  • Prevention Program -  Men Can Stop Rape” -“Where Do You Stand-Connecticut”  http://www.mencanstoprape.org/;
  • Active bystanders…. What can they do?  Techniques-interventions that can be used;
  • A glorified masculine, aggressive sexual culture….
  • Re-imagining Masculinity- ….A culture and cycle of violence starting with the family circle beginning with children…;
  • Sexual Violence in the Military –  At the human and legislative level;
  • The “raw numbers” regarding sexual assault in the military…;
  • What’s the greatest fear for female soldiers?;
  • The way that the Military responds and underreporting of incidents – A SHOCKING NUMBER!
  • Barriers to reporting sexual violence….
  • A discussion re military protocol; Attempts at Federal change:  Senator Kristen  Gillibrand: The Military Justice Improvement Act:  http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/gillibrand-statement-on-senate-armed-services-committee-dropping-military-justice-improvement-act-from-national-defense-bill-
  • Ladyjustice asks about the trickle down effect regarding the number of suicides among the military…..  PTSD among female veterans;
  • Documentary “The Invisible War” http://www.invisiblewarmovie.com/;
  • Parting Comments by Anna: Primary Preventions – Owning the Issue of Sexual Violence;
  • The differences in advocacy groups to help the cause.

 

Questions from the Podcast….

  • What does a public policy person do exactly?
  • What are examples of the duties of advocates within the nine programs at CONNSACS?;
  • What are the most effective ways to forge changes to better the experience for victims?
  • What types of trainings are offered through CONNSACS?
  • At what point in the process and what are the duties of the sexual assault victim advocates?
  • What were the circumstances of “State V. Fourtin” case?
  • How is communication and unwillingness defined according to the Connecticut Courts?
  • How to make the term “physical helplessness” more realistic and protect victims who are disabled and want to have sex?
  • Are the Fourtin case and an earlier case precedent setting nationally?
  • What are the significant legal changes this year for sexual assault survivors in Connecticut?
  • Why is a year long task force needed on restraining orders for sexual assault victims?
  • What are the ramifications of the offender being a landlord or property owner in breaking a lease vs. a victim’s safety?
  • What is the concept of “Men Can Stop Rape?”
  • What is percentage of sexual violence are perpetrated by men?
  • Are men willing to get involved in this campaign?
  • How many instances of reported sexual assaults were tracked in 2012?
  • What’s incest got to do with it?
  • What is the military protocol for disclosure?
  • What was the outcome of the efforts to implement the Military Justice Improvement Act?
  • Military sexual trauma…What are the implications?

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Peoples’ Choice in Policing for a Coastal Community

Chief Saundra Rhodes, Horry County Police Chief,Donna R. Gore, Shattered Lives

“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.” Marianne Williamson

 

 

From high rises and beach wear stores with just a 45 minutes journey to very rural cornfields and corner stores in which everyone knows their closest neighbor two miles away…  That’s the composition of Horry County, according to Chief Saundra Rhodes….

One never knows what turn life will take whether It is in one’s job or choice of residence…. However, there are those people who, for whatever reason, stay within their community in which they were born and bred and go on to serve in an exemplary fashion.

One such person is Chief Saundra Rhodes of the Horry County Police Department.  Horry County is an interesting area of contrasts…. Tucked in the northeastern corner of South Carolina, it consists of 1,255 square miles with just under 10 percent consisting of water. Population according to the 2010 census was 269,291 with a density of 173 people per square mile.  Geographically they have a rich variety of terrain including rives, forests, swamps and the ever popular beaches. Unlike the TV commercials touting the wonderful beaches, much of this land is rural and poor. Such a contrast in landscape and residents speaks to the varying needs of residents.

As a woman of color, Chief Rhodes navigated the undercover world of drugs within the force with great success prior to her present position.   She also took on the challenge to change perceptions about law enforcement in her beloved county and get back in touch with the community as of her appointment in September 2012.  She is innovative, savvy and a woman who appreciates the talents of her staff. Ladyjustice and Delilah interviewed this exemplary Chief on our most recent episode of “Shattered Lives.” Join us for a very enlightening hour!

Listen to the PODCAST

  • Introduction to our guest:
  • Chief Rhodes evolution to her current position;
  • “Drug dealing”  to community oriented policing & enforcement teams as a Sergeant;
  • The “progression of suspicion” for being identified as an undercover police officer;
  • The “brotherhood of narcotics” and the danger involved;
  • Her first  love – community policing and progress to date;
  • Community meetings, homeowners meetings, and inclusion of the community in promotions;
  • Delilah asks about the different sectors of police and working as a team between jurisdictions;
  • An example of multi-jurisdictional cooperation.  Re-entry procedures for evacuation during a hurricane;
  • Ladyjustice asks about policing given high degree of activity, influx of tourists, retirees moving in,  transient population, high unemployment and low wages;
  • The Chief’s response from high rises and beach wear stores  to very rural  cornfields and corner stores just 45 minutes away;
  • Retirees needs…. versus rural residents…
  • A discussion of the four precincts – and a recent realignment;
  • Delilah- “It’s not unusual to not visit the beach when you live there….”
  • Ladyjustice asks about the process of  interfacing with legislators whether it be at the local council level up to the Governor’s office;
  • Chief talks about her role as a teacher and turning theory into practice…
  • Making changes in police policy instead of “the way it’s always been done…”
  • The responsiveness to changes for more officers  and more money;
  • Changing the perception of Council members – Gangs in Horry County;
  • Delilah asks about the situation in Horry County and Myrtle Beach with Human Trafficking; “Putting our heads in the sand…”
  • Delilah on addressing Human Trafficking in their area – Coming into the public eye…;
  • Fugitives in Myrtle Beach  “A  good place  in which to get lost and to blend in;”
  • Ladyjustice asks about efforts with the juvenile justice system in Horry County so that crimes do not escalate with young people;
  • Grieving Mothers Helping to Prevent Further Violence in Myrtle Beach :
  • Local Article:http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_1df793d4-696f-596e-9284-68a47052fca8.html
  • A discussion of types of crimes in Horry County – Drugs and Property Crimes;
  • Ladyjustice asks about advice to tourists and what behaviors they need to practice and avoid;
  • A discussion about assessing the patterns of crime with use of technology to assist tourists;
  • A new and improved airport- Is there an impact?
  • The Chief reviews the various precincts and the many types of units;
  • A discussion of de-centralizing the force and the benefits of such a move;
  • Media coverage about policing and greater transparency “The doorway to the public”
  • Teaching Criminal Justice at Horry Georgetown Technical College and recruiting;
  • http://www.hgtc.edu/academics/academic_programs/Public_Service_Tech/Criminal_Justice.html
  • Chief Rhode discusses the police turnover rate due to forced retirement…. However, there is a bright side with transforming a police force with innovative methods;
  • A day in the life of a police chief “like a hamster on a wheel” What’s it like?
  • A praising e-mail changing the complexion of a hard day….
  •   Major Goal: A police department intertwined with the community;”
  • Contact Information: Chief Rhodes may be contacted at 843-915-8341 or by email at RhodesS@horrycounty.org

 

Questions to be answered from this Podcast:

  • How it was that Chief Rhodes began her career?
  • Who is most and least likely to be identified as a police officer when you are undercover?
  • What is the goal of community policing and how is it done?
  • How is “walking a beat” foot patrols viewed as a method of policing?
  • What is the framework of police assistance between different jurisdictions?
  • How does Horry County compare to other coastal counties demographically?
  • What industries created Horry County as compared to currently?
  • What is the true size of the County and the challenges faced by police?
  • Where are the majority of police officers based and what is their role?
  • Which precincts receive the most calls and how are they assigned?
  • What is traditional policing and how does it differ from methods currently used?
  • What is the focus of the Street Crimes unit?
  • What is the attraction for fugitives in Myrtle Beach?
  • What kinds of programs does the Horry County Police endorse for young people  in the 17 to 24 age range?
  • What are the statistics regarding violent crime in the area?
  • What are “crimes of opportunity?”
  • How does the Chief prepare for an increase in tourists during selected times of the year?
  • How many officers are employed in Horry County and how are  various units described?
  • What is a major change just implemented by Chief Rhodes regarding the Criminal Investigations Division?
  • What is the composition of the Specialized Teams?
  • What is the true need for officers currently?
  • What are the external and internal focuses that a Chief has to attend to on a day to day basis?
  • What are the major goals for the future according to Chief Rhodes?

 

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.

 

 

 

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Navigating Divorce with Dignity…. What are the Odds?

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“Daily I walk around my small, picturesque town with a thought bubble over my head: “Person Going through a Divorce….”  When I look at other people, I automatically form thought bubbles over their heads.  For Example:   “Happy Couple with Stroller;” “Innocent Teenage Girl with her Whole Life Ahead of her;”   “Content Grandmother and Grandfather Visiting Grandchildren’s Town Living  with Intact Parent;” ”Secure Housewife with Big Diamond;” “Undamaged Group of Young Men on Skateboards;”

“Good Man with Baby in Baby Knapsack who Loves his Wife;” “Dogs who Never Have to Worry:” “Young Kids Kissing Publicly.” Then…. every so often, I see one like me, one of the shambling gaunt women without makeup, looking older than she is: Divorcing Woman Wondering How the F___ this Happened…  Author: Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

Such an ominous message reveals the true state of affairs with many people traversing the very rough terrain of divorce- American style.  We seemingly walk around in a bubble like Suzanne, wondering where it all went wrong…

Whether it’s the slings and arrows inherent in the relationship itself; conflicts with the children, a cheating spouse or the cutthroat nature of divorce courts, the AFTERMATH of a damaged relationship leading to divorce is anything but pretty!

Enter an option that you may not be aware of…. ‘An option that can minimize “the shatter.” ‘A process that is truly about teamwork and non-adversarial.

Ladyjustice and Delilah had the pleasure to interview two skilled professionals: one a psychologist, the other a highly trained attorney committed to the concept and the real life process of Collaborative Divorce.    There are many professionals and resources who can guide you: Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D.; of CCDG/Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group: http://www.ctcollaborativedivorce.com/; and Attorney Robert Fried of Divorce Solutions of Connecticut: http://www.ctdivorcesolutions.com/ Learn the facts with us….

             Listen to the Podcast

  • Introduction with Ladyjustice and Delilah;
  • Getting to know our guests:
  • The start of Collaborative Divorce …. How did it evolve?
  • Picking up the pieces in the aftermath….;
  • The Goal of Collaborative Divorce…;
  • “Giving up being an attorney” without collaborative divorce…
  • Delilah asks about the “layers involved with custody issues”- court advocates             guardians at litem, advocates etc…. Does collaborative divorce help?
  • Statistics for divorce- Without intervention – First Marriage 50%; Second Marriage 70%;Third Marriage 90%;
  • How does the process of collaborative divorce work regarding the team – the players identified and their roles?
  • No secrets…
  • Bob on the “horror shows” Hollywood examples… and a “No court pledge”;
  • What percentage of divorce cases is settled?
  • Resolving underlying issues….being part of the solution…;
  • Every state differs…. Connecticut law dictates that divorce can take place no earlier than three months and at least one year must elapse as a CT resident before one can become divorced;
  • Elaine on dealing with the other complicated  issues;
  • Ladyjustice asks a” loaded question “on shared custody….
  • The key- to determine the interest of the children and parent’s positions versus “posturing;”
  • Letting the judge decide?
  • The realization of problem solving versus ” being friends or loving toward each other;”
  • A discussion of “in the child’s best interest,” a sliding scale according to Bob…
  • Elaine talks about the referral process and her role as a coach;
  • Elaine talks about families who have abusive and/or addicted partners…
  • Delilah asks about people with Cluster B Personality Disorders….
  • Sandra L. Brown, M. A. http://saferelationshipsmagazine.com
  • Elaine states that professionals re-vamping  the new DSM V could not agree on the inclusion of changes re various personality disorders…..“They need to be worked on;”
  • Delilah clarifies that we are talking about anti-social personality disorders….
  • Bob on the benefits of collaborative re forming new relationships with others in family law … working as a team;
  • Taking extra care… or maybe it can’t be collaborative…;
  • Chronological order and what Elaine’s group does individually and separately;
  • Bob’s preferred approach starting with the coach versus the attorney’s approach;
  • Division of labor to keep the costs down…. Working with the team versus sitting in court with the “time outs;”
  • What’s reasonable and rational versus arguing as the clock is ticking;
  • “Wanting your pound  of flesh”- alternative dispute resolution-mediation or collaborative is far superior to court;
  • Bob discusses options in other states…;
  • Elaine discusses the need for court in domestic violence cases with abusers…
  • Requirement of parenting classes  in Connecticut and elsewhere to learn about co-parenting;
  • Keeping it out of court as much as possible…” Why would you want a stranger making choices for your children?”
  • Bob discusses  “no fault divorce” before and after 1973; “A friendly divorce;”
  • “Fault “ is one of 13 statutory factors that a court considers;
  • Ladyjustice asks about changes in the family court system?
  • Example: “The kids and the family are being destroyed… The court allows it…”
  • The toll when spouses “just want to win and hurt the other person…”
  • Where to go for Collaborative Divorce- The International Association of  Collaborate Professionals: www.collaborativepractice.com;
  • Elaine encourages us to ask the attorneys about their training…. Saying “I’m willing to be collaborative” is different than the extensive training required for collaborative divorce;

 

Questions and Answers to be Revealed…

  • What is the professional organization for persons practicing collaborative divorce?
  • How are divorce options being marketed – old ideas and new options?
  • What was Bob’s “war story” that was a turning point for him?
  • Assessing the damage… How do couples learn to communicate?
  • How does emotions and co-parenting figure into this process?
  • How do coaches’ assistance with parenting plans work?
  • How do legal procedures differ in a traditional divorce versus collaborative divorce regarding wanting the other spouse out of the house?
  • How long does this process take? Certain rules apply…
  • How is collaborative divorce advantageous when you are challenging a couple to communicate at their lowest point?
  • What happens to the family dynamic when parents realize that the children are manipulating each other?
  • What is the difference between an “attorney for the minor child” versus “a guardian at litem”?
  • What elements are the foundations of collaborative divorce and what are the “ground rules” when they introduce the option?
  • What is the order of the process?
  • How cost effective is collaborative divorce?
  • According to Bob, what is another advantage of the collaborate option regarding the outcome?
  • What are other states doing around the country regarding divorce?
  • Is coaching more effective versus mandatory one time parenting class?
  • What does “no-fault divorce” mean?
  • Does “fault” impact upon child support?
  • What is the AFTERMATH when one party doesn’t want to cooperate?

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.”

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