A Birthday Note

By Almut von Schwedler (Uta’s sister)

Uta and children

Happy Birthday Uta.

This year I am going to turn 50 but you were afraid of getting older. I do not mind it as much. The last 2 and a half years have taught me more and amongst it how to enjoy every day and make the best of what we have and embrace what is there to come. Age included..

The picture from our holiday in Spain from 2010, which was the last time you visited Europe with your children, is one of my favourite photos of you. I love you being surrounded by your children and that is how I experienced you mostly. I know you also followed many interests but your children were the most important.

How significant is it that 48 hours aired on the eve of your birthday. Although not having watched the program yet at my home, I read through hundreds of comments from viewers. I could not agree more with the majority of impressions: how amazing Pelle has turned out to be and how he has acted, what he stands for and equally admirable is the dedication the Oglesby Tribe has displayed to offer Liam, Ilona and Malkie a chance of a normal and happy life.

Personally distressing for me are the comments that you had deserted the family, you mistreated and abused the kids only to follow your own interests and affairs. How wrong are these people? I suppose it was to be expected.

We know better; we know what you stood for and what you lived for. Your time, love and interests were shared out more evenly than anyone else could to more family, friends, colleagues, neighbours etc. Even I was overwhelmed about the outpouring of condolences from around the world when you left us. And I really thought I knew you well. I mentioned this many months ago: you exhausted so many of us with your energy and joy of life.

We will all be fine in the future; the children will always have people all over the world to go to who loved and cherished you and who can tell them stories about your life with them.

But we will continue to miss you: quirky, red haired, exercise crazy, and weirdly dressed as you were. April 13th will continue to be devoted to you ( and to Marissa Oglesby)

 

 

April 13th: Uta’s 52nd Birthday

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By Anna von Schwedler

click here to read the German version

Today my sister Uta would be 52 years old.  Nearly two and a half year have passed since her death and for nearly a year the man who we suspected from the beginning for murdering her, sits in prison. Yesterday there was the CBS show: 48 hours shown in the American TV about the “Uta case”. A son’s mission. A very American title, but it will hopefully reach a big audience.

There was a big effort in spreading the airing of the show by the email list “Friends of Uta”, the “Uta von Schwedler Memorial Page on Facebook” and the website “ Justice for Uta”. Thank you very much to everyone who helped us since Sept. 27th  2011 that the injustice which happened to Uta will not be forgotten. Special thanks to Pelle and Amy, Nils, Heidi and Jessica.

For the last 20 months the team from 48 hours was interested and working on this case. There were several visits to Salt Lake City, they talked to many people there, intruded Amy’s kitchen and filmed the family. Out of many hours of film material they put together this film and especially the short-takes of the running water in the bathtub are phenomenal. I got very emotional just by watching the preview clips on the internet.

When the whole family and many friends met shortly after Uta’s death in Salt Lake City for the memorial, I would never have thought about the dimension this case would take. We still had the faith, that the police will do their job (although I already had some doubt) and that the murderer, -a suicide was beyond anyone’s belief who knew Uta- , would soon be behind bars (Swedish curtains in colloquial German). But unfortunately we were definitely wrong!

Nearly every day I got new information about what happened in Salt Lake or what sadly did not happen there. The worst thing was that the police tried several times to lay the case down because they declared Uta’s death a suicide. It was unbelievable for us that Johnny was still a free man who went on threatening and abusing his children emotionally because they still lived with him unprotected.

I think, in my whole life I was never so mad and at the same time felt so helpless like in this first year after Uta’s death.

The press began to speak about the case when Uta’s 1 year memorial was held at her house, and some movement came into the case. In the meantime and out of fear of the children’s safety still living in Johnny’s house, Pelle and his lawyer Margaret got a court motion to remove the two underage children Liam and Ilona out of his house, but only until early February 2013. With the publicity’s interest in the “respectable pediatrician” murdering his ex-wife the police started the investigations again, supported by Margaret and Pelle.

I was more than reluctant when Amy informed Almut and me nearly live about the arrest of Johnny my time afternoon on April 25th  2013.

What happened since then:

Johnny B. Wall is in prison as a suspect (not for us) for homicide and hopefully will be convicted guilty and stay there for a really long time. First there were court motions about reducing his bail, then in August the court decided to give the temporarily custody for Liam and Ilona to Amy and John Oglesby, which was also a great relief for us.

Three days in October the district attorney presented witnesses (thanks to Klaus) and crime scene photos, to prove the rightness of the prosecution against John Wall.

What a relief to know and not a big surprise that he will be charged.

At the moment there is still a motion in the court, whether one of Johnny’s lawyers will be accepted and whether his statements at his interrogation at the police may be used. This is the reason why there is no date fixed for the beginning of the trial yet.

But when the trial will begin, my family and me will be sitting in the court room and follow it. Johnny’s sister Wendy Wall claims in the 48 hours show, that Johnny is not guilty and loved his family. The latter may be right, but at least since the days when he was depressive, the love for himself was much bigger than to anyone else. Egocentricity and narcissism may be easily mistaken for love when the children are only a means to the satisfaction of his own needs.

I am against the death penalty. When Johnny will receive a life sentence, he will have much more time to think about his “pretended” love for his children. He cannot follow his children in their school life, not seeing them growing up to young adults, not going to school balls or graduations with them, not helping with choosing a college or being at their university graduation. He will never get to know the friends of them, not going to their weddings or hold a grandchild in his arms. He took all this possibilities from my sister Uta, now he won’t have them himself. That is the miserable life that he blamed Uta for before. Now he has that miserable life and the only one to blame for and who is guilty for destroying 2 lives his is himself.

This is just fair for me!!!!

Pelle, Malkie, Liam and Ilona have a great number of supporters in their lives, they have a Oma, who can support them financially, they have aunts and uncles, cousins, to whom they can talk to or fly to anytime they want. And they have a big adoptive family, who took them into their lives and hearts and just want the best for them.

Does Johnny have all that?

Together we will manage that the children will grow up to happy and content adults, even with the background of a murderer as a father.

It is Uta’s legacy to make friends and bring together so many different people. My way of looking into life changed a lot the last years.

Thank you to EVERYONE who went this long way with us and will also stand at our sides in the future.

Anna

Heidelberg, April, 13th 2014

 

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Holle, Anna and Uta with their children, Germany 1996 uta 3

Holle, Uta, Sophie, and Almut. Easter Island, March 2008

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48 Hours: Interview with Susan Spencer on CBS This Morning

Interview with Susan Spencer (above)

Article by Susan Spencer (below)

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“48 Hours:” Utah teen believes father killed mother

By Susan Spencer

What would you do if you were 17 years old and became convinced that your father had committed murder? And not just any murder, but the murder of your mother? That situation faced a kid named Pelle Wall in Salt Lake City a few years ago.

His parents were long divorced, but were in a bitter, ongoing dispute over custody of the four kids. It was so out of hand that they even were fighting over who got to keep family photo albums. In the middle of this, Pelle’s mother Uta von Schwedler was found dead in her bathtub, along with a knife and one of those prized albums.

The medical examiner concluded that she’d drowned. Period. How she managed to drown – in her own tub – was left unanswered. Her son didn’t know how either, but he was convinced he knew WHO – his own father, Johnny Wall, a respected pediatrician. Pelle had no proof, but a series of bizarre circumstances left him believing that, despite his father’s adamant denials, he and his siblings were living with a murderer.

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Preview: Father and Son

Here is the first preview for this weeks 48 Hours episode! 

The full episode is airing this Saturday (April 12) at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. We will post the link to the full online episode shortly after it airs! 

Also, feel free to check out our Facebook page (Uta von Schwedler’s Memorial Page) for more updates

Uta’s Story On 48 Hours

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After Uta von Schwedler’s suspicious death in Sept 2011, CBS’s 48 Hours began documenting her story and the family’s quest for justice. After nearly two years of gathering footage and facts, the episode will air on April 12th.

for more info about the show and to watch it online:  http://www.cbsnews.com/48-hours/

for more info about the story, start here:

http://e.cityweekly.net/cityweekly/2013/07/25/?g=print#?article=1967252

 

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Date Still Not Set for Wall Trial


SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City doctor is accused of killing his ex-wife.

Now, almost a year after his arrest, lawyers are in a battle before the case goes to trial.

Five witnesses testified Monday. None of them said Wall complained of being threatened or coerced by police but lawyers still have to question the detectives who did the interview.

A family friend took the stand Monday afternoon. Andrea Brickey told the court about a conversation she had with Wall after his police interrogation.

“I just said (to Wall) do you think you did this in your heart of hearts? And he said ‘I don’t remember,’” Brickey testified.

While at Wall’s home, Brickey said Wall acted strange following the death of his ex-wife and suspected he was suicidal.

“He was afraid he might jump out of the window,” she said Wall stated.

Brickey called a friend, a therapist, who described more odd behavior as she drove Wall to the hospital two years ago.

“He started telling me that his mother was psychotic and he was wondering if he had what she had and at that time I said shut up, I didn’t want him to talk to me anymore. I was… I was afraid,” said Jill Alger-James

Wall sat emotionless in court Monday but behind it all, his lawyers say he’s frustrated the case is dragging.

These motions will take at least another month to resolve before a trial date is scheduled.

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Defense Trying to Suppress Statements of Salt Lake City Doctor Accused of Killing Ex-Wife

By Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

John Brickman Wall has never confessed to murdering his ex-wife, Uta von Schwedler.

But the former Salt Lake City pediatrician did say during a police interview, and several times to friends and family, that if he did do it, he didn’t remember.

“He said to me, ‘Only a monster would have done what was done to [von Schwedler],’ ” family friend Jill Alger-James testified on Monday during an evidentiary hearing in 3rd District Court.

She said that Wall added, “If it was me, I don’t remember.”

Defense attorneys are trying to keep a jury from hearing those statements, claiming they were involuntarily given.

Judge Denise Lindberg heard testimony Monday from several witnesses who interacted with Wall the evening after von Schwedler’s boyfriend discovered her body in her bathtub of her Sugar House home on Sept. 27, 2011.

Before making a ruling, the judge will hear additional testimony on April 14 from the two detectives who interviewed Wall.

Wall, 50, was charged last April with murder and aggravated burglary, both first-degree felonies, in the death of the 49-year-old woman.

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Throw Out Statements Dr. John Wall Made After Ex-Wife’s Death, Defense Asks

By Emiley Morgan, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The morning after Dr. John Wall learned his ex-wife had died and the pediatrician underwent police questioning, friends who responded to the home said he was distraught and incoherent and then calm and rational.

“It was a night and day difference in behavior and how he was speaking and acting,” Andrea Brickey testified in 3rd District Court Monday. “I felt like he went from extremely upset to very calm and cool and collected. It was two different people — one was very upset and then the next thing I know he was very calm and ready to go.”

Attorneys for the 50-year-old man, who is accused of killing Uta von Schwedler, are asking a judge to suppress statements he made to police, his children and friends, arguing that they were “involuntarily given” and coerced by officers who badgered him, lied to him and manipulated him.

Third District Judge Denise Lindberg heard arguments on the motion Monday.

Wall, 50, has been ordered to stand trial for murder and aggravated burglary in the death of his ex-wife. The 49-year-old was found dead in an overflowing bathtub in her home at 1433 E. Harrison Ave. (1625 South) on Sept. 27, 2011.

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