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Mark

Henderson, KY

#41 Jul 31, 2011
amanda wrote:
that guy was ronald maddux he passed away early this year. He was put in jail for six months for abusing children. And then set free. I only met him once, in a picture, of me just a few months old. He was my grandfather. I guess im the lucky one. That could have been me.
Well I remember when this happened, in fact I was her next door neighbor. And to hear her screams the night before she died haunted me for yearsin what I call a death scream. I was only 8 yrs old at the time. And sometimes even today when i think about it and still haunts me. But not like did at first. In fact me and her were very good friends and we played alot before this tragity happened.
Cleveland Mom of 2

Cleveland, TN

#42 Aug 9, 2011
As bad as everyone remembers this tragedy to be and as bad as the media illustrated it, nothing compares to seeing it first hand. My father embalmed Melisha and worked her funeral. Til the day he died, if you mentioned her, he would tear up recalling the abuses that poor girl endured. And it was all needless.
Melinda

Meridianville, AL

#43 Nov 6, 2011
I remember Melisha and always will. When I heard the news and the horrifying details of that precious little girl's life I was a young mother (divorced) of a son and a three year old daughter. Always thank the Good Lord that ours lives were never like that and hopefully never would be. I remember waking myself up crying in the middle of the night. Tried to pull myself together (get over it - have to be on the job in the morning) but I could never get that story and that sweet little girl off my mind.

Today, I was thinking of her again, and decided to look up her name.

I am so glad to see that she is not forgotten and never will be. I believe that at least one agency was formed to try and protect children primarily because of her sweet and so sad short life. SCAN ? maybe (STOP CHILD ABUSE NOW) or something of that nature.

Tiawan, I believe you know what you are talking about. From my recollection, Child Protective Services let Melisha down BIG TIME (and their community) by putting her back in that home. I believe her foster mother went through more horror than I can imagine enduring as she continued to try and help Melisha have some human kindness and compassion in her life.

Thanks for listening. The tears keep falling for Melisha here on earth. I have no doubt she is one of God's sweetest angels today.
NC grandmother

United States

#44 Jan 5, 2013
I searched Melisha's name and see I am not the only one who has never forgotten...we all need to be pro active in helping children and their families before it is too late.
Lori Spencer

Dalton, GA

#45 Mar 1, 2013
While I am just reading this almost 3 years late, Amanda, God bless you and your family. Melisha was killed the night before my ninth birthday. It is the first crime I remeber hearing about and it has haunted me for 37 years! I have asked others if they remembered the case, but no one I met ever did until last year when they started the memorial walk. I am so sorry about your grandfather, but I praise God that you were kept safe from him.
amanda wrote:
that guy was ronald
maddux he passed away early this year. He was put in jail for six months for abusing children. And then set free. I only met him once, in a picture, of me just a few months old. He was my grandfather. I guess im the lucky one. That could have been me.
Grandson

Knoxville, TN

#46 Mar 20, 2013
amanda wrote:
that guy was ronald maddux he passed away early this year. He was put in jail for six months for abusing children. And then set free. I only met him once, in a picture, of me just a few months old. He was my grandfather. I guess im the lucky one. That could have been me.
Hey, I saw you were the granddaughter of Ron, I am the grandson of Wanda. It is tragic what took place then. My mother is one of the children that did manage to survive the incident. This tragic incident still haunts our family and I am sure it does yours as well. My mother is a great woman and has been greatly successful and did not ever use that incident as a crutch in life. That is all that I can ask for, and am happy that Melisha is in a much better place and I know for sure she is safe and happy now.
renee

Conyers, GA

#47 Sep 28, 2014
I was born in Cleveland Tennessee and I remember this very vividly! I remember the crowd outside courthouse being irate chanting let them go! They wanted there own
Justice! Unforgettable sad event
Melisha A Shaffer

United States

#48 May 16, 2015
cruiserwaves wrote:
has anyone have a picture of Melisha Gibson. Also
have you heard the 45 record that was made in NASHVILLE AND GIVEN TO RAISE MONEY FOR HER FOUNDATION TO HELP OTHER CHILDREN.
...Yes!!! My dad Jim Shaffer wrote that song! I have copies and I was named after her...there is MUCH more to this story than most know!...
Melisha A Shaffer

United States

#49 May 16, 2015
Here are the lyrics to Melisha's Song (as it is {most properly} entitled). The following lyrics are backed up with the most chilling steel guitar cries I feel were ever utilized to provoke emotion.
ALL credit goes to my dad James Shaffer Sr. for the music, lyrics, and performances of Melisha's Song. And I'd like to note that ALL proceeds raised & received from the song went to benefit the Melisha Gibson Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Foundation. The following are the touching lyrics to
Melisha's Song:

This song Melisha
Is JUST for You
Your stay on earth was hell but it's through
Your back in Heaven
with your snow-white wings
For YOU little angel our hearts will sing

You came from Heaven in 72'
You were a pretty baby
so soft and so new
But not too long after you were born
Into your life came cruelty an scorn

Your daddy went away
Your mom was alone
She needed someone to help give you a home
She met a man
and married him
Then little angel your troubles just began

You were beaten and tortured
So the story goes
How bad you hurt
ONLY God above knows
You pleaded for mercy
So your sisters say
Then God reached down
and took you away

That cold gray morning
on a bare, wet bed
The ambulance driver
said, "This baby is dead!"
The story made the papers of how you died
But now your back
By your maker's side

With the world you knew
You have NO more ties
The hurt you endured
Has opened our eyes
Because of you angel, others will live
BUT your little life
was so much to give

(outro)
Mitzy, we won't forget!
Michael

United States

#51 May 27, 2015
Whats really bad is for every anmal like him that gets caught there are a thousand getting away with it, and the pos that gave birth to that little girl has a million just like her.
Pander

Lithonia, GA

#52 Sep 1, 2015
Ellen wrote:
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Does anyone know what ever happened to the siblings?
All the children were put into the same foster home with the most wornderful couple in the world, they finished growing up on the river with love, the other siblings had a huge impact on me as a child. They loved me and played with me continuously, one of the boys would pull me around in a wagon for hours at a time if it was raining he would pull me around the house on a box. I could tell so many stories about these children and the other 25 or so children that passed though there home, this foster home was so incredible as a child I didn't understand why all children didn't want to be in foster homes, I know much different now, I am the grandchild of this couple and had a stay at home Martha Stewart like mother I chose to spend my childhood there and the same love,attention,holy spirt, discipline, and affection were given to all children. This couple has now passed, please pray for every life that they touched, that thet are now in heaven watching over them and there generations.
Mark

Louisville, KY

#53 Sep 23, 2015
My name is Mark Debity and I was her neighbor when this happened. I was 8 years old at the time and she was a good friend and played a lot with her. When I went to the store I enjoyed giving her candy. But the downside when her bitch sisters saw me give her candy they would run and tell then she got the hell beat out of her. Now the night before she died I was sleeping above my mom and dad room with the window facing to their house and I heard her scream before she died. Even today 40 years later I am still haunted by those screams.
Gigi

Cleveland, TN

#54 Nov 3, 2015
Mark wrote:
My name is Mark Debity and I was her neighbor when this happened. I was 8 years old at the time and she was a good friend and played a lot with her. When I went to the store I enjoyed giving her candy. But the downside when her bitch sisters saw me give her candy they would run and tell then she got the hell beat out of her. Now the night before she died I was sleeping above my mom and dad room with the window facing to their house and I heard her scream before she died. Even today 40 years later I am still haunted by those screams.
Why are you calling her sisters bitches when they were 10 years old. Why did your parents not call police if you could hear screaming at your house?
Gigi

Cleveland, TN

#55 Nov 3, 2015
Pander wrote:
<quoted text>
All the children were put into the same foster home with the most wornderful couple in the world, they finished growing up on the river with love, the other siblings had a huge impact on me as a child. They loved me and played with me continuously, one of the boys would pull me around in a wagon for hours at a time if it was raining he would pull me around the house on a box. I could tell so many stories about these children and the other 25 or so children that passed though there home, this foster home was so incredible as a child I didn't understand why all children didn't want to be in foster homes, I know much different now, I am the grandchild of this couple and had a stay at home Martha Stewart like mother I chose to spend my childhood there and the same love,attention,holy spirt, discipline, and affection were given to all children. This couple has now passed, please pray for every life that they touched, that thet are now in heaven watching over them and there generations.
You are right. Mom Gus and dad Arlee were the greatest foster parents ever. You were loved by them.
Melanie Shaffer

La Vergne, TN

#56 Apr 16, 2017
cruiserwaves wrote:
Melisha's Song by Jim Shaffer
Thankyou for recognizing my father Jim Shaffer. My twin sister and I were born in 1979 and grew up knowing about Melisha Gibson. Our dad even named my twin sister Melisha after Melisha Gibson.
Melisha Shaffer

United States

#57 Apr 19, 2017
I have a CD of "Melisha's Song". My name is Melisha Shaffer aka jim shaffer's daughter. I was named in her memory. Very proud of my dad!

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