1992 I found my daughter, Terese, with a fatal gunshot wound to the forehead. After a perfunctory investigation,
Sheriff and Coroner officials ruled her death a suicide. My son and I feared
shed been murdered, and when we presented evidence supporting our suspicions to
Sheriff officials, they responded with disinterest and rudeness, claiming we were in
denial. I hired private investigators, who accumulated compelling facts implicating
suspects who had substantial financial motives to kill Terese. When law enforcement continued to dismiss our
findings, I financed a more extensive investigation with outside investigators.
nine years of tedious work by private investigators and me, my attorney contacted the
California Attorney Generals Office in
San Diego with our Investigative Report, but Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary
W. Schons' office merely referred the case back to Riverside County.
private investigator turned over all evidence to the Riverside District Attorneys
Office. Soon after, intending, I believe, to
frighten me from further efforts to have Tereses death investigated as a homicide,
the D.A.s Office named me as their only suspect.
After my persistent demands for an investigation, D.A. officials escalated
tactics, and presented a Search Warrant Affidavit to a judge filled with
thirty-one proven material misstatements
and omissions, including outright lies. Five officers tore apart my home, car, and
garage, seizing nearly every item of taped, typed, or written material in my possession.
These acts by authorities were alarming, degrading, and humiliating--but the threat of a
false murder charge didnt stop my overriding need for justice for Terese. I continued to press for a homicide investigation,
and repeatedly begged to answer any questions
(even without counsel present) D.A. officials wished to ask.
They ignored me. My Citizen Complaint
against D.A. Inv. Martin Silva (regarding his Search Warrant Affidavit lies and
deceptions) was dismissed by his superiors, Sr. Inv. Larry Thayer and Chief of
Investigators Michael J. Curfman.
I received no response from District Attorney Grover Trask to my repeated letters
informing him and Asst. Dep. D.A. Randall Tagami of Silva's misconduct and of Thayer and
Curfman's refusal to discipline Silva. In spite of Silva's fraudulent affidavit, no one
acted responsibly to remove him from Terese's case. Trasks' refusal to act indicated his
tacit approval of his subordinates' actions.
Calling me their prime suspect, Chief Deputy D.A. Michael Soccio claimed he
had no responsibility to review our nine years of investigative work with me and my
private investigators. They refused to
question me further, apparently hoping they'd extinguished my efforts on Terese's behalf
and buried her case forever. But
I refused to surrender to, or accept, their unscrupulous behavior.
website exposes the ugly facts about law enforcement misconduct and recounts my efforts
for justice. I hope it will assist others
whose loved ones murder was mishandled by law enforcement or mislabeled a suicide.
If you are struggling with the confusion, pain, and trauma that accompanies such a
heartbreaking circumstance, perhaps you will find solace and assistance here.
Law enforcement officials, covering up for each others negligence, incompetence,
malfeasance, can be brutal toward those seeking justice for a deceased loved one. They want to make you doubt yourself. Ten years passed before I fully understood that the
officials involved in my daughters case hadnt simply made mistakes, they were
wantonly protecting a murderer, maliciously and lawlessly violating my rights in order to
conceal their own wrongdoing.
The organization Ive established, Wings of Justice, provides
educational and spiritual sustenance, with special assistance to law-abiding citizens
abused by corrupt law enforcement.
Wings of Justice is a vigorous advocate for the hiring and promotion of law
enforcement personnel who honor and obey the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and who
understand their mandate to protect and serve law-abiding citizens.
Competent, ethical officers and officials need and deserve citizen support. We must purge from our criminal justice system
those who chose their jobs not to protect the
innocent and insure justice, but for the high of dominating others.
When confronted with negligence, mistakes, or wrongdoing, these abusers of
power and violators of the public trust attack the blameless in their
attempts to “save face.”
If youve been victimized by incompetent and/or corrupt officials, or are a caring
person who shares our goals, we invite you to participate in our work. Our loved ones in spirit are with us, and our
labors on their behalf advance justice for all. Through
our voices, they speak. Through our work, their
deaths will not have been in vain.
Stewart has been a California licensed Marriage, Family Therapist since 1979. Her private counseling practice has been located in
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