SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice”
Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives.
Real people, real tragedy, real help.
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Journalist and author, Antoinette “Toni” Bosco, lost one of her seven children to suicide, and as she was still grieving his loss, another was lost to murder. For someone who did not believe in the death penalty, it was difficult to contain the anger and rage, and she, at that point, could have killed the murderer with her bare hands.
Wrestling with her own feelings, Toni Bosco came to question her own values about life and death. Who had the right to take the life of another human being? The state? As she came to her own conclusions, she realized that the state is no more justified in taking a life than is an individual.
Toni Bosco became an advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, and subsequently forgiving the murderer of her son and daughter in law.
In her book, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty, “she addresses difficult issues, ranging from a deeply flawed corrections system to whether the worst offenders possess the capacity to atone and be redeemed. Bosco recounts how she became involved in the debate as a journalist and a mother for her own healing unsentimentally describing how her resolute prolife stand was sorely tested by her anger and grief and meeting others in her unfortunate position, including bestselling author Dominick Dunne, who forgave his daughter’s murderer. Her advocacy increased when she went public as a writer and speaker willing to uphold the seditious view that “unnatural death is an evil, no matter whose hand stops the breath…”
Antoinette Bosco has written several books addressing issues of faith, morality, pain, loss and forgiveness. Several of her books are available on Amazon.
- Catholic faith moves man to forgiveness after murder of wife and daughter (catholicnewsagency.com)
- Grief after a Murder (12stepgriefandloss.wordpress.com)
- Shattered Lives: Addie Carone Waited 22 Years for Justice for the Murder of Her Son (imaginepublicity.com)
- Death. It’s Never Fair. (michalecallahan.com)
- Pathological Liars: An Example of a “Shattered Lives Landscape” (donnagore.com)