Story Topic: Crime

Jacob Dunne (England)

In 2011 Jacob Dunne fatally knocked a man to his death in an unprovoked attack. As a result he received a two-and-a-half-year custodial sentence for manslaughter of which he served 14 months. On leaving prison Jacob found himself homeless, unemployed and struggling to get his life back on track. In the end, with the encouragement… more

Susan Waters (England)

Susan Waters is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She is the mother of three children and lives in the Midlands. Her story has been an anonymous story on The Forgiveness Project website since 2005. In 2016, with her parents now dead, she waived her right to anonymity. The pressure to blindly forgive, particularly within Church… more

Liz Stone (USA)

Photo by Amber Cashio Liz Stone was just 16 when her best friend was murdered; compounding her existing depression she was later hospitalized for attempted suicide. After a series of abusive relationships, she married and started a family but the trauma of her past caught up with her. I’ve been held captive twice in my… more

Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal (USA)

In 2005, Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal had a life-changing conversation. Both were working at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles when they realized they had met 26 years earlier, when a group of teen-aged Nazi-punks attacked and beat a gay homeless 14-year-old boy. Matthew Boger was that young boy and Tim Zaal, at… more

Brenda Adelman (USA)

Brenda Adelman’s mother, an award-winning artist and photographer, was shot and killed in her home in Brooklyn, New York, in 1995. Brenda’s father pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served two and half years in prison. Since then, with a degree in Spiritual Psychology, Brenda has written a one-woman show, “My Brooklyn Hamlet”, based on… more

Dr. Chuck Sandstrom (USA)

Dr. Chuck Sandstrom was a seasoned organizational leader and motivational speaker when in 2009 he was brutally assaulted by a stranger in Akron Ohio. In spite of his life-altering Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and with the support of his wife Auburn, Chuck has come to unconditionally forgive the man who assaulted him and has actively… more

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

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

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