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Heartbreak In Connecticut

candle-flames_consistentuncertaintiesThe world is waking up today from the grim aftermath of yet another school shooting. Parents and family of the victims are waking up to an empty bed in their home. Harsh reality is unimaginable, the finality of the situation; a horrendous awakening.

Tiny Angels

Tiny Angels rest your wings
sit with me for awhile.
How I long to hold your hand,
And see your tender smile.
Tiny Angel, look at me,
I want this image clear….
That I will forget your precious face
Is my biggest fear.
Tiny Angel can you tell me,
Why you have gone away?
You weren’t here for very long….
Why is it, you couldn’t stay?
Tiny Angel shook his head,
“These things I do not know….
But I do know that you love me,
And that I love you so”.

Author Unknown

Yesterday, as students assembled for school in their classrooms; Adam Lanza, the reported 20-year-old shooter, took the lives of adults and children in a shooting spree that has rocked the continent.

The elementary school, Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown Connecticut was the scene of yet another tragic shooting. As children, no doubt busy with thoughts of Santa and the upcoming holidays, were gunned down. Faculty members whose job to protect and nurture the small ones, were mowed down by numerous shots. When the shooting ended, 20 students and 6 faculty members were gone.

New details emerged about the killer and his family. The Lanza family moved to Connecticut from New Hampshire, then divorced in 2008. Adam Lanza lived with his mother while his older brother, Ryan, stayed with his father in Hoboken, Nj. The brothers had not spoken in two years. The shooter has been described as a reclusive “genius” who was ‘always a little different.”

In the sleepy town of Newtown, they are ill-equipped to deal with such a huge crime scene. Their homicide rate – 1 homicide in the past 10 years. Their grief is punctuated by disbelief as this new red dawn rises and they must grapple with the enormity and emotion of their losses. They are not alone. The world grieves too.


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Tori Stafford Murder Trial, Now In Its Eighth Week, Resumes With More Evidence

ImageCredit to National Post – LONDON, Ont. — The trial of a man charged in the abduction, sexual assault and death of eight-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford resumes Wednesday with more evidence.

Michael Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the disappearance of the Grade 3 student.

On Tuesday, the proceedings, now in their eighth week, were set aside to hear legal arguments. The content of those arguments is under an automatic publication ban until jurors begin their deliberations at the end of the trial.

Michael Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the disappearance of the Grade 3 student.

Stafford was last seen with a woman outside her elementary school Continue reading

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Justice For Sophia and Serena

Serena and Sophia Campione, small victims of a bitter child custody battle

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A judge called for a break in court yesterday  as jurors became blurry-eyed and turned their heads away from the photos of the two dead children that were shown in detail.

Projected on a large screen, were the photos  of little Serena, 3 and Sophia, 19 months, after they had been drowned in a bathtub and then placed in their mother’s bed.

Their mother, Elaine Campione, 35, is charged with the first-degree murder of her two little girls, who were found dead in the mother’s Coulter Street apartment in Barrie on Oct. 4, 2006. But her lawyer is arguing that she is not criminally responsible because she was not sane at the time she drowned them. Continue reading

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Court Records Unsealed – Troubled History Of Mom Accused Of Killing Her Kids

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The two young victims of a bitter custody battle

Court records have been unsealed in the case of Leo and Frances Elaine Campione. The unhappy husband and wife were thrust into the spotlight two weeks ago, when the mother of one-year-old Sophia and three-year-old Serena was arrested and accused of killing the children.

A judge ordered their records sealed for several weeks after revelations that the distraught wife had accused her husband of abusing her.

Those documents were opened Tuesday and they show Frances Campione alleging her spouse began attacking her when she was pregnant with Serena. She tried to hide out at a woman’s shelter and papers indicate she had various injuries on her head and legs consistent with a beating.

Pictures taken when she checked in show the young mom with bruises on her face, arms and legs. “I have been sick to my stomach for two months now, but since I got to the shelter I can eat now,” she told a nurse at the centre.

She contends her husband beat her for years and charges he pummeled her “bloody” in front of her children, once slapping Serena so hard he also drew blood.

But even though she apparently applied for court permission to relocate her young brood to New Brunswick, where her family was located, and despite the allegations she’d made against Leo, she later showed up at the Woodbridge home of her husband’s parents, seeking sanctuary.

She then underwent at least a week of psychiatric care. That was in October 2005. The murders took place a year later.

In the interval, Campione charged her husband with assault, a case that was supposed to go to court the day after police were called to her Barrie apartment and discovered her children’s murders.

Francis Elaine Campione was hospitalized twice for psychiatric problems and each time the Children’s Aid Society took charge of the children, then released them back to her.

Leo Campione denies the assault charges and insists his wife’s fragile mental health and the accusations currently against her are signs she’s not credible.

Friends who knew the couple in Bradford indicate they never saw anything wrong and recall the husband as a man who doted on his children.

Police have yet to reveal how the two little girls were killed and their mother remains in custody facing two counts of first degree murder. She’s back in court at the end of November.

*Comment posted by Galaxy on Sept. 14th, 2010 says the following:

“Such A Tragedy

The knowledge I have of that he clearly abused Elaine in every way possible!! It makes me angry and disappointed in the system that he got away with it!! It makes me angry, saddened and disappointed that the system failed Elaine too!!! It makes me angry, saddened and disappointed that Elaine took the lives of those innocent little girls!!!”

*another comment from Anonymous on Sept. 11,2010 follows:

“I spent one month with Elaine in a womens shelter in Barrie, we spent much time together, our girls played together, I saw the bruises, and I also saw how much she loved her kids…after the abuse she endured, and being alienated from her family and having no friends, who wouldn’t be having trouble coping. She feared for her children, and who wouldn’t. I think she just hit her limit. I think about her and her girls often. It is very tragic.”

Was Elaine a woman driven to this end or was she indeed a “mentally fragile” woman or was she a woman beaten down so far that she failed to realize the scope of her actions? Perhaps we will never know. If abused, how far would she go to ensure her daughters did not suffer the same fate at her ex husband’s hands. Or was her ex husband the victim of a woman who took away his rights as a father? It’s now falls into the hands of the court of law to decide and weigh-in the evidence.

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Chilling Start to Barrie Children Murder Trial

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Elaine Francis Campione, 34, is charged with the first-degree murder of her daughters, Serena, 3 and Sophia, 1.

A mother drowned her two little girls in the bathtub, dressed them, primped and curled their hair and then posed them holding hands in her bed, waiting almost two days before calling police, a jury heard yesterday.

Elaine Campione, 35, is charged with two counts of the first-degree murder of her children, Serena, 3, and Sophia, 19 months, whose bodies were found in their Coulter St. apartment Oct. 4, 2006.

While the defence insists the mother was not sane when she killed her children, Crown Enno Meijers insists it was a cold, calculated and planned killing in a desperate bid to Continue reading

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Katie and Jaycee – Finally Free

Katie Callaway Hall, circa 1970's

Protection and prevention is what is all about. Registering relationships, good and bad, can save someone else the pain that you experienced.

Katie first encountered Phillip Garrido back in November of 1976. That’s when Katie learned firsthand how evil and manipulative Garrido can be.

Katie Callaway Hall (Katie) was just 25 years old and working in a casino in South Lake Tahoe, California, when on November 22, 1976, she was kidnapped by Garrido outside of a supermarket, handcuffed, tied, and driven in her own car to a mini-warehouse in Nevada.

For the next eight hours, she was repeatedly raped and assaulted by Garrido until, miraculously, she was rescued by a policeman who noticed a broken lock on the building and investigated it. A  frightened young woman who believed she was going to die at the hands of Garrido as he held her captive.

She had been imprisoned in a room specially designed for rape and torture.  Garrido had created a maze of hanging carpets that concealed a mattress he had hidden deep inside.

Katie Callaway Hall, recent photo

Garrido, who was only a year older than Katie, had clearly already started stalking and assaulting women; she learned later at his trial that she was actually the second woman he had attacked that very evening. The first had somehow managed to escape him. Katie wasn’t as lucky.

Garrido was hit with both Federal and State charges for kidnapping and rape. Katie, who only had to testify at the federal trial, still bristles when she remembers how Garrido’s defense attorney tried to place the blame on her, questioning what she wore the night she was kidnapped.

Still, Garrido was found guilty and sentenced to fifty years to life in federal court and later pleaded guilty to state charges which added another life sentence. That should have been the end of the story, but just eleven years later, in 1988, while working at a table in casino, Katie came face-to-face again with the man who ruined her life. Garrido, the convicted sex offender, the man who had been given a life sentence, had been paroled and had somehow tracked her down! He had spent 10 years in a federal prison and less than a year in a state institution and was released to a halfway house.

Katie, shocked and scared, tracked down his parole officer, who admitted that he believed Garrido was likely to strike again, but trying to reassure her, told her that he doubted Garrido would go after her again.

Katie now believes, she says, that Garrido was granted early parole because the manipulative sex offender had lied to his parole officer and convinced authorities that she had been his “girlfriend” and had falsely accused him of rape.

Jaycee Lee Dugard, finally free after 18 years

This smooth manipulator went on to abduct a young Jaycee Lee Dugard. In 1991, Jayce, then 11 was forced into a car outside of her California home by an unidentified man and woman.

Her stepfather Carl Probyn watched the abduction in horror. He gave chase, but the car sped out of sight. Jaycee was not heard from again for 18 years.

For these long years, Garrido managed to elude detection as he pulled off what authorities are calling an unfathomable crime, kidnapping Jaycee, keeping her as his secret sex slave for nearly two decades and fathering her two children.

Katie Callaway Hall wants to see Garrido behind bars this time for life so he can no longer hurt women as he did her and Jaycee.

As for  Jaycee, her mother and her two daughters are focused on becoming a family again, undergoing therapy – including horseback riding – together.

The family are also spending time reading, cooking, and simply being together again. Their spokeswoman told the magazine that under the circumstances their new life so far has been surprisingly normal

Jaycee’s mother had this to say about her daughter, ‘She knows this is not going to be the easiest road that she’s ever traveled, but she is just very upbeat, giddy that she’s with her family.’

Nevertheless the family appear determined to move forward. For the time being, keeping the world at an arm’s length appears to be a key part of their recovery as they rebuild their relationship.