Monday, March 14, 2011

Prosecutor Gets Conviction: Trial of Venus Stewert

"Venus Stewart vanished while walking out to her mailbox on April 26, 2010, I think more than one person may have been involved. Her husband, in my opinion, likely enlisted the help of someone. She was caught by surprise. Once secured for transport and still alive, One person possibly had her legs and feet the other held the upper body and she was thrown into the car, driven to a different location where the abuser made certain his face was also the last his victim saw before she was killed."

Late last week, after 12 grueling days of testimony, a Michigan jury found Doug Stewart guilty of the murder of his wife Venus Stewart who went missing from her parent’s home in Michigan on April 26, 2010. This case was also about one hell of a Prosecutor John McDonough who forged ahead to try a case without a body. Not an easy task. But, he had enough circumstantial evidence and proof beyond a reasonable doubt "that Douglas Stewart was found guilty by a jury of first-degree premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree premeditated murder."

This case also was about the team work of law enforcement whom tracked cell phone records, receipts and lifted a finger print from a key piece of evidence and immediately got it to the lab.

It is not likely that Doug Stewart, who will be sentenced in a few weeks, will disclose to authorities where her body can be found. Not uncommon from a cowardly murderer who has so much anger and contempt for the mother of his children that his last act of control is to remain silent and let the family continue to suffer.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Michigan State Police White Pigeon Post at 269-483-7611 Rockford Regional Dispatch Center, 616-866-6666.

The tragic case of Venus Stewart should be a wake-up call to anyone involved in victim or battered women services and family law practice to potential victims of homicide. When a victim follows the "prescription" and information provided in the book,they have a greater chance of staying alive. Any person considering a divorce action, separating or ending a relationship, needs to get the book. With the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit should something happen and the person vanishes, completing the "EAA" removes the burden by surviving families members to have cases of intimate partner homicide investigated and those responsible immediately arrested.

The book "Time's Up A Guide on How To Survive and Abusive and Stalking Relationship" is the prescription if you will, that every person must obtain before they announce they are leaving their relationship. Below is an example from Chapter 4, one of many unique tools provided in the book. It is available on, we can send it to you via e-book or on a cd. If you have questions, the email address is

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit by Susan Murphy Milano from the Book "Time's Up" from Courage Network on Vimeo.

Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit by Susan Murphy Milano from the Book "Time's Up" from Courage Network on Vimeo.

Susan Murphy Milano is with the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is an expert on intimate partner violence and homicide crimes. For more information visit She is also in partnership with Pamela Chapman and iAscend Programs. Susan is the author of "Time's Up A Guide on How to Leave and SurviveAbusive and Stalking Relationships," available for purchase at the Institute, and wherever books are sold. Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time's Up!" on Here Women Talk is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated The Roth Show with Dr Laurie Roth. She is a survivor- the daughter of a police officer family intimate partner homicide by her father who murdered her mother before committing suicide.

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