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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
A first time author is unveiling her book - it's about murder - but Joan O'Boyle says this is not your typical murder book.
"Absolutely the opposite" says O'Boyle, "absolutely the opposite. It's about their lives."
O'Boyle, who is the mother of WBTV Anchor, Maureen O'Boyle, says she wrote "Enduring Love: The Other Side of Murder" because she wanted to validate the lives of people who were killed.
The 80 year old says years ago when she lost her 18 month old son no one would talk about him. She says no one mentioned his name and that made it harder to cope.
O'Boyle says whenever she heard about a murder, she could relate in some way to the loss people felt - even though they were strangers.
So she started the project with her grandson, Patrick, three years ago when they sent out dozens of letters to relatives of murder victims.
"I said I'm writing a book about their loved ones" and 30 families responded.
"One thing they had in common - none of them expected their child to be murdered" O'Boyle says. She says the purpose of the 300 plus page book is "just make people realize what great lives these people had. They lived - they didn't just get murdered."
Why the title?
"The reason I call it Enduring Love is because Patrick and I realized that these people when they talk about these kids - no matter how long they'd been dead - it was like they were alive yesterday" says O'Boyle. "They remember them just as clearly as they were murdered the day before that why we said "Enduring Love". They never lose the love for these people."
O'Boyle says she won't be collecting any money from book sales. She says after the printer is paid, the rest of the proceeds will go to Mothers of Murdered Offsprings.
O'Boyle says she wrote the book for the "parents, families of the victims."
"My prayer was hopefully she will capture the essence of Shawna in this book" says Dee Sumpter. Her daughter, Shawna, was murdered February 19th, 1993 by serial killer Henry Wallace.
Sumpter says the book matters to families of victims because "I want their lives - the goodness of their lives to shine. I pray when people read this book that's what they'll walk away with."