At 2:45 am on the humid summer morning of July 18, 2010, Jeffrey Scott Dryden returned home after hanging out with his twin brother. In the moments that followed, evidence indicates that his live-in girlfriend stabbed Jeff in the neck as he attempted to flee from her after an altercation erupted over her cell phone. Jeff, ran out of the apartment before collapsing feet away from his car just outside the apartment, he was pronounced dead shortly after the police arrived on scene.
His girlfriend, Chiquita Rena Fizer, was taken into custody and subsequently charged with Second-degree murder in Jeff's death. In the days and months that followed it became clear that Jeff had been living a secret life, a life that society does not currently recognize nor socially accepts as existing. Jeff was a victim of Male Domestic Abuse, the batterer, his female Girlfriend.
This book details the days and months leading up to Jeff's Murder, it further goes into detail on the hearing and trial of his abuser and murder, now serving 14 to 45 years in prison for the death of Jeffrey Dryden. Furthermore, this book exposes the truth behind truth on the highly ignored and overlooked disease known as Male Domestic Abuse... men being abused by their female lovers.
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About the Author
In 2000, his mentor, John Collins, owner of Weird Review Magazine, felt that Troy had much more potential than he realized, assisted him in getting back to school, where he obtained his High School degree six months later. Throughout 2001-2003 Troy attended Grand Rapids Community College majoring in English & Criminology studies. Later in 2004, he transferred to Davenport University studying in the area of Law, making the Dean’s List in both summer and winter semesters for 2004, 2005, and 2006. Troy also received several competitive scholarship awards from various foundations, twice obtaining an award from the Grand Rapids Foundation.
In late 2004, he became a member of the Kent County CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children) and served as a child advocate until health issues prevented him from doing so in late 2008.
Currently Troy has six novels accredited to his name as well as over 150 other titles in two pen names, ranging in genres such as True Crime, Legal Reference, Drama, Historical Fiction, Legal Fiction, Christian Fiction, satire, comedy, Children Fiction and women's romance/lit.
Troy has won 2nd place in the 2013 Best Author Award from Fiction4all.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's not enough for a member of your family to abuse and murder a man in cold blood but do you also have to make his life worthless by thinking that "accidents" as you called them should go unpunished? Bull crap. I ope that chick never sees the light of day, and if she does, remembers what she did for the rest of her life. Surprised the family of the deceased never sued for wrongful death, had it been my brother, i would have. Troy Veenstra, dude great book, my thoughts go out to you and your family, thanks for trying to make this subject about men being abused by women a public issue.
I read the whole book the same night it was bought for me and found it highly fasinating. THe personal parts and the factual information on male domestic abuse was mind blowing and tear shredding. It really does get the message across about this horrible travestie. This was a murder that didn't have to happen. A murder that could have been prevented if one person, the woman of all people, would have used the common sense that God gave her. So sad that Jeff's death that night wa all over a stupid cell phone. Would love to see this book in my local library some time soon. Overall i believe this book and Jeff's story needs to be read and told, so that others facing the same issues in their relationship can see what truly happenes when you let your fears get the best of you.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden: The Grim Truth Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse by Troy Veenstra is an account of the circumstances surrounding the death of Jeffrey Dryden. In the early hours of July 18th in 2010, Jeffrey Dryden returned home after spending some time with his twin brother. Within minutes, he was dead, stabbed in the neck by his girlfriend, Chiquita. She was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of Jeff but, as time went by, details began to emerge to show that life wasn’t all roses, that Jeff had been living a life of abuse, both verbal and physical. Jeff Dryden emerged as a victim, not just of murder but also of Male Domestic Abuse. This book talks about the time leading up to his murder and the trial of his murderer, as well as going into detail about the real problem of male domestic abuse. Wow. I have to say that although I was aware of male domestic abuse, I had no idea it was that widespread. The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden: The Grim Truth Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse is written by Troy Veenstra, cousin to Jeffrey Dryden. He has clearly done a great deal of research here to bring us the statistics on instances of men being battered by their female partners and, perhaps more importantly, why it is ignored the world over. Troy Veenstra has written an amazing book here, one that should be read by everyone to open their eyes about something that is real, something not to be ignored. Excellent book, well done.