Sunday, November 27, 2011

Richard Mark Ellard Case

Richard Mark Ellard who kidnapped, assaulted, and shoved Nancy Conn Mcreary and her cousin Charlotte Parks into the trunk of the his car which was used as a makeshift gas chamber. Her cousin was brutally murdered and McCreary was beaten blind in one eye, supposedly drowned, stabbed, then thrown over a steep embankment and left for dead. Richard Ellard was released on parole after serving less than half of his sentence, and he continued to stalk Nancy Conn until he was caught again. McCreary has been the recipient of numerous plaques, awards, and certificates, and has appeared on Oprah Winfrey twice, a Geraldo Rivera special, Maury Povich, and the 700 Club twice, as well as four other talk shows in the northeast US. After articles recounting her victimization appeared in Woman's Day and Readers Digest, she was contacted by a producer in Los Angeles who wanted to produce a made-for-TV movie about the victimization and her transition from victim to survivor. The result was a movie titled Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn Story. After being a widow for almost 28 years Mrs. McCreary married James McCreary in 1993. She is the mother of Gary Wayne Conn and Leisa Conn Daniel and the grandmother to two granddaughters and one grandson. Nancy Conn McCreary serves from the 2nd congressional district, but is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She worked several years as a legal secretary in Birmingham prior to working in the Jefferson County District Attorney's office as the Victim Service Officer in 1985. Mrs. McCreary moved to Montgomery to serve as the State Victim Service Officer for then Attorney General Siegelman. She worked in that capacity from January 11, 1988 until February 1, 1999 when she transferred to the Board of Pardons and Paroles as Victim Service Officer. On May 4, 2000 Mrs. McCreary was appointed to serve on the Board by Governor Siegelman


Since the making of the movie. Nancy Conn Mcreary has been under fire for her votes to release two rapists here in Alabama. Many could not understand how a woman who had been violated and beaten herself could ever vote for the release of these type of offenders. Here is what one victim's advocate had to say about Conn in an interview: Miriam Sheehan, victim's advocate, says she lost her perspective years ago. I don't care how good they were in prison. I don't care if they will never do it again." Nancy defended herself in several interviews. She states: "you would not believe how thoroughly the files are researched and weighed very closely. The thing that disturbs me most is the fact that some victims feel like I have deserted them and that does concern me because I have not and will not. I remember so many years of criticizing the Board myself because I didn't know. But when you know what is in those files and all the evidence and things you have to weigh then you have a better understanding."