Speak for Me, Mom
A murder, a trial, and a mother's enduring love
Nineteen-year-old Andreas Dresp had been home from college a few short weeks. He was in high spirits, carefree, and happy as he headed out on a Saturday evening to meet up with some friends. But just a few short hours later, he was dead. Another teen, a stranger, had lethally attacked Andreas just two blocks from his home. Read more...
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Christine Wolf reminds us that a criminal investigation and prosecution can be a further assault upon the living.
“In the immediate aftermath of the senseless murder of Andreas Dresp, police, prosecutors and victim advocates worked hard to ensure that justice was rendered for Andreas and for his surviving family. A suspect was identified, arrested, and convicted after a fair trial. The prosecution team thought it had done its job well. As a member of that prosecution team,
I still believe that we did our job well. But this book, written by Andreas’s mother, demonstrates that I could have done better.
“Ms. Wolf’s vivid and, at times, aching journal of her experience as the surviving parent of a homicide victim reminds us that a criminal investigation and prosecution can be a further assault upon the living. Weaving an account of the legal drama with contemporaneously written letters to her son, the author has re-opened a painful chapter in her life in the hopes of providing valuable insights to guide the efforts of prosecutors, victim advocates, and judges as they work through today’s needless tragedies.”
Edward D. Rapacki, Esq.
former Assistant District Attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
“Beautifully written, a mother’s grief eloquently expressed. Christine Wolf’s letters to her son, Andreas, are so like those I wrote to my own son following his murder. This book shows that we cannot and must not let go of our murdered children; we learn to function with a piece of our heart missing.”