All Stories from USA

Stephanie Cassatly (USA)

Stephanie Cassatly’s mother was murdered in a convenience-store-robbery in New Orleans in 1980. Since then, Stephanie has become a wife, mother, professor, speaker and writer. Much of her work is centered on grief, healing and the possibility of forgiveness – www.stephaniecassatly.com. The impetus to learn about my mother’s killer came from a virtual stranger. My… more

Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel (USA)

Photo by Louisa Hext On 12th February 1993 Mary Johnson’s only son, 20-year-old Laramiun Byrd, was murdered.  The perpetrator was 16-year-old Oshea Israel who received a 25 year sentence for second degree murder. Many years later Mary visited Oshea in prison and since his release in 2010 they have lived as neighbours in the Northside… more

Samantha Lawler (USA)

Photograph by Louisa Hext Samantha Lawler’s mother was murdered by her father in 1999 at the family home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her father admitted to strangling his wife, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and rape and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.  Thirteen years later, Samantha visited her father in prison –… more

Cathy Harrington (USA)

In 2004 Cathy Harrington’s 26-year old daughter, Leslie, was murdered in a brutal attack in her own home.  It was Halloween night when the killer broke in, also taking the life of another of Leslie’s housemates. A year later, after an extensive police investigation, Eric Copple admitted to the crimes.  Copple is now serving two… more

Lynette D. Grace (USA)

21 years ago Lynette Grace was attacked by her friend’s son, Johnny. In the same attack Johnny killed his own mother. 20 years later Lynette has met and formed a close bond with him. You can contact Lynette at doorkeeper90@gmail.com. When my mother died suddenly I flew into town to attend her funeral and stayed the… more

Victoria Ruvolo (USA)

On a cold night in November 12, 2004 six teenagers in Ronkonkoma, New York bought a 20 pound turkey with a stolen credit card. While driving on Sunrise Highway, 18 year-old Ryan Cushing threw the frozen bird out the back window just for a thrill. The turkey hit Victoria Ruvolo’s car, shattering the windshield and… more

Arno Michaelis (USA)

Photograph by Jeff Pearcy From the age of 17 Arno Michaelis was deeply involved in the white power movement. He was a founding member of what became the largest racist skinhead organization in the world, a reverend of self-declared Racial Holy War, and lead singer of the race-metal band Centurion, selling over 20,000 CDs to racists… more

Judith Toy (USA)

On October 15th 1990, three members of Judith Toy’s family were brutally murdered in Pennsylvania, USA by Charles Grand.  The perpetrator was the boy across the street, a family friend, 19 years old.  Five years after, through her newfound practice of daily mindfulness in the Zen Buddhist tradition, Judith spontaneously forgave Charles. In 2011 she published… more

TJ Leyden (USA)

Photograph by Mark Seliger In 1980, at the age of 14, TJ Leyden became a neo-Nazi skinhead, soon rising through the ranks of Hammerskin Nation, the largest white supremacist transnational organization in America. After 15 years of spreading hate, bigotry and racism, TJ turned his back on the white power movement. He has since worked… more

Sammy Rangel (USA)

Photograph by Mark Seliger Sammy Rangel spent most of his early years in mental institutions, foster homes, and detention homes.  He embraced violence at the age of 11, joining the Maniac Latin Disciples gang and spending long periods in prison. It wasn’t until a drug abuse program helped him rehabilitate that Sammy began to further… more

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