Never Give Up Hope!

COLD CASE opened in November 2013 by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and will be going to trial in July,  over 26 years since the murder of my Uncle, Stephen Rudiger. Between the East Regional Park District, the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, police, investigator’s, and everyone in between- two arrests were finally made. Not to go into lengthy details of the case, but these two suspects  had been under investigation since the day they found my deceased Uncle. One, who is already incarcerated for another crime, recently plead to the crime and provided ample incriminating evidence to put the other suspect away for the rest of her life. It has been a long road for my three cousins, their mom, and closest to me- my Father. Both of my Grandparents, Steve’s mom and dad, have passed away without knowing we finally may have justice.

First the rage, sadness, feeling of sudden loss, more rage, then the feeling of the unknown has definitely been overwhelming over this long period of time. But, never give up. You never know who out there has additional information or may remember something that could help solve other COLD CASES.  There were members of the law enforcement community that have stayed on our case over the past 26 years and though a few have retired, they are still following and supporting the investigation. We had the current owner’s of my Uncle’s home allow an investigative team  come into their home and break through a stairway wall to gather paint samples in order to retrieve the necessary DNA samples under multi layers of paint. The father of one of the accused came forward with testimony that gave motive for the crime and placed his son in the area at the same time. This man could have easily stayed silent and not have shared (even under oath) this information, but he did.

Even after years of wondering, our family has all come together and are anxiously anticipating a conviction of the “witch”, who cold heartedly calculated and executed the murder of my Uncle Steve in his own home. We will keep you posted on the details and outcome of the trial.

Thank you for our long standing support,

Kelly Rudiger

Stanislaus prosecutors make arrest in 2003 Lacy Ferguson slaying

An arrest has been made in the 2003 slaying of Modesto resident Lacy Marie Ferguson, whose mother crusaded for years for justice in her daughter’s death.

David Aguilar, 44, formerly of Modesto, was booked at the Stanislaus County jail on suspicion of murder Thursday, according to a Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office news release issued Friday. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on Tuesday.

Read more here:

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article80468587.html#emlnl=Breaking_News_Alerts#storylink=cpy

A New Years Message from Jan

“Tis the Season” once again. Perhaps it is my age, but it appears each year “the Season” arrives sooner. Once again, I have not accomplished all the things I believed necessary for the year to be a complete success. When time is taken to review the events of the year, I realize that not accomplishing all the things on my list had a lot to do with “life”. In a perfect situation, we have our list of things to do and we set out to accomplish those things; when in real life, as they say, “stuff ” happens. It is the “Stuff of Life” that does not allow for the completion of the list, because life is far more important and complicated. Perhaps a sick friend needed some company; or a grandchild who wanted to help with cooking the family dinner that extended a one-hour task to several hours. The rewards for visiting a friend and including your grandchild for kitchen duty was filled with laughter, hugs and the company of a loved one. Perhaps it was a complete day searching for that perfect photograph to give to that special someone, who will cherish it forever. These memories are priceless. Finding ways to bring laughter into my life is as varied as the number of grandchildren I have. Cheering at football, soccer and basketball games (to the extent of almost losing my voice), is expected as the cheering was for my grandchild. Needless to say, my list will be extended to 2016 and I believe I have lived 2015 to the fullest.

Sadness was ever present in 2015 due to the deaths of family members and friends. The year 2016 will not be the same without them. Emotions and memories vary with each death. There is a sadness with the death of the elderly. In retrospect, we say, “What a wonderful life they led”. The sadness differs dramatically with the death of our youth. We say, “They had so much more to do”. Their untimely death cut short hopes and dreams.

But those are our thoughts when in reality, the Lord above has the master plan. As the years pass, sometimes we are able to see a greater part of that master plan and where we fit into it. Other times, it is just a blur.

My message to you is this… reach out to all of your family and friends, bring them closer, take the time to enjoy everyday as if it is the last gift. Enjoy that gift of life!

From the entire Board of Citizens Against Homicide, we hope your Christmas was beautiful and, as we welcome 2016, wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Join us at our meeting to be held March 13, 2016.

National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Parents of Murdered Children
National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Hosted by Sacramento Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children

Where: California State Capitol — North Steps
When: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 6:00–8:00 P.M.

For further information, please contact Misty Foster, Chapter Leader  sacpomc@gmail.com
(916) 879-4541

Citizens Against Homicide Benefit

“Quarter Craze” in Redway

September 19th—5:00 p.m.

Redway Elementary School, 344 Humboldt Avenue, Redway, CA 95560

Get Your Quarters Ready & Reserve Your Seat by Texting Cindy at 707-616-3816 or email Cindy at crhardin@earthlink.net

$5 at the door to get in with a reservation (includes ONE bidding paddle)

$10 at the door without a reservation.

Extra Paddle Packs 3 for $10! More chances to WIN!

Please bring your own quarters!

Dinner $10. Spaghetti, salad & bread. Yummy!

This is an 18+ event please.

Donation Request

donations“Words from Jan” (Jan Miller, President, CAH) addressed the need for CAH to explore change in the May 2013 Newsletter. All of us at CAH believe the time for change is now. CAH will continue providing the services victim’s families have come to expect. Additionally, a high priority will be placed on “Domestic Violence”, as it is too often a prelude to murder. We will also be developing presentations on “Law
Enforcement/Victim Relations and becoming more involved with other victim advocacy groups; occasionally attending meetings and making presentations when requested. The main focus here is “common goal”. Finally, we will be utilizing the social media for increased exposure of the many unsolved murders CAH is involved with.

In order to expand our services and activities, we need additional financial support. A longtime member of our CAH family has generously offered to match any donation (corporate or private) received during the months beginning September 15, 2013 through January 15, 2014.

In order to share the progress, we will be providing an update of total donations received in each newsletter.

Please help by sending your donation today. Any denomination will help.

Visit the CAH Store for donation options www.citizensagainsthomicide.org.

Parole Denied for John Matthew Ray

Update on the parole hearing held on June 27th for John Matthew Ray, the murderer of my son, Chad Norris. Parole was DENIED!! We have another 5 years before the next hearing. I wish it could have been more, but this will do for now. With the letters that I received from my friends, Chad’s friends, my family and those of you who responded to the request in the CAH Newsletter and website, we received over 100 letters. The Parole Representatives said that was way more then they usually see. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who contributed a parole opposition letter against the release of murderer, John Matthew Ray. Score one for the good guys. Thank you, thank you…

—Rita Edmonds-Norris

CVAA/CA Legislative Update

Crime Victims Action Alliance (CVAA) – CA Legislative Agenda
The Crime Victims Action Alliance (CVAA) is a non-profit organization that promotes victims’ rights and public safety. CVAA was founded in 1992 to be a voice for victims in the California state capital. CVAA works with policy makers at every level of government – aggressively advocating for better laws, regulations and policies that enhance victims’ rights and services.

For a listing of new California bills affecting victims click here.