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Originally from Concord in TN now
About Me:
I moved to Tn when my oldest son was wrongly convicted and sent to death row. I started writing at this time and wrote our story and then went on to write other books. My life story was the third one published after Death Row, and Victims by New Horizon Press called, They're Going To Kill My Son.

Then I wrote From Vietnam To Hell, Congregation of the Condemned, Young Blood, Road Angels, Long Journey Home, The Choice Is Yours and finally redid my life story, brought it up to date the past twenty years, and changed the title to A Mothers Torment and published it myself.

I wrote articles that were published in magazines and was on Geraldo, Maury, Sally, Jerry Springer, Rolonda and The Shirley SHow in Canada. The BBC then did a documentary on my life that was play ed overseas.

My youngest son Trevor Dicks and I spoke out on the Journey of Hope each year in a different state. That's two weeks of speaking out against the death penalty and more violence, creating more victims.

Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking also speaks out on the Journey as does Sam Shepperd who is the son of Dr Sam Shepherd convicted of killing his mother and sentenced to die. Sam has spent his whole life trying to prove his innocence. The movie, THe Fugitive is based on his story.

I also went on TN death row and five of the guys came out to do a DVD called The Choice Is Yours where they talk to the kids about the dangers of doing drugs, alcohol and hanging in gangs, and with the wrong kind of people. The video I take to schools and speak to the kids to try and stop them before they end up in prison, or death row.

When my oldest son Jeff Dicks was killed in 99, due to medical neglect, I started the Jeff Dicks Coalition, to save prisoners from medical neglect, and to stop the murdering of these prisoners by being denied their medication.

Trevor and I fought for over twenty years to prove Jeff's innocence to no avail. I have a letter from a minister who says that he knew Jeff was innocent because Strouth told him so, and that he did the crime, but he called it privilege information and said he could not tell anyone and would let Jeff die unless Strouth were to die first and then he could tell the truth.

This is so wrong, but I knew of a case in Texas where an attorney did the same thing. Let an innocent man be executed when he knew the man's brother killed the officer. This should not be allowed to happen if someone's life is in danger.

Last year I lost my youngest and only son left, and since then I haven't been able to speak out. I'm hoping soon I'll be able to do so again.

In the meantime I'm writing a fun book about ladies fifty and older. Anyone who fits in this category and would like to be included, contact me at It's called, There IS Life After Fifty.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
I like many different books, true crime, romance, true stories, humor and westerns. I like Ann Rule, Nora Roberts and many others.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I don't watch many, but like stories on Lifetime which are mostly true, Lost, Dallas when it was on, Survivor. Movies I like humorous and true stories.

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A Mothers Torment Trailer

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 8:39am


.If anyone reading this on Crime Space, got my notice about my newest book, A Mothers Torment, I shouldn't have sent it on this place. I've gotten quite a few nasty answers back, but since I'd gotten a lot of book notices sent to me on Book Network and the other network, Book Marketing, I thought the rules were the same on Crime Space.

However, I found out quickly that it wasn't. You aren't allowed to send any info on your books on this group, so I want to apologise to those people… Continue

Posted on June 28, 2007 at 6:04am — 7 Comments

Prologue of A Mothers Torment

Greeneville, Tennessee Courthouse 1979

I had just been allowed back in the courtroom during my son’s murder trial, and as I listened to the lies the Prosecution was saying, I jumped up in my seat and


""He’s innocent and you know it. You lie. You know he didn’t do it. He wouldn’t

have come back if he were guilty."

THE COURT: Sheriff, take the Jurors out

Again I screamed as Nelson’s hands were trying to…


Posted on May 6, 2007 at 11:54am

A Mothers Torment -- True Crime

How far would you go to save your child’s life? Would you write hot checks to pay attorney fees, sell your home, attempt a-jail break as a last resort and, - be on the run for a year with two young children? This mother did.

Fighting the system… Continue

Posted on May 6, 2007 at 11:52am

A Long Road Home by Trevor Dicks

"I was eleven years old when I heard the judge exclaim, "Jeffrey Dicks, you are to be executed by electrocution until you are pronounced

Dead, Dead, Dead!"

It was at that moment life as I knew it would never be the same..."

My first eleven years started in the peaceful New England village of Concord, NH in 1967. I…


Posted on May 6, 2007 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

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At 5:51am on August 25, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Shirley, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:02am on December 22, 2008, Sheri Fresonke Harper said…
I hope you have a merry Christmas and happy holiday season :) Sheri
At 1:39am on April 5, 2008, Brian M Kennedy said…
Dear Shirley:
Like your trailer. How are things going with book?
Nice review of mine at: Any thoughts on how to get others to see the review?


At 10:12pm on April 1, 2008, Maggie Bishop said…
Hello Shirley,

Thank you for the invite. I love the idea of books with people over 50. Maggie Bishop, Perfect for Framing out Fall 2008
At 9:27am on April 1, 2008, Ken McCoy said…
I'd actually thought about making it a fiction book, but its strength lies in the true stories Billy tells about his time inside where he meets many men who have been wrongly imprisoned for murder, some of whom were famously pardoned, although a pardon and compensation doesn't even begin to heal the scars left by a wrongful conviction for such a crime. I will finish his book one day soon, if only for his sake.
At 8:35am on March 27, 2008, Ken McCoy said…
Hello Shirley,
You sound like a a strong and interesting woman. I have a story along the same lines, although the injustice isn't personal. For the past few years, in between writing my usual fiction, I've been writing a true life about a man, Billy, who came to me with a story about how he served 25 years in jail for a murder I'm pretty sure he didn't commit. I did a lot of research before I began to write his story, which is both horrific and fascinating. So far, the book isn't finished. Main reason being that I make my living as a crime fiction writer. True crime is difficult to sell unless it's a high profile crime. I expect I'll get it finished some time soon and hopefully published, if only for Billy's sake. Sadly the US doesn't have a monopoly on criminal injustice. Good Luck.
Ken McCoy
At 7:10am on March 19, 2008, Christopher Valen said…
Thanks for the information regarding the video. Let me know if you think it helps your book sales. I'll certainly mention your name if I contact him.
FYI. I changed some of the font on my website to white so that it's easier to read:)
At 5:01am on March 19, 2008, Christopher Valen said…
Thanks for checking out my website and book, White Tombs. The trailer for your book is very powerful!! What happened to your son was a real tragedy. Was his story profiled on 60 Minutes. I seem to recall seeing it. One of my blogs dealt with prosecutorial misconduct. It is so difficult to believe that it can and does happen so often. Can you tell me who created the video for you and approximately how much it cost? Thanks and stay in touch.
At 9:25pm on March 18, 2008, Sheila Quigley said…
Hi shirley, would love to be your friend, I think you are a very brave woman.
At 3:21pm on March 18, 2008, Patrick Mackeown said…
Wow! You're one strong lady. Thanks for the add.

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