Archive for January, 2018

Back somewhere around 1995, I taught school at Love Elementary in Houston I.S.D. where the famous reporter Dan Rather went to elementary school. During this time, I had Anthony Shore’s Daughter in my class. I still remember her and her sister’s name very well, but I will leave it out for their privacy. His youngest daughter, my student, was a fantastic young lady! She was a model student along with a few other students’ in my class. Suddenly, to my surprise, it all changed one day. I remember looking at her and her hair was a mess, unlike anything I had seen before regarding her appearance. She was scribbling on paper, sad, angry, and just not my model student. I knew something was wrong intuitively. I sensed it was home life issues because of prior parent conferences, I could tell Mr. Shore was strange. He had a look in his eye. The cold stare without a soul. Little did I know, he was already killing.

During the day, I tried several times to get her to talk to me, but she would not. With prior training in Criminal Justice, I learned interviewing techniques. One thing I knew, kids will talk to other kids, especially when they are silent with adults. At recess, I asked a couple of my other really great students to talk to her. I told them that Mr. Moyer suspected something bad. I explained to them what I thought could be happening such as styles of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. I gave them questions that I wanted them to ask her. Within minutes of them running out to the playground talking to her and asking her questions, they ran back to me with wide-eyes, hyper-ventilating, and saying, “Mr. Moyer! She said,”Her daddy is making her and her sister suck it.” My heart sank into my chest. My abuse suspicions were confirmed. I consoled my student and told her it would happen no more.

As I brought it to a few co-workers on my team, I found out one teacher on my team had a sister who was dating Mr. Shore. She told me something along the lines of, “You know. Sometimes kids make things up because they are mad.” I was shocked! It seemed that their was a protectionist attitude toward Mr. Shore, but I was not having it. I went to my supervising principal explained what happened and stated this has to go to Child Protective Services.

Child Protective Services and Houston Police took over the case and through testimony and trial Anthony Allen Shore was convicted of molesting his daughters. Yes, a real monster! The ultimate betrayal. This conviction required him to register as a sex offender and submit a DNA sample. From here, I understand a Houston Police detective was working cold cases one day, and looking for DNA matches. Apparently, there were several matches, because Anthony Allen Shore was not only a molester of his daughters, but also a murderer. A serial killer.

Anthony Allen Shore received his due punishment today, lethal injection, but for all involved this incident will remain with them for life. In my eyes, lethal injection is such an easy laid back way to go out. No pain. Just a nice shot to sleep and rest, and then a heart stopping agent. The pain and torture he inflicted on young girls was not commensurate to his punishment, nor was his extra 20 plus years of life, but this is the system we accept to deal with monsters. I read his final statement, and I do not believe he found peace. He did his best sociopathic move to inflict more pain on families and victims by saying he made his peace. He did not even make a final apology to his daughters, unless the news did not publish all of his final words, but perhaps he did privately if they wanted to hear it. If he were released to society today, he would start killing all over again. He was a tainted individual who knew no boundaries.

I hope that my student has found peace in her life and has been able to adjust to the past horrors. Her and her sister definitely did not deserve what they received from their father. I hope my story  helps others to be aware and know those around them, so that they may pick up on changes that may indicate abuse. God knows that our children are abused in so many ways and face so many uphill battles in this modern society. I pray that we offer more counseling and do more in America to help those with mental issues. Serial killers are not born. They are made.

Here are some links regarding Anthony Allen Shore:

https://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_info/shoreanthony.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Allen_Shore

December 2017 brought us three inches of snow and January 2018 has brought us Arctic temperatures of nineteen, sleet, ice, and flurries with wind chills in teens. Being a sub-tropical climate this is quite rare for us, but I do enjoy Houston’s Arctic Tundra. It definite lends itself to a time to take photos that I would not normally have the opportunity to shoot.

Cardinal – A Haiku

Strong and red you are

With a crest of royalty

Spiritual bird

2018 Albert Moyer, Jr. Poetry and Photography

Every year I try to hike on the first day of the year. This year it was extremely cold in Needville, Texas at Brazos Bend State Park. The hike started out at 32 degrees with a windchill somewhere between 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Survival was dependent on three layers for the legs, four layers for the upper body, and wool socks and insulated hiking boots. As the walk progressed throughout the three-hour hike I saw much wildlife and beautiful scenery. The wind blowing through the trees passing upon my face was like a freezer door open. And you know what? It was fantastic! Here are a few photos. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Cremation, embalming, mummification, burial, hearse wagons and motor vehicles. Presidents, Hollywood stars, The Pope, Day of The Dead, and many other historical descriptions and displays of last rites and burial. There is so much to learn and see that two hours will just get you a nice walk around and coverage of the building. If you really want to read and learn you can spend a couple of days at the museum. It is a wonderful museum regarding all things dead and the history behind what we do today. I must say my favorite part was the tribute to George Barris the King Of Custom cars and the original Batmobile. I highly recommend it! Here are a few of the 192 photos I took at the museum.

Do you ever wonder about the history of your city or a city you visit? How about advances in security and technology? The Houston Police Museum covers many of these topics and it is absolutely free. If you are traveling through Houston or if you live in the surrounding area I highly recommend this museum. Thank you to the men and women who protect us everyday. Here is just a tiny bit of what I saw at the museum.