I scored a Victory today!

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 :( I posted my comments today, on an ANTI- DEATH PENALTY article in the Orange County Register

"Death penalty: Victims often want an eye for an eye 3 hrs ago
ANAHEIM HILLS - Don't tell Steve Herr a death sentence takes too long to carry out, costs too much or does not offer some closure.His son, Samuel Herr, 26, an Afghanistan war veteran, was shot, his body ... More "

This is the article they pulled!  :P It was there. I was the first to comment. And this is my comment:


There is a simple truth for family's of victims: NOTHING, can repair the damage done to their lives. For those most heinous and violent offenders? Another simple truth: NOTHING can be done for them, either. These monsters chose to leave behind their HUMANITY ! No matter what sentence is given, the family's of VICTIMS will never feel anything but EMPTY ! To say eye for an eye? Our MURDERER, William Gary Simpson, is facing the Death Penalty for his attack upon our family. Even if it is given to him, he will be given a simple drug... Yet, he brutally murdered our 18 year-old daughter here in our home. And in his mass-murderous rampage, went on to try to kill us, as he had come to do... And all this, in front of my 13 year old child! No, it is not an eye for an eye. It simply keeps the rest of YOU SAFE - from someone who chose to become INHUMAN!

Always, the same one-sided rhetoric about the suffering of MURDERER'S... With no mention, to their VICTIMS! VICTIMS have been tortured (mentally, physically and emotionally) and for victims such as ME? I speak for ALL victims when I say we will remain TORTURED until DEATH!
I am Catherine Burke - MOTHER OF A MURDERED CHILD, VICTIM OF A HEINOUS AND VIOLENT CRIME... And as long as there are articles printed like this, I will continue to post my story, to SCREAM OUT LOUD right back at them!


I would have never thought, I would find myself to be the mother of a murdered child, the victim of a heinous, violent crime. We were good, moral parents, who raised our children in a very loving home. Our murderer, coveted the love we had... Our murderer, was a friend of our son's - a friend to our family, for over 10 years... Ten years of birthday parties, Christmas vacations, summer sleepovers and pool parties. Ten years of classes with our son, fieldtrips, lunches and recess... Ten years, of paintball games and 4th of July fireworks, of hanging out and playing Rock Band in our living room... Our murderer was raised by his mother in a privileged home, attended the same good schools as our children, and he received good grades. I could have never thought he would plan for almost 1 year, to come into our home 4 days before Christmas (after hiding in a foreclosed home waiting for all our children to come home), to murder us all! He slashed and stabbed my daughter to death, when she went downstairs for a bottle of water at 4am... Our entire house awoke to her screams! My husband and another child were stabbed... I fought with him to take the murder weapon... My 13 year old daughter stood on the steps, hearing and watching all of this!
I will NEVER FORGET LOOKING INTO HIS SMILING FACE, THE HORROR OF REALIZING WHO HE WAS!!!

I will forever, be tortured by the sound of her screams, by her murder! Our life - WHO WE WERE? It was all taken from us on that morning! This man had been a friend of our son, a friend to our family, for over 10 years! And his reason, to kill? Was simply because we were such good, kind and loving people! He coveted what he saw in us, and decided that if he could not have this from his own family, no one should! He came to kill us all, and even though he only murdered Saskia, he did - murder ALL of us! We are all tortured souls now, a torture that truly is too "INHUMANE" to be forced to live with. I hope people can open their eyes, to see what it is to be a VICTIM, and extend to VICTIMS the same understanding, compassion, and HUMANITY offered to MURDERERS!


Please let me introduce you to Saskia Savana Burke! 11-6-93 to 12-20-11
The VICTIM OF A VIOLENT CRIME!
" I value my happiness. I value how happy and content I am with my life. I value the memories that have made my life as happy as it is. I value my friends and family who make me happy and share my happiness with me. I value all the things that make me happy, like fun and relationships, but what I value most is the fact that I am happy because there are so many people who are not that lucky. I value my happiness the most because the friends and items that you have may change, and circumstances may change, but the fact that
I AM HAPPY WITH WHAT I HAVE AND WHO I AM -
IS THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT THAT I COULD EVER BE GIVEN!"

Saskia was academically brilliant, scoring the perfect 600 on the state testing twice, yet humbled by how easy this was for her, and how difficult school was for others! Saskia went out into the world, with love and a special insight for all things and changed the world in the most positive ways! Saskia was open and caring and giving to everyone, always! She was truly the most angelic creature any of us will ever encounter here in this life. How many people can you say are truly genuine? Saskia was. And she infected each one of us with her passion for life, her kind and loving nature, her 'real' and 'true' happiness, the simple sound of her oh-so-contagious laughter!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anh4Wyb1pNw&feature=share
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgC1KkWlpjA&feature=youtu.be
http://murrieta.patch.com/search/blog_posts?_utf8=%E2%98%83&keywords=Catherine+Burke

We made it through the prelim Friday, September 14, 2012...
As they put up all the bloody pictures, of the crime scene that is my home... As they put up the pictures of my daughters bloody, mutilated body and explained which stab wounds were the fatal ones...

"Murrieta police Detective Jeffrey Ullrich, who attended the autopsy of Saskia Burke, said the woman suffered seven stab wounds. Two of the wounds, one to the right side of her face that severed her jugular vein and another to the center of her chest, were not survivable, Ullrich said"

The force of the knife going into her right cheek severed her artery, her tongue, cut through the muscle and tendons in her jaw, broke out her teeth, and went out through her left cheek... After PULLING THE KNIFE OUT, he then stabbed her in the chest - severing both her lungs and the ventricle to her heart... She lived long enough for us to helplessly watch her die!


The DA Mr. Smith said:
"He went into the home to kill those people," Smith said. "Paul Burke and Connor McCormack are not dead because they had the strength to fight back."
Saskia Burke did not have a chance, Smith said.
"(Simpson) slaughters her," Smith said. "He stabbed her in the face, in the heart, in the back."

I live in a horror, too absolute to breathe...

His intent, to slaughter my entire family - and the heinous way in which he slaughtered my daughter, well - during a break in court, even his defense lawyers approached us and apologized for what happened... Apologized for it being their job to defend him...


"The Riverside County district attorney decided in April to seek the death penalty for William Gary Simpson, who also is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the stabbings of Burke's father, Paul, and her boyfriend, Connor McCormack, then 17. Simpson also faces several special allegations including lying in wait and committing his crimes during a burglary.
The charges against William Gary Simpson Jr., 19, the alleged killer of Saskia Burke, were upheld by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen following a day-long preliminary hearing.
Simpson is charged with first-degree murder and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a burglary in the Dec. 20, 2011 fatal attack at the Burke home, in Murrieta.
He is also charged with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, as well as two counts of attempted murder and multiple great bodily injury and weapons allegations."

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/murrieta/murrieta-man-ordered-to-stand-trial-in-murder/article_9b39df5f-d130-5345-9824-aa8fbee7b0e6.html

http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/man-to-stand-trial-in-murrieta-triple-stabbing?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001

I stand with ALL VICTIMS in support of the Death Penalty. I stand beside you, as the Parent of a MURDERED CHILD - AND - the Victim of a VIOLENT CRIME. I am sorry, that it is our eyes that have been opened to the fact that monsters do exist! And from this mothers heart, I am so truly sorry our children have been taken in such heinous ways! Together we will find the strength, take a stand - and say NO to proposition 34!

And then I proceeded to post this same type of comment on 11 other articles...  With a little help from Karen Weinholdt Bearman!  I am honing my word skills, and using them as weapons!  ;)
I now exist beyond my own death.  We were Once the Burke's.  Now, we are all lost to this life!

Cat Burke

And hey, I even got a nice comment:
"joeman at 11:57 AM September 27, 2012
Cat-
THANK YOU for sharing.
WE the PEOPLE need to know how much this hurts you!!!!
May I add some insight for you.
YOU will NEVER HEAL and you will NEVER BE THE SAME.....
Those events changed you forever. Your suicidal thoughts are the painfull process of translating feelings into words. Since there are NO words to define your pain, suicide talk will be the only path known to you to communicate these problems.
PLEASE- The last thing your daughter ( from Heaven ) wants to see, is you suffering. She is right there, with you, allways.
AND PLEASE remember Kelly Thomas and Paul Quinones- both met brutal deaths at the very HANDS of officers committing FELONIES under color of authority.........
Police brutality needs to be addressed, and has NO PLACE in your communications, as that it was never an issue in your case.
AGAIN- THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PAIN
ps- please let us that were beaten, threatened and had our LIVES STOLEN by the COPS have out say.
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"Cat Burke at 4:53 PM September 27, 2012
OH, joeman, how wrong you are! More than one year before this man came to murder us all, I called the police about him. THE POLICE CHOSE TO DO NOTHING. I reported that, "A minor child held a knife to the throat of another minor child" in my home... He also, stole my entire months worth of grocery money that morning before he ran away. But, what bothered me most, was that he also stole my son's guitar strings. You see, they had been friends for over 10 years... And, the money I guess I could see - although he knew it left us with NO GROCERIES AT THANKSGIVING... But the strings, to do this against his best friend? That one gave me the creeps. And when he parents did NOTHING, about any of this - I felt the police SHOULD. All they did was file my report...
OH, and told me to call back if he returned. I did call back, more than one year later - to say he had murdered my daughter!!!
Worst part is, if the police had let him know that report was on file, he would have never come to kill us... He had no intention of getting CAUGHT - and that report would lead the police ONLY TO HIM!"
I now exist beyond my own death.  We were Once the Burke's.  Now, we are all lost to this life!

Russki

Frankly, Cat, I think part of your first post here should be made a 'sticky' on this forum. It is effectively an 'anthem' for those of us who have lost loved ones through murder and I thank you for it.

Keep fighting and thank you again for such an eloquent posting.

with you all the way
Frenchy
Bombs do not choose. They will hit everything   ... Nikita Khrushchev

I once said, "We will bury you," and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.  ... Nikita Khrushchev

AnneTheBelgian

Dear Catherine,


Honor, Courage and Strength together !

Always with you and always in our hearts here !

God bless you !



:-* :-*



Anne
"DEATH PENALTY OPPONENTS WHO TWIST THE TRUTH TO PROTECT KILLERS ARE ALSO TORTURING VICTIMS FAMILIES" (PETER BRONSON, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,FEBRUARY 3, 2003)

PRO DEATH PENALTY AND PROUD OF IT !!!

JE MAINTIENDRAI (MOTTO OF WILLIAM I THE SILENT, PRINCE OF ORANGE, 1533 - 1584, MOTTO OF THE NETHERLANDS)

DEO JUVANTE (MOTTO OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO)

PROUD TO BE BELGIAN !!! I LOVE MY KINGDOM !!!

Granny B


Great job Cat. :-*

I talked to my advocate by phone from Austin today about our case.  She is the Director of the People Against Violent Crime (PAVC) in Texas.  I also mentioned yours to her, and told her about your pain and suffering for your daughter.

She told me that California has an excellent organization there and to put you into contact with them for help.  She said it is called Citizens Against Homicide and they have support groups.  She thought there were contacts all over California for people.  I hope you contact them for some help and support.  You would be an awesome advocate too!

Citizens Against Homicide
Address: San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 455-5944
Transit: Kerner Blvd & Fairfax St



http://www.citizensagainsthomicide.org/

That is the website for them, and they have memorial pages, where you can post your daughter's information.

There are also newsletters.

Please take a look.

Best to you :-* :-*

Granny B
" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy

Jase



Great job Cat. :-*

I talked to my advocate by phone from Austin today about our case.  She is the Director of the People Against Violent Crime (PAVC) in Texas.  I also mentioned yours to her, and told her about your pain and suffering for your daughter.

She told me that California has an excellent organization there and to put you into contact with them for help.  She said it is called Citizens Against Homicide and they have support groups.  She thought there were contacts all over California for people.  I hope you contact them for some help and support.  You would be an awesome advocate too!

Citizens Against Homicide
Address: San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 455-5944
Transit: Kerner Blvd & Fairfax St



http://www.citizensagainsthomicide.org/

That is the website for them, and they have memorial pages, where you can post your daughter's information.

There are also newsletters.

Please take a look.

Best to you :-* :-*

Granny B



This is what sites like this are for. You don't find people who share your special sort of pain and are so willing to help you find help anywhere else in the world.


Good on you Granny and well done off2dr I hope Cat gets something out of telling her story, knowing we are listening and the advice she gets here!!!
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