Thursday, January 24, 2013

Looks can be so Deceiving...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Eve

As I sit here and ponder over the last year, and everything that has taken place, all I can do is shake my head at the madness of the outcome of this case. Today has been one year since I drove over to Earth Services and handed Jamie that book to give to Mrs. Terpening. I never expected that I would have been involved in this scandal the way I ended up.

I remember sharing the story when I saw it come down my news feed, with a comment similar to, "Why is the state taking children from one parent and giving them to others just to abuse them more." My friend, Gina, sent a private message on Facebook, telling me to reconsider my comment. She said she knew Terpening for years, and she just couldn't see how he could have done the things that people of accusing him of.

I also thought of bio-mom and what she had said to me earlier on. As I said before, I was already familiar with Earth Services. Everything I heard from the bio-mom to the five adopted kids was a thumbs up. She really liked Mike and Mrs. T., and really believed her kids were in a better place. She even showed me the Earth Services website and showed me pictures of the Terpenings and the horses and farm. Her kids looked HAPPY.

So, I erased my comment. But, I was still skeptical. And, while I know the courts can be crooked, at times, something serious happened in a bad way for this to hit the media like it did, not to mention what the charges actually were.

Then, I see the victim on TV, his hands in his pocket, his eyes downcast and elusive. He was telling the reporter he just wanted out of the facility, and that they lied on Terpening. I was flabbergasted. What the hell was going on down there at Earth Services.

I cannot fathom why Terpening welcomed me into the group so quickly. Yeah, I was his neighbor at that time. Yes, I had a few previous encounters with him. But, I cannot say I knew him. I told him my feelings about child sexual abuse and that I was against it. He knew what the scoop was. Yet, he still let me in. I guess, looking back, he knew what was up and was willing to use and manipulate anyone he could to get what he wanted.

See, Terpening got caught up in so many lies, that he got caught in them on his own. Even before the assistant attorney general took over the case, I had already been aware of some lies Terpening told me that I figured out later on. I never called him out on them, but I definitely made a mental note of it. Towards the end, I had so many bad feelings about the case and knew something wasn't right. I wanted to turn away but couldn't bring myself to do it until I had a good reason.

And, some of the lies Terpening told were stupid, petty lies. Like, when my ex-husband told me about a time Terpening went through his fence with his truck and did damage. Terpening was drinking at the time of the accident. He said he'd be back to fix the fence and never came back to keep his word. Let's not talk about what the vet's office had to say about his current bill with

Terpening is a pathological liar and maybe even believes his own lies, I don't know.

I have never been involved with anything serious in the court systems, except for my own troubles, which I took responsibility for and didn't take to trial. But, there's a major difference between a DUI with a 0.10 BAC and someone molesting kids. I don't like police, courts, judges. It's nothing personal, it's just intimidating.

And, I have never been around something so dark. I cannot explain the feeling of darkness that I had many times, especially right after the fire at the big house where Terpening's sister was living. Jamie tried to contact me, but I was knocked out and didn't hear my phone ring or see her messages online. The next morning, she made contact with me and told me about the fire.

Why was the first thought I had think about Terpening and that he had something to do with that fire? And, then to find out about the other fire on Huff Road in a different house of his, a week before the big fire? No way those fires were coincidental.

I got tired of the constant phone calls, which were causing serious tension where I was living. I got tired of the little kid drama with Katie. I got tired of the constant phone calls from Jamie about the victim (who I was becoming pretty good friends with). Jamie didn't like dealing with him much and would push it on me.

But, I didn't mind dealing with the victim. I had my own relationship growing with him, and who would have thought he'd stay with me for awhile, much less still be friends? Or, open up to me? Or spend a lot of time around me doing some pretty awesome things? It was impossible (still is) not to care about that kid.

If people looked back, it really was never about Terpening as much as it was for the victim. One thing I learned is that you listen. It's not my position to judge truth from fiction, if the victim says what is is what is, supporting the victim is #1.

I truly hope things settle down. I will be glad when all of these cases are over. It would be a wonderful thing if everyone involved could just move on and be done with all this, but it won't happen. The problem with this entire family is not just the fact that Terpening was molesting and abusing these kids. His entire family is made of abusers. You got two sisters who beat people up who try to press charges against him. You have Jamie providing a front of 'love' to manipulate victims into recanting their stories. You have Jamie's husband, a violent felon, who was recently arrested for domestic violence. You have Terpening's father threatening to kill  or assault witnesses, even in front of the courthouse. There are family and former friends who stepped up and told the truth, to do the right thing, who have been shunned and disregarded like trash. There are Terpening's online supporters, Laura, Katie, and Susie, who have done there share of abusing and slandering others online.

The fact is, it's all talk. Granted, there is always a chance that anything could happen. But, I believe the bark is worse than the bite. They are used to using their mouths to threaten and slander people, just to intimidate others from speaking the truth.

The AG was right. This was not a one-time mistake made by a man who feels sorry for his actions and has remorse. This was a pedophile's empire, ran and operated by the volunteers, employees of Earth, and family members. Aside from the ones that came forward and spoke the truth, the rest are equally responsible for the downfall of Earth and the direction it has caused the victims' lives to turn. While they may not be held accountable for their actions in a court of law, I do know one thing.

The blood of those victims dirties the hands of each and every person who tried to help Terpening operate his 'pedophile playland.'

Saturday, December 22, 2012

New Law Prohibits Sexual Contact between Foster Parents and their Foster Kids

On a positive note, one good thing that did result from the multiple cases against Michael Terpening is that a new law is being implemented in Michigan that prohibits foster parents from having sexual relations with their foster children, even if the child is over the legal age of consent, 16 years of age.

Foster parents will now be held to the same level of standards as are teachers, pastors and priests, school bus drivers, athletic coaches, and others in positions of authority.

When Senator Rick Jones heard about these cases and how many charges Terpening could not be brought against him because of the current laws, he introduced this legislation to protect other foster children, current and future.

For the victims and witnesses in this case, I have one things to say: lift your hand above your head, now bend your elbow and touch the back of your shoulder, now give it a pat. This is good news!

Terpening's New Home: Prison

Prisoner #859537
Terpening has been moved to state prison in Jackson and assigned an inmate number, which will be his new name. That number is how we will be identified during his incarceration in prison: #859537. Terpening's inmate profile has been set up, which also included this picture.

He will continue to fight in family court, the insurance fraud trial, and the 1st degree criminal sexual conduct case. The next CSC trial is the one that is going to hurt him the worst if he is convicted of those charges. It has been made very clear by Terpening, his family, and supporters that the fight is still on.

Terpening's own aunt, Jamie Moore-Bell was charged in the insurance fraud case and was originally facing possible felony charges. She pleaded no contest in exchange for a misdemeanor charge. How this will work out for Terpening remains to be seen, but he is still fighting the charges, despite Moore-Bell's plea.

The next scheduled court date is for January 15, 2013, which will be held in family court.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Followers' Will Never Learn

After 19 months of witness tampering, verbal abuse to witnesses and victims, and attempts at ruining people's reputations with their online antics, the Terpening Followers have made it very clear that the fight for Twerp is not over. I understand supporting those you love, but not in the way they have been doing it.

Many people involved with this case continue to be subjected to verbal abuse from certain family members of Terpening's. As much as I am ready to take down this blog (we all were hoping to be able to), this just continues. It's like a never-ending roller coaster ride of HELL.

Terpening tried to throw his own sister under the bus instead of taking responsibility for his own actions. Does this sound like a loving brother who truly cares for and loves his family? I think not. This is a very self-centered individual who only looks out for his selfish needs.

And, honestly, all the 'good' that Terpening has done does not deliver him from all the 'bad.' Just because he put on a show of 'goodness' that allowed him to have such a wall of support does not negate the fact that he has caused serious, irreparable damage to many people, damage they have to carry for the rest of their lives. Terpening has become accustomed to getting what he wants from people, through his manipulation and lies.

So, what took place in court the day of sentencing was no surprise, his begging and demanding the judge to give him what he thinks he is entitled to, an easy sentence. As he cried, begged, and pleaded, not once did he say, "I'm sorry. I committed these crimes. I sexually abused these kids." And THAT is one major reason why the judge departed from the sentencing guidelines and sentenced him with what she did. There is no help available for someone who cannot admit their wrongdoings. The first step in getting help is admitting the truth.

The Followers' antics with manipulating the witnesses, the courts, the media, and their supporters also played a hand in the sentencing that Terpening has received.

At what point do the Followers wake up and realize that they are hurting Terpening's case? No one believes in his innocence anymore, and I'm sure a few supporters are having second thoughts about their original beliefs in this case.

And, it's sad the Followers aren't smart enough to figure this out. They are sealing Terpening's 'coffin', so to speak. With the 1st degree CSC trial still pending, which will carry more time in prison if he's convicted, it would seem like they would just shut up and stop fighting everyone. Do they REALLY want to risk the judge departing from the sentencing guidelines in that trial, too, if that can happen?