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A Mother's Anguish, No Justice For All

Updated on June 21, 2009

Injustice: violation of another's right or what is right, lack of Justice

Justice: The principle of moral rightness; equity.

A Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude

Anguish: Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment

I didn't get a phone call. I watched it on the news. My childhood friend and daughter of my God-Mother was murdered. I was aghast, stunned, in shock and immediately called my mother. It was her, no mistake about it. Her picture staring at me from the TV screen showed a different look in her eyes. She looked happy for it was a picture from years before but gloom lingered the image with so many unanswered questions. Why? What? I was immediately in denial, this wasn't our Jane. The women they described had been raped, beat, hit with blunt force truama, then set on fire. This wasn't Jane there had to be an explantion.

Jane and I had been friends since childhood. Of Course we went our separate ways due to college, marriage, etc. As we got older Jane became troubled. ( Which I use as a substitute for street drugs) She had a child in her early thirties and she was my nieces best friend. Just the way mom and her mother planned it. Two best friends with grandchildren that were best friends.

As so many do when they discover crack cocaine, their life starts to unwind, one strand of hope at the time. Eventually Jane became to the point that she could no longer care for her daughter so her mother took custody. Jane's mother, out of desperation made her move out of her home and get a job and try to better her life. That's when Jane moved into Public Housing, or around here The Projects. She was a minority but did not feel out of place. Everyone was nice and she had great neighbors. The downside was being exposed to more drugs. Drug dealers tend to prey on the down and out, poor or ex-drug users. Eventually she gave in.

Jane met a "big-time" drug dealer in her neighborhood who lived in a larger town about thirty minutes away.  Jane began to date him and her drug use escalated.  She always turned to him when she needed more.  He was killing her.  Little did she know he would kill her.

Clipping from Local Paper Online

On Saturday morning around 8 a.m., the Police Department received a fire call located at 111 Marcellus street (McIntosh Apartments). After the Fire Department personnel arrived to extinguish the fire, they found the body of inside. It appeared that suffered injuries to the head area. According to the Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill, the cause of death appears to be from blunt force trauma.

On the night of Jane's murder the nieghbors adjacent to her smelled smoke and immediately called 911 and luckily there was a sub-station less than a mile away. There was not any fire damage, just smoke. When the Fireman went into Jane's apartment they found her lifeless face down, tied to her bed. She had suffered 3rd degree burms on her entire body and her hair was gone and her clothes were burned to her body. The fire didn't turn out the way he had expected. According to evidence, when he climbed out the back window a draft blew the fire in the other direction.

The Police were already at the scene for it is normal for them to go to fire calls. The SBI was called in immediately. The autopsy confirmed cause of death as being "Blunt Force Trauma", She had been beaten so much it was hard to tell what blow actually caused her death.  Due to trauma to her pelvic bone and DNA raped was also established.

It took almost a year but he was captured.  He lawyered up plead guilty, had the rape charge dismissed becuase he said it was consentual.  His lawyer took the the prosecution a deal that was either very appealing or scared him to death.  He agreed to a speedy trial.  No Jury.  last Week the Judge handed down his sentence.  12 to 15 years with 3 years of time served, which is 12 years.  12 years to lift weights, play basketball, eat three meals a day for raping, oh no he didn't rape her.  The cause of the Pelvic Fracture was just rough sex, he said.  No witness, just his word.  so, 12 years for tying her up, beating her to death then setting her on fire.  All for the 200.00 she owed him for crack.  12 years. With time off for good behavior and crowded prisons it could be 7-9.  What a wonderful country we live in, and Justice For All.


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      6 years ago

      I am so sorry that this happened.. and that things like this still happens.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina


      You are absolutely correct. You should join a Domestic Violence Alliance to help encourage those in that type of relationship. My daughter was in one and I didn't really handle it to well, it is my hub a bout the paint ball gun. Thanks for your support and thanks for stopping by,

      hub hugs


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      Staci-Barbo7 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Fortunerep, I know I cannot write anything that will be more comfort than 'I'm sorry for your pain and loss of a childhood friend.'  It seems so inadequate.  The reason that we're in the position to be powerlessly attempting to comfort you is that the penalty for such an atrocity is anything less than capital punishment.

      Rape should be considered legally presumed (by law assumed to be a factual truth) when there is physical evidence of injury in the pelvic area.  Sex without malice does not injure a woman, due to the way a woman's body is designed.  Sexual injury strongly serves as direct evidence of maltreatment.  All too often, women who are raped by someone close to them are then killed by that person.

      It's a safe bet to say that this wasn't the first time your friend was hurt by the man she was dating.  As friends, mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, children, doctors, pastors, WE MUST ENCOURAGE those who are in unhealthy relationships to see the signs and to get out before a tragedy occurs.  Intervene first with the victim (with support of other family and friends), then if necessary, with law enforcement, if there are any signs of physical or sexual abuse. 

      PLEASE get the abuse documented in a timely manner by doctors, counselors, pastor, social workers, appropriate medical testing, and photos. This is powerful visual/authoritative support when the victim has to testify about the mistreatment and the abuser denies or minimizes it, as most will. As embarrassing as it can be to the victim to face the abuser and the shame of others 'knowing' and/or to go public in court, keeping the situation 'quiet' is what empowers the abuse to continue.


      I also realize some will disagree with me and will say that the victim must free herself in her own time when she is ready.  However, the way the cycle of abuse continues is that victims often feel or anticipate a lack of support (emotional and financial) or a way out, and so they rationalize to themselves and stay.  When those around them make it clear that they will do whatever they need to support the victim and criminally prosecute the abuser, you hit upon several elements that defuse the abuse: 

      1) the victim knows they have people on THEIR side - support from loving, caring, healthy friends and family, giving them the means and courage to leave the situation; 2)  the abuser is placed under the glaring light of the criminal justice system to be held accountable, so long as the victim is not allowed to 'retract' or have the charges dismissed;  and 3) both public exposure and criminal prosecution are excellent deterrents to future abuse for most abusers. 

      This is not the entire answer. Victims must learn to think differently if they are to resist becoming a victim in the future. Abusers 'latch onto' those with certain traits, such as those with low self-esteem or those who are accustomed to patterns of domination that they experienced in their relationships from childhood. Cognitive-based therapies can help a great deal in overcoming the negative 'patterns' or 'tapes' that habitually play in our thoughts, which make us prey to those who wish to mistreat us.


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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      glad we think alike, it will come back around. Thanks for stopping by Advisor


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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Boy, that guy's got some bad karma coming his way.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks BP, Beauty, and Army mom, I will send these condolences to her mother, who has by the way not come out of her bedroom since the sentence was read, sometimes it seems the Justice System works more in the favor of criminals than victims. And yes, the mighty one will Judge him, for he said "vengeance will be mine"



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      Army Infantry Mom 8 years ago

      I am so sorry to hear about your friend,..and in the manner you found out. The legal system is just one outlet of Justice,..It's the higher up Court that he will ULTIMATLEY pay the price for his deeds,..thats when God, sends him to hell, for all eternity.

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      BeautySpeaks 8 years ago from Prince Georges County, Maryland

      such a sad story...unfotunately it's the world we live in. people are sick, sick, sick. Take some solace in the fact that everyday he's in jail, he will more than likely be raped and beaten (if he's not placed on 24 hour lock up) everyday- I doubt he'll enjoy the basketball and rec time that other inmates "enjoy." I know it's not much, but he will surely burn in hell.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Omg this is such a horrifying story. I feel for you so much, and for the family. These people that do these things, they are animals, can't even call them human to do these inhuman things. I am so so sorry for your loss, my heart is with you (hugs) xoxoxoxoxo

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I am with you on that one Trooper. Papermoon, it is sad that rapists and murderers get less time than drug dealers. I mean drug dealing is bad but at least the buyers have a choice. She didnt


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      trooper22 8 years ago from Chicago

      For this and many other reasons I think rape should be a capital crime. These creatures are mad dogs and need to be put down. We have nearly seven billion humans on the planet, we don't need these animals, put them DOWN!

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      It is so sad when violent offenders get off lighter than people who simply use drugs. If death is the result of their violence, they should never see the light of day.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your comments guys> it means alot. There are always people who will care if they just reach out before it is too late. and Tom, even guys in prison unless they are there for rape and murder themselves will not like it at all. Prison can be a real bad place to be when you have hurt an innocent woman. Prisoners have sisters and mothers too. Someone will teach him a lesson. I hope he won't forget.



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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Your friend, Jane, has the right to justice but there is little justice in the system. The system gave him such few years so he could be let out to do it again. Believe it or not but it has to do with job security. No crime = less crime control jobs.

      Criminals such as him should be erased from society period. He gave Jane no mercy.....none should be shown to him. Thank you for writing the hub. It is good to let people know.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I agree with Simply Amy. I am sorry for your loss, for your friend's loss. It's indescribable pain and I can't fathom it. You have my heart. Hugs!

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      Simply Amy 8 years ago

      wow...what a story...I can't imagine the pain that Jane's mother must have gone through...first knowing her daughter was mixed up with a bad crowd and hoping that she'd see the error of her ways...and then she's just gone.

      I'm so sorry for your loss as well.

      I hope that little girl is an example of greatness.

      Blessings to you, Dori, for sharing this with us. =)

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      OMG what an amazing offer!! I will certainly begin doing research asap and will email you for your thougts on which way I go. Domestic Violence and missing teens and def. be associated together, Maybe I will two, one on each subject. Brain is go mode now.


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      SEM Pro 8 years ago from North America

      Perhaps consider a hub including all the links to educate people on human trafficking? There is so much information on that - to offer a summary might help others understand why it's so important to find them because of what they may be going through(?) I considered that myself after seeing a special with Montel Williams. My focus lately seems to be helping folks to the top of the chart somehow so they can at least enjoy a small reprieve with an occasional better view. My book is still ready to publish though which is actually a workbook for battered women. If you decide to raise awareness more than you already are, I'll make sure the victims can get the book for free. Let me know if it's a plan anytime soon K?

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina


      I appreciate your kindness and it seems life has handed you a box of chocolates as well.  Although I was saddened by Janes death and how it happened, it was her mother who suffered the most anguish and an innocent child that now has no mother.  The one who killed Jane will be out of Jail before her daughter is even old enough to understand what has happened. 

      I am sorry for you being "uninvited" to your duaghters wedding.  That has to be painful but know that she will one day be wise in her older age and will regret it. We should be careful the decisions we make that one day we will regret.  At least you know she is safe, she will come around, whatever the problem may be.

      I have rallied for Missing and Endangered Children and Teens for years, most of these missing teens that are females are sold into prostitution, if they are still alive.  I have hubbed about it quite often but had to unpublish them because it was considered "duplicate".  There is not very much info to go on when they run away or just disappear, my info was the same as every other website so i had to take it down.   I did however go to Myrtle Beach on a mission to help find Brittanne Drexel.  Her mother was at the local Wal-mart selling bracelets to have enough of money to stay in SC to find her daughter, the police are now hoping for a break, thats all they can hope for is a break from a citizen who may know something.  And people ask me why I dropped out of Law School.  This is exactly why, it's all politics and money.  I am just glad I can hopefully help someone through Hub Pages, as least let them know they are not alone.  God Bless you and you continue to be such an ispiration for me. 


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      SEM Pro 8 years ago from North America

      Been saying for years that castration for rapists might be an answer - but think I'm the only one. At least bring back truly hard labor so our prisons aren't filled with people we support who are simply learning new tricks as they sit idly watching TV with no responsibilities what-so-ever. Of course, the ones who go in to clean up toxic waste would have a fit - they're paid so much to do so... Did you read in the news yesterday that 1 out of every 4 men in South Africa admit to being rapists?

      I am truly sorry for your loss dori - and all the worst of human behaviors you've had to witness in this life. Yesterday, as I anguished over being "uninvited" to my daughter's wedding, the only positive aspect I could fathom for experiencing such deep pain was to be able to relate/empathize and eventually, somehow, help others worse off. This morning's news included a plea from a couple whose teenage daughter has been "missing" for 4 years - OMG can you imagine the anguish of not even knowing if your child was dead or alive somewhere?!

      I haven't yet figured the answers on how to change the system but am pretty sure Jane probably started simply wanting to ease her "trouble" with a mere joint and was forced to join the underground crowd. That's when the heavy hitters work their persuasion... Only 2 paths > positive or negative...

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      This is so sad dear fortunerep! I am so sorry for your friend Jane. This is not proper justice like you said and there should be at least lifetime imprisonment. That's how many rapists get away like this.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      and then we'd throw him over and let the sharks eat him.