Dear Editor, I was heartbroken reading the wonderful letter about Ben Kinsella’s family. I am a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator where I live. Too many have died on our streets through knife and gun crime and I say enough is enough.
I see so much anti-social behaviour out and about which nags at my conscience and I feel much of what we see starts with minor situations of anti-social behaviour and can gradually grow into big things like we see on the news which devastates people’s lives. Things need to be sorted out and we need a Government with the courage to do so.
When I read about the Kinsellas’ campaign to promote more awareness of the effects of this awful crime on families, it took me back 40 years and the cruel and gruesome murder of the actress-model Sharon Tate by the Manson gang on August 9, 1969.
Just as Ben’s brave family are going to highlight the effects of brutal crime on innocent families, Sharon’s brave and gracious mother Doris Tate dedicated her life to the same after her daughter’s cruel death and started a foundation now called Crime Victims Assistance Network Foundation, which is going to this day. A dedicated life against the effects of violent crime was never Doris Tate’s plan, it only became her whole life after Sharon’s untimely death and death of her dear friends.
I hope Doris’s memory in some form will be an inspiration to Ben’s family and I hope they can do as much in Britain as Doris did in the US to campaign against violent crime in society.
Thornbury Rd, Walsall