Thursday, March 20, 2008


"Loved ones, wrenched from our lives by violent crime, deserve more beautiful, noble and honorable memorials than pre-meditated, state-sanctioned killings. The death penalty only creates more victims and more grieving families. By becoming that which we deplore -- people who kill people -- we insult the sacred memory of all our precious victims." Marietta

For those who may not know and for others who may want a refresher:
Marietta Jaeger-Lane has been involved in many ways with The Journey of Hope as well as active with many aspects of the national and international Abolition movement. While the following information and snippets are easy to find elsewhere, we are making it easy for you. Several of us in The Journey of Hope wanted to use this opportunity to highlight Marietta's witness and inspirational life at this time above the report she sent on her time in Europe.

Marietta's Story in Brief:

Marietta Jaeger-Lane's daughter Susie was abducted at the age of seven during a family camping trip in Montana. For over a year afterwards, the family knew nothing of Susie's whereabouts. Shortly before the one-year anniversary of Susie's disappearance, Marietta stated to the press that she wanted to speak with the person who had taken her child. On the anniversary date, she received a call from a young man who taunted her by asking, "So what do you want to talk to me about?"

During the year following Susie's disappearance, Marietta had struggled to balance her rage against her belief in the need for forgiveness. Her immediate response to the young man was to ask how he was feeling, since his actions must have placed a heavy burden on his soul. Her caring words disarmed him, and he broke down in tears on the phone. He subsequently spoke with Marietta for over an hour, revealing details about himself and the crime that ultimately allowed the FBI to solve the case.

Marietta was to learn that Susie had been killed on a remote Montana ranch a week after she disappeared. Despite her family's tragedy, she remains committed to forgiveness and has been an ardent opponent of the death penalty for the over 25 years since Susie's death.

Reprinted with permission from Not in our Name: Murder Victims Families Speak Out Against the Death Penalty, a publication of Murder Victims Families For Reconciliation. (Barbara Hood & Rachel King, Editors; MVFR)

Several years ago Marietta married Bob Lane and left the intercity of Detroit and moved to his sprawling ranch in Three Forks, Montana. Marietta continues to travel around the world with her Christian message of forgiveness.

Keep watching for more photos and snippets from and about Marietta...


chevonee said...

Hello Mrs. Lane I just wanted you to know that I recently watched your case on the show the "FBI files" and I really admire your willingness to forgive your daughters killer. I couldn't help but to try to find you online so that I could learn more about you. I just want you to know how much I admire your strength and courage throught such a trying time. May God bless you and your family forever.

Chevonne Reynolds

Xanthe Littlemore said...

Dear Marietta,
Hi. I'm an award-winning songwriter. I saw you on Oprah years back, and your story of forgiveness and compassion moved me to tears. It also moved me to write you a song. It's called "Marietta's Song" and it is a gift for you.

I wrote to Oprah trying to find you so that I could offer you this song in recognition of your inspiring acts and your amazing depth of soul.

Oprah never wrote back.

Music Xray, the internet's biggest A&R website liked the song so much they recently entered it into a song contest. The song I wrote for you has won TEN DAYS STRAIGHT, which is very rare, and I believe it now qualifies for the Songcat Wall of Fame.

I dearly want you to hear the song that you inspired, Marietta. If you want to, please go to

Click on "Marietta's Song" and please accept my humble offering to you.

Kindest regards,
Xanthe Littlemore