Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I received this email from Kari's Mom. I thought it would be good to share and asked her permission to post it here. Keep hanging in there, Linda. You have people all over this nation (and beyond) praying for justice for Kari and her girls. God is working in His own time and I have complete faith that when He makes the next move on this case, justice will be just around the bend.
"Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings your glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain"

Mercy Me, "Bring the Rain”
(lyrics link)

While this song has been out for more than two years, I still can’t listen to it without crying. Shannon, my strongest desire in this life is to glorify God. I fail miserably most of the time, but God knows my heart; and I keep on trying. I don’t know why my daughter’s life was taken from her. I don’t know why her daughters’ lives have been ripped in half. My heart breaks for my granddaughters. But I trust God…now…forever.

There is so much I would like to share with you but I can’t. We have to do this right…through a court of law. I will tell you this: If we had any doubt of Matt’s guilt, we wouldn’t go forward with this trial. We wouldn’t put ourselves or our granddaughters through this. However, it is because of what we do know (so much more than what has been made public) that we MUST move forward. I am reading this wonderful book, “the Shack.” There is a statement in it that says so clearly what Jim and I believe: “…judgment is not about destruction, but about setting things right.”

Matt said on “48 Hours” that I reside in anger. I don’t. I never have. I never will. I trust God. I can’t allow anger or hate to reside in my heart and squeeze out love. I am always amazed when people say (these words have been from people who support Matt), “Let it go. Move on. These little girls have lost a mother and they shouldn’t lose a father.” This stuns me. If you KNEW…If you had evidence…strong evidence…that someone killed your child…and now this man was raising your grandchildren…how could you live with yourself if you walked away???? That would be another crime. We must do all we can to set things right.

I do not hate Matt. I pray for him and I pray that I will be able to forgive him. I am not there…the forgiveness part. I want to be. I am a work in progress…still quite flawed. However, forgiveness does not mean forget and it does not mean that crimes should go unpunished. We want nothing more and nothing less than the truth revealed. Matt must be held accountable for what he has done. I am so sorry any of this happened. But things must be set right so that two little girls can be saved.

Thank you, Shannon. You are a wonderful she-warrior.



jfk said...

Keep repeating:
Justice delayed is still justice.
And remember:
So many people are praying for kari's daughters and her family.


jackie said...

What an incredible statement about justice. I think I will have to read that book.
Kari's family remains in our prayers, especially the girls. My they find peace and relief.

ben said...

kerrville is unsafe with baker living there

notbuyingitinkerrville said...

Kari's Mom,
Our hearts go out to you. Your family and the girls are in our daily prayers. Keep up the fight. Justice will prevail.

Anonymous said...

I go to Truett. I am so ashamed that he graduated from there.

Jennifer said...

thats my sister! I want to be like her! Jennifer

Anonymous said...

I noticed that a Kerrville person mde a comment here. I have seen others ont his blog. I don't know if anyone can answer, but I m curious if people still believe in his innocence.

My main reason for writing is tell the Dulins that I support them. Everyone I know does.

sadie said...

What a great message from Linda Dulin! Kari must be smiling, Linda. I know she's proud. Thanks so much for posting that, Shannon. Very inspiring.

Know what truth shines bright in Waco, in Kerrville, all over Texas, and throughout this great land of ours?

That Mrs. Dulin and her husband are heroes.

These grieving parents forge on through pain, grief, intimidation tactics, financial cost, stress, sparse but loud naysayers, red tape, the numbing vagaries of the legal system, the reality of disturbing evidence, and delay after delay. Their courage and resolve are phenomenal.


Why do they never give up?

Is it hate? A personal vendetta? Misguided grief?

"Stuck in anger?"

Nope. Wrong.

Well, why do they continue relentlessly in their unwavering quest for justice?

Simple. Because of their deep love for their beautiful daughter, Kari.

Because they could not live with themselves for one minute if they backed down and allowed her killer to escape the justice that is his.

Because they love her daughters -- their precious granddaughters -- with all their hearts and believe that the girls' safety and their future are what matter more than anything.

The Dulins are committed to using every last cent, every bit of energy and thought and resources, every breath in their bodies, to bring the sordid story to its rightful close. Whatever it takes.

Not out of hate, revenge, spite, or anger.


The Dulins are heroes in my book, and in my heart. They will be in my prayers now and always. And I am happy to see that I'm a member of a large and rapidly growing group.

You have so many supporters you don't even know about, Linda and Jim! People all over this land have heard Kari's story. We are sad with you, that you must fight so hard, and wait so long. But we are confident, right along with you, that everything will soon come to light. It is clear that Kari's murderer will ultimately be held accountable for heinously taking her life and shamelessly trying to smear her good name.

Bless you and your family, Linda and Jim, and bless your cause on behalf of Kari. You will prevail. Mr. Baker's days as a killer walking free are drawing to a close. The world, including Waco and Kerrville, will be a better place once he is locked up where he belongs.

That will be the day your family can begin to heal in earnest.

In the name of Justice,


Carole said...

I love everything Sadie said--very beautifully stated.