Anthony Allen Shore- My Experience With A Serial Killer

Posted: January 18, 2018 in News Commentary
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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.

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  1. Hi, just want to clarify somethings here. I think you were my 4th grade teacher…? Anyways, my sister, Amber was the oldest, and I was the youngest. I am glad to hear you reported what you saw to Child Protective Services. They came out to our home with my father on multiple occasions, however, nothing ever came out of their visits. Amber and I were sent to visit my grandmother, my father’s mother, in the summer of 1997. I was 12, Amber was 13. My grandmother and my aunts, my dad’s sisters, had similar suspicions and, after separating the two of us (temporarily), were able to confirm their suspicions. I think being a few thousand miles away from our dad when we reported him, officially, to police gave us the safety and peace of mind we needed to get out of a terrible situation. The woman you referenced who was dating my dad, I believe that was Liz. I think she was in fear of him, as were the rest of us. Anyways, I have gone on to lead a pretty damn productive and healthy life since my time at Love Elementary, all things considered. I graduated from Saint Leo University with honors, served in the military for 8 years, and am now returning to school for a second baccalaureate. It has not been without struggle or disparity, by no means, but since being removed from his care, and the care of my mother, I have received support from my aunts, my grandmother, and the community. My sister, unfortunately, got involved in drugs and went down a different path than the one I chose for myself. I haven’t spoken with her in many years, all I can o is hope that when the time comes she gets the help that she needs.
    All that aside, I have to say that your involvement is truly inspiring. As an adult, I have often wondered why more people didn’t intervene. It seems to me people these days are so apathetic to the struggles of those around them that they often forget to consider how many peoples lives that struggle, or in this case crime, may be affecting. Anyways, hopefully your mind can be at ease that your efforts were not totally in vain and that some good prevailed. Thanks again!

    • Tiffany I want to say right off that I am so happy to hear of your successes. Good prevailed! Amen. My mind is at ease. On another note, I am saddened by what happened to Amber. The one part of Psychology that has always puzzled me is why one person can come out of a bad situation and make it, and another succumbs to the evil of it. Thank you for taking time to write and clarifying parts of the story.

      Reading about all the additional information, I am not surprised at the fear everyone had. To be honest, I told the principal your father was strange after a parent-teacher conference. I can see his black hair in a pony-tail, cold dark eyes, knives on belt, jeans, and those heavy black boots in my mind until this day. I am not sure if you remember sitting with your dad and myself, but I remember heaping praise on your ability and seeing him just scruff at it. As if he could not believe you were so talented. Well, you are! I read your recent blog posts and you are an excellent author. I love the wit, sarcasm, and realness of your penmanship. It is clear that as you say, “I have gone on to lead a pretty damn productive life…” that it is true. It makes me so happy to know this. Interestingly all I got from the staff members were, “You cannot make assumptions about parents Mr. Moyer.” Often, I see the crystal ball and story before it plays out based on intuition, and people after the fact will say,”Wow! You were spot on.” Sadly, when that happens the damage has already been done.

      I relate to what you are saying about people being apathetic and not being involved. It has only gotten worse over the years. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in law enforcement. During that time, I was saddened often at how often criminals seemed to get little or no time for events that wreck peoples psychology for life. It was frustrating! I do think it contributes to apathy. Who wants to report a criminal when they will receive little to no time or be right back on the street? That is the mentality it has created in citizens over the years. A fear. That voice plays out in their head,”Mind your own business. Do not get involved.”

      It is really bad in schools now. There is little to no punishment so bad students often rule. It is so frustrating for all teachers. There is nothing worse than having a student commit a discipline infraction and having an administrator do nothing about it except place them right back in class. It undermines authority and learning. It is also why we have teacher turnover in America. Teachers rotate about as fast as a cook flips burgers these days.

      All we can do as individuals is fight the good fight and sometimes the fight is alone. Believe me it felt very alone fighting for you and many students along the way. Many times I felt as if they were going to terminate me. I have always had faith in God. In education a lot of employees hate God. I do believe their disdain for him leads again to apathy. When people reject the light, darkness finds a home in their hearts, and they just do not care about the individual. They become more about rules, tests, process, their jobs, protecting establishment, than the well-being of the person. So many students across America are going through what you went through and often they have no professional help as counseling in schools is all but dead. Kids are not people as much as they are a number and frankly I think it sucks. In America we just focus on those who are able to overcome. To the rest, they are damned. Only the strong survive. It is what it is.

      I hope what I write helps clarify the “Why people do not intervene..” part. It is a broken system that many would soon not deal with. It is much easier to look the other way and do nothing. I would rather fight it. I am not sure if you like Spiderman, but there is a scene in which a criminal is running and he does not care and let’s him go. The criminal says, “thanks mister” or something like that. He later finds to his sadness that that criminal kills his Uncle Ben. Spiderman paid for his apathy. So from a law enforcement perspective, teacher, or just being a good citizen, I believe, “Do not let them go!”

      On another note, I see from your blog photo that you paddle? What lake was that photo taken on? I also see a little child on your back. Are you a mommy now? What branch of the service did you serve in?

      • Hey, thanks for the quick reply. I honestly wasn’t sure if commenting would yield a response. I totally agree that apathy is becoming an epidemic in this country. I think there is a direct correlation between apathy and a failing school system. I was fortunate in that after moving in with my grandmother, she played in a charter home school, still public, but guided by her academic input. It gave me the opportunity to focus on getting my work done when I was at optimum levels for received new information, whilst also allowing for way to be involved in the community on a daily basis. Because she worked a lot, I spent a lot of time volunteering at the library, which was a real life saver.
        A am also saddened by the life choices Amber chose. Once my dad was charged and prosecuted for what he did to she and I, we were allotted a large sum of funds from victim witness for counseling services. Perhaps she didn’t get matched with a good counselor.. I really don’t know. She just had no interest in moving on. I also find it interesting that two people can experience similar trauma, be given the same opportunities to prevail, and the paths chosen can be so different. I would have preferred to learn about this particular conundrum from an objective stance, but that wasn’t the card I was dealt, lol.
        What made you leave law enforcement to become a teacher? That is quite the career shift. After graduating high school, I did college for a bit and when I turned 21, I also became a cop. It was a short lived experience… I worked for a very small department in Stores County Nevada. I got to experience first hand the nepotism that is working for the Sheriff’s Office of a small county. After I came to the realization that the company of my inmates was preferable to that of my co-workers, I left and joined the Air Guard. Which was sold to me as “one weekend a month, 2 weeks camp in the year”. In actuality, it was one weekend a month, deployed 6-8 months of every year. So the whole epithet of “weekend warrior” was lost one me. The majority of my enlistments were spent at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA. I got to go to Okinawa twice, which was awesome! Which is, in fact, where the picture you asked about was taken. We weren’t actually paddling though… I was a member of a running club, The Okinawa Hash House Harriers, and that was the end spot for our run that day. Don’t be alarmed by the name, the “Hash”, is in reference to the origin of the sport “hashing”, which started at an Officer’s Club, in the military, called the Hash House. I think it was in Malaysia. Either way, it’s a fun and unruly sport.. gave me lots of opportunity to see the island, eat strange foods, and meet new people when I wasn’t working.
        The image of myself and the crumb snatch is my little one. I never had plans to come a mom, quite the contrary. I had these plans that once I finished my Criminal Justice degree, I would get out of the Air Force and go work for some division of the DOD or FBI. Which was great, because those types of jobs are best held by individuals who don’t a lot of family ties or other obligations. However, at the ripe age of 28 my plans shifted. I don’t regret it in any way, and her father and I, although divorced, are still cordial and make a diligent effort to be consistent with her. He is a good father, terrible husband though.. or maybe I was a terrible wife, either way, we’re both better off for it and she is too. She is 3 1/2 years old… smart and bossy as the day is long. I try to be the parent that I never had and give her the love and support I missed out on. I think what a lot of people forget nowadays with kids is that it comes with a certain amount of selflessness… it’s not there job to love you back, or be your friend, or appreciate all you back breaking efforts. It’s you job as a parent to make sure they are loved, and fed, and cared for… regardless of what they give back. I am lucky in that she is loving, kind, funny, and SMART. Anyways… I could talk about her forever, sooo moving on, lol.
        These days I work at a process server for the county. Much like teaching, or so I would imagine, it keeps you humble and current on social disparity in America, and in some cases, opens the door to make a positive difference in another persons life. Even if it’s something as simple as explaining a petition from the public fiduciary to the mentally incompetent so that they may stay protected, housed, and fed by the state hospital.
        Anyways, hope this finds you well and feel free to talk to any time. Aside from work, parenting, and school I don’t have much else going on these days… not complaining. I’m content with being a home body.. something about all that excitement the first half of my life has made me really appreciate being a couch potato who builds tiny robots and paints with a toddler, lol.

      • So I have been short on time lately, but I want to say after reading this you have a good work life balance that many spend their life trying to find and never find it. Parenting, work, school, and a little couch potato relaxation to decompress is a great thing. You will never regret the time you spend with your toddler. Keep it up! God, family, work in that order is my model.

        To answer why I became a teacher instead of a law enforcement officer mainly had to do with time and wanting to stop problems before they start. Law enforcement has many of the elements that you discuss. I do not like those either, but time and helping kids make wise choices was always what sent me in the direction of teaching. Law enforcement involves long hours and sometimes you do not have a choice in the matter. I really enjoy my time. Working 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. was not my idea of fun. Dealing with hardened criminals is no fun either. Especially in a system that allows them to seemingly have more rights than victims or officers. You really cannot change most criminals, but children like small trees can be shaped positively.

        Sorry about the slow reply. Sometimes I am fast and sometimes slow, but I always get back to everyone.

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