Tony McAleer (Canada)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi A former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter, proprietor of Canadian Liberty Net (a computer operated voice messaging center), and manager of the racist rock bad, Odin’s Law. His love for his children led Tony on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Today… more

Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel (USA)

Photo by Louisa Hext On February 12th 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 neighbors in the Northside… more

Stanislav Krezic (Bosnia)

During the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stanislav Krezic fought with Croatian Defence Council Forces against the Bosnian Army on the front lines around the divided town of Mostar.  As in many other places, the conflict in this southern region was a brutal one, pitting neighbour against neighbour, tearing communities apart in places where… more

Jasna (Bosnia)

Jasna met her husband, a fellow Bosnian, while she was growing up in Germany. When they returned home to Bosnia in 1991 she was 18, already a mother and pregnant with their second child. The conflict that was engulfing parts of former Yugoslavia still seemed far away.  The war came to our town during the… more

Munira Beba Hadzic (Bosnia)

Srebrenica lies 30 km west of the Drina River that marks the Bosnian border with Serbia. In 1992, Munira Beba Hadzic was the headmistress of the elementary school there, and responsible for over 1,000 7- 15-year-olds from all ethnicities and backgrounds. At the beginning of May that year, Serb forces chased the town’s Bosnian Muslim… more

Wilma Derksen (Canada)

In November 1984 Wilma and Cliff Derksen’s 13-year-old daughter, Candace, went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg, Canada. It wasn’t until 22 years later that Mark Grant was charged with her murder and in 2011, after a five week trial, sentenced to 25 years without parole.   For the past three decades Wilma… more

Samantha Lawler (USA)

Photograph by Louisa Hext Samantha Lawler’s mother was murdered by her father in 1999 at the family home in Ft 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.  13 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

Liz Brereton (England)

Photo by Brian Moody In August 2008 Liz Brereton’s 21-year-old daughter, Ruth, was killed in a car crash travelling back from Portsmouth to her home in Croydon.  Two years later the driver of the car received a two year prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving and was banned from driving for two years.… more

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