Sheila Sharps New Book

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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby dcheryl83 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:55 pm

November 19, 2012
By Chris Conrad
Mail Tribune
A brutal and unsolved mass murder that took place in Northern California on April 11, 1981, has become a magnet for sleazy true crime paperbacks and Internet conspiracy theories.

However, for Sheila Sharp, who as a young girl discovered the bodies of her entire family that day, the incident remains a monumental, though not defining, moment in her life.

Sharp, 46, came to live in Jackson County following the murders and graduated from high school in Medford in 1985.

She has written a book about her experiences since the murders and hopes it will help people who have experienced severe trauma take control of their lives and not let tragedy rule them.

Sharp and her husband, Richard Whittle, wrote "How to Survive Your Visit to Earth" over the summer, and it is now for sale on Amazon.com and on their website, http://www.freespiritbooks.com.

"People always wonder why they feel the way they do, and they often blame these things on their childhood," Sharp said during a phone interview from her home in Salem. "But you can't blame your childhood. You have to move on to function normally. I've done it."

The murders occurred at a resort near Keddie, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Sharp's family had been renting a cabin at the resort, and while she was at a sleepover in another cabin, the murderer or murderers entered the cabin and killed Sharp's mother, sister and brother, and a friend of her brother.

They had been bound and executed with a knife and claw hammer. The remains of Sharp's sister Tina were not discovered until years later in another campsite around 30 miles from the murder scene.

Sharp, who was 14 at the time, entered the cabin the next morning and found the gruesome crime scene.

Despite a flood of tips that poured in during the investigation, police have not made an arrest in the case.

Sharp rarely speaks about the murders, so writing the book was a big step for her, she said.

"I'm a shy person, and I don't do well speaking publicly," she said.

The book was written as a self-help manual that includes some of Sharp's impressions of the murders and the follow-up investigations.

In it, she talks about her descent into drugs as a young woman. She says the trauma was taking her down a path that would leave her life in shambles.

"I then realized that the drugs weren't going to do anything good for me, so I left that behind," Sharp said. "Also, I had a kid at the time, and I thought it wasn't fair for him to suffer for my actions."

Sharp said she has her own theories about what happened that night, but she wants readers to take in the book and make their own judgments.

Sharp said she has received positive reactions about the book.

"This book is my personal philosophy and is primarily for helping people," she said.

Sharp no longer participates in Internet forums or documentary movies made about the murders.

"People just say things on those forums that aren't true or are insensitive," she said. "I don't pay attention to them anymore."


Whittle said people are amazed that his wife endured such an experience and has gone on to live a normal life.

"People come up to her and say that she's a brave woman to survive that emotional roller-coaster ride," Whittle said.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or [email protected].

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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby Indigo » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:18 pm

I went on Amazon and read a couple of the free chapters. Sheila's account of what exactly happened after she made the gruesome discovery is different from anything I ever recall her posting here. In the book she says Seabolt Jr heard her screaming and came and pulled her away from the scene and he went through the cabin. Upon determining the killers were not there, he went and pulled the boys from the bedroom window so that they wouldn't see the crime scene.

"...Sharp no longer participates in Internet forums or documentary movies made about the murders."

Nothing like a giant FU to all of us (including Josh, it seems) for all the work that's been done hoping to finally get this thing solved. :roll:
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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby dmac » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:25 pm

It was Seabolt Jr that helped get the kids out of the bedroom via the window (Sr was already off collecting wood), and he then proceeded to hop the back fence and go up the back stairs into the cabin and look for survivors. He told the first cop that story, then changed it to say he never went inside.

Even Jamie Seabolt didn't feel comfortable telling the truth around PCSO.
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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby 7Scarlet » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:55 pm

I read the sample chapters last night from Amazon too, and noticed the same thing. I still kind of want to read the rest, to see what else it contains, but I haven't purchased it yet.

The worst part from the sampler was the first chapter, with the details of the sexual abuse by her father. Horrific.
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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby Chichibcc » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:14 pm

dcheryl83 wrote:Sharp no longer participates in Internet forums or documentary movies made about the murders.

"People just say things on those forums that aren't true or are insensitive," she said. "I don't pay attention to them anymore."


While this certainly does happen, I think she could have at least acknowledged the hardworking and dedicated individuals she has met via these very same forums as well.

Quite a flippant, one-sided statement, to say the least.

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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby Tennessean » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:38 pm

Using a pseudo name under false pretenses just shows you what kind of person this is. (Michael Nash)

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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby frida » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:47 am

In the review posted here of Sheila's book (posted by dcheryl), there is a glaring error in the beginning. It says that Sheila discovered the bodies of her entire family murdered. Further in the review it does name the victims correctly but I am surprised that such a blatant error was not corrected. Sort of goes along with the whole slap dash dismissal of this site and all the hard work people have done here I guess. :?
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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby Diphi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:26 pm

My curiosity got the best of me the other night and I downloaded it on my Kindle. Yeah...don't waste your time and money...and that's an objective point of view.

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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby dcheryl83 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:44 am

Diphi wrote:My curiosity got the best of me the other night and I downloaded it on my Kindle. Yeah...don't waste your time and money...and that's an objective point of view.


Thanks for letting us know.

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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby 7Scarlet » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:19 pm

Here is the link to the books' Facebook page.
There is a lovely photo there of Sue and three of the kids, Johnny, Sheila & Tina.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/How-to-Survive-Your-Visit-to-Earth/282835728485259
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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby Diphi » Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:41 am

Sue is lovely in that picture.
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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby frida » Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:11 pm

Sheila shared that particular photo with us in chat one evening. It is lovely - Sue is beautiful in that photo with her children. When I look at that photo and think - that woman and two of her children will be brutally murdered in the future - it breaks my heart.
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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby dmac » Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:00 pm

here's another from an earlier family shoot that Sheila shared, cleaned up in Photoshop- Tina's the infant, Greg and Ricky were not yet available. :)

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Re: Sheila Sharps New Book

Postby Chichibcc » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:21 am

frida wrote:Sheila shared that particular photo with us in chat one evening. It is lovely - Sue is beautiful in that photo with her children. When I look at that photo and think - that woman and two of her children will be brutally murdered in the future - it breaks my heart.


I know...photos like this one make this tragedy even more incomprehensible than it already is-and makes me want to know even more badly who would do this to such a beautiful family-and why.

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