Dale was found guilty of, Attempted Murder and Spousal Battery. He was sentenced to serve a term of 15 years to Life. “To Life” means he could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. His prison term: Life With The Possibility of Parole deems him eligible for a “Lifer Hearing” where he would go before the Parole Board. The Prison Parole Board would determine if Dale was suitable for release back into society.
Dale went before the Parole Board recently (August, 2014) and was denied parole. He will be eligible to go before the parole board again in five years when he is 63 years old.
Dale has been incarcerated since 2001. The last time I heard from him was in, 2010.
I shared all the letters I received from Dale. Letters he continued to write after he was ordered to cease and desist all contact with me.
He continued to write after receiving a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). He wrote after he was served the Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO).
I turned over all evidence and reported every infraction; yet, when Dale went before the Parole Board, none of the violations involving me, were in his file.
The DVRO expired after three years. I didn’t bother renewing it. I suppose my reasoning was similar to that of many victims who file restraining orders: they don’t help.
Shortly after receiving his last letter, a woman called my cell phone on Dale’s behalf.
A stranger contacting me must of been what Dale meant when he wrote about finding a way to secretly get letters to me without being caught.
From what I gleaned: Dale used his superficial charm to befriend a fellow inmate. I don’t know whether favors were exchanged or if the new friend did Dale’s bidding out of kindness.
Dale wrote a two paged letter to me and gave it to his new inmate friend; who mailed the letter to his girlfriend. When she received the letter, she called me and said,”I have a letter for you to read from, Dale.”
She relayed Dale’s instructions: I was to read the letter and return it to the woman. She said, “I know where you live. I can come to your house, but I don’t want to be rude and just show up. So you can meet me here at the Chevron gas station on Bradshaw and Micron. You can meet me here, read the letter and return it to me or I can come to your home.”
The woman was affiliated with an incarcerated man. She took risks carrying out Dale’s bidding at the request of her boyfriend.
I met her at the Chevron gas station with the goal of keeping her away from my home and my children. I didn’t know what she was capable of.
She was a short, plump, Caucasian woman who appeared to be in her late twenties. She handed me the letter from Dale; which I read with great difficulty. I was distracted by circumstances. The woman stared at me while I read. She watched me the entire time as if she thought I’d attempt to get away with the letter.
The letter was filled with much of the same; attempts to intimidate and professions of love.
When I reported the incident to the DA investigator I had to recall as much of the letter possible as well as provide a description of the woman and her vehicle.
Silly me, I did not think to take down her license plate number. I did, however, have the number she called me from. I don’t know if Dale and his friends received consequences for (a) violating the restraining order (b) witness tampering (c) attempting to dissuade a witness.
I doubt it.
I believe the first prison Dale served time at was, California State Prison (CSP) Solano. While at Solano State Prison he came to possess a cell phone.
It is a misdemeanor to posses a cell phone in prison.
Dale made use of his cell phone by calling my former job, Advance America. He called numerous locations and when he found I no longer worked for the company he set out to find the woman who was formerly my assistant, SH.
SH was familiar with Dale who spent a lot of his time either at my office or calling my office; when she and I worked together.
SH contacted me and told me about her interaction with the incarcerated Dale.
When speaking to SH, Dale introduced himself as “Dale’s brother.”
SH said,”I knew it was Dale. I recognized his voice. I kept asking questions to get as much information as possible. I knew he was supposed to be in jail so I gave him my cell phone number and told him to call me later because I was at work; and that way when he called my cell phone, I’d have the number he was calling from.” While pretending to be his brother, Dale told SH he needed to speak with me urgently because the FBI was looking for me since I lied during my testimony. Furthermore, he wanted to speak with me and warn me because he didn’t want me to get in trouble.
SH said,”I knew something was wrong. All the stuff he was saying didn’t even make sense. Why would the FBI be looking for you, for lying? And they’re the FBI. You’re not hiding so if they wanted you, they would of found you. I told him, you and I had a falling out and that we don’t speak anymore. I told him if I did see you, I’d beat your ass. I wanted him to believe I couldn’t stand you; so he wouldn’t think I’d contact you.” This was very smart of her and I was thankful.
Once again the information was passed on to the DA investigator. A lieutenant at Dale’s prison was informed of his contact made with the outside world via cell phone.
Dale’s cell was searched and a cell phone was found.
The cell phone incident did not come up during his Parole Board Hearing. I’ve concluded, he wasn’t penalized. However, he was transferred to a different institution.
Avenal State Prison
At Avenal, Dale was in close proximity to his parents who visited him often. Dale was also in contact with church going people who believed he was innocent of something; rather than guilty of something.
One of those individuals, a pastor, contacted me. The pastor called my home one fall afternoon and introduced himself. He told me Dale was filing an appeal and urged me to visit him. He said, “Dale knows that you’re married and he’s okay with that.”
I asked,”How did you get my phone number?”
The man paused; then attempted to avoid answering. I repeated my question and he finally answered,”From the white pages.” The man’s goal appeared to be, convincing me that visiting Dale was in my best interest.
I told him I would think about it. I’m not sure why I told him I would think about it when I knew, I wasn’t going to visit Dale. Ever.
It’s that same behavior I tend to exhibit when in the crosshairs of a predator: I don’t say,”No,” and I feel if I say,”No”my life will be in danger. It’s the way my trauma brain functions.
I turned over the pastors contact information to the DA investigator, who let the pastor know the potential consequences of contacting me again.
According to the investigator,”He [the pastor] didn’t know. He had no idea what Dale was in prison for and just believed everything Dale told him. You shouldn’t hear from him again. He said he was sorry.”
Dale is currently an inmate at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI).
I am privy to many other details because of who I know. The additional information I am privy to is not public information; nor is it my personal experience and for those reasons I’m unable to make those details public.
I never understood Dale’s personality. I thought he was dangerous, controlling and violent.
He wouldn’t allow me to go to college. As soon as I was free of him I enrolled and completed six years of college, earning a BA in psychology and MA in social work. Ironically, college is where I learned about humans of his ilk.
I am glad Dale wasn’t granted a release from prison.
After receiving a call from the pastor I got rid of my land line. Dale knows my address and my relationship status.
How? I’m pretty sure the pastor looked up information for Dale and provided it to him. A crime for which he did not face consequences. He put me and my family in danger. Supposedly, unbeknownst to him. He thought he was helping his wrongly convicted brethren.
One person said, she didn’t believe I had anything to worry about if Dale were to be released.
She’s incorrect. She’s never been stalked; never had a personality disordered person obsessed with her… she doesn’t know.
When Dale went to prison people told me “It’s over now.” I knew better.
They considered me paranoid when I said,”I could feel him thinking about me.” Then I found out he called nearly all the Advance America’s in my city, looking for me.
A few years pass and I find out he’s been conniving people to search for me and contact me.
He even had someone reach out to my son on MySpace.
He isn’t finished.
#1 Now regarding us-since the day we were together at I’ve wanted you and no other-you said same. I need you to know you have been like home to me. A place of safety, security, warmth, honesty and belonging. Every time I saw you or spoke to you those feelings came alive. This is all confusing. Didn’t you know that wasn’t it obvious with all the contact we made… That I couldn’t live without you? I thought you felt the same. How did you fool me? I believed you too! I couldn’t be wrong. Only explanation is you got mad and thought that I was playing you. I only kept some things away to keep you. Look at who played who-you drop me at Jail with a promise to stick with me-look betrayal.
You put two and two together and came up with 46. Wrong! I wouldn’t tell you about one truck ( $350,000 top-secret load from Canada big-time money). I couldn’t tell you about Hawaii (pick up seeds and bring back 100 pounds- we go back in December for 200 pounds and $750,000 that’s a lot of money). We would be set for life. Oh, I would have to work funeral gig for a while- anyway it was perfect but I can tell you with the $350,000 I would get from one of the trucks and trailers would buy xxxxx(ex wife) a house and out house. With the crop money we could be set for life. I knew if I got her money and quick divorce out-of-state it would be like I was served divorce papers, but I was trying to keep her from being volatile and it was working. I felt trapped like I couldn’t tell you but I was working for us the whole time. I really don’t know what happened that morning but I really think if something happened that would delay us getting together. Oh no I couldn’t handle that. I need you. Needed you where the hell are you?
I was so afraid to have you work with me because of your wrists. I thought if they got worse you would blame me so that’s why I wouldn’t have you come in.
I wanted you well I was thinking how do you I pay for your operation and take care of my baby? Were you already stepping out on me? Is that what you meant when you said you was going to tell me later during one of our phone calls?
Think! My ass is on the line.
Listen to this, you must believe that I only want you – I worked all the time to keep you and make the transition smooth. If I can get out soon I can still make that money but you must retract some statements. They will threaten you -but listen I’ll have a lawyer speak to you. Talk to him to help me and I promise to help you. At least help me out and stop the psychobabble shit about I will kill you when I get out.
I have never threatened you. You have me now you’re making good you said “I’ll destroy you.”
Stop your hate. I love you. We are perfect for each other without the distortions or the charade I would be free to finally be 100% myself with you and never worry about who what where and how. You must believe and trust. I forgive and I love you regardless though.
I know this is a lot-but we both talked about this and now nothing for me-no friends-work-this place sucks big-time trust me-please don’t breathe a word of this communication- I met a new lawyer today it was good. I don’t know if you got other letter so the restraining order just blindsided me-I have not will not ever threaten you or hurt you. What’s with you? Remember the second to last time your sons grades and lies? You chased the poor kid around his room for at least five minutes screaming hitting him with whatever, with buckle-belt beat him silly-you joined the rest of us in the living room and cussed”Goddamnit I’ll put him in the hospital.” You got mad and went and back and did it more for 3 to 5 minutes. It seemed like forever. Are you a good mother? I think so. But can you imagine your son telling or writing that out to the authorities?
You’d be in jail! Any incidents we got into was at your insistence! You are proven to be violent. That last night you were arguing, demanding and screaming that I come right now and get my stuff or I’ll be sorry and that I will be sorry it’s going out on the lawn now! You told me you would destroy me, over what? That you’re jealous? Yep I came close to you -to hold you and you swung at me then I tried to grab your hand and you kept on. I flipped you over to protect myself then you used your legs and feet kicking the hell out of me. I weighted your legs and swatted your ass for 30 seconds. I said you deserved that. I held you to stop. We slept and I apologized in the morning. He looked at me and said my holding my hand.”I’m sorry I don’t ever want you to cheat on me.” I said I’m sorry I won’t and don’t want to cheat either now I get a restraining order.
Look the only threat I made and I’ll keep-I said if you ever cheat on me I’ll leave so fast and you’ll never see me again and I said that you would pay me for everything. You said if I leave I would have a new girlfriend right away. I said bullshit that you would because you have never been without a man. You said you don’t know me very well I won’t look I plan on being single if we broke up.
So who was telling the truth? Who’s looking-who went out-oh my God! It just hit me you were stepping out on me before all this- is that how you hooked up so fast? You went alone to store and Dr. all dressed up a couple times and I asked-you give me vague answers were you? Answer me please! If so, this is easy I’m vapor. I’m gone and not another word from me because you’re not worth the lead in the pencil or paper. Tell me were you? Did you meet, have numbers, keep a foot in the door, were you a snake looking, keeping options open, meeting people and holding out? I don’t think so -let me know okay?
You going out dressed up by yourself- kids in the house -you said shopping at grocery store but you never would get dressed up just for that did you meet someone?
While I was planning for your faithfulness? Ironic don’t you think? I don’t now? Funny thought-oh man that changes everything! If so? Truth please. I told you if you cheated I’m disappearing my only threat-oh I know you cheated on me here in jail but that’s forgivable -stress, scared, threatening, confused. I can kind of understand. You never said it’s over or bye or anything.
I feel like if we could hold each other once more-your defenses would drop and you would be reasonable and get off this-I’m determined, high horse attitude, fuck this shit.
Holding each other always worked-when you got angry you were impossible sometimes irrational and rage oriented. But when you settle and open your soul oh my what a soul. I so love and miss how you could make me feel like I just came home when you grabbed my hand looked at me and said, “I love you.” Then squeezed a part of me.
Anyway enough enough except about cheating on me-what was that you said on the phone, “I was going to tell you about it later”-oh well I choose to love, bless you and the kids like always. No matter what you say I was and am better for you than you realize-
I was not only good for the kids-that’s cheap! That you said that bullshit-
The art is practice for me-it would be destroyed in my cell-keep it safe please. I love you please know that you’ll always be safe.
praying for your reply.
hello again- sorry to bother you but I’m in jail and things are unclear and confusing- surely if you were in my shoes you’d have questions, especially if you had no answers, Huh?
I’m really having a hard time understanding some things-so can we please review?
Please I don’t know what has happened. Okay so after my arrest I was full-time with you. You and me still in love with the same goal-life forever right? Right unless I don’t know something. Two, I’m trying to settle business -You said “I’m with Three, we are intimate you are a little withdrawn but you said still you were committed so let’s review that. We have spent this time up to this point working on one goal-being together. Okay, okay, we had a detour but we are right there you! you wanted 1 my divorce, 2. us together, 3. new life for me. I want the same so what were we doing-but with the delays we waited two years on truck -that turned out to be a scam. I wanted to wait for my son to graduate -what you did not know is that I wanted one last trip with the kids. First a trip in car across 6 states to see long-lost family. Kids want all of us to go to Hawaii- okay.
I can do that but truck deal falls through so I’m scrambling. Could you notice my tension and preoccupation? So I make possible business down Central Valley. I couldn’t tell you -remember me three trips to Madera area Modesto and Merced before the arrest? Okay that business included a contact to be made in Hawaii. I couldn’t tell. I’m thinking okay all this is cool I’ll go come back and file for divorce by August 25-move in my house with you. Xxxxx (ex wife) takes house on Bradshaw and my son goes to college. Girls stay in same house with their mom-continuity. Less stress on them.
I was also expecting a couple of checks -remember that’s why the joint account.
Okay review, you want me, I want you, same goals. Planning etc. I blow it. I don’t know what happened. I’m sorry, I still don’t know. You take me to court you want me-I want you -we have said we found the one- I’m committed- you’re committed-my last contact with you is good. Next you come visit -act weird -I’m trying to say little to be protective because we are still secret, right?
The next day you won’t answer phone-we have limited contact-you start going out and talking men on the phone. You never say it’s over or goodbye- just nothing. Now this, what happens from here? If you come visit under another name no one would know but me. Change your hand writing when you sign in- please visit with another persons ID and say anything to me-even if it’s goodbye. I need help in closure.
Please I won’t be long have even the guard told me that and I get to be out of this shit.
oh I must tell you that I know I must help people still after our journey in making this money, I’m going to do the car custom shop stuff on the side and work towards buying old hotel to house people and families, teach trade – like a habitat for humanity kind of thing. But just renovating peoples homes in ghetto neighborhoods-I know I must help people that’s what life’s all about. As God has my strength i’ll do it and wish you would too. I have been helping the inmates in here when they ask me to pray for them and a couple of them have wives that seem like they could be good employees for you-I gave them your number and numbers where they could get free food and clothes to help them out so if you get calls just know it’s me trying to help others from here and I know you can always direct them if you have a need-
I checked them out without question. I don’t just tell anybody. I wouldn’t do that. Love those kids-baby.
The man you said was the one, Dale.
I am in total shock! I was just served a restraining order to not see you after jail-so today I write.
I can’t believe the stuff you say. Why the half truths and lies? I have not, will not ever threaten you!
I’ve never said I would do anything to you but try to make you a happy woman. How could you say such things? You however always threatened me. Either serious or joking said if I ever cheated (well I didn’t so I guess you won’t do what you said) you said you would (a)kill me or (b) cut off my balls or (c) you end my life or (d)never walk again or (e) cast voodoo on me.
I never threatened you. I said I’ll just leave and you’ll see my tracks. I could never try to hurt you. The only time I got physical- you were being violent with me and I was trying to hold you back from your clawing, screaming, hissing, scratching, kicking etc. I had to be firm sometimes but that was for protection and getting you to come back out of your more regular violent rages, then reason with you.
The last time was in early July when you thought I was with someone and you called and screamed come and get your stuff.
I’m sending one more picture because except for the pearls that’s how you looked when you said “I’ve been thinking and Dale…” Youlooked at me with bedroom eyes and said, “I love you. We have come a long way and I wanted to say I’m with you poppy and I’m sticking with you because I love you. We will get through this.” You comforted me and then you fucked me…made love. Then you took me to court, remember? You didn’t keep your word. I haven’t seen you and now a restraining order.
What a bunch of junk and lies. What has gotten into You? Why do you do this?
Now I must change subject line truth.
You came to see me right after I came to jail and I told you to come back -there’s more I’ll tell you.
So here it is-however you need to know so much more. I could tell you in person..please try-it’s safe. If you’re scared you will be behind glass. Please. What I have to tell you could color what I’m going to say now and help you maybe.
I was taking xxxxx (ex wife) and kids to Hawaii the day all that shit happened and believe me I don’t know how,for the love of Pete that happened-this is not me-but anyway-I wasn’t going to tell you until I got back. That’s why my truck was at my in-laws house,okay? With my son going to college, our family was changing and I had always promised my family a great vacation-which we never had. I was going to lie to you-maybe say I was in Madera-I don’t know. I just knew I had to be with them for probably the last time then talk to her regarding final divorce. She told me to just tell her and she’d do it.
I didn’t want to hurt you and if you knew all – you would be glad and commit-I’m sure. See me. I’ll tell you why. I was going there for another purpose as well. Business plan with a friend that would …please see me I’ll tell you why.
I thought we could get things going for us when I returned. I had a plan-still do . I’ll tell you-come see. I wish I could have told you but you were so violent and insecure and I wanted to protect you and keep you because I love you and when you saw results I knew you’d be happy.
The reason I kept telling you to see me is because I had help available for you for your number one concern -see me. I tried to spare you, but now our love is becoming public and I can tell you I love Xxxxx(ex wife), she’s the mother of my children. I respect her and always will regardless of what she’s done. I forgive her however I love you because we are so connected and you have taught me to trust you -but look at this passion, intimacy, friendship. Please don’t let go. I don’t know what you’re thinking but you would love it if you heard it all.
[Footnote: (1) It’s strange the way he states he is shocked over being served a second restraining order; the same way he was shocked about the first restraining order. The first restraining order was temporary; the second one expired after three years. As you can see, he chose to ignore both. (2) I did say I would cast a voodoo spell on him. That much is true. I joke about that with many people. (3) I like how he writes that I physically assaulted him. A man who is way bigger than myself. I never hit him; not even when he hit me…because he was bigger than me. Hell, his ex wife is four inches taller than me and I’m nearly five feet nine inches tall. Again, he knew the letters were being turned over over as evidence; so he used them as a way to paint a different picture for the prosecution. Here’s the thing about narcissist’s…they seem smart, but it turns out their brilliance is very limited. Hence Dale thinking he could paint himself as a good guy who was abused by a violent woman. Meanwhile he is the one arrested for a violent crime; he is the one violating a restraining order; and if you read the police report you’d know the evidence against him is compelling. But good luck getting a narcissistic person to admit they’ve done something wrong. (4) He continues to talk about Hawaii: evidence during trial showed all of the plans to take family to Hawaii was a lie. Dale did tell them he bought tickets and planned a trip to Hawaii. He didn’t. He attempted to build himself an alibi. His then wife was supposed to be found dead on the morning they were to leave for Hawaii. He thought if the family believed they were going on a trip, his kids and in laws and the world would think, ‘This poor man’s wife was killed the day he planned to take them on vacation.’ He didn’t think investigators would check to see if he actually bought five plane tickets and booked a room. You see the flawed thinking? It’s fascinating. And so he writes that he loves his wife and always will…I guess it’s why he spoke of hating her regularly and tried to kill her not once…but twice. One of the few things Dale’s type of personality does best is contradict themselves.
I can only hope you received the big envelope with artwork for you-if not and you receive this letter I’ve discovered ways to contact you and we’ve lost a lot of great artwork of you, kids and me.
If someone contacts you please talk to them as if it was me. The way you used to trust etc. As if they were talking for me.
You said not your business. My truck stuff is my business. What the hell are you doing? We-I work for three years to put us together we were weeks from it-weeks, everything we wanted and you have flipped out.
You know no man loves you more-flowers, movies, bagels, calls, visits, fucking every night, trips, taking care of you. Really? Has any man loved you, cared for you, carried you into and out of doctors offices?
My whole existence is and was you -don’t you get it? My God -I hope you got the other letters. They were great. I had a plan but you were insanely jealous. I could never hurt Xxxxx(ex wife) no matter what you think. You know that. I needed to have peace. She and girls together, my son at college, you and me together, our kids at the same school together.
My defender overheard this from DA office-That they had a weak case with speculation but they said, “Yeah typical black woman, we leaned on her heart and played on her anger and she’s provided us with more than we ever had. Shit with just her we need nothing else . Hell have no fury like a black woman.”
You see, that’s what they think of you. My defender said all this could have been thrown out and I’d just face spousal abuse with time served. I haven’t seen all that discovery yet but please, stop. Quit! Say things like you should have like “I don’t know.”
” I Can’t recall.” “I don’t think so.” “He could never.”
I’ll never understand how you played me or how you let them play you.
My defender said they threatened you and you fell for it. What all did you give them? Did you give them the truck-have you given them my files, personal stuff?
My defender said every thing you’ve done can be changed by saying you were threatened, scared, angry and vengeful.
Please, my life is in your hands. I’ve never been so close to having everything in my life-love with you, money, happiness.
You have to stop think all this through. If you thought I was the one. We can make it. If you are so cold -to not believe in love and don’t want the man you made believe you did for three years-the please let me get out of here so I can at least make the money and let dreams come true.
If you continue these bastards want to see my last days on earth in prison somewhere-believe me, the DA is hard-pressed to make some cases work for her political career -do not continue to help. They had nothing -that’s why they came after you. They don’t want you to talk to me ,why? Their case is fragile -they don’t want you to flake. She said all black woman Flake out. I know this. You are their only case against me and they know it! I sent so much stuff back from Lawyer. Pictured, I hope you got it and you’re got this keep it quiet-nobody knows as in for our eyes only okay? Baby please baby.
Remember I came over and you screamed get out? I just wanted to talk and I followed you to the bedroom -sat next to you and you started swinging. I tried to hold you but I missed your hand you kept swinging. I turned you over and swatted you seven times while you kick the shit out of me. We apologized and that was it. We went out the next night and you said sorry and that you just wished we were together all the time-so why the lies?
Also you said rape. Remember when you would tell me to take you and i couldn’t get hard until you said “I want you please.” Or I would ask, “Do you want me?” Because I could never rape anyone. Especially you. I don’t work like that. I can’t at all -and my only goal was to connect. we did I trusted, obeyed, served, provided and now you are in my house. You are only the cosigner. I bought furniture and have receipts -bedroom, living room, dining TV. You bought dishes and things like that -that’s it!
What did I say in my letter last night- I bless and all I want is to make you happy. Does that sound like a threatening person? You said yourself, “Dale, you could never kill anybody, you just don’t have it in you …as for me …well.” I could not, would not, cannot even think of hurting anyone especially you or kids. I wish you the best and bless you, why? Because, I love you. I agape you.
By the way, I pray for you and the kids along with others . I whisper your name when I go to sleep. I wish you only happiness. I just happened to believe you when you said it was with me. I haven’t heard otherwise from you. He told me no matter what you were going to lie your ass off and just hang on. So I am-but will you please believe me? I love you and I wish you all the success and happiness peace and serenity and bless. If you could see me, I’ll the blanks. You would be surprised at how you could be doing a lot better if you would have faith in your man. I will always love you regardless and wish you well my precious.
P.S.I pray Psalms 51 every day pray for me please.
The whole ordeal was surreal. It was like watching the occurrence through the eyes of another.
I was first prepared for trial by meeting with the district attorney (DA) who worked with victims.
Although, I was not thee victim; I was considered a victim of Dale’s.
A victim of his psychological and physical abuses. The DA suggested, I might benefit from counseling. In hindsight, I agree; but in that moment I just wanted to be done with the entire experience.
The DA who worked with victims prepared me for trial by ensuring I understood what to expect. She let me know I would see Dale while I was on the stand; he would be looking at me as I testified; and perhaps trying to intimidate me. She instructed me to look at her if I needed support.
I met with the prosecuting attorney (DA) who instructed me on where to look (not at the jury), what to wear (professional attire), and what not to say.
What NOT to say was regarding a deal made between the defense attorney and the prosecution about evidence.
In my case, they agreed; the fact Dale abused me would NOT be brought to light.
I wasn’t present for the entire trial; which is typical for witnesses who are testifying.
I felt nervous and ill. I don’t like attention, I don’t like being the center of attention…yet, there I was being looked at, judged and having conclusions drawn about me.
I was also nervous because I didn’t want to see anyone I knew at the courthouse. I didn’t want to explain why I was there.
I saw Dale’s parents. They were there every day of the trial to support him.
I saw a friend of Dale’s ex-wife. I understand she was there everyday as well. It is pure conjecture, but I suppose she was present to report daily happenings back to Dale’s ex-wife; who could not be present due to testifying as a victim-witness.
I was called to the stand. It was very dramatic. The prosecutor came to get me from the corridor where I waited. I entered the court room and felt all eyes on me. I looked straight ahead as a made my way to the stand. I swore to tell the truth and was seated.
The prosecutor asked how I knew the defendant, Dale, and how long I’d known him. She asked what I knew about his relationship with his then wife and other matter of fact details.
The defense attorney approached and began his line of questioning. His aim was to discredit me.
He asked, “Is it true you threatened to kill Dale if he ever cheated on you?”
He asked, “Is it true you have two Social Security numbers?”
I responded,” Yes. It’s not illegal. My mother was given two in the 1970s by the social security administration in New York City, when I was a baby. One has my birth name; the other was filed for and received after I was given a Muslim name.”
The defense attorney appeared stunned. I think he was expecting an inarticulate response; and perhaps a lie. I can only presume what sort of picture Dale painted of me, for his attorney.
The last two questions were about my beliefs regarding Dale’s propensity toward violence.
The attorney asked if I thought Dale was capable of the crime he was accused of. I answered affirmatively. The attorney then asked what Dale did to make me believe he could be violent [remember there was a deal made and Dale’s abuse toward me was not supposed to come to light].
I looked at the defense attorney and remained silent. I was perplexed and looked at the prosecutor who understood my stillness.
The DA requested to approach the bench. During the sidebar, the defense attorney told the judge I should be compelled to respond to his question.
The DA didn’t argue. My answer would be in her favor. The judge instructed me to answer and she, the DA, smiled and gave me a nod.
Once everyone returned to their post, the defense attorney asked again, “What indication did Dale give you, that he was violent?”
I answered,”He was violent toward me. He hit me on approximately five different occasions.”
The jury gasped. Dale dropped his head and folded his hands. The defense attorney’s mouth was agape. The DA smirked.
No further questions.
Hello, I fear you have read none of my letters. I have written 10 more but today I threw them away. Help me because I don’t understand some things.
Tom beat the shit out of you and you just left quietly. Sean never cared for you and took your $7000 and didn’t put you on the title of the house and you left quietly.
But I gave to us everything. Stuff nicer than you ever had before -dining, bedroom, and other furnishings. I started a new wardrobe myself for you and the kids but you want to take it all and not support or love me like you said.
Wow I wish I knew that principle. That if I beat you up and stole your money, I would at least have my possessions and wouldn’t have a betraying thief of a fiancé trying to put me away.
Is that how it works?
I don’t get it I could never hurt you. Is it that I just happened to be the Poor cracker schmuck you planned to use to make up for past losses. So you can tell your friends yeah he bought all the stuff and he actually believed me when I said I only wanted to him. Really, I just don’t get it but this I do know. I love you. I’m going to prove it. My attorney is ready to evict and get my possessions- all furnishings from you but I can’t do that.
Why? Because I love you I’m the only guy that loved you most and I am going to prove it even in my darkest hour. Believe me- me and my dark side would kinda like to see you go out and be on the streets again with only what you have brought.
But now that’s mean and especially for the kids they’re innocent. I want them to have a secure finished residence I love them and always will.
In the Bible there are translations of love is in four different words, I’d like to point out.
Philio brotherly love; for Philadelphia. City of brotherly love. It means: a deep, instinctive, personal affection. The other agape, divine love, the kind apostle Paul said husbands and wives should have for each other, and agape is the kind of word that describes God’s love for us. It means: a reasoning, intentional, deliberate, spiritual devotion.
It doesn’t originate in feelings or emotions; it is a deliberate act of love. A decision- you see you can’t love me. Because your acts of love include all your abandonment, lies, betrayal at the worst and most needy time. But I love you. Please take everything to maintain the household with all my blessings, adoration and kindness to provide for you all just as I intended to share with you.
I just want you to be happy, always tried to do that for you.
I will have my dad or other family members come for these things. They will call and plan with you. Don’t worry tell them of your betrayal because at this time they think you are the only one who ever loved me and are hoping to be grandparents -oh well still could be.
But let’s let them think happy thoughts of you until you testify anyway.
I really did a great deal for you and I always just wanted to make and keep you happy.
I will need these things and you need everything else. I never knew love before then you came. I really love you and I always will know that every time you sit on the chair, turn on the TV, sleep in my bed, hey i’m there for you. I really agape you and forgive all your dastardly treacherous betrayal. One more thing you will know I love you more and best and you will never know maybe always wonder how good it could have been. All you have to do is forgive me find out how good I really am maybe you won’t know till after you’ve gone through the trial of another relationship.
Yuck-giving yourself to another. Yuck! Have you really thought things through and done a comparative study?
You could save yourself so much pain. Just forgive and stay with me.
Oh well, oh well you haven’t listened to anything I’ve said yet. I probably am wasting use of my pencil here. Too bad so sad they say.
Well then here comes the you couldn’t have honestly loved me part-face it, you were looking for anything to find a reason to say we were null and void. That’s what you liked to say.
First guy comes along and you’re at the Elephant Bar. Not one shred of commitment or truth in you.
Looks like it anyway? I Could be wrong. I think you were mad, scared, confused and hurt. You see, I agape. I decided to love you even when you fail me-like now …that deliberate act decision. I want you happy.
Anyway regarding the stuff my dad will probably call please be nice and helpful okay? He never did anything to you and I told him you’re the greatest okay? Here is his number xxx-xxx-xxxx and he will call your cell number.
By the way just a tip on the kids. Please don’t yell at them so much. When they come to show you their work they want you -the most important person in their lives to fawn and complement them on their achievements. Even if your favorite TV shows are on-Just give them a moment. Trust me I love you. I love you so much. I just wish you were honest with me.
I need these things:
1. My truck and the stuff in the back
2. Plastic case with the red top look inside for videotapes. I won’t want them.
3. Any clothes even black dress coat on your side of the closet
4. All hats and shoes etc.
5. Any keys and personal effects on the nightstand and electric toothbrush
6. Two laptops one was in the truck other next to bed and their cases
Please pack stuff into two bags and load like this
1. Put plastic case in back of truck
2. Put luggage in back of truck or front seat
3. Lay clothes on the backseat starting with black dress coat
4. Computers on passenger floor one should be there now
5. Papers in envelope for my dad.
Also papers for stuff in hock:guitars Video equipment.
Please be civil and this would be better than legal action. This other attorney is nasty. I don’t want to do that he wants- to report truck stolen.
Plus the 56 Mercury. Why? You won’t fix it and it will be in your way and I’m going to make it my first project as soon as I’m out.
Who knows maybe I’ll drive it to you some day and toss the keys.
Whatever, I’m going to complete it and maybe show it at car shows for advertising. I may do customer upholstery and car renovations when I’m out.
I really want to finish the 56. My custom car friend said he’ll teach me. He has custom painted trucks and with my other knowledge I like to restore custom cars.
The 56 would be great advertising. Put it in shows etc. I’d give it back to you. I’d rather keep you and car but please let’s do this. You won’t get it finished before I can.
Anyway I’ve enclosed a picture I drew for me hoping you’d come on my birthday. I look at it every day but I now get sick of looking at it since what you promised was for me and the thought of you being with another makes me feel sick so you can have it. All the love, time, affection, money wasted, oh my I am sick. My life.
It is good I think my high school teacher said I was one of the most natural artist. She’d seen I quit Art. I haven’t drawn in 30 years not bad huh?
Maybe I’ll do more and get famous. Why don’t you mount it and see -it’s a one and only and the picture is in my memory anyway. I forget I struggle with faces but it’s pretty good I think. You really are the most beautiful woman in the world. Really. She used to be my girl.
You used to say I was perfect and I begged you not to say that. I knew I would do something and you’d never forgive me and I was right, but I could be close to perfect for you. We could do anything. No limits , no excuses. Only victories and success. You won’t be sorry I promise. I want to make you happy -let me.
By the way the only reason I want some of my stuff on the list is because you don’t want to have anything to do with me. And I don’t think I should finance your new relationship. Sorry, your call. I will at least need something right now -you have everything.
This was in essence
7 lies men tell women
by Brett Johnson
Not one of the lies fit me but look at this.
1. Understand that even good guys sometimes lie. Men don’t want to hurt the woman they’re in love with, so a man will go way out of his way to create a new reality if he thinks it will keep him from looking as if he’s responsible for hurting her.
2. Don’t pay attention to what a man says. Pay attention to what he does. Look at what I’ve done. I’m completely trustworthy. There’s no reason to hold out. Try to believe. Hold on.
Hey change ID with someone and come see me. No one will know -you know all you blacks look alike in the eyes. come see we can talk you when I need this.
There are five chapters remaining. Two of which contain the last of Dale’s letters.
His letters have a theme. People like Dale follow a theme. Their discourse is what makes them discernable to me. It makes them predictable and their predictability keeps me safe.
I finally realized individuals like Dale cannot be anything but what they are; and what they are is something we can’t take chances with; something we can’t give the benefit of doubt.
I want to help you recognize themes. The most outstanding of Dale’s are: He violated, California Penal Code 664, 187, Attempted Murder. . .Yet, his letters are all about the same thing; blaming, not taking personal responsibility and manipulation tactics.
Your eyes only.
You have done nothing for me to trust you but please, I must ask you this in complete trust: if you’re reading this…only you and I know about it. That means it has been successfully smuggled out and sent to you. The prosecution knows nothing of it keep it that way, okay?
Please do not tell anyone I sent this please. They will charge me with witness tampering. I was in court yesterday and discovered that your testimony is all they have on my case-of substance. Why? You said I talked about XXXXX(his ex) 1-1/2 years ago. They had nothing and they boasted of it. I am begging you to stop and think. Please cooperate with my defense when they call. The prosecution will know nothing until the trial. You may be able to spin what was said to keep me out of prison. Please be calm and work with me if only to let me see my kids grow up please.
Something happened I need you to take care of me. After all the care i provided for you. Now the only time I asked, for your help, so close to our goals, you’ve abandoned, betrayed, terminated and destroyed. Only you XXXXXX, because I’ve kept the faith even in jail, and prison I’ve tried to meet your needs. I could have met more but you failed to see me and know the provisions for you. I’ve enclosed a couple of thoughts from an essay may you enjoy. Please think of these things regarding us. Please no one else. I need you to keep this letter private. If you receive this and only you saw it and was snuck out properly. Your reporting of it would hurt even more people and me.
My Dearest XXXXXX,
Hello! You must think I’m obsessed with you. You’re right. I am. I mean really, for three years you and me then when I’m expecting you …nothing. You bet I’m up obsessed. I guess it might be different if I wasn’t in Jail. I could go on my way, and cry in private. Try moving on. But I’d still want to at least have you explain face-to-face. I was so looking forward to marriage this year. Wouldn’t New Year’s be great? I don’t know how you do it. To turn off so fast. It must not have been love. I can’t…all my hopes, dreams, love was with you. Were you just playing me…you know making for a better life? Here we were weeks from three years of work and you stepping out like that. I remember you said, Dale, promise you’ll never leave me. Don’t cheat on me. Everything else we can work out. I believed you! I also believe that you weren’t servicing XXXX(my ex boyfriend) The week I went to jail you said we already discussed that- you said no, I said you were and you said no. I just found out but it didn’t matter because I loved you and wanted needed and promise to be faithful. So I was and am.
Really XXXXXX, if I was a player who was interested in a kept woman-why the hell do I write, care, call? Don’t my actions tell you my heart and commitment? Just look really-who will drop everything any time to wait on you hand and foot. I did! Every day I think I spoiled you somewhat. You expected and didn’t give a shit if I help you some days but I did anyway because you needed me. You still do. I didn’t know if you got other letters so let me repeat something.
Im hearing things like, all the lies- well there is only these: one, I didn’t file for the divorce -why? Because I knew she would want money. I needed the trucks they didn’t come and I know you and I agreed to be together by the end of the year so I decided to keep stability with kids get my son graduated and ready for college, go on vacation, leave, then go do a quick divorce out-of-state. I’m thinking no big deal it’s better this way and that you will freak out if you knew but it’s the only-Because you said you didn’t want have baggage. So with checks I could seal the deal on the house for her and we settle in. I asked you to marry me in a beautifully planned scheme-beginning where we met.
So let’s review, you left because of two lies? Is that right?
Now maybe three the one where I saw Steve’s girl at a bathing suit competition only because I could not reach him for a week and he said he’d meet me there. I was there 20 minutes and left. I didn’t tell you because I knew you would freak. That’s it -what other lies are you talking about?
So this whole thing doesn’t make sense unless1. you lied 2. You really didn’t love me -love is patient and forgiving 3. you were scared trapped and threatened 4. You were lied to 5. you let someone else in who messed up the sanctity of our circle 6 you already had someone else.
And if the purpose was to keep you with baggage and from freaking out and because we’d be missing our goals to be together, then all would be as planned right. I would think so, but no! Something happened from here to here. What was it? Have you already been stepping out on me? I didn’t think so? Are we not within moments of what we wanted? I think so. Our goals were almost met -yep, then what in the world happened what could it be …I ask over and over. You never led me to believe there were any problems other than the strain of waiting. You didn’t care about money, house…just being together.
Well here I am where are you? Okay my case well they had speculation mistruths, lies, conjecture-then you. What are you doing? Let me ask, let’s say George was in trouble, would you stick up for George? Yep. Then how come you can’t for the man you said was your man-who worked work so hard to make these transitions possible for us to be together. We slept together. And now im at the cliff and you want to push me over I don’t get it.
I’m just trying to figure out how all that we wanted and worked for could screw up so bad from here to there. Had I not try to protect you and our secret? I would have explained more at our last visit. I told you there’s more and come back and I’ll tell you. Now there’s still more, the business in Hawaii and farming in Central Valley. I wasn’t at liberty to tell you. So there. How can you help me make sense of this. Doesn’t what I was doing make sense for you and us? If you knew the rest, the stuff I said I can tell, you would understand more but now you’ve pissed our dreams.
It just doesn’t figure, anyway ramblings of an old man who you made believe in love and sacrifice all only to be rejected and betrayed at Loves finest hour. Hello. I love you, and forgive you and hope you can forgive me. You made me feel that there was no way of losing you.
Blessings on you my dearest. Oh, the order-so you never want to see me again? Is that it? Such hate, animosity and psycho revenge. I can’t see or believe you were capable but here we are. Again help me understand please? Love to you always. God’s best. And many blessings my dearest.
I have become an insatiable reader. 52 books. I average 400 pages a day. Man I never took the time since college. I just finished one that makes me think of us.
More letters following the restraining order.
The order that you filled out should read something like-
The accused Fred Dale Beck is guilty of loving me Tamika Lopez completely with remorse and with great sacrifice. The few love spats we encountered-were all started by me with him trying to control my rage. I hurt him more than he ever hurt me and we always made up and were closer to one another, aware of each other’s failings- I however, because of a past abusive relationship have confused facts. Because Mr. Beck loved to lay with me every night, to tuck me into bed- even if I was asleep- he checked on my every need and made sure the house was safe every night and fixed everything in the house. His love was unending, even now while I accuse him and his heart is willing to ensure my every happiness. My idle but serious threats against him are many while he has never threatened me. The only time that came close to a stalking incident is when he followed me because I was going out drinking and smoking pot and with my night blindness he followed me to his house he so graciously provided for my welfare. Truly this man cared for my every part even when my wrists plagued me he kept me from working till I could resume my duties and begin work full time for him- really, Fred Dale Beck is guilty of loving me better than any man before and probably ever despite our disagreements. We spent thousands of meals- hundreds of nights-scores of restaurants- dozens of ventures all with my first desires at his concern. He truly loved me-that Tamika is more like the truth.
[Footnote: Dale did fix everything that needed fixing around the house.]
I’ll never know why unless you come see your puppy and tell him to his age stained face-
This man who gave love one last shot during the last of his prime to one who wouldn’t hop on to true love and truth in connection.
You will undoubtedly go from man to man every few years searching- but you will never find one who loved like me. So sad- I’m unique bad and good-and you will always wish you knew how good our dreams could have come true- I only wish you could forgive me as I have always been quick to ask when I make mistakes. I love you and bless you- with no malice or resentment. Please forgive me! I do you!
God bless you and thank you for making an old man believe even if it was a lie- you were great! You really had me. I wish you would say goodbye- consider these words- believe the truth in my love for you and dreams shared- I will go back to thinking a few weeks ago.
I love you always
You know being with you was like going home. You were my only safe place to be totally real. A honest place to call home. A place of secrets, desires, hopes, dreams. A place of hope, love, acceptance. No rejection- always belonging. You did that for me-I guess now I’m homeless in every way.
I’m realizing you’ll probably never see me again- even to say good bye ( which is what I hoped for).
I’ll tell the plan-
1. To take xxxxx (ex-wife) and kids to Hawaii 7/30-8/10 (I think, can’t remember) for our last vacation-return-talk to her about our stuff, house etc-file by 25th of August.
2. We get started on Harvest America business-transfer-seeing if the guys would want me in a back seat role or change the whole leadership and plan for last outreach, September 13th I think in Crescent City.
3. Have limo pick you up on the 17th-take you to where we met and ask you to marry me- go to Davis for a couple days and finish song.
4. People I was supposed to meet in Hawaii for future business opportunity.
I still don’t know what happened to 7/30/02. I really don’t. I told you so however. I kept all this at bay because I thought this would all be over by now. Really, I could never hurt anybody- you know that.
I went to Central Valley twice.
1. work with funeral home in Sacto but oversee farming operation in hot house two days a week. New not approved FDA product, much $.
2. I left provisions for you hidden in my truck(thus the excruciating request to have you see me so I could explain how to find. It’s forever lost I’m afraid-would have met all your needs-was also expecting check from friends(that’s why the joint acct). You would be set and you could help out xxxxx(ex wife) and the kids with some $.
3. We go to Hawaii 12/26-1/3 for post Christmas and our new year.
4. Crop comes in by end of March, paid by April 15th. Mucho $.
5. Sept 1st outdoor crop.
6. Meanwhile we marry after divorce is final on the 9th. I can’t remember-no calendar here.
So that’s a thumbnail- I thought you could work with that- I was going to ask you by our anniversary, September 17th, which you said was important.
There’s much more and I could if you would indulge for old times sake. Anyway, we’d be set.
Oh well, there’s stuff I couldn’t say before- business and such.
I love you. Take care and please consider coming by to say hi and bye.
As I previously stated: all sketches
included in the, “Stalked” chapters were created by Dale.
In the note above, he explains his experience with drawing.
He did a remarkable job capturing my likeness. I am unsure what response he expected the drawings to elicit. They educed a fear.
Someone unpredictable, violent, and devious was sitting in his prison cell obsessing over me.
Dale mailed me this pamphlet and directed me to read it after he was told to cease all communication to me. He used the pamphlet to threaten me. He tried to be subtle; thinking I would be the only one able to decipher the menace. Fortunately, when I turned this over to the DA; they were able to ascertain his motives.