To Live Without a Spirit
by Kamele Brooks
The murders of eleven children occurred over an eight month period in 1980 and 1981. Some of the victims were abducted from the streets in which I played. The murderer responsible for these crimes, Clifford Olsen, lived on my block at the time that the murders took place. As a young girl, my childhood mind was unable to rationalize what I knew to be true. The world in which I lived was not safe.