Friday, June 24, 2011

Gail Nowacki Palmgren: Beyond the Mountain Top

Dr. Gail Palmgren age 44, mother of 2 vanished from Signal Mountain TN, on April 30, 2011. Weeks before she was in the process of ending her marriage. Gail does what I have instructed victims of intimate partner violence to do for over twenty years, tell a trusted friend.

Gail Palmgren confides in Arlene Durham, her best friend. She gives her various items, paperwork to hold for safekeeping, keys to property, along with her verbal and email instructions to pick up a dvr at best buy. Because of various spyware applications on cell and her own personal computer Gail is unable to facilitate certain safety plans as it relates to leaving. Her best friend, Arlene gives Gail her laptop to use.

At the urging by Gail's relatives and Arlene, Matt Palmgren reports his wife missing. Arlene gathers everything given to her by Gail and goes to the police making every effort to tell them what she knows and hand everything over. The police response was dismissive. Signal Mountain Law Enforcement decide to turn a deaf ear.

How many of missing persons cases's involving women and mothers in the process of ending their dysfunctional and often violent relationship have to go missing before it is taken seriously by law enforcement?

The case is now 56 days-cold! Many a missed opportunity, erased by, in my opinion, incompetence in this particular missing persons case. Arlene Durham's only "agenda" is finding her best, Gail. She has important information in this case that I believe is of significance to what happened to Gail Palmgren. Speaking from experience, no one listened to my mother, or all those thousands, like her who go missing each day. The crime of intimate partner violence that leads to homicide is still dealt with in silence behind closed doors. I am one of the lucky ones to have been able to find my mother after searching for three days and take her to what resulted in a final resting place.

I vowed the day my own father murdered her that I would not allow another woman to be a statistic. Arlene Durham is doing the same as she shouts from beyond the mountain top for help in finding her best friend, Gail. That cry for help now includes the media.

Earlier today, on the show "Times Up" Arlene Durham was a guest on the live broadcast along with Robert H. Rarn, Retired Lt and Kim Anklin Criminal Analyst, principals in the firm Management Resources, Ltd., we discussed the missing person case of Dr. Gail Nowacki Palmgren.

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Eleanor Roosevelt"

The only goal is to find Gail Palmgren. If you or I were to go missing, I hope my best friend would do exactly what Arlene Durham is doing, shouting from beyond the mountain top, until we are found!

Below is the link to the show:

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Description of Gail’s Jeep

Gail drove a four-door maroon 2010 Rubicon Jeep Wrangler with a black soft top. The wheel cover on the back has the words “Life is Good” and a daisy painted on it. The trailer hitch has a picture of the Disney character Goofy on it, and the Jeep has Alabama tags that read “EAZY ST”.

Gail is 5’8” and weighs 135 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information about Gail’s disappearance or her whereabouts you are asked to call the Signal Mountain Police Department at 423-886-2123.

A Facebook page, "Bring Gail Home Now" has been created as a support for family and for news updates.

If you are in a relationship that has a history of violence, simply mustering up the courage to confront the person and say it is over, without the proper tools, can cost you, your life!

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

Before you decide that you have had enough and are ending the relationship, create the "Evidentiary AbuseAffidavit" and video (shown below).

If you do nothing else, please take one important step that if something does happen to you, if you do vanish like Stacy Peterson, Vensus Stewart, Rachel Anderson, Susan Powell, Lisa Stebic,Kelly Rothwell or are found murdered like Monica Beresford-Redmond, Franki Jacobson, Renee Pagel,Summer Inman, and others where the person responsible has gotten away with murder, that your voice and record of the abuse will be captured and recorded. Do it for you friends, family and loved ones. Do it for your children. Do it for you!

Susan is the author of "Time's Up A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive 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. Susan is a survivor- the daughter of a police officer family intimate partner homicide by her father who murdered her mother before committing suicide.

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.

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noleggio audio said...

Nice article. Susan Murphy Milano's Journal is an excellent tool, and I love that they update so much, but it can be risky at times. Good information here, thanks for sharing.

John said...

Every time I read another account of a missing young lady, I wish there would be a national campaign to train all young ladies how to defend themselves!
Some years ago, I read of a lady who was attacked as she was getting into he car. She happened to be a trained Black Belt judo expert. She broke her attacker's arm and messed up his face.
All attractive young ladies are in mortal danger! Let's start a national campaign to get them trained now!

Anonymous said...

Why is it that no one is hearing anything about this investigation? I think it is really important to keep this running on all the news stations, radio networks throughout the Tennessee Valley. This women is in my prayers daily, I think about her everyday and wonder where could she be. Hopefully they will run her picture non-stop until she is found.

Anonymous said...

They've found her!

Anonymous said...

Susan, do you have any insider updates on the cause of death? Thanks.

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