Shattered Lives

Shattered Lives; Overcoming the Fraunces Tavern Terror
by Jeff Ingber, Joe Connor

Precursing 9/11/01, Americans have been murdered by terrorists for decades.

Shattered Lives begins by taking the reader into the graphic horror of major terror attacks, the lives of victims and their families, the aftermath of their shattered lives and even the terrorists themselves, providing context for their deeds.

Shattered Lives uniquely connects the acts and actors of these past events to our current and even future situations.

 

Since 2012, I walked every day into the lobby of my office at 150 E 42nd street in NYC.

Many of those days, I thought of 26 year old Charles Steinberg sure that my colleagues all around me never heard his name; never knew who he was, never knew of the terror bombing, the horrendous carnage  and the murder of Mr. Steinberg that occurred in that very lobby on August 4, 1977.  Did anyone know that on that day some 40,000 people in the World Trade Center were evacuated due to the same terrorists’ threat to the twin towers?

I was sure that no one around me knew that my father, 33 year old, Frank Connor and three other innocent men were murdered by these terrorists two years earlier, on January 24, 1975 in the cradle of American Liberty, Fraunces Tavern or that our father’s god son, cousin, Steve Schlag was murdered in the WTC a generation after these terror attacks.

Did anyone know the source of this evil?  How many of them heard of the Puerto Rican separatist terrorists, Armed Forces for National Liberation (“FALN”), about their reign of terror or about the lives they SHATTERED?

 

I began writing what what evolved into this book on the train ride home from lower Manhattan on September 10, 2001

  • Exactly 2 years after the terrorists were released from prison
  • Exactly 1 day before I witnessed the attacks on 9/11 that murdered my cousin, my dad’s godson Steve Schlag
  • I purposely avoided seeing Steve on the train that night to begin writing
  • In the meantime, I co-authored and published with Mike Duncan, The New Founders, bringing the American Founders alive in the 21st century

This book went nowhere until I met Jeff Ingber, a very accomplished writer

  • Jeff had written 2 books
  • Jeff was working on a third book, about terrorism on Wall Street
    • We talked and he decided to focus the book on our family and Fraunces

 

  • Shattered Lives takes the reader into the graphic horror of major terror attacks, focuses on the lives of the victims and their families, the aftermath of their shattered lives and even the terrorists themselves, providing context for their deeds.
    • Shattered Lives uniquely connects the acts and actors of these past events to our current and even future situations.
      • Eric Holder may run for President in 2020.
        • Here’s why we should be afraid of this
          • Released terrorists
          • Fast and Furious gun running
          • Politically weaponizing the DoJ and FBI
      • Luis Gutierrez has been spoken of also as a Presidential candidate…
      • Must secure return of William Morales, Joanne Chesimard, Victor Gerena from Cuba
      • Help Americans understand our relationship with Puerto Rico for over a hundred years
      • Politicians continued use of terrorism as a political tool
        • FALN clemencies
        • Closing GTMO
        • Stop surveillance of terrorists
        • Failure to identify our enemies
        • Commit to fight a full war on terrorists
          • ISIS
          • al Qaeda
          • Domestic

 

Shattered Lives is ultimately an uplifting though cautionary story of uniquely American families not only overcoming and fighting back against the murder of their loved ones, the political use of their murders by our own government and what we can learn from the past to proactively improve our future.