The ultimate insult: Grieving mother who lost her 20-year-old son to suicide finds a Jehovah's Witness pamphlet about eternal life on her boy's graveBy Jack Ryan
A grieving mother broke down in tears after she found a Jehovah's Witnesses pamphlet asking 'Can the dead really live again?' left at her son's grave.
The woman and her daughter were visiting the 20-year-old's grave at Penrith Cemetery in western Sydney during the first Mother's Day since his suicide when they found the pamphlet.
'Can the dead really live again?' the pamphlet read on the front cover, with the options 'yes', 'no' and 'maybe'.
The man's sister said her mother was already struggling to cope with her son's absence on Mother's Day before they found the flyer.
'My mum had been trying to hold it together all morning. It was always going to be a hard visit (to the cemetery) that day, but the flyer was a bit of salt in the wound,' the man's sister, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
'It's harder to console your mother in tears on Mother's Day who just misses her son than it is to pick up a piece of paper and throw it in the bin.'
The woman said there were flyers left at every grave in her brother's section of the cemetery.
'Overall the whole situation was inappropriate... being that it was Mother's Day... there's no scenario you could have in this situation that makes it any ''better'' it's just horrible from all directions,' she said.
'That and also the choice of words. Leaving a flyer is a bad move regardless, but posing a question to friends and family members of ''Can the dead live again?'' is just so morbid.
'But even then, if they left a flyer saying ''We're sorry for your loss'' would it make the situation any better? It's still preying on emotionally vulnerable people.'
The woman said she called the Jehovah's Witness head office in Sydney, where someone acknowledged leaving flyers at the cemetery was inappropriate.
'But I wasn't given an apology... they referred to it as ''passing on the enquiry'',' she said.
'What annoys me is that no one seemed to notice these people coming in - with a bag full of rocks to place the flyers under - and leaving all these flyers around.
'Plots in that cemetery are going for up to $4000 plus, you expect some kind of security in this place.
'One of the graves I removed a flyer from had the flyer underneath a little dog statue that was sitting beside the tombstone.
'All I thought was, imagine if that little dog was a family heirloom that meant something to the decease and was damaged because it was being carelessly handled by a church that wanted to get their sales numbers up? You'd be pretty livid.'
A Jehovah's Witnesses spokesman said the choice to leave the flyers at the cemetery was 'an individual matter' and would have been carried out by someone from 'one of the local churches there'.
'Some write letters, some do it over the phone,' he said.
'It's probably just an individual doing the work... It's an individual, personal choice when it comes to preaching.'
The spokesman said he could 'understand' resistance to their message, as they sometimes receive the same feedback when they go door-knocking to preach.
A Penrith City Council spokesman said the flyers were an 'isolated incident'.
'Council was advised on Monday afternoon of leaflets that were left in the cemetery and a sweep was conducted to remove the material,' he said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Penrith Central Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses church for comment.
A Jehovah's Witnesses spokesman said the choice to leave the flyers at the cemetery was 'an individual matter' and would have been carried out by someone from 'one of the local churches' in Penrith
By The Librarian
Pioneer Meeting on Wednesday night
By JOHN BUTLER
I was having a discussion on here somewhere with someone, concerning the IICSA investigation into JW Org in the UK.
I've just received this email from them so thought I'd put it up on here for people to look at.
It doesn't copy and paste exactly as it looks on my email, but here it is anyway :-
Our reference: IICSA-0013979
Dear Mr Butler
Thank you for contacting the Inquiry on 3 February.
As you may be aware, the Inquiry is investigating institutional failure to protect children from sexual abuse in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches. In June 2015 it issued a retention order covering documents of interest to the Inquiry to the leaders of 18 prominent religious organisations, including the Jehovah's Witnesses.
The Inquiry has received correspondence from a considerable number of individuals raising concerns about child sexual abuse within Jehovah's Witnesses organisations. At present the Inquiry is committed to delivering its existing programme and is not currently launching any new investigations. However, as our work progresses, we will consider calls for a Jehovah's Witnesses specific investigation carefully.
Any updates on our investigations, including scope and hearings can be found on our website at www.iicsa.org.uk/investigations
Investigations The Inquiry has launched 13 investigations into a broad range of institutions identified on the basis of the Panel’s criteria for selection of investigations. The investigations will give a voice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, enable the Inquiry to understand how institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and make practical recommendations to ensure better institutional protection for children in the future. www.iicsa.org.uk
I am sorry for the delay in responding to you and I hope that you have found this information useful. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this email, please do not hesitate to contact the Inquiry again.
Head of Correspondence & Engagement Team
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
By Guest Nicole
Defense lawyers in the murder trial of Sandra Jean Melgar on Tuesday blamed "a couple of cowboys" at the Harris County Sheriff's Office for jumping to conclusions and accusing her of fatally stabbing her husband in 2012.
"Sandy Melgar got sucked into this by a couple of cowboys who came up with some theories and game over," defense attorney Mac Secrest told jurors in closing arguments of the three-week murder trial. "Where are the real killers? Are we going to see them in the courtroom anytime soon? I wouldn't bet on it."
Melgar, 57, who faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted, is accused of stabbing her husband on Dec. 22, 2012, then tying herself up to stage a home invasion on the eve of their 32nd anniversary.
Friends arriving for a party the next day found Jaime Melgar's body in the couple's northwest Harris County home, with Sandra Melgar tied up in the master bedroom closet.
The defense insisted that Sandra Melgar never saw the home invader that hit her in the back of the head, tied her up and brutally stabbed her husband 31 times.
Melgar's attorney said police failed to investigate a neighbor with a criminal record who was acting strangely at the crime scene.
Instead, Secrest told jurors, two sheriff's detectives, one of whom was later fired for backdating a search warrant in a murder case, decided to charge Sandra Melgar and stopped looking for evidence.
"There's no physical evidence that points to her at all," Secrest said, explaining that Jaime Melgar was stabbed and beaten about the head and body. "No broken nails, no problems with her hands, no bruising of the hands."
Prosecutor Colleen Barnett said Melgar was motivated to kill her husband and stage a break-in for a $500,000 life insurance policy.
She also said Melgar's religious beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness made her look for a way to get out of the marriage without a divorce, which would have left her ostracized.
Because a church friend testified that Jehovah's Witnesses believe dead people are "sleeping" until the Apocalypse, Barnett said Melgar may have taken her husband's death lightly.
"If I kill him, then I'm not ostracized — I get to hang out with my friends Â— and I get the money," Barnett said, imagining Melgar's thinking.
When it came to Melgar's hands, Barnett pointed to photos of Melgar's right hand which showed cloudy nails, saying she used a harsh cleaner or detergent after the bloody stabbing to clean up.
"This proves she's the one. That she did it," Barnett said.Â
Jurors began deliberating immediately after the closings in state District Judge Kelli Johnson's court.
By Queen Esther
The CO - class,Â learningÂ inÂ aÂ courseÂ inÂ BethelÂ *MillÂ Hill*Â -
LeftÂ sideÂ firstÂ isÂ GBÂ BrotherÂ Barba !Â Â AÂ friend-sisterÂ metÂ himÂ byÂ aÂ New yorkÂ BethelÂ visit,Â Â sheÂ gotÂ alotÂ pictures
ThatÂ pictureÂ isÂ fromÂ theÂ pastÂ ~Â Bro. BarbaÂ isÂ nowÂ inÂ HeavenÂ byÂ theÂ othersÂ fromÂ NY.
By Bible Speaks
Closing of the Bethel of London and opening of the new Bethel in Chelmsford
We are pleased to inform you that a new and exciting exhibition is now open for visitors in our Installations In Mill Hill. This new feature will take you on a journey through the history of witnesses in great Britain and Ireland. It includes material that will strengthen your faith and undoubtedly increase your appreciation for being part of the wonderful organization of Jehovah. - Ps. 144: 15.
News: the new facilities at Chelmsford will not include a printer and will discontinue the printing at Mill Hill at the end of March 2018. So if you want to see the printing pressesÂ we invite you to visit as soon as possible.
The Accelerated speed of new news in our organization makes us look forward to all kinds of communiquÃ©s as you can see, there will be no printing of publications in London.
When they announced the new branch, they said it was necessary because the production of magazines is expanding and Britain is the key Bethel for the production of magazines. That was just a couple of years ago they said that.
Literature comes from Germany now. It's the center of Europe. Sent to London (soon Chelmsford) and distributed from there. The single page brochuresÂ will be used much more now.Â
By Jack Ryan
Western Mail (Wales, UK), Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - FRONT PAGE
An elder member of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation subjected a girl to years of sexual abuse, a court has heard.
Thomas Brian Jenkins, 74, appeared at Merthyr Crown Court on Monday charged with 20 counts of indecent assault against a girl in the 1970s.
The alleged abuse began when the girl was 12 years old and continued until she was 14.
Jenkins, of Landor Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, denies indecently assaulting the girl by touching her genitals on “dozens of occasions".
Opening the case for the prosecution, Timothy Evans said the abuse began shortly after the girl moved to a village in Powys with her family, who were Jehovah’s Witnesses, and became involved with the local congregation.
Mr Evans said Jenkins, an elder member of the congregation, would take the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and her older brother out in a car to knock on people’s doors.
“The defendant would get someone going out house to - turn to page 4
Jehovah's Witness denies 20 historic sex attack charges
By The Librarian
Police in Orange County, California are investigating a violent crime that happened inside a McDonalds's over the weekend. An elderly man was stabbed several times in the restroom.
The suspect caught on camera running from the scene of the crime. Police want you to take a good look at this man. They say he beat, then stabbed a 92-year-old stranger multiple times in the men's restroom inside this Garden Grove McDonalds' for no apparent reason.
Carl Whitney from the Garden Grove Police said, "the victim was using the restroom washing his hands. The guy attacked him from behind never said anything to him. We don't know if the motive was robbery, but we know that this was totally unprovoked. The victim did not know the suspect."
Police say the victim an elderly Jehovah's Witness who was having breakfast with his church group, as he did every Saturday morning at 10:30. The victim told police that he saw the man standing in the bathroom against the wall and he said hello. The suspect ignored him, then stabbed him nearly to death. He says the suspect never tried to rob him.
The victim was last reported to be in stable, but critical condition. The suspect was described as a hispanic male between 20 and 30 years old 6 feet tall with a medium build. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.
LOCKED UP! - Roy Collins, the Jehovah's Witness "convicted of the systematic sexual abuse of two young girls"By Jack Ryan
An article in the print edition of Wales On Sunday, an English-language Welsh newspaper, and 'sister' newspaper to The Western Mail (Mon to Sat). Wales on Sunday has a circulation of just under 10,000-copies each Sunday.
Wales on Sunday (UK), Sunday, October 21, 2018 - page 16
It has been a busy week for the courts in Wales with several high-profile cases being dealt with.
Here are some of the criminals jailed this week.
Collins was given a 23-year extended sentence after being convicted of the systematic sexual abuse of two young girls in the 1980s and 1990s.
The Jehovah's Witness was branded as "devious, righteous and arrogant" by a judge at Swansea Crown Court.
Read online version:
By Guest Nicole
Speaking at the hearing, Valerie’s family described her as a “happy little old lady”.
Daughter Alexandra Harpin, 58, said: “She liked to talk to people, and she was a very active Jehovah’s Witness until the last five to six years prior to her death.
“She was just a normal mother, but at times she was a frightened person.
“She feared certain things but never disclosed what it was.
“There was nothing wrong with her mental state at all. Every time I saw her she was fine.”
Robert McIntyre was not present at the inquest. Since then he has been the subject of Chinese whispers on the estate that has been home for 22 years.
He told the Sunday Mercury: “I have been put through a lot of hell. What has been done to me is horrendous, but I’ve already forgiven them.”
Now he says that bereavement, groundless accusations and the long wait to clear his name have finally taken their toll. He is leaving.
“I’m moving,” he said. “I’ve just had enough of the harassment.”
By Guest Nicole
By The Librarian
A truck driver who was using his mobile phone when he killed a grandmother by ploughing into her car has been jailed for five years.
David Shields, 34, was caught on camera inside his cab scrolling on his device for a full 18 seconds leading up to the collision last February.
He tried to brake at the last second, but his recovery truck smashed into the back of missionary worker Yvonne Blackman's car as she queued in traffic on the A75 in Dumfries.
Footage has now been released showing Shields, from Drongan, East Ayrshire, checking his phone before noticing Ms Blackman's car at the last second.
At the High Court in Glasgow on Friday, Shields was also banned from driving for seven-and-half years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.
Ms Blackman, from Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, was on her way to meet friends when the crash took place.
The 66-year-old, a mother of four and gran to 18, died several weeks later in hospital.
Ralph Blackman, her husband of almost 38 years, spoke outside court following the sentencing.
"I think it was a reasonable deterrent for other drivers from doing a similar thing because it caused a lot of suffering," the 78-year-old said.
Visably distressed, he added: "It caused a lot of heartbreak to all of our family, grandkids, sisters, brothers and myself.
"I'm still not settled properly yet but I'm getting there, but like I said before the main thing is that justice has been done.
"Me and my family are hoping that any driver who actually uses their phone while they're driving should realise that suffering and heartbreak is caused not just to their family but the victim's family as well."
Mr Blackman added of his wife: "[She was] very fun going and she liked to get things done.
"In a lot of years she was a missionary for the JW [Jehovah's Witnesses] and she was knocking on doors trying to get people to do the right thing and serve god.
"She loved having holidays, dancing - she had a lot of life to live."
Jailing Shields, judge Lady Stacey told him: "I have seen a video of the crash and know you were paying heed to your mobile phone for 18 seconds. It was a very dangerous thing to do.
"I know you did not intent the catastrophic result, but you should have known the terrible risk you were taking."
Shields, who served as a lance corporal in the Royal Highland Fusiliers in Iraq and Afghanistan, wept as he was led away to the cells.
His defence counsel John Scullion QC earlier said: "He has asked me to apologise to Mrs Blackman's family and is ashamed of his actions that day."
The crash happened after Ms Blackman was caught in heavy traffic on the A75 Gretna to Stranraer road around 8.30am on February 8, 2017.
Shields was driving a truck for 911 Rescue Recovery from Stoke to Kilmarnock when he ploughed into the back of her Toyota Yaris.
Prosecutor Liam Ewing said: "Witnesses noted that the lorry did not appear to brake until a short distance before the collision, at which time it skidded or snaked."
The Toyota car hit a BMW in front before spinning to a halt.
Ms Blackman died in hospital on February 23 from chest and spinal injuries caused in the crash.
Shields told police he only noticed "at the last second" that the "traffic was not moving", and added: "I slammed the brakes on, slid and collided."
Analysis of the seven cameras in his truck's cab showed his "attention had been on a dash-mounted mobile telephone".
Mr Ewing said: "An analysis established he had been focusing on the phone ... therefore failing to maintain proper observations of the road ahead.
"(This was) for a period of 18 seconds prior to reacting to the presence of the car."
He is seen driving while checking the phone before his cab shudders as it hits Yvonne's car. It is not known what he was doing on the mobile at the time.
Part of the charge Shields pleaded guilty to stated he did "repeatedly interact with and focus your attention" on a phone.
David Shields' dangerous driving has irrevocably damaged many lives and our thoughts go to the family of Yvonne Blackman.
Driving while handling a mobile phone, in any context, is illegal and dangerous and can have the most serious of consequences."
Â– DAVID GREEN, HEAD OF SCOTTISH FATALITIES INVESTIGATIONS UNIT
UK: Woman’s ‘demon-filled’ boyfriend is charged with murder and abuse of a corpse after her remains are discovered in a fire pit at their house by her suspicious familyBy Guest Nicole
Robin Freitag, a loved mom and grandmother, had been missing for over a month Her family were 'suspicious' about her boyfriend, 52-year-old David A. Callaghan While searching around Freitag's property, they found her remains in a fire pit Callaghan has now been charged with murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse The remains of a Â‘loving mom, grandma and friendÂ’ have tragically been discovered in a fire pit by members of the murdered womanÂ’s family, who became suspicious after finding her burnt Bible.
Robin Freitag, who would have celebrated her 54th birthday last Saturday, had been missing for more than a month from her Akron home in Ohio.
As a result of her relatives' gruesome discovery, Akron police have charged her live-in-boyfriend, David A. Callaghan, 52, with murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.
FreitagÂ’s relatives had regarded him as a suspect in relation to her disappearance, as she had not been in contact with her daughter, Kim, since July 31.
According to theÂ Akron Beacon Journal, FreitagÂ’s family were searching around her property last Thursday when her cousin, Angela Nottingham, spotted burnt paper, including a piece bearing the word Â‘JahovahÂ’.
She posted on Facebook: Â‘Not everyone would think that much of that. But I knew if Robin was alive and well, that she would never allow anyone to burn her Bible.Â’
Read more:Â https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6175455/Womans-demon-filled-boyfriend-charged-murder-abuse-corpse-fire-pit-house.html
By The Librarian
Three years after Erik Miranda was shot and killed early on a Sunday morning,Â the crime that remains unsolved, denying his family what they want most: closure.
Family members held a lantern vigil Thursday, Sept. 20 Â— the anniversary of the 24-year-old's death Â— at Kiwanis Lake.
York City Police officersÂ respondingÂ to reports of shots fired just before 6 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2015, found Miranda's body in an alleyway in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue, where he lived with his mother.Â
Family members described him as a kind, caring man who was a devoted Jehovah's Witness. They said he had no enemies, which makes the homicide even more difficult to understand.
On Thursday, the family prayed together and released a handful of biodegradable lanterns into the sky above the lake to show they won't forgetÂ Miranda Â— orÂ the unknown killer who remains free.
Olga Davis, Miranda's cousin, said his mother, Maria Miranda, moved to Florida shortly after his death because she "couldn't stand it to live here anymore" after the pain of losing her son.
She hasn't returned since, and she wasn't present at the vigil Thursday night.
"I'm a mother, and if something happened to one of my babies like that, I don't know how I'd push on," DavisÂ said. "It's a kick in the stomach; I can't breathe. I can't rest at night knowing his killers are still out there, breathing and walking around, not paying for the injustice that's been done to us."
Jack Padro, Miranda's brother, said he wishes he could thank him for all that he did for him. He said he still struggles to suppress anger and negative frustration.
"I was always with him," Padro said. "He was a good person and helped me through the hard times. But now I can't even say thank you to him anymore."
The family still lives around the corner from where the shooting happened. Every year, the they meetÂ at the scene to celebrate Miranda's life.
Davis praised York City Police for making arrests in recent shootings, but notes the status of her cousin's case.
"The police have been doing a great job tracking the current shooters doing all these terrible things in York, but Erik's case is still cold," she said.
DavisÂ also praised local community organizations for their efforts to stop gun violence, but added the community is doing less to help grieving families such as hers.
Raul Miranda, left, and Olga Davis watch lanterns float over Kiwanis Lake in memory of Erick Miranda, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Miranda was murdered Sept. 20, 2015 in a drive-by shooting. His case is one of only a few cold cases in York City. John A. Pavoncello photoÂ (Photo: The York Dispatch)
"I don't know what can be done to stop it, andÂ I don't know how they're going to stop it," Davis said. "York is just tired. We're sick of shootings; we're afraid to walk to the store."
Although Davis said knowing who the killer isÂ won't take all of the pain away, itÂ is the closest thing to closure the family can hope for.
York City Police Chief Troy Bankert explained in an email the process of handling unsolved homicide case.
"Homicides do not have statute of limitations, therefore they remain open," the chiefÂ said. "When a homicide is unsolved, we review the case as needed.Â However, typically, new evidence is presented which is then immediately followed up on.Â We do the initial investigation until all evidence is reviewed and all witnesses are questioned."
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 717-846-1234 or text "yorktips" and then the message to 847411.
By The Librarian
An obsessive and controlling husband had faked a message from the police complaints body telling his wife to go to Rhyl police station to identify his body.
Mark Perry, aged 46, had also turned up at a refuge with a neighbour's child claiming to be a family member and seeking the whereabouts of his wife.
The story was told at Llandudno court where Perry, a Jehovah's Witness, of Sandringham Avenue, Rhyl, pleaded guilty to stalking.
When he was sent for sentence at Mold crown court next month and refused bail he protested, near to tears: "I love my wife. I don't want to cause her any stress at all."
The charge accuses him of between the end of July and beginning of August stalking Ysabel Andrea Perry and causing her serious harm or distress by sending texts and WhatsApp messages and trying to seek her whereabouts.
The court heard that in one message Perry told his wife : "Sorry for the suffering I've caused you over the years. I'm unravelling it with Jehovah's help."
Prosecuting, Diane Williams said his wife had endured threats and control and a domestic violence protection order had been granted. She'd had "disturbing" messages and texts.
Graham Parry, defending, said the couple were Jehovah's Witnesses and they had been in discussion with elders which he preferred to the justice system to deal with their difficulties.
Mr Parry said : "From the Jehovah's Witness point of view there's only one way a couple can separate - it's adultery, and neither has committed adultery.
"His wife has now gone to another part of the country in a refuge that's safe.
"He does threaten to take his own life. He does seem fairly desperate to try and get what he thought who was his wife back."
Added Mr Parry :"He doesn't fit the mode of most defendants. It's an unusual case".
By Jack Ryan
Mike MartindaleUpdated 6:11 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2018 Keego Harbor Â— A quiet residential street became a horrific crime scene Friday with news that four people Â— a couple and their adult children Â— died in what police are describing as a triple murder-suicide.
By late afternoon, some yellow police crime scene tape remained around the two-story wood frame bungalow in the 2300 block of Cass Lake Road where police were sent about 8:10 a.m. on a welfare check after a relative became worried about the family, Keego Harbor Police Chief John Fitzgerald said.
One of four bodies is removed from the home of the 2300 block of Cass Lake Road.Â (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)
Â“A relative had concerns and asked us to look into it,Â” said Fitzgerald. Â“ItÂ’s tragic and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.Â”
Inside the house officers found four bodies who neighbors identified as Daniel Stuart, 47, his wife, Lauren, 45, and their children, Bethany, 24, and Steven, 27.
Fitzgerald said the Â“perpetratorÂ” was among the dead but would not provide details other than to stress Â“we think we know what happened here and there is no danger to neighbors.Â”
Fitzgerald said police have recovered what is believed to be the murder weapon but would not elaborate. He said all the deaths remain under investigation.
Keego Harbor Police Chief John Fitzgerald briefs the media on the murder-suicide.Â (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)
Neighbors John and Jackie Tristani said they awoke Friday to learn police were outside the victimsÂ’ home.
Â“My son said police were repeatedly calling out Â‘Lauren, come outside,Â’ "Â said John Tristani. Â“When she didnÂ’t respond they (police) went inside. A few minutes later, they came back outside, shaking their heads.Â”
Tristani said he had been watching television late Thursday night and never heard anything from the Stuarts' home.
Sources close to the investigation said the family pet, a dog, was also slain by the killer. Investigators also found a note which may help explain what led up to the deaths. They would not discuss its contents.
The deaths puzzle the Tristanis, who knew Lauren Stuart as a Â“hard-workingÂ” neighbor who could often be seen working in her yard and remodeled the house largely on her own.
Â“She would often come over and borrow tools Â– a saw, a pickaxe Â– whatever,Â” said Tristani. Â“She was always doing something.Â”
The Tristanis said in one of their first meetings with Lauren Stuart a few years ago she attempted to Â“recruitÂ” them into the JehovahÂ’s Witnesses.
Â“I said we were Catholics and werenÂ’t interested,Â” he said. Â“She accepted the answer and it was the end of that.Â”
Lauren Stuart worked at an area gym, he said, and her husband was involved in some form of medical business in the Ann Arbor area.
Darlene and Dennis Buck, who live a block away on Cass Lake Road, said they were enroute home from a trip to northern Michigan when they learned of the murder-suicide.
Â“We have lived here since Â’74 and nothing like this has ever happened in our neighborhood Â— not even close,Â” said Darlene Buck.
Jackie Tristani said she found it all Â“scaryÂ” Â– not just the deaths but that something might have been going on in a neighborÂ’s home without her knowledge. She had tried to get Bethany a job at her workplace and her son knew both Bethany and Steven. There was never any mention or indication of trouble inside the home, she said.
Â“I would hope that if there was a problem inside there someone would have reached out, we would have tried to help,Â” she said, her voice quaking. Â“Maybe we could have done something.
Â“But you never really know everything there is about your neighbors, do you?Â”
By Bible Speaks
ASSASSINATION OF A COMPLETE WITNESS FAMILY.
A disgruntled Jehovah's Witness whose family was killed in the Margaret River massacre has spoken of his children going to a "new system" after his tragic death.
The bodies of the four autistic children of Aaron Cockman, Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Arye, 10 and Kadyn Cockman, eight, were found on Friday at the family farm in Osmington, in rural western Australia.
The youngsters, as well as Katrina, a separated couple of Mr Cockman, 35, and his mother Cynda, 58, are believed to have been shot dead by the children's grandfather, Peter Miles, 61.
"My whole family has remained strong, we were all seated last night and it was not tears or tears ... it all smiled, laughed and joked," said Mr. Cockman, according to The West.
Aaron Cockman, a Jehovah's Witness whose family was killed in the Margaret River massacre, spoke of his children going to a "new system" after their tragic deaths.
By The Librarian
A man who is accused of murdering an electrician as he was working at a Jehovah's Witness hall is to be moved to hospital for a psychiatric assessment.
Keith Beviss, aged 54, of Woodhayes Drive, Honiton, is currently on remand at Long Lartin Prison but is likely to be transferred shortly.
He is due to be tried at Exeter Crown Court on November 27 for the murder of 55-year-old Philip Ryan at the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in Dowell Street, Honiton, on Tuesday June 6.
Mr Ryan, a married electrician from Westward Ho!, North Devon, was found with fatal stab wounds. He had run Ryan Alarms and Electrical Services with friend Chris Ley for 30 years after moving to Devon from Henley on Thames.
Beviss appeared at Exeter Crown Court by video link from Long Lartin and spoke only to confirm his name.
Mr Simon Laws, QC, prosecuting, said a report has been received from consultant psychiatrist Dr John Sandford, who examined Beviss on behalf of the defence.
He said the Crown hope to obtain their own report from a second consultant psychiatrist, Dr Philip Joseph, who hopes to interview the defendant after he has been transferred from jail to a psychiatric hospital.
Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for a further hearing on November 3, when the arrangements for the trial will be finalised. He remanded Beviss into custody.
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