25 Steps to the Lake

21 years ago December my sister was taken from the earth. I’m sharing this song from the Tribute Album I recorded with my brothers – Love you forever Julie! (all platform links in YouTube description)

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Prayer to St. Joseph for David & Douglas
(St. Joseph Feast day  – March 19)
As the Griffin brothers are working on the efforts of guardianship for Douglas,  let us implore St. Joseph, Foster father of Jesus for his help.Remember, O most chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession was left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power, I fly unto you, and beg your protection. Despise not, O foster-father of the Redeemer, my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.
Saturday, March 15, 2008 – 10:53 AM
David from Arizona

Now is the time for healing.  Peace to Julie, the Griffins, and the Jensens.  Lions and lambs can and do lie down together–especially when it’s necessary.


Saturday, March 15, 2008 – 02:08 PM
justice for julie… finally may she rest in peace
Saturday, March 15, 2008 – 03:30 PM
cousin Jerry’s ex
You have been the best brothers any sister could have.  Hopefully, your nephews will get to know you soon.  Julie was a lovely woman, much too good for Mark.
Sunday, March 16, 2008 – 03:02 PM
To Julie’s whole family
Hi,       Just to let you know that my thoughts & prayers are with you all & David & Douglas.   Julie is loved by many.  Love & Peace be with you all.
From a friend in Toledo,
Tami aka Johnielee
Sunday, March 16, 2008 – 03:35 PM
lenita L.
I knew Julie only though the trial. So glad justice is done. what a wonderful  web site to honor Julie. I ached for her and what she went though with Mark. Thank you for helping me to know her story. What a wonderful family you are.
Saturday, March 29, 2008 – 05:07 PM
some one who  cares
to the brothers and family. i too had a brother murdered. and although life goes on. life also has a way of standing still. because you want not  to leave that person behind. when this happened in our family my sister inlaw took my niece from ind to fla. we never seen or heard from her for years. and  she claimed we did not want any thing to do with her. the hurt is two fold, for the dead and for the living. i hurt for my niece that she lost her dad and she also lost the rest of us. the loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. i pray you and the boys reunite some day soon. but it will be  a different relationship because they will always want to believe some what thhe story mark tells. him being the only parent . besides kelly. and speaking of kelly she needs to be charged in your sister’s death also. i have said from day 1 she knew what was going on. she wanted to be with mark and wanted julie out of the way.i also think mark’s father played a role in this also. if they do notget justice here they will on the other side. and they probly don’t sleep well  at night. i always have said the murder needs to have the picture of the victim hung in his cell 24/7. divorce is common and why someone had to die and the children and the rest of the family has to suffer. the person who killed brother was out in less than  a year. and killed again. mark has reaaly already killed again by taking the children from julie’s family. my prayers are with you. my court tv friends and i are going to do something to help raise money for the bench and park area. we sale tupperware and that makes for good fund raisers. my email address is Bbusylady@aol.com
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 – 12:31 AM

God Bless Your family,  I hope that Julie’s Sons will soon know what a wonderful family they have.  This story Needed to be told and I Hope that you take comfort in the fact that Julie’s story will save lives.  Much Comfort to you.

The Greene Family Washington State

Thursday, April 3, 2008 – 10:59 PM
Bob Morgan
I did not know Julie personally. I am a ’72 alumni and have not lived in Kenosha since 1986. But your web site shows a truly remarkable woman and Mother. You can see the life and love in her eyes in all the pictures posted. I am truly disturbed that men are still allowed to intimidate and sometimes murder their wives/ex-wives. Justice will not bring your loving Julie back, but I pray it will bring her family some peace. God Bless all of you!
Saturday, April 5, 2008 – 05:54 PM
Joyce from Kenosha
Julie can be at rest now knowing that her sons will know she would never leave them on her own accord. Even though they appear to be rejecting that knowledge now, I believe there will come a time they will open their hearts to their Mom.  Your musical tripute is beautiful. I ordered 3 CD’s. One for myself and one for each of my daughters. Your music is a gift of love.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 – 10:34 AM
Rachel – Iowa

I just finished watching the 48 hours show on Julie’s death. One thing that suprised me that was not mentioned (hopefully someone saw this) was the handwritten note from her husband’s daily planner. Mark Jensen’s side of the story is that she searched online for poisons and wrote this note listing the different ‘suicide’ methods ‘she’ was concidering. Did anyone compare the handwritting on the note to the letter? They were 100% written by different people. If Mark believes that she wrote the note then who does he believe wrote the letter that he didn’t even know about until after the fact? It had to have been someone that knew about the note in his planner.

I am very thankful that the truth (in my humble opinion) has come out and he is behind bars.

As far as what is said about her brother’s doing ‘what they have done to her sons’ that was done by her husband. After Julie was out of the way, of course it was easy for him to blame her, there was no one to tell the boys otherwise, so of course they believe their father. And why wouldn’t he take good care of them – they were not in the way and they were his children.

God bless the Griffin family for their patience in dealing with this horrible situation!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 – 08:19 PM
I just wanted to stop by and let you all know that i’m thinking about ya’s.
Julie is always in my thoughts.    A ROSE FOR JULIE  &  ALL OF YOU !
your friend from Toledo,
Tami aka Johnielee
Sunday, April 20, 2008 – 08:53 PM
To Julie’s family
well i just wanted to let you know that you’re in my thoughts & prayers.
i hope you’re all doing ok & being able to visit with david & douglas.
i think about julie alot & know she is at peace now.
may god bless you.
love from your friend in toledo,ohio
tami – johnielee
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 – 08:10 PM
Any update on the appeal or reuniting with the boys?  You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Thursday, June 26, 2008 – 04:46 AM
With Christmas approaching, Julie has been on my mind.  I did not know her but she will be forever in my memory.  My mom and I sat behind you at times during the trial and you are all wonderful brothers and we are so sorry for your loss!  I sooo hope that Mark does not get another trial due to Julie’s letter.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – 07:27 AM
to the family
just to let you all know that i’m thinking of you.
tami aka johnielee
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 – 11:37 AM
thought of you today
Thursday, February 19, 2009 – 04:55 PM

Dearest Julie,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to you. We love and miss you.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 – 09:21 PM
Monday, March 30, 2009 – 09:26 AM
Monday, March 30, 2009 – 09:54 AM

I just read Julie’s story in the New York Daily News. She seemed like a warm and loving person and a wonderful mother to David and Douglas!

Take comfort in the fact that there is a God above and he will see to it that Mark receives his just punishment for the crime he has committed! I only hope he spends the rest of his life behind bars!

I also wish that your family is reunited with your nephews so that they can learn the truth about their father!

Julie-Rest in Peace!

Carol, New Jersey

Monday, March 30, 2009 – 02:42 PM
I have just spent the last hour going over every bit of this beautiful testament to your wonderful sister. I happened to be watching court tv one day an dgot hooked on the Mark Jensen trial. I was obsessed with getting justice for Julie. He was so manipulative and that smirk of his made me sick. His parents had the sam eevil expression so you know where it all comes from. Julie deserved to live, her boys deserved to know her and love her. I am also a mother and also a recovering alcoholic so I have a kindred spirit with yours/Julie’s Mom. You can look at any picture of Julie and see her sweetness and gentle spirit.I am drwan to her and still feel sick over what he did to her and his own sons. May he rot in hell. God Bless you all, Griifin family, I loved each and every personal tribute from each brother and all the background info on your family. I am so so sorry you have had to endure what no human being should have to endure. Your music is gorgeous. Long may you and Julie shine. Godspeed to reuniting with those boys. It will happen, you could see in on your nephews face as his Dad was being sentenced how conflicted he is. He has to remember his Mothers love. I have a son, I know how much he loves me. She was a great person indeed, what a loss to us all. Rest in peace sweet Julie.
Friday, April 24, 2009 – 05:54 PM
Vicki W
I did not know your  sister. I have read about the trial. My prayers of healing are with you, Julie’s family (parents and brothers and children). I will pray for you in your struggle to gain the custody of Douglas. I am so sorry for the senseless death of your sister, daughter, and David and Douglas’ mother. Sincerely, Vicki W
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – 11:18 AM
Rest in peace Julie. My prayers to your family and her many friends for the loss you have suffered. God Bless. Kay
Monday, July 27, 2009 – 09:29 AM
i pray for your peace
my name is anna and ive been prayng for your sisters peace as well as your entire family what you all have been through is horrible but you seem to be such a loving family so i know god will see you through the hurt as well as far  children  go the best place for them would be with you guys so i will keep them in my prays as well god bless all of you
Monday, July 27, 2009 – 09:31 AM
I just watched this on tru TV and i was moved enough to veiw this website, i know what it feels like to lose a family member and i feel your pain. I know this site and the show will be a positive thing. all my good thoughts to you, Caroline Campbell
Monday, July 27, 2009 – 12:18 PM
Lovely Memorial for Julie
What a lovely memorial to a lovely woman from her wonderful brothers.  She was obviously loved by so many.  She will not be forgotten.  I hope in time her sons will know they had a mother who loved them enough to stay for them.  Someday they will know the truth.  They will know.
Monday, July 27, 2009 – 02:32 PM

I watched this trial twice  on court TV  and still cannot understand after all the people she spoke to and the letter she wrote why she is gone. I saw this as crys for help.  Someone should have investigated this before he took her life not after.

God Bless you Julie and may you rest in peace.

Monday, July 27, 2009 – 05:33 PM
My name is Marilyn and I’m in Las Vegas, Nv.  I watched the trial on court TV and heard the verdict today.  I knew what it would be.   Julie and I share the same birthday and and my second child was born the year she was.   I was pleasantly surprised when I realized one of her photos looks very much like one of me.  We lived a similar life.  I had a husband who was controlling and verbally abused me for years and told me I would never make it on my own.  I was 36 before I got the guts to get a divorce and my children were teenagers.  I think Julie’s boys will be curious and will one day investigate the death of their mother if they haven’t already.  You are wonderful brothers to keep her memory alive and I’m sure it will help many.  God Bless you and your families, I will think of Julie on my birthday.  You know where she is, in the arms of Jesus, and you will see her someday.  Take care,  Marilyn
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 01:16 AM
I watched the trial and just want to say I think Julie was very lucky to have such wonderful brothers and family. I know you miss her. She seemed like a wonderful mother and person whose only fault was that she loved the wrong man. She is looking down smiling on you. This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman.
Friday, July 31, 2009 – 05:25 PM

I attended school with Julie, went to church, Sunday School  and was confirmed with Julie at Trinity Lutheran.  It sounds like she remained true to herself from childhood to adulthood.  An innocent…lost!

My heart hurts for the ongoing loss and pain that is felt each day by friends and family members.
God bless Julie’s family and may Julie be rocked in the arms of the Almighty.

Jan Busche

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 – 05:02 PM
I just watched the 48 hour mystery and hope your sister is remembered by the way she lived and not how she died. I also felt real bad for her brother who was bsing judged by a act of despiration he committed at age 16.By bestt wishes and prayers go to you all Joe Foley Tewksbury,MA
Sunday, August 23, 2009 – 10:14 AM
I saw Julie’s story on 48 Hours yesterday.  I remember hearing some of her story in the media but never knew what ended up happening.  I escaped an abusive relationship 10 years ago and I saw so many similarities between Julie’s story and mine.  I too told others that if I ever went missing or was found dead that my husband should be looked at.  I was so scared at the end of my marriage I was like a zombie and was extremely paranoid. He tried his best to make me appear crazy to others and some believed him–mostly his family who are also very controlling and abusive.  By the time I finally left, I was very depressed and somewhat crazy–from living with him!  It was women’s groups that were the most helpful for me and I credit them for helping me.  I did not have the strength to leave on my own.  Anyway, I am so happy Truth and Justice finally came to you. I know how much of a struggle it is to try to get others to see the truth that is right in front of them and to have to listen to the untrue character attacks.  My heart goes out to you all and Julie’s two sons.  Peace and God Bless.
Sunday, August 23, 2009 – 10:27 AM
I watched the trial on t.v. this year and it saddened me that someone could do this to their spouse and the mother of their children. My heart goes out to you and your family and may you always have blessings and peace. I too have lost a sister, although not the way you did!
Rebecca WilesTHE PHOENIX
Beautiful, glorious and sacrificing self for renewal,
you build a pyre and set yourself ablaze. For the
sake of self. Red bird of fire you come forth through
your ashes a new bird shedding the old self which no
longer is needful. You embrace your new strength and
fly to the heights of the sky to the city of the sun and
give the ashes unto the alter of the sun god for your
immortality. Embrace yourself for you are a child of
the sun and will live eternal through birth, death, and
renewal! The spirit never dies!
Thursday, September 17, 2009 – 06:48 AM
M. Shake, Bethalto Illinois
What a special person she was. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. What a piece of garbage he is. He should never be let free until the lord takes him to pay his real punishment.
Sunday, October 18, 2009 – 11:20 PM
To Julie’s brothers and family – I have never forgot about your sister, Julie, since I first heard about the case. I think Mark Jensen is right where he needs to be and I will follow the possibility of a reversal or new trial as the case progresses.  Even without the “letter”, I firmly believe a jury will see the facts of the case and Mark’s actions and will convict him again.  Hopefully, there will not be a reversal of conviction or a new trial, but with the legal system one nevers knows.  I can’t get your sister out of my mind. I always remember her in my prayers, I truly mean what I just said.  God bless your family.  Judy Ann from Wichita, Kansas
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – 11:55 AM
To Julie’s Brother Paul,
My heart goes out to your family.  I met you at a recent UW-Madison day when we discovered that both of our children are Nat. Merit Scholars.  I talked a bit with you and we had lunch together.  You struck me as a very thoughtful and caring person, but I could almost sense a sadness about you.  At the time, I knew nothing of your sister’s death.  Yesterday, I saw a program about it and recognized you immediately.  I’m sure Julie was proud of you and your brothers.  Bless you all.
Saturday, March 6, 2010 – 10:01 AM

I cannot imagine what your family continues to go through. Your sister seemed like she was all about family. Even giving too much benefit of the doubt to her husband. I did not know her but I do know she did not deserve what happened to her. Not only were you robbed of a future with your sister, but she was robbed of a future with her children who may never really know the beautiful person she was. As well as the fact that they were probably the reason she stayed with her husband.

How difficult it must be to have the loves of her life still with the other woman. Find solace in the fact that she is now and angel that will forever watch over your family and her boys now. It will never be as good as having her back, but I know she is probably at peace now that her murderer is in prison and hopefully will never get out. I pray that your nephews will one day seek you out for more on who their mother was, and learn the truth about the person they call Dad. Stay strong and resilient as you have been.

Peace and blessing to your family.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 – 06:21 PM
It has been a few months since I saw your Sisters case on True T.V. I still think about Julie. I have your page posted on my facebook page. I am so sorry for what has happened to your family. I do hope that time will help ease the pain. I know it can never take that pain away, but with God’s help all things do get better. Sincerely, LeAnn Beasley of Greenwood Indiana
Thursday, June 10, 2010 – 09:44 AM
Mia Pierson Ott
I think of you often…I hope your children know you.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 – 12:03 PM
I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the court of appeal’s decision to uphold Mark’s conviction, an answer to many prayers. Julie’s voice was heard by the court. I also pray this website will  provide a path for David and Douglas to see the true panorama of Julie’s life and spirit and unquestionable love for them !
Thursday, December 30, 2010 – 10:06 AM
Not being able to sleep; I watched 48 hours Mystery tonight and the story of Julie, I was so taken back by the horrific case, and cruel death she endured. I cried for everyone involved. Tragic losses all around, senseless cold acts by a deranged man, families torn apart by such incredible devastation; perpetrated by one person, steeped in depravity.  I am SO sorry you all have had to endure this horrible nightmare. My heart goes out to the brothers and children.
Now IS the time for the healing processes to wrap about the victims families; but I know; for some, that healing will be longtime in coming.The Album,  ‘Voices From Beyond’  created by Patrick and the family is a ‘work of Love and a special work of Art’. Wonderful, Inspiring and Soothing; it truly commemorates the Life of this lovely lady_Julie Jensen Griffin. But I also feel it is a testament to the lives of countless other women, like Julie; whose lives were so mercilessly taken by men they had loved and trusted. A Memorial for all of them, A Remembrance and Dedication to their Lives–showing Love, and that people truly cared for each and every one.
Thank you to the Griffin Family–for such a wonderful Gift of Music, May all blessings be yours, with Peace abundant.  R I P Julie   We all love you, and will never forget this heart rendering story of your precious life
In Peace and with Love
Ruthann   MN
Friday, July 29, 2011 – 02:48 AM
Julie, you are loved and missed.  Our eternal hope is in Jesus Christ.  We know, as Christians, that we are only passing through – on our way to be with God and our saved loved ones who have gone before us.  In heaven, we will have perfect, glorified bodies and know no more pain or sorrow or want.  We will be in paradise forever.  Heaven is our true and permanent home.  We know we will see our Christian family members and friends again.  So, our attitude, though sad and grevious as it is, has to be …’till we meet again, love.
Yvonne Ray
Monday, January 30, 2012 – 10:25 AM
Your Brother Mike

To My Favorite Sister,

Julie, we all miss you and love you so much. Wish you were here to share family news, but I know you are watching all of us and our families as we bustle through life. Happy Birthday to you.

Your Brother Mike

Sunday, February 26, 2012 – 10:58 AM
jim from liverpool england
very moved by julies story, undoubtedly a lovely woman and mother.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 – 02:15 PM
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Anonymous My memories of Julie are very vivid.  She was always kind, and so involved with the family.  I feel blessed to have known Julie.  My heart goes out to all the Griffin family, Julie will live on in you always!  I will follow … Continue reading