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This writer has a million examples of liberty and justice compiled over a long period of time. My blog is a microcosm of such examples written about over a year’s time. Ladyjustice will provide a short list of such examples below, focusing in on the Liberty and Justice part, in hopes that others may be interested in reading more….
LIBERTY: Bengali women are now able to escape human trafficking since their pre-teen years by learning job skills and making handicrafts to earn real wages versus the degradation of the sex trade.
JUSTICE: Pobitra, a job training program and Pokritee, a product design and development company, are giving women courage and the tools to escape this destructive way of life! Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer working with 138 artisans in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East showcase these brave entrepreneurs!
LIBERTY: Daniel Hernandez, Jr, a former Upward Bound student had the fortitude and courage to act quickly to save the life of Representative Gabrielle Giffords during the murderous rampage in Arizona.
JUSTICE: Representative Giffords survives and continues to make progress in her recovery (In fact, a new book written by her husband and she will be published soon). Ladyjustice has a special place in her heart for the Daniel Hernandez Jr’s of the world and the Upward Bound Program in Imperial Valley California (the poorest county in the U.S.) LJ showcased this very program.
LIBERTY: As the hearts and minds of our nation were torn apart after the terrorist attacks of 9-11, one group took on the President and Congress, demanding action when they initially chose not to investigate.
Justice: Mary Fetchet, Founder of Voices of 9-11 provides comfort, support and advocacy to many, many victims and continues to lead the charge for lasting change!
Liberty: A dignified woman and former social worker from Connecticut became a violent crime victim in an instant, 22 years ago when her son, on the brink of marriage was murdered so tragically and totally unprovoked by a narcissistic killer who spent years and years on the lamb, hidden by his wealthy family.
Justice: After 22 years… using local, state and international resources, Addie Carone finally got a piece justice after Adam Zach, the perpetrator, was located via a family member in Mexico where Zachs had taken on a new identity, married and had children and a business. Zachs is now incarcerated for the first time in his adult life…. as well as his father for adding and abetting a fugitive.
Liberty: Crime Victims are held hostage their entire lives by the personal violence experienced and any successive violence, as it often opens up the wounds. One of the best ways to deal with this is to attempt become healthier by advocating for others in the name of their lost loved one. Case in point: The Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Conference against Violence.
Justice: Sam and Wanda’s daughter Melanie was a nurturing person and had aspirations of being a social work. Melanie’s ex-boyfriend had other tragic plans for her… plans of intimate partner homicide. See Ladyjustice’s tribute to their 15th conference in her memory, this past spring.
Thank you for the opportunity to share!
With the help of all advocates collectively, may we continue to see more examples of justice obtained rather than justice denied!
An open wound that never quite heals…. Submerged memories…Unimaginable loss…. ‘Life altering changes, broken hearts, minds and souls…. Such is the make-up of a person who has been visited by violent crime…
When such a victim puts their trust in the system that is supposed to help them achieve a new normal and a new start at healing, we believe because we are vulnerable, we have no reference point for this series of events… Our “rudder in life” has been irreparably damaged. To believe the experts at our greatest point of vulnerability and grief…. Is to dance with the devil…. Sometimes…years down the road we learn the true realities concerning what the criminal justice system doles out… Such a reality is being thrust upon Ladyjustice’s family.
To be able to comprehend and navigate such a process is difficult at best when the phone call and/or form letter arrives. It is invaluable to have the services of a skilled victim advocate, prosecutor, and crime victim rolled into one. This person is Michelle Cruz. She knows from whence she speaks… She doesn’t just speak…. she feels a victim’s pain.
During this episode of “Shattered Lives,” Delilah takes over the reigns to interview Ladyjustice and Michelle about this very personal topic…
To listen to the Podcast: CLICK HERE
• Introduction to guests and topic by Delilah;
• Introduction to the background of the murder and Ladyjustice’s decision to become an advocate for her family and other crime victims;
• An outline of the circumstances…
• Delilah asks what is the normal process when someone goes through once a victim is notified?
• Michelle explains the process and the fact that parole hearing are public?
• Why does he get parole now? I thought he wasn’t getting out…
• Delilah brings up the point that victims may not know how or what questions to ask or know how to get the proper information;
• “The bandaid’s ripped off … it’s not really 50 years served …it’s 26 years;
• Questions elicited in the process of brainstorming …different for every family;
• Can a family’s wishes be videotaped for the future…particularly with elderly family members who may not be around for every five year interval;
• Ladyjustice’s feelings regarding the perpetrator’s responsibility at the parole hearing…
• Information is power… the process does not have to be as horrific as you think….
• Creating new ground…thinking out of the box …educating the parole board and future victims;
• Policy matters and short notice to the victim;
• Ladyjustice’s information regarding what “lifer’s” typically do… to apply or not to apply for parole;
• The Connecticut Parole system… If you happen to be a victim whose offender’s hearing is in prison clearance is needed…How would a family know? The notification falls short…
• Where is the balance in the system… a discussion about victim -centered system versus otherwise… verbiage versus tangible rights…
• The Constitutional Rights of Victims..;
• Factors that come into play…. Limited staffing, lack of knowledge of parole hearings, being emotionally overwhelmed; transportation, safety issues etc.
• Michelle’s offer to send her e-mails to respond to questions and explain the process; Contact Info: 860 415 6529 (MLAW) AttyMichelleSCruz@yahoo.com
• BOTTOM LINE: Keep asking questions and locate the right person to advocate and explain the process until you understand!
• “We told the victim this… we had this conversation (“i.e. Don’t ask anymore questions…We’re busy”
• Explaining the legal concept of “joinder”…extraordinary circumstance in this case… That’s why we’re in the law books!;
• Explaining concurrent versus consecutive sentences…
• The old goodtime credit… receiving good time up front; If you don’t behave, good time SHOULD be forfeited;
• New crimes committed while in prison…to be served consecutive AFTER he gets parole
• What is good time anyway… back in the day versus good time currently?
• You can write your name on a list and get goodtime credit;
• An example of when good time works well- getting a GED;
• An example when it isn’t effective… “The History of the Philippines” course;
• Counseling session…enough to rip the bandaid off but not enough to make them successful Another example..;
• Programs have the potential of being equally beneficial to crime victims AND prisoners…
• College courses as an example of being equitable…
• Victim Compensation…It’s available…. A 2 year limit in CT, 3 years in Mass; Other considerations for older cases…
• Is Ladyjustice’s case an unusual case? Lying to victims about sentencing… a mathematical calculation and changes over time;
• Earned risk reduction credits 60 days off per year…and the true case of 60 years for murder without good time- the perpetrator’s sentence is a lengthier more true sentence;
• Discussion of the nature of the prisoner’s crimes in prison…
It’s allowed in this public forum;
• Discussion of whether the parole board members really care about the victims…
• Twenty- six years is not enough…. How do victim’s summarize that length of time?
• Discussion of the importance of having a voice in the process…however you chose to do it- ways to participate;
• Delilah’s statement regarding the importance of this show and blog to assist others who may have to go through the process in the future;
• Ladyjustice’s closing statement and thank-yous;
Questions that may be elicited from this podcast:
• Despite being a knowledgeable advocate, why are there so many questions?
• What does notification really mean?
• If your offender committed a crime many years ago, are we notified?
• What types of questions and needs are important to the victims?
• What happens if other family members do not want the perpetrator to hear their victim impact statement?
• Why such short notice for victims?
• Balance and equity in the system- Where is it?
• Can we achieve equity in terms of the rights of the perpetrator versus the victim?;
• Does Michelle advise victims to hire an attorney to represent their interests?
• Defining terms – concurrent, consecutive, determinant sentencing versus indeterminant; the legal concept of “joinder”?
• When should joinder be used?
• ***How does someone receive GOOD TIME when they continue to commit crimes while still in prison?
• Are programs for prisoners helpful…or not?
• What are the factors that may contribute to victims not knowing about victim compensation?
• Promises, promises… What has been the most difficult part of Michelle’s role in her former position?
• How can a crime victim keep track of the offender’s sentence re parole eligibility date using the DOC website?
• Are victim’s allowed to know the nature of prisoner’s crimes in prison?
• What does the parole board expect of the crime victim’s role during the hearing?
• Why is it so important to be prepared…and what are the reasons for doing a victim impact statement?
• If the perpetrator has a short sentence is it worth it?
Law offices of Michelle S. Cruz:
Parole Hearings: A Prisoner’s Gift; A Crime Victim’s Nightmare…
Ladyjustice believes that the name Betty Broderick could be synonymous with snake venom. Dan, in turn, was a psychological manipulator and a philanderer. Betty exacted what she thought was the ultimate revenge… and received 32 years to life for second degree murder in the killings of her ex-husband ,Dan Broderick and his new wife Linda as they slept in their bedroom. Both used their children as pawns in a dangerous game of cat and mouse…. San Diego would never be the same…
The landscape of this case is so convoluted, so volatile, and so contentious that a blog would be pages and pages long to capture the story in its full scope. Rather, this author chooses to present a particular focus and “fascinating facts” to leave the reader hopefully wanting more… In addition, we will visit one authority on “the female narcissist.”
To begin with, Betty was not deprived in any material sense. She was the third of six children, whose father was a successful New York building contractor. Hired help was the standard in addition to private Catholic schools. Dan Broderick was the oldest of nine children, a Navy reared, strict Catholic family as well. Betty and Dan married in 1969.
Betty was very intelligent, but appeared to buy into the 1950-60’s housewife and mother fantasy, supporting her man. However, the sacrifice wasn’t worth the final outcome. So the story goes… Betty did everything a good Catholic wife should do. She climbed the social ladder with her husband’s occupational prominence as a physician and later a malpractice attorney with Betty working several jobs as the breadwinner prior to making his fortune.
Dan got bored and his eye wandered to a younger model. No one could have predicted the extent of Betty’s wrath. After 16 years of marriage, Betty was tossed aside. Dan continually lied to her regarding an affair, saying she was crazy…. Concerning his relationship with a newly hired assistant. She was told she was “old, fat, stupid and boring.” A suicide attempt… ‘Attempts at perfection to please her husband. Betty became that crazy person Dan told friends about…
Craziness…she rammed her car into his home, scrawled “God” on court documents where his name should appear, and left obscene phone messages for her 11 year old son to hear.
Support payments were hefty, after a four year ferocious court battle orchestrated by Dan, Betty was relentless in her harassment. Dan fined her $100 for every obscene word used. She was jailed and briefly committed to a mental hospital. Dan was the head of the San Diego Bar Association during their troubles, and consequently Betty had difficulty finding someone to represent her… in addition to her narcissistic personality and irrepressible anger.
Betty had four living children, one baby who died and three miscarriages with Dan. As horrible she was, Dan harassed Betty for years using his knowledge of the medical and the legal system to his best advantage.
Epstein credits refer to a California law encompassing the time period until a divorce is finalized. During that time, one of the spouses will pay all expenses incurred regarding community property. After the decree, the spouse who paid the expenses is allowed to request reimbursement for half of the monies spent, beginning at the date of separation. Reportedly, due to Dan’s legal ploys and delays, the judge took Dan’s word for the final accounting, with another $5,000 deducted at show cause hearings for use of bad language. Half of Dan’s pension -$240,000, could not be claimed until age 65. Her final award from her “multi-millionaire hubby” was less than $30,000.
Media accounts such as the “American Justice” program and the TV movie “A Woman Scorned” portray the destructive antics of Betty very heavily and paint Dan as “Mr. Clean.” However, it becomes perfectly clear that when actual videotapes are seen of the real Betty testifying, she appears self-centered and stark-raving mad…deflecting ALL responsibility toward her ex-husband. In truth, whether she was mentally ill or “crazy like a fox,” it was tit for tat with each spouse creating the toxic relationship. Dan even predicted his own murder…
BUT… What can be said about the Female Narcissist? Sam Vaknin, (author of Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited provides comprehensive information on narcissism and the narcissist).writing and videotaping for the HealthyPlace: Trusted Mental Health Information on Gender and Narcissism , states that most narcissists are males (75%) with very few gender differences noted.
The primary role of the narcissist is to use everything around them for their narcissistic supply.
According to Vaknin, female narcissists focus on their physical appearance-flaunting their attributes and culturally determined role. He goes on to say that they… “Secure their narcissistic supply through their more traditional gender role via taking care of the home, children, suitable careers (“the wife of___”), their feminine traits and role in society. They depend so much on the opinions of others around them that, with time, they transform into ultrasensitive seismographs of public opinion, barometers of prevailing winds and guardians of conformity. Narcissists cannot afford to seriously alienate others in the process of reflecting their false self… The very proper and continuous functioning of their ego depends upon the goodwill and collaboration of their human environment.”
Some narcissists feel guilt and wish to be punished, playing out roles such as the “bad girl” (which fall within traditional expectations) as a means of getting attention. Female narcissists tend to resort to therapy and admit psychological problems. They also treat children as extensions of themselves and Mr. Vaknin believes that female version fights to maintain control and dependence in her children, because she has limited options compared to men. Male narcissists tend to view children as a nuisance…. It’s all about filling her insatiable narcissistic supply.
After reviewing many sources, Ladyjustice concludes that:
- Dan and Betty Broderick were their own worst enemies- both flawed at minimum and perhaps sociopathic at the other end of the spectrum;
- Given Dan’s selfishness, manipulation and role as a user of younger women, Betty could NEVER have resumed her self-defined trophy wife status. She was yesterday’s news in his life;
- Their four children were the saddest victims in this entire ordeal. Split 50-50 at Betty’s 2010 parole hearing, Betty used them as pawns, never caring about how the couple’s destructive behavior impacted them. NOR did she express any remorse even after 20 years of incarceration!
American Justice Excerpt: (recording of phone conversation with Betty and her 11 year old son. This is he real Betty …. Even Ladyjustice is shocked! http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=Is8vUAUDwZs&feature=endscreen
(***FAST FORWARD to 5 min, 40 seconds and play through 6 min, 24secs)
Her Final Fury
This writer had the unique opportunity to be a guest for the initial reading of “Project: Turnpike,” a creative work, a “play in progress” based on the topic of human trafficking from the book, “The Berlin Turnpike.” Human Trafficking is now in the forefront…and it exists in every state and virtually every country globally.
For those born and bred in Connecticut…who used to go to the Berlin Drive-In, dressed in jammies excitedly ready to see a movie from the car, are somewhat taken aback that this occurs now…and has occurred in the past, literally in Ladyjustice’s backyard! How uncomfortable and shameful a feeling! After all, this is Connecticut… supposedly the wealthiest state in the United States!
First of all, the play was presented in the historic, former retail store turned Capital Community College in Hartford, known as the old G. Fox & Company….a staple for those of us growing up in Connecticut. This gorgeous 1930 art deco style architecture took Ladyjustice back to her early childhood in the 1960’s. Seeing the transformation into a practical, stylish 11 story building for the first time… after all these years was truly enthralling! Take a look at history…. http://www.chs.org/finding_aides/fox/welcome.htmls
The second part of this amazing experience was the opportunity to meet one of the playwrights, Debra Wright (in the elevator), in addition to the wonderful author (and guest on “Shattered Lives,”), Ray Bechard.
To listen to the podcast of Shattered Lives interview with Ray Bechard: CLICK HERE
The expansive auditorium was the backdrop to the small, purposefully sparse stage…. No scenery to distract from the acting. However, such a situation is a heavy burden on actors with only a book of dialogue, a music stand for support and their raw talent.
The cast of characters included “Magic,” the hustler-pimp; and his charges… in different stages of degradation and servitude, living and working along a series of motels and businesses known as the “Berlin Turnpike” (Route 15). Other characters were known as Andy, Helen, Rose, Caz and Rayne.” The plot surrounded the indoctrination, the luring of a new victim, “charmed and snapped up quickly” right from the Union (train) station. The new girl in town is from Vermont, and as naive as a dairy farmer’s existence can be….. The other more seasoned and hardened women proceed to acquaint her with the facts of life regarding exploitation.
In the beginning, the new young recruit is mesmerized by Magic’s charms and does not yet see his toxic side. Throw in a woman from Bosnia (who sounds just like Natasha from the Bullwinkle cartoon) who is his recruiter, “main woman” and also in love with Magic…… and it makes for one sickening recipe for disaster! Did this writer mention that Magic has a perfectly charming family including kids at home who believe he works for the CIA?
Different characters try to obey, try to stay alive and recount their worst experiences for the newbie. To add more spice, one woman who has been kept around longer than usual, finds herself pregnant…and is planning an escape…. Does she make it out? What happens to the newbie? What becomes of this group? Ladyjustice’s lips are sealed….
Kudos go to actors Maggie Erwin, Warren Hawk, Jessica Moss, Lily Narbonne, Julia Rosenbaatt, and Patrick Sullivan. Further kudos go to writers, Cindy Martinez, Debra Walsh and director, Steven Ginsburg! Congratulations to HartBeat Ensemble and Capital Community College for embracing controversy and real topics!
As a work in progress, the Director asked for feedback from the audience. The play will be re-worked with a second reading under the watchful eye of Connecticut author, Ray Bechard. And then… in 2013, the final play in its entirety, will spring forth for the world to see… Stay tuned!
Links to check out:
Parting words… What did Ladyjustice think of the play?
‘Just fabulous… It really makes you think…and appreciate!
The raw truth about human trafficking:
Enthralled, Amazed and Confused…..”The Project: Turnpike” Experience
The multi-faceted Denise Brown…. English Professor in Lyndonville, Vermont, mother of twins, former corporate wife“ to a former Connecticut senior executive, editor of “North Country Cooking” Magazine has yet another credit to her name… Homicide survivor and author of “The Unspeakable” based on the 1998 Connecticut Lottery mass murders.
After her husband Otho Brown was chased in his workplace parking lot, shot three times, laying dead on the pavement adjacent to the former Connecticut Lottery building and the woods…Denise Buel Brown did something unpopular in the aftermath. When an educational fund was initiated for her son and twin daughters, she actually asked for more…Whether you think how dare she…or good for her, Denise’s aftermath admittedly was colored by alcohol rage and brutal honesty.
In fact, Denise wrote about the mass homicide in her memoir called, “The Unspeakable” (December, 2006) begun as a compilation of journal entries.
Brown seemly makes no apologies…Rather, she readily admits, she “was no role model” even before the formerly most recognized mass murder spree in Connecticut. In a University of Delaware alumni article (March 2007) she is described as living the life of “a pampered corporate wife” thrust into the role of a bewildered widow.” At the time of her husband’s death Denise planned to earn her PH.D. in English at her alumni school, UD. Rather, she sought refuge at their Vermont home. “Unspeakable” gives detail to her romance with “Ott” Otho Brown versus the gruesome details of the crime. Author Brown sets the stage in her book by delineating its purpose in a straightforward manner: 1) “To contribute a counter voice to the love song of violence we so willingly sing in our society;”2) To illustrate the devastation of a family with a father suddenly gone; 3) To offer comfort to those who have suffered as well, to show how we survived.
Ms. Brown speaks occasionally on this topic after nearly15 years. She will be a featured speaker at the Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Conference on June 2013.
Prior to the Newton, CT mass shootings on December 14, 2012, the Connecticut Lottery shootings on March7, 1998 was the most heinous with the greatest number of fatalities to date, killing four senior employees prior to the perpetrator, Matthew Beck committing suicide.
The method, in which such events are reported, differs greatly in today’s world. In 1998, fact checking took priority over reporting “whatever you can get, as quickly as you can get…..and be damned with the details. It may be analogous to the difference between using a classic Royal typewriter and any social media website. There’s no comparison…
Referencing the series of Pulitzer Prize winning articles authored by 1998 Hartford Courant staff writers and the New York Times the following comments concerned television coverage of the lottery disaster:”
Deborah Johnson, Channel 3′s assistant news director, said it was more important to confirm the deaths and make sure families had been notified than to be first with that information.”
“Although stations provided much useful information, there also were some minor factual errors and a few other glitches. The danger of live television, especially in cases where reporters and anchors have a lot of time and little new information, is that correspondents make mistakes, offer uninformed speculation or discuss their own feelings about the sad event”
Here is a list of salient features of the mass shootings below. This story is indeed incredible as you will note at the conclusion, for it is so very illogical, begging the question, Is there any price in which a person’s life is worth taking? In a civilized society, we say never…but in practice, we witness something very different!
Circumstances of the Shootings…
Mr. Beck arrived at the office as it opened about 8 A.M., having made his 40-minute drive from his home in Ledyard. About 8:30, he showed up at an office where Ms. Mlynarczyk was meeting with several employees and discussing some new software, said Karen Kalandyk, who was at the meeting, She said Mr. Beck stood in an open doorway and directly faced Ms. Mlynarczyk. ”All of a sudden, he put his arm up and we saw the gun,” Ms. Kalandyk said. ”He just aimed the gun right at her, he said, ‘Bye-bye,’ and he shot her three times. Mlynarczyk. was found dead, in a seated position, with her face on a conference table in a front office.
Lottery President Otho Brown, 54, and former New Britain Mayor Linda A. Blogoslawski Mlynarczyk, 38, were among the victims of what is believed to be the state’s deadliest workplace slaughter. Also killed was Frederick Rubelmann III of Southington, 40, vice president of lottery operations and administration; and Michael Logan, 33, of Colchester, the agency’s information systems director. Mr. Logan had denied Mr. Beck his grievance in a first hearing last year.
Friends of Michael Logan stated, “He was a computer wizard. He was constantly helping people with their personal computers. People at work did love him,” “He was a perfectionist. Everything he did was done very thoroughly,” “There was not a nicer guy you could meet anywhere.”
Linda Milynarczyk appeared to be irrepressible… (Similar to Ladyjustice) She combined number-crunching with a love of public service. As a certified public accountant, she took a job as chief financial officer of the state lottery in September 1996, 10 months after losing out on a second term as mayor. A month into her term, she managed to escape injury when a small plane flown by her future husband, Peter Mlynarczyk, sputtered and crash-landed in a Middletown cornfield. By the time a reporter arrived at the scene, the mayor was snapping photos of the plane and laughing about her good luck. [LJ-Wow!]
“If I’ve learned anything, it’s that sometimes you can’t sweat the small stuff,” she said at the time. “Compared to New Britain politics, I would face this again any day.”
“We heard, ‘pop, pop, pop.’…Beck showed no emotion as he systematically sought out and killed superiors who had been involved in a union grievance he filed last year
Beck shot Rubelmann inside the building as he tried to direct workers to safety, police and witnesses said…. Outside in the parking lot, Brown was screaming for workers to run into the woods behind the building. From about 50 yards away, workers watched helplessly as Beck chased Brown into an overflow parking lot that was empty of cars.
Then Otho put his arm up in the air.” Brown, lying on the ground, pleaded for his life. Beck stood for a moment, breathing hard, one pant leg stained with blood. He leveled his pistol at Brown.
And then he just shot him, twice,” said accountant Marion Tercyak, her voice breaking as she recalled the scene. “People were screaming and crying in the woods. Ott was lying on the ground. Matt walked around him, still pointing the gun at him, and shot him a third time.” There was no expression on Matthew’s face,” “Nothing.”
Then, as a police car screeched to a halt nearby, Beck raised the gun to his own head. Two shots were heard. Beck crumpled to the ground.
Prior to the Shootings…
In the hours before Matthew Beck hunted down four top lottery officials, he would place at least two telephone calls. One was to a newspaper reporter; the other was to his union steward to find out how much longer it would take to resolve a grievance against his employer.
Beck was a 35-year-old man who friends say had tried to kill himself, who had taken four months away from work because of stress, who had a permit to carry a gun and boasted in a resume about being “skilled in a variety of weapons” and having “received tactical response training and situational analysis Beck had been very depressed for the past year and seemed to be harboring a lot of anger. He returned to his job only 10 days before the shootings.
His supervisor, Karen Kalandyk, said that when Beck returned to the office last week, he seemed different, shunning small talk with his colleagues. “He was like talking to a stone,” Kalandyk said. “Some people were afraid of him. I wasn’t, but I guess I was wrong.”[LJ “I guess I was wrong…I guess I was wrong… I guess I was wrong…”]
He cut his hair in a military style; he already was losing his hair,” said John Krinjak. “He seemed to lose weight. He had a very severe look about him. Beck, who never married, enjoyed guns and had quite a large collection,
At the Beck family home in Ledyard, a sticker on the front screen door of the light blue cape reads: “Warning!! Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again.”
Said Joseph Mudry Jr., the steward at the Administrative and Residual Employees Union, “Beck gave no indication of any deep hostility when he spoke with him about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Beck wanted to get out of the lottery division. He had applied for several other jobs, including positions at the state auditors office and Central Connecticut State University. “He just didn’t feel comfortable working with the lottery,” Mudry said.
Brown had steered the gunman away from frightened employees like herself.
“I think Mr. Brown knew what was going on. I think he was a hero,” said O’Neill. “I’m sure he saved a lot of people’s lives today.”
The Crux of the Matter: Exposing Flaws and a Two Dollar Raise…
Beck was performing a computer-related job in Logan’s division but was still being paid as an accountant, a position that generally is paid about $2 an hour less than the computer job, according to state records. Beck earned $45,400 a year.
State police believe that their investigation will showed that Beck was deeply resentful about the way his grievance was handled and the way he perceived he was being treated. The victims did not appear to be targeted randomly and were all involved in the grievance process.
Linda A. Blogoslawski Mlynarczyk, who was the lottery’s chief financial officer, met with Matthew Beck on Feb. 27th, one week before the shooting to discuss his new duties working solely as an accountant.
Otho “Ott” headed the entire operation. His signature is on a letter offering Beck a job in 1996. “Congratulations,” Brown wrote. “I look forward to working with you in this new venture.”
In dollars and cents, Beck’s grievance does not appear to be about huge sums of money. According to state payroll records, the difference between the data processing jobs Beck was doing and the accounting job was, on average, about $2 an hour.
Beck had already won on a critical point — that he had been doing duties not in his job description, union officials say. The negotiations over how much back pay he was entitled to were just beginning.
“He was unsure when he was going to get his money,” said Joseph Mudry Jr, his union steward.
Lyn Bixby had the gambling beat at the Hartford Courant, conversed on the phone and met in person with Beck about “exposing the flaws in the system”.
Matthew Beck said he wasn’t working at the time because he was on a medical leave for stress. He was upset over the way he had been treated at work, but mostly he said he wanted to expose flaws in the system that compromised the integrity of the state lottery. One of Beck’s issues was the lottery’s long-time practice of using inflated jackpot amounts in Lotto advertisements to spur ticket sales. Another of his concerns was that some lottery clerks had been cheating the system by “fishing” for winning instant tickets. They would randomly punch code numbers into the lottery computers and take the cash when they came up with a winner.
“Who knows what would have happened if I had been in the office, Bixby said…
Postscript by Ladyjustice:
Such a sad needless loss of life and a failure of “systems to recognize and be proactive”…. But 15 years later Connecticut is reminded again. Is the very real credo of union’s language about “working out of class” worth a life? Not on your life!!! There is another relevant description for state employees’, which guides all of us in state government, reminding us that we need to pitch in at time … And other duties as described.” Those of us without a grudge know it’s there in our job descriptions, and do the tasks anyway…
- Sandy Hook and Pre-emptive Civilian Disarmament (informationliberation.com)
- “Nothing You Do For Children Is Ever Wasted.” The Connecticut Connection (donnagore.com)
- The Hartford Courant editorial: Sandy Hook pictures would change debate (pantagraph.com)
- Criminal Disarmament of the People (lewrockwell.com)
- A laurel to the Hartford Courant (cjr.org)
- UConn/Courant Poll: Post-Newtown, CT Favors Gun Control (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
Anna Doroghazi of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services is a public policy and communication professional… However, she well knows that the stats in her report do not tell the real story alone…The personal heart wrenching stories of those courageous individuals who, not only suffer the injustices of maltreatment by virtue of their minority status…but also have experienced a personal invasion of the worst kind…that of sexual assault.
Anna returned to “Shattered Lives” to provide valuable information on a specific case and enlighten us to the true plight of many marginalized populations who fall prey to sexual assault – the disabled, the LGBT community, Native Americans and immigrants; in addition to women and men experiencing intimate partner violence- the Violence Against Women Act.
Listen to the Podcast: CLICK HERE:
- An overview of CONNSACS;
- An Update on the State vs. Richard Fourtin Case
The lynchpin…How the state defines the term “physically helpless;
- Fear and defending oneself during sexual assault;
- Delilah asks, What if the victim was not physically disabled?
- Making a case for a special circumstance…
- New Legislation: Goal to amend the definition of “physical helplessness;”
- Retroactive changes???
- One of the most important pieces of Federal Legislation for those experiencing DV and Sexual Assault-The Violence Against Women Act- An Overview…;
- Senate Bill 47 – A Resurrected Bill…
- To help advocate for this issues visit this website daily - www.4vawa.org/
- Delilah speaks on Susan Murphy-Milano’s past involvement with VAWA and her probable message today;
- Protections against marginalized communities with the new VAWA…. THE SHOCKING STATS;
- Jurisdictional issues with Native Americans… and why we see so much sexual violence;
- Prosecutions, resources, geographic isolation;
- “A misdemeanor murder” on the reservation…. Flagrant oppression;
- Prosecution rules and helpful solutions…;
- Why is the incidence of sexual violence so high?
- General disability stats and adults with developmental disabilities;
- Chat room comment – Disabled upon disabled crimes…it starts with information; The myths about sexuality and the disabled;
- VOCABULARY – an illuminating and tragic story;” “My Stomach Hurts;”
- The degree of assistance…and respect;
- The LGBT Community, violence and fear of “coming out;”
- Feeling unsafe when they seek help … an open invitation for offenders…
- Human Trafficking in Connecticut – CONNSACS and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women;
- The risks of immigrants who are sexually abused;
- Government’s response -U-Visas giving temporary legal status to victims; (See attached for further information)
- Connecticut’s sexual assault legislative goals for 2013;
- Contact Info: www.connsacs.org/;
- Collins, King co-sponsor new effort to fund Violence Against Women Act (bangordailynews.com)
- The Violence Against Women Act is on life support (washingtonpost.com)
- With Rape Leading Headlines, VAWA Stalls at Home (blogs.forward.com)
- Notre Dame: Another Reason to Reauthorize VAWA (blog-aauw.org)
- Dear Congress: Let’s Get Moving Together! Reauthorize VAWA Now! (amnestyusa.org)
Ladyjustice recently fantasized in a blog comment, what a great moment it would be from the perspective of this homicide survivor, to see someone effectively de-throne and ceremoniously remove the judicial robe of the judge who ultimately ordered supervised visits of the Powell children with their father Josh, after he lost custody. What a photo opportunity! This writer would pay money to see that one!
To “be fair,” Ladyjustice is well aware that it was a particular set of circumstances that set the events in motion – like the domino effect… and not one sole person to blame. However, the buck stopped with the judge, regardless of what or was not interpreted as “evidence.”
This brings us to the question(s), can a judge be fired? If so, are they ever carried out?
The answer is yes… According to Susan Smith of www.Fedsmith.com, an immigration judge (Levinsky vs. Department of Justice) was fired by the Department of Justice in 12-2006 for “sexist and ethnically insensitive generalizations and profanity.” The judge presided over deportation hearings of aliens who were previously convicted felons in Fishkill, New York. A trial attorney filed a discrimination complaint against him for inappropriate communications which amounted to a discriminatory hostile work environment in violation of Title VII. In practice, he was cited for “professional misconduct including poor judgment/use of profanity in the courtroom and expressing prejudiced opinions about various ethnic groups.” The Chief Immigration judge recommended Judge Levinsky’s removal, which was altered to a 60 day suspension and then the full Board re-instated his removal. Judge Levinsky attempted an unsuccessful appeal. Admittedly, this is not a “vey juicy” example. Granted, this judge exhibited despicable behavior. However, such behavior was not the direct cause of multiple homicide-suicide….
Very limited information was found on this topic when performing internet searches. Ladyjustice knows there are a least a few thousand drug addicted, alcoholic or mentally deranged judges in our midst. Why do we not hear of these cases at the very least? Are they locked away in some sort of purgatory, perhaps? Judge Kathryn Nelson take note… You are now on the hot seat forever!
Defrocking of Priests
Let’s set the stage…. the serious consequences – that of unpriestly ways resulting in child molestation has been all too common for years. In May 2010, the future Pope Benedict, refused to defrock the late Reverend Alvin Campbell of Illinois, even though Cardinal John Ratzinger followed church law, as “the abuser refused to go along with it.”
As told by Los Angeles reporter, Nick Allen for the Telegraph newspaper, “According to documents obtained by the Associated Press from court records, the cardinal wrote on July 3, 1989: “The petition in question cannot be admitted in as much as it lacks the request of Father Campbell himself.” The decision was in keeping with church law at the time and provides the latest evidence of how the system frustrated US bishops struggling to root out abuse.
Several decades old cases have recently emerged raising questions about decisions taken by Cardinal Ratzinger’s office in abuse cases. The Vatican has denounced what it calls a campaign to smear the pope and his aides.”
In fact, a quick and efficient defrocking was recommended to “spare the victim’s pain while still maintaining church law.” Bishops had the power to exercise various options such as removing abusing priests from the ministry, restricting their activities and/or contact with the public, as well as reporting their crimes to the police. With the explosion of abuse cases in the year 2000 and beyond, the Church shifted the blame to the media and advocates of abortion, characterizing the situation as “sin from outside forces infecting the church.”
Pope John Paul was clear in his belief in 1979 to all priests that “the priesthood cannot be renounced.” [LJ – NO MATTER WHAT!] Attorneys interpreted this to mean that the practice is,… “once a priest, always a priest” for it is so sacred you can’t kick these guys out according to a May 2010 account by Matt Sedensky of the Associated Press. Although it was technically possible, the fact that the offending priest would not accept it carried more weight then the offense! [LJ- ‘To have such power!]
Father Campbell’s History of Misdeeds
- His trial of sexual abuse could be traced back at least 15 years;
- He began his abuse as an Army Chaplin by exploiting his rank and position with a child under 16 whom he was supervising;
- Accounts reveal that Army officials were alerted to Campbell’s molestations but whether the presiding Bishop “was in the dark” is anyone’s guess;
- Campbell was “reprimanded” and left the service of his own volition;
- He returned to the diocese, became a pastor, left at least three assigned positions “for health reasons” [LJ- Creative phraseology for sexual abuse accusations];
- More of his sexual escapades came to light when one of his charges was treated at a rape crisis center. Evidently, Campbell had showered the boys with watches, video games, bikes etc. to entice them to his waterbed;
- The Springfield diocese has earned a reputation in national Catholic circles as a troubled, volatile place. The list of names of local clergy linked to scandals from homosexual and heterosexual affairs to embezzlement is a long one;
- Campbell was arrested, pleased “guilty but mentally ill” admitted to molesting seven boys in Morrisonville Illinois… and perhaps up to 20 in total;
- He was sentenced in 1985 to 14 years in prison, but served only 7 years prior to his release in 1992;
Campbell died late in 2002, with a lawsuit by victim Matthew McCormick’s still pending in Sangamon County court. A year after Campbell’s death, the suit was settled out of court, and McCormick received a financial payment from the diocese.
Bishops “looked the other way” and appeared to be much more concerned with the damage to the diocese and their pocketbooks versus the true victims. Routinely, when they attempted to remove child molesting priests from service, the cases would “stagnate for years” without a church trial and/or the priest’s cooperation.
Church officials continue to defend the status quo by saying that… “Both the criminal justice system and Canon law is complex… and designed to prevent wrongful convictions… But there is always room for improvement.”
Was it a matter of “pass the buck” up the chain of command in this classic case of abuse with Father Campbell? Officials representing a Survivors Network for Abused Priests believe that the ultimate responsibility lies with former Pope John Paul’s policies. Over time, Canon law has undergone policy changes, most recently in 2003.
Involuntary defrocking has not existed since or prior to the 1970’s. However, “if there is overwhelming evidence”, Bishops now have the authority to expedite such requests directly to the Vatican.” How often does this happen? This writer has no clear answer…only speculation that it is far less often than child victims deserve!
And so it is… that whether we speak of judges who make bad decisions following the law or their conscience… or whether we mask criminal acts under robes …“in the name of God,” it’s all the same result.
“One of irony’s greatest accomplishments is that one cannot punish the wrongdoing of another without committing a wrongdoing himself.”
- Lawyer questions memory of Philadelphia accuser (cnsnews.com)
- 50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church (alternet.org)
- Judge: Accused Sex-Abuse Priests Must Be Named (newser.com)
- Secret files on alleged abuse by Los Angeles priests expected to be public soon (mercurynews.com)
- Philly Priest Accuser Says He Withdrew After Abuse (abcnews.go.com)
A man who knew he wanted to be a physician at age 13, son of a tailor from Carbondale Pennsylvania… A “mild-mannered and patient man” threw it all away one day on March 8, 1985. He was a former cardiologist at Hartford Hospital’s cardiology catheterization laboratory.
Means, Motive and Opportunity….
Means- the ability of the defendant to commit the crime. Dr. Russell Manfredi, age 33, had the ability, as a very intelligent man, to plan and execute a murder; He had the strength to grab a baseball bat from his wife while arguing with her and strike her about the head. He had the ability to drop her body from a second story window while still alive. He had the ability to stage a car accident by crashing it into a nearby utility pole and placing his wife in the driver’s seat.
Motive- the reason the defendant had to commit the crime… His wife belittled him…made him feel incompetent and she was overzealous in her discipline of their three sons, such that he served as a protector.
Opportunity-whether or not the defendant had the chance to commit the crime- (Did he or did he not have an alibi?) Russell Manfredi was home with his family and argued with his wife in the wee hours of the morning when the police were called to the scene of a “car accident” at 6:02 am on a Friday.
“The Lie- Explanation to the Police” His wife Catherine was “spitting up blood and was driving herself to the hospital” when the accident occurred.
The Telltale Signs uncovered by Dr. Henry Lee – Blood spatter and a missing bedroom window shade told Dr. Lee, “There’s Something Wrong Here.”
The Defense’s Psychiatrist, Howard Borden claimed Manfredi experienced a “Catathymic Crisis.” This crisis was a theory espoused in 1937 by Dr. Frederic Wertham, as an explanation for some types of violent and apparently motivation- less crimes. This theory is comprised of five stages and is said to be attributed to the “serial manifestation “of serial murderers.
Stage 1 –A thinking disorder occurs within the mind of the criminal;
Stage 2 – A plan is created to commit a violent criminal act;
Stage 3 – Internal emotional tension leads to the commission of the criminal act which leads to…
Stage 4- “A superficial calmness in which the need to commit the violent act is eliminated and normal activity can be initiated;
Stage 5 – The mind adjusts itself and “understands that the thinking process that caused the commission of the criminal act was flawed” and therefore the mind makes adjustments in order to prevent further criminal activity.
*Note- According to Author, Arthur Garrison, (Senior Criminal Justice Planner, Delaware Criminal Justice Council) Serial killers never reach stage five, rather they return to a cycle between the second stage and fourth stages .
[In other words… Dr. Manfredi was a one time murderer only and that makes everything okay??]
Civil Suit- Wrongful Death
After Catherine Billings Manfredi’s death, a wrongful death suit was filed in State and Federal Court in:
AETNA CASUALTY & SURETY CO. v. JONES 8/20/1991
The principal issue in this appeal is whether an insurance company may use collateral estoppel (the situation in which a judgment in one case prevents “estops” a party to that suit from trying to litigate the issue in another legal action) to bar the heirs of a homicide victim from relitigating the issue of the criminal defendant’s intent to cause the injuries that resulted in the victim’s death.
The defendant, Russell F. Manfredi was convicted of the crime of manslaughter in the first degree for the killing of his wife, Catherine Manfredi. The named defendant, Margaret Billings Jones (Jones), is the administratrix of the estate of the decedent. The plaintiff, Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, Manfredi’s insurer at the time his wife was killed, brought this declaratory judgment action to determine the extent of its obligation to pay damages awarded to Jones against Manfredi in a wrongful death action.
Following the death of the decedent, Jones was appointed administratrix of her estate. In that role, on March 20, 1985, Jones brought a wrongful death action in the Superior Court against Manfredi. The plaintiff’s motion to intervene in that suit was denied. On December 16, 1988, a default judgment was entered against Manfredi, and on January 18, 1989, he was ordered to pay damages in the amount of $450,000 to the estate of his deceased wife.
At his criminal trial, Manfredi was charged with the crime of murder in violation of 53a-54a (a). Because the jury found that he was suffering from an extreme emotional disturbance at the time of the offense, he was found guilty of the lesser included offense of manslaughter in the first degree in violation of 53a-55 (a)(2). In order to have found Manfredi guilty under 53a-55 (a)(2), the jury necessarily had to have found that he had the “intent to cause the death” of his wife. Further, the jury was instructed in conformance with General Statutes 53a-3(11) that in order to find that Manfredi intended to cause the death of his wife, it had to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that he had the “conscious objective” to cause her death. The jury’s verdict of guilty represents its finding beyond a reasonable doubt that Manfredi caused the death of his wife at a time when it was his conscious objective to do so. While the jury found that he suffered from an extreme emotional disturbance, the presence of an extreme emotional disturbance “`does not make the action any less intentional.’” State v. Elliot.
In particular, the policies provide that injuries intentionally caused by the insured will not be covered by the plaintiff… We conclude that the issue of intent, at the criminal trial and under the insurance policies, is identical.
There can be no question that the issue of his intent was thoroughly litigated in a full adversary proceeding. The judgment is reversed and the case is remanded with direction to render judgment in favor of the plaintiff.
The Prosecutor- Herbert G, Appleton was a bald and affable man. Of this case he stated, ”He killed her intentionally and then tried to get away with it.”
This mans sticks in the mind of Ladyjustice because…. Herb Appleton was the same prosecutor of her father’s career murderer. And…. Herb Appleton was the true genius who used the joinder legal concept to convict the two time murderer, robber and drug dealer of her father. And… The Manfredi trial was conducted just prior to the murder trial of Perry Lee Herring, (Murderer of Donald W. Gore…and a Herring accomplice) after a 6.5 year wait for trial.
The rumor around the courthouse was that Herb was very tired after the three month Manfredi trial. Ladyjustice’s family worried, would he be effective in our unique two trials -one jury case?
Out on Appeal- Russell Manfredi
The CT statutes at the time allowed convicted murderers to be out of prison on appeal in the 1980s… (‘Just like the Peter Carone-Adam Zachs case). Russell Manfredi was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter in December 1986 but did not begin serving his sentence until 1990. Manfredi appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which failed to hear his appeal. He was also free on bond for 5.5 years before his trial! [ LJ- What a travesty of justice!]
Oops… A Judicial Error- 1992
After serving two years of a 20 year sentence, Manfredi was to go before the State Board of Pardons in November 1992. Evidently it was placed on the docket in error… The rule as stated was that a state prisoner must serve either half of their minimum sentence, or when sentences are greater than eight years, they must serve four to be eligible for a hearing.
A Sympathetic Prosecutor
A different prosecutor, John J. Kelly, took Manfredi’s request for commutation of his sentence. Manfredi was to present several letters from jurors who convicted him of manslaughter that say the 20-year sentence the judge gave him — the maximum penalty — was “unjust” and “a miscarriage of justice.”
The letters were written by three jurors and an alternate in the case to Gov. William A. O’Neill about 14 months after Judge Thomas Corrigan (Same judge for the trial of the murderer of Donald W.Gore) sentenced Manfredi in December 1986.
Kelly said those letters convinced him to take on Manfredi’s case. “I was a prosecutor for over 20 years,” Kelly said. “What really intrigued me about this case was the unique position these jurors were taking regarding his sentencing. There was amazement and disagreement over the length of his sentence. I’ve never encountered that, and it was a major factor in my taking the case.”
Kelly said Manfredi hoped for a commutation of his sentence, so that he could be released and allowed to practice medicine in a clinic that would serve a poor community. Kelly was quoted as saying…”Our position will be that here is a man who, at one time, was licensed to practice medicine in Connecticut,” “There are people in this state who can’t afford decent medical treatment. He, obviously, with the appropriate supervision, is available to do that.”
After his conviction and while he was free on an appeal bond, Manfredi worked as an AIDS counselor and educator at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. Kelly said Manfredi counseled thousands of patients and had to inform at least 500 that they had tested HIV-positive.
Response from the now deceased Hartford State’s Attorney, John M. Bailey:
“I think the jury already gave him his break — they found him not guilty of murder,”. A murder conviction would have required that Manfredi be sentenced to between 25 years and 60 years in prison. “I have to live with that sentence of 20 years, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that sentence is completely served.”
Blah, Blah, Blah…. This guy is a murderer.. It doesn’t matter how brilliant he was… or that he struggled to get his education… or that his wife may have been a tyrant…. He killed her, he tried to cover it up… He thought he had a “get out of jail free card “because he was an MD … Not so….
And the saddest part of all.. All of those people on the “right side of the law” are now deceased including Hartford State’s Attorney Jack Baily, Judge Thomas Corrigan, Prosecutor, Herb Appleton and Defense Attorney, Edward J. Daley.
As for the residence of 15 Winterset Lane in West Hartford, CT, as of 2007, it was owned and occupied by Beth Slosberg. Part of the bedroom’s wood floor was still bloodstained, Slosberg said….. She had been meaning to have it refinished, she said, but for now, the floor is carpeted and the horrible encounter of 22 years past “has not affected our life one way or another.” Beth saw people slowing down as they drove by… curiosity seekers! Several years ago, Dr. Henry Lee visited the home with a Court TV crew to tape a segment about the murder investigation.
References: The Crime
Unlawful Death Suit
The “Catathmic Crisis”
This writer was reading a book recently in preparation for an upcoming radio show and accidently came upon the unique and proud heritage of the Connecticut State Police. As it turns out, Ladyjustice’s home state was a pioneer in many ways, concerning the evolution of this type of police force.
Back in the late 1880s, and early 1900’s, police were occupied with the matters of prohibition, the vice squad, and labor disputes. Such areas of concern were frequently ignored due to political influence or local officers “being on the take.” Public protest spawned a new breed of law enforcement known as” State Police Forces.”
The initial need to enforce vice and liquor laws authorized the Governor to appoint four agents within the structure of the “Law and Order League” to extend coverage to gambling and prostitution. However, this “quasi-official group, the League was ineffective and perceived as meddling with law enforcement.
- In 1903, the Connecticut State Police celebrated 100 years of service – the oldest law enforcement agency of its kind; The force was officially created in of May 1903;
- Five police commissioners were appointed to create the framework with Thomas F. Egan as the first Superintendent.
- A State Fire Marshall was appointed in 1905. Police matters focused on included assault, breach of peace, burglary, and theft;
- In 1911, the State Police was given the additional responsibility of enforcing motor vehicle laws. The Police Superintendent was also given the title of “’Superintendent of Weights and Measures’ – to control overweight vehicles… [LJ – Are we sure this was not actually Home Ec Class??]
- In 1913, “the “Department “consisted of 15 officers;
- In 1919, the investigative net widened to include the oversight of amusement parks, and the issuance of permits for concealed weapons.
- During 1920, Fire Marshalls and State Police were given joint jurisdiction over the licensing, manufacturing, storing and sale of explosives;
- Between 1921 and 1924, seven “barracks” were established outside of the Capital City of Hartford, with 1 to 2 men assigned per station. The substations were located in rural areas were the majority of criminal investigations took place (Unlike 2012 where urban and suburban crime is more prolific);
- Under Commissioner Robert Harley, in 1927, the force was outfitted with “fashionable emblems, uniforms gray Stetsons. Weapons, other equipment and police vehicles were upgraded too!
- In the early 1930’s, the highway patrol was beefed up with 30 troopers assigned from a total of 175 officers
A Revolutionized State Police Force under Commissioner Edward J. Hickey:
- Governor Raymond E. Baldwin appointed Commissioner Edward J. Hickey in 1939. Commissioner Hickey was a true pioneer…. Among his many accomplishments,
- Established the nation’s first State Police FM thee-way mobile communications network;
- Increased the use of state vehicles on state roads to maintain a greater presence;
- Initiated a State Police Training Academy and gun –owner registrations;
- Began a public relations campaign and an in-house newsletter;
- Created a re-districting plan with several divisions, eleven stations and six specialized units;
- Hickey conceptualized the “Bureau of Identification, the forerunner of the now state of the art, State Police Forensics Laboratory;
- At the start of World War II. Hickey set up an auxiliary program enlisting the help of 1,200 volunteers to guard bridges and installations ( This still exists today…but on a much smaller scale);
- Commissioner Hickey was the first commander to accept women into the police force;
During the July 1944 Hartford Circus Fire, according the “Those Who Helped” account [http://www.circusfire1944.com/thosewhohelped.htm],
Commissioner Edward J. Hickey was reported to: “call one of the key men in the mobilization of the state’s disaster relief forces and their direction by Governor Baldwin.
Seated in the grandstand area, Row 18 (Top row in Section G), his party held seats 6 thru 14. He heard a cry of “fire” from the West end. Hickey looked over and saw flames shooting up behind the Southwest bleachers on the inside of the canvas wall. The Commissioner watched for about a minute, and saw the bottom of the roof ignite. He collected the children he was with and got them to safety, then returned to the origin of the fire to begin his investigation.”
On a personal level, Hickey was known to be a perfectionist who expected unwavering loyalty, dedication and courtesy when serving the public. Hickey was re-appointed by a succession of six Connecticut Governors. Sadly, he died of leukemia while Commissioner on September 22, 1953.
One case in particular that haunted Hickey, according to Michael Dooling, author of “Clueless in New England, The Unsolved Disappearance of Paula Welden, Connie Smith and Katherine Hull”, was the mysterious disappearance of Connie Smith of Wyoming, while visiting Connecticut as a summer camper, trying to catch a ride to the Center in 1952. Connie was ten years old, but had the features of older young woman, as her father was an imposing 6 feet, 7 inches tall. There were many reported sitings of Connie, but she was never found.
Prior to his death, Commissioner Hickey pleaded with troopers saying, “I am not satisfied that this young girl or any girl can disappear from the face of the earth for any long period, remain alive and forsake all friendships. Dig a bit deeper in this case… Search the waterways again and don’t take anything for granted. We want the answer of Connie Smith’s disappearence.” All for naught…
More Innovations of the Connecticut State Police Force…. after Commissioner Hickey’s Reign: July 1, 1939-Sept. 22, 1953
- Ø Establishment of a fire safety code – 1947;
- Ø Organizing an emergency services division – 1951;
- Ø Increasing the ranks – 500 men and 12 women in 1963;
- Creation of a Criminal Intelligence Division – 1967;
- Initiation of a Statewide Narcotics Taskforce – 1977;
- Due to re-organization of State Government, the CT State Police became part of the “umbrella” Department of Public Safety in 1979;
Additional programs in the 1980’s included a legalized Gambling Investigation Unit, a Canine Unit, a Firearms Range and the D.A. R. E. Program [Drug Abuse Resistive Education] trainings for children K through 12, initially started in Los Angeles in 1983, whose focus is on emphasizing life skills in order to avoid drugs and gang life.
According to the Connecticut State Police Museum data, there are 1,035 State police officers currently, they stand tall and proud. Since 1922, 20 state troopers have been killed in the line of duty. ‘Tis a far cry from the “days of old” when their sworn duties included raiding a still, searching for a bootlegger or arresting a neighbor for stealing a cow.
Connecticut State Police Museum: http://www.cspmuseum.org/CMSLite/default.asp?CMSLite_Page=7&Info=History
Connecticut State Library: http://www.cslib.org/agencies/statepolice.htm
“Clueless in New England…” Author Michael C. Dooling; http://www.amazon.com/Clueless-New-England-Disappearances-Katherine/dp/0962742430
“Those who Helped” http://www.circusfire1944.com/thosewhohelped.htm
- Report: Police Make It Hard To Complain (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
- State Police Release Holiday Traffic Numbers (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
- “The War on Drugs helped pay for the new guns” (forfeiturereform.com)
- Darien police bust Post Road massage parlor for prostitution (darientimes.com)
- The Pandemic Otherwise Known as Human Trafficking…. (donnagore.com)
- PERF’s Use of Excessive Force Report (timesupblog.blogspot.com)
- Shattered Lives and the Cyber Age…. (donnagore.com)
- Shattered Lives: Focus on Forensics with Guest, Peter Valentin (imaginepublicity.com)
Although being gay, lesbian or transgendered may represent a “shattered dream” from the perspective of mainstream society and unenlightened straight parents… it is by no means a life tragedy. Being gay represents but one facet in the multicultural spectrum of diversity which is defined as loving someone of the same gender- a human right …pure and simple. It becomes complex when society judges…. reflecting their own misunderstanding, discomfort, and bigotry.
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|The first people in history to demonstrate the power of self-help groups were alcoholics. Alcoholics Anonymous was started in 1935 to help “hopeless alcoholics” recover from alcoholism, something the medical profession had been unable to do…In the 1960s, civil right movements began to evolve in many developed countries, as people became aware of their collective power. These power-to-the-people movements provided avenues for the development of the self-help group movement In Japan; people who had come to enjoy a free society welcomed “the peak of circle movements” in 1955.
The concept of PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York’s Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to today’s Pride parade. During and after the parade, many gay and lesbian supporters urged her to continue her efforts and the first support group was created in 1973. The first formal meeting took place in 1973 at a local church. Forty years and five hundred PFLAG chapters in the US and over 200,000 members later…. The rest is history as they say…
John & Becky Glezen began their personal journey when their oldest daughter, Sharon courageously came out of the closet and helped her parents pave the way to understanding. Long story short, although it was a rocky start, John & Becky have served as well respected advocates and co-facilitators for PFLAG –Hartford chapter and gay rights in Connecticut for 23 years.
Ladyjustice had the pleasure to discuss the issues of this important topic with John and Becky on “Shattered Lives.”
- Shattered Lives: Activism for the Gay Community (imaginepublicity.com)
- PFLAG National Celebrates Historic Victories for Equality (prweb.com)
- PFLAG NYC Annual Gala to Honor Five-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald for Gay Rights Advocacy (prnewswire.com)
- The Seven (Wonder)fuls of the World:In Life…and as it pertains to the Justice System Part I (herewomentalk.com)
- Ward 5B- San Francisco General Hospital (The First AIDS Ward) (donnagore.com)