N.J Police seek man they say burned ex-wife with hot oil

N.J. police seek man they say burned ex with oil

Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:59 PM
Associated Press

NEWARK  — Authorities in northern New Jersey are searching for a man they say doused his ex-wife with hot oil as she slept.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says an arrest warrant has been issued for 47-year-old Byron Stokely of Irvington.

Police say Stokely allegedly threw a pot of hot water mixed with oil on his ex-wife while she slept on March 29.

The prosecutor’s office says the woman was badly burned on her face and upper body and remains hospitalized.

Police say Stokely also allegedly stole the victim’s house keys and vehicle, which he used to leave the scene.

The vehicle has since been recovered.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s office.

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Wife burned with hot oil in Irvington

Wife burned with hot oil in Irvington

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Brigette Harris

This is an amazing woman who in 2009 came to be synonymous with fighting back.  I was so incredibly touched by her story and jumped at the opportunity to tell you all a bit about her.

When growing up in the outer boroughs of New York Ms. Harris was abandoned by her mother and bounced around amongst friends and family.  She had been forced by male relatives to perform sexual acts as a child and once found the courage to confront the family pastor and her father about it.  She found no resolution although this was very courageous.

She parted with her family and started her own independent life and financial independence.  She occasionally  visited with her family and on one visit with her sister and father, she  became aware that her father intended to take her sister’s two little girls abroad to his native Africa.  Becoming very upset, she asked her sister not to allow it.  They had both been forced into sexual relationships with their father and Brigitte just new that that was the real reason for the travel….access to two new, pliable, obedient victims.

When Brigitte could not convince her sister to take a stand and prevent the trip, she took matters into her own hands.   She asked her father to visit her in Rockaway, which he jumped at.  When he arrived, Brigitte choked and castrated her father when he refused to call off the trip.

She was sentenced to jail and was released in August of 2012.   There was much debate over how Brigitte handled her difficulties.  There is both legal and moral debate, though she was not sentenced to the maximum.

As a woman, I felt many many things about this case.  Honestly, I  likened her to someone who was in charge of her own destiny.  She was too young to protect herself from CSA(chils sexual abuse)but as an adult, she decided that her nieces would not suffer the same fate. 

I look forward to seeing the things she will accomplish now that she lives free and I am proud that she took a stand to protect the young girls close to her.  Is that not one of the things we are all here for…to protect the innocent children?



Brigitte Harris

5/5/12 at 10:21 AM

Brigitte Harris Will Be Freed on Parole

Brigitte Harris will soon be a free woman. A short time after 5 p.m. Friday, the 30-year-old from Rockaway — who is serving a five-to-fifteen-year sentence in the upstate Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for second-degree manslaughter after castrating and suffocating her father, Eric Goodridge, in 2007 — learned that she will be paroled and released sometime in August. Harris and a sister both say they were abused by Goodridge for years. Harris’s attorney, Arthur Aidala, noted that parole is “very, very rare for someone convicted of a homicide.” New York chronicled Harris’s case in a profile last month, and hosted a poll in which the vast majority of readers voted for her release.

Bring out the purple again!

Thought you didn’t need those purple clothes and ribbons again after October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Well, lucky for you, you can bring them back into style. It is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. So you can wear your purple ribbons or clothes as much as you want to help spread the word!

Teen Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Pass the message on!!!

What is teen dating violence? It is any type of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse (including stalking) by a partner in a dating relationship. How common is it? One out of ten high school students report being hit, slapped or otherwise physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year. That would correlate to about 30,000 teenagers in New York City alone being abused each year. Keep in mind that is just the ones who go through physical violence. If sexual or emotional abuse was including the number is likely to be much much higher.

The teenage years are the transition years from childhood to adulthood and possibly the most important years in a person’s life. Habits learned and reinforced during this time often follow the person throughout adulthood. If we are to have a society of respectful, productive and content adults we need to stop the cycles of violence before they start, and the formative teenage years are a great place to start.

Want more information? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers a great free online course for teens and adults to learn more about teen dating violence.


The city of New York also offers free resources and information:


Don’t Find Nemo

Well, let’s just hope that we don’t find Nemo today. Or rather that it doesn’t find us! We all know about the huge nor’easter coming in to town, so cutely named Nemo. As the rain pelts down here in NYC, we encourage you to stay safe and avoid unnecessary travel. We also know that these times can be stressful and that you may be forced to stay inside for longer periods on end. If there is any trouble, or even if you fear that something may arise during this weekend, please do not hesitate to contact us. We at P.O.W.E.R.S. INC. want to make sure you are all safe and sound during the storm.

Be safe today and bundle up!

– Your POWER source

The Secrets of Domestic Violence

The question to why domestic violence sufferers can stay for so long is one that often comes to mind for those who haven’t experienced violence first hand. In this tear-jerking TED talk, survivor Leslie Morgan puts to shame many myths, fallacies and stereotypes about victims and victimhood.


Farewell to Ed Koch

With deep sorrows, we learned today that our beloved politician, Ed Koch, passed away. Mr. Koch was a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx. He served in the US Army stationed in France. After being honorably discharged as a Sergeant, he then returned to the city to obtain his law degree from NYU. He practiced for many years before entering politics as a NYC councilman. He then joined the House of Representatives and became a three time mayor of New York City.

“Earlier today, New York City lost an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion, Edward I. Koch,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “He was a great mayor, a great man and a great friend. In elected office and as a private citizen, he was our most tireless, fearless and guileless civic crusader. Through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback. We will miss him dearly, but his good works – and his wit and wisdom – will forever be a part of the city he loved so much. His spirit will live on not only here at City Hall, and not only on the bridge the bears his name, but all across the five boroughs.

Mr. Koch had a good quote or two in his time as well. One that is truly applicable to many people, especially those reading this blog.

“You punch me, I punch back,” Koch once memorably observed. “I do not believe it’s good for one’s self-respect to be a punching bag.”

Follow this wise man’s words today and everyday. Take a moment and reflect on the life of Ed Koch and all he has done for NYC.

– Your POWER source