Follow up on Oct. 7, 2006 murder attempt story
THIS WAS SENT TO THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA IN REGARD TO THEIR INITIAL STORY
This is part of something I intend to invest some serious time in over the coming months.
I truly believe this story deserves to be told and that the person this story is about will help many, many people, just by obtaining the opportunity to tell her story, as God opens the doors.
My name is Paul Richard Strange, Sr. I have been serving as Supply Pastor for St. John Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Texas, USA until they are able to secure a full-time minister.
This has been since March of this year.
During my time of service, a very special couple have become dear to me.
They have a daughter in Sydney, Australia who was nearly murdered in August 2006.
You wrote a story about this.
I am trying to organize help to this person who God permitted to live after viciously attacked by her ex-fiancee, who is still awaiting trial, because of the extraordinary delays by the defense.
Please do a follow-up on the impact of this hideous crime upon this wonderful woman, her family and all who have been effected.
Because her assailant is a computer genius, all who are trying to participate in this effort have felt a need to be as careful as possible.
I can assist with discreet opportunities to interview her parents and I hope that you will report the difficulties that this victim of a nearly successful murder attempt has had to stay afloat, recover from such a trauma, obtain help from Victim’s compensation, and hope for the day when she can obtain her PhD, which was stopped by this violent action and become an effective advocate for victims of violent crime.
She is determined, in spite of many obstacles, hindrances, and delays.
It is my opinion that those of us who have not experienced a brutal attack like this might tend to think "Well, thank God she’s okay now, and the ordeal is over and the perpetrator is in jail."
That is a very understandable, but short-sighted view of what has occurred in this case and many others, I am sure!
As the assailant has enjoyed every benefit afforded to someone who has the luxury of his physical, mental and emotional capacities to pursue his defense, virtually stress-free, so far as the ordinary human problems of struggle to make ends meet, his victim has had to be extremely discreet about her whereabouts and how she communicates.
She earned a Masters Degree before this occurred but cannot engage in a livelihood safely until her assailant is finally tried and guaranteed to be locked up for a long, long time.
She has had to deal with many frustrations regarding bail hearing dates.
The assailant even obtained a temporary grant of bail within the past few months.
This nightmare goes on for her!
A follow-up story could help your readers understand that the living hell for victims of violent crimes and their family and friends does not end when the physical wounds are treated!
God bless you.
Please contact me soon!
Paul Richard Strange Sr.