by Mary Ellen Johnson

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16 (NRSV)
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On December 17, 1992, in the quiet mountain community of Woodland Park, Colorado, Kermode and Pamela Jordan were bruttally murdered. The next day the Jordan's fifteen year old son, Jacob Ind, confessed to the murders. "They beat me, they beat me and I couldn't take it anymore." Jacob Ind and Gabrial Adams were subsequently arrested and convicted of first degree murder. Jacob Ind is the youngest person in the history of the state of Colorado to receive life in prison without possibility of parole. The events surrounding this sin in the community have continued to haunt many who knew Jacob Ind and who understand the nature of politics in this seemingly idyllic community. One of those who was determined to uncover the reason why Jacob killed his parents was author Mary Ellen Johnson. The result of Mary Ellen's quest is THE MURDER OF JACOB.

Mary Ellen does not defend the murders of Kermode and Pamela Jordan. However, her contention is that those deaths could and should have been prevented. No one listened to Jacob and his brother's cries for help -- not teachers, counselors, law enforcement or the Department of Social Services. Then, during the community's rush to justice, important evidence was ignored or destroyed. THE MURDER OF JACOB is as much an indictment of the criminal justice system and of the apthy or downright denial of an entire region toward the reality fo child abuse, as it is about the deaths of two people. To echo famed defense attorney, Gerry Spence, "Little people get little justice." So far there has been no justice for Jacob Ind.

As Mary Ellen Johnson, the author of the book, has stated,
THE MURDER OF JACOB was not an easy book to write. Nor will it probably be an easy or enjoyable book to read. The language can be crude and the events graphic. But I figure if Jacob lived it, I can write it and you can read it.
Which is why I dedicate this book, not just to "my" Jacob, but to all the Jacobs out there, who even now are crying in their beds, hiding in their closets, hoping against hope that "someone" will miraculously rescue them. All too often, their hopes remain just that. Vain fantasies. Wishful thinking. Unanswered prayers.

  1. Please.
  2. We must give them a way out.
  3. We must care.
  4. We must help all the Jacobs.

Excerpts from THE MURDER OF JACOB by Mary Ellen Johnson:

Warning: Some of the material in these excerpts are graphic in language content. They also contain references to child abuse and illicit sexual acts against children.

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THE MURDER OF JACOB. Copyright 1997 by Mary Ellen Johnson. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or review. For information, contact Voices Publishing, 743 Gold Hill Place, Suite 243, P.O. Box 220, Woodland Park, CO 80866-0220.

ISBN 0-9655668-0-3 First Edition/February 1997.

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