Archives for category: Week 6 Season 25

Oprah Shows Changing Lives-O-Meter

  • Hopefully anyone who is living with the secret of being sexually abused

Producers Pull Off Surprising Oprah

  • This Week: none

Celeb Show Appearances

  • Tyler Perry
  • Lisa Marie Presley
  • Susan Boyle
  • Debby Boone

Show Segments Ripped From The Wires

  • Teen Boy Lives With Killing His Molester
  • The Youngest Opera Singer Jackie Evancho
  • Female convicted killers

Week  6 Show Breakdown

10/22/2010 When Your Own Mother Is a Notorious Killer
10/21/2010 Lisa Marie Presley Speaks Out About the Death of Michael Jackson
10/20/2010 First TV Interview – Tyler Perry Speaks Out About Being Molested
10/19/2010 Susan Boyle, Jackie Evancho, Debby Boone – The Next Big Thing
10/18/2010 Exclusive: The 16-Year-Old Boy Who Killed His Molester
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Air Date: October 22, 2010

Diane Downs

Diane Downs in the early 80’s shoots her 3 children. She gets life plus 50 years, 2 of the children are alive today. Her youngest daughter (4th child) Becky Babcock talks about her convicted murder mother. “She’s not a mother. She is a monster.” She says, she regrets writing to her biological mother. Becky wanted to relate to someone after she gave one of her children up for adoption. Becky thought connecting with Diane would help her heal from the pain. She now knows her adopted family is all she needs. Diane would not share the name of Becky’s biological father after Becky asked her in letters.

Pamela Smart

Lisa Ling interviews Pamela Smart in New York at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Her 15 year old then lover Billy Flin kills her husband Greg Smart. She tells Lisa that she did nothing and was not in any way involved in the killing. She is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Lisa asks what would you say to Billy? Pamela says, “Tell the truth. Tell the truth. But I know he doesn’t care. He’s going home. It’s like he killed somebody and got a way with one way or another.” Lisa ask what about Greg? “I’m sorry.”

Pamela’s mother Linda Wojas sits with Oprah. The jury was not sequester during her daughters trial and says there were 1200 news articles out. She believes her daughter did not get a fair trial. During Pamela’s time in prison she has earned 2 master degrees and helps others. Dr. Eleanor Pam is Pamela Smart’s mentor says she believes absolutely she is innocent. “I think she was punished for sin not the crime.”

One of the jury members Alec Beckett talks to Oprah over WebEx on the show. Alex says, he was out of the country before the trial and did not know about anything from the media. He says the jury did not know the sentence was life.

Dean Smart (Greg’s brother) sent a statement to the Oprah show saying they believe she is guilty and the boys found guilty along with Billy. Pam did not cut a deal and that is why she is serving life.

Air Date: October 21, 2010

Oprah lands an exclusive interview with Lisa Marie Presley. They talk in England without a studio audience about Michael Jackson and her famous father Elvis.

Lisa and Michael were married for 1.5 years and she did not have contact with him for a decade before his death. Although, Lisa is very guarded she does share a few intimate details.

Oprah asks the questions we all wanted to know.

  • The marriage union between Lisa and Michael was true love not a PR stunt.
  • Lisa says she never saw Michael abuse any children in her presence.
  • Lisa is trying to make sense of why she had to go through her fathers death and Michael’s. She wonders what is the higher power trying to teach her. It was painful the first time and then she says she had to go through it again.
  • Lisa says, Michael want to have kids with her but she was cautious.
  • She explains during the relationship with Michael she experienced her highest highs and lowest lows.
  • She also shares at the end of their marriage she felt Michael was taking drugs.

Honoring Michael:

Lisa and Michael

Air Date: October 20, 2010

An amazing hour with the talented Tyler Perry. It’s like no other hour of reality television because Tyler shares the most intimate details of his abuse. What a gift this show is for those who have been sexually abused. It really shocked me what comes out of his mouth. Bless Tyler.

After his mother’s death Tyler Perry is talking about his tormented childhood, and the sexual abuse he had to endure.

The physical abuse came from his father. “It’s hard for me to look at those pictures. I feel like I died as a child.” His aunt Jerry talks about pointing a gun at his father after his father beat him with a vacuum cord. Tyler would escape in his mind to a park. At one point Tyler says, he was suicidal (he slit his wrists.)

Today he is 41 years old, talking about a male neighbor molesting him. There was a man he describes in his past he knew from church. This man from church was his first sexual experience (he performed oral sex on Tyler as a boy.) Another incident happens at age 10. This time it is a female neighbor. “This is so disgusting what these people did to this little boy.”

“My mother was not strong like my aunt.” Tyler talks about loving his mother.

What helped him along the way was he learned “What you feed will grow in your life. And what you don’t will starve.”

Oprah tells the audience that his father is still alive. Tyler provides for his father today by sending him monthly checks, and he pays for his father’s housing. Tyler says, I don’t care what he thinks about this show.

On November 5th, Oprah and Tyler will have a much need discussion with a mostly male studio audience. Together they will help others confront their own truth of sexual abuse.

Air Date: October 19, 2010

Singer Susan Boyle won her audience from appearing on Britian‘s Got Talent. Although she did not win during her season, this runner-up did make her life long dream of becoming a singer a reality.

10-year-old opera phenom Jackie Evancho is also proving 2nd is the BEST! As Jackie was also runner-up in her season of America’s Got Talent.

1970s songstress Debby Boone also appears on the show. Oprah stated on the show, “Debbie still holds the record for most weeks at number one by a first-time primary female artist.”  The song is You Light Up My Life.

Air Date: October 18, 2010

The unspeakable happens to teen Daniel Kovarbasich and one day he reaches his breaking point. As you read on, you may think Daniel’s life has been carefully crafted like a hollywood script. But the truth as he tells it on the Oprah show is his real life nightmare.

Who: 16-year-old Daniel Kovarbasich and Duane Hurley

What: According to Daniel, Duane Hurley befriends him and eventually repeatedly sexually abuses him for more than 3 years until the day he stabbed him to death.

When: January 22, 2010 is the day Daniel snaps and kills his molester Duane

Where: North Ridgeville

Why: Duane lured Daniel first by his dog, then paying to do odd jobs, and later rewarding him with the freedom to drive his cars. Daniels family even discusses how they looked Duane up on the sex offenders site but found no records. Daniels parents even went with Daniel to Daune’s home. Eventually, they thought of Daune a close family friend.

How: Daniel’s dad drops him over Daune’s house one morning before school. Daniel stabs Daune 55 times

Get more details about the case here.