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    CA - Georgia Moses, 12, Petaluma, 13 Aug 1997

    Moses' badly decomposed body was found August 23, 1997 [other reports say the 22nd] under a tree next to the on-ramp to Highway 101 South at Petaluma Boulevard South in Sonoma County, Northern California.

    She had been missing since August 13th, when she was last seen in the company of an unknown adult male near the intersection of Dutton Avenue and Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa CA.

    Abducted and murdered at the tender age of 12 like Polly Klaas, her body was found on the west side of Petaluma, not far from Polly Klaas's house. Like Polly, Georgia was bright, beautiful, intelligent and well-loved by her circle of friends. But that's where the similarities end. While Polly Klaas was "America's child," Georgia Lee Moses was America's throw-away child, according to those who mourned her death in 1997 and the way it was treated by the community. While Polly's abduction and death was front-page news around the country, Georgia's tragedy was relegated to short news stories about the discovery of her body near the freeway and the unsuccessful search for her killer that followed.

    The difference between the death of Polly Klaas and the killing of Georgia Moses, say those who were critical of the lack of apparent sympathy for Georgia, is that Georgia was a poor black child of a single, mentally incapacitated mother. She was also a sometime runaway and a school truant, most likely attempting to escape from the sad conditions of her life. After her death, many people who rallied to her cause blamed school officials and Child Protective Services officials for letting her slip through the cracks. They also criticized the media for portraying her and her family in less than respectful terms, almost making it appear that she was the cause of her own death.

    Among the many Sonoma County agencies that had failed to act in the face of repeated indications that Georgia's family was in severe distress was the office of the District Attorney -- (at that time) Mike Mullins. In both late April and early August of 1997, just weeks before Georgia's murder, Mullins had refused to file charges on new sex offenses against Eddie Pope, a convicted child molester who had moved in on Georgia's disabled mom. Friends say Georgia hated and feared Eddie, who is suspected by many to be the murderer and by others to be the reason Georgia was driven in the streets.

    From narrative of training materials for "A Time to Smile", community outreach non-profit organization for young, at-risk girls in Sonoma County:

    "When Georgia Moses, a young Black girl from a poor family, was murdered in the same county as Polly Klass (a 12 year old white girl whose murder drew national attention) the community barely took notice. Georgia took care of both her mentally ill mother and her 7 year old sister. She had been doing so since she was 7. She was a 12 year old woman and not by her own hand. She reached out to the community as a 12 year old with no boundaries and no rules and there was no one there to got to bat for her. Georgia sought her validation from men and was taken advantage of in the most horrific way."

    No one has, as yet, been arrested for this horrible crime even though suspicion had squarely centered on the mother's live-in sex-offender boyfriend.

    At the time, police were looking for an African American male, approximately 25 to 30 years old with closely cropped hair and medium complexion, for questioning in connection with the Georgia's death. They said man was driving a small, white, four-door vehicle.

    In memory of Georgia, musician Tom Waits wrote and recorded a song called "Georgia Lee". Lyrics to his song can be found: HERE

    Tom graciously also maintains the texts of many of the articles written about Georgia by reporters with local newspapers on that same page.

    WHY NO JUSTICE FOR GEORGIA LEE?

    Ego dico cum mortuus populus...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerlady View Post
    Moses' badly decomposed body was found August 23, 1997 [other reports say the 22nd] under a tree next to the on-ramp to Highway 101 South at Petaluma Boulevard South in Sonoma County, Northern California.

    She had been missing since August 13th, when she was last seen in the company of an unknown adult male near the intersection of Dutton Avenue and Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa CA.

    Abducted and murdered at the tender age of 12 like Polly Klaas, her body was found on the west side of Petaluma, not far from Polly Klaas's house. Like Polly, Georgia was bright, beautiful, intelligent and well-loved by her circle of friends. But that's where the similarities end. While Polly Klaas was "America's child," Georgia Lee Moses was America's throw-away child, according to those who mourned her death in 1997 and the way it was treated by the community. While Polly's abduction and death was front-page news around the country, Georgia's tragedy was relegated to short news stories about the discovery of her body near the freeway and the unsuccessful search for her killer that followed.

    The difference between the death of Polly Klaas and the killing of Georgia Moses, say those who were critical of the lack of apparent sympathy for Georgia, is that Georgia was a poor black child of a single, mentally incapacitated mother. She was also a sometime runaway and a school truant, most likely attempting to escape from the sad conditions of her life. After her death, many people who rallied to her cause blamed school officials and Child Protective Services officials for letting her slip through the cracks. They also criticized the media for portraying her and her family in less than respectful terms, almost making it appear that she was the cause of her own death.

    Among the many Sonoma County agencies that had failed to act in the face of repeated indications that Georgia's family was in severe distress was the office of the District Attorney -- (at that time) Mike Mullins. In both late April and early August of 1997, just weeks before Georgia's murder, Mullins had refused to file charges on new sex offenses against Eddie Pope, a convicted child molester who had moved in on Georgia's disabled mom. Friends say Georgia hated and feared Eddie, who is suspected by many to be the murderer and by others to be the reason Georgia was driven in the streets.

    From narrative of training materials for "A Time to Smile", community outreach non-profit organization for young, at-risk girls in Sonoma County:

    "When Georgia Moses, a young Black girl from a poor family, was murdered in the same county as Polly Klass (a 12 year old white girl whose murder drew national attention) the community barely took notice. Georgia took care of both her mentally ill mother and her 7 year old sister. She had been doing so since she was 7. She was a 12 year old woman and not by her own hand. She reached out to the community as a 12 year old with no boundaries and no rules and there was no one there to got to bat for her. Georgia sought her validation from men and was taken advantage of in the most horrific way."

    No one has, as yet, been arrested for this horrible crime even though suspicion had squarely centered on the mother's live-in sex-offender boyfriend.

    At the time, police were looking for an African American male, approximately 25 to 30 years old with closely cropped hair and medium complexion, for questioning in connection with the Georgia's death. They said man was driving a small, white, four-door vehicle.

    In memory of Georgia, musician Tom Waits wrote and recorded a song called "Georgia Lee". Lyrics to his song can be found: HERE

    Tom graciously also maintains the texts of many of the articles written about Georgia by reporters with local newspapers on that same page.

    WHY NO JUSTICE FOR GEORGIA LEE?
    Flowergirl,
    I thank you for this post I have looked for something on this case since I joined last year. I personally however believe that Eddie Pope may not have been the perpetrator here, I believe that the perpetrator may be another active Sex Offender in the area at that time by the name of Gary Cassano. I personally know that Cassano will never be able to defend himself in this claim but I also know that he was sentenced to 17 years in prison for a rape murder and a sexual crime with another youth.
    I also remember this case from when it happened because I am also from the area of this crime.
    Thanks again,
    Bagger

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagger View Post
    Flowergirl,
    I thank you for this post I have looked for something on this case since I joined last year. I personally however believe that Eddie Pope may not have been the perpetrator here, I believe that the perpetrator may be another active Sex Offender in the area at that time by the name of Gary Cassano. I personally know that Cassano will never be able to defend himself in this claim but I also know that he was sentenced to 17 years in prison for a rape murder and a sexual crime with another youth.
    I also remember this case from when it happened because I am also from the area of this crime.
    Thanks again,
    Bagger

    I hope you're right, that whoever did this is in prison. But 17 years seems like not nearly enough for someone so dangerous. My opinion is that we need to keep people like that locked up for their entire lives, that no non-violent drug offenders should be taking up space we could use for those who are permanently dangerous to others.

    Ugh. This poor little girl! Her case is so much sadder than Polly Klaas's, with her sick mom and dropping out of ELEMENTARY school to take care of her, never reported missing, so you'd think it'd get more attention on the tragedy aspect alone.

    But NO, of course not! Because she's black and poor, and this is the United States.

    Imagine if Lonnie Franklin Jr. had been killing mostly white women all those years. More people with power would have given a damn and probably could have stopped him sooner. Especially since he's black. Gah, racism is just so many kinds of messed up. I hate that there are so many cases like Georgia Lee's. Her picture makes me tear up, she could've been one of my classmates.

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    Petaluma's Georgia Moses memorial relocated due to freeway work

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/23...ted&artslide=0

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    Justice for Georgia Lee Moses

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/538874169603477/
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerlady View Post
    Moses' badly decomposed body was found August 23, 1997 [other reports say the 22nd] under a tree next to the on-ramp to Highway 101 South at Petaluma Boulevard South in Sonoma County, Northern California.

    She had been missing since August 13th, when she was last seen in the company of an unknown adult male near the intersection of Dutton Avenue and Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa CA.

    Abducted and murdered at the tender age of 12 like Polly Klaas, her body was found on the west side of Petaluma, not far from Polly Klaas's house. Like Polly, Georgia was bright, beautiful, intelligent and well-loved by her circle of friends. But that's where the similarities end. While Polly Klaas was "America's child," Georgia Lee Moses was America's throw-away child, according to those who mourned her death in 1997 and the way it was treated by the community. While Polly's abduction and death was front-page news around the country, Georgia's tragedy was relegated to short news stories about the discovery of her body near the freeway and the unsuccessful search for her killer that followed.

    The difference between the death of Polly Klaas and the killing of Georgia Moses, say those who were critical of the lack of apparent sympathy for Georgia, is that Georgia was a poor black child of a single, mentally incapacitated mother. She was also a sometime runaway and a school truant, most likely attempting to escape from the sad conditions of her life. After her death, many people who rallied to her cause blamed school officials and Child Protective Services officials for letting her slip through the cracks. They also criticized the media for portraying her and her family in less than respectful terms, almost making it appear that she was the cause of her own death.

    Among the many Sonoma County agencies that had failed to act in the face of repeated indications that Georgia's family was in severe distress was the office of the District Attorney -- (at that time) Mike Mullins. In both late April and early August of 1997, just weeks before Georgia's murder, Mullins had refused to file charges on new sex offenses against Eddie Pope, a convicted child molester who had moved in on Georgia's disabled mom. Friends say Georgia hated and feared Eddie, who is suspected by many to be the murderer and by others to be the reason Georgia was driven in the streets.

    From narrative of training materials for "A Time to Smile", community outreach non-profit organization for young, at-risk girls in Sonoma County:

    "When Georgia Moses, a young Black girl from a poor family, was murdered in the same county as Polly Klass (a 12 year old white girl whose murder drew national attention) the community barely took notice. Georgia took care of both her mentally ill mother and her 7 year old sister. She had been doing so since she was 7. She was a 12 year old woman and not by her own hand. She reached out to the community as a 12 year old with no boundaries and no rules and there was no one there to got to bat for her. Georgia sought her validation from men and was taken advantage of in the most horrific way."

    No one has, as yet, been arrested for this horrible crime even though suspicion had squarely centered on the mother's live-in sex-offender boyfriend.

    At the time, police were looking for an African American male, approximately 25 to 30 years old with closely cropped hair and medium complexion, for questioning in connection with the Georgia's death. They said man was driving a small, white, four-door vehicle.

    In memory of Georgia, musician Tom Waits wrote and recorded a song called "Georgia Lee". Lyrics to his song can be found: HERE

    Tom graciously also maintains the texts of many of the articles written about Georgia by reporters with local newspapers on that same page.

    WHY NO JUSTICE FOR GEORGIA LEE?

    Georgia Lee - Tom Waits

    https://youtu.be/h52nXW4AcpI
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    - Audrey Hepburn

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    Tom Waits contemplates the eternal mystery: The Ballad of Georgia Lee

    http://thestringer.com.au/tom-waits-...4#.WEVcAn3-qcs
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    Quite a bit written below the lyrics (I haven't read all of it yet.)

    Georgia Lee

    http://www.tomwaitsfan.com/tom%20wai...eorgialee.html
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    I am sorry, Gerogia.

    Woe the minority girl who has troubles or needs in Sonoma County! Who will even see her? And if by chance this girl comes into momentary view, bearing hurt and reminders of poverty and social ills, who is there for her who hasn't made a virtue of avoiding the stress? Can there be any doubt that it was repeated looking away that put 12 year old Georgia Moses on the streets in dangers' way? A looking away so reflexive that even when Georgia was found murdered on the side of the road, one local paper gave Georgia's murder a mere two paragraphs on page three, and another gave her a heaping dose of blame.
    http://www.tomwaitsfan.com/tom%20wai...eorgialee.html
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    From 1997:
    Body Found; Could Be Missing Girl

    Yesterday police said a nude body found near the freeway in Petaluma has been tentatively identified as hers.

    The girl disappeared from her Santa Rosa home on August 13, but no one reported her missing to police. She was last seen at night with a man twice her age. Police are now looking for him.

    On August 22, eight days after she disappeared, a Caltrans worker found a body in a grove of trees near the southbound on-ramp to Highway 101 at Petaluma Boulevard South.

    The body was badly decomposed and detectives thought it was an adult, but three days later an anonymous caller familiar with Georgia's family told police that the remains could be hers.

    Sonoma County and Santa Rosa detectives say they don't know whether she was abducted or ran away. They are awaiting results of an autopsy and toxicology tests to determine the cause of death.

    "Right now, we're classifying it as a suspicious death," said Detective Lieutenant Mike Brown, head of investigations for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. "Hopefully, at some point in time we will have all the pieces to this puzzle."

    Georgia lived with her ill mother, Ida Moses, her mother's boyfriend, Ed Pope, 50, and her 7-year- old sister in the working-class neighborhood of Roseland. Both adults are unemployed.
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/B...rl-2806971.php
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    I wonder what became of Georgia's younger sister. I hope and pray she is safe and happy.
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