12/10/15

The Murder Victims No One Cares About

There are victims of serial killers and atrocious murderers whom no one cares about. Their names are known. Their connections apparent, their pain obvious, and yet the public at large still ignores them and many even point fingers and gossip. These victims rarely matter to anyone but each other. They are the killer’s family and friends.

The family and loved ones of convicted killers are treated with extreme disrespect in most cases and even abused physically, emotionally and mentally (including cyberbullying) and no one cares. No one does anything about it. I scoured the Internet for hours and found only a handful of articles and videos on the subject. The family members of killers go through an immense pain not unlike the death of a child or loved one. If the death penalty is on the table, the loss of a child is no different for them than other parents. They are left with feelings of horror, grief, denial, outrage, misery and confusion with no one to turn to but each other. Why is their pain any less significant?

Can you imagine how Isaac Zamora’s mother must feel? He is a delusional spree killer from Washington who killed several innocent people, including women and cops. His neighbors, people he liked. Isaac suffers from severe Schizophrenia. For years his mother begged for help. She committed him, she monitored him, she told his doctors of his violent, abusive and unusual behavior. Nothing was done. Or not enough was done. She feels the grief of each person her son killed and the grief of losing him twice. She lost him to mental illness and to murder. Her agony is doubled, tripled that of other involved in the case as she bears it from all directions. No outpouring of public empathy ours her way. She is threatened. She must always be careful and fears for her life at times.

My decades long friendship with Skott Hale, a man I was with almost daily, killed and ate the heart of a woman in 2014. He texted me while it was happening but I was so used to his crazy antics I let it go and assumed he was drunk. He wasn't.  I was threatened and attacked. My young daughters threatened with rape and murder. Skott's mom, dad and son were terrified of the hate the town was bubbling over with at their family. 

Think also of the families of the Columbine shootings. Those family members had to practically go into hiding. They did nothing wrong. They were abusive or extremists of any sort.

Victim’s assistance programs aren’t offered to the killer’s family.  They are left alone to cope. The public rarely recognizes them positively. An article on CNN states; “In the aftermath of a massacre, questions and criticism are frequently directed at the parents, spouses and children of the accused. The public sometimes sympathizes, often criticizes and even goes so far as to blame family members for the actions of their kin.”

What the hell is going on here?

Many people may point to the fact that it is always close family members who provide the weapons, as in the case of school shooter Adam Lanza, whose mother financed his arsenal. That argument makes no sense, however, when faced with quotes like this about killers;

 “The more psychopathic they are, the better they are about hiding it.” from violence expert, Sandra Brown.

Professional psychologists the world over tell us people are hardwired to believe and protect their kin, even when it comes to facing hard evidence. The human mind still wants to find a solution for the one we love. People must realize that there will always be someone, somewhere who loves that heinous murderer and should not be punished for that.


Experts agree that killer’s families are victims as well. A USA Today article on the subject stated: When young people turn violent, we naturally turn to parenting to explain what went wrong, even though research suggests that hidden, often undiagnosed mental health problems — as well as perpetrators' relationships with peers, teachers and others — can play a much bigger role.

Tragedy Compounded: Killers Parents Become Instant Pariahs
Killers Families Left to Confront Fear and Shame


Live! With Kelly & Michael on ABC

Live! With Kelly & Michael
I was shocked to find a few very loving people in my life have nominated me in this wonderfully charitable contest. The winner receives a 10,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

My choice would be Aid to Inmate Mothers, a charity that helps the young children of incarcerated moms. It lessens the chances of mental scarring and gives a chance at success to those most likely to end up in the dregs humanity. Statistics have shown us how kids turn out when their parents were incarcerated throughout their childhood and formative years.

If you have just a few seconds, or if I have ever helped your loved ones or helped you see a different side of the death penalty debate, Click here and give me a little nomination. :)

12/5/15

Surprise! Way Super Cool Stuff Coming in January!

When all the wrapping paper is cleared away and there are no more gifts to be given- There are some 

freebies, give-away's and contests for some pretty awesome prizes all throughout January!

You'll get a chance to win a personal Q&A with one of the women on death row or LWOP that cooperates with The Woman Condemned, artwork and gifts from them, a 15 minute Skype call with me, an autographed copy of my book, Shirley Turner- Doctor, Stalker, Murderer, 

Still working out the details so stay tunes and check the Facebook group for updates.

12/2/15

Tiffany VanAlstyne Strangled Her 5 YO Cousin - Update

Tiffany VanAlstyne and Kenneth
Tiffany VanAlstyne plead guilty to the strangulation death of her fiver year old cousin Kenneth in New York in November of 2015. She is savagely bipolar and was prescribed lithium but had not been taking it. 

She explained that she had been helping him with his homework and he just couldn't get it. No way she tried to explain things to him would register. She said she remembers feeling very frustrated with him and then nothing. When she came to her hands were around his throat and he was dead. 

She dumped his body in a culvert and covered it in snow. When she got back to her trailer she called 911 with a story that two masked intruders broke in and took him. Her story changed slightly every time she told it and it wasn't long before she confessed. 

She plead guilty to second-degree murder and will be sentenced in January. She faces up to 18 years. 

Natasha Cornett