A personal letter from Jaroslava Mendez

Here is one of the more highly publicized stories of the dangers of meeting people in AA- People who can hide behind anonymity, who you know nothing about except that they must be “good, trustworthy, honest” AA members. One murder by a violent court ordered AA member is One murder too much! You’ll hear more about this from me, for sure.

The 13th Step

karla2 Karla Brada Mendez

My daughter Karla was murdered on September 1st, 2011. My family hasn’t celebrated a Christmas or birthday since. We haven’t even given her a proper burial. During these two years and nine months, my mind hasn’t been anywhere but the case.

The man charged with her murder is Eric Allen Earle. Karla met Eric in AA. She had gone to rehab voluntarily to take control of her substance overuse, and her clinic was transporting her to AA meetings.

Eric originally went to AA on a court order. The judge gave him a choice: one meeting per week or one year in jail for an assault battery and vandalism. Despite having a violent criminal record including assault with a deadly weapon, Eric allegedly continued AA meetings even after Karla’s death.

Karla — a 31-year-old woman at the height of her vulnerability — and Eric — a 40-year-old convict with 20 years experience…

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