Memorial Wall

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
~George Santayana

June 13th:
Birthday of Truddi Chase
born on June 13th, 1935

Truddi Chase. American author of "When Rabbit Howls" In her autobiography Chase tells of having been sexually and physically abused by her stepfather and of being neglected and beaten by her mother. This she stated led her to developing DID with 90 or so alters that she referred to as "the Troops" During her life she gave many interviews on the subject with one of the most well known being on the Oprah Winfrey show. She also gave talks to convicted child abusers to explain her abuse history and to warn them that child abuse is psychologically devastating. In her book Creature of Healing...a journey she tried to deal with her PTSD and also tries to tie in human experiences of pain to come to a better understanding and empathy for others. She died at 70.


Posted by eagle22 on October 10th, 2015

Adrianna Maria Cram
died on June 13th, 2005

4yo Adrianna from Oregon, USA, was removed from her mom's home due to neglect when she was one year old. Her mom was only 17 at the time, and struggled with a drug addiction. Adrianna spent three years in foster care, and then sent to her paternal aunt and uncle in Mexico, weeks before her fourth birthday. Adrianna was beat and tortured to death. Both adults were sentenced for the murder.


Posted by Manya on March 23rd, 2017

June 14th:
Remie Palmero
died on June 14th, 2015

11yo Mimi from Philippines had autism and struggled communicating, but she was a cheerful and affectionate girl who was loved by her family and neighbors. On June 14th, 2015, Mimi's neighbor and relative took her to a remote location, raped her, strangled her, and mutilated her body. The neighbors saw him playing with Mimi earlier, and started searching for them. Two days later they found Mimi's body. "When I arrived there, I realized that it really is my child. I found her blue slippers, her yellow shorts, her orange spaghetti dress."


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017

June 15th:
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15th, 2011

"The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, making a vocal, public response that much more important. Let us strengthen our resolve to end this problem as part of our broader efforts to create a life of dignity for all." ~ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Posted by Manya on June 15th, 2015

Kelsey Jeter
died on June 15th, 2009

Parents of 12yo Kelsey and 13yo Kiersten divorced, and the girls stayed with their dad. On the first visitation with mom, mom said she had a surprise for them. She took them to an abandoned house and slashed their throats. Kiersten was critically injured, but survived. Kelsey died. Their dad said this must have been about the custody; mom felt that killing both girls was the best way around, if she couldn't have the custody. She plead guilty to get life in prison instead of capital punishment, and to spare Kiersten the trauma of having to testify.


Posted by Manya on February 14th, 2016

June 16th:
Asha Saini and Yogesh Jatav
died on June 16th, 2010

19yo Asha from India fell in love with a 19yo boy from her neighborhood, Yogesh Jatav. He was an orphan living with his aunt and uncle, and worked as a driver. She was a school drop out, helping her family with their vegetable selling business. However, Yogesh belonged to a Scheduled Caste, lower social class than Asha. When her parents discovered that, they tortured and killed both teens by electrocution. "She was crying loudly. She was pleading, 'Kill me, but please don't hurt him.' She loved him and they wanted to get married," a neighbor said.


Posted by Manya on March 23rd, 2017

June 18th:
Twins Chris and Cru Kahui
died on June 18th, 2006

Chris and Cru Kahui were 84 days old when it happened. Someone close to them - someone who should have been protecting and loving them - either picked them up and hit or threw them against a hard surface or shook them violently. The boys suffered traumatic brain injuries, the result of severe impact forces to their tiny heads. They died later that week after all efforts to save them were exhausted. To this day nothing more despite an extensive investigation and trial it is still not proved how the twins sustained their fatal injuries or why.


Posted by Jane on March 21st, 2016

June 19th:
Esmin Green
died on June 19th, 2008

49yo Esmin Green from Jamaica was living in NYC and working at a daycare, to support her 6 children in Jamaica. She was losing her job and about to lose her apartment, was struggling emotionally, seemed agitated, and her church pastor called 911. Mrs Green was waiting for treatment for nearly 24 hours in the psychiatric ER waiting room. At 5:32AM she collapsed on the floor. The hospital staff was present, but ignored Mrs Green till 6:35AM, when they nudged her with their foot. Help was summoned three minutes later, an hour after her collapse. Mrs Green was already dead; she died of blood clots caused by long period of inactivity. Security camera footage was released to the public; Mrs Green's oldest daughter, 31yo Tecia Harrison, said she couldn't watch it. "I haven't seen it, and I don't think I have the heart or mind to watch it because that's my mother there," she said. "That's the woman who gave birth to me 31 years ago. I cannot watch that."


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017

June 20th:
lil brother james
died on June 20th, 2009

james i miss you so much you were always there for me even when you were feeling terrible you always put on a smile for me. i hope your in peace now away from all the evil in the world just like you wanted us both to be. missing you x


Posted by Hannah(worthlessangel) on September 22nd, 2009

Samia Shahid
died on June 20th, 2016

Samia Shahid, a 28yo beautician from UK, divorced her first husband (the marriage was arranged by her family) and married someone else. Two years later she received a phone call, claiming that her father was critically ill in Pakistan. Her husband suspected it was a lie, but she flew to see her father anyway. Once there, Samia was raped by her first husband because he felt disappointed, as her decision to divorce him eliminated his chances of moving to the UK and becoming a British citizen. Samia ran out of the room, threatening to go to the British High Commission. Her father held her legs while her ex-husband strangled her with her scarf. The family claimed Samia died of a heart attack; local press agencies reported that she committed suicide due to depression over infertility. Samia's husband filed a complaint, and a few months later her ex-husband confessed to the murder.


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017

June 22nd:
Trisha Sadler
died on June 22nd, 2011

29yo Trisha from Pennsylvania, USA, was raised by a loving family who adopted her as a preschooler. She was a cheerleading champion, a giving volunteer, and a popular employee at the bank where she worked. Trisha was living with her boyfriend of nine years. He had multiple prior convictions for assaults, was violent with her before, and she was supporting him financially. Their neighbors called police because of the noise, and Trisha's coworkers noticed her bruises. Two weeks before her death, Trisha gave her co-worker a warning: If I don't come to work, call the police. He's said he's going to kill me.

When Trisha didn't come to work and the police arrived to her house, they found Trisha's dismembered body in garbage bags, and her boyfriend who barricaded himself in one of the rooms and was screaming, "You won't take me alive." He suffers from schizophrenia and pleaded "guilty but mentally ill" to first degree murder; that doesn't change his sentence, but makes him eligible for treatment in prison.

"She was the baby of the family," Trisha's dad said. "As with any girl in the family, your brothers are very protective of you, and the loss of their only sister has hit them very hard."


Posted by Manya on June 26th, 2016

June 25th:
Daniel Christopher Benoit
died on June 25th, 2007

7yo Christopher from Georgia, USA, loved going to the beach with his grandparents, reading with his aunt, playing with his two German Shepherds, riding horses, and watching animals on TV. His mom was a professional wrestling valet and a model, and his dad was a professional wrestler. On June 22nd, 2007, Christopher's dad strangled him and his mom, and three days later committed suicide. Motives are unknown; according to medical examiner, "Benoit's brain was so severely damaged it resembled the brain of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient," possibly due to repeated, untreated concussions throughout his wrestling career.


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017

June 26th:
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June 26th, 1987

Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings. Torture is a crime under international law, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.
UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment entered into force on this day.


Posted by Manya on June 26th, 2013

Aiwa Matsuo
died on June 26th, 2004

15yo Aiwa from Japan was murdered by her classmate (female). The girl lured Aiwa into her apartment, beat her, strangled her to death, and then decapitated her corpse. The reason she had her own apartment at 15 was because she attacked her father with a metal baseball bat, prompting him to move her into her own apartment. She had several medical text books, used to hurt small animals, posted photos of Aiwa's body on a message board, and told the police "I wanted to kill someone." Her father apologized to Aiwa's family for his daughter's mental health, and hanged himself two months later.


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017

June 28th:
Theodore Meyer
died on June 28th, 2014

Mr & Mrs Meyer from Oklahoma, USA, had been married for over 70 years and had three children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. At the age of 91, both Mr and Mrs Meyer suffered from dementia, and were cared for by their 63yo son. On June 26th, 2014, the son returned home intoxicated, and beat Mr Meyer with his cane, causing multiple broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Mr Meyer died two days later. Mrs Meyer survived her husband by two months.


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017

June 29th:
Linzi Ashton
died on June 29th, 2013

25yo Linzi from UK had two children and worked as a bar maid. "Everybody loved her," the father of Linzi's daughter said. "She was devoted to the kids, she was everyone's friend, she put everybody first and she was a one-off." Linzi was involved in an abusive relationship for the last nine months of her life; she filed two police reports against her boyfriend, one for rape and the other for physical assault. Linzi withdrew both complaints and the relationship continued, until her boyfriend beat her to death; she suffered 108 separate injuries during the attack.


Posted by Manya on May 13th, 2017

June 30th:
Shafia Family Murders
June 30th, 2009

Mohammad Shafia had two wives, Rona (on the photo) and Tooba, and seven children. The family went from Afghanistan to Pakistan, then to Australia, then to United Arab Emirates, and finally to Montreal, Canada. Rona felt trapped in an abusive marriage, and feared for her life. Tooba, the second wife, allegedly said to Rona, "You are a slave, you are a servant." She and their husband held on to Rona's IDs and passport, so Rona felt she couldn't flee from them. She was also worried about her legal status, because she came to Canada as a domestic servant, on a visitor's visa, and was introduced as an aunt, not a wife.

On June 30th, a car that belonged to the Shafia family was discovered submerged at the nearby canal, with four bodies found inside: Rona Amir Mohammad, and three teenage daughters of the family, 19yo Zainab, 17yo Sahar, and 13yo Geeti. Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their 20yo son Hamed, were found guilty on four counts of first degree murder each. The remaining three children (a boy and two girls) were placed with social services, and a publication ban was placed on the case, to not disclose their names.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016

July 1st:
Kenny Pierce
died on July 1st, 1990

Too a little brother I never got to share my life with whose existence was ignored until death came upon you from ignorance and lack of compassion. To a brother I often cry out of pain and the shear sadness of missing you and the day I get money I will be the one to get you an official memorial site and stone with your name. I love you and I miss you so much. Blessed be


Posted by Chris(Pagan Warrior) on February 11th, 2011

Sarah Payne
died on July 1st, 2000

Sarah was an 8yo UK girl murdered by a convicted sex offender who served two and a half years for abduction and sexual assault on another 8yo girl in 1995. The case influenced the campaign for Sarah's Law, that would allow controlled access to the Sex Offenders Register, so that parents with young children could know if a child sex-offender was living in their area.


Posted by Manya on June 2nd, 2015

July 2nd:
Nina Hilt
died on July 2nd, 2005

2yo Nina (originally named Vika) was adopted from a Russian orphanage by a Californian couple. At first Nina hoarded food and ate so little that her parents took her to a doctor, but in a few months overcame these difficulties. She also struggled with potty training, and preferred non-verbal communication (English being her second language at the age of two), but enjoyed physical activities and games (click on her name to read about her "Monster Walk"). On July 1st, Nina's adoptive mother beat her to death. "I hurt Nina," she told the police. "I choked her and I hit her and hit her... She was not behaving and not listening and just crying. I was so angry so angry. I got up to her bedroom and I said stop it, stop it! I dropped her on the floor and I kicked her." She then put Nina back in bed and continued punching her on the back with a closed fist. She could not say how many times she hit Nina or if the child cried. "Since I brought Nina home we never bonded," she explained. Nina died the next day of blunt trauma to the abdomen. The woman pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.


Posted by Manya on May 13th, 2017

July 3rd:
Decarol Deloney-Cain
died on July 3rd, 2013

54yo Mrs Deloney-Cain from Illinois, USA, worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines for 28 years and had a husband, three children, and two grandchildren. When her 17yo daughter told her she was pregnant, Mrs Deloney-Cain told her she wanted her to get an abortion. The teen wanted to keep the baby so as to be together with her boyfriend as a family. They argued about it for a few days, and then the teen and the boyfriend murdered her by luring her into the basement, putting a pillow case over her head, and repeatedly hitting and stabbing her. They had two friends help them dispose of her body, and paid them with cash the teen withdrew from her mom's credit card. The next day they pawned mom's computer and bought an engagement ring. The teens were caught a few days later and eventually pleaded guilty to murder.


Posted by Manya on May 13th, 2017

July 4th:
Kati Earnest
died on July 4th, 2009

5yo Kati from Texas, USA, was killed by her mom's boyfriend. He hit her, spanked her with a toy boat she made in Sunday school, punched her with his fist, and repeatedly stepped on her with his whole body weight as she was lying on the floor, as per his orders. His relationship with Kati's mom was short, but very violent, as were his multiple prior relationships.


Posted by Manya on March 27th, 2016

July 5th:
Muhtahina Jannat
died on July 5th, 2011

Ruma (family nickname of Muhtahina) was 16 when she married her older husband. She liked reading, took college courses and driving lessons, and he wasn't happy about it. He abused her for 13 years. On one occasion he kicked her in the stomach after a c-section and her stitches came apart. Ruma tolerated the abuse while she was the only victim, but when he started hurting the children too, she sought help. They were having a long divorce/custody dispute, during which a judge told Ruma she was "being silly" when she said she feared for her life. Ruma's husband strangled her with her scarf.


Posted by Manya on July 5th, 2016

Jack Garcia
died on July 5th, 2015

Jack was a 9yo boy from California. He was smart, but stubborn and uncommunicative. Mom used to put him on timeout, and his school felt he was doing better. In spring of 2015 Jack's mom met a man online, picked up Jack, and moved with him to Maryland, to stay with this new boyfriend. She didn't enroll Jack in school, stopped the timeouts, and instead allowed her brother (Jack's uncle) and her boyfriend to discipline Jack in ways that prosecution described as torture. Four months later Jack was dead: his uncle and stepfather beat him, handcuffed him, and tied him to a chair with a bike chain, because he ate a piece of a birthday cake that belonged to his new stepsister.


Posted by Manya on May 20th, 2016

July 6th:
Bernard Revell
died on July 6th, 2012

7yo Bernard from NYC, USA, was killed by his mom. She had 33 prior arrests and served two prison sentences: attempted robbery, attempted burglary, multiple prostitution charges. She discovered she had cancer, and killed "Little B." (as she called her son) to spare him the tough life she has endured since being dumped in the streets at about the same age, according to her lawyer. At first she tried electrocuting 7yo Bernard by dropping appliances into his bathwater, and when that didn't work she beat him with a hammer, and chocked him with her hands and belt.


Posted by Manya on May 13th, 2017

July 7th:
Meah Weidner
died on July 7th, 2009

10yo Meah from South Carolina, USA, had mom, dad, brother, and three sisters. She played in the Carolina Miracle League, an adaptive form of baseball for children with special needs; Meah had cerebral palsy and was in a wheelchair during the games. "A smile was about all she could give you, but she loved playing," her coach said. "She required a buddy to help her hit, but really enjoyed it." Meah was killed by her mom's boyfriend, an EMT and a volunteer firefighter. He broke Meah's arm, shook her, and dropped her on head while her mom was at work. Meah's coach said Miracle League workers sometimes experience the death of a player because of natural causes, but the circumstances of Meah’s death were tough. "It was a shock. You don’t want to think abuse is going on... She needed protecting."


Posted by Manya on May 13th, 2017


 

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