Pictures that made Morgan smile…

Morgan created this picture of our family.  When she posted it she wrote, “Pictures that make me smile.”

I love it!  Morgan’s picture is on the top left, her daddy, Steve, in the middle, I am on the top right, her brother Ryan is on the bottom left and her sister Kristin is on the lower right.  This was and is our family.  Death can not separate, or destroy us.  We are, and always will be connected by unconditional love.

Ages 18 – 24 Experience The Highest Rate of Stalking #NSAM or #NSAM2017!

Morgan was 19 years old when her stalking started, and 4 months later, after she had turned just 20, she was murdered…Morgan, along with other female victims that were murdered in the last 5 years, were all between the ages of 18 – 24-years-old.  Even though in the other cases, stalking was not listed in their cases, I believe they were stalked.  This I believe after speaking with their families and/or friends.  Stalking is a very serious crime and should never be taken lightly!

Stalking can affect a victim’s emotional, physical, and economic well-being. Visit bit.ly/NSAM2017 for more info.

I personally know the impact stalking has on it’s victims – the devastating toll it takes.  My husband Steve and I were also victims of the same stalking that Morgan endured.  We lived in the same house during those 4 months of stalking.  We know what it’s like to become hyper-vigilent, constantly looking over our shoulder.  We know what it’s like not to want to leave your house because you have a “feeling” that the stalker may gain entry and being lying in wait.  We know what it’s like to be wake up in the middle of the night from the noise of the stalker trying to gain entrance, and/or setting off lights and alarms to harass and scare you.  We know how your emotions go from anger to embarrassment to frustration, then minimization, and then to self-blame, and in our case fear.  Fear that harm may befall our youngest daughter…which it did.  It makes you sick to your stomach. 

Morgan eventually did identify her stalker, along with his girlfriend (our neighbor), during the stalking.  None of us understood anything about gang stalking at the time.  We knew people were involved in helping to misdirect and make up false alibis, but we did not understand the extent in which gang stalking encompassed.  We now know…

The same day we found Morgan’s body, the lead sheriff detective, Rob Glassmire (now the new coroner for Garfield County – kind of worked out for him didn’t it?), told us we could take down our cameras, because there was no more Morgan, so no more stalker…I was shocked!  He said this to us, and yet Steve and I were on listed all the sheriffs reports as victims of the same stalking, and the detective knew this, but we never thought about it at the time.  We were just worried about Morgan.  We now know we were all targets! We experienced stalking incidents when Morgan wasn’t even home at the time of those incidents, and the detective knew that.  We were victims of the stalking, and we were still alive, so why did he think the stalking would stop?  And if you are wondering – it didn’t stop…

We lived through that 4 months of hell with Morgan.  When you find your daughter dead in your own house you go into a state of shock.  You are not totally yourself.  You hear the words that are being spoken, you may feel they are wrong, you can be angry or upset about them, but you have absolutely no fight left in you at that very moment in time.  You are numb.  You feel like you are not really there…it is as though you are watching your own nightmare, and you think that any minute now you will wake up.  I don’t expect most folks to understand the feeling, and I hope they never have to.  But that was our reality on December 2, 2011.

– Stalking is pervasive and causes intense personal suffering – 

When we found our healthy 20-year-old daughter Morgan dead, during an active investigation into her felony stalking, it became devastating for us.  Then immediately we were told by the lead detective, before her body had even been taken away for an autopsy:

 *That he was certain her death had nothing to do with the stalker we “knew” it didn’t sound right.  

  • We were then told there was no sign of breaking and entering (we now know that meant nothing – no fingerprinting was even ever done, and there were multiple ways we now know someone could have gotten in without a break-in.  Just 2 days before Morgan’s murder our next door neighbor reported a theft from their home and there were NO sign of a break-in and the night Morgan was murdered multiple things were stolen out of her room)
  • Then we were told there is no sign of a sexual assault (how could he say that? They never even checked for signs of a sexual assault, even though her pants were unzipped and unbuttoned, and they noted there were minute “spots” all over her chest under the UV light – bodily fluids)
  • We were then told by the detective that there was no sign of suicide (he said there were no syringes, empty pill bottles, or vessels in her room)
  • He then went on to say there was no sign of a struggle (another HUGE lie; her body and room showed signs of a struggle, and this can be seen in the crime scene photos), and then he said there were no signs that she could have been subdued (and yet we can see an injection mark, clear as day, on the crime scene photos that we received two years after her murder).  
  • There are so many FACTS/EVIDENCE involved in Morgan’s stalking and murder that indicate she was murdered, and yet the Garfield County Sheriffs want to ignore every, and all FACTS/EVIDENCE.

The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime said, “We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, in observing National Stalking Awareness Month 2017. Working to raise awareness about the realities of stalking is as critical as ever, especially for the 7.5 million individuals stalked each year in the U.S.”  These images I am sharing are supplied by the National Stalking Awareness Month organization.

 

 

 

FACTS ABOUT STALKING…#NSAM #NSAM2017!

Stalking is a crime that is pervasive, dangerous, & potentially lethal. IT WAS IN OUR DAUGHTER MORGAN’S CASE.

Stalking: It’s not a joke. It’s not romantic. It’s not ok. It’s a crime. Visit stalkingawarenessmonth.org to learn more.

MANY TIMES I HAVE HEARD FROM VICTIMS THAT THEY ARE TOO EMBARRASSED TO CONFIDE IN OTHERS ABOUT THEIR STALKING (THERE WERE TIMES MORGAN THOUGHT THIS WAY).  THEY THINK IT WILL JUST STOP IF THEY WAIT LONG ENOUGH.  SOMETIMES THEY THINK NO ONE WILL BELIEVE THEM…THESE ARE ALL NORMAL THOUGHTS THAT GO THROUGH YOUR MIND, BUT PLEASE ALWAYS REPORT ANY AND ALL INCIDENTS OF STALKING!

1 in 4 women and 1 in 13 men will be victims of stalking in their lifetime. 

WE WERE TOLD BY LOCAL SHERIFFS THAT STALKING IS THE MOST UNDER-REPORTED CRIME TODAY. 

Astoundingly, 7.5 million people were stalked in one year in the United States. Learn the realities of this crime: bit.ly/NSAM2017

JANUARY IS Stalking Awareness Month #NSAM #NSAM2017!

Wishing a safe & healthy New Year to all!
Did you know January is Stalking Awareness Month? Visit stalkingawarenessmonth.org for info.

What could you do to recognize National Stalking Awareness Month? 

How much do you know about stalking? Take a quiz here: bit.ly/NSAM2017

How young can stalking behavior start? Do you see stalking behaviors among high school students? Middle school students? Younger?

What would you say to a friend who told you they were being stalked?  Learn more about stalking at bit.ly/NSAM2017