Here is an update on my trip to New Hampshire, it’s left me a little exhausted. On March 20th, I had a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Newington New Hampshire. It went very well, Barnes and Noble did a great job. I work very hard to make the book signings successful. My sister Ann was there, she’s been such a blessing to me. Her support comforts me when my nerves are swirling around inside me.
Victims’ Rights Day was April 12th and I was allowed to sell the book at this event. I want to thank Jen Hunt, (A victims’ rights advocate for seventeen years) for setting that up. Throughout the day I spoke with people about the book, my story, and I listened to others who had their own stories to tell.
The press conference was at 11:00 am and the room was packed. This year, John and Claire Canton of Manchester were honored for changing the law about strangulation. Their daughter, Missy, was murdered by her husband over a year ago. I spent some time talking with John and once again I am reminded of the warriors in this world. John and Claire have made a difference. We cannot change the past, but we can do something about the future. We can make a difference for others and that’s what they have done. It is not without heartache…… http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/251003/being-turned-away
It was a very long day but ended with a reward that was not expected. The Cold Case Unit was on their way to Nashua for a press release. An arrest had been made in Canada. It was for the 1988 double homicide of Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinioneditorials/915651-263/trail-no-longer-cold-in-nashua-murders.html How fitting that it was announced on Victims’ Rights Day. A donation from the book went to “Parents Of Murdered Children.”
I also did some interviews for the next book. I spent time with Will Delker, Senior Assistant Attorney (Cold Case Unit), Scott Gilbert, (Cold Case Unit), Sandra Matheson, (Director of Victim/Witness Assistance Program), Jennifer Hunt, (Victims Rights Advocate), and Jim Conrad, (Retired Homicide Unit) The interviews are valuable and helped me to understand their jobs, the frustrations, and the rewards they face daily. The dedication they have is evident and I respect them for their continuous effort to help others and do the right thing. It was emotionally draining, it always is.
I met with Beth and Dawn, two women I’ve helped to find their voice for their sister. Press on guys! Stopped in Borders in Concord and signed more books for them and I spent some time with family and friends to try and balance it all out. It’s always a balancing act…..