Author(s): Nancye O'Reilly
Drama and tragedy have pursued Nancye OÃ¢ÂÂReilly throughout her life. Adopted as a baby and abused from a young age, she married young and gave birth to two beautiful girls. In 1980 horror struck when she discovered her daughter Alicia had been raped and murdered in her bed during the night. The event changed her life for ever. Despite her own and the policeÃ¢ÂÂs best efforts, the murderer was never caught, and AliciaÃ¢ÂÂs death remains one of the most famous unsolved cases in New Zealand criminal history. As if this were not enough, in 1987 NancyeÃ¢ÂÂs older daughter Juliet was killed in a car accident, and three years later a third daughter died a few hours after birth. Such tragedies would have destroyed a lesser woman, but Nancye OÃ¢ÂÂReilly took control of her life and made some crucial decisions to improve her lot and that of her two sons. As a result of her extraordinary experiences, she is now in a position to effect change as an advocate for victimsÃ¢ÂÂ rights and through her work as a facilitator of an education group for men who use violence. Broken Angels is a remarkably honest and positive story of a woman of strong spirit who has triumphed powerfully over adversity.
Nancye O'Reilly now lives in Whangarei, where she is raising her two sons, Jay and Liam. She works as a counsellor for Men Beyond Violence.