Initially, the Police knew of only three of their victims: Edward Evans, Lesley Ann Downs, and John Kilbride. But when the investigation was re-opened in 1985, Brady confessed to the murders of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett. Up until then, they had both declared their innocence. During her life, Myra Hindley made several appeals for her release saying that she had become a reformed character and was no longer a danger to society. The mother of Lesley Ann Downs, one of the victims, swore that if Hindley was ever released, she would kill her herself.
About 400 women die due to domestic abuse from their partners every year (http://domesticabuseshelter.org/). One of those women could have easily been Beatrice, the mother in Purple Hibiscus, but she acted in time before she became just another name on the list of women who’ve experienced domestic abuse. The story of a christian family from Nigeria is a very powerful one. Anyone who has or still is experiencing abuse should take the time to read it. The book Purple Hibiscus focuses on a 14 year old girl named Kambili who has a very abusive father named Eugene.
The cops arrived, and calmed me down enough to take my statement my parents were called, and came home the next day. All of us were brokenhearted over Tommy, who got stabbed just for trying to help me. The following years were hard. I was in therapy for a year afterwards, and every anniversary of the event, I think over what happened. The reason my husband asked me about it was, years later after I had begun to date and finally married, I saw a news story about two robbers arrested not far from where we live.
In the short story, “An Act of Vengeance,” by Isabel Allende, the issue involves a young girl who gets raped by Tadeo Cespedes, whom also killed her father on the same day. She has lived her life with the burden of having to avenge her father’s death for 30 years. However, in the film, “Act of Vengeance,” directed by Isaac Florentine, pertains to a lawyer who considers his work more important than his family until it was too late. His wife and daughter were murdered and dumped in a hole at the train yard. Therefore, he starts to train himself for the mission of vengeance for his family deaths.
A 25-year-old woman from Sydney was charged with murdering her father and sister and seriously injuring her mother. The parents of the woman prevented her from seeking psychiatric treatment she needed because of their Scientology beliefs. This can be related back to the novella, as people who didn’t follow the waves structure was shamed and was either removed from the party or beaten up. To be apart of scientology, you must pay $800 per hour for a so called, ‘therapy’. These expensive sessions can last a minimum of two and a half hours each.
While visiting her mother in this time, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. Too afraid to tell anyone, Maya Angelou told her brother and in result her brother told their uncles. Their uncles killed her mother’s boyfriend out of rage, and this made Maya Angelou mute for five years until she met someone very important; Mrs. Flowers.
Throughout the trial we learn more about what actually happened, the catalyst for Peter’s actions and the perhaps not so innocent victims. Peter is eventually convicted and is sentenced to life in prison. A month after the final sentencing, Peter commits suicide by stuffing a sock down his throat. One year after the shooting we are taken back to Sterling High where a memorial had been erected and a plaque calls the building a “safe harbor” the validity of which could be called into question, because for many of the students, despite social standing, didn’t feel that Sterling really was a “safe harbor.” Many schools and situations are not “safe harbors” for students. In fact, the idea that it is possible to create an environment that will be completely rid of any dangers is ludicrous, but expecting a child to be able to manage that rocky situation on their own is even more absurd.
Following Miss Grierson’s funeral, the story goes back in time to illustrate her childhood. As a young girl, Emily is cut off socially by her father who drove off all her suitors. When he dies she refuses to accept his death for three days, “She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body.” After the three days, the townspeople intervened and buried her father
Halpanny and Newman 1998 wrote: In the final months of her life, Annie Lindsell’s struggle to be allowed to die with dignity became front page news, at the end of October 1997; she won a High Court action that allowed her doctor to administer potentially lethal pain-relieving drugs to prevent her from choking to death. This High Court victory opened up the debate on Euthanasia and the laws surrounding physician’s assisted suicide. Like Annie there are many people lying in our nation’s hospital simply waiting to die, since there are nothing humanly possible that can be done to save their lives. Many of them have a debilitating chronic disease that robs them of the simple tasks such as activities of daily living (bathing, eating, etc.) and ultimately their lives.
OJ Simpson gained fame as an American football star and, later, as a actor. He married Nicole Brown five years after retiring from the sport in 1985. Their marriage lasted seven years, during which Simpson was investigated by police for domestic violence several times and pleaded no contest to spousal abuse in 1989. Nicole suffered unspeakable physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at his hands before her murder. Simpson was charged in 1994 for murdering his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron
Mr. Norman and the Defendant had been married for a quarter of a century and it was alleged that Mr. Norman had been beating the Defendant since approximately five years after they were married. Mr. Norman was said to have often made the Defendant prostitute her body in order to financially support the family as well as other degrading things like sleeping on the floor. On June 12, 1985, Mrs. Norman, the Defendant shot her husband three times in the head while he was sleeping. The Defendant claimed that she was suffering from “battered wife syndrome” and that the shooting was in self-defense. The Supreme Court found that it was not necessary for the Defendant to kill her husband due to the following
(Paddy never did.) For Davis it was reported that the sentence of death was passed but was commuted to life and then reported that; "… Davis was taken to Goulburn, tried and found guilty, and sentenced to death. However, the sentence was commuted to life’s imprisonment. He did three years in irons, but on account of his health failing and being a cripple from bullet wounds, the irons, which cut into the legs, were knocked off. He obtained his freedom after serving 15 years in January 1877, and died in agony, an emaciated lunatic...".
However, his fellow partner in crime could not deal with the guilt and agony of the crime, so he later confesses to the police. Hansen was sentenced to three years in Iowa Men’s Reformatory; however he only served 20 months. It was also recommended that Hansen receive psychiatric treatment. Hansen agreed to the treatment; he opened up to the psychiatrist and explained his compulsion to set fires. Unfortunately Hansen soon realized that his prosecutors were using the information he was telling to the psychiatrists’ against him in court.
In addition, Hixon had just seen the man walking toward town (Pfeifer, “United”; “Shipp”). Ed Johnson was arrested and questioned for three hours, but he told Shipp that he didn’t know anything about the rape (Pfeifer, “United”; “Shipp”). That same night, an angry mob attacked the jail where Johnson was thought to be held, but, little did they know, he had been moved to a jail in Nashville for fear of a lynching (Pfeifer, “United”; “Shipp”). On January 27, Nevada went to Nashville, where Johnson was identified as the assailant and was indicted for the rape of Nevada Taylor (Pfeifer, “United”; “Shipp”). On the day of the trial, Johnson had an alibi, stating he was at the Last Chance Saloon when Nevada was raped, which was supported by many people at the saloon; however, Hixon and Nevada say that Johnson was definitely the rapist (Pfeifer, “United”; “Shipp”).