Episode 59 – Brandi Mathews – Part 1

PART #1 of 2 – By early 2006, Brandi Mathews had realized it was time to take control of her future. The young Missouri mother had spent years trying to turn her life around. With the support of her family and even the police, Brandi knew it was time to stop being a victim for the sake of both herself and her young son Caleb.

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The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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“Mother forgives daughter’s killer at sentencing.” Lake Expo, January 9, 2012.


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