A lurid crime might be headline news. A crime victim may be a blurb in the news. Then it is forgotten. The victims of crime and the survivors never forget. Here are a few of their stories.
2016 Crime Victim’s Rights Week is observed this week April 10 – 16. According to the Office for Victims of Crime, “OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This year’s theme—Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope—underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.”
For victims of crime and the survivors, Crimevictims.gov is: “Designed for three audiences—crime victims, volunteers, and victim service providers—provid(ing) a wealth of resources for each, including links to Web sites, publications, databases, and hotlines. The site (is) ‘giving a face’ to crime victims, volunteers, and providers through photos and brief testimonials.”
To find out about the events going on in your area, click here.
Here are only a few of the millions of crime victim’s and survivor’s stories in the United States…
Myles (3) and Jessie (2)
In September 1993, Myles (3) and Jessie (2) of Hermitage, TN were burned alive because the perpetrator did not like “half breed” children. They were trapped in a room with their mother, who tried to save them in vain. This is the last photo taken of the brother and sister, four weeks before their murder. Their mom says, “When your children die, you lose part of your future.” Learn more HERE.
Myrtle Chapman (59)
In March 1985, 59-year-old Myrtle Chapman was beaten to death with a roofing hammer by a man inside her small store in Powell, TN. Just hours before he killed her, “Myrt” had bandaged his face after he had received a cut on the worksite. “I relive the horrible brutal, violent, cold blooded murder of my Mother,” Myrtle’s daughter posts on Facebook. “ I cannot get out of my head what the last minutes of her life must have been like ….” Despite receiving “Life” the killer has a chance at parole every few years, including June 2016. Learn more HERE.
Ronald Santiago (27)
Ronald Santiago came from Puerto Rico for a better life in the United States, only to be murdered with two other coworkers in Nashville, TN. during a robbery in March 1997. Ronald is one of the victims remembered on the homicide display at the Nashville Public Library this week in remembrance of National Crime Victims Rights Week. “Ronald’s dream was to take his little daughter to Disneyland,” says one of his brothers. “He never had the chance.” Learn more HERE.
Monica Butler – Johnson (45)
In August 2015 Monica Lynn Butler – Johnson was beaten to death in her backyard by her estranged husband immediately after hosting a high school graduation party for her son in Geismar, Louisiana. Monica had been stalked and harassed for months prior. This picture was her last Facebook post. Learn more HERE.
Brad Maddux (12)
In Westport, Indiana March of 1990, 12-year-old Brad Maddux defended his twenty-eight-year-old cousin when friends began name-calling. A short time later Brad disappeared. His throat was cut and his body had been buried by the same cousin he had defended only hours before. “Brad was a good kid,” said the lead investigator. “No one ever wants to think this could happen in a small town.” This photo is Brad’s last, taken at school. Learn more HERE.
Cindy Canoy (48)
48-year old-Cindy (Cynthia Gail) Canoy was murdered in her Scott City, MO home in August 2013. She was strangled by her only son and his girlfriend, both in their 20’s, in an effort to collect life insurance. Her remains were burned in her vehicle with her two living pet dogs. The perpetrators await trial. Cindy’s sister Deb says of the murder, having to await trial, and being a crime survivor, “Honestly, every day is hell. The killer meets 11 of the qualifiers for the death penalty, but the DA informed us ‘it was not so heinous.’” Learn more HERE.