A House Divided – Tune into “Good Morning America” on Thursday to see the exclusive interview with Shellie Zimmerman.

Shellie Zimmerman sat down with ABC for an interview.   ABC of all outlets?   The same organization which manipulates edits in interviews to sell a specific narrative.   Look at what they did to juror B-29.    Why sit down with ABC?   Unreal…..

The article below, which ABC is using as the precursor, is generally the interviewer, Christi O’Conner’s descriptions of what Shellie Zimmerman said.   So take that for what it’s worth….


( VIA ABC ) The Florida investigative journalist who is the first reporter to sit down with George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, said that during their “stunning” hour long interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that her husband has “beaten down her self-esteem,” but she is “looking forward to getting her life back.”

Christi O’Connor spoke with ABCNews.com today about her experience locking down an interview with Shellie Zimmerman as the media focused its attention on her husband, who was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012.

Today, Shellie Zimmerman was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and one year’s probation, plus she will have to present an apology letter to the judge she lied to about the couple’s finances. O’Connor said that after months of courting her and her attorney, she was able to secure the interview with Shellie about her life leading up to and since her husband’s trial.

When I asked her why she was doing [the interview], Shellie said, ‘I want to start my life back.’ George Zimmerman has beaten down her self-esteem,” O’Connor told ABCNews.com, adding that Shellie is using this opportunity for a new start. “She has a moment in the spotlight. She wants everyone to know that she changed her life.”

Shellie also told O’Connor that the aftermath of the shooting and months until the trial put a major strain on the couple’s relationship.

It put great stress on their marriage,” she said. “Constantly having to move. She got threats. A lot of threats. She doesn’t want to reveal from who…. They are constantly living under fear of being attacked.”

O’Connor, who is working on a book about the George Zimmerman trial, also hinted that there was evidence that was mishandled, saying that during the sensational trial, “there were so many untruths told.”

What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict,” she said.  (article link)

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  1. LittleLaughter says:

    What’s going on exactly? Is Shellie trying to damage George?
    The reporter seems to be suggesting that untruths told during the trial were defense lies- why else would there have been a different verdict as she indicates?
    Something is stinky.

    • michelle says:

      Saw a promo for the show tonight–it said Shellie would talk about G’s “temper.” Of course, promos are often misleading on purpose, but I certainly don’t like this business I read above of a “different verdict.” Sounds to me as if ABC might be trying to establish a barrier against what they feel might be coming their way over Matt Gutman’s part in the whole travesty.

      • LittleLaughter says:

        Because the snippet of info we have comes from the reporter who is also writing a book, I don’t know what to think. While heartbreaking, it’s not surprising the marriage is strained. However- it will be beyond surprising to me if Shellie gets in front of a camera to bash her husband for the world to see.

    • doodahdaze says:


  2. ZurichMike says:

    More breathless, out-of-context, agenda-driven tabloid “reporting” from the media whores at ABC. Christi O’Connor wants to show how important she is — and to make herself a household name so she can sell more of her books, which I am sure as as fact-challenged as the prosecution was.

    Hope Shellie’s attorney has an agreement as to final edit approval on what will be broadcast, otherwise they will juxtapose what Shellie said with “fake” questions from a “concerned” O’Connor.

    • LittleLaughter says:

      I concur, Mike. But why would she choose to sit down with the media whores of ABC?? (No offense to whores).

      • rumpole2 says:

        I am reserving judgement until I hear it…. but I fear I could be disappointed by Shellie’s performance.
        Why not just Shut Up?

        • waltherppk says:

          This smells like one aspect of some kind of backroom dead at damage control which is part of a settlement construct that has been worked out by the deal makers who are the attorneys doubling as PR spinmeisters / face saving settlement brokers / problem solving “fixers” …so it is a corporate lawyers’ / politicians’ dog and pony show.

          • rumpole2 says:

            Why do I have this sinking feeling like having watched a long rescue attempt to get a kitten from stuck up a tree… then seeing it released and run headlong across a busy road :(

            • waltherppk says:

              The Zimmermans may be desperate in reality or they may be playing along and just taking the path of least resistance for being war weary. They are probably pretty worn down from the whole David and Goliath scenario. Shelley is their leverage but the state knows how it would look if they crucify Shelley but don’t go after Rachel Jeantel and other obvious perjurers…..so this is like a consolation and face saving kind of plea deal. The irony is rich where a person cops a plea strategically just to make a problem like this go away, which is undercutting the settlement position by giving the state a pound of flesh to which they really aren’t entitled. This is an armed robbery of the Zimmermans by a state too cheap to pay its honest debts. Believe me I know because I am suing the same crooked bastards and I know how they think and I know how they operate.
              If the state will engage in evidence tampering and other felonies under the color of authority, and they do it all the time, then nobody should doubt the state engages in extorted “plea bargains” as a matter of policy also. They do these things an a whole lot worse because the government is simply a crime cartel which operates under the color of authority. That isn’t an unfounded accusation when a person has the evidence it is true. The Zimmermans know what the story is because they have that kind of evidence, just like I do. So they are simply “playing ball” with some heavy duty criminals to make a problem go away. This kind of stuff goes on every day in Florida. It is like a long running real life soap opera or a real life version of the Sopranos.

              • justfactsplz says:

                I have to admit it seems like a soap opera. I too have seen how the justice system works in Florida. I have very little faith in it and would put nothing past them. Thank God the jury set George free. Pray for both George and Shellie.

            • keriheat says:


        • canadacan says:

          I concur.

        • Sharon Campbell says:

          Same here. I hope it’s okay, but I did notice that she seemed cold toward George the night of the verdict. The only person she seemed warm to was O’Mara’s wife. She showed emotion when they hugged. She didn’t hug George after the verdict or even look happy.

      • ZurichMike says:

        MONEY! She probably got paid a boatload of cash, which she and George surely need for legal expenses.

        • rumpole2 says:

          No doubt!!
          Though they always seem to deny payment.

          Even so…. I would say George’s credit is EXCELLENT… even if cash flow a bit weak at this time :D

          And ABC of all places?

          • waltherppk says:

            It is probably something that Beasley and the lawyers at ABC worked out over cocktails and somebody from the SA office was there too and not going thirsty. A “plea bargain” deal as a part of a “discount settlement” WRT to George ……it is like a “family fight” that is like a round of “professional” wrestling. All showmanship.

      • justfactsplz says:

        That’s funny Little Laughter. No offense to whores, lol.

    • canadacan says:

      This is key. it would be better for Shelly to keep her mouth shut.
      This is an unusual situation however, this is George’s
      second failed marriage and he’s just turning 30.

      • dawndoe says:

        George was married before?

        • stella says:

          I think he was engaged before, not married.

          • justfactsplz says:

            I believe that is correct Stella. He was engaged before.

          • canadacan says:

            I think what must have confused me was there was a domestic dispute, when George was about 21 and the police were called. some kind of a shoving contest. I misunderstood. George must have been living with this person.

            • rickmadigan says:

              No, the girl slapped George because he was chewing gum, so later that day, he slapped her to let her see how it felt. She might have notified the police on that situation.

              They broke up later, and one day he went over to talk of his concern for his grandma, but some argument caused her dog to bite his face. George left her apartment, and they both got restraining orders on each other.

  3. PatriotUSA says:

    Does not pass the smell test at all. This does not pass any test as far as I am concerned. How could such an event such as this not strain any marriage? It ‘changed’ her life? This is deeply troubling to me and has Shellie sold out to set herself up for the rest of her life? I think such a test would change anyone’s life. O’Connor works for ABC and they have no credibility at all with me and they will never have any along with the rest of the lapdog media of the Obamanazi regime. Waiting for more details to become clear and damn, damn, damn………….

    • LittleLaughter says:

      Yep- it smells alright. I see nothing good coming from this regardless of her intent. You don’t sit down to converse with the devil. Period.

    • justfactsplz says:

      I know it sounds so sad and is. If one listens very closely to the jailhouse tapes they will have a better understanding of the dynamics at play here. In prayer for the whole situation.

  4. Lou says:

    for the record, B29 was just plain dumb, and didn’t make any sense.

  5. froggielegs says:

    Exposing corruption, crime and wrongdoing in ways that improve lives.; Multi Emmy Award winning investigative reporter leading CBS investigative units in Dallas and then San Francisco. Talk Show Host/World Report Correspondent before leaving to launch national teen self esteem and anti bullying networks.

    Specialties: -Writing, Editing, Producing, Overseeing productions, Emceeing events, Advocating for teenagers and children.”


    Hmm advocating for teenagers and children and left job to launch national teen “Self Esteem” network. Well, that pretty much says where her bias will be.

    • judy says:

      So now the strange reference to “self-esteem” comes into focus…thanks for that clarity!

      The “snippet” attributes the “beaten down her self-esteem” quote to Shellie in the first paragraph and further down probably more accurately only the “I want to start my life back” is attributed to Shellie. Then, “George Zimmerman has beaten down her self-esteem” was an O’Connor statement to ABCNews.com. I know this is knit picking but that is how it seems to go in communications today. HMMMMMM!!!!

      Looks like Shellie may be “owning” a real mistake of trusting that what she says in an interview will still be the same when she sees the final “edits”…..We know words don’t teach but experience does. “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.” Proverbs 17:28 NIV

      The Florida investigative journalist who is the first reporter to sit down with George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, said that during their “stunning” hour long interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that her husband has “beaten down her self-esteem,”


      “When I asked her why she was doing [the interview], Shellie said, ‘I want to start my life back.’ George Zimmerman has beaten down her self-esteem,” O’Connor told ABCNews.com

  6. froggielegs says:

    And here you have it!!!


    A blog owned by Christi O’Connor

    “Is there a connection between George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin and a white Sanford police officer’s tazing of a black man? Does this tragedy add credence to allegations that Zimmerman’s motives for shooting Martin were racist? These are the kinds of questions I’ve been investigating since moving to Sanford to witness the trial from inside the courtroom. I’ve discovered unreported information in many areas; some of which may have led to a different verdict- -had prosecutors not missed it.

    I’m in Sanford now writing a book on what the public doesn’t know and what the jury never heard. Over the next months, more that shouldn’t wait will emerge. I’ll report it here. This now includes an increasingly excessive use of death and injury-linked Taser guns by police here and across the nation.

    I was at Sanford’s Allen Chapel AME Church when members of Sanford’s black community recently confronted the city’s new police chief about the Taser shooting they call, “another Trayvon attack.” With my iPhone, I recorded what I saw and heard. As the audience passed around copied photos of a bloody and critically injured Fuller, the angry crowd demanded action and told new police chief, Cecil Smith, this was his first test of their trust. They would give him a chance to handle things right. Here’s how the crowd- -and later victim, Samuel Fuller, and 5 witnesses with whom I spoke- -say it went down:”

    “I was at Sanford’s Allen Chapel AME Church”

    Natty’s Mom’s church! Nope this is not going to go well and Shellie just may be selling George down the river.

    • froggielegs says:

      The construct of the whole blog..

      “Samuel Fuller is heading home from a grocery store with food. Two white police officers racially profile and follow him more than a mile to his neighborhood.”

      Sorry but the only reason I can see Shellie doing an interview with her is to sell George out.

      • froggielegs says:

        (I know I need to learn to finish reading before hitting post LOL)

        The very ending of that blog..

        “I close by circling back to George Zimmerman. Sanford’s black community believes Fuller’s tazing is more proof of a racist police department to which the ‘Wannabe Police Officer, Zimmerman’ has close ties. And that this “culture of racism” influenced Zimmerman’s decision to shoot Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, of course, denies this and a jury seemed to agree. But, I’ve spoken with several credible people who provide interesting insight and who offer proof that Zimmerman and his family are racist. I’ve also discovered a lot more about the Zimmerman/Trayvon tragedy. But I can’t share it yet. I will when the time is right. So, stay tuned.”

        • canadacan says:

          Specious specious insidious.
          Shelly needs to strive for a little dignity and keep your mouth shut. what is she trying to do make extra money on the side so she can move out. I’m starting to lose My temper.
          Rank immaturity on both sides. I’m sure George is very thin skinned right now and took a guilty plea as criticism of him.

          • Lulu says:

            The “there was much evidence that no one ever heard” (or teasing words to that effect) was Christi’s manufactured meme. I didn’t hear that come from Shellie, though it will be conflated with the Shellie interview and the lines blurred between what Shellie actually said, what Christi says she said, and the agenda that Christi is advancing to enhance her “investigative journalist” creds and give her book some sales-worthy zing.

            Naive Shellie really walked into a trap here.

      • Lottacats says:

        Feeling the same and sick about it. This woman reporter is no doubt “feeling all the pain as a woman” for Shellie. NOT!! Once again, the lame stream self serving media could care less about the Zimmerman family.

        • froggielegs says:

          Yep I feel sick about this after reading all that. I get the feeling Shellie didn’t just innocently agree to that interview. I just feel this is not going to go well at all.

          • kathyca says:

            same. As one of the most cynical people on the planet, I guess I shouldn’t be even slightly surprised. But I am a tiny bit. So Shellie writes a letter to Lester that makes her sound like a groveling teenager trying to get their Iphone back, and cops a misdemeanor plea under a diversion program? I can see how George might not support that since he went to a jury under FAR more dire circumstances with a lot more to lose–I think every legal commentor agrees that there’s no way Shellie would have been convicted of even misdemeanor perjury and, under normal circumstances, wouldn’t have been charged with perjury.

            Then she goes on THIS network and is kind of sort of quoted as saying her husband diminished her “self esteem.” As though a person on trial for their life should/could be more concerned about their spouse’s self-esteem over a minor, unprovable leverage charge that, necessarily, ended in probation (MAX).

            very weird

            • Lulu says:

              When someone has been overcharged and it is clear that the basis for the charge has drifted away, the main case gone a different direction than good old Judge Lester dreamed, they have to figure out a way to “get justice done” and not overkill. That is what this plea bargain was. A weasely deal to get everyone off with minimum damage.

              Shellie should have kept her head high and continued her “loyal wife” persona – even if it wasn’t true, she was fed up with George and the whole mess, and she had other plans for the future. To sell out to ABC did zero to enhance her self-image, and what on earth did it do for her self-esteem? Zero.

            • canadacan says:

              Very very immature on Shelly’s part. not too damn bright.
              Marriage means in sickness and in health, some people just don’t get that

            • canadacan says:

              Which because of the Probation thing George may have to hang around Sanford. I’m sure George wants to go live somewhere else and clear out entirely. move to Texas?
              That letter of Shelley’s to the
              odious Lester was the absolute limit
              It’s a dangerous stressful situation. George may just want to be alone.

              • canadacan says:

                I repeated myself. I am guilty of prolixity and redundancy.
                I agree with John Galt it is a sweet deal however, not all of the Zimmermans are going to concur on this.
                I believe this is what you call is collateral damage from this whole legal outrage.

  7. saywhat says:

    Weird. Could Shellie be jealous that George has gotten all of the attention? Resentful that he “caused” their life to crumble? Weird. The saga continues.

    • justfactsplz says:

      No she is not jealous or resentful. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. It’s not looking too good it seems.
      PLEASE do not reference confidential information to which you apparently have access. We strive endlessly to not have private and personal information about anyone released in these threads, and we certainly do not want those who have firsthand knowledge of it to pass it along. But it seems like a losing battle. It goes on and on. And then admins and SD are accused of deliberately allowing it. –Admin

    • Shellie could have made a deal with Angela Corey. I would not be at all surprised. Corey’s reputation is in the toilet.

  8. nomorebsplease says:

    Gd, shellie. I wish she had some gd brains. I do notcare if she hates george you cannot le these scumbags get away with what they are doing because this is only the beginning. Furious.

    • Menagerie says:

      In future I will delete your comments without thinking twice if you even abbreviate profanity like this. Why not just say it, if we allow that? It is what you think. No more at all.

  9. dawndoe says:

    This is horrible.

  10. sangell says:

    That their marriage didn’t work is not surprising. I mean when you can’t be seen together in public would be the definition of a dysfunctional marriage but I don’t know these people and George may have another woman. It happens. He’s a ‘celebrity’ of sorts now and just as there were lots of men chasing Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias ( not to make any other comparison between them and George) I’m sure George has had more than one female ‘groupie’ wanting a relationship. If you were Shellie that’s got to hurt and doing an interview with ABC is her ‘payback’.

    That said, it changes nothing as to what went on between the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman. Perjury or not I was deeply disappointed by the behavior of George and Shellie over their defense fund money. It just didn’t look good though I can understand their desire, need and possibly even right to keep their defense fund seperate from their personal assets.

    As to the substance of the interview’s ‘charges’, come on! What does George’s ‘temper’ have to do with this case. He obviously was not mad when he was on the phone with police. Frustrated maybe that Trayvon was going to get away but not in a rage. This is just an attempt by the media to smear George for humiliating them. They can say George maybe innocent but he’s still a jerk.

    • Lulu says:

      With all respect, I cannot imagine George’s being a hot prospect for honeys to chase. He is a nice guy with nothing but a difficult life ahead, no noticeable assets, a very uncertain future. That he would suddenly become an object of desire is almost ludicrous to me.

      • Trevor says:

        Disagree Lulu..George Zimmerman now has the ultimate ‘bad-boy’ image, a proven magnet for the attention of some women.

        • St. Benedict's Thistle says:

          Tug Boat? The ultimate ‘bad-boy image’?

          Surely, you jest.

          • stella says:

            Think about the serial killers who have had groupies – even got married. Some women are attracted to men who commit crimes or are thought to be criminal.

          • canadacan says:

            You are right St Benedict’s Thistle ,George is a tugboat type person .However it is how you are perceived by some that is the issue here.

            • mommakk51 says:

              You are right.. All you have to do to understand George is to listen to witness 44’s (Big Wes) taped interview. He mentions having had cancer of some kind, and said that it was George who pulled him UP out of severe depression.. he also mentioned George helping him to acquire prosthetics of some kind… I cannot see how a person who does that can be considered “bad”.

  11. justice099 says:

    As expected, they did it again. Did not play the entire an interview and chops pieces of her responses that clearly were NOT responses to the question played before it.

    And where was the “He beat up my self-esteem” part?

    • ctdar says:

      I would think anyone in GZ’s family or circle of friends would have had their self esteem go thru the wringer during the last 20 months. :(

    • justfactsplz says:

      That was the interviewer’s statement. Under the circumstances I thought Shellie did well. I can only imagine how horrible their lives were on the run all of those months. I hope all of those Traybots that thought they were living high on the hog heard about them even living in the woods. Considering the hell they have gone through I think George and Shellie are handling it as best as they can and better than a lot of other people would.

    • Lulu says:

      It’s interesting that O’Connor’s bio material includes her interest in “teen self-esteem” and “bullying”. Did “self-esteem” come out of Shellie’s mouth without O’Connor’s prompting, or did O’Connor ask a leading question including that buzzword?

  12. ctdar says:

    From interview sounds like they had some issue before night of the shooting but
    to go so quickly to interview with ABC I bet her plea deal was somehow contingent to that and maybe why George was not in courtroom? Or George was not in courtroom because of death threats which would have started with the circus atmosphere all over and bring back the BGI front & center.

    • Lulu says:

      Would it have really been a smart idea for George Zimmerman to appear at the Sanford courthouse on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s speech?

  13. diwataman says:

    “Shellie Zimmerman misled the court because she had been told by others to say “maybe that’s not my money,” her attorney, Kelly Sims, said after the hearing.

    ‘But in her heart, you know, if it walks like a duck and looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,’ Sims said.

    ‘She was calling from a phone. She was scared. Her husband was locked up. She didn’t know what was going on. So, she stood by her man, like Tammy Wynette says. She’s accepting responsibility.’

    From that quote it sounds like they are blaming George more than O’Mara but no doubt it was collaborative anyway. Between her lawyer and this interview she is throwing George under the bus. What a stupid woman. HELLO? There are still civil law suits ya know? Good grief. What the hell does she expect to gain by this? Even if she goes full traitor she’ll never be accepted because she never said anything until after the trial. And why, for all appearances anyway, stand by George all this time only to flip now?

    • rickmadigan says:

      I don’t think Shellie is stupid, what she feels is understandable.

      Sometimes men who are so so good and giving, tend to have people around them turn and flip on them, when they show the least objection to something. Its because so much goodness is expected of them, that men like George are not recognized as being normal humans with feelings and opinions of their own.

      I am guessing …

      But I think its a good guess, based on all we know of George

  14. Chip Bennett says:

    I withhold any commentary until the interview itself is aired.

    (But if Shellie later tries to say that they edited the interview and quoted her out of context: she’ll have nobody but herself to blame, for doing the interview in the first place.)

      • canadacan says:

        The coverage of this whole situation is really Been given a first-class Coverage at random topics by Rumpole.
        Richards website out did itself on this one.

    • lovemygirl says:

      I think they did in a horrible way but have not been able to verify it yet. I read an article last night where the author quoted her as saying “GZ beat down my self confidence” but other posters claimed that she actually said the pressure of the events surrounding GZ’s case, the constant moving and death threats beat down her self confidence. I didn’t have time last night to double check what they said.

      • kathyca says:

        That’s what I was thinking from the way the quotes in the article appeared. Something like -George Zimmerman (outside of quotes) had a negative effect on Shellie’s self confidence (the latter part in quotes.) If Shellie had actually said that George beat down her self esteem, she would have said George or my husband. Not George Zimmerman. And it would have been quoted as such. I got the feeling that the piece was trying to mislead by referring to “George Zimmerman” outside the quotes — implying that Shellie specifically referred to her husband, but with plausible deniability that “George Zimmerman” actually is “the prosecution of George Zimmerman.” Now a proper noun which can be shortened to George Zimmerman. Maybe we’ll see the whole interview some day. Or not.

    • mommakk51 says:

      Maybe she’s hoping they would.. then she could have a lawsuit of her own.. where she wouldn’t have to share the money with anyone.

  15. sandymich says:


    In a wide-ranging interview conducted by investigative freelance journalist Christi O’Connor, Zimmerman said on the evening Martin died she was staying elsewhere because the couple had got in an argument the night before and that the struggles of the last year and a half have further strained their relationship.

    Mrs. Zimmerman says the experience that probably sticks out most in her mind was the moments immediately following the not guilty verdict.

    “The deputies were so afraid of people shooting into the windows of the courthouse that they were pushing us up against the wall so that we couldn’t be seen by the people outside and that was really scary because at that moment it became very real. It’s been real this whole time, but that was a distinct moment for me that I’ll never forget, being pushed against the walls and thinking at any second, my life could be over.”

    • Lulu says:

      As I recall, almost George’s first thought after the TM incident was to ask someone to call his wife and tell her what had happened.

  16. Lulu says:

    While the media was focusing on George, who is not talking, Shellie became Christi’s “get”. How Diane Sawyerish of her. Christi may already have had the soap opera laid out. Just needed Shellie to give her the sound bites.

    Shellie has either been duped or is not fit to be invoking God in her apology letter to the dreadful Judge Lester.

    As for her “self-esteem”, c’mon. There was a lot more self-esteem displayed when she was the strong, loyal wife of a guy who had been dragged into serious, life-threatening, potentially life-stealing trouble not of his own making. She’s no heroine now. Just a nasty little rhymes-with-itch. If this is true.

    Will Shellie step up and correct the record? We’ll see.

    • Menagerie says:

      That is a nasty little comment from someone who has no idea what she has been through, Disagree if you want, but your tacky little slam is way beneath Treehouse standards. It speaks volumes about you though.

      • Lulu says:

        Like others here, I have no idea whether the words that are being put out were actually Shellie’s, whether they were fed to her in leading questions, whether the article posted takes them out of context. I/we don’t know.

        That is why I ended my less than tactful remark with “if this is true”. We don’t know. I have serious doubts that anything coming out of ABC is anywhere near the truth.

        No intention to offend. I am not a nasty person, Menagerie.

        • Lulu says:

          Menagerie, I notice you have the power to delete Replies. Please feel free to delete mine. I intended no offense. Thanks.

    • rickmadigan says:

      “Shellie has either been duped or is not fit to be invoking God in her apology letter to the dreadful Judge Lester.”

      The God quote was over the top, but I think she felt responsible for the fight with George that led to her not being home, that led to George not following her earlier instructions of not getting out of the car, that led to the assault on him, that led to him having to shoot someone, that led to this upsetting of everyone’s life

      Florida is Christian guilt at its worst, taking from those rich in conscience and giving to those who have none!

      The apology was Shellie’s opportunity to tell the truth of the guilt she felt inside her, so she could feel forgiven by God and society. George and Shellie both suffered emotionally and spiritually and felt they deserved it. They want to make amends, he with ceaselessly helping strangers, and she with letting people know how much she has been through. They want forgiveness, when they should be asking people to apologize to them.

      • rickmadigan says:

        “Guilt is something you live with that you cannot share publically.” Research studies on shame and guilt in video below

        Sounds very much like what Shellie was going through.

        This is why she decided to take the plea deal. This is why she went against Sims and was so relieved to confess her “lie” and her letting God and everyone down. This is why she said the truth will set you free. She felt guilt about the fight before the shooting and how it could have played on George’s mind

        • tessa50 says:

          I just don’t know how to respond to that comment of yours. Why would she feel guilt for a fight between husband and wife and then take on his actions? It is like you are saying what happened that night would not have except for the fight between them and oh my how quick you are to skewer Shellie.

          • rickmadigan says:

            Skewer, NO! Complete misreading of my comment, Tessa.

            She shouldn’t feel guilty, but she does, based on her apology to the Judge. (do read it!) Shellie, like George and the rest of the Zimmermans have an amazing and beautiful conscience that leads them to apologize, when they should be demanding apologies!

      • tessa50 says:

        “The God quote was over the top, but I think she felt responsible for the fight with George that led to her not being home, that led to George not following her earlier instructions of not getting out of the car, that led to the assault on him, that led to him having to shoot someone, that led to this upsetting of everyone’s life”

        Why on earth would she feel guilty for any of that? It sounds like you are blaming her for what happened that night.

  17. suptrim says:

    “Shellie, said that during their “stunning” hour long interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that her husband has “beaten down her self-esteem,” but she is “looking forward to getting her life back.”

    acquitted killer? isn’t that a bit like “innocent guilty-person”?

    • hooson1st says:

      They must be using a new “stylebook” at ABC. I wonder how they will now refer to our military veterans?

      • rickmadigan says:

        Veterans? The new Dod training manual explains:

        “A Department of Defense training manual obtained by a conservative watchdog group pointed to the original American colonists as examples of an extremist movement, comments that have sparked fear of a broader crackdown on dissent in America.

        Now, if the Department of Defense has its way, historical figures who risked their lives to free America from British colonial rule – names like Paul Revere, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams – will be rebranded as dangerous extremists, alongside the likes of skinheads and neo-Nazis.

    • theparagons says:

      Acqutted of murder – guilty of killing

      • unitron says:

        I’ve heard at least one “major new outlet” say “acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin”, apparently oblivious to the jury not returning a verdict which makes it murder.

  18. I am just sorry she did the interview.

  19. czarowniczy says:

    Why do people sit on park benches that have ‘wet paint’ signs on them? Why do people go to great lengths to squeeze around barriers and get into places that have “DANGER! Keep Out” signs posted?
    I think she’s entranced by the 15-minutes of fame she’s getting and is blind to the potential damage she can do in the deluge of damage suits looming. I don’t know who her lawyer is, if she even has one, but her lawyer and George’s should have a tight leash on both of them until the potential for personal ruin at the hands of the Trayvon©® INC LLC group is not a threat.
    The professional truth assassins on ABC will do their best to mold her into the thing they see her to be and once that’s out in the public eye there’s no undoing it. They’ll have her saying or agreeing to things that will add fuel to the tort fire and give their future spots covering the trial(s) that ‘personal’ touch. Her brief ego boost from the press exposure she’s been getting may make her think she can run with the bulls but she’s gonna end up with a horn…

  20. Unicron says:

    I think it’s completely natural and expected that, among all the other negative things (weight gain, stress which probably took years off his life) that this media/BGI lynching did to George, it also strained his marriage. That doesn’t surprise me. I expected that. It’s unfortunate, but not surprising.

    And I’ve never been silly enough to think George was perfect. He’s a flawed human being like any of us. Maybe a bit more flawed than a lot of us. I don’t know. I think he’s done a lot of very admirable things (mentoring, neighborhood watch, Sherman Ware, being there for friends, etc) but I don’t have any problem understanding that he might have plenty of flaws too. And being put into the kind of situation he was put into, where the stress was dialed up to 11 would bring out the worst in anyone at least from time to time. Over the course of all those months, if he lost his temper and got testy with her, that’s not surprising or damning IMO.

    What surprises and disappoints me, is that she would run off to the very media who destroyed not just his life, but hers and their entire family’s… and did it just for ratings and for their own political agenda… and in the process also destroyed the lives of countless victims like Chris Lane (yes, I do draw a connection) and others, some of whom were explicitly attacked because of Trayvon, others of whom still were but their attackers chose not to admit it was part of it… (because at the very least, the verdict and the initial event did increase the propensity which was already there for thugs to do this kind of thing)

    … that she would run off to that media, and air their dirty laundry? Unbelievable to me. That she would feed that machine and help wake it back up when it was finally starting to shut it’s eyes re: George? Remarkable. That she would stab him in the back, for what? Her 15 minutes and some naive hope that she will become decoupled from him in the minds that hate that entire family, and she can put some distance between them? What foolishness.

    George needs to divorce her before the lawsuit money comes in so she can’t get half of it.

  21. St. Benedict's Thistle says:

    I think it is important to let things play out a bit. We are not in George and Shellie’s marriage. A very small glimpse has opened up, but it is not enough for us to pass judgment on either of them. Also, the desire to have one’s side of the story be expressed can be almost overwhelming, especially in this circumstance. Shellie stood by George during the darkest days, and from her interview, while they were having marital difficulties. She deserves respect for that.

    We don’t know if the interview was connected in any way to the plea or other machinations behind scenes. It will come out eventually, God willing.

    I will say this, the press is NEVER YOUR FRIEND. They will twist and turn and subvert the truth to fit their agenda. And their agenda is NEVER IN YOUR BEST INTEREST.

    • canadacan says:

      After a year and a half she doesn’t know this and her lawyer is not on top of everything?

      • canadacan says:

        This is turning into a reality show I hate reality shows except maybe Duck Dynasty.

      • Lulu says:

        I doubt that the lawyer who represented her in the perjury matter is “her lawyer”. He took care of that and surely moved on after the formalities were taken care of. She has no lawyer, is my bet. Having a lawyer means having someone with whom one has a relationship. Not someone who came in to handle one matter for one. She’s winging it.

        On a petty note, she couldn’t really look worse in that photo. What an awkward way to sit. She looks like a white Rachel Jeantel. That can’t help her self-esteem.

  22. MAB says:

    It’s amazing what pain mingled with pressure will lead one to do. She regrets lying for George. She will one day regret this interview. The only way you can like the outcome of an interview is to do it live and uncut. Otherwise, you are at the mercy of the truth butchers. Even then, you may get caught in a “gotcha” moment. This gal was no doubt seized at a moment of weakness.

  23. Unicron says:

    The more I think about it the more disappointed I am in Shellie for taking this plea deal.

    George stood strong in the face of pressures and dangers 10000x greater than what she faced, and he stood for the truth. He had acted in self-defense, and he wasn’t about to plea to having done anything else.

    The state had no case against her for perjury, and the only way she’d have been convicted of it is with a heavily black jury who were looking for some payback against George.

    They might’ve been able to get the charges thrown out, I don’t know. But they had no case.

    And she caved. She caved and gave John Guy an opportunity to get out there and gloat. Gave the state it’s pound of Zimmerman flesh. Gave ABC an exclusive interview to twist and stoke the flames of hatred once again against her husband and her for that matter…

    George’s Hannity interview was ill conceived, but at least he had the sense to go to a friendly environment (or what passed for one re: him at that time) – she went into the lyin’s den.

    Even her plea deal was a form of stabbing him in the back. Admitting by proxy that he lied too. I don’t know if they deliberately sought to deceive the state about that money or not, and frankly I don’t fault them if they did. They were being subjected to a law-ignoring lynch mob “justice” at that point, and the gloves were off. I remain unconvinced that it was deliberate deception, and I find far more deliberate deception which came from the prosecutors (even in their affidavit about perjury, omitting important parts of the transcript) so yea… I just can’t see why she’d cave when they didn’t have the goods on her. And then to go to do an interview and say things like “He wasn’t supportive” ????


  24. Sharon says:

    Why does the reaction re Shellie’s action seem to be far more immediate and harsh (here) than the reaction to George’s running around Texas by himself a month ago? The aftermath of a crisis such as they’ve been living is an exhausting and vulnerable time for any individual or couple — and he drove away. But that’s of secondary importance….or fifth. More importantly, what did we expect? (LINEOUTS: This poorly stated example is not relevant to the point of my comment.)

    Many years ago, our wise pastor said, “Sharon, people will always disappoint you.” No attitude, no bitterness — statement of fact. I think from here on out, George and Shellie with both be repeatedly disappointing their supporters.

    How could it be otherwise? They’ve been put (together and individually) in an impossible situation, asked to bear an impossible burden, asked to accept impossible expectations, carrying on their own backs the consequence and stupidity of an entire nation’s societal flaws and legal manipulations.

    Neither of them has had consistent, client-centered legal support. Each of them has had to accept the role of being someone else’s ace-in-the-hole. Their most fervant supporters have seen them as the can at the bottom of the pyramid — “if we get that one pulled out, the whole thing is gonna come tumbling down!” What if they are a weak link instead?

    Some time back, Sundance set out the issues of transference and projection and how they can and do distort perceptions and expectations.


    Read it, if you haven’t. And again, if you have.

    Speculation. Curiosity. Disappointment. Disapproval. Each of these is a powerful motivator. When given legitimacy as an motivation for words and actions, none of them is safe or wise.

    What burden of expectation has been put on Shellie over the months? She’s supposed to be the perfect bride? What burden of expectation has been put on George? He’s supposed to be grateful? For whose benefit? Why? Who said? What will happen if either of them doesn’t do what “we” think they’re supposed to do?

    There’s a term (might be long out of use now) in family counseling that has been used in the past, in which one member of a dysfunctional family is called “the burden bearer”; i.e., the sacrificial lamb. Out of a family of four, or seven or five — one child (or adult) becomes “the one” through whom everything-that-is-wrong-with-the-family gets played out in situation after situation.

    It’s highly possible that George and Shellie have been made the burden bearers for a few million really frustrated Americans.

    To repeat: They’ve been put (together and individually) in an impossible situation, asked to bear an impossible burden, asked to accept impossible expectations, carrying on their own backs the consequences and stupidities of an entire nation’s societal flaws and legal manipulations.

    Sometimes we don’t really know what we were expecting until the disappointment hits: then we can look back and see in detail what we thought should have happened. So the question: what did we expect?

    • likebooks says:

      Excellent post. Much to think about.

    • ed greene says:

      Shellie case settled Time for George to start suing everybody. George is in charge of his life.
      Time to stop blaming MOM and everyone else for bad publicity.George take control of your
      life. The people who made you suffer it is time for them to payback. Payback is a b***h. Lets
      start hearing about you suing Crump, Corey(called you murderer) BDLR(withholding information)Tracy, Sybrana lies. Media outlets. Spike Lee,Bill Maher and others.
      Time for inaction has ended. Go George for Benjamin and the Benjamins.

    • Menagerie says:

      You are giving an excellent and undeserved explanation to what is going on here. Let me sum up my opinion in shorter and more direct terms. People are cruel and cast judgement where they have no right. People who have walked through hell under a microscope cannot be allowed to be human.

    • nameofthepen says:

      Sharon, + 1,000,000,000 props and a big ♥, too! :)

    • whiteradish says:

      They’ve been put (together and individually) in an impossible situation, asked to bear an impossible burden, asked to accept impossible expectations, carrying on their own backs the consequence and stupidity of an entire nation’s societal flaws and legal manipulations.

      Yes, this so very much. May some genuine good come from their travails. It’s up to us to counter-balance and carry the weight for them.

  25. Lulu says:

    Sharon, I agree with most of what you say except your assumption that he just took off and ran around Texas for a month. I don’t believe any of us know whether she was asked to accompany him on a brief getaway from Sanford and declined.

    • Lulu says:

      Correction. That should have said “ran around Texas a month ago”. We don’t know how long he was gone or for what reason.

    • Sharon says:

      I see your point, Lulu, and accept it. However, may I clarify that I didn’t say he ran around Texas for a month. I referenced the time frame, “….a month ago….” The basis for my entire comment was not the Texas episode: I created my own distraction, I guess, by pulling a simple example in.

      That first paragraph which I inserted was written after I had written the rest of the comment….I thought it might illustrate the greaterconcern: onlookers’ perspectives, projections and transferences. I should have left well enough alone . Stepped on my own point in attempting to illustrate. :(

      ADD: Ok – now you and I probably both feel crazy!!! When I wrote my reply to you here and hit the key to post, your clarification wasn’t there….ah well. Perhaps we may expect that our day will improve as it goes along?? ;) If all else fails, we can just go back to bed.

  26. Obviously, none of us is privy (I don’t guess) to what is going on “behind closed doors” with Shellie and George, but my guess is that they are living “separate” if not completely separated at the moment. My guess is that Shellie “blames” George for this upheaval in their lives, if not outright then subconsciously. She feels “victimized” by association and holds him accountable. That would be a natural response, albeit an immature one. It’s all about “her” and her “feelings” and not taking into account what horrendous nightmare that George was going through separate and apart from what “they’ were going through. After all, his very “life” was on the line – no just from the death threats, but potential for a long imprisonment which would likely have led to him being killed in prison.
    My guess is that George was so emotionally and mentally exhausted that there wasn’t much “left” to give to Shellie to qualm her fears and her potential prosecution for perjury. She “stood by” George and resents that he didn’t “stand by” her. She gets that dig in (assuming that we really her answer) when asked why he wasn’t in court and how she felt about that. It doesn’t appear that she even took into account how dangerous and STUPID it would have been for George to return to that Sanford court room. And, all danger aside, what it might have done to him psychologically. I imagine George will be quite content if he never has to step foot in a court room for the remainder of his life. Much less within 2 months of an acquittal for a persecution of murder.
    This is an immature young woman, with limited life experience, who just went through a nightmare scenario with a man she may or may not truly love. In the “heat” of the fight, it was easy to be noble and stand by him and support him. She WAS in the public eye (at least figuratively) and any deviance of the role of supportive wife would have been attacked by the press. So, she did her duty and stood beside George and supported him. She probably felt “owed” something at the end and, when George didn’t pay off in the form of adoration and grovelling praise of her allegiance and commitment to him (in other words, didn’t show enough thanks) it irked her. A typical immature, the world revolves around me, response.
    Basically, her agreeing to do this interview with ABC and going into some of the topics they went into, and saying some of the things she said (and no doubt they’ve edited in some response to questions that were inaccurate) she is “getting back” at George for something. Shame on her. Typical scorned wife, immature girl behavior.

    • Lulu says:

      Very good, txcm2. Excellent thinking.

    • St. Benedict's Thistle says:

      Rank speculation.

      • Sharon says:

        As is much of this entire thread.

      • Yes – it is speculation, as I stated it is my “guess” based upon her refusal to answer a question about whether they are separated now and that they have been (to an extent) in the past. However, her behavior was immature. I was simply speculating (since I don’t think any of us know for sure) as to what may have motivated her to go national television and say some of the things she did and/or open their lives up for scrutiny and innuendo so soon after the trial. She appears to have an agenda of some sort and immaturity and “revenge” or, perhaps, “avenge” might be the motivator. Whatever the case, it was obvious her motivation was from within and her interview was about “her” and how she feels, etc. Something is going on. A mature person would not air what should be a private conversation with their best friend, mother, counselor, etc. on national television and particularly knowing what is at stake, still. The DOJ has not even “finished” their investigation and there is the potential for another criminal trial for George, not to mention the civil trials that are surely coming down the pipes. Her immaturity and selfishness may very well hurt she and George down the line.
        It kind of reminds me of a girl who gets in a “fight” with her boyfriend and tells everyone who will listen “her side” and what a bad guy so and so is. Then, once everyone is convinced and in her corner, they make up and she wants everyone to forget everything she said and accept so and so as if she hadn’t just told them what a jerk he is and how badly he treats her. Same kind of mentality. Immature.

        • St. Benedict's Thistle says:

          With all due respect, let us hope your personal life is never up to such speculation.

          • Lulu says:

            When we put our personal life out there on a network television program, it tends to open it to speculation. The best way to avoid that is to turn down an interview request like this one.

          • I would certainly wish that for every one of us. That being said, if my personal life WERE ever up to such speculation, I most certainly would not take to a national stage to say anything that could lead to further negative impact or speculation and damage to my family. While it may be understandable for Shellie to have the feelings she is having and she has a legitimate need to express these feelings, a national media outlet, that has proven to be biased and willing to misstate, misquote and completely misconstrue peoples’ words is not the proper outlet. Again, seeking counseling, journaling, private intimate conversations – all much better options. The fact that she chose a national media outlet leads to speculation in and of itself. It is a natural response and, frankly, what most of us do here on a day to day basis on a variety of stories. Speculate and opine.

          • justfactsplz says:

            Amen St. Benedict. I am reading this thread and shaking my head. George and Shellie are two wonderful loving people but they are not perfect. None of us are perfect. I am having a hard time understanding the rush to judgement and the arm chair diagnosing going on. We all make mistakes for crying out loud. I know these two people. Shellie is not like she is being portrayed any more than George is like the Trayvonites portray him. We should have compassion on both of them and pray for them IMO. Walk a mile in their shoes.

    • canadacan says:

      Bingo Texas mom

    • nameofthepen says:

      TCMom…gosh, that’s a whole lot of picture-painting from just a few tidbits of info. ;)

      • Perhaps it is a lot of picture painting, but I’m looking at it from a psychological perspective (which is what my degree is in) and trying to figure out “why” she did the interview and based on the “sound clips” we were presented. I have known people whose marriages have crumbled in the face of adversity – the loss of a child, the wrongful accusation of a spouse or other family member, and mental problems – and have observed some of the patterns of behavior and emotion that were occurring during the period of crisis, the aftermath and the ultimate separation and divorce. I’ve seen people handle these situations with dignity, with dignity for a time before snapping or crumbling, and completely emotionally immaturely. The fact she stated “they had an argument and she left” – if that is in fact what happened (and that was her words) shows an immaturity in her ability to resolve problems. Now, if he was “abusive” to her, that’s another thing, but that is not what she stated nor has there been any allegation of that. Mature people, in a committed relationship, don’t “run away” from adversity if they are intent on maintaining a relationship. Running away (going to Dad’s house after an argument) is an immature response that is not conducive to solving a problem. That’s all. And then I just “speculated” from there as to what “may” have been the motivation for the interview and going on national television, particularly given the fact that the media has crucified this family.
        Everyone is very heated on this particular thread for some reason. It’s kind of surprising to me the amount of censoring, calling out, ridiculing, etc. I’m seeing here considering this is what we all do on here most of the time – comment with opinions, possible explanations, facts when we can find them, and, yes, speculation. Even anecdotes. Why is this particular story bringing out everyone’s claws? All I did was state she was acting “immaturely” – I’ve seen much worse motive attributed to her actions. Wow!

        • nameofthepen says:

          TCMom – there you go again.

          Except now it’s diagnosing “everyone“? ;)

          Maybe better you should take a deep breath, and re-study the psych terms “Apophenia” and “Pareidolia”.

  27. dws says:

    That “George Zimmerman has beaten down her self-esteem” seems like another edit similar to the “George Zimmerman got away with murder” from the Juror B29 interview. The furor surrounding George Zimmerman is a more plausible cause of beating down her self-esteem.

  28. IAmGeorgeZimmerman says:

    trayvon profiled george as gay and a cracker: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/28/hate-crimes-bill-to-be-si_n_336883.html
    President Obama signed major civil rights legislation in 2011, making it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. The new measure expands the the scope of a 1968 law that applies to people attacked because of their race, religion or national origin. The U.S. Justice Department will have expanded authority to prosecute such crimes when local authorities don’t.

    • nameofthepen says:

      IAGZ – I don’t believe a single thing Jeantel said. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

      Including the “translation” of “creepy a$$ cracker” as a homo reference.

      Even if Trayvon said it, (which I highly doubt), it makes no sense. It’s never been heard of before, or since, with the hyphen between the “a$$” and the “cracker” (“a$$-cracker”).

      OTOH, it does make sense with the hyphen between the “creepy” and the “a$$” (creepy-a$$). Like people use the phrases, “stupid-a$$, “dumb-a$$”, “chicken-a$$”, “cheap-a$$”, etc.

      (Mods – I apologize in advance for the potty-talk. Normally don’t do it. Was necessary to quote to make a point here.)

      • justfactsplz says:

        All of your a$$ phrases made me chuckle.

      • Razz Allen says:

        Geez Pen, That’s a lot of picture painting with no tidbits of info to dispute what Diamond testified to or why you doubt TM would have said that.
        Are you/were you friends of the above or know them personally? Or maybe you do like to potty talk? =:-O. :-)

        • nameofthepen says:

          Hey there, RA. Thanks for your reply. It was very interesting.

          I guess your internet probably has google, just like mine does. So it will be easy for you to confirm that all four of the examples I used to fortify my opinion on the hyphen being in the wrong place will show multiple hits for you, too.

          Your search may also verify that the rumored meaning of the phrase “creepy a$$-cracker” shows only two on the whole internet, which are both here:

          You will notice neither fits the context or usage supposedly meant by Jeantel.

          I did find the rest of your post rather amusing, and appreciated it greatly.

          Passive-aggression always amuses me. ;)

  29. hawkeye13 says:

    Very sad. I think most of us were expecting/hoping that they would be able to move forward and get some normalcy back in their lives (some small amount, I know they will never have normal lives again). I hope that the interview that is shown is not damaging to George and that the promos are just hype like they usually are..

  30. visage13 says:

    I have not watched the interview yet and I have only read the article and comments in this thread. That being said GZ parents did their interview with ABC too. It is kind of pick your poison if you are going to do interviews.

    Anyway, I have a completely different take. Maybe this is just GZ way of letting Shellie go and her doing this is to help her get her life back. Unless you have been in this unique situation how could you know what it is like. Think about it, constantly fearing for your life, having to move all the time, not being able to go out and have fun or just be normal.

    So, she goes on TV and maybe people see her differently and she can eventually, free of GZ, live a normal life again. We all know GZ life will never be the same again, is it fair to ask Shellie or anyone else affected by this to live in fear forever if they are not really committed to the relationship, if that is the case?

    I don’t know, maybe I am naive but I try to see the positive.

    I really do not see how this can do any more damage to GZ reputation or the impending lawsuits. The only drawback is it keeps him in the news which keeps the detractors spreading the false narrative.

    I only post sporadically but have been reading this blog since near the beginning of the trial and I really like all the different blog posts, I learn a lot and it is interesting. Thanks for letting me in. :)

  31. My two cents: George Zimmerman is, or was, a Democrat. His sensibilities, while he may have started questioning them, originate with a more liberal mindset. It is likely that Shellie Zimmerman and George Zimmerman shared those same sensibilities. My guess is that she was not immediately involved or acutely aware of the depths to which the players, including the media, went to destroy all of their lives. I found it interesting that she was never the person to take questions by the media and, to my knowledge – Sundance might correct – she was not a source of information about the goings-on, behind the scenes, for the the Treehouse, like Robert Zimmerman was. She is likely aware that the travesty of this being brought to trial was done at the hands of a Republican prosecutor, Republican Attorney General and Republican Governor.

    She surely knows of the lawsuit against NBC. There is no such lawsuit against ABC. If she identifies as a liberal Democrat, she would not choose Fox to do an interview. And, it appears she didn’t search out to do an interview. Shellie was reached out to by Ms. O’Connor, much like George was reached out to by Mr. Hannity. Both took the bait in hopes that their side of the story could be told. Both misplaced their trust.

    Ms. Zimmerman’s decision to continue to stand next to her husband until his prosecution by the state was over, even though there were marital issues prior to the death of Martin, should be respected. Nothing more should be expected of her. If she believes that she lied in court, she is doing the right thing by accepting the punishment for that crime. That decision should be respected, regardless of anything else. If she doesn’t believe she lied and simply accepted a plea, well that opens up a whole can of worms with too many variables to account for at this time, but almost none of them are good.

    I wish them both well in the choices they make.

    • IAmGeorgeZimmerman says:

      “if she believes she lied in court”…..the same way sybrina believes her son had a future and wasnt a racist and was a honors student who was going to be president of the mars colony some day?

      My opinion of the plea itself, is they gave her a too good to pass up offer, even winning the case would cause/cost her more than 100hrs community service and a year..just to fight it. much like how people just pay those traffic light camera tickets instead of fighting them.

      My opinion on going on abc…..is she insane? abc worked with the scheme team directly, from fake sally port videos to guttmans exclusives (and 100s of leaks). She should have came to the treehouse directly, and only. We are (and of course a few others like talk left and american thinker) the only honest place that will allow the message to be passed on unfiltered and unedited. We are the only ones who searched for the truth. Abc didnt do that, hannity didnt even do that. But we have, are, and continue to do so. We have almost 2 years proof of our truths, ethics, and integrity.

      • That quote of mine was in relation to her comment in her interview to the effect that she fully admitted lying to the court. Taking a “too good to pass up” plea is one thing, fully admitting to the crime in the public sphere is quite another.

        As for insanity, I won’t question her motives or her mental state, because I haven’t the slightest idea where to start, so that makes me incapable of coming up with a conclusion.

        If it were me, and I trusted the media to get my story out (I don’t), I would want to speak through a large microphone – reaching the largest audience – and, frankly, the Treehouse isn’t even close to ABC. Notice the elder Zimmermans went to ABC, as well. I’m a little surprised by the latter, as Zimmerman, Sr. had a very good idea of the behind-the-scenes-shenanigans. We truly have no clue if Shellie Zimmerman decided to stay out of the fray, was kept out of the fray, or has the same level of knowledge that many on this site do, regarding the media’s involvement and to what extent.

  32. DistrictEyes says:

    What a bunch of spineless judgmental Judy’s so many of you commenting are revealing yourselves to be… So many of you apparently have no issue casting the first stone against this woman; as so many of you include religious references in your comments I should remind you of Jesus’ words: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” and his action of offering that woman his hand of grace.

    None of you have a knowledge of the relationship between Shellie and George; neither do I. It makes me cringe reading so many of your posts which completely gloss over the fact that apparently there was an argument between the spouses the date prior to Trayvon attacking George and that argument escalated to a level that one spouse made the decision to stay with family instead of her spouse… Additionally all of you who are so quick to cast the first of many stones at this woman fail to understand that her life and the life of her spouse has been under the microscope for a year and a half and much like someone targeted for a “hit” by the mob, the Zimmermans have been living in cramped quarters in constant fear for their life every moment since a target was placed on their heads. None of you can understand how that might strain any relationship?!?!?

    Given that they are still living in the same fear for their personal safety (which only grows more insecure each day that someone goes on TV and declares Saint Trayvon a martyr), perhaps this was a calculated move by the Zimmermans to try to take the heat off of Shellie; an act of selflessness by George to help his wife get an inch closer to some sort of normalcy. Or maybe it was something else; the fact of the matter is that none of us know. Frankly by jumping to conclusions and pointing fingers based on sound bytes, so many of your comments are so similar to the actions of those who worship at the alter of Trayvon who are just as quick to form judgments and condemn in a vacuum of facts.

    • mommakk51 says:

      Are you without sin? It is doubtless.. and yet here you are casting stones at others’ opinions/speculations.
      Question for you: If God did not want us to make judgements, then WHY did he instill in us the ability to distinguish right from wrong, good from bad? Why do we immediately like some people, but hold back on others? We have the unalienable right to pursue liberty, given to us by God. And to achieve liberty, we have to get at the TRUTH, which means sorting through the bad, to expose the good. We have not gotten all of the FACTS here. Please, respectfully, remove the stick.

      • St. Benedict's Thistle says:

        Yes, since you do not have all the FACTS, it would seem to be wise to withhold judgment, correct? It is idle speculation when we do not personally know the married couple, have no clue how the interview was framed, and so forth. For Pete’s sake, at least try to have your Christian principles in a row.

        • mommakk51 says:

          Please pardon me. I never claimed to be a Christian. I was simply saying that God gave us the ability to reason this thing out by using the very skills that he gave us. I realize we are just bloggers here, but from a law enforcement standpoint.. this is how it is done.

  33. eastern2western says:

    where is the whole interview? abc? another great editing job.

    • Eric says:

      HEAVILY EDITED!!! Even by looking at this one (didn’t see the one this morning) but geez at the crap.

      • eastern2western says:

        lets assume the original interview was an hour, then all of Shellie’s negative comments were summarized in 2 minutes. well, that is a lot of anger towards George Zimmerman. where is the original interview because the tape is from a local station. Did abc blocked the release of the original too because it just wants to present its mtve style edition.

    • LetJusticePrevail" says:

      Is THIS the entire segment that was aired today?

      It appears to be nothing more than an edited interview used as a hyped up promo for Christy’s upcoming book. I wonder if Christy had to pay ABC for the book plug, or if they simply paid her salary while she writes it, and will give Christy a small fee, or percentage of the profits when it is published?

      • nivico says:

        …talk about disappointing

        Glad I didn’t bother wasting my morning watching GMA waiting for this exclusive bombshell interview.

    • ZurichMike says:

      Well, she comported herself (in these snippets) fairly well. For me, she comes across as rational and poised. It’s the reporters that come across as angry and poisonous. Overall effect of this? Zip. The week before Labor Day Weekend? People are thinking of getting in the last picnic of the season, getting the kids to school, and hunkering down for the winter.

    • Moishe Pipik says:

      That’s it? There’s really not much there.

      I hope they stay together, and are safe.

  34. Bongo says:

    Why did my comment go into moderation?

  35. Living in fear of your life, and having no control over anything is not a happy way to live. Let’s not stand in judgement of Shelly, dear people. A virtual hug would be an appropriate response. To her extended family, I hope you give her the support she deserves.

  36. Alexandra M. says:

    ~Holding up Shellie and George in sincere and fervent prayer~
    I’m just one person throwing starfish back into the ocean…..but….ya know…

  37. Ugh says:

    I’m angry that people would judge SZ. She stood by GZ thru the trial. No one knows the hell they experienced, and now that his liberty is no longer at stakeshe should put herself first. After all it was GZ’s actions-even if wrongly persecuted-that landed them in this situation.

  38. sandymich says:

    Does anyone remember when MOM said that TM was fighting with his GF the day of the shooting?

    • Yes. Was part of a motion that they filed though I believe West, in that document, made a humerous reference to Tray’s no_limit_nigga handle “A provocative username which, if taken literally, would indicate he would operate without self imposed limits” (or something like that).

      • sandymich says:

        Thanks. I am arguing with someone who is saying that the fight between GZ and SZ made GZ crazy which is why he shot TM.


  39. Murse says:

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I would never had done an interview with these progs under any circumstances.

  40. Sha says:

    All I have to say is…….. I pray that someday soon George and Shellie and the rest of the Zimmermans will find peace instead of fear in there lives. :(

  41. I think most of us have learned to not even believe what we see IRT news/video. Remember where Shelley was when this all happened. Just finishing Nursing School, in most cases it’s a difficult and stressful time for the student and for family. Heap all of this TM stuff in and I am sure she was disappointed that her plans were disrupted. She expected to finish school and have her life back to normal, get a good job, perhaps have children. I am sure her Christmas 2013 will look nothing like she envisioned.

  42. Darkman says:

    Sorry if it was posted already:


    Wife of George Zimmerman: ‘We lived like gypsies’

    Shellie Zimmerman: I’ll have to think about marriage

    The wife of George Zimmerman went on Good Morning America to talk one day after accepting a plea deal in her perjury case.

    BY Kevin P. Connolly and Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel
    11:08 a.m. EDT, August 29, 2013

    “We have been pretty much gypsies for past year and a half,” Shellie Zimmerman said. “We lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone was going to find us and that it would be horrific.”

    Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmermans-wife-gma-20130829,0,1785518.story

    (includes Video)

  43. StormyeyesC says:

    Whoa. Just another take on this. Let’s go back to before the 26th of February, 2012. This, of course is hypothetical, and is based on various media reports and interviews. No one knows what happened or is happening to this couple’s marriage. I submit that if, at this very moment, both George and Shellie were to sit before us and answer all the questions we have openly, honestly and uncensored to the best of their ability, we would still have two different stories and the truth may lie in the middle. Perception is reality in this regard. In matters of love, feelings often run deeper than facts.
    Let’s examine the situation. I am not a mental health professional so this is purely speculative. I have read that George, in his past, has had troubles in his relationships with women. His mother, being of a different culture and generation, is said to have frequently resorted to physical discipline, some say bordering on abusive. Claims were made that George’s father did nothing to protect him from her. As a boy, he sees his mother as the “bad guy”, even to the point of sympathizing with his father, who he could perceive as being emasculated by her. He internalizes this subconsciously and this may account for his tumultuous relationship(s) with women later on. It may also explain his jealousy and desire to “be the man and protector” in his own relationships.
    Now, according to Shellie, she had separated from him shortly before Feb. 26th and was staying with her father. Why would she leave her own home and husband? Surely, not over a simple disagreement or an argument. We know they had unpaid bills, and less that stellar credit, so there was undoubtedly some stress. But does a wife who feels generally loved, respected, & protected by her husband pack her things and move out in the heat of an argument? Obviously, there were/are some more serious issues here at play. One, or both of them, felt less than secure in this marriage way back then.
    Now, consider this. George’s world is shaken the night he shot Trayvon. Shellie has left him. What are his emotions? Is he angry, lost, sad, feeling abandoned, self righteous? I’m not sure which, but I know that had the prosecution known of this, you would have heard BDLR at trial spouting off about how George was pissed at Shellie and that’s why he shot Trayvon. It may have even been used by the presecution as the motive. Who knows what a spin like that could have had on the outcome.
    I looked back and didn’t see one word from Shellie about this argument/separation in any documents. If Shellie didn’t love George, or thought that the marriage was damaged beyond repair, or if Shellie wanted to hurt George or was “stupid” and “immature”, don’t you think she would have made the fact that she had left him known back then, (thus selfishly distancing herself from him, saving herself all the following heartache, fear, and misery?) She didn’t mention the argument until now. She didn’t throw George under the bus or desert him in his time of need. She was supportive. She endured her own hell, living in the woods and in hiding, moving from place to place, fearful for her own life, in what could arguably have been an unfulfilling relationship with a man that she vowed to love in good times and bad, sickness and health, for better for worse. She didn’t give up on George, although she may have wanted to. No doubt she examined her faith, and relied on it to carry her through this turbulent period in her life. Maybe through God, she found ” the serenity to accept the things (she could) not change, the courage to change the things (she could) , and the wisdom to know the difference”.
    Her letter to the court, and the enigmatic statement that “the truth will set you free”, speaks volumes. She found herself. Decisions of the heart are illogical, but you will be able to look at yourself in the mirror and sleep well after making them. I maintain that this is a woman who wants no regrets. She has shown herself to be much smarter and nurturing than most here are giving her credit for. And money is not the means to happiness, but instead, the root of all evil. If she was a woman longing for wealth and material reward, she wouldn’t have married George, nor stayed with him to begin with. No, want she wants is his unconditional, unwavering love and respect, which she has surely earned. She indicates that in her ABC interview. She “laid awake at night praying that the circumstances were different” even before that fateful night, (is she carrying some guilt)? She said “she wants to stay married and have children” and that her future with George is something she has to “think about”. Shellie did this interview to show George exactly what is important to her. Maybe she feels with counseling, she and George can rescue this marriage. I believe it still matters to her. This is her olive branch or her swan song. She is hurting but wants to stop living in limbo. Her case is behind her. She wants to move on, and now it is George’s choice whether she does so with or without him.
    And who cares whether it was ABC or MSMBC? Who knows if she was paid or not? What she seeks is what we seek here in the Tree, the truth. The truth that most matters in her life. How much does he love her? Time will tell. I do pray for her and think she is a strong woman who deserves respect, not the harsh comments and ridicule some are expressing towards her.

    • whiteradish says:

      You probably hit it right on the money. Shellie feels guilty for having a marital argument with George that night. Her profuse apology to TM’s parents points to her personal feeling that had she not fought with Z, their ‘son’ would be alive today.


      Interesting white guilt, but no black guilt — from $abryna and Fruitopia

    • rickmadigan says:

      Wow, I just said something similar up north. Thank you for the indepth analysis.

  44. Unicron says:

    Some have pointed out that we can’t know what is going on and has gone on between GZ and SZ. Absolutely true.

    She may have 100 completely legitimate reasons to be frustrated, disappointed, angry with George. Entirely possible. I’ve already said I think his situation since last February gives an awful lot of good reason for him to have been a hard person to be around, and maybe he became somewhat of an emotional black hole and trainwreck… that could be difficult to be around for anyone, let alone a young woman like Shellie.

    So I’m willing to cut her plenty of slack and empathize, believe me. If one or both of them has been ready to throw in the towel on that marriage for a while, I’m very understanding of that, particularly given what they’ve been through and given their lack of children.

    But even giving Shellie every benefit of the doubt imaginable, and even assuming that any problems their marriage has had have somehow been 100% his fault, 0% hers… EVEN granting that scenario, I am still just baffled by her decision to drag even the slightest portion of that conflict out in front of the world to see.

    Because even if at this point she hates his guts? She should still hate the media far more. Especially outlets like ABC. She should *at the very least* have an attitude toward the MSM of “whatever I may think of George, I’m not going to give the media the satisfaction of seeing the cracks in our foundation, or more ammunition to fire at George”

    Cracks in the foundation which the MSM themselves *doubtless* created or at least made worse by how they’ve treated the Zimmerman family since last March.

    More ammunition to fire at George given to the people who have relentlessly bombarded the Zimmerman family, and George in particular, for more than a year and a half – and mostly with heavy artillery shells of pure lies and race-baiting.

    Again, her hatred of the MSM at this point *should* outweigh any negative feelings she may have (rightly or wrongly) built up toward GZ. She should, at the very least, identify with what GZ has been going through and understand who put him through it, enough to have a permanent posture of “I can’t stop the MSM from lying and attacking, but they darned sure won’t be getting any additional material from me to do it.”

    That’s what I find so surprising and disappointing.

    • kathyca says:

      Exactly. I’m not judging whether what she did is right or wrong. It’s no skin off my nose. Her actions are not State action, so there’s no larger issue as there was with the prosecution of the case against George. Especially since it was her decision to go the media. But she did go public, soooo……

      I just can’t come up with any good reason, or even a neutral purpose, for that interview. At least the little bits we’ve seen of it.

      • sundance says:

        Knowing how the media works….. and knowing their vested interests…. and looking at exactly how this is presented by ABC…. it appears to me she may not have known the interviewer was working on behalf of ABC as a “freelance” writer.

        It seems to me like she gave a *paid book interview* with the funding for the interview flowing from ABC to the interviewer (perhaps unknown to Shellie) who then paid for the book interview, and gave the video content to the group who contracted her…. ABC.

        • kathyca says:

          Thanks for the possible explanation. I have no idea how the actual business side of the media works in terms of deals like you’re describing, but literally nothing would surprise me.

      • whiteradish says:

        Reading between the lines? If her marriage was ‘on the rocks’ already, and she stuck with Z throughout the trial — I imagine she burdened herself with extreme guilt for abandoning him that night, going to her father’s house, wherein she felt Z’s upset state of mind contributed to the TM incident. It is entirely wrong and does not serve Truth. It’s that ugly emo-guilt thing that trips people up. I’d hazard a guess she’s trying to absolve herself in the eyes of her fellow Americans……….preparing to leave Z and go on to a new life bereft of entanglements. Saying to herself and the public, here is my confession, now set me free. ABC and the propaganda media is no church and does not represent God, but Americans have been led to believe it’s the People’s Court. Of course, pocket money to get started doesn’t hurt her denial of real events. Shelley like Z shows us that White Democrats are burdened by self-guilt where Black Democrats feed off of it — a parasitic condition more than a symbiotic one, where one part is hurt by the other rather than helped.

  45. eastern2western says:

    I hate to realize that this type of fake case does cause divorces. remember twana brawley case? the accused rapist went through a divorce because of the stresses caused by Sharpton and brawley. Lets hope zimmster will go after them hustlers for their stories.

  46. Darkman says:

    Shellie Zimmerman vs. Mike Tyson in morning interview battle

    By Hal Boedeker, Staff writer
    7:41 a.m. EDT, August 29, 2013

    In this corner, Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, giving an exclusive interview to ABC.

    In that corner, Mike Tyson giving an exclusive interview to NBC.

    The headline: They’re both in pain…


  47. Stormy says:

    The vast majority of us here at CTH have NO idea what is or was going on in the lives of any of the Zimmermans. I believe we should cease all speculation and lift each one of them up in prayer. That is what I will be doing, anyway.

    • LetJusticePrevail" says:

      Quite true, and 100% agreed. I don’t know a THING about what is going on in ANY of their minds right now, nor do I feel I have any right to know. As far as Shellie’s ABC interview goes, I don’t have much to say about it, since we haven’t seen the entire interview, and have no idea of the context of what she said. I just offer them ALL my best wishes, and hope that they find peace and happiness.

  48. gainny says:

    Any word from Robert junior?

  49. whiteradish says:

    Our hearts are heavy for Shellie and George. It haunts us to no end, because there has been no end. The acquittal brought no peace to the couple, allowed them no second chance together because of the egregious (adj. Conspicuously bad or offensive) media-assisted game playing by Obama, Al Sharpton, Ryan Julison, Angela Corey, $abryna and her side kick Fruit, then back to Obama and Holder: 5 parts BGI and 2 parts WAI (White Apologists Industry). This has to get reversed somehow before there is any peace for them and others like them. What stands out for me is how young this couple is compared to every single one of the villains. We get mad at them, I myself bordering on instability for them, because their lives are exactly that —— unstable. Neither are the villain I suppose. They are more the victims, and their imperfections in no way makes either guilty……..especially against the framework of *a media perfect couple $abryna and Fruit, and their perfect son*. The media presents both Shellie and George as terrible ‘white’ people, and bet you, that editing on the floor left out the good parts of their relationship. What can we expect from a media that presented Rachel Jeantel as the intelligent black darling of an absolutely perfect Obama son.

  50. rickmadigan says:

    May you be together again, George and Shellie, may you have peace and restoration of your loving romance
    Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
    To cast me off discourteously.
    For I have loved you well and long,
    Delighting in your company.

    Greensleeves was all my joy
    Greensleeves was my delight,
    Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
    And who but my lady , Greensleeves.

    Your vows you’ve broken, like my heart,
    Oh, why did you so enrapture me?
    Now I remain in a world apart
    But my heart remains in captivity.

    Well I will pray, I will pray to God
    that thou my constancy mayst see,
    For I am still thy lover true
    Oh come once again and love me


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