Janine Latus is the New York Times Best Best Selling author. Her book, If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation, is inspired by an ominous message written by her baby sister, Amy, in April 2002. Her note, carefully hidden in a desk drawer, reads, “Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved,” “but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways. Based on (Ron’s) criminal past, writing this out just seems like the smart thing to do. If I am missing or dead, this obviously has not protected me…” A short time later, Amy went missing. After an extensive search, her body was found wrapped in a tarp buried at a building site. As she had feared, Amy fell victim to gender-based violence, even though help was only a phone call away. Janine’s book and her conversation with us are in honor of her sister, but it is also a call to help women break the cycle of intimate-partner abuse.
It was great to know that the interview would be unscripted. You and Heather gave me the freedom to openly share my personal experiences with infertility and be transparent with my story.