Real Life versus Fiction

North Georgia is experiencing what some call a rightful prosecution and others (most of the ordinary citizens) call an outright witch hunt. Some have even said one of the lead detectives in the case should write fiction rather than investigate crimes, so bad are his lies. Well, as a writer of fiction, I take offense at this comment. Fiction writers, as much as non-fiction writers, use real life when drawing up their stories. We research so much our middle names are research. Let one fact be wrong and we can find ourselves in a whole peck of trouble, the least being that no reputable publisher will look at our work.

That being said, I, for one, would never want any of the people responsible for prosecuting an innocent woman to detail their acts in a book or article. To see them chronicling their work where the world can stare in horror and thank their lucky stars they do not live near these people would sicken me beyond words. From the beginning, even before all the information came out in blogs, I never believed Tonya Craft guilty of child molestation. I am a children's writer and I in no way want to see her spend the rest of her life in prison for these supposed acts.

Why?

Tonya Craft is caught up in a good old boy network who is destroying her for nothing than good old fashioned revenge. As chronicled in William L. Anderson's blog postings since before the trial began, Ms. Craft suspected wrongdoing when her daughter visited her ex-husband and his much younger new wife. As a responsible parent, Ms. Craft took steps to ascertain this was true before making a formal accusation. Kudos to Ms. Craft. She did the right thing, perhaps the only adult involved in this scandal who has. The other players are not only guilty of criminal acts, admitted to in a court of law without fear of prosecution, they are guilty of destroying a good woman. To date, Ms. Craft has been arrested not once but twice for these charges. She has lost her job, as a kindergarten teacher, which she trained for over many years. She has lost her home because she had no job. She has lost her children; they are with the ex-husband and her daughter has not seen her mom for more than two years.

Shame on Lookout Mountain Judicial District. Shame on the judge for not recussing himself at the beginning of this farce when the defense requested he do so since he represented Ms. Craft's ex-husband in their divorce proceedings. Shame on the prosecutor for questioning Ms. Craft's sanity on his FaceBook page, and shame on all the prosecution witnesses who commented as his friends. Mostly, shame on the State of Georgia for not stopping this trial before it publicly destroyed the reputation of a good woman. Ms. Craft will never be able to hold her head up in any community where she lives after this is over. She may end up in prison for a few years but there are enough appeals to have her released sometime in the future.

What have I learned from this farce? Oh, a good young adult story. Reputations destroyed based on vindictive lies. A person literally fighting for her freedom and life. The system crashing around her and no one she once trusted supporting her. Yes, this will make a great work of fiction. Just like the trial that is costing taxpayers millions. In the end, who will pay.

Tonya Craft.

I support Tonya Craft's fight for freedom. Put the word out. Check out William L. Anderson's blog (in my blog roll) for the facts and let your voice be heard.

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