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Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Unveiling: A Mother's Reflection on Murder, Grief, and Trial Life by Ruth Markel

Ruth Markel, the mother of our beloved friend and colleague, founder of Prawfblawg, has written a moving, insightful, and wise book. From the publisher's description:

In The Unveiling, Markel describes her experiences since the day of Dan’s death from several distinct perspectives:

  • As a devastated mother with the unique human perspective of becoming a homicide survivor and victim.
  • As a woman whose attempts to achieve normalcy and live a healthy life are continually interrupted by painful reminders, a rollercoaster of hearings, frequently changing trial dates, verdicts, and appeals.
  • As an engaged citizen using what she has learned to help other victims of homicide and violent crimes recover from trauma and begin an optimistic outlook on life.
  • As an insider who shows how our collective network of family, friends, and experts—including a murder coach—have helped her family remain involved, motivated, and hopeful.
  • As a grandmother who had not been allowed to see her grandchildren in many years, she used advocacy to inspire the Florida State Legislature to pass a grandparent visitation bill.
  • And as an experienced author of nine books using the written word to effectively address the shift from grief to promise.

Posted by Orly Lobel on June 16, 2022 at 11:20 AM | Permalink


May God Bless the family of your beloved friend, Dan Markel. 🙏💕

“On the first Sunday after Labor Day we celebrate National Grandparents Day. This year the date falls on September 11. Like Mother’s day and Father’s day we also have a whole day dedicated to our grandparents. Grandparents and children have a special connection that is proven to both make grandparents live longer, and also make children more emotionally resilient. Grandparents Day is an opportunity to treasure that connection and spend some quality family time together.”


Intentionally depriving a beloved son or daughter the Love of a grandfather or a grandmother, unless there is just cause, would be both “cruel and unusual” punishment.

Posted by: N.D. | Jun 17, 2022 9:19:36 AM

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