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Silent Scream by Florida Author is Flying off the Shelves
Newly released True Crime Silent Scream by Popular Florida Author Yvonne Mason is Flying off the shelves
Gerard Schaefer began his reign of horrific serial killings in 1966, however, it was not until 1972 that he was finally caught quite by accident. Two of his intended victims managed to escape the clutches of death on a remote island in Martin County while he was gone to retrieve something he had forgotten.
After Schaefer was arrested for the kidnapping of Nancy Trotter and Susan Wells, the two who managed to get away, and after he released on his own recognizance his reign of serial killings escalated. From September 1972 until January 1973 Gerard Schaefer brutally tortured and murdered six more young girls and young women from the Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach area they were not discovered until April 1973
On April 1,1973 the bodies of Susan Place and Georgia Jessup were found on Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, Florida by two men looking for aluminum cans. This discovery led Florida Law Enforcement on a investigation which haunts them to this day.
At the time Schaefer perpatrated his crimes serial killlers were unknown. There was no way to connect the dots. Gerard Schaefer had been killing since 1966. This discovery was made long after he was tried and convicted of the brutal murders of Susan Place and Georgia Jessup in September 1973 exactly one year after their dissapperance from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sept 23.1972.
Retired FBI Agent Roy Hazelwood who started the Profiling Department used Schaefer as his yardstick to set up the department. He states in his review of Silent Scream:
"Yvonne Mason has captured the true essence of Gerard Schaefer, a deputy sheriff who enjoyed torturing and killing young women. It is a gripping story and you should prepare to be disturbed. I guarantee that you will find it difficult to put this book down."
Roy Hazelwood, FBI (ret)
author of Dark Dreams and
The Evil That Men Do
Before Gerard Schaefer's capture and trial the term Serial Killer had never been used to define multiple murders with the same method of killing. There had been no way to connect the dots or to communicate with other law enforement agents. Each agency thought these killings were just ramdom killings and in some instances that the young women had just ran away from home.
Gerard Schaefer had written instructions on how to committ the perfect crime which was found in the home of his mother during the search for evidence. Gerard Schaefer a narcississtic pshyopath believed he would get away with murder. He believed he was actually saving these young women and girls from a life of whoredom. He did this by killing in pairs, he wanted one to watch while the other was brutally tortured and killed. He wanted to one watching to understand what would be happening to her.
Retired Detective Chuck Hemp ,from the Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale area who worked the dissapperance of Susan Place and Georgia Jessup had this to say after he read Silent Scream:
"When Gerald Schaefer used his badge and gun to terrorize and kill rather than protect and serve he crossed a line that not only snuffed out the lives of his victims but also affected the lives of their loved ones and the police officers charged with investigating these crimes. In her book “Silent Scream” Yvonne Mason has captured more than just the story, but has also given voices to all of Schafer’s unknown victims. I’m sure there are many."
Det. Lieutenant Chuck Hemp OPPD Ret.
In Gerard Schaefer's mind he truely believed he never did anything criminal, he truely believed he was helping his victims end a life of whoredom. That he was doing them a favor.
Gerard Schaefer left holes in the lives of families and friends a hole which will never heal. Some of the bodies were never found, there were no bodies to bury, no way to say goodbye. These young women and young girl's lives were snuffed out before they had a chance to really live. Their voices have been screaming silently for thirty four years. Now, with the release of Silent Scream, they now have a voice and with that voice they finally have peace.
Yvonne Mason is a local Florida Author who lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She spent
eight months researching this book, talking to law enforcement who were involved in the investigation of this crime which sent shock waves throughout not only the State of Florida, but the entire country. She interviewed, Lawyers, police, investigators and Sheriff's. She read newspaper acocunts and researched the evidence which still exists today.
Yvonne Mason has truely captured the evil of Gerad Schaefer and the silent screams of his victims.
Ms. Mason's book can be ordered thru Lulu.com or her online bookstore, The Book Attic at http://www.thebookattic.ecrater.com she will sign the copies ordered from her online store.
Ms. Mason is available for interviews, speeches and booksignings. She can be reached at email@example.com. Her website is http://www.myspace.com/
This is one book which needs to be read. It shows that at anytime or anyplace anyone can be a victim.
Other books by the author
Stan's Story, A Touch of Love- A true Story about hope
Newly Released Brilliant Insanity- A fiction novel about a serial killer with a secret who has five days to live
Tangled Minds- Soon to be Re-released by Kerlak Publishing- a novel about actions - actions and the non acceptance of the consequences of a seventeen year old unwed mother and her son.
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Yvonne Mason, Published Author Bounty Hunter and Motovational Speaker
Author of Stan's Story, A Touch of Love, Tangled Minds, Brilliant Insanity and soon to be released true crime Silent scream