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Rockford, IL

The Tibble House?

Ann was an extremely private person and it took a long time to get to know her and become close friends. She was stalked (long before there were stalking laws) by Chris Bowman (now deceased) unmercifully. Because she was being watched & followed everywhere she went she lost her job at the skating rink. When she went to the Social Security office for death benefits to help her pay for the funereal expenses, the person who waited on her said, "Oh, YOU'RE the mother whose children were murdered!" Ann was so upset and embarassed she turned and left without completing the task she intended. People were so quick to publicly judge and lynch her because they didn't see her publicly grieving. It seems that people wanted to see her break down in public. But that just wasn't Ann's way. That's when I learned we all grieve differently and it's not to any one of us to judge how another person grieves. Grief is very often expressed ONLY behind closed doors and that's an individual's right to do it that way. Ann was left with absolutely no financial resources and I don't have a clue how she got along in the early months following the murders. After she left Rockford she always worked no matter where she lived. I'm sorry to she she chose to pretty much sever ties with people she knew in Rockford and that hurt me very much. I was very fond of Ann as a person and missed her friendship. I think she wasn't comfortable with too many people knowing too much of her intimate life.  (Jul 1, 2011 | post #97)

Rockford, IL

Simon Peter Nelson - 1978 Murders - Up for Parole (again)

For Ed in Columbia, MD -- your link doesn't work. And the police chaplain's name was Father Wentnik.  (Jun 11, 2011 | post #42)

Rockford, IL

Simon Peter Nelson - 1978 Murders - Up for Parole (again)

Ed in Columbia -- your link does not work. Sorry.  (Jun 11, 2011 | post #41)