Nancy Grace is keen to assist discover solutions for family members of crime victims in order that they don’t endure for so long as she did.
The famed Atlanta prosecutor and tv authorized analyst is launching a brand new Oxygen true crime collection on July 13 titled “Injustice with Nancy Grace.” Every episode will expose an untold case involving wrongful accusations, botched investigations, little-known proof, unclear motives and surprising sentences. The present may even function first-hand interviews with these related to the circumstances.
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In 2016, the now-59-year-old introduced she was ending her HLN program wherein she mentioned true crime tales from a prosecutor’s standpoint. She started her profession on Courtroom TV earlier than transferring to HLN in 2005.
Grace’s curiosity in regulation was sparked in faculty by a devastating tragedy. Based on The Hollywood Reporter, the then-19-year-old English main at Mercer College was engaged to Keith Griffin, 23, in 1979. Their wedding ceremony was a couple of months away when Tommy McCoy accosted Griffin outdoors a comfort retailer. The disgruntled co-worker, who’d been fired from the development website the place each males labored, fatally shot Griffin 5 instances within the face, again, neck and head.
“Keith’s life ended and my life exploded,” Grace instructed Fox Information. “I grieved for Keith for therefore many many years. After Keith’s homicide, I dropped out of college. I used to be misplaced. I virtually missed the chance to have a household, to have kids. I simply couldn’t let go.”
The outlet shared that whereas McCoy was convicted, he was launched on parole in 2006. Grace mentioned she realized in regards to the surprising information after a viewer emailed her.
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“The person that murdered Keith was caught and tried,” she defined. “I used to be a witness on the trial, he was put in jail, and but he was launched on parole… It was a shock, it was a blow, virtually a mortal blow… I used to be actually not ready to listen to that. Was there justice? I assume as a lot justice as our system may give. However the ache behind a violent crime by no means ends. It affected the remainder of my life. It impacts who I’m proper now, at this time. It impacts me in how I see the world… I assume justice is open to interpretation.”
Grace mentioned it was Griffin’s loss of life that compelled her to turn out to be a prosecutor. However nonetheless, she was privately mourning.
“After his homicide, I went many, a few years, over 20 years, with out letting myself be glad,” she defined. “Happiness was throughout me, however I pushed it away in each manner I might. I didn’t need it. With out Keith, I didn’t need to be glad. Nothing might make me glad.”
Grace in the end discovered love once more and married Atlanta funding banker David Linch in 2007. That very same yr, the couple welcomed twins.
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“It was not till the twins entered my life, in any case these years, I had pleasure,” mentioned Grace. “Actual, unadulterated pleasure. They modified my world. I assume a message I’ve to different family members of crime victims is please don’t mourn and grieve for so long as I let myself. Pleasure is throughout us. Don’t do what I did. Seize that pleasure and run with it. That’s my message I realized from the twins.”
However Grace insisted life hasn’t at all times been clean crusing, regardless of her success personally and professionally. She mentioned critics have by no means been shy to talk their minds about how she tackles crime.
“I ought to have a thicker conceal by now,” she chuckled. “However I obtained that criticism from the get-go once I began making an attempt circumstances in each manner conceivable from mocking me to questioning my means to strive a case to make feedback on my clothes or my determine — one million completely different assaults from each nook. My hair, my accent, the best way I discuss or stroll.”
“I discovered it very disturbing and upsetting on the time, how troublesome it was for a girl to interrupt right into a male-dominated world or occupation,” she continued. “I at all times felt that giving in to these criticisms and people jibes and assaults took my eyes off the prize. And that prize was justice. I obtained to the purpose the place the extra criticism and assaults had been thrown my manner, the tougher I labored… If I listened to my naysayers, I’d nonetheless be hiding beneath the mattress.”
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Grace mentioned “Injustice” permits her to totally analyze circumstances, simply as she did as a prosecutor. And she or he’s decided to protect the reminiscence of Griffin, in addition to many others who had been brutally killed.
“I lastly, after 20 years, did remarry,” she mentioned. “And I lastly had a dream come true of getting kids, having a household. I by no means thought that might occur. However even now, once I lastly have pleasure in my life, it nonetheless hurts when someone out of the blue asks me about Keith’s homicide. When these households converse in regards to the victims, it’s very painful for them. It’s painful for me to listen to it, too. However… what they must say is essential, not nearly their case, however what it means for the remainder of us. We have to hear their voices.”
“Injustice with Nancy Grace” airs July 13 at 6 p.m. on Oxygen.