I Spent 15 Years In Prison For Murdering My Abusive Ex-Boyfriend After He Held Me Hostage For Four Days

My name is Rose Parker and in 1986 I escaped a violent relationship. I had a 19-month-old son and another child on the way when I moved into my family home to get my life together. While I was living there, my abuser tracked me down and held me hostage for four days. He had three guns.

By God’s grace I reacted. My brother came to rescue me and was wounded with the same shot that hit my attacker. I was sent to prison for 15 years for the murder of my ex. I wrote a book about the incident entitled Beat Up, Beat Down and Still Standing.

The silver lining is that I SURVIVED. In the telling of my story, I think about my life, my health and how I survived all those years locked up away from my kids. I think about the cycle of abuse by my ex and abuse by the justice system.

I’m grateful to shed a little more light on this story. I hope people watching Over My Dead Body will see my story and understand the warning signs of domestic violence.

For more information about domestic volience, check out Saving Our Women International, an outreach group formed to educate through prevention and intervention by providing resources and workshops. Visit www.savingourwomen.org or email drrose@savingourwomen.org. If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening domestic situation, please call 911 or 1 800 799-(SAFE) 7233.

For more stories of ordinary woman displaying amazing strength, watch “Over My Dead Body,” Mondays at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.

Photo: Investigation Discovery

  • Cameron Dimez


    I may have only just read this over the Internet but I can say is admire your bravery and for staying in there; even throughout your entire gross miscarriage of justice sentence to prison; you are a phoenix that rose from the ashes the abusers turned your life into.

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  • Alice

    That is an absolute travesty!! If I had been a juror that would NEVER have happened! How on earth was this not justifiable homicide?!!

    • Dr.Rose Parker

      Oh Ms Alice, I have always wondered that.

  • Destiny Hero

    It’s unfair for you to spend so much years away from your kids,but you r home now,thanks for sharing your story

    • Dr.Rose Parker

      Thank you so very much

  • Mrs Jackson

    Cameron Dimez said it best! Ms
    Rose, you are an inspiration. Keep rising!

    • Dr.Rose Parker

      Thank you Mrs. Jackson

  • Mrs Jackson

    She shouldn’t have spent a second behind bars. I read the trial transcripts. This was beyond an injustice. I am happy she is doing so well. God bless her.

    • Dr.Rose Parker

      Wow, bless God for you and your comments

  • Sharon Wiley

    A strong lady.

    • Dr.Rose Parker

      Thank you Sharon

  • Ama Powell

    Omg I can’t believe u were sent to prison for 15yrs that would never happen here in the UK. ..my heart goes out 2u…..that should never of happened 2u…

    • Dr.Rose Parker

      I was actually pregnant about five months at the time

  • Mae B Home

    It’s OK for the Police to do it but not her when she was taking all the abuse.
    Something’s not right here.

    • Dr.Rose Parker

      I wondered that myself all these years

  • janalyn

    this horrible, she should’nt been sent to prison. All the law did, was finish what that low life of a husband started. I know this happens alot, and it shouldn’t.

    • Dr.Rose Parker

      You are correct, that is why my book is called Beat Up, Beat Down and Still Standing. It is available now. STILL STANDING

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  • Kay Red

    Dr.Rose Parker is a brave woman

  • Tracy M. Dunham

    Damn shame. Thank God you lived to tell your story. Will purchase your book…