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I try to do this on my own even when I go into debt for a year after returning from my CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER tours-(5 years 11 tours-> 68000 miles thru 46 States. $5.00 will pay for a gallon of gas--30 miles down the road. Help us find Brittany's killer. Please help us to be able to teach people about laws that put our loved ones at risk. WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR DAUGHTER?

THE MURDER

Each heartbeat echoes pain .....
Brittany’s voice silenced...........................


BRITTANY PHILLIPS WAS BORN 10/4/85
BRITTANY PHILLIPS WAS BURIED 10/4/04.

 SHE WAS RAPED,
            STRANGELED,
SOMETIME BETWEEN
     9 PM  on  9/27/04 
     8 AM on  9/28/04!!
LAY DEAD FOR 3 DAYS!!
FOUND10/1/04.!!
BURIED ON HER 19TH BIRTHDAY
 
 
 
Monday evening 9/27/04, like other Mondays, I talked to Brittany around 9 pm.  She phoned me and with a frustrated and tired voice, described sitting at the Midtown Urgent care clinic for more than hour. Her allergies had bothered her all day.  She and a friend left Tulsa Community  College downtown campus around 730 to try to get a walkin appointment at Mid town Urgent Care. Brittany noted she ran into her brother at school, that maybe they'd both come up the next weekend to my house in Chandler. Brittany said she couldn't even think about the weekend, between school and her allergies, she was exhausted  and frustrtaed with no medical visit.  Her allergies had "tortured" her (her description) most of her life. Her cute little button nose  often made drainage an issue.
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 I could hear the little girl inside the 18  year old  wanting me t "make it better"  I reassured her I'd get her an appointment with an allergy doctor within the next week or two. "Thanks mommy" she noted with a whispered voice, then said she was going to drop her friend at her home, head to her apartment at (what was then called) Glen Eagles,  and go to bed.  We never hung up until we said "love you." I got mine in first, followed by her "love you too. I never imagined in my worst dreams that my "I love you" would be the last one she'd hear or I would hear back from her. 
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      Why was Brittany in an aprtment in Tulsa and me , a home in Chandler, OK.  Brittany had been at Eckerd college (my alma mater in St. Petersburg, Fla) from Aug 2003 to May 2004 on a full Chemistry scholarship. A year younger than most freshman she came home after that year to be near family and friends. She found a 2nd story apartment right next to the highschool she had graduated from May 2003. We did police checks and all the usual search procedures. She signed up for community college classess so she could transfer to OSU, commuting from the house I just bought in Chandler, OK.
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           I was the oncall psychologist at work and didn't have time to search doctors. On 9/29/04  (wed) I called her to let her know I would get to it. I wasn’t surprised she didn’t answer because I knew she had late classes Tuesday and Wednesday.  I called Thursday and still no answer. I left what she called, my typical mom/Maggie message "Brit just give me a call, you know I worry when you don't call back. Just let me know you are okay. I don't care what time Love you little girl. " I'd decided if I didn't hear from her I would go to Tulsa Friday. But she was also a typical 18, mom wasn't always a priority.
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REMEBERING THE MOMENTS BEFORE…At 1 a.m. (10/1/04) there was a knock on my front door. I remember opening the front door, expecting an old friend from out of town. Instead I opened to something out of a bad horror film.  A young, rain-soaked Lincoln County Sherrif stood there, his eyes looking at me, then quickly looking away. Lightening flashes could be seen behind him. His few words were one of the reasons I started part 2 of Brittany's Bridge-training 1st responders to homicides “Are you Maggie Zingman? You need to call Tulsa Police, your daughter has been murdered.” 
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The shock that decends with such news is unreal. Thoughts are not logical. I tried to think of who to call and was concerned that I didn't want to wake anyone up. Once I did, within 6 hours all family were either in Tulsa or on planes.
            The following hours, days swirl in clouded memories of racing down to the apartment, finding she had been taken to the medical examiners, calling family, going to airport pickups and making arrangements for her burial.

SPECIFICS
 MURDER On 9/27/04-9/28/04 (mon tues) someone either was already in Brittany’s apartment or broke in thru french doors on the 2ndstory porch or the windows. Brittany was both raped and suffocated. It is unclear how she was strangeled or suffocated. She lay there 3 days before a friend, wondering why she wasn’t at school stopped by. SHe noticed something odd and called police. I didn’t worry when I couldn’t get her Tues or Wed because she was always at school late. Brittany’s best friend’s dad almost took the call. They notified my son first because I moved a few months prior to a small town near by. I was notified that Friday at 1 am.
By the time I arrived at her apartment, she had been taken to the ME’s office (needless to say again, I also have discussed how parents should be given right to see the family member’s body before taken away). They identified her by her license. I never got to see her.

. By the time the autopsy was done we had a choice of three days for the burial, the middle day was 10/4, what would have been her 19th birthday. Since the other days were so near, we chose to honor her birth and passing on the same day.

We found out a few years later that the Apartment MAnagers and owners do not tell renters about murders and other crimes going on at the aprtment. They do not tell people about Brittany's murder and we probabaly lost tips due to that. We also didn't know about an attack that happened in the same building she lived in 8 months before she was killed

WE BURIED BRITTANY ON HER 19TH BIRTHDAY--10-4-04

WE LOST MY MOTHER TO ANAPLASTIC THYROID  CANCER 8 MONTHS LATER.

ON THE BIRTH/MURDER ANNIVERSARY IN 2009 WE FOUND OUT SHE WAS BURIED IN THE WRONG PLACE AND THAT SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL OWNED THE CEMETERY IN 2004 AND SOLD IT TO CURRENT OWNERS IN 2005 DUE TO CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS FROM AT LEAST 4 STATES.

17 comments:

  1. I'm sorry for your loss.

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    1. Thank you Gladys. I am assuming you heard our story on the JVM Most Wanted Segment. That you let me know our story touched you, means so much. This is what keeps me going because people like you let me know the story is getting out there and it links to the heart---with gratitude---Maggie

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  2. This has to be one of the foremost unfortunate loss I've read in ages! I only came across this through a wall bulletin in the clinic of urgent care wilmington de. I hope you get your dues pretty soon. My prayers are with you.

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  3. This story is so sad! I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when this happened, I was still in high school, at Union no less. I lived at that complex recently too. Living there sometimes gave me the creeps especially with the way maintenance would just come in and half the door locks never worked. I also believe it isn't right that current or prospective renters aren't told about any murders/crimes that have happened there. I wish someone would have told me. With the name change of the complex, I didn't remember it until I saw your car across the street one day. Glad to be rid of that place now. They do a great job of hiding the bad things that go on there. I wish I had some information to help the case. My heart goes out to you.

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    1. LC Thank you so much. You did help by confirming there are issues with the complex, that it is wrong they don't tell about murders there, about crimes, about attempted attacks. That is helpful. Do you know of any "things that happened while you or other friends lived there? You can always email me at therapoet@aol.com

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  4. I'm currently living in these apartments... Same building as brit. Just signed the lease w my boyfriend.. Now I'm scared to leave the place to walk to my car. I hope one day you find justice.

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    1. I am sorry for your loss. I was also going to live in those apts ...i was going to sign the lease tomorrow and move in this wkend..now I dont want to as I am scared as it seems unsafe...and the apt didnt mention about any of these crimes nor the meth lab explosion that happened there last yr..
      Though I have given them money (fees)..I might just let it go...

      I also hope justice would be served one day!
      Take care

      R

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  5. YouThe justice partially will be from this aprtment complex telling the truth of what happened there and changing laws where they can't hide this. It means so much you wrote this
    Maggie

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  6. Maggie if you have the same email please check it, I sent you an important message.

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  7. iam sorry for your lost i lost my daughter in 2005 april 12 she was 2 mos pregant she had 2 children my grandbabys dylan and isabella imiss her so much. i dont know what happened to my daughter angel. so i fill your pain. she is buried at the same place too.debbie tulsa okla

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    1. Debbie Please connect with me at therapoet@aol.com we should get together. There are also a few groups, orgs you can connect to if you haven't yet. But lets connect if nothing else... maggie

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  8. I am very sorry for your loss.. I decided to write about your daughter for a TCC class assignment..

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    1. That is great!! the more people learn about it, the greater chance we will solve it. Or at least have people consider why these crimes occur (hint hint DNA. Please feel free to contact me at therapoet@aol.com for any facts or anything you need. Maggie Brit's mom

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  9. Just saw your story on the news out of fargo n.d. god bless you in your journey there must be a purpose in this I shudder when I think of this happening to my 15yr.old or 19yr.old girls I'm afraid I wouldn't have your strength. You are now a travelling angel snap is so necessary. Again God bless and keep you and yours.

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    1. Thank you so much for sending your thoughts. I too hope you will not go through this but I said the same thing you did before this happened. I found strength in doing things in honor of her...she would do the same for me.. I am just glad that we always said I love you...with never ending gratitude for your thoughts and prayers...Maggie

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  11. Hello oh dear God i am so so sorry to hear about your beautiful daughter you welcome us strangers into the life of your daughter and reading her story was like reading a book i found myself wanting to read more about the life of her my name is Mildred I stay in the Somerset apartments and I remember seeing your car in the high school I was taking my daily walk getting ready to go work out at the gym in Union High school I thank you so very much just for doing all the things that you are doing instand of just sitting on your hands and letting others do it for you some people don't understand that being a parent never ends and when your child it murder you never rest you got my heart tonight because Im the all around parent I have so many kids that love me and most of them are not my children I just love kids and young adult that needs a shoulder and don't feel like they have anyone but anyways i stay across the street from where it happen and I'm sorry for your lost.

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