Homecoming bullying prank turns to civic support of victim Whitney Kropp

A homecoming prank and its outcome breaks hearts and then warms them: Bullying victim Whitney Kropp was nominated for homecoming court as a joke, but her small town rallies around her.

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Wives Who Kill Abusive Husbands – Barbara Sheehan on Anderson Cooper Today!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Wives Who Kill Abusive Husbands

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Anderson speaks with Barbara Sheehan, the Queens resident who shot her retired cop husband 11 times with two guns. She was recently found not guilty of the fatal shooting, but faces five years in prison on a gun possession conviction, and is currently out on appeal.

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For the first time, Barbara talks about enduring years of abuse, and shares what really happened that fateful morning.

Since the show…

Barbara’s attorneys have been working on her appeal. She says she’s grateful for all the support her family has received, but she’s still having trouble finding a job.

Check your local listings for show times.

http://www.andersoncooper.com/episodes/wives-who-kill-abusive-husbands/

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Jennifer Sheehan Was ‘Relieved’ When Mom Killed Dad

 By  (@ChristinaNg27)

July 17, 2012

When Jennifer Joyce Sheehan’s mother killed her father, she was relieved.

“He was such a monster in all of our lives,” Sheehan told ABCNews.com. “I was always so afraid that he was going to kill my mom. It’s such a relief that he’s gone.”

Barbara Sheehan killed her husband, retired New York police officer Raymond Sheehan, as he shaved in the bathroom on the morning of Feb. 18, 2008. She shot him 11 times after suffering years of violent abuse and threats from him.

“My mom would never hurt anybody,” Jennifer Sheehan said. “He [Raymond Sheehan] would say it all the time—that he was going to kill her, us, the rest of the family. If she didn’t protect herself, he would have not only killed her, but the rest of us, too.”

But after the relief wore off, Jennifer Sheehan, 26, and her brother Raymond Sheehan, 22, faced another terrifying reality—the possibility that they could lose their mother to life in prison for murder.

The siblings tell their mother’s story in their new book, “In Bed with the Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story,” available today.

“We were stunned,” Raymond Sheehan writes in the book. “It all happened so fast that for a moment I lost my equilibrium. I felt as though I had been spun around a hundred times, then forced to stand still and walk.”

When the case went to trial in 2011, Jennifer and Raymond Sheehan stood by their mother and testified against their father.

The siblings are part of a long line of children who have watched their parents go through high-profile trials.

Just this year, the children of ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, two-time presidential candidate John Edwards and legendary pitcher Roger Clemens have been subjected to the grueling and invasive ordeal of watching their fathers go through trials.

But what effect does the trial process have on these offspring, both young and older, especially in highly publicized and scrutinized cases?

“You have the parents undergoing a huge stressor and the child trying to cope with how that affects them and their world,” Dr. Alan Kazdin, a professor at the Yale University department of psychology, told ABCNews.com. “The fallout could be huge.”

The stress is the first thing Jennifer Sheehan recalls from her mother’s trial.

“Just being there for the short amount of time that I was, listening to closing arguments and a couple of people testifying, waiting for the jury’s decision—the anxiety is just through the roof,” she said. “There’s no way to describe it. You don’t even really have feelings. You’re so anxious, you’re so scared.”

Barbara Sheehan was charged with second-degree murder and two gun possession charges. She faced 25 years to life in prison, but was acquitted of murder and one of the gun charges. She could still face jail time for the second gun charge. Jennifer Sheehan was 25 years old during the trial in Queens, N.Y. and Raymond Sheehan was 22.

Jennifer Sheehan said that one of the most painful parts of the trial was being shocked by the lies she felt her father’s side of the family told in court.

She said that in the time leading up to her father’s death, her mother had told his family that things were really bad and that she needed their help. Jennifer Sheehan said her father’s family shut them out and testified in court that nothing was wrong with their son.

To read more visit:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/jennifer-sheehan-relieved-mom-killed-dad/story?id=16786930#.UBkyAEJWJP0

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Turning Around: A Mother (Shari Johnson) Embraces Her Gay Daughter

Listen to Shari Johnson, author of Above All Things interview with Sean Cole.

Click on the link to hear the full interview:

http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_71812_full_show.mp3/view

Don’t forget to order your copy of Above All Things on Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Above-All-Things-Evangelical-Christian/dp/0985024801/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1343828429&sr=1-2&keywords=above+all+things

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Book Tells Tale of Life in The Sheehan home

More than four years after Barbara Sheehan fired 11 shots into her husband, Raymond Sheehan Sr., inside their Howard Beach home, the couple’s children have released a book telling their side of the story.

The book, “In Bed With the Badge: the Barbara Sheehan Story,” hit shelves Tuesday, July 17. The story is told through the point of view of Jennifer Sheehan Joyce and Raymond Sheehan Jr., about what it was like growing up in the Sheehan home.

Their mother, Barbara, was acquitted in the 2008 murder of Sheehan, a retired NYPD officer who was reported to have been physically and emotionally abusive to Barabara and the children. She still faces five years in prison, however, on a second degree weapons conviction which she and her lawyers are in the process of appealing.

Jennifer and Raymond Sheehan Jr., who were 21 and 18 at the time of the shooting, respectively, both took the stand in defense of their mother at the 2011 trial and confirmed her reports that the retired police sergeant had been abusive.

Raymond Jr. said writing the book was intended to help those living in a broken or abusive home get out before it was too late.

“I think [the book] will help other victims of domestic violence see what the warning signs are and it will help them get out early,” he said at the family’s home. “Especially if they’re in danger. I think that was the main idea.”

He went on to reaffirm that the tome elaborated on their testimony in court.

“I hope it will reinforce the idea that none of us was lying and everything we told was the truth,” the now 22-year-old said. “These were all the stories and stuff and they can really see what we went through and how bad it was.”

Raymond Jr. added that while he didn’t think the book would bring closure, the Sheehans had been doing better than they had been.

Niall MacGiollabhui, Barbara Sheehan’s lawyer, said he had filed an appeal of the weapons conviction and was waiting for a response from the prosecution.

“We’re praying and hope that we win the appeal,” Raymond Jr. said.

— Additional Reporting by Philip Hertling

Order your copy of In Bed with the Badge on Amazon today! http://www.amazon.com/In-Bed-Badge-Barbara-Sheehan/dp/0984304711/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343828194&sr=8-1&keywords=in+bed+with+the+badge

http://queenscourier.com/2012/tome-tells-tale-of-life-in-the-sheehan-home/

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Jennifer Sheehan Was ‘Relieved’ When Mom Killed Dad

July 17, 2012
 

When Jennifer Joyce Sheehan’s mother killed her father, she was relieved.

“He was such a monster in all of our lives,” Sheehan told ABCNews.com. “I was always so afraid that he was going to kill my mom. It’s such a relief that he’s gone.”

Barbara Sheehan killed her husband, retired New York police officer Raymond Sheehan, as he shaved in the bathroom on the morning of Feb. 18, 2008. She shot him 11 times after suffering years of violent abuse and threats from him.

“My mom would never hurt anybody,” Jennifer Sheehan said. “He [Raymond Sheehan] would say it all the time—that he was going to kill her, us, the rest of the family. If she didn’t protect herself, he would have not only killed her, but the rest of us, too.”

But after the relief wore off, Jennifer Sheehan, 26, and her brother Raymond Sheehan, 22, faced another terrifying reality—the possibility that they could lose their mother to life in prison for murder.

The siblings tell their mother’s story in their new book, “In Bed with the Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story,” available today.

“We were stunned,” Raymond Sheehan writes in the book. “It all happened so fast that for a moment I lost my equilibrium. I felt as though I had been spun around a hundred times, then forced to stand still and walk.”

When the case went to trial in 2011, Jennifer and Raymond Sheehan stood by their mother and testified against their father.

The siblings are part of a long line of children who have watched their parents go through high-profile trials.

Just this year, the children of ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, two-time presidential candidate John Edwards and legendary pitcher Roger Clemens have been subjected to the grueling and invasive ordeal of watching their fathers go through trials.

But what effect does the trial process have on these offspring, both young and older, especially in highly publicized and scrutinized cases?

“You have the parents undergoing a huge stressor and the child trying to cope with how that affects them and their world,” Dr. Alan Kazdin, a professor at the Yale University department of psychology, told ABCNews.com. “The fallout could be huge.”

The stress is the first thing Jennifer Sheehan recalls from her mother’s trial.

“Just being there for the short amount of time that I was, listening to closing arguments and a couple of people testifying, waiting for the jury’s decision—the anxiety is just through the roof,” she said. “There’s no way to describe it. You don’t even really have feelings. You’re so anxious, you’re so scared.”

Barbara Sheehan was charged with second-degree murder and two gun possession charges. She faced 25 years to life in prison, but was acquitted of murder and one of the gun charges. She could still face jail time for the second gun charge. Jennifer Sheehan was 25 years old during the trial in Queens, N.Y. and Raymond Sheehan was 22.

Jennifer Sheehan said that one of the most painful parts of the trial was being shocked by the lies she felt her father’s side of the family told in court.

She said that in the time leading up to her father’s death, her mother had told his family that things were really bad and that she needed their help. Jennifer Sheehan said her father’s family shut them out and testified in court that nothing was wrong with their son.

To read the full article visit: http://abcnews.go.com/US/jennifer-sheehan-relieved-mom-killed-dad/story?id=16786930#.UAWTLXB0TE5

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Children of NYC mom who killed husband pen book

Children of NYC mom who killed husband pen  book

COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press


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  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Raymond Sheehan, the son of Barbara Sheehan, leaves a New York courtroom as proceedings in his mother’s murder trial break for the day.  Believing that she shot and killed Raymond’s abusive father in self-defense, the jury went on to acquit his mother on the murder charge. Raymond and his sister, Jennifer, have written a book about their mother’s ordeal entitled, “In Bed With the Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story.” The book will be published Tuesday, July 17, 2012, through Changing Lives Press, and also as an e-book. Photo: Rick Maiman / AP
    FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Raymond  Sheehan, the son of Barbara Sheehan, leaves a New York courtroom as proceedings  in his mother’s murder trial break for the day.  Believing that she shot and  killed Raymond’s abusive father in self-defense, the jury went on to acquit his  mother on the murder charge. Raymond and his sister, Jennifer, have written a  book about their mother’s ordeal entitled, “In Bed With the Badge: The Barbara  Sheehan Story.” The book will be published Tuesday, July 17, 2012, through  Changing Lives Press, and also as an e-book. Photo: Rick Maiman /  AP
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    FILE – In this  Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Raymond Sheehan, the son…

  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Barbara Sheehan leaves a New York courtroom as her trial breaks for the day. Sheehan, who was accused of fatally shooting her retired police officer husband, was eventually acquitted of murder when the jury believed that she shot him in self-defense. Sheehan’s adult children have written a book about their mother’s ordeal entitled, “In Bed With the Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story.” The book will be published Tuesday, July 17, 2012, through Changing Lives Press, and also as an e-book. Photo: Rick Maiman / AP
    FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Barbara  Sheehan leaves a New York courtroom as her trial breaks for the day. Sheehan,  who was accused of fatally shooting her retired police officer husband, was  eventually acquitted of murder when the jury believed that she shot him in  self-defense. Sheehan’s adult children have written a book about their mother’s  ordeal entitled, “In Bed With the Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story.” The book  will be published Tuesday, July 17, 2012, through Changing Lives Press, and also  as an e-book. Photo: Rick Maiman / AP
    FILE – In this  Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Barbara Sheehan leaves a…

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer and Raymond  Sheehan say their lives changed forever — for the better — the day their  mother shot their retired police officer father to death.

Neither witnessed the shooting  on Feb. 18, 2008. When they got the call, they expected to hear that their  mother was dead. They figured her end was only a matter of time after years of  physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their father, Raymond Sr.

So when Raymond Jr. learned it  was his dad who was dead, he felt an immense relief. “Like a weight lifted off  my shoulders,” he said.

But there was more stress to  come. Their mother, Barbara, would be tried for murder and their family’s dark,  disturbing secrets would be cracked open in court.

Less than a year after Barbara  Sheehan was acquitted for fatally shooting her husband 11 times at their  Queens home, her children have published a book about the ordeal.

“In Bed With the Badge: The  Barbara Sheehan Story” goes on sale Tuesday. It details her life and descent  into abuse and despair, and includes notes and recollections from Raymond and  Jennifer and from family friends who witnessed the abuse.

The two siblings said they  focused the account on their mother — and not their own experience — because  they hoped her story would serve as a cautionary tale for other abused women and  help them see the early warning signs.

“Going through everything after  my mom killed my father, living their experiences, we wanted to show other  people the importance of getting out of a bad relationship before it’s too  late,” Raymond Sheehan said in an interview with The  Associated Press.

The 22-year-old took the stand  in his mother’s defense last fall during the trial, which was much more  difficult than writing the book, he said. He was grilled on his childhood and  admitted on the stand that he thought of suicide, telling of horrific memories  where his mother was burned by scalding pasta sauce thrown by his  angry father.

“All the personal stuff came out  in the trial. That was the big thing,” he said. “The book felt  almost easy.”

The trial was brutal for the  family. Jennifer and Raymond took leave from school and from work to be with  their mother, who was out on bail after mortgaging two family homes. Aunts,  uncles, grandparents and friends filled the courtroom seats, many donning purple — the color for domestic violence.

And dirty laundry was aired.  Jurors heard of the elder Raymond’s consistent threats, his physical and verbal  abuse, and bizarre sexual habits he forced on his wife, as Barbara and her  children testified that he created a culture of fear at home. They said they  never told anyone, especially the police, because he said he would kill them if  they did.

Prosecutors argued Barbara was a  woman happy with her life and a willing participant in her husband’s sexual  proclivities. They suggested she killed her husband for money. Friends testified  the couple seemed normal and happy, and they did not suspect anything violent  at home.

But the elder Raymond’s children  said the 49-year-old former police sergeant put on a nicer face for  the public.

In their book, the siblings  explore the question of why their mother would stay with an abusive man for more  than 20 years. They interviewed her about her past and learned of his  manipulative behavior as far back as the first dates.

“I think after this all happened  and she realized how bad the psychological and physical abuse was that she was  going through even then, she started thinking back and realizing ‘Oh, this  wasn’t normal,'” said Jennifer  Sheehan, 26.

The 250-page book includes a  robust appendix. “Domestic Violence, How to get Help, Cops as Abusers and other  statistics” is designed to give readers some helpful tools, Jennifer  Sheehan said.

“We want people to know the  signs of what an abuser is and what they do to control you, even from the very  beginning,” she said.

Raymond is getting married and  will be in graduate school in New York in the fall. Jennifer lives in San Diego  and works as an oncology nurse. Barbara Sheehan, 50, convicted on one weapons  charge and sentenced to 5½ years in prison, is out on bail while appealing  her conviction.

Barbara Sheehan didn’t comment  for this story. Her children said she was happy with the book.

A call to Raymond Sheehan’s  brother Vincent was not returned.

Changing Lives  Press is the book publisher. The book costs $24.99. It also will be  available as an e-book.

Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Children-of-NYC-mom-who-killed-husband-pen-book-3707075.php#ixzz20jjqjeMC

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