By Robert Scott

<CENTER>He Used A Claw Hammer. . .</CENTER>

Frankie Cochran knew her boyfriend, David Gerard, was once possessive, controlling, and liable to violent rages. while she attempted to damage up with him, Gerard threatened her with a hammer. One week later, he used it to membership her within the head. back. And back. Then he stabbed her within the throat--and left her for useless. . .

<CENTER>And a pointy Knife. . .</CENTER>

Miraculously, Frankie survived--but law enforcement officials started to suspect Gerard of alternative vicious crimes. one among his past girlfriends had died in a home hearth, together with her youngsters and her mom. a neighborhood prostitute's brutalized physique used to be present in a pool of blood. however it was once the unsolved homicide of one other woman--repeatedly run over on a rustic road--that ultimately uncovered Gerard as a rage-driven monster uncontrolled. . .

<CENTER>To unharness His Rage</CENTER>

Justice eventually stuck up with Gerard....

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It was obvious to Lane that Frankie was in a lot of pain, and heavily medicated. He decided they had put her through enough already, and they’d gotten a firsthand witness statement about her attacker and the weapon he had used. As Lane noted later, “It was really touch and go for her. If things turned sour later, we could speak for her, to be her voice and testify in court when David Gerard went to trial. ” Lane Youmans knew that in Washington State, David Gerard could be brought to trial within sixty days, unless the defense lawyer asked for more time.

The one overall thing that Lane noticed from the scene was that there had been a great deal of violence connected to this ex-couple. As he said later, “There was a rage—an explosion of violence. I had seen this before, at another crime scene, at another time. I stood there silently in the cold, and the crap, and the crying cows, and stared down at the ramp leading into the milking parlor. Suddenly it hit me—an epiphany, just like you see in the movies. David Gerard. David Gerard! I knew that name.

Winkler hoped that Judge McCauley would give David Gerard the severest sentence possible for his attempt to kill Frankie, as she termed it. She wrote, In doing what he did, he took away her livelihood and made her an invalid with psychological problems for the rest of her life. Frankie’s grandparents agreed with that assessment. They wrote the judge that David Gerard had totally destroyed Frankie’s life. It is a miracle that Frankie is still alive with the injuries that she received. As a matter of fact, we understand that she could still die, since her condition is so fragile.

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