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Missing you too sweetie
Heidi (Swartz) Fabian
Missing you now. My sweet baby girl was born 37 years ago today.
Just watched a 20/20 rebroadcast documenting the life, death..which, as we now know, the heinous murder of your beautiful Justine. I then followed up with the Dateline episode "Shattered", and was thankful, although saddened, to learn Eric was finally convicted of Justine's murder. Saddened that not only did Eric cut short the life of your precious daughter Justine, he has taken such joy and light from your family's lives. I pray your family has begun to heal and can find happiness in simple every day pleasures once again. Also in knowing Justine is forever in your hearts and lives on in the many memories and in the knowledge she taught each and every one of her students. Lighting a candle today in Justine's memory, and for you, her family and friends, who love her and fought so adamantly for Justice for Justine. Thank you for sharing your story.
I was just watching the Dateline episode and was so upset as I watched that I had to stop and Google to make sure that her husband had been convicted. What a monster he is, not to mention a horrible liar. I am married to a Marine. They are action without thought, trained to react in an emergency. His actions after finding her made it plain as day to me, not to mention the mountain of other evidence. Unless Eric was the world's worst Marine, who paid zero attention during training, he would have been able to assess the situation, react, and render aid at the scene without leaving his wife in the road. What an obvious liar.
I'm so very sorry for your loss... I'm glad Eric is in jail and that his punishment will extend from this life into the next. May he rot.
Said a prayer for your family today. Again, my condolences for your terrible loss of such a beautiful young lady who just picked someone beneath her.
No parent should ever have to bury a child. I'm so sorry for your loss. Just watched the dateline episode...this and your love keeps her memory and story alive! God Bless You!
I'm sorry for your loss.
Thinking of Justine and her dear family on this anniversary. I hope you all have acquired some measurement of peace in your hearts. You are in my thoughts often, but especially today.
This narcissistic animal preyed on Justine. He mistook her as weak because of her sweet, kind and gentle nature. He did not care for her and used her. Thank God, he is where he deserves to be. Your daughter's story touched me as I once was in a marriage much like Justine's. I was controlled, belittled, mentally & verbally abused, and was left with very little self worth. I, too, had a very disconnected relationship with my close knit family and friends. I am saddened Justine is not here today with you. You stated as long as people remember her she is not really dead. That is so true.
My respects and sympathy for your loss. A parent is not meant to outlive their child. Dateline/48 Hours and the like, they all seem to revolve around spouses who kill spouses. Please people, if you are dissatisfied, speak to your spouse, no matter how painful it is. It appears that people sometimes would rather kill their spouse than discuss their problems. So many of us shut ourselves off from our own emotions we can't even put them into words. And so many times such a horrible unjust consequence... Many of these murders are not committed by psychopaths/sociopaths (same thing), just people who are more afraid to talk to the person they are married to honestly than they are to kill them. I do not know these victims, of course their families will always say the finest eulogies imaginable. No one is perfect. But they obviously do not deserve what happened.
If you are not happy in your relationship, you must find a way to verbally communicate, regardless of the consequences. It will be painful. It will be awkward. That person is a human being, they deserve to live. You do not get to choose the time and manner of their death because of your cowardice.
Hello. My name is Julie. I grew up in Orange County. I just finished watching the Dateline segment on Justine’s murder and felt compelled to leave an email for Justine’s mother.
My mother died in 2012. I paid to fly my niece from Costa Rica to Orange County to attend the funeral. I hadn’t seen her for many years, but viewed her “perfect life” and “great relationship” via FaceBook.
The night before my mother’s funeral I noticed significant signs that my niece was in fact suffering from battered woman’s syndrome. I pointed this out to her.
Long story short, my niece was able to get out of the county and return to the US before her fiancé could do any permanent damage.
My point is this – I see the same signs of battered woman’s syndrome behavior in Justine before her death.
That being said, I strongly believe that Justine’s husband murdered her for money and thought he was smart enough to get away with it.
I am a trained professional - trust me when I say most women in this predicament get beat down to such a degree that they loose themselves and make excuses for their significant other’s behavior.
Please do not carry any blame or guilt. Most women in this predicament detach from family and remain in the situation. In the case of my nice, I was very lucky.
My heart goes out to you. I am happy justice was served.