The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the horror novel, The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub. This novel was published in November 1984 by Viking Press with a page count of 921 pages. The audiobook is 28 hours in length and read by Frank Muller. The following overview is provided from Barnes & Noble: Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is ab out to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman—the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal. Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories. In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away—and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth—most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.

I loved this novel; it made my top five favorite works so far. I think the reason I loved this book so much was because I found it oddly relatable. The concept of twinners reminded me of two-faced people that I have met. This story was so brilliantly woven in the fabrics of fantasy and reality. It is hauntingly relatable it the characters relationships with each other and the world around them. The emotional weight of the task handed to Jack was one I could feel myself. I enjoyed everything that King and Straub had to offer with this book. There were twists and turns that I could not anticipate. I think something that I will forever appreciate about works that King is involved with is the character development. I never feel like I have a surface level relationship with his characters. There is a depth and humanity to them that I find rare to experience in work after work. I highly recommend that everyone who enjoys horror novels read this one.

I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person case of Antavia Samuels. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult fantasy novel, Revealed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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Personal History Part 44

This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting a new installment in the Personal History series. I hope you enjoy this new personal writing found below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the horror novel, The Talisman by Stephen King. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original scene. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

Did you have any boy/girlfriends as a youth?

I was too weird and socially awkward to have had a relationship when I was young. My first “relationship” was when I was 17. While for the longest time I would refer to it as a relationship, I no longer do. It was abusive and toxic.

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Missing: Mark Aguilar

            This week for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Mark Daniel Aguilar. Mark is classified as an endangered missing person. He was last seen on September 4th, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mark was born on February 19, 1965 and was 51 years old when he went missing. He is described as a Native American male, 5’6”, 150-180lbs, with graying brown hair and brown eyes. Mark may also go by his nickname, Bones. He has multiple scars on the back of his head and a homemade tattoo on his right shoulder.

            Mark was last known to be wearing a green army jacket, black t-shirt, silver chain with a religious pendant, black stocking cap, and white athletic shoes. He was also carrying a black backpack and had a wallet on him. Mark was homeless at the time that he disappeared. He is known to frequent the Pete’s Place Shelter and Rufina Street areas. If you have any information on Mark’s disappearance, please contact Detective Erica Montoya of the Santa Fe Police Department at (505) 955-5282. Please make sure to reference case number 16-020050.

            Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/5144dmnm.html

            Charley Project: https://charleyproject.org/case/mark-daniel-aguilar

            NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/37444

            Tomorrow for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing the Personal History series. Next week for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Donna Kay Cloud. Next week for the True Crime Wednesday feature, I am recapping season two episode 3 of Netflix’s true crime documentary series, I am a Killer. Until then keep sleuthing the cases: Nerd out!

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Roswell, New Mexico

            This week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the dramatic sci-fi series, Roswell, New Mexico. This show debuted in 2019. This series is rated TV-14 for the following reasons: mild sex & nudity, moderate violence & gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol/drugs/smoking, and mild frightening & intense scenes. This show has 2 seasons for a total of 26 episodes. The episodes have a running time of 42 minutes. Starring in this series is Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, and Michael Vlamis. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: Centers on a town where aliens with unearthly abilities live undercover among humans. But when a violent attack points to a greater alien presence, the politics of fear and hatred threatened to expose them.

            I want to start out by saying that I did not watch the original show. I did not know anything about the original before this reboot was released. I will say that for only seeing this versus and being unable to compare the two, I liked this show. I loved the premise, characters, and all the science. My favorite part of the show is meeting the different people that are in the town. We spend so much time learning about the main characters’ back stories that I enjoy the mystery that the members of the town are. I want to know more about them, I want to know who is suspicious of what. You must admit that weird things seem to happen regularly to the people who reside in the town. So, there must be others who suspect about things happening and who is responsible. I hope that we get another season of the show and they explore more of the characters relationships with others instead of within the core group. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys sci-fi shows, alien-centric show.

            I give this series 4.5 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Mark David Aguilar. Next week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing dramatic sci-fi series, The 100. Until then keep binge watching the episodes; Nerd out!

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The Old Guard

            This week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the action-adventure film, The Old Guard. The movie was released in 2020 and has a running time of 2 hours & 5 minutes. The film is rated R for the following reasons: severe violence & gore, moderate profanity, mild alcohol/drugs/smoking, and moderate frightening & intense scenes. Starring in this movie is Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: A covert team of immortal mercenaries is suddenly exposed and must now fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered.

            I am not a fan of action films for the most part, but I am a fan of this action film. This had the right amount of story, action and plot twists for my husband and I both to want to watch it again. I liked Charlize Theron in this movie, as much as I liked her in Aeon Flux (I rewatch it often). The team dynamic is everything to mean. It felt like a real team that has it’s own internal issues like any real team does. Just ask my zombies’ squad. I also enjoy watching the team go through growing pains. Like its hilarious to me because I can see people I knew as the different characters. I love films where the characters are so realistic that I can place those around me in that situation. If you want to watch a good squad movie that isn’t from an overplayed franchise, this movie is worth checking out.

            I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the dramatic sci-fi series, Rosewell, New Mexico. Next week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the dramatic fantasy film, Before I Fall. Until then keep consuming the cinema; Nerd out!

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Not Your Little Lady Podcast

            This week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the relationship podcast, Not Your Little Lady. This podcast debuted in 2017. This podcast comes with an explicit language warning. There were 84 episodes available on Apple Podcasts at the time of writing. The following description is provided from the Apple Podcast page: Not Your Little Lady is a podcast featuring women living outside of the South’s socially accepted norms. Listen and relate as we laugh, cry and share stories about facing obstacles and how it feels to come out on the other side. We will talk about things that piss us off, the booze we like to drink, and historical women who have made a difference. Topic experts will give advice and relay realistic steps on how to implement it in our daily lives. We’ll explore the importance of women owning their past, present and future while keeping it light and funny, like a lady will do.

            I found this podcast at the right time and it certainly helped with my culture shock of moving to the South. I had spent the first 30 years of my life growing up in the Midwest. I decided to move to the south for health reasons and ended up in Arkansas. Arkansas is so different from where I am from that if I didn’t have this podcast, I might not understand why some of the practices still exist. It has also helped me understand some of the more profound political and racial issues that the South faces. Even if you don’t live in the South or plan on moving here, this podcast is a great educational tool. It’s really easy to point fingers and judge from the outside with no understand. This podcast help provide understand and context for outsiders. I highly recommend this podcast to everyone.

            I give this podcast 5 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the action adventure film, The Old Guard. Next week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the true crime podcast, All Crime No Cattle. Until then keep listening on; Nerd out!

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Missing: Scott Wainwright

            This week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile of Scott Wainwright. Scott is classified as a missing person. He was last seen on September 26, 2018 in San Diego, California. Scott was born on October 19, 1963 and was 54 years old when he went missing. He is described as a white male, 6’2”, 230lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

            He was last seen wearing a navy-blue polo shirt and tan shorts. He may have been driving a red Ford explorer with the California license plate 4GUH958. There are few details available on the case. If you have any information about Scott’s disappearance, please contact the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2277.

            Charley Project: https://charleyproject.org/case/scott-morgan-wainwright

            Tomorrow for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the culture podcast, Not Your Little Lady. Next week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile of Antavia Samuels. Until then keep sleuthing the cases; Nerd out!

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Rivals by Scott McCormick

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            This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the Audible Original, Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick. This children’s audiobook was released in May 2018. This work is 2 hours and 55 minutes in length, narrated by Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam, Gabriel Vaughan, and Josh Hurley. The following plot overview is provided from Audible: Did you know that most of our dinosaur fossils were discovered because two grown men absolutely hated each other? It’s true! Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World is a riotous audio exclusive, like if Monty Python taught your history class. Each volume of four 30-minute histories will dig into the petty name-calling and grumbling grudges that led to many of the world’s greatest advancements, all delivered with a cheeky sense of humor. Choose sides: Cope or Marsh, the jerks who discovered so many dinosaurs; Hamilton or Burr, whose rivalry fuel American politics; Queen Elizabeth or Mary Queen of Scots, who fought to rule England; Adidas or Puma, whose rivalry changed the world of sports and fashion. Kidnappings, rock fights, duels, and explosions, Rivals! Shows world leaders at their absolute best and their worst, often at the same time.

            I loved this Audible Original. I love works that I can learn things from, and this was fascinating. Some of these rivalries, I had never heard of and loved learning about how it changed things for us in modern times. Other rivalries, I had heard about but did not know a lot about and enjoy this look at them. Other ones, I knew a lot about but enjoyed the storytelling that was presenting in this retelling. Each chapter is just the right amount of time, where I feel like I really understand the core of the feud but not too much information that I am bored. Narration and voice acting at a level of enjoyment to the entire piece. I recommend this audio work to anyone that likes history and feuds.

I give this Audible Original 5 out 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile of Scott Wainwright. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the horror novel The Talisman by Stephen King. Until then keep reading on the chapters; Nerd out!

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Original Scene #26

This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original scene as part of a one-page challenge. I hope you enjoy my original work below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the Audible Original, Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing my Personal History series. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

Premise: Halloween Night in a Hospital

Clifton had organized a costume parade for the kids who were in the hospital for Halloween. Our manager, Troy had let us know that a benefactor had left money to be used up by Halloween night. So, Clifton immediately volunteered our ward to help spend the money and bring a little joy to the kids. Irene and Lucille had helped each child come up with costume unique to them. Katie, Johnny, and I were responsible for gathering all the necessary supplies to make the costumes and help construct them. Katie was finishing up a gondola to attach to Antonia’s wheelchair and Johnny was putting the finishing touches on his centaur wheelchair with moving legs for Edmund. Some of the parents were suppose to be arriving soon with a few more personal touches from them and other friends and family. Lucille called for Katie to help with the inlet of parents that was overwhelming her. Irene was interweaving with the parents coming in trying to make it to the nurse’s station to grab the peppermint treats for the adults before she forgot to hand them out. Edmund’s mother and Antonia’s father showed ready to decorate the one room to look like the night sky at twilight. Wanting to throw their children the best Halloween party, Antonia’s father sang songs, with Lambaba being requested repeatedly and Edmund’s mother made sure to plenty of fun crafts. All around it was a very placid event and I couldn’t have asked for a better Halloween night in a hospital.

~END

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I am a Killer S2E2

This week for the True Crime Wednesday feature, I am recapping and reacting to season 2 episode 2 of the I am a Killer series. I will first recap the episode and all the important details, then I will provide my reactions and impressions after. Content Warning: child abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and violence/murder.

Since the reintroduction of the death penalty in the US in 1976, more than 8,000 people have been sentenced to death for murder.

Episode 2 – Overkill

Inmate #990135

David Barnett

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Secil Schodroski had received a phone call that her child’s father had been at a local restaurant for over 24-hours just sitting in a booth. She went down there and when she approached him, he told her to leave and gave her an evil look. She didn’t know what else she should do, so she left.

Hours later, David Barnett stabbed his adoptive grandparents to death. No motive had ever been established.

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David was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. David was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a mother that didn’t want to be a mother. David was ultimately left in the care of a friend of his mother, Robert. Robert was an alcohol, who took to beating and molesting David while he was in his care. Robert was also in and out of jail, leaving David to fend for himself a lot. David was about four or five years old when the Department of Family Services got involved and removed him from Robert’s care. During a scheduled visit between Robert and David, Robert kidnapped David and fled for a time. Once Robert was tracked down and arrested David never saw him again.

At 6 years old, David was fostered by the Reames family.

David loved with being placed with the Reames family. He felt like the mother, Rita, was the first person he could call mother. David experienced nothing but a loving environment while with the Reames. However, David’s time with the Reames’ was not top last. Rita had received the opportunity to study abroad and they could not take David with them.

After 6 months with the Reames, David was returned to the foster care system. At age 8, he was placed in the home of a man name John Barnett.

According to David, John was a computer teacher, average yet intellectual, and single. The one thing that David like about John was that John didn’t touch him. When they went out to dinner one evening, John asked David if he wanted to be adopted. David was ecstatic and overjoyed to be wanted. One of the happiest days of David’s childhood was going to court to have the adoption finalized. The neighborhood where David lived with John was a middle-class area compared to the poverty ridden areas David had previous been in as a small child. A few months after being adopted, David had his first experience that made him question his environment. David would receive beating for not meeting John’s expectations for academic performance and such. After beating David, John would cradle him and provide comfort. Slowly John would pull David closer, nibble on his ear, and this would make David uncomfortable. The physical beating slowing increased in frequency until they were happening daily. David describes about how he would dissociate while John would touch him.

After David’s 9th birthday, John Barnett adopted another two boys. The youngest, Eric, immediately looked up to David.

David thought that Eric was charming and liked having him around. David noticed that Eric was very conscious of his two front teeth. David noticed that John had started behaving the same way towards Eric as he had towards David. David felt like he had robbed Eric of his childhood, since he was the oldest and suppose to protect them. But David also felt glad that it wasn’t him for a change.

John Barnett’s parents, Clifford and Leona, lived on the same street as their son.

Every Sunday John and the boys would go over to his parent’s house for a family dinner. David loved Leona, since she was warm and welcoming. David learned to cook from Leona. Clifford was stern and they feared how he would react to things. Clifford liked to hit the boys on the back the head. Clifford wore a class ring similar to one that John wore, and when that ring would hit the back of the boys’ heads it would remind David of John hitting him. David believes that Leona was the only one of the adult capable of love.

David lived with John Barnett until he was 18. He moved out after an argument.

David lived with friends and on couches where he could find them. He never explicitly told his friends what was happening at home but he thinks they had an idea. Leona figured out that David was no longer living at home and asked him earnestly how he was doing. David didn’t feel like he could tell her the truth because any time he made a comment that was negative towards John, Leona would get defensive of John. David feared rejection from Leona so he never pushed too far with revealing the truth.

On the morning of February 4th, 1996, David Barnett let himself into his grandparents’ house. He waited for them to return from church.

David was asleep when they returned to the house. The last thing that David remembers is talking with Leona and Clifford. He does not remember attacking either of them. The next thing that David recalls is standing looking at a wall. Clifford was on the ground to David’s left. There was no blood on his hands, so his brain wasn’t registering where it was coming from. Once David looked around he saw Leona laying on the floor down the hallway. As he stepped over her, he could tell that they were both dead.

Within 24 hours, David Barnett confessed to police that he had committed both murders.

The autopsy records revealed the extreme violent nature of Leona and Clifford’s deaths. Multiple knives had been taken from the kitchen and used in the attack. David has no recollection of grabbing any of the knives from the kitchen. It is believed that David went into a manic rage or state of overkill. It explains the lapse in memory from the event.

In March 1997, David Barnett went on trial on two counts of first-degree murder.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY COURTS

The trial took about 10 days. Andy was the jury foreman for David’s 1997 trial. Andy felt intimidated by the charges that David was facing. The brutality that the jury heard, left an impression. The jury had heard that five knives had been used. Each victim had been stabbed north of 20 times. To impose the death penalty all 12 jurors had to come to a unanimous decision. Andy was the last juror to agree to sentence David to death.

On March 21st, 1997, the jury recommended that David Barnett be sentenced to death.

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Rita Reames remembers David being in their household from the time he was six-and-a-half years old to just after his seventh birthday. He was a good kid that was never violent. However, she could tell that with his challenges, if he was placed in the wrong kind of environment, he would not do well.

When Rita took a job overseas, David was returned to the care of social services. Rita heard nothing about David for 13 years. Until she was contacted about the murders.

Rita was shocked when she learned that David had killed two people. It was even harder for her to believe when she learned that they were nice people that had done David no harm.

Rita followed every step of David’s trial.

Rita sat through the entire punishment phase of the trial. She could not believe that David’s lawyer didn’t present any background information about the abuse that David had suffered. The lawyer’s reason when questioned about this tactic was that she felt it didn’t make David look good to the jury.

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Jason Kingdon grew up with David when he was living with John Barnett. At first it seemed like a cool family to Jason, a dad with three sons that was a soccer coach. About six months into knowing David, Jason started to notice that the boys would lock themselves away from John. They did what they could to avoid contact with him, even going to the extreme of urinating out their windows so as not to leave their room. The environment at David’s grandparents’ house was more welcoming and relaxed. They would often go over there and milk and cookies would be put out for them. Jason couldn’t get over the polarizing atmospheres of the two houses.

At 15 years old, Jason and David discovered a polaroid photo in John Barnett’s bedside drawer.

The photo that they found did not include the faces of the two people but from what they saw they could tell that it was a young prepubescent boy and John. John was identifiable by the class ring that he always wore. In the photo John was holding on to the young boy’s gentials. Jason and David walked to the local police station to show them the photo they found. David slid the photo to a detective, who instructed Jason to leave the room. The detective informed David that they would not pursue charges against John and gave the photo back. David was angry, and Jason says that David was never the same after that day.

In 2017, John Barnett died of natural causes. No charges of sexual abuse were ever brought against him.

Fred had been friends with John for 49 years when John passed away. Fred describes John as witty, and great to be around. John had worked in information technology and made his way up to director when he left that career field to teach students, many disadvantaged, at the local high school. John was also a school bus driver and was awarded Driver of the Year several times. Fred is unaware of any unbecoming behavior on John’s part.

Secil had been a student of John’s at the local high school. Secil came from a toxic home environment and ended up staying with the Barnett’s when she was 14. While living with the Barnetts, Secil never saw John act inappropriately with the boy but she acknowledges that she was treated differently. After the boys would go to sleep, John would rub on her, kiss on her and place his hands all over her. At the time she thought that it was okay because she loved him, but now she sees that he was a pedophile.

Secil lived at John Barnett’s house for a summer. During this time, she grew close to his adopted son, David.

Secil and David had started hanging out and spending time together. Secil wasn’t on birth control and they eventually ended up expecting a baby together. John was upset that Secil was pregnant and offered to pay for her to get an abortion. Secil feels that John was angry and jealous that she was with David and not him.

After Secil gave birth, she and David Barnett moved in together.

David was proud to be a father, he loved his son and wanted to be a part of all of it. However, with young love, things did not work out no matter how hard they worked at it. David couldn’t find the balance between being young and being a parent. The burden was left on Secil to manage things. Secil didn’t know how to handle things, so she pushed David, because she couldn’t deal with it anymore.

Within a year, David had murdered his grandparents and been sentenced to death. 6 years after David’s trial, federal layers began a review of his death sentence.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Eliabeth Carlyle, defense attorney, believes that before a jury can ask a state to execute a person that they need to hear a person’s story. When she looked at David’s case, his lawyers had never told his story to the jury. She was David’s attorney during the last stages of his case.

Elizabeth Carlyle’s team uncovered previously unseen records of childhood abuse.

Elizabeth shows a report from September 1992, where two boys are describing the physical and sexual abuse they are experiencing. There were plenty of warning signs and red flags that were never addressed. Elizabeth believes that David was let down by everyone that mattered. People that should have seen the red flags and intervened.

In 2003, Carlyle’s team appealed against David’s death sentence. They argued that the murders weren’t premeditated. David Barnett had been in prison for 22 years when the courts came to a decision.

Jason had been at the food court in the mall when he received the news that David’s sentence had been commuted.

On March 15th, 2019, David’s sentence was commuted to life without parole. Since David’s resentencing, he has renewed his friendship with Jason.

When Jason first started visiting David, David would get emotional. Jason doesn’t believe even David knows why it was happening.

Although David does not recall committing the murders he has revealed the reason he went to his grandparents’ house that day.

According to Jason, David went over to his grandparents’ house that day to tell them the truth about what was happening with John. Jason believes that once David told them the truth, they reacted poorly and rejected David’s claims. This caused David to snap and every wound that he inflicted on them is what he wanted to do to John.

POTOSI CORRECTIONAL CENTER

David believes that he is where he deserves to be. He knows that what he did was wrong, even if he does not remember doing it.

3 months after his first interview, David Barnett agreed to answer further questions.

David still cannot recall all the details of that day. What he does remember is going over there and telling them that he could not go back to living with John. David believes that he was doing his best to tell them what had been happening with the language he had at the time. David thinks of his grandparents daily, he believes that Leona would forgive him for what happened. David doesn’t hate John, he still has love for him. He understands that John had his own problems and needed his own help.

Since David’s resentencing, he had faced the prospect of life behind bars. He is now appealing, in the hope of parole.

David acknowledges that when his sentence was first commuted, he had a hard time. He lacked a connection and support system from people on the outside and that is critical for a prisoners outlook. As time has gone on and he has been able to reconnect with important people from his past, his outlook has improved and the thought of spending the rest of his life in prison is not the torment it originally was.

PEOPLE INTERVIEWED

The following people were interviewed for this episode, they are credited in the order of their credited appearance:

  • Secil Schodroski, David’s ex-girlfriend
  • Andrew Dazey, Jury foreman
  • Rita Reames, David’s former foster mother
  • Jason Kingdon, David’s best friend
  • Fred Domke, John’s best friend

My opinion section:

I had a lot of feelings throughout this episode. The fact that David had been repeatedly victimized and let down by people that were supposed to protect him, make me extremely angry. How can the justice system be fair when victims of abuse don’t have that taken into account? People who have lived through abuse and as well as others with PTSD act and behave in manners that are not typical of others. I am also appalled by a certain demographic of individuals that tend to dismiss victims because it’s not how they see things. Just because a person never shows you their ugly side, does not mean that one doesn’t exist. A person may act like an angel or saint to you while abuse someone behind closed doors. I find this treatment of victims and the silencing of them to be gross and violent. I believe that David could be rehabilitated and returned to society with the right support system and therapy. The system is so broken that I believe, we need a serious overhaul and a lot of decriminalizing happening. I also think there needs to be serious expansion and access to mental health services and alternative forms of therapy. I hope to hear of more good things happening for David as he seems to have gotten his life together behind bars.

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