Victim impact statement from student's aunt

  • Miriam Frankl
Miriam Frankl
February 02, 2011|By The Baltimore Sun

Miriam Frankl's aunt, Rebecca German, is a professor at the Hopkins School of Medicine. She shared the victim impact statement she read at Meighan's sentencing with the Baltimore Sun:

"I am Rebecca German, Miriam Frankl's aunt. I have no children of my own, and my niece and nephews mean a lot to me.

When Miriam was killed I lost two women. The first is the girl who I was at her birth, a million times in between and again on the day that she died. She was fearless and bold, and was exploring and discovering and expressing herself from an early age. I ache every time I think about her smile, her freckles and of all that beauty inside and out that is now gone.

When Miriam came to Baltimore there were three generations of women at Johns Hopkins, my mother, myself and my niece. My mother is now in the end stages of Alzheimer's disease. Miriam is gone, too. I feel that I was part of a chain that has been cut off at both ends. Strength and love and wisdom are supposed to be passed on from generation to generation. There is no one for me to pass on to.

And that is the second woman I miss: the Miriam who would have been, the person she would have grown into. It is the Miriam who had hopes and dreams of being a scientific researcher and a mother and a person who made a difference in the world. It is not just the impact on me that matters here; it is the impact on a world that would have been a far better place for her being in it.

My mother used to write poems for her children. There is one she wrote for my sister, and I know my sister would give it to Miriam. There were a lot of lines about Rachel being beautiful and smart and good (which she is). But the last two lines are what my sister would say to Miriam:

"And when you win the Nobel Prize, You'll be my baby in disguise"

There will be no Nobel Prize, and a part of me, and a significant part of my sister, will be empty for the rest of our lives. All I can ask is that no other family have to go through what Miriam's has. His multiple convictions involving substance abuse, his cowardice in the face of wrong doing, his inability to acknowledge the seriousness of what he has done, all suggest that there is no rehabilitation for this man. It is our responsibility as a society to see that he cannot hurt others the way he has hurt us.

Rebecca German"

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