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Pages in Will's World for you to visit:
William's Life and Photo Gallery
William's Interests, Links, and Artwork
Information on Some of the Other Memorials Dedicated
To William's Memory
(Come See the Daylily)
Text of the News Stories Surrounding William's Murder
and the Trials.
An Extensive List of Links and Information
on Sites Useful to Grieving Teens and Adults
Grief and Family Support
Related To Gun Violence
Boards and Chats
Information on the Memorial Scholarship Funds
Links to Other Memorial Sites on the Web. You
May Submit Your Own Memorial Site To Your Loved One Here, As Well
Published and Unpublished Articles Written by Me
Regarding My Own Grief and Sense of Loss.
Talks and Writings
Selected Newsgroup Posts
A "Letter of Demonic Advice" in the style
of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters
regarding the loss of a child and a short story I'd like to believe could come
Information on our book.
More Resources and Materials for Bereaved Families
|I will not listen to that persistent voice of isolation that
keeps repeating, "No one cares about me," because deep down inside I realize
that everyone I know does.
Bill Jenkins, August 2000
This website consists of
This website is dedicated to the memory of
William Benjamin Jenkins,
a sixteen year-old homicide victim.
William was shot and killed
during a robbery at the restaurant where he was on his second day of work.
He was sixteen years-old at the time.
Here you will find the story of William's life, and death, along with
many links and resources for those suffering traumatic and other losses.
Information the book
written by William's father, Bill Jenkins, following William's death.
What to do When the Police Leave
is now recognized as one of the most authoritative and informative tools for
grieving families and the caregivers who work with them.
victim's perspective to the insanity and inherent contradictions of
irresponsible gun manufacturers, dealers, and owners.
Spend 24 hours in
my shoes as a victim of gun violence and I guarantee you will never look at
guns the same way again.
Bill's Design Portfolio
Bill Jenkins is a professional Scenic and Lighting Designer teaching at
Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Here are some samples of his
work and production designs.
Training and Speaking
As a respected author and speaker, Bill
Jenkins has become widely sought after as a workshop presenter, keynote
speaker, and training facilitator for police, victim advocates, funeral home
personnel, and victims themselves.
He is a consultant with the Office of Victims of Crime's Training and
Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) which
provides financial assistance to programs for
training victim service professionals.
Click Here for
contact information, programs available, and arrangements.
Victims and Family Needs
and Bereavement Issues
Watch This Space for Regular Updates
This Update Was Posted: 6/2010
Really BIG NEWS:
HEARTS FULL OF TEARS
by Bill Jenkins
Has now been professionally produced in Norfolk, Virginia, May 2009
the 30th Street Stage and in Wisconsin by the Rock Players in May 2010.
Both productions were extremely well received and
we are working to
develop more interest in the show.
George's otherwise normal life is turned upside down by the tragic and
unexpected death of their son, David. Immediately, their ability to
function and cope as a family is tested as they go through the grieving
process, trying various ways of coping with this loss. Through their grief,
they learn a great deal about their personal strengths and weaknesses, as
well as coming to grips with this new identity that has been thrust upon
them. As their friends struggle gamely to help them, George and Jo work
through their grief to get to a "new normal" that will enable them to
continue to live with their loss, and yet still find joy and things worth
living for. Written by Bill Jenkins, himself having experienced a similar
loss, the play explores depths of emotional loss and triumph rarely played
onstage. Many will be moved by its honesty, touching humor, and insights.
This world premiere production promises to be a powerful evening of theatre
that will resonate with the audience long after the play ends.
At the 2006
National Conference of
the National Organization of Victim Assistance,
Bill Jenkins was awarded the Edith Surgan Award for
Victim Activist of the Year.
Barnes and Noble
Booksellers have informed us that What to Do When
the Police Leave will be carried on the shelves of selected
as well as online.
Ask for it where you shop and help us create a demand.
22,000 copies of
What to Do When the Police
Leave have been sold. Not bad for a single title self-publisher
selling through word of mouth.
A brief feature story of our publishing success is
included on the Publishers Marketing Association's website.
The Third Edition of
What to Do When The Police Leave
Expanded and Revised.
With a new cover and a Foreword by Patricia Cornwell,
this expanded version discusses even more of the issues and information vital to bereaved
Grief in the Workplace
Crime Scene Cleanup
Scrapbooks and Memory Books
Roadside and other Memorials
Long-Term Grief: Living the Marathon
and Much More.
Really BIG NEWS:
What to Do When the Police Leave
is mentioned in
Patricia Cornwell's best-selling novel,
The Last Precinct.
Page 309 Hardcover;
Page 323 Paperback
Thanks to Ms. Cornwell and all the fine
folks at Cornwell Enterprises for all the help and support.
WBJ Press's distributor is In-Sight Books
in Oklahoma City, OK. Please contact them for single copy sales and distribution to
the book trade and libraries.
Click here for Bulk Sales
A Couple of good organizations we are currently working with:
Murder Victims Families for Human Rights: An organization comprised
of families of murder victims and families of the executed who are working
to stop the cycle of revenge and violence inherent in our legal system by
working to abolish the death penalty and promote just, reliable, and
non-lethal alternatives on an international level.
www.fightcrime.org - Fight Crime: Invest in
Kids is an organization dedicated to reducing violence in society through meeting the
basic needs of children, especially those considered "at risk."
www.bradycampaign.org - The Brady
Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March. Working to
bring some reasonable legislation to the gun issue and fight the pro-gun
violence/anti-law enforcement/anti-victim sentiment that seems to pervade
the issue on the part of those who profit from buying and selling guns.
Our friend, Susan Greenbaum (See Below) has several songs, including her latest,
Everything But You, the deeply
significant One More Angel,
and her latest, Angels in America on MP3.com. Click here to go
Susan Greenbaum's song One More Angel
released on the Million Mom March compilation CD available from their website .
Susan's newest album Hey,
Hey, Hey! is out and it's great! Go
to www.susangreenbaum.com for
more information and a musical preview.
We were there in D.C. for the Million Mom March:
The Million Mom March is marching on.
In a recent letter to us, Donna Dees-Thomases, the march's founder
"I can't imagine how we let the victims' families carry
this burden for the rest of us for so long."
An appreciated sentiment. Unfortunately, the arms industry and its
supporters have much to lose and are even now declaring war on victims, families,
and society with shameless self-serving efforts to bolster a sagging legitimate market.
It will be an interesting decade. We will continue efforts to insist that the
arms industry begin being responsive to those in society who are affected as we are by its
products, not just those who purchase and use them.
Now, that's an idea whose time has come.
More information on the Million Mom March Foundation is available at their website,
Mother's Day is only the beginning:
Read a letter of
encouragement to the Million Mom Marchers
And a short
explanation why I support more effective and rigorous gun legislation.
Have you heard singer/songwriter Susan Greenbaum's album, Wake Up!? Her music is a
comfort and a joy for us to listen to. Visit our Friends and Supporters page to find out more about
this special lady. Her song, One More Angel
the MP3 Acoustic charts. Go Susan!
Click here to visit our new list of
that we have found helpful and comforting
An extra special thanks to best selling author Patricia Cornwell
for her enthusiastic support of What to do When the Police
Leave. If you are visiting from her site, Welcome.
Visit our Reviews
page to see what people are saying about the book.
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as well as additional books and materials useful for bereaved families which have come to
our attention since printing.
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