Coming soon from true crime author Judith A. Yates...
BULLIED TO DEATH? The story of Sherokee Harriman
Do you think I’m pretty. No one likes me. I hate my life. I wish I had a friend.
On September 5, 2015 fourteen-year-old Sherokee Harriman faced her alleged bullies in a public park and drove a kitchen knife into her stomach as the teens watched. Despite numerous attempts by professionals to save her, the little girl who had just begun high school died from a self-inflicted stab wound to the abdomen. The coroner ruled it as “suicide.” The case was closed and no one was prosecuted. But was it a suicide, a crime, or an accident? Sherokee’s friends and family insist she did not stab herself intentionally; perhaps it was an accident … perhaps there was a sinister truth that has yet to be told. The case created a media frenzy focusing on sensationalism rather than truth. The story of Sherokee’s death flew through cyberspace via social media, just as her life had been broadcast for all to see. A community began to question the laws and definitions regarding “bullying.” Should bullies be held responsible for causing a child’s suicide? Can a family history of bullying guarantee a tragedy? Award winning true crime author Judith A. Yates peels back the sensationalism to reveal the truth of what happened that day in La Vergne, Tennessee’s Mankin Park, attempting to answer the question everyone was asking: did Sherokee Harriman kill herself because she was bullied? ~ Percentage of book proceeds benefit a national organization focused on teen suicide prevention & education
Projected release date: December 2017
"She is evil!" Madness and Murder in Memphis
Ejaz Ahmad was handsome, charismatic, and a self-made businessman. He arrived in the United States from Pakistan determined to fulfill his mother’s dying wish: to come to America, complete his education, and make his mark in the world. Settling in Memphis, Tennessee, Ejaz became the owner of several businesses, father to a handsome boy, and a devout Muslim. The only thing missing in his life was a wife, someone special to protect, honor, and love. Leah Ward was a prison parolee with a history of drug charges and petty crime, a pathological liar. She led a flotsam life, bouncing from town to city to state. When she was introduced to Ejaz Ahmad, she believed she had found the ultimate answer: a nice place to live, someone to take care of her, and money to spend. But what started out idyllic for Leah soon became abusive and then dangerous for Ejaz. His friends and family warned him. And in May of 2003 Ejaz paid the ultimate price … and loving family members found his mutilated body in a shed. Award winning true crime author Judith A. Yates tells the story of trust, abuse, religion, and crime: how unrest leads to crime. Of a kind man who tried to help a troubled woman and became the victim of abuse and, eventually, a heinous murder. ~ Percentage of book proceeds benefit a national organization focused on domstic violence prevention & education