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Silent Scream
by Yvonne Mason   

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Category: 

Crime

Publisher:  Lulu Type: 
Pages: 

427

Copyright:  September 28,2008 ISBN-13:  8790557013890
Non-Fiction

It was a time of innocence, a time of hippies, flower children and the Age of Aquarius. A time when young people felt free to roam about the countryside hitchhiking without fear. A time when law enforcement was trusted by the people they were sworn to protect and serve.
That time was shattered by one of law enforcements own. His name was Gerard Schaefer. He was a former Wilton Manors, Florida Police Officer who lied his way into the office of the Martin County Florida Sheriff’s Office. He used his lie to continue to perpetrate his crimes of torture and murder of young women who hitchhiked along Florida’s roads.

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Yvonne Mason Author, Bounty Hunter

It was a time of innocence, a time of hippies, flower children and the Age of Aquarius. A time when young people felt free to roam about the countryside hitchhiking without fear. A time when law enforcement was trusted by the people they were sworn to protect and serve.
   That time was shattered by one of law enforcements own. His name was Gerard Schaefer. He was a former Wilton Manors, Florida Police Officer who lied his way into the office of the Martin County Florida Sheriff’s Office. He used his lie to continue to perpetrate his crimes of torture and murder of young women who hitchhiked along Florida’s roads.
   Gerard Schaefer shattered the lives of the families of these young girls and destroyed the faith of the public in law enforcement. He killed without pity. He tortured without conscience and he hid the crimes without thought.
 Schaefer not only destroyed the lives of as many as 34 young women, he kept trophies of his kills, and he lived the crimes over and over again. He believed he was doing the world and his victims a justice by ridding the world of the “whores” who hitchhiked. Gerard Schaefer was a narcissistic psychopath who wanted his fifteen minutes of fame. He believed he had earned it.
    Florida Author, Yvonne Mason, in her newest release Silent Scream, has captured not only the essence of evil in Gerard Schaefer, she has also captured his brilliance. But more than that Ms. Mason has finally given a voice to the Silent Screams of Gerard Schaefer’s victims, the known and the unknown.
     Ms. Mason who has a degree in Criminal Justice and was a Bounty Hunter in Georgia before moving to Florida has given a voice to such victims as Georgia Jessup and Susan Place, the two who were discovered on South Hutchinson Island, April 1, 1973 seven months after they disappeared on Sept 23, 1972 in a shallow grave in pieces.  She has also given a voice to Collette Goodenough and Barbara Ann Willcox who were killed in Jan 1973 and whose bones found four years later at C-24 Canal.    
     Ms. Mason has captured the not only the pain, the agony and the suffering Gerard Schaefer’s victims went through, she has captured the pain, the anger and the hurt which law enforcement suffered at the hands of this killer.
       Even after thirty four years the ones who were in law enforcement at that time still haven’t forgotten. They still carry the emotional scars of the heinous tortures and murders of Gerard Schaefer on the innocent.
      Retired FBI Roy Hazelwood writes after reading Ms. Mason’s book: "Yvonne Mason has captured the true essence of Gerard Schaefer, a deputy sheriff who enjoyed torturing and killing young women.  It is a gripping story and you should prepare to be disturbed.  I guarantee that you will find it difficult to put this book down."   
       Retired Oakland Park PD Detective Chuck Hemp who worked the disappearance of Jessup and Place wrote this after reading Silent Scream: “When Gerald Schaefer used his badge and gun to terrorize and kill rather than protect and serve he crossed a line that not only snuffed out the lives of his victims but also affected the lives of their loved ones and the police officers charged with investigating these crimes. In her book “Silent Screams” Yvonne Mason has captured more than just the story, but has also given voices to all of Schaefer’s unknown victims. I’m sure there are many.”
      Ms. Mason stated this “The victims no longer scream silently, they now have a voice and with that voice comes peace.”
      Silent Scream is a voice for the victims. It is their way of never being forgotten and of also reminding each of us that at any time or any place we also can become a victim.   
      Ms. Mason is the author of Stan’s Story, A Touch of Love as story of hope, Brilliant Insanity and Tangled Minds.
      She can be reached at ysam51.yahoo.com and her website is www.myspace.com/yvonnemason
    Her book can be purchased on Lulu.com Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and her online bookstore at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com when the books are purchased on her online store they will be shipped signed by Ms. Mason.    
 


Excerpt

Chapter One


How it Ended

At 9:40 A.M. Gerard John Schaefer’s life drained from his body as he lay in a pool of bright red blood in his blood splattered cell at Starke Prison also known as Raiford, located in Starke, Florida just northeast of Gainesville. He had been stabbed by a fellow prisoner with a homemade knife, called a shank.
Schaefer’s transgression included the fact that he had taken the last cup of hot water from a water fountain. Each inmate was allotted one cup. This was to insure that every inmate had access to the hot water. Schaefer took two. Maybe because he was the one who had been instrumental in getting the fountain installed in the first place he felt he was entitled to extra privileges. However, that appeared not to be the case. His worst transgression was that he made enemies and was not loyal to the code of prison conduct.
Gerard Schaefer had gained notoriety in prison by gaining the confidence of other well known prisoners at Starke. He had gained the confidence of serial killers Ted Bundy, who killed girls at FSU as well as all across the country from Washington State to Florida, Danny Rolling who killed girls at the University of Florida and Otis Toole who had been an accomplice to several serial killings starting out west and moving east. Schaefer would get these men to talk and then use their conversations to try and get leverage with law enforcement.
He wanted out of prison and thought if he was the confidential informant he would win his way out. He was the king pin at Starke, the celebrity who had been accused and convicted of savagely raping, killing and mutilating young women. He was the rogue cop who became skilled in the law by studying in the prison law library.
When Ted Bundy told Schaefer he had heard that Schaefer had killed up 28 young girls Schaefer’s reply was it had been was closer to 34. Bundy’s comment was that Schaefer had him by one. Schaefer more than likely was not happy that his status as a celebrity in his world was changing. Maybe he thought if he could get something on the “new kids” in the block he could regain his reign as king. The only thing it gained him was the loss of his life.
Schaefer’s throat was savagely slashed and both of his eyes stabbed repeatedly. The viciousness of the attack was an act of sheer hatred. It also sent a message. This message was Schaefer and others like him who violated the code would no longer be able to see or talk. His eyes were blinded and his voice was silent. He endured the same silent scream which his victims had endured. The attack was a statement of not only anger, but territory.
Schaefer’s life ended as he had ended the lives of so many women and young girls, in a pool of blood, created by a maniac.
Schaefer’s demise came about as he lived, violently. December 3, 1995 was indeed a red letter day for the man who never admitted to the slayings of at least nine, but as high as 34 females between 1966 and 1972. Even though he was only convicted for two in 1973 he spent the next twenty two years eluding to the fact that he perpetrated other violent killings. He did it in television interviews, manuscripts he wrote which he said were fiction and letters to people in law enforcement as well as his publisher Sondra London.






Professional Reviews

From FBI Agent Roy Hazelwood
"Yvonne Mason has captured the true essence of Gerard Schaefer, a deputy sheriff who
enjoyed torturing and killing young women. It is a gripping story and you should prepare to be
disturbed. I guarantee that you will find it difficult to put this book down."

Roy Hazelwood, FBI (ret)
author of Dark Dreams and
The Evil That Men Do


Review From Retired Dective Chuck Hempfrom Oakland Park PD
When Gerald Schaefer used his badge and gun to terrorize and kill rather than protect and serve he crossed a line that not only snuffed out the lives of his victims but also affected the lives of their loved ones and the police officers charged with investigating these crimes. In her book “Silent Scream” Yvonne Mason has captured more than just the story, but has also given voices to all of Schafer’s unknown victims. I’m sure there are many.

Det. Lieutenant Chuck Hemp OPPD Ret


Review from Author Ann B,. Keller
Silent Scream is one of the most compelling and frightening manuscripts I've ever read! The terror and madness of Schaefer will continue to tug at your psyche all the way through the book.

Yvonne Mason speaks with a profound literary voice for Schaefer's victims. Here, they are silent no longer.

No, I won't sleep well, just knowing that another Schaefer may be out there somewhere. I pray not.

Well done, Yvonne!

Ann B. Keller, Author



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