Friday, July 8, 2011

Caylee Marie Anthony : Shining the Light for Justice

From the moment Caylee Marie Anthony's remains were discovered, her young voice silenced, the world stood up and took notice. This child would be recognized internationally in her tragic death and yet seemingly invisible during her short time while alive on earth. Caylee's bright eyes and smile captured our hearts.

As a homicide survivor, moving forward to direct others to safety, shinning a light on their path as it relates to victims of intimate partner violence and homicide was the best way to honor the murder of my own mother, Roberta Murphy, age 47, by my father a Chicago violent crimes detective in 1989. I learned everything I could about crimes within families, from spending long hours in courtrooms to directly helping loved ones at crime scenes and assisting them at surviving every moment of each new day.

Out of my work produced my first book, published by Doubleday books titled "Defending Our Lives: Getting away from Domestic Violence & Staying Safe" in 1996. From there "Moving Out Moving On," Time's Up: How to Survive Abuse & Stalking Relationships" and now the upcoming book scheduled to be released this fall "Holding My Hand Through Hell." Because of my mothers murder, thousands of women and children are less likely to end up from someone else's rage listed on a cemetery headstone.

The same applies to true Crime Author Diane Fanning, whom on November 3, 2009, released the only book on this precious child's life titled "Mommy's Little Girl."

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She is an advocate for change. Her voice is often used for those who have been silenced or wrongly convicted. I am sure many of you do not know that earlier this year, Diane Fanning won "The Defenders of The Innocent Award" from The Innocence Project for her true crime book "Through The Window."

Diane Fanning Appearing “On the Case with Paula Zahn” Through The Window is more than an investigation into a crime spree that stunned a nation. It's an utterly terrifying plunge into the unfathomable dark mind of a serial killer, and the heart-wrenching story of the brave child who finally brought him to justice.

Fanning's book in April of 2003, was responsible for Julie Rae receiving a new trial. Her conviction over turned because Fanning's book proved Julie Rea did not commit the crime. That is one hell of an amazing achievement for anyone. With the same investigative tools and insight, Diane Fanning authors "Mommy's Little Girl." This is not just a book, but a voice for Caylee Marie Anthony. Written and released during a time while the world remained outraged and numb. The answers to her life and death are now forever preserved, not only in a book, but in a permanent record for future generations in the Library of Congress.

If we take tragedy and use it to change lives, each of us can hold the lantern of light and hope for others. Diane Fanning should be a shinning example to us all.

I am now asking the question: what are you doing for those lives hanging by a thread to make a difference?

To listen to Thursday's show with Diane Fanning and Sgt. Kim Saucier, go below:

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

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Susan~Thank you for sharing your personal life,something I did not know.I witnessed domestic violence in my home & was a victim myself.Caylee has stolen America's hearts.I drove 45 minutes each way to stores trying to find her book Father's Day weekend & couldn't find it. I will go to the major book stores now or order it on-line. Thank you for your heart, drive & everything you do.... Philippians 4:13

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