Aba Gayle – murder victims mother


“By all definitions I am a victim, I am the mother of a beautiful young daughter who was brutally murdered.”

My Story began on early fall day in 1980 with a phone call. The voice at the other end of the line said “Well what do you think about Catherine being shot?”

I said, “What do you mean? What are you talking about?”

“Well haven’t you heard? Catherine was shot!”

I got off the phone and called the sheriff’s department. “This is Gayle, mother of Catherine Blount.  I hear she has been shot. Where is she? how is she?  I must go to her!

The voice at the other end of the line said, “No, ma’am your daughter hasn’t been shot.  Your daughter is dead.”

Aba Gayle’s life changed forever. Her 19 year old daughter Catherine Blount was murdered.

“I’m sorry, but your daughter, Catherine, is dead. Your daughter was murdered.  She was stabbed to death.”

Aba spent 8 long years in anger and rage and lusting for revenge against her daughters murderer. She was assured by the district attorney that the execution of the man responsible for Catherine’s murder would make everything alright and she would be healed.

But after 12 long years Aba Gayle had an epiphany. She heard a voice that told her to forgive the man who murdered Catherine, and to let him know. She later wrote a letter to her daughters murderer – Douglas Mickey who was convicted and sent to death row in San Quentin State Prison in California.



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