Escape From the Dungeon: Jennifer’s Survival Story



Have you ever been encountered with a trauma in lifetime and not know how your lifetime would be just after it was all claimed and carried out? This is a story of my trauma and how I survived and how I am using an severe tragedy and turning it into one thing spectacular.

This is a story of psychological terror brought on by the arms of my mother. I am the second oldest of 16 children and the tales I am about to describe relays what it was like to dwell beneath the terror and reign of our mother. The abuse began about 35 yrs in the past in 1970 and who understood there would be 16 direct victims and many other persons influenced by her manipulations when all was claimed and carried out. Hind sight is certainly 20/20 and I imagine if issues ended up dealt with in another way with the 1987 felony child abuse prices in Waukesha County, there wouldn’t be this tale to notify right now in 2005.

There are two distinctive time durations in this story: the seventeen yrs prior to 1987 and the 18 yrs just after 1987. However for all us children included, the story reads nearly the very same with only the children included changing. You will uncover parallels in equally sections that I nevertheless won’t be able to imagine right now and I was component of the problem from the beginning and a catalyst for this coming to light-weight. What you will see is a pretty significant split in the method but above all, the learn manipulation that would rival the greatest minds. By manipulating her children, the social workers, the attorneys, the prosecutors, mom got off with very little in 1987 when she was dealing with 18 counts of felony and misdemeanor child abuse prices, $180,000 in fines and 30 yrs in jail. Her ability to stroll absent from that without having a scar only enabled her psychotic manipulating mind and that permitted mom to abuse all over again without having anxiety for the following 18 yrs. It is heartbreaking to know and dwell with the reality that these actions have been tackled in the previous and she finished up inflicting the very same factor on my brothers and sisters as soon as the Office of Social Solutions stepped out of the problem in the late 80’s. You frequently listen to that background repeats alone, but I never would have imagined to be the correct very same functions of manipulation, terror and overwhelming abuse above these kinds of a lengthy interval of time.

September 14, 1987 – This is a day that I will never neglect, it was the day that I looked into my moms eyes and noticed my possess mortality. It was the day that I required to give up trying and just move absent to the following world. This day, is engrained in so many of the young ones minds that each a single that witnessed it can notify you a story of psychological warfare, utter ache, mental anguish, and all round defeat. This day was worse than something I have confronted in 14 yrs in the military. This day was worse than something I could imagine, it was the day that my mother tried using to kill me and was the day that I noticed the devil in her eyes. So substantially of the previous seventeen yrs have designed up to this moment and this day was merely the straw that broke the camels back again.

This day began like any other day in our residence, but it finished staying a day that adjusted our lives without end. Following university that day I was strolling to my babysitting task which was a few of miles absent. 1 of the sneaky issues I did as a teen was to switch my garments and hair when I got to university. Mother often built me wear skirts and two pigtails in my hair up right up until this day (I imagine she was reliving her substantial university yrs via us) and I snuck a pair of trousers to university and a brush. When I got there in the morning just after staying dropped off I would go to the rest room and switch out of my skirt and comb out my hair. Ted understood what I was doing but he never claimed substantially, he understood the offer. Perfectly I took my skirt along with me when I was strolling to the residence I was to newborn-sit at but I was nevertheless carrying my trousers. Unbeknownst to me, my mother was following me in the automobile. She came up to me and observed that I was carrying a pair of trousers and had my hair down and not in pigtails which was a single of her range a single regulations I wasn’t permitted to do. She shoved me in the automobile and refused to permit me carry on to the task and she built me consider off my trousers in the automobile and she threw them out the window. To this day I do not keep in mind how Mr. Maloney observed out I wasn’t heading to be functioning there anymore, I imagine I was in too substantially shock to keep in mind that. She began to conquer me in the head, a seventeen year aged woman, in the automobile and indicating issues that I just won’t be able to publish down on a piece of paper without having cringing. All I could do was cry to myself but understood it would be above soon, right up until she stopped at the hair cutters. She claimed that considering that I cared so substantially about my hair and that I wouldn’t wear the pigtails that she would have it slice off. She had my father consider me in and say “slice it short” and then they still left me there to get it slice. I cried in the chair the complete time and told the woman that mom was forcing this. She cried too and claimed she would attempt not to slice it too substantially. My dad came back again to pick me up and he promptly looked at my hair and claimed “your mother is heading to be mad”. I tensed for the reason that I understood what was coming. I got house and no quicker did I stroll into the door that the bug eyes my mother is so famous for came out and she went straight for my hair. She was so mad she ran above to me and began pounding on my head and my back again. I screamed in ache and disbelief and this went on for a although. Then she got even a lot more outrageous, she built dad get the other two girls down from the area to enjoy what was about to materialize to me. Mother dragged me to the rest room by my hair keeping my encounter up to the mirror and screaming profanities at me. She took me by the neck with her forearm and strung me up on the wall with my ft dangling. She had freakishly solid grips that you could not get out of and she built the girls enjoy as she terrorized me. I was screaming, the girls ended up screaming for her to stop but she wouldn’t. She pushed on my neck and set her encounter up to mine and only yelled at me “do you want me to kill you, do you want me to kill you now” and the only text that would arrive out of my mouth was “certainly, certainly, certainly just kill me now and get it above with”. She dropped me and yelled at the girls to enjoy what would materialize to them if they ever disobeyed her and she took the knife and began chopping off my hair to the scalp. Just chopped and chopped in her suit of rage and beating me to my knees. I drained of lifetime in that pretty moment. When she was carried out she sent us all to our black jail cells of our rooms and the girls cried for me that night. I slumped down on the base bunk, curled to the fetal placement and prayed to God that I wouldn’t wake up.

September fifteen, 1987 – the day I still left house and never looked back again – Following falling asleep in my locked black area in an unlimited pit of sorrow and despair, the time came to go to cleaning. I was to carry on on like very little had happened. My dad identified as into my area to get up and get into the automobile to go to get the job done. I hadn’t observed my hair myself however for the reason that I had no accessibility to mirrors just after the assault. I felt my head not positive if what happened was a aspiration or if it seriously happened. I cried, I just saved crying. She took the a single factor from me that I adored, my lengthy attractive hair. I looked like a boy and to this day I won’t be able to bear to have short hair for the reason that of the memories related with it. I sat in the automobile with my head on the window sensation lifeless and I had no ounce of hope. I was carried out, I was completed, I required out of my lifetime. I ongoing on with cleaning, just functioning via my silent tears unable to search at my father who permitted this to materialize to me. How could he permit this materialize to his daughter? Following cleaning my mother built me wear a wedding ceremony variety gown to substantial university with my tattered hair. So there I was, seventeen yrs aged, tattered hair in a fancy gown, most assuredly utilized to distract from my head. She slapped me a number of a lot more situations when she noticed the tears on my encounter and slice my hair so a lot more, to even it out she claimed. I just stood there, emotionless, sensation dead to the world. I got dropped off in entrance of university, tears in my eyes as I was stared at strolling via the halls. I walked to my homeroom and then walked right previous it. I failed to know wherever I was heading but I wasn’t heading to class like this. I hid in the sixth ground rest room staring at my hair, I crawled beneath the sink in the fetal placement and just began to cry. Individuals came in and requested me what was mistaken, all I could say to them was, “go get Meg – I only want Meg”. Someone listened, a person got her. To this day I don’t know what I told her. I blocked so substantially of what happened. Someone gave me a bandana to set on my head and she took me to the chapel in the basement. She stayed with me all day – she is my hero, she saved me. She brought in Father Reiney and I told them every thing. I was hungry and pulled out my lunch and was ingesting my spaghetti sandwich that was packed for me, Meg and I shared a chortle on that a single. Following I told the Father about every thing he brought in a Nun and they told me what my alternatives ended up. I had to uncover shelter for that night, someplace wherever I would be harmless, prior to I even got to say a word Meg claimed she would consider me house with her that night. I was so fearful at what was about to unfold prior to the equally of us. We finished up receiving on the bus to get to her residence in Wauwatosa and she and I ended up embarking on our 1st experience. She laughed at me on the bus for the reason that as we still left Pius and traveled via the city I remarked, “oh my gosh, the road signs are blue”. I never understood that the road title signs ended up any colour other than eco-friendly. We never still left our little region in New Berlin. That night Meg and her mom welcomed me with open up arms but the peace did not previous too lengthy. My mother observed out that I was at Meg’s residence and she camped out in her entrance garden and began yelling at the top rated of her lungs. The police ended up identified as and I sat upstairs crying and in total terror that she would consider me back again house. Meg and her mom did every thing they possibly could to console me and they claimed that they understood a person down the road and that they ended up heading to get me there. Lousy Jane, Meg’s sister, was still left to endure mom’s psychotic ranting and raving on the entrance lawn. They just got a tiny taste of the lifetime I was residing everyday. I was snuck out the back again door and we ran down the road like we ended up seriously in hiding from the enemy. We finished up at that other residence wherever I built a pretty critical cell phone simply call. I hadn’t talked to my dad’s household in possibly a 10 years when I identified as Uncle Butch and Aunt Judi in tears. I told them who I was and that I ran absent from house could I continue to be there for the night. I won’t be able to keep in mind what else I talked about but I finished up at their residence wherever mom would never suspect my whereabouts. From what I was told my mother stayed on Meg’s entrance garden for most of the night. I won’t be able to keep in mind reintroducing myself to my kinfolk but on the lookout back again, I am so grateful that they opened that door for me. They have been suedo moms and dads to me for the previous 18 yrs and I just am in awe at their selfless functions of kindness that night. As the following day began there would be no university for me. I got up and had breakfast like a usual individual. I sat at the table and served myself a food, one thing that I had not carried out in seventeen yrs. Aunt Judi and Uncle Butch listened as I poured out my lifetime story at the breakfast table and they told me some of the issues that I never understood about my extended household. Later that day, Father Reiney came to get me. They worked via the night for an solution that would help you save me. This was the only solution I had and ironically sufficient, mom’s escapades from the night prior to at Meg’s residence ended up sufficient to get a restraining order. Fr. Reiney told me that they would consider me to a house for runaways identified as Pathfinders in Milwaukee and they would guard me for two weeks. I began to cry. I just began to cry and could not stop. I imagine I claimed certainly I would go and off we went. Fr. Reiney drove me there wherever I told them about the story of every thing that happened in my house and then they gave me an additional blow. They claimed that they could only permit me continue to be at Pathfinders if my moms and dads gave authorization. My world sank all over again, how could I escape? She would never give authorization, I would be observed out, I would be in the most trouble I have ever been in and I don’t know what would materialize. I told this to them, I told them each word that she would say to make me out to be the liar and the evil a single. Term for word I described how the dialogue would play out, I even stunned myself at the stage of detail I presented. They identified as her on speaker cell phone, and word nearly for word it performed out exactly how I discussed. Someway, someway those people directors convinced her to permit me continue to be. I was nevertheless in my gown, she demanded it back again. She demanded the garments on my back again, I borrowed some of theirs that ended up donated and they handed the gown above the following day. I don’t keep in mind wherever I slept that night, I don’t keep in mind substantially of something besides that was the 1st time in 13 yrs I hadn’t had to get up to go to cleaning.

March 23, 2004 – The day the young ones ended up taken absent… all over again!! – A further day in the background of our household that is challenging to neglect. I acquired a simply call out of the blue from my sister indicating the four young ones whom I had never achieved or regarded prior to ended up taken absent from mom. Jeffery had turned them in for abuse. My jaw dropped down to the floor in disbelief but a lot more of reduction. I promptly went to Annie’s residence and walked in and observed the young ones sleeping in the residing area. I walked in and claimed “Hello, I am your sister Jennifer, boy I am glad to meet up with you guys!” Annie gave me a run down of what had happened. Significantly like myself at the pretty very same age, Jeffery had sufficient. He understood that I was emancipated and built a authorized grownup at seventeen and went to his steerage counselor to see how he could do the pretty very same factor. From there, the police ended up included and they took the four children from university and Annie took unexpected emergency custody of them. I spent that complete 1st day, just sitting with my brothers and sister that I never understood and just talked. I observed out who they ended up and permitted them to meet up with me and know that I would be there for them. Above the program of the following number of times, I grew to become the long-lasting house for Nick and Jeffery. Charlie was diabetic and I could not treatment for him so he went to a foster house and Amber stayed with Annie. As you may well imagine, these weeks grew to become utter nightmares staying brought to lifetime all above all over again. Nick and Jeffery ended up thrown into a house with a sister they never achieved and I abruptly was responsible for four young ones as a single guardian. My regulations ended up demanding and as the thoughts performed out, Nick shut down on me. He still left my custody just after a number of short weeks and went to dwell with Ted for a number of months prior to moving to a long-lasting foster house only a mile absent from my residence. Amber grew to become too substantially for Annie and her 5 children so she came to dwell with me and via a barrage of emotional rollercoaster’s and a stint at Elizabeth’s residence, Amber went to a loving foster house, also just a few of miles from my residence. Jeffery had a number of rough spots but now lives in his possess condominium just after graduating Superior Faculty and enjoys it. As of right now, the young ones invest a lot of time at my residence to give the foster moms and dads a split and they are thriving beyond belief. We are hoping mom is held accountable for yrs to arrive so these previous 3 can be presented the finest probability possible to be successful.

27 July 2005 – Mother will get hard time – she is in jail tonight! – Decide Dreyfuss was extraordinary, he not only permitted each child to make their sufferer effect statements, but claimed that it was vital as to the character of Linda Stephens and her propensity to abuse all over again and to consider benefit of her children. Every child got up there and gave their assertion each child described how they are influenced right now for the reason that of what mom has set us via. Every child spun their tale of manipulation, abuse and command that mom exuded above them and how they are influenced right now. Mother sat their stone confronted without having caring just staring ahead with her jaw clenched.

Then the decide claimed his piece and then he sentenced mom. He admonished her for her 35 yrs of manipulation and mentioned that she was brilliant in her techniques and manipulations. He mentioned that jail can possibly be a punishment or to guard modern society. Decide Dreyfuss mentioned that he failed to come to feel she was threatening modern society but the risk she posed to her possess children ended up too fantastic to not acknowledge. Decide Dreyfuss sentenced her to three yrs in jail with no chance of receiving out early and then 8 yrs of extended supervision and probation. Through those people 8 yrs she would have to get a fulltime task (which she has never had) and pay back again the persons she has stolen from. She will not be permitted to have a credit rating/debit card, credit rating/debit card numbers, a laptop, world-wide-web accessibility or examining accounts thanks to the extent of her fraud and economical crimes. The Decide mentioned that she was to have no get in touch with with the small children ever by means of any suggests right up until they arrive at the age of 18 (the youngest now is 13). She was instructed to have absolutely no get in touch with with the grownup children in any trend or sort until they required that get in touch with and asked for it and on their conditions. This is so critical to all of us who want very little to do with her. Today was our closure.


Supply by Jennifer Stephens

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