Good afternoon. Thank you all for coming to remember my dad and step-mom. For those who don’t know, my name is Sherry Musilek. My birth name is Sherry Anderson, as I am Terry Anderson’s eldest daughter. Not a day goes by that I do not miss him.
I have been doing this for 6 years now, starting with their funeral right here in this very spot in October of 2005. After 5 years of Memorials since, I was hoping that there would have been and arrest and conviction of the monsters who committed this crime. Every year I say, “This is the year for justice.” But each year has had the same result. No arrests let alone a conviction.
So, here I stand next to the graves of my beloved father and step-mother for the 6th time, asking and pleading for help in solving their murders, and remembering their lives. Why do I do this? The answer is easy. Lois McMaster Bujold (boo-hold) once said, “The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is the duty of the living to do so for them.” My father and step-mother cannot speak for themselves, so I must be their voice; I must be the person who speaks on their behalf, crying out for justice for as long as it takes. Two innocent members of not only my family, but of the Mongo community, YOUR community, are dead, and still no one has been charged with the crime in the 6 years since these brutal murders occurred. Until the people who committed this crime are behind bars, we must still speak on behalf of my dad and Darleen, who can no longer speak for themselves.
When I offered a $20,000 reward, I thought for sure it would lead to a tip that would lead to an arrest and conviction in this case. Let’s face it; $20,000 is a LOT of money. But much to my surprise, the money remains unclaimed. Maybe people are afraid of the consequences if they talk, but every effort is made to keep your anonymity, especially if you go through Crimestoppers. Once there is a conviction, you will receive the money, no questions asked. I don’t care how you know what you know, nor will I ever ask. So please, pass along even the smallest piece of information that you have. Do it for the money, or simply because it’s the right thing to do, or both. I know that if one of my father’s friends were murdered, he’d do anything to ensure justice was served. That’s the kind of man he was, and he deserves the same in return.
I have not been alone the past 6 years. While some family members have estranged themselves from us, my darling husband Eric has been a rock for me to lean on from the very first day. And my son keeps me going with his sweetness and innocence. He is a reminder that not everyone in the world is evil. And, of course, my faith has gotten me through all of this. I thank God and Jesus Christ for the strength to carry on for 6 years, and I pray to them daily for justice, as I hope many of you do, as well. We need all the prayers we can get.
Brutality-Rage-Over-kill…What this tells us was that the murders were not just a random robbery gone wrong. The items chosen to be stolen meant nothing, while very valuable items were left behind. And the carnage left behind showed an extremely personal crime, one of pure, unadulterated hatred. The person or persons who did this obviously knew my father and Darleen personally and hated them with a passion that most people could not comprehend. The so-called robbery was a lame attempt at a cover for the real motive: hatred.
While watching CBS TV network show 48hours Mystery I became aware of an organization called the Vidocq Society based out of Philadelphia. The Vidocq Society, founded in 1980, is an unusual, exclusive crime-solving organization that meets monthly and assists Law Enforcement with solving cold case crimes. The Members of The Vidocq Society are the best of the best – brilliant minds coming together to help Law Enforcement solve the most perplexing unsolved/cold murder cases. The only condition is that they must be contacted directly by Law Enforcement before they will take on a case. The Vidocq Society is comprised of 84 members with a...