A wrenching true tale of horrific loss, Surviving Heartbreak Valley is the story of a woman who suffers the worst tragedy imaginable but somehow finds the strength and courage to go on with life.
In 1989 Linda Walls had put an abusive relationship behind her, graduated college, and was ready to start the next chapter in life. But in one hellish night everything changed. She came home to find her house on fire with her four young children trapped inside. The children’s father, Bernon Howery, a violent man who stalked Linda following their break-up, had ignited the blaze.
In 1991 he was sentenced to death for murdering his children. Linda meanwhile began the difficult process of putting her life back together. Rather than simply drowning in a sea of despair, she began speaking out against stalking and domestic violence to help prevent what happened to her from befalling others. She became an outspoken advocate, conducting seminars, speaking to organizations and groups, appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in a Diane Sawyer documentary.
But Linda’s battle for justice and to establish a new life for herself was far from over. Bernon Howery continued to wreak havoc in her life, fighting to have his death sentence overturned which was eventually commuted to four life sentences.
Writing Surviving Heartbreak Valley is “my next chapter,” Linda said. "I want the telling of my story to add a real sense of urgency in building greater awareness of the domestic horror taking place in America, and our nation’s need to galvanize a crusade to prevent it.”
About the Author:
Linda Fay Walls is a first-time author and advocate against domestic violence. A decade on from that tragic night in 1989, she gave birth to her now-teenage daughter and the family lives happily in Illinois.
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About the Author
Linda Walls is a survivor. She was stalked, and her four young children were murdered in 1989. Since then, she has fought to bring stiffer laws to fruition in Illinois State and the nation to address stalking, and victims' needs and rights. With a master’s degree in communications, Linda has developed "Stalking Self-Defense: a workshop which was reviewed favorably by the National Victims Center in Washington, D.C. Linda is a public/professional speaker/trainer/ and author. Linda has taught on the college level.
In May 2002 Linda established Walls CILA Services Unlimited, Inc., a social service agency that was licensed to provide community integrated living arrangements (group home) for people who have developmental disabilities. For the past ten years she enjoyed her work as the Executive Director, utilizing a very- hands on approach in the delivery of services.
Linda invented a waste management system for dogs, 'Potty Catcher.' See http://catchpoop.com.
Linda lives in Illinois with her family. In April of 1999 they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. Her daughter is now thirteen years old, and Linda states, “I have truly enjoyed the blessing of loving her. And I pray that she will be blessed to live a long beautiful life."
Recipient of the 1995 State Representative 85th District of the State of Illinois' House Certificate: Outstanding Volunteer of Kankakee County in the Health & Human Services Category.
Junior League of Kankakee County"s 1995, Outstanding Health & Human Services Volunteer of the Year Award.
Illinois State Medical Society auxiliary"s 1994 Humanitarian Adward.
WBBM Newsradio 78, November 6, 1994"s, "WBBM"s citizen of the Week."
Diane Sawyer's national documentary: Domestic Violence- Faces of Fear. The national air date was May 30, 1996. Topic: Linda Walls surviving her four children who were murdered by her three youngest children’s father, and clips of her Self-Defense Against Stalking course at Governor State University
Metro vision Cable TV's program, 4u," 1994. Topic Domestic Violence, and talking. Date aired - August 02, 1994.
ABC's 10:00 p.m. News featured story, 1994, "Surviving the loss of her four children, and Anti-Stalking workshop"
NBC's 4:00 p.m. News' featured story: 1994, "Surviving the loss of her four children, and Anti-Stalking workshop."
Oprah Winfrey’s Show Guest, topic – children murdered by parents, date aired – February 05, 1993.
Featured in numerous of local and national news' articles as a survivor and active Advocate of Victims of violent crimes.
The University of Illinois of Chicago, the Hospice epartment, and the Visiting urse Association of hicago's Memorial Service A Time To Remember, 1995. Keynote speaker.
Cook County Probation Department program for parolees on the impact of violent crimes, 1994.
Chicago Housing Authority CHA) 1994, Conference: "In Our Own Hands: Strategies for Peace in Public Housing Communities."
Chicago Housing Authority"s MAMA SAID program's retreat, 1994, "It's A Woman Thing."
Illinois Attorney eneral sponsored 1994, conference, "Conference On Violent Crimes."
Carver Preschool Parent Center's PEEP Program, 1994, "How To Survive When All Is Lost."
Lewis University, 1994, Lecture: Life Experience and Survival.
Kankakee County Domestic Violence Program: Harbor House's Commemoration of the National Domestic Violence Week's keynote speaker, "Linda Walls tells her story."
'STALKED,' article published in the Winter 1994, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Voice.
Inquiries: To request an interview or appearance by Ms. Walls
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Linda Walls book. "Surviving Heartbreak Valley will be a God-send to women of all ages who are battling sexual and physical torment by their spouses or boyfriends. It is a gut-wrenching, no-holds bared story of her life with her boyfriend and father of their four children. Linda's story is often violent and graffic with strong profanity, so I would recommend only adults read it. Addtional details I liked about the book are these: She writes in her journal pertient facts of the trial and gives empowering self-defence strategies to women who don't know where to turn. Congratulations on your pwerful book. Shirley Reaman