About the Author
I also believe that her father-in-law James Duckett is innocent. You can read about this case at my other blog: http://www.anotherduckettbucket.blogspot.com/
While Melinda is no longer alive to defend herself, and James is sitting on death row since 1988, the evidence presented in both cases is non conclusive and wrought with lies.
About me, I am a mother of three, grandmother of eleven, and great-grandmother of three. While James Duckett (whom I had not heard of until 6 years ago) was going to prison in 1988, I was going overseas as a missionary to live on a dairy farm in Holland. I travelled to Romania, Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria, and Hungary, during the time that the Berlin Wall was still up in Germany and Romania was under Nicolae Ceauşescu. I smuggled money into the countries to help the poor Christian churches and I smuggled letters out to loved ones back to the "free world", including a marriage proposal.
When my children were in elementary school in the Miami area, I fought against the "open school system" and successfully outed the new principal of the school. The school was in chaos, the teachers were begging the parents to help, and my own son walked home from the third grade through miles of treacherous traffic and the school did not even know he was missing; they thought it was unnecessary to take attendance.
When I am confronted with an injustice, it stirs my very being: the very reason of how I became involved with the Melinda Duckett case. My daughter's family lived in Leesburg, Florida in 2006. On the day that the Amber Alert came out for Trenton Duckett she called me and we prayed for his safe return. As a mother of a 3 year old at the time, she was very concerned because she felt that no one would be looking for him because Hurricane Ernesto was on its way to the area. I had just left a job and started looking on the internet about the case. I came across a Tampa forum called Sticks of Fire and read Melinda's post. I then read all the hateful things directed toward her. One in particular was from a "Memorie" which stated that Melinda wasn't worthy to be a mother of a cockroach and should rot in hell. I sometimes get comments on this forum of the same nature, (which of course I will never post). All the hate being spewed toward this young mother and NO evidence! And the father, Josh, was the shining hero. When I saw that no family member or friend was speaking up for Melinda, and when I had a "defending Melinda" thread on Websleuths which was shut down by a handful of people led by Laurie Konnerth, the lone signatory of the Trenton Duckett Family Trust Fund, I contacted Melinda's attorney Kimberly Schulte and sent her the contents of my defending Melinda threads. She in turn put me in touch with Melinda's grandparents. We have been friends ever since and hope to solve this case together and bring justice for Melinda.
I was confronted by an injustice. And so the fight began and is still ongoing. I recently read somewhere that we have three choices in life. Give it up, give up, or give it all you got. I'm going to give it all I got!
This is the cover of the book that will be coming out this year.