Karen Spears Zacharias has a new book called: A Silence of Mockingbirds. The book reports on the investigation of a young girl’s murder in Oregon, shows why child abuse continues to slip through the cracks in our country, and how a season journalist finds herself caught up in a headline story. Transcript of Karen Spears Zacharias: “A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder“ interview on the Diane Rehm Show.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Karen Spears Zacharias is a journalist and author. She knew the victim’s mother and father personally and courageously reveals the this true crime story from an insider point of view.
On June 5th, 2005 in an small Oregon college town thought to be a ‘good place to raise kids’ a three year old girl was tortured and killed. Her name was Karly Sheehan. The boyfriend of Karly’s mother is serving time for the murder. Investigative journalist Karen Spears Zacharias tells the story of Karly’s life and death, She questions why others who could have and should have protected the little girl didn’t. The story of Karly Sheehan and the urgent need to better protect all children from abuse.
Karen Spears Zacharias writes about real people and the issues that really matter to them. While serving as the writer-in-residence at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, Fairhope, Al., Karen wrote A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder (MacAdam/Cage, April, 2012). It is the true crime tale of the murder of Karly Sheehan of Corvallis, Oregon. Karen’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Newsweek, National Public Radio, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, and CNN.
I have not yet had a chance to read this book – but plan to do so in the near future. Here are some other titles on the issue of child abuse.
Breaking the Cycle of Abuse by Beverly Engel, M.F.C.C.
The Right to Innocence: Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Beverly Engel, M.F.C.C.
Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse by Mic Hunter
Dear Sister, Once Abused by Victoria Lynn
“If the Gospel is True: Why Do I Hurt so Much?” by Carroll Hofeling Morris
I Must Be Dreaming by Louise Laughlin (A memoir about the author’s husband who survived sexual abuse from a Catholic Priest, is a Vietnam War Veteran and an Esophageal Cancer Survivor..)