Many people like true crime stories. Are you one of them?
OJ Simpson, murder, stress. ….
I have been watching the OJ Simpson mini series and have found it interesting. I forgot some of the details. Hard to know what really happened. My father was one of the few people who I knew that thought OJ was innocent.
I believed he was guilty but that the prosecution had not proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt and therefore he would be found not guilty.
I didn’t watch the whole trial back in the 1990’s because I was busy working on a real life death penalty case.
I became an attorney on December 1st 1992 and on December 3rd of 1992 I started working on a case that involved the murder of 2 old people, beaten with a metal stake in their home while their 10 year old great grand son was being sexually molested. Yikes, now you know why I don’t watch crime shows or read violent books…
It was a terrible case. I was hired by an older, very experienced attorney, George, to assist him. I worked on this case for 2 1/2 years, got great experience and learned how to be a trial attorney.
Looking back I am not exactly sure how I worked on such a horrible murder case. As a mother of an 11 year old boy, I would have a difficult time working on this case today.
I know this is odd, but I got to know John very well and felt sorry for him.
Our client John, was one of the few people who should have never been let out of a mental institute. From about the age of 15 he was in and out of state mental hospitals. Spending much of his time in 5 point restraints, naked and with basically a light bulb to look at.
John was very child like. I believed that he did not commit the murders. Rather, I believed what John had said- that his (only) friend, Randy Wall had killed the elderly people. It is a longggkggg story of why, what happened… maybe I will make this book number 2 someday.
Here is a little bit about the case:
I was teaching 16 hours of class time at a local business college and working 40-50 hours a week on this case.
We pled John not guilty by reason of insanity. The jury found him sane (a different standard for law vs. the real world).
I was stressed to the max. I had hives on a good portion of my body.
Looking back, I realize that I often thrived on stress. That has changed.
After breast cancer realized I needed better ways to decrease my stress, cope with it and balance my life.
For those who want to do the same, I have created a stress buster online course.
The first 10 people who email me back and tell me they want my stress course will get it for free, a $59 value.
Over the next few weeks I will share 3 other horrible death penalty cases I worked on.
Thankfully, my current clients are good people who just make some bad choices.
Have an excellent week!
Mom of 2, Attorney, Healthy Lifestyle Consultant,
Almost 10 year Breast Cancer Thriver & Survivor, Author
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