7/30/16

Dusti Byers is Really Just a Nice Girl

So, speaking of readers and their comments, I have one from a month or so ago from someone claiming to be in the know on murderess, Dusti Byers. Another person claiming to be her mom left a comment on the post I wrote about her here.  The email read:

I feel really badly that you chose to call Dusti Byers the "sadistic sister."  If you knew more of the story you would change your mind.  You seem like a person that would look at both sides of a situation.  

Dusti Byers pleaded guilty to the murder of her father and sister only because she could not get decent representation in her rural county.  Her sister was killed because the bullet meant for the father traveled through his head into the sister.  There was no intent to kill her sister.  Dusti experienced years of sexual abuse from her father.  He also provided her with drugs from an early age.  Glenn County childrens' services were called out many times but never helped her.

That's all.  Just thought you should know.


Barbara Segal

Mkay. She might be right. I tend to listen to all sides of the story from every angle and figure it out myself. I wrote to Dusti, as is my usual routine when I write about someone and she never wrote back. All I had to go on was the news reports. Regardless of the circumstances she did indeed shoot and kill two people. That will most often garner you a few names a ton worse than "Sadistic Sister". 
So you, Julie Noakes, can go shit in your hat. I only write about people who murder. Not quite my fault that she did that, is it? 

And you Barbara? I suggest you guys search out more help than I can provide. I am a rural writer with a small following. Nowhere near what you need to investigate an entire town. It would serve you guys a lot better if you went after the people who gave ME the information, don't you think? People in that actual town perhaps? Throwing me shitty comments like Julie's surely isn't going to help. 

You have evidence? You have proof? Shoot it my way. I'm more than happy to publish it for you. If not, don't shoot the messenger. 


Daycare Owner Melissa Clark Murders Baby in a Fit of Rage

 A Noble, Oklahoma woman was charged with first-degree murder Monday for her role in the death of a 4-month-old girl.

Noble police officers and OSBI special agents arrested Melissa Dawn Clark, 45, the owner and operator of an in-home day care center Friday.

According to an OSBI affidavit, Noble police responded to a call of an unresponsive child July 19 at 505 Rolling Meadows Drive. The girl was transported to the Norman Regional Medical Center Emergency Room and then transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. The child arrived at the hospital without a pulse and was resuscitated. She died Sunday.

Clark told a Noble police detective that she made the initial call to police after she found the child limp and unresponsive. The child’s parents told an OSBI agent there was nothing wrong with the girl when they dropped her off at Clark’s at approximately 7 a.m.

According to the affidavit, at about 11:30 a.m., Clark said she went into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee when she dropped the child on the ground. Clark noticed a small red mark on the back of the girl’s head, but she said there was no change in the child’s behavior. At about 1 p.m., Clark said she threw the child into a seat on the floor. When Clark threw her, the girl hit the bar on the seat and fell to the floor.

OSBI special agents interviewed the girl’s doctor, who confirmed the child's injuries were consistent with child abuse. The doctor said the child suffered from head trauma, brain-subdural hematoma and retinal hemorrhages, which was not explained by Clark.

The doctor said the child’s condition could have been a result of a "shaking component — thrusting of the head forward and backward with acceleration and deceleration, and due to the severity of the injuries the symptoms would have been immediate," the affidavit read.

According to the affidavit, approximately 20 minutes after Clark threw the child into the seat, she said she heard the girl sound like she was choking on fluids. When Clark rushed over and picked up the child, she noticed the girl was struggling to breathe. Clark said she performed CPR and checked to see if there was anything blocking the girl’s airway.

Clark said she "lost it" and threw the child. She said was stressed, according to the affidavit.

The Department of Human Services has shut down the day care. Clark was caring for five other children when the incident happened, according to the affidavit. Their ages ranged from 11 months to 5 years old. The case remains under investigation.

“We still have some interviews to conduct in the case,” OSBI public information director Jessica Brown said.

Oklahoma court records shows Clark has no previous criminal history.

From : http://www.normantranscript.com/news/oklahoma/woman-charged-in-baby-girl-s-death/article_1059156c-54c1-5bde-b305-81582cc8d81f.html

A Reader Has a Snit and I Apologize

I have been meaning to do this for some time. Sadly, what most people don't realize is I have a full time job, family and a life. This blog and the letters to women on death row are a labor of love that I do not always have time for if I want to eat and pay my electric bill.

That being said, quite a while back someone put a comment on a Judy Neelley post about my mom and my experiences. She made a comment that was generally supportive but at the same time made assumptions about my mom. The post she commented on had a story of my mom losing her shit one night after my abusive step-father had pushed her over her limit.

I share these stories with you strangers because I know there are some of you who, like me, have a genuine interest in why people do the horrendous shit they can do to each other. I am fully aware that people will comment on my story, life and perspective. It doesnt bother me. They have their say, I have mine and its over.

This lady made a comment about my mom and about Judy and I believe Janeen Snyder in California. At any rate, she made some assumptions about my mom and her situation that were pretty generalized and I bit her head off. I didn't really mean too. I wasn't mad at her or upset at her opinion or even that she commented. She just made the wrong assumption and I shot off a quick retort and forgot about it. Some months later, my assistant informs me that there was something like 20 of that same woman's comments on several posts that had nothing to do with the original. All over the place, this lady repeatedly put this same comment. I guess she didnt know that comments have to be approved by my assistant. (This is because Jodie Arias and Darlie Routier in particular, have some nutbag followers who threaten me, my family, readers, etc.)

By the time we noticed the comments they were quite old but I went ahead and approved one of the blue million she submitted. I felt a little flattered this girl spent 20 minuets at least trying to make her opinion known on this little blog. Nice :)

At any rate, Id like to apologize to that little lady reader, whoever you are. I wasnt rying to ignore you, I didnt get mad at you. I just got busy. Carry on :)