Cherry Blossoms & Barren Plains

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Chipmunkapublishing ltd, Jun 1, 2011 - 141 pages
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DescriptionSome 218,000 men and women with severe psychiatric disorders are incarcerated in an American prison or county jail. Most committed violent crimes -- sometimes murder -- while propelled by a crazed mind untreated with medications and therapeutic care. Cherry Blossoms & Barren Plains: A woman's journey from mental illness to a prison cell, is such a story. My work explores the life of Rebecca Bivens, who beat her five-year-old stepdaughter to death. In 1998, a jury found Rebecca guilty but mentally ill, and sentenced her to life in prison.Together, Rebecca and I began a story that became larger than her own. It grew into a narrative of Rebecca's mental illness with all of its ramifications: from the lack of society's understanding of a disease that plagues millions of people each day, to the strain on our national budget; and the residual effects on family and friends ill equipped to handle the demands of someone who suffers from a severe mental illness. About the AuthorLarry L. Franklin is 66 years old and resides in Makanda, Illinois. Franklin holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music, and performed in the U.S. Navy Band, located in Washington, D. C., from 1976 to 1971. From 1972 through 1975, Larry taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a Certified Financial Planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007, when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, Larry received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.Each professional pursuit left Franklin with an unsatisfying emptiness that pushed him into marathon running, where he pounded the country roads longing for an answer just around the bend. Then, in 1998, and without warning, repressed memories broke through his subconscious mind like a runaway train, and left him afraid to leave his home. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with dissociative features. What followed were years of psychotherapy where he explored a physically and sexually abusive childhood. Now his problems have been reduced to a persistent mild depression which is controlled by medication and talk therapy. The therapeutic process unleashed his creative side, a new-found ability to write, and an unquenchable curiosity about the human mind. Larry now devotes his time writing about the mentally ill and victims of injustice who yearn for a voice

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Rebecca is NOT the victim!!!
This book never should have been written or published, Rebecca Bivens murdered my niece! I hope my brother sues the author and publishing company for writing and
profiting from this book. How dare you slander him in this book too.
The information is not even correct! Dani was brutally beat and taken to the hospital on November 17, 1998. She died on November 18, 1998. Get your facts and dates correct!
To the "psychiatrist" who has the nerve to challenge my post: Did it ever "occur" (not "a cure") to you that my brother was never even informed that this book was written?!? Sadly, I had to inform him. How do you think he feels? It is HIS daugher!!!!! When you have a child in your family MURDERED, then you can voice your opinion about this matter, otherwise, please keep your opinions to yourself!!

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Did it ever a cure to you this book might make some one else aware the signs of unsuitability it might save some one else niece I am a psychiatrist and I afraid I have seen this countless times because normal everyday people just do not know to look for. My own mother was bipolar and it is something very unpredictable.  

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Contents Acknowledgments Authors Note
Fall Day
Paper Trail to Madness
I take my meds and no one hurts me anymore
Second Chance
In a little white house down by the river
I just needed more help
Little White
Broken Mind
LaSalle County Jail
Crazy or
Fish Heads in an Open
From the city streets to the county jail
No need fora prison cell

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