Book Review: Finding Peace Amid the Chaos

When O.J. Simpson was arrested for the double-homicide of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in June 1994, the entire world became captivated by the ensuing drama and stage show-like atmosphere that the “Trial of the Century” would produce. As the general public became more and more engrossed in the daily O.J. spectacle, the Brown and Goldman families viewed the unfolding events through more personal and emotional lenses.

Nicole Brown’s youngest sister Tanya, 24 at the time of the murders, was shielded by her family from the abuse Nicole reportedly suffered at the hands of her celebrity athlete husband during the couple’s seven-year marriage – much of which was regurgitated during Simpson’s high-profile trial.

In her 2014 memoir, Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide, Brown discusses her close relationship with Simpson – whom she knew since childhood as a result of the ex-football star’s relationship with Nicole – and the deep betrayal she felt after concluding that Simpson was responsible for her sister’s death.

Finding Peace Amid the Chaos is far more than another O.J.-based memoir, however. Much of the book documents Brown’s struggle with mental illness, which reached a climax in 2004 and caused her seek treatment, beginning with a ten-day stay in a hospital for psychiatric care and later as an out-patient. Brown shares not only her personal thoughts and rollercoaster of emotions at this time, but also includes journal entries throughout the book penned during her hospital visit and following her release.

Brown, now a professional keynote speaker and certified life coach, uses the closing chapters of Finding Peace Amid the Chaos to offer advice to others contending with stress and mental illness. Undoubtedly stemming from her own experiences, Brown’s words are laced with knowledge and understanding. In the book, Brown also recognizes the slowly eroding but still present stigma surrounding mental health issues and even admits to her own ignorance on the largely taboo subject prior to 2004.

Finding Peace Amid the Chaos is co-authored by William Croyle. Purchasing information for the book is available via Langmarc Publishing here.

(Special thanks to Lois Qualben at Langmarc Publishing)

Four Dead, Many More Wounded in London Attack

Four people are dead and many others wounded following a rampage by a lone attacker outside the Houses of Parliament in London yesterday.

The perpetrator began his tear by driving a Hyundai i40 4 x4 up the kerb on the Westminster Bridge, hitting pedestrians and killing three people before the vehicle crashed into the railings near the House of Parliament. From there, the attacker burst past security in Old Palace Yard and stabbed a police officer to death.

The attacker was eventually shot and killed by police.  He was later identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.

Islamic terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a CNN report.

Please visit CNN here for continuing updates on this story.

Ontario Murder Suspect Arrested

CBC reports that Justin Kuijer, who is accused of murdering his 7-year-old stepson, Nathan Dumas, in St. Catharines, Ontario last week, has been arrested in Kenora.

Kuijer, 43, was also wanted in connection with the stabbing of an employee at a St. Catharines RBC branch the same day Dumas was attacked.

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Niagara Region Man Wanted for Murder, Attempted Murder

The Niagara Regional Police Service has issued the following:

UPDATE 2 March 18, 2017

After consultation with the family, NRPS detectives can now confirm that the child transported from the Queenston Street, St. Catharines residence died in the early morning hours of March 18, 2017. The child has been identified as 7 year old Nathan Dumas. He is the step son of Justin Kuijer.

The exact cause of death of Nathan Dumas is not being released.

UPDATE 1 March 18, 2017

Detectives from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) continue to investigate the incident that occurred at the RBC on Martindale Road in St. Catharines on March 17, 2017.

Justin Kuijer remains at large and is presently wanted for the offence of attempted murder in relation to the RBC incident.

The adult female victim remains in hospital in stable condition.

The NRPS are not investigating this incident as a robbery or a domestic violence matter. The victim and Kuijer were known to each other professionally.

At approximately 10:16 AM on March 17, 2017, the NRPS along with Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to an address on Queenston Street in St. Catharines for a report of a child in medical distress. The child was subsequently transferred to hospital in critical condition. This remains under investigation.

The identity or the relationship between the child and Justin Kuijer is not being released at this time.

The circumstances that connect the Martindale Road location, the Queenston Street location and Justin Kuijer are evidentiary in nature and are part of the investigation.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the Justin Kuijer or the grey 2009 Pontiac Montana van (Ont. BYTE392) he was driving, are asked to contact the NRPS immediately.

Justin Kuijer should be considered armed and dangerous. Should a member of the public observe or know the location of Justin Kuijer, do not approach him. Call 911.

ORIGINAL RELEASE March 17, 2017

On March 17, 2017, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to a report of an assault at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) located at 211 Martindale Road in St. Catharines. 1 District St. Catharines uniform officers arrived on scene with Niagara Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) and St. Catharines Fire Services.

The investigation by NRPS detectives has learned that 43 year old Justin Kuijer of St. Catharines entered the bank and stabbed a female employee. Kuijer then fled the scene in a 2009 Pontiac Montana van, grey in colour (Ontario Licence BYTE392).

The victim was transported from the scene by NEMS to a local hospital. She is in serious condition.

The RBC and an area of the parking lot where closed while detectives investigated. The scene has been processed by detectives from the NRPS Forensic Services Unit. The bank remains closed.

Justin Kuijer is wanted by the NRPS for the alleged offence of attempted murder.

At the time of the incident Kuijer was wearing:

– Black toque
– Brown leather waist length coat
– Dark pants
– Orange hoodie
– Boots

A second scene is being held in relation to this incident on Queenston Street in St. Catharines.

Kuijer should be considered armed and dangerous. His current location is unknown.

It is believed the victim was targeted by Kuijer.

During the course of the investigation the Emergency Department at the St. Catharines site of the Niagara Health System instituted precautionary security measures. Service at the Emergency Department has not been interrupted and it remains open as usual.

This investigation remains ongoing by detectives. Anyone with information as to the location of Kuijer or the Pontiac van is asked to call 911.

Missing Missouri Woman Reportedly Found Deceased in Vehicle Pulled From River (Updated)

The Kansas City Star reports that a body discovered inside a Ford Focus pulled from the Missouri River on Friday is that of missing Wichita woman Toni Anderson.

Anderson, 20, disappeared during the early morning hours of January 15, reportedly after texting her boyfriend that she had been pulled over again. According to police, an officer had issued the young woman a warning earlier for an illegal lane change.

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(Update: The Kansas City Star reports that police have confirmed the body’s identity as that of Toni Anderson, according to the young woman’s mother.  Foul play is not suspected in her death)

Mother Indicted for Murder in Aliayah Lunsford Disappearance

(Photo Credit: FBI)

CBSNews.com reports that Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway, who reported her three-year-old daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, missing in West Virginia in 2011, has been indicted in the toddler’s death.

Conaway is charged with murder of a child by parent by failure to provide necessities, death of a child by parent by child abuse, child abuse resulting in injury and concealment of a dead human body.

According to a criminal complaint, witnesses saw Conaway bludgeon Lunsford, causing the child to fall to the ground and die hours later. The complaint states that Conaway also withheld medical attention and prevented others from summoning help in addition to taking steps to conceal the crime.

Lunsford’s body has yet to be recovered.

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