Almost two years to the date Diane Ward was killed in the couples County Club Florida residence, estranged millionaire husband James Robert Ward is currently standing trial in Orange County, Florida accused of her murder.
The call James Ward places to 911 has him saying "I shot my wife." But, while Orange County Sheriff's officers are on the crime scene they hear him say to someone on the telephone a different tune "she committed suicide." James Ward is arrested and charged with second murder and is ordered by a judge to be held without bond.
The Atlanta developer was on a downward spiral with business and properties going under and a rocky marriage long before the murder of Diane. It is no surprise that James Ward is having a relationship outside the marriage and dances to the tune of a multifaceted psychopath. His pattern of conduct, financial shell game of hide and seek, stage setting with members of his own family and friends are deserving of an "Academy I.P.V. Award." James Ward in my opinion shares the stage of past recipients Scott Peterson (wife was Laci Peterson), Douglas Stewert (his was convicted of murder Venus Stewert still missing, Former Sgt. Sam Parker (wife was Theresa Parker).
It is not difficult in cases of intimate partner violence to make the individual with whom they are involved with (the victim) as the "bad guy" that can include a victims own kids. A psychopath is skilled at turning their own children against a victim. How is that possible? They, the offender are amazing story tellers who possess wit and charm, like a slithering snake. When a victim takes action such as ending the relationship, filing for divorce, threatening to disclose details that could cause further damage financially, the offender kicks into road runner like mode targeting anyone known to the victim.
When the victim goes for support or attempts to disclose what is going on behind closed doors, she is not believed by anyone. Sometimes the use of anti-depressants prescribed by a doctor is increased and can be used against the victim by the offender. It is important to note in every one of these cases the victim is "crazy" according to the only person with direct knowledge as to what happened.
In cases of intimate partner violence leading to homicide the victim has been silenced. No one appears to be standing up for Diane Ward, except for the prosecutors.
Diane Ward did not deserve to be murdered. Follow the money trail from Atlanta to Florida including the mortgage and title companies, bank accounts and sub-contractors where the answers, in my opinion, can likely be found.
Susan Murphy Milano is a staff member of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is a specialist with intimate partner violence cases and prevention strategies and high risk cases and available for personal consultations through the Institute. She is also part of the team at Management Resources Limited of New York.
Susan is the author of "Time's Up: A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships,"Moving out, Moving on, and Defending Out Lives. Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time'sUp!" . She is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated "The Roth Show" with Dr Laurie Roth and a co-host on Crime Wire.