am Karen Ross mother of Sarah, Donna and Monica and stepmother to Matt and
Christie. I married Jeff after knowing him for a good man and realizing
that he did not shun the responsibility of children as he already had
court custody of his son Matt, age 8 and was soon to have custody of his
9-year-old daughter, Christie. He had been fortunate to be raised in a
loving, extended family of aunts, uncles, grandparents and his parents.
Jeff knew that rules of behavior come with the territory of raising
children and his
character. They were not allowed to testify on that. Steve did make some
remarks to the judge, but he was cut off.
said she was raped in Blackie with Jeff standing on the ground shortly
after Jeff was hit in groin. This happened at Sisters. Blackie was a 1958
GMC 9-ton dual axle flatbed truck. The seat was chest high on Jeff. How
can any man have an erection and rape immediately after a hard blow to the
groin that caused profuse bleeding? Sisters is in Deschutes County, not
Benton County, where Monica said she made the 911 call. In fact, she was
having a fit, threatened Jeff with a ball bat, kicked me in the chest and
was screaming “child abuse.” Jeff called her bluff by dialing 911 and
handing her the phone. Monica was charged with menacing. She said Jeff
threatened to kill the dog. Shadow was a large dog that had twice bitten
neighborhood kids. Jeff was trying to prepare kids for the possibility
that Shadow might be dangerous and uncontrollable. On the tape she said
Donna was having sex with Jeff. Donna was prepared to testify in Jeff's
defense, but never got the chance. Does going to the jail to share her
prom experience with Jeff sound like something an abused girl would do?
The judge told the jury to disregard references to Sisters, but how is
that humanly possibly after hearing references a dozen times or more and
the alleged rape took place there? Can there really be minimal pain and no
bleeding or injury during penetration of a small girl by a well-built
adult male? Why weren't the 911 tapes and related records revealed? Mr.
Black only spoke briefly of the chain-saw accident, but failed to bring
any of facts of the children's denials, the 911 call and the trust the
courts had placed on Jeff by granting him custody of his children in
cross-examination or in his final remarks.
the judge knew that something was wrong why didn't he declare a mistrial
then? An appeal has been filed however, sufficient funds couldn't be
raised and Mr. Halpren dropped the case. Jeff is now represented by a
state appointed attorney. The process takes year. Even though he is only
39 when convicted Jeff does not have many years left. Since his conviction
in 2000 he has aged rapidly. He experiences severe anxiety and panic
attacks. He has back problems and has had several falls when his legs
failed to function. He's had a heart attack and uses nitro for frequent
chest pains. His blood pressure has gone from very low to extremely high.
He was given blood pressure medicine that sometimes is taken away. He has
migraines and intermittent periods of blindness. He has been diagnosed
with hemochromatosis. He is having seizures. On 3/17 he had one that
nearly claimed his life. The doctor said his heart may be slowing down and
depriving his brain of oxygen. Depressed and without hope Jeff sees no
reason to prolong his life and refuses treatment except for pain. His
liver works overtime trying to process increasing levels of iron. At some
point his liver or some other major organ will fail and he will die. If
freed he would accept the phlebotomy and diet needed to control the
disease but he is running out of time.