1st Edition

Homicide Survivors Misunderstood Grievers

By Judie Bucholz Copyright 2002
    181 Pages
    by Routledge

    190 Pages
    by Routledge

    "Homicide Survivors: Misunderstood Grievers" is about families that have faced murder and how they have dealt with the trauma. It offers an interpretation of personal accounts of homicide survivors in order to understand the particular nature of homicide bereavement. The author herself a homicide survivor, Judie Bucholz offers a unique perspective and experiential base for examining the phenomenon of homicide bereavement. Her intent is to help the reader understand the homicide griever's situation both as one who grieves and one who grieves within a social context, as one who confronts horrific death at the personal level as well as at the social level.

    Part One
     This section contains 10 stories from homicide survivors.

    Chapter 1
     Jack describes how his granddaughter was murdered. After this traumatic experience, he dedicated his life to helping homicide survivors. The path through the criminal justice system and Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) are presented.

    Chapter 2
     Miriam became a Victim Witness Coordinator after her son was tortured then murdered. The Victim Witness Program, Victim Impact Statement, Center of Crime Victim Services, and Megan's Law are reviewed.

    Chapter 3
     Sue believes her daughter was killed as a result of their daughter's boyfriend's drug related activities. Sue's health has deteriorated since the murder. The 27 Problems of Homicide Survivors are mentioned.

    Chapter 4
     It took 16 years to prove Ray's daughter was murdered. Issues addressed include Homicide Survivor's Rights, the medical examiner/coroner, autopsies, and victimization.

    Chapter 5
     Mike's brother's body was found over a year after the murder. Mike and his family never gave up looking for him. Parole and the POMC Parole Block Program are detailed.

    Chapter 6
     Ron, Jean, and Kim believe that two men live a life of luxury in prison while their son/brother is dead. Issues discussed include policy changes, civil recourse and types of homicide.

    Chapter 7
     Amanda and Angie's stories involve dangerous lifestyles that often lead to murder. Included are cases solved, Victims of Crime Act of 1984, Crime Victim Compensation, contributory misconduct, and disenfranchisement.

    Chapter 8
     Rita's mother was murdered during a robbery at work. The Vine Program is discussed.

    Chapter 9
     Rose's mother was brutally murdered during a robbery at home. Visits from the after life, sense of presence, continued relationships, and linking objects are reviewed.

    Chapter 10
     Judie's physicians/psychiatrists prescribed anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication, and sleeping pills to help her "get over" her husband's murder. She was subsequently diagnosed as having "chronic adjustment disorder." Issues of confidentiality and chronic adjustment disorder are detailed.

    Part Two
     This section contains information about the reactions of the grieving loved ones.

    Chapter 11
     Themes from the survivor's stories are told.

    Part Three
     This section contains a summary and offers suggestions to comfort the bereaved.

    Chapter 12
     Analysis on previous themes is performed. Issues include personal and social consequences of homicide bereavement and personal and social changes of the survivors.

    Chapter 13
     An explanation of the process of homicide bereavement is given. It is a personal idiosyncratic process, where the personal reality of the loss is different for each individual.

    Appendix A - a 19th century letter of comfort to those left behind
    Appendix B - a list of support networks
    Appendix C - Extensive list of legal terms 



    Judie Bucholz