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 Joan Angela D'Alessandro

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Joan Angela D'Alessandro

  • Birth 7 Sep 1965 Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 19 Apr 1973 Hillsdale, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Monsey, Rockland County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 6845719

Joan was a beautiful, sweet child. She was outgoing, sensitive and very bright. She loved to tell jokes and her favorite expression was "big whoop!" She loved the color green and "Ode to Joy" was her favorite song. Joan went to school at St. John the Baptist Elementary and also attended church there as well. Joan was raped and murdered by her neighbor, as she was delivering Girl Scout cookies. She was murdered on Holy Thursday and her body was found on Easter Sunday. Her murderer was sentenced to life in prison. Back in the 1970s that meant he would be eligible for parole in 14 years. In 1987 he was up for parole and denied. In 1993 he was again denied. With the possibility that Joan's killer might someday walk the streets her mother launched a crusade to protest her daughter's pedophile murderer's release. Thanks to the courageous efforts by her mother, Rosemarie, "Joan's Law" has been enacted. Whereby, people who molest and murder children under 14 years of age will receive a minimum penalty of life in prison without parole. Rosemarie is also responsible for promoting passage of the Justice for Victims Law. The Joan Angela D'Alessandro Memorial Foundation works to promote the passage of Joan's Law in other states. It also offers aid to children in distress and also helps disadvantaged children attain productive lives. To make a donation or seek information please write to the foundation at 45 Florence St, Hillsdale, NJ 07642.

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  • Created by: Rosemarie
  • Added: 11 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6845719
  • Rosemarie
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joan Angela D'Alessandro (7 Sep 1965–19 Apr 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6845719, citing Ascension Cemetery, Monsey, Rockland County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Rosemarie (contributor 46589062) .