In 1969 Municipal Judge Robert Steele of Euclid, Ohio conspired with a pimp to hire a hit man to murder his wife. For eight years Carol J. Kilbane-Byler was engulfed in this dark, tempestuous conspiracy. She knew the details of the murder and was labeled a “central figure” in the murder trial. Torn between keeping this buried secret or revealing the truth about her common-law husband’s involvement plotting the murder, when called by the prosecutor to testify against the men on trial, she refused. Charged with contempt of court and immediately removed from the courtroom she spent six months in jail. Following her release, she remained terrified fearing for her life.
With her secret knowledge of the murder Carol was unable to see any way out of the web entangling her. Using the journal she kept throughout this terrifying period of her life, she recounts in vivid detail, the highs and lows of her journey out of her unhealthy, abusive relationship into an entirely different life filled with authentic love, joy and acceptance.
This account of transformation has inspired people for more than 30 years. Just released by Gazelle Press, her true story is told in detail in her book, Secret Witness.
Carol’s vivid description of her abuse, fear, prostitution and even murder, will encourage all who read it. Stories of abuse abound in the news, movies and on TV. Most don’t have happy endings. Carol’s does. In the midst of sordid chaos, she found hope through a life-changing relationship with God .She demonstrates how God can transform a life no matter how horrific it gets. Her desire is that those who read her book will discover the true love and acceptance she has found. Her incredible story will encourage and inspire women of all ages that they too can be transformed from to victim to victor.