Never Leave Your Dead (PB)
A True Story of War Trauma, Murder, and Madness
Join author Diane Cameron as she unravels the true story of her stepfather, Donald Watkins, a former Marine who served in China from 1937 to 1939 during the Japanese invasion. After returning home, Donald's seemingly normal life took a sharp turn when he murdered his first wife and mother-in-law in 1953. As punishment for his crime, he spent twenty-two years at Fairview State Hospital for the criminally insane.
Donald's story traverses continents and decades. Years after his release from Farview, Cameron's stark examination of her relationship with Donald and her mother highlights the far reach of mental illness. Her in-depth research and keen insight will stir public debate about what is happening today and what we can expect as the impact of war trauma for veterans and their families unfurls and detonates.
About the Author
Diane Cameron is a blogger, journalist, and columnist in long-term recovery. She gives workshops and blogs about the unique problems faced by recovering women as they reach double-digit recovery. "Out of the Woods" began as an article which appeared in Grapevine, the magazine of Alcoholics Anonymous, and in Spring 2011 she was awarded a First Place award from the New York State Press Association. Her newspaper columns appear in the Albany Times Union and other papers across the United States including: USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and The Washington Post. She resides in upstate New York.