Untangle the Knots Within
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Untangle the Knots Within
A Woman’s Passage to Find Answers to her Sister’s Death in Police Custody
Published:
1/27/2009
Format:
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages:
184
Size:
6x9
ISBN:
978-1-43438-151-4
Print Type:
B/W

 

In the very early hours of a Sunday morning, a woman is found running on a boulevard with no clothes on and screaming for help.  She is found by a security guard patrolling the area.  He calls it in as an assault, but what transpires after that call only ends in a quick death for her by the responders of the county she was found in.  All tied up and no place to go. Eight minutes is all it took many responders to end her life and change the lives of those that loved her. 

Haunted by the way her sister died, the author continues a search for answers of what really happened to her. After doing her own investigation into the police reports, seeing inconsistencies, reading about questionable in-custody deaths, and receiving very little help from the legal system, the media, lawmakers, and the Governor of Colorado at the time, she could only come up with what could have happened to her sister.  The author decided writing about the ordeal would be the best way for healing and help others, who have lost loved ones in police custody and still suffer the mystery of their deaths.

A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE BOOK WILL GO TO A FUND TO HELP OTHERS WITH LEGAL FEES WHEN LOVED ONE'S LIVES ARE LOST IN POLICE CUSTODY

 

 

An End to the Beginning

A sister all tied up and no place to go. Her name was Julie Andersen, and in the dark early hours of a Sunday morning, September 2, 2001, she was running with no clothes on. She was on a major six-lane Colorado boulevard, and she was screaming for help.

Earlier in the morning, a verbal and physical fight ensued between her and her boyfriend as they spent the night at a nearby motel about a mile east from her condominium. According to the reports, he says he left her at four-thirty a.m., half-undressed, in the motel parking lot. He was in a hurry. He left in a car that did not belong to him or Julie, and he had checked in with a different car that did not belong to him or Julie. In the end, Julie had no car to get home in.

At five a.m.—it is difficult to read his handwriting the exact time on his report—a security patrol guard was driving around the area and reported seeing her running north on the median of Federal Boulevard in a suburban area of Denver. He was heading south, and he observed that she had no clothes on. He called it in to the Adams County dispatch, as he thought this might be a sexual assault. On the call to dispatch, he soon started laughing because she was naked and acting strange.

Julie began pounding on his car as he pulled up to talk to her. She was frightened and yelled that he was not the police, and she started yelling for help again. She was biting herself and delirious. She started running again, away from him, this time off Federal Boulevard and west onto a side street, Sixty-fourth Avenue. This street coincidently led to the condominium that she owned, about a mile or so west from where she began running. She did not get very far.

 

Cynthia M. Andersen was born and lives in Colorado.  She classifies herself as a "Jack of all trades, and Master of none."

Besides living in Colorado, she taught in Liberia,West Africa for over two years in the U.S. Peace Corp.  It was during the beginnings of a civil war that would last over eleven years, and the bloodiest in Liberian history. The stories of the horrors of the war eventually ended up years later in the media, through documentaries and movies, e.g. "Blood Diamonds."

She also taught for a short time in Ft. Worth, Texas, was an airline attendent, tried out as a fire fighter for a suburb in Denver, Colorado, worked for a public pension fund, completed graduate school in business, worked in sales for a mining company, and is currently seeking a new journey for healing and moving forward to help others.

She loves to write poetry, read, walk, jog, golf and watch movies.  She says her sister's death transformed her like a sword being made and coming out of a fire.

 
 


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