• Author:

    Julie Skolnik

Summary

The average lifespan of a person with Severe Autism is 39.5 years.  This shocking number is directly impacted by the excessive number of people with Severe Autism who die each year due to homicide.  They are killed by their parents, family members, other caretakers, or by police.  Severly autistic people are murdered by guns, beatings, intentional poisoning, neglect, starvation, and in some cases ignorance.

The murder of a person with Severe Autism is often accompanied by the suicide of their parent or caretaker.  I know far more about this subject than I wish. During the designated Autism Awareness Month that takes place in April many parents and advocates of severely/profoundly autistic children make futile attempts to let the public know that unlike higher functioning individuals with autism, our families have been left in the dark.

My book is a collection of relatively recent news stories documenting the murder of people with severe autism. It is not presented to condemn, rather to educate and rattle the public to awareness with the hope of bringing much needed help to this crisis where lives are in jeopardy.  This book and title cannot be anything other than controversial and harrowing. It had to be written by an insider like me, the parent of twin boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My boys are now 18, Griffin is considered high functioning while his twin brother, Spencer is severly and profoundly autistic.

In addition to my personal story, I have also educated myself on the family experience with autism. I am an activist in my state and I am responsible for a new law in New Jersey that allows for 10 additional hours of respite per month to qualified families of severly autistic children.  Even this would not be enough to be the author of a book like mine which is sure to enrage some with their own agendas. I am strong, assured, can endure any critism, and will stand my ground.  My bravery comes from living on the edge of sanity in the chaos of a household with a severly autistic child.

Public speaking is a great strength of mine and I will surely need it while promoting a book that will evoke passionate emotions.  I am one mother not to be messed with.


Excerpt

Jaden and Jorden Webb: Murdered on April 3, 2019, Tucson, AZ

The facts of this story are excerpted from news reports by KVOA-TV, KOLD News, the Arizona Daily Star, New York Daily News, and Oxygen.
Jaden and Jorden Webb were both described as being severly autistic and non-verbal. They were twin boys born to their mother, Kristen Webb in 2011. Kristen was unmarried and no identification of the boys’ father has been reported.  In February, 2017 when Jaden and Jorden were 6 years old their mother, Kristen Webb age 37 committed suicide.  The mother’s suicide orphaned the twins to the care of their maternal grandmother, Dorothy Flood, then age 53 as their legal guardian.
According to a friend of Dorothy Flood, the grandmother, was fearful and unprepared to take on the responsibility of being the caretaker of the 6 year old severly autistic twin boys. Dorothy’s friend told KOLD news, “You could see the fear she had of the future. She was afraid she wasn’t going to be able to handle it.”
On the morning of April 3, 2019 when Jaden and Jorden were 8 years old Dorothy Flood called the elementary school the boys attended to report that they would not be in school that day.  Later in the day Dorothy Flood used a .22 caliber pistol and shot each boy at least twice in their separate bedrooms, killing her grandsons. After which she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of prescription pills.
On April 4th, the deadly scene was discovered by Dorothy’s mother.  Pima County Police reported that Jaden and Jorden Wells were both dead.  Dorothy Flood was found unresponsive, but was able to be revived.
Dorothy Flood was tried and sentenced for murdering Jaden and Jorden Wells and is currently serving a 21 year prison term.

About the Author

Author Name: Julie Skolnik

My background: I am the daughter of a Rabbi which taught me to be unafraid of authority figures as they have many sides to their personalities. I graduated with a B.A. degree in Humanities and Women’s Studies from Ohio State University in 1992.  I am a former public school special education teacher and I currently work for Pearson Education.

I see myself as more than an author. I am a force for good. Please reach out to me,

Email: julie.skolnik@gmail.com

Mailing Address:

New Jersey