New Brunswick author, journalist chronicles 1995 murder of Fredericton girl in book of healing through psychic mediums

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WATCH: A new book looks at the lingering grief a murder can have on friends, families and others connected to the incident. As Andrew Cromwell reports, a Fredericton author and journalist tackles the issue through the tragic killing of a child 22 years ago – Jul 9, 2017

The unspeakable tragedy of a child’s murder and subsequent journey to healing have been chronicled in a book by a New Brunswick author and journalist.

Laverne Stewart covered the killing of nine-year-old Jackie Clarke in Fredericton in 1995. Clark was abducted, sexually assaulted, murdered and buried in a shallow grave. Murray Lyons was convicted of the killing and himself murdered in prison four years later.

Stewart covered the story but it wasn’t until seven years ago, that she was contacted by a psychic medium who asked to arrange a meeting with Jackie’s mother because she was told the child’s spirit wanted to connect with her mom.

“In that meeting, things were said that only Jackie’s mother knew,” Stewart said. “There was no way that woman could have known the things that Tammy Grant (Jackie Clark’s mother) heard.”

That led to the search for others still struggling with grief and the writing of the book — something Stewart admits was a challenge. “Many times, I was frustrated by this and I wanted to walk away and I felt that little child’s spirit pushing.”

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A second psychic medium became involved and was instrumental in the completion of the book. According to the author, Suzanne Riley helped relay messages who claims Jackie’s spirit wouldn’t take ‘No’ for an answer.

“So at 2, 3 in the morning, a little girl [was] sitting at the end of the bed,” Riley said.” Messages that Riley claims to have received include, “So are we going to talk to Laverne today?,” “You need to phone my friend Robin,” “What are we doing next week?” and, “We have to make the book.”

“Things like that, and these were messages that came through for her to show everyone she was really OK,” Riley said.

The Guardians of the Children motorcycle group will receive royalties from the book. The group helps children in crisis and their families. “[We] help with counselling if they need it,” said the Guardians’ spokesperson nicknamed “Sunshine” of the group’s Fredericton chapter, adding they also “travel to court appearances and we involve the families as much as the child.”

It was an emotional event for an emotional book, and Stewart, who struggled with the murder of her own friend 25 years ago, says she hopes Healing After Homicide – The Jackie Clark Story can be healing for everyone who reads it.