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Marla Bernard is a passionate victim’s rights advocate, author, and public speaker.

She received her Master of Arts with honors from Baker University. She served as adjunct faculty for a national university where she has written several criminal justice courses and has been a contributor to national law enforcement publications.

Her newest book, By the Side of the Road, is the story of the abduction and murder of fifteen-year-old Ann Marie Harrison and her family's  twenty-six year journey to see her killers brought to justice.

She was recently filmed for an upcoming true crime series in the United Kingdom for an episode based on her first book, Through the Rain, which chronicles the tragic stories of  two child murders.

Her work has been published in two volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is writing her third book, a collection of short stories about individuals whose positive influences significantly impacted her life. Additionally, she is conducting historical research to develop a fictional biography of her ancestor, Margaret Stephenson Scott, the last victim of the Salem Witch Trials.

Marla and her husband, retired Sgt. David Bernard, reside in the Midwest near the loves of their lives – their two children and three grandchildren.

Professional Member:ships :

The Authors Guild

Missouri Writers Guild

Mystery Writers of America

International Women's Writing Guild

American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon 

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