The Orphan I Am Chronicles – 63

Earlier this week, I sat watching an episode of the PBS investigative/reporting series, Frontline. The report/episode titled, ‘A Death In St. Augustine’, was about the death/murder of Michelle O’Connell – 24, mother of a four-year old girl,  on an evening in September the 2nd, 2010, which was quickly labeled a suicide with virtually no procedural  investigation by any law enforcement agency.The following blog is for Michelle O’ Connell, her family and friends,

michelle oconnor

While watching this heart-breaking report, I was and still am stunned at how the facts, forensic evidence, witnesses, past incidents of domestic abuse was completely ignored by the Sheriff’s department. The boyfriend of Michelle, Jeremy Banks, a deputy sheriff, in my opinion and in the opinion of many, including family members , was that Jeremy murdered Michelle and ‘reported’ that Michelle had committed suicide.

Nothing about the facts reported even remotely came close to actually proven that Michelle had taken her life, in fact, in my opinion and the opinion of others, the crime scene was obviously and poorly staged. A clear display of incompetence by the medical examiners office, law enforcement agencies involved, all these must be held accountable. Once I saw this episode of Frontline, with mixed emotions, sadness and anger, I asked myself, “what could I do to help bring this more exposure, to keep the death in the forefront?”

So after logging into my Facebook account and adding/liking Frontline’s page, immediately I was sent a request by a group representing Michelle to join their attempts to bring justice for Ms. O’Connell, through this Facebook link, you can also join,

If you would like to see the entire episode which aired on Frontline, you can go to this link,  or

Once you have watched the report and if you feel as many of us do, please go to these links and sign the petitions to have this case which is closed to be re-opened and properly investigated, the Department Of Justice link for petition ,

Petition at the site,

We hope that each of you will take a few minutes of your time to watch, act on this for Michelle O’Connell, her family and friends and all those who believe that no one person is above the law, especially those working in law-enforcement. This also is your chance to help others who have suffered in domestic abuse/violence who are ‘overlooked’ simply because the ‘alleged suspect’ is a member of a law enforcement agency.

For the latest news about this tragic case, please check out the Facebook page above as well as the latest on Frontline’s website.

Please note, I am not a legal/technical writer and any direct comments on this blog about this lack of justice, is in my opinion. I like many others, are certainly entitled to voice their own opinions and act upon those in a properly and organized way, which we are.

peace tone

~ by tonekinchloe on November 29, 2013.

One Response to “The Orphan I Am Chronicles – 63”

  1. very well written and thought out! thanks for taking the time to do this.

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