Memories of Evelyn Miller

This blog is dedicated to the memory of our granddaughter, Evelyn Celeste Miller. Evey went missing July 1st and her body was recovered July 6th from the Cedar River near Floyd, Iowa. This venue will help celebrate the wonder that she was and also post up-to-date information on the wait for justice. If you have any information about the crime please contact the Floyd County Sheriff's Office at 1-641-228-1821 or e-mail me directly.

Sunday, July 17, 2005


From Editor’s Mailbag Globe-Gazette
July 17, 2005

Have You Hugged Your Kids

In light of the terrible tragedy surrounding Evelyn Miller, I just wanted to ask everyone out there: Have you hugged your child/children today. Have you told them you loved them? The events that took place earlier this month are proof that you don't have to live in a big city for terrible things to happen to you.

Our children are priceless, and in an instant they can be gone whether it be an illness, a car accident, abduction, whatever. No matter what your children do or have done, be sure they know you love them no matter what.

My sincerest sympathy to the Evelyn Miller family in your loss. May your beautiful angel watch over you always.

Death penalty justified
By JIM MEEKER, Westerly, R.I. (formerly of Mason City)

I feel the State of Iowa should reinstate the death penalty and make it retroactive so the proper punishment can be provided to whoever murdered the little girl from Floyd.How can anybody say that this would not be just punishment ?

Politicians just don't care
By JESSICA PETERSON TIERNEY, Sexual Assault Advocate, Crisis Intervention Service

There's been much discussion about "cracking down" on sex offenders lately due to the Jetseta Gage case and, more recently, the death of Evelyn Miller.

People are outraged, and rightfully so. What many don't realize is that politicians simply don't care about violence against women and children.

George W. Bush has submitted to Congress a budget that takes all Victims of Crime Act funding and appropriates it into the general fund instead.VOCA money comes from fines and penalties paid by criminals, and it should go back to their victims. If this budget passes and VOCA disappears, every domestic violence and sexual assault project in Iowa will close by 2007.

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Castle Rock, Colo., vs. Gonzales that domestic violence victims do not have the right to have police enforce court-ordered restraining orders against their abusers. Despite the fact that Jessica Gonzales' abuser killed her three children with multiple gunshots to the head, the Supreme Court feels it's "unrealistic" for police to enforce every restraining order. Without police enforcement, a restraining order is worthless.

It's also interesting to note that this landmark case was almost entirely ignored by the media. Until society in general, and politicians in particular, start taking the reality of violence against women and children seriously, nothing will change.

It's easy to talk the talk, but if they aren't willing to put their money where their collective mouth is, the words are meaningless to victims


At 2:34 PM, Blogger Cathy Haigis said...

my comment to this is yes..i hug my kids everyday. i was very much educated horrific incident and so many more similar to it after searching for info on the groene children. i have to say that i am in the process of installing an alarm system in my home. i have been living in the ice age..thinking children are safe in their own homes. people are entering house, killing parents...this is crazy. i am all in favor of new laws that will track these predators.

i have always educated my children to certain ways in which they could be fooled into going with a stranger..however, my daughters friend was over a couple weeks ago and i began asking her questions like "what if a police officer told you that your mom was hurt or that you had to come with them? or worse yet "if an old man asked you to look at his puppy or help him find it.. would you??" in both instances my child's friend answered yes. i was shocked.

my daughter knows the answer to every question..neighbor, cop, man, woman....don't believe anyone or anything.

i think that in light of little evelyn miller that all elementary schools and secondary schools should implement a program where all these scenerios can be addressed. if it saves one child from falling prey..then it would be worth the effort.

i know i am going to volunteer at my daughter's school at the very first parents meeting. please do the same at your school.


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