Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jamie Nelson was Innocent Cathy Fordham is Guilty.......The Law is an ass

TORONTO -- In the end, justice came quickly for Jamie Nelson.Five-and-a-half years after being found guilty of a rape he did not commit and spending 3 1/2 years in prison, three Ontario Court of Appeal Justices took less than five minutes to overturn his conviction yesterday.After reading documents submitted by his appeal lawyer and a lawyer for the Crown -- both of whom asked for an acquittal -- Justices John Laskin, Stephen Goudge and Janet Simmons said they didn't even need to hear submissions. It was clear Mr. Nelson deserved an acquittal.
"We've read the material, and discussed this," Judge Laskin said. "We're in agreement. We propose to set aside the convictions and register acquittals."
Jamie Nelson emerges
from the Ontario Court
of Appeal in Toronto yesterday after his conviction for a sexual assault was overturned.
Mr. Nelson spent 3 1/2
years in prison and said his day of justice 'feels good, but it doesn't give me back one of those days I spent in prison.'
He then endorsed the appeal file. As the judge did so, Mr. Nelson sighed and silently shed tears while sitting perfectly straight in the front row of courtroom 10 of Osgoode Hall.With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Nelson, 34, who is from Ottawa but now lives in Stratford, Ont., was given his life back.He now joins the list of the justice system's embarrassments -- falling in company with David Milgaard, who was wrongfully convicted of a Saskatchewan murder and served 23 years before a DNA test cleared him, as well as Donald Marshall and Guy Paul Morin. Mr. Nelson is an innocent man wrongfully convicted, and he wants people to learn from his plight.
"What happened today is what I've been waiting for since the day I was arrested," he said. "I can't put into words what I feel right now. What do you say when nobody believes you, you go to prison, you get treated like a rapist, then all of a sudden, people believe you.
"I told the truth all along. Sometimes I thought I was going crazy. I am innocent of this, and I can't believe this happened, but I have to. I lived it. Justice went right off the rails in my case, and it didn't have to. Wrongful convictions happen for a reason. Maybe by looking at my case, people in the justice system will learn, and it won't happen to somebody else.
"This feels good, but it doesn't give me back one of those days I spent in prison."
A civil action he is planning against the Ottawa police, the attorney general's office, and Corrections Canada may ease the pain, he said, but this is not about money, this is about respect and clearing his name.Mr. Nelson's case is a shining example of how things can go wrong when people are prepared to manipulate the justice system.In the mid-1990s, Mr. Nelson was involved in a bitter child-custody battle with his former girlfriend, Christine Thompson.
Fordham8 Cathy Fordham, 30, told police Mr. Nelson
had viciously raped and beat her.Ms. Thompson was friends with Cathy Fordham who took an active role in the battle.Twice, when Mr. Nelson won more access rights to his son in family court, Ms. Fordham accused him of crimes against her. First she said he assaulted her.
Ms. Thompson was friends with Cathy Fordham, 30, who took an active role in the battle.Twice, when Mr. Nelson won more access rights to his son in family court, Ms. Fordham accused him of crimes against her. First she said he assaulted her. After a trial, he was convicted and sentenced to 120 days in jail.After he was released in 1995, he won access to his son on weekends and one night a week. But every time over five weeks that he showed up to collect his son, Ms. Thompson said the child wasn't there.
The last time, Mr. Nelson told Ms. Thompson they were going back to court. When he did this, she produced the child.That Sunday when he pulled into his driveway with his son in tow, he was arrested at gunpoint by police. It was April 30, 1996. The day before, Ms. Fordham told police Mr. Nelson had viciously raped and beat her two months previously in her Vanier apartment.She said she waited so long because she was afraid of Mr. Nelson.
The truth is, Mr. Nelson did no such thing. He was at home on the night in question. But the allegations were so brutal he was deemed a threat to society and denied bail.His trial took place over seven days. Assistant Crown attorney Mark Moors prosecuted. Ken Hall defended Mr. Nelson. Ontario Court Justice Hugh Fraser presided without a jury.Ms. Fordham was the Crown's main witness. She took the stand and gave details of the rape. She cried often. Mr. Nelson took the stand and denied the allegations.
Several others were called to establish an alibi for him.In the end, Judge Fraser found Ms. Fordham was telling the truth, Mr. Nelson and the other defence witnesses were lying and convicted him of sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering death threats.
On Nov. 14, 1996, after six months in jail awaiting his fate, the judge sentenced Mr. Nelson to 3 1/2 years in prison. He served every day until his statutory release date. His refusal to participate in sexual deviancy counselling landed him in solitary confinement for a total of 15 months.While he was trying to stay alive in prison, Ms. Fordham set her self up as a leader of a group home for men caught in the court system.
A later police investigation, the results of which were part of Mr. Nelson's appeal, showed the home was a snake-pit of drugs, alcohol, and sex.Here, she refined her skill at using the justice system as her weapon of choice. She reported breaches of court orders when there were no breaches. This landed several men in jail.
In January 1998, Andre Emile Masson, 26, got the same treatment as Mr. Nelson -- a rape allegation with almost the same details. This led to his arrest.In August 1998, Ms. Fordham accused Allan Kamen and Phillippe Francois of brutally assaulting her while she was praying at a grotto in Vanier. Ottawa police Sgt. Paul Turner investigated, but after the men produced solid alibis, and Ms. Fordham refused a polygraph, she was charged with public mischief for making a false complaint.This touched off the police investigation that exposed Ms. Fordham as a calculating liar willing to abuse the courts.
She was found guilty of public mischief last summer after a trial in which she also accused Mr. Kamen of sexually assaulting her while Mr. Francois watched.Cathy Fordham's credibility was shot. The charges against Mr. Masson were dropped. Others proceedings were discontinued. However, Mr. Nelson was still in prison.
He was paroled in March 1999 and successfully completed this in early 2000.During this time, Ms. Fordham was charged with making a false police complaint again and threatening to kill a former boyfriend. These charges are still before the courts.In his appeal, lawyer Todd Ducharme relied heavily on new evidence of Ms. Fordham's character, and how Judge Fraser, who noted Ms. Fordham's testimony at trial wasn't "prefect," misjudged her credibility.
Mr. Hall at trial, the appeal said, raised many issues that should have raised a reasonable doubt Mr. Nelson was guilty.So compelling was yesterday's appeal, Scott Hutchison, a seasoned Crown attorney, did something he'd never done before -- asked for an acquittal. Afterwards, he shook Mr. Nelson's hand.
"The right thing happened today," he said.
Mr. Ducharme called yesterday one of the most rewarding days of his career.
"It is a cautionary tale," he said. "People make false allegations, and they make false allegations about serious crimes like sexual assault. I hope it makes people remember why people accused of crimes are presumed innocent."
Yesterday, after being informed Mr. Nelson was acquitted, Ms. Fordham held to her story. "I had no idea this was even going on," she said. "If I had known about this, I would have done something to try and fight it. I would never accuse anybody of anything they didn't do."

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jamie, for being as strong as you have been in sharing your story. There are too many women (they know who they are too) out there who do abuse men, if it is not the men beating/raping the women, believe it or not, it can be the women literally beating & crying help accusing to cops of the man (who doesn't believe in hitting a women and he himself is standing there bleeding, cut, bruised) where that same women stands there lieing to the police that he hurt her so he gets arrested. Even after the cops see that he is falling, bleeding and she is standing there with not a cut, bruise or blood drop on her. Funny how cops can't recognize the picture when they see if for themselves. I agree justice is not always served.And No not all cops are "bad" some just don't "listen" when they should be. Let's HOPE all of this that you have gone through will better the system for both men and women? Now it is your turn, enjoy your family(watch, in no time, all of your children will be together with you and your wife, very soon.), and now enjoy your new journey that is a new beginning for you. You deserve this. We believe in you.And know that your dad is smiling down on you, he is proud of you and your family , and he loves you. God Bless you, and your family. Michelle

Tom said...

Personally I have been to Gambolians blog a few times and from personal experience in what he's written and what I've read this blogger does not strike me as a person who writes crap.Suppose you look a little deeper anonymous.I mean from where
are you getting your information or maybe you are related in some way to Cathy Fordham!The fifth Estate ran this story a couple years back.It was a top news story in "The Globe and Mail" for 3 consecutive weeks.They are all wrong and you are right?

Anonymous said...

Yeah... I met Jamie ... knew Jamie....
He was a nice guy... so I thought. The law says a mistake was made... fine.
What did he do to someone who loved him? He left her waiting for him... ran off and left her seven hours away... waiting for him to call her. waiting for him to visit her.. they had a life together. She loved him so much. I had to watch her go through the pain of him leaving saying he will be back to get her. She died wondering what she did, why didn't he come back.
So Jamie... why?
Did you know she died.

They met at work after he got out of prison, she belived in him, she stood by his side, she supported him. When she got sick he left.

On the anniversary of her death, I think of her... it is hard not to think of him and what he did.

So this may be a personal post, however, it may show some of his character.

Rest in Peace my Sheila

Anonymous said...

whoever posted on thursday april 22nd should go fuck themselves jamie is a great friend of mine and is innocent in the acuusations made

Anonymous said...

To the comment about Jamie being a lier ummmm you need to get your head checked ive known jamie for years and he is a very good person and he has the biggest heart of any person i have ever meet and i would trust him with my life and my childrens life soo before saying shit that you dont know what your talking about look up the facts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

just watching your documentary i cant believe they did it to him i thought canadians were civil and just hope he gets a good few million dollars for his trouble glad it wasnt me yours john from london. england.

Karen said...

I just finished watching a programme about Jamie in Britain on the True Crime Channel. It devistating to find out that someone in this day and age could be convicted on such flimsey evidence and worse still that he could lose 4 of his children. I cant believe the poster who said he should rot in hell. That women ruined and changed the course of so many lives and I for one wish him well and I hope he will be reunited with his children.
I just came on to find out if he has written his book yet and there was no mention if he has been able to contact Dustin.

Ps I hope he gets loads of money and would love to know when his book is coming out.

Anonymous said...

the canadian justice system is an ass!!!i have just watched jamie nelsons story on the crime channel and it was obvious from the start that he was innocent.glad to see that jamie finally got the justice he deserved at a cost to him of course.sue the bastards jamie and win big.good luck to you

Rina said...

I saw Jamie's story on tv and it sounded like something from the dark ages. Looking at Cathy Fordham's photo I can see and feel the evil of a rejected,unwanted and ugly woman.The judge should be locked up too.Judges get into their positions because of experience, knowledge,a 6th sense and a love for the innocent. This one had none.

And for Anonymous who lost her friend: Hearts are broken every day lol. Your friend should have gotten over it and went on with her life. Kind of pathetic!

Anonymous said...

I've been trying to find the case law on Jamies case. Accusations like this in relation to a child custody battle. Anyone able to direct me to the conviction date and the day he was aquitted ?

This seems to be a growing problem that needs to be squashed. Actually not growing, just more and more of it coming to light.

Anonymous said...

Our justice system is a joke. It is nice to hear that Jamie was acquitted, but that would never make up for the time he spent in jail and the time away from his family. And then to have some of his children adopted. Jamie's ex is a nut case. Not only did she ruin his life, but the life of innocent children. I can relate to this case as I once was arrested for uttering death threats to my ex-husband in which I never did. He filed a false police report and he was believed, even though I had an alibi. This happened a few years ago. To this day I have no faith in the police service or the justice system.

Anonymous said...

this story reminded me of all the lies my mother said during her divorce with my dad... all the lies the courts believed without ANY proof...

this story also reminded me of all the lies my husband's EX wife had said about him as well... Meanwhile, we've since been married for 18 years...

women went from having NO rights and being considered mere objects to having ALL the rights while still being considered objects

are we so stupid we cannot deal with moderated/grey areas in law, where BOTH PARTIES are given EQUAL CHANCES of being heard in a court of law, WITHOUT PREJUDICE???

this wench, this neurotic and psychopathically lying wench (cathy fordham), only got 6 months???

notwithstanding the other men she tormented, she destroyed FIVE lives, in Mr. Nelson's case...

talk about double standards!!!

I hope Mr. Nelson sues ALL PARTIES INVOLVED in this case; the police, his initial lawyer who refused to file an appeal, the judge, the people who took his children away, the justice system as a whole, the penal system who abused him (mercury around his penis??? What's the deal??? someone there got a sick fetish and/or power trip??), not to forget the wench herself, cathy fordham... I hope she has to pay Mr. Nelson a monthly stipend for the rest of her natural life.

shame on all officers involved in this case. In your line of work, you should know better, with all you get to see... smarten up!

and as for you, lying wench... I earnestly pray you'll someday get 'yours'.

Anonymous said...

conviction: june 96
exoneration august 2001?

Anonymous said...

I've just seen the program on the Crime and Investigation channel in England. I was moved by Jamies story and felt I'd like to add a comment
of thanks for sharing his story and hope that he and his family are together and progressing well. I guess that the mischeive maker in all this will get back what she gave out - that's Karma.
Al

Anonymous said...

cathy fordham should rot in the pits of hell...it infuriates me how a piece of human waste like that
gets to destroy a mans life...how dare her....and shame on the justice system i hope he sues the asses off of them!!!
i hope that stupid cow cathy suffers for the rest of her life for what she did....

Anonymous said...

just watched your story on the crime and inv channel in the UK.. Wishing you well Jamie and hope and wish the rest of your life is happy and you and your family can try to move on.. you can..

Anonymous said...

I don't know Jamie or anything about him... but I DO know that our Courts and legal/judicial system will pander to lying women every chance they get. False Accusations has a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong sordid history of sending innocent men to jail.
As far back as McMartin in California (and Wee Care, Fells Acre, Edenton, Orkney, Rochelle, Wenatchee, etc, etc) to as recently as Jeff Ruggiero and Vladek Filler... countless thousands of men have seen their lives destroyed by lying women and zealously ambitious DA/CPs such as Henry Wade, Mike Nifong and Mary Kellett!!!

It's past time to fire every sitting Judge and County Prosecutor/District Attorney and replace the lot of them!!!

Gunner Retired
Falsely Accused Father, Disenfranchised Dad
Ga F4J Coordinator
NPRA Research Consultant
BHS Armorer
and Kittens Daddy!!!

Anonymous said...

just seen your story jamie and so saddened by it my god its frighting to think this can happen to someone and so many lives destroyed, i wish you all the best and hope the rest of your life can be filled with happiness and love, god bless you and your family, and seen as im irish can i say may the luck of the irish be with you always, ...

Anonymous said...

I think it is an absolute tragedy for Jamie Nelson and every member of his family. And an absolute JOKE that woman only got 6 months. I'm frankly absolutely disgusted that something so awful could happen to a family like that and that they are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives by themselves. My heart goes out to them. For some reason the 'Justice System' often seems to look favourably on these cold, calculating women that think nothing of the lives they are ruining. My fiance and I have REPEATEDLY had issues with his previous partner where we have been wrongly accused of a number of crimes and sometimes i wonder how we ever managed to get through it. The fact that Jamie and his wife have stayed together and fought for justice and to clear his name is a fantastic lesson to everyone. Sometimes the most atrocious things can happen to the nicest people, God bless Jamie Nelson and his family. I hope they will all be reunited someday. And if he HAS written a book, i will most definitely buy it!!!

carl said...

Just watched his programe on the crime channel and i must say that i have never been so touched in all my life. My heart goes out to jamie and his family and i hope that one day he can find peace in a clear disgusting miscarriage of justice. I cant imagine the anger he feels for the so called justice system and that evil, evil woman that ruined his life.

TheSaddestAmerican said...

He's right about never getting a day back. It's been three years since I won my appeal. My old company even offered me my position back, but it's not so simple anymore. I don't trust anyone now. I always leave doors open and I request that I never be in two person meetings. I'm terrified of burglars because I was the actual victim in my case. I live in Canada so I can't shoot them and I'll never call the police again in my lifetime so what am I supposed to do if an intruder comes in my house again? Just lay back and die? I'm always scared because of this. I refuse to return to my old profession, even though I think about it every day. I'm too scared. My life is now based on fear. I don't think I'll ever have a relationship again. I just want to finish my cabin and stay there until I get my green card sponsor. I'm not saying America is rightful justice Heaven (it ain't), but I lost my faith in my country when I watched the justice system fail me so badly. I'd fight to the death for America or a free Newfoundland, but I wouldn't shovel manure for Canada if I was being paid better than the Crown attourney that buried me. My Grandfather must be ashamed of me. Is that what he got shot for? I cry spontaineously like I'm a baby again and I do it everywhere. I've had so many, "Are you sure you're not going to kill yourself with that metal grinder you use everyday?" meetings (because I fall on me knees and cry sometimes when I'm at work), but I don't want to die. I just want to be alone forever and I never want to pay a single cent to a Canadian tax collector ever again. I still wonder if my Mom's sudden case of cancer was caused by all of this. She was Mrs. Healthy and then, after watching me be mangled and ruined and then get a paltry, "I'm sorry" for my troubles, she suddenly gets stage four cancer. Stress was the only major causative agent in her life. I think about this all the time while I sit and hold her hand as I'm watching her slowly starve and be choked to death by her failing heart.

Lawyer up immediately or you'll pay for the rest of your life. It doesn't matter whether or not you're innocent. Never, ever speak to any police officer about anything other than traffic tickets and other such minor things. Don't come in as a witness because even that's asking for it. This is my life now. I am alone and I will be alone until I die alone in some isolated shack hundreds of miles away from my nearest family members. I'll be a skeleton by the time I'm found.

How come I never got to read a victim impact statement? How come the home invader and those who bore false witness against me suffered no penalties? How come the justice system's staff suffered no penalties? Do I matter at all?

- The Saddest American, Trying To Rip Out Of A Canadian Shell, That Ever Walked The Earth

Anonymous said...

When he was arrested, he was not handcuffed because he had fresh skin grafts on both forearms and the handcuffs would have torn the grafts. Yet no one thought that during the alleged aggravated sexual assault where she her self stated that she vigorously fought his "assault" that there would be evidence of this??? Her statement also stated that he punched her in the eye and she was knocked out along with other instances where she was violently struck and bitten yet 4 days after the assault took place when she sought medical attention at a hospital, the only physical evidence was a bruise on her chin that was(as documented by the doctor an 2 nurses who examined her) 2 weeks old and smaller than a dime. He was convicted with no physical evidence of any kind and lost all 4 of his biological children because of one woman's written statement and 24 questions that the investigating officer Bob Kerr had asked her.

I plan on becoming a police officer and I will always remember the consequences of not conducting your work with proper due diligence.

Anonymous said...

I know Cathy Fordham and she is everything you think she is and more. She can't have a calm relationship with anyone and will hurt you if she can. She has two incredibly beautiful children who are going to be totally destroyed by having her for a mom. She phones the cops over a hang nail. She'll scream at you for nothing. Obviously she is mentally ill and on no meds.
I don't associate with her, I used to take care of her kids for peanuts but she blew that one big time. I guess she got tired of seeing her kids reach for me every time they needed someone instead of her.
She threw her husband out recently and charged him with sexual assault. I do wonder what will happen next. He is aware of all her history but only recently to what extent.

There is a special place in hell for this woman.

Anonymous said...

I have been in a custody battle for seven years. i have been accused of sexual abusing my sons twice by my expartner. I have been charged with harassment. Courts in Alberta never believe men. I know what Jamie feels. Women are trated like gods in Family Court. We live in a sick unjustice society in Canada. How many men have been charged based on false allegations in this country? Ten of Thousand. Bad Judges. We need a change. Good Luck in the future Jamie.

Anonymous said...

Just watched the programme re Jamie. I am pleased that he has his life back on track. Good luck in all that you do.
UK citizen

Marie said...

Thank you for the people who believe and can see the truth when it is starring you in the face. I am Marie Verdon the mother and woman who was there and was with jamie watched our lives get torn apart. She is a vicious and vindictive woman. Whoever thinks this female is innocent open your eyes youve been deceived as well. I wanted to let you all know that we have had and are in contact with our twins and our youngest son, we are still trying to get contact with dustin i did not give birth to dustin but he was and still is my son he called me mommy when he was only 2 and i still am love you dustin. Thank you again to all who watched the doc and may you all succeed in your lives. Our lives arent on track but we always have eachother Me Jamie and Our eldest daughter. Anyone becoming a lawyer or in law be sure to read between the lines justice is not always as we think and believe it should we are proof of that. As for money it will never give us back what we lost comfort thats all we are still waitng but we are used to waitng. Peace to all

Anonymous said...

i couldn't believe it, when Iheard the name Cathie Fordham. I live in a small town, where her parents owned a Metro (grocery store), if I remember correctly, her sister Theresa Fordham was acusing someone here (Alexandria,Ont.) of the samething,rape...not sure though if there where any charges laid. So sorry for your losses Jamie, I too have been frustated by the leagal system, except it was my 5 year old son was the victim of rape,try explaining why nobody was convicted or punished for such a terrible thing.The abuser was under age 15,but the babysitter in charge left him alone with my son...she was at fault...but knowone was held acountable! Iknow how you feel Jamie i've beeen in my own hell because of this, my son has suffered as a result...anyhow it's been 19 years since and still feel the anger and range for what they have taken away from us...but i've told my son they will take knowmore years or precious moments from us we will exchange our hate for love and happiness,and hope you can do the same...somehow these kind of people dig their own holes!

Anonymous said...

To the April 22 post, you need your head read.I had something similar happen to me with a girlfriend's friend filing a complaint (not the sexual assault but assault). There was no evidence, but the woman cried at the right times and said the right things at trial. I got found guilty and got 1 year. You have no idea how it feels sitting in a shit hole like that for something you didn't do, nevermind 3 1/2 years in a Federal Institution like this guy had to do. To Jamie, I hope you manage to get your life back - especially your kids.

Anonymous said...

i have never been so touched by a programe in my life. Jamie you seem a wonderful and intellegent man with a lovely wife. Good luck to you all and love from the UK

Veritaspolitics said...

Even after he was cleared by the courts the child services decided he was guilty and sentenced him to lose his children.
The people in charge should be imprisoned.

Anonymous said...

I personally know this women, all she does is lie and manipulate people into believing her lies.she has been lying to the world for the past few years, and still making false accusations, and the most unfortunate thing is people let her get away with it.
as for the person who wrote "he is a lying son of a bitch and would lie his way out of anything he could i hope someone pays him back for all his wrong doings and the asshole should still be in jail. people like that should just rot in hell. think about that one!!!" it was probably her who wrote it. I guess she finally figured out how to Google.

Anonymous said...

I just watch the case on tv last night, well early this morning. Yes he was convicted with no real evidence and with a lawyer such as Ken Hall.....hmmmm I do know of mr hall's reputation and I just am floored as to how this occurred. Being convicted is one thing, losing your children and not being able to get them back into your custody once proven innocent, that is just so hard to swallow. I cried throughout the documentary...my heart goes out to you and your wife Jamie and of course your children as well. Ottawa resident, Janet W

Anonymous said...

I thought the justice system here in the UK is bad, seems like Canada is the same! How many accusations to so many different people did it take before the police realise what was going on? and to give her just six months for the torture she caused so many? I can only assume that the justice system and police in Canada are made up of people with low IQ's!

Anonymous said...

I have been robbed by Ontario Justice and The Family Responsibility office ...my ex wife has stolen my son for 10 years using the same kind of tactics as was used against Jamie....anyone saying different [ comment April 22 ] is an obvious friend of his ex and the OTHER accuser...his rape accuser..

Anonymous said...

As a Canadian, I'm shocked by this heart breaking story! Just shows you what a messed up justice system and as really messed up bitch can do!
All the best Jamie, you deserve it!

RC in BC said...

Jamie's circumstances brought tears to my eyes. I am saddened that the children were taken out of such a loving and nurturing home and were throw to the wolves in the child welfare system. I will pray daily for the happy return of all 4 children. May faith be your beacon of hope Jamie, Marie and Family. (((hugz))))

Anonymous said...

This occurs even more often in the Corporate world. Jamie Nelson is not the only victim of women like this. He eventually got justice from the system, others however? Justice awaits.

Anonymous said...

What a horrible woman Fordham is. How many women exist like this?? Sweet Edgar McFarlane & Drake Cole Drigan.

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Anonymous said...

Just viewed the program on Crime Channel in South Africa. I am shocked that this woman only gets 6 months after ruining lives like she has done - she should get nothing less than life in solitary!!! I can't help but ask, but money must have changed hands when handing out her sentence - only six months come on thats ridiculous. Furthermore how do those people feel who removed the kids are they able to sleep at night knowing how they have ruined a family's life. Jamie I appreciate you sharing your story - but I do still feel that your lawyer could have done more at the time!

Anonymous said...

The tears were running down my face while watching this program. What this poor man and his family went through is more than anyone could handle. And then, your children are taken away from you. Shame on the people who let this happen. And shame on this despicable woman who caused al this pain.

anne said...

I just now watched this show on TV and am appalled at our justice system.. His children should never have been adopted out.. He should have been given back his children.. what is best for his children.. to be with their parents. I also would have liked to see Jamie find a good lawyer and fight for compensation for being convicted as an innocent man and with that his children come home to him.. Our justice system needs to pay him for the grief he lived through and what has happened to a good husband and father.. to an oldest daughter that got robbed of living with her siblings.. I would love to hear more about this case.. Please do not let our system get away with this..This show was extremely hard to watch and envision this man and his family having to go through this..

Anonymous said...

I had tears watching this story I hope one day soon you will get your kids back...best of luck for your family

Anonymous said...

My son - same story different different woman. He's doing 8 years no physical evidence no report of allegations til she showed up in court on other charges. But she's believed. Her own family says "you can't believe a word out of her mouth". But the defendant's legal aide lawyer can't do anything to discredit her. She has all the rights. Gender bias. A justice system that just does not work. And another man whose life will never be normal again not to mention the pain his parents and family go through standing back helplessly watching him be destroyed. The dollar value she put on her testimony I refused to pay and I will always wonder if that might have spared my son. God how I feel for Jamie and his family. There are no words to comfort or ease what they have gone and continue to go through. I applaud your strength and tenacity.

Anonymous said...

watch your mouthabout my DAD anonymous april 22 2010 dont need you trash talking my dad get the facts right

Anonymous said...

sue then all and get CAS to hand the kids over!!!

Pixie luck said...

This story broke my heart to watch as My Fiancee is in prison for a crime he did not commit - No evidence just his word against his accuser, I was with him on the so called night he is supposed to have raped his accuser in our home as well and so was my daughter yet our evidence was not credible according to the prosectuion, now he is serving a 10yr sentence(5yrs then released on license). He refused to admit guilt to get a lesser sentence and why should that be so when your innocent, he will not do any courses and has refused serval times, and again means punishment, and it is punishment with enhancments denied!
The jury not allowed to hear vital evidence of her being a liar, even her own family stated in court she had made an allegation of rape against another person but no police involved, jury not allowed to hear alot of evidence as its against the law to discriminate the accuser. As with any rape case the accusers word is always held stronger. Innocent until proven guilty is not right its guilty till you can go beyond showing your innocence.
My fiancee has tried to hang himself due to shock,disbelief in a system that is wrong in so many ways,he is now fighting after 10mths of imprisonment, support from family friends and a new defence team and the ccrc.
I hope justice comes to you and your family in compensation and your children returned to you, how the canadian social services can hold your children in foster care after your innocence has been proven is beyond belief, i hope they hang there heads in shame!
Our family and friends will fight the uk appeals courts till our last breathe to get justice and bring our loved one home.
God bless you and your family x

Anonymous said...

hello jamie im somebody who knew cathy fordham well. you are better person then she is i really hope that you and wife got your childern back god bless you and your family its good that you stayed very strong and kept your head up high if i could speak to you some how i would like to give you some info

Anonymous said...

Please share that nov 16,

Anonymous said...

to all the hating comments about my DADA that needs to stop love u jamie and so does mathew verdon and riley verdon oh ands this is melissa verdon

Anonymous said...

So by the way to Nov 16, didn't you, Shannon MacMillan just get caught defrauding an 84 year old man.... Lets not forget the 18 Year old boy you defrauded and lets not forget the guy you and your kid accused of rape for the Victims of Crime money!!!! By the way the cops know your involved with helping Nelson find her again... Your no better than him, You know he's gonna kill her when he finds her again... Haven't you got a soul, her little kids could get hurt... I witnessed this man beat her during their relationship. He is quit capable of killing! This is no joke, small kids lives are at stake!
So Shannon I have no choice but to tell the cops what you have done!! Your going to get them killed!!! Didn't Daniel leave you cause he couldn't deal with you always sceaming to cause harm to people.. What will it take to teach you!

Gambolian said...

In response to Mike: Please say Hello to your Mountie. Can't find him? He's in that wee part of your brain u used to conjure fantasy.

m_a_robb@hotmail.com writes:

Just wanted to make sure you are aware that as a result of Mr. Nelson’s blog on your site... Ms Forham’s home was broken into about a couple of hour age... Her three year old daughter was found covered in blood from trying to put her mother’s skull back together... and her 6 year old son was found running and screaming for help when the cops got there. The good new is Fordham is likely dead and her kids got to watch... The bad news is that I can prove Nelson and your site caused this. See I’ve been following Nelson’s blog from the start... You as well as him are equally evil.. By the way as I am typing this a Mountie is watching every word.. For the record I always knew some day that man would kill her, I never imagined it would be right while her kids watched. I really never imagined some sick fuck like you with a computer would facilitate this horror... You should be so proud as you two got what you wanted... Just curious what was in it for you? Was it simply the thrill of facilitating a murder or was it the thrill of waiting to see if he’d kill the kids too... Personally I know that if I had caused all this I’d call the police and confess. I don’t think I could live with myself. Maybe you being stuck in a cell with Nelson would be a good thing, see which sick fuck makes it out alive...

Anonymous said...

Wow Im amazed at some of the comments posted . Give your heads a shake whoever states Cathy was a good person did you even know that person they call human . wow she is and has always been vindictive and threathning to all human race. Be serious here she has caused grief to everyone she has come come across. Just last year she was threathning me i had to call police and yet again proove she was being threathning and also trying to contact our kids by facebook. who is me wife Marie Verdon I am the woman who was with jamie nelson whn this all occured we lost everything because of her lies and manipulation. She has and will always be abusive with the system and anyone who crosses her path . As for her husband mike robb he also posted ignorant messages so he is as bad as she is and if he cannot see through her deceit and manipulation then shame on him i mean wow . If something has happend to cathy it was not due to a blog site and there is no reports or news on such events you state. She has many enemies im sure, she was in the local alexandria police blog last year for yet again she was involved in some criminal act charged and breached police blog june 2012, Know your facts before you start accusing . im beyond myself and would stand by jamie nelson any day hes far from violent or abbusive.He of all people is innocent and would rather see her behind bars and so would any of her wht 6-7 or more victims she accused of sexual assault. Our children are in our lives even if she tried to stop our lives she hasnt gotten wht she wanted. I dont wish upon anyone wht we have gone through and still deal with everyday due to this woman some of you stand for. Ignorance is a bliss

Anonymous said...

I have also known Cathy Robb (nee. Fordham)since we were children. A recent run in with this old friend rocked my world for a bit. She DOES need help. Jamie, if you're reading this - words will never take away from what she did to you & your family.. I hope time will heal the hardened man. The SIU directed me to your story & others in hopes that it would aide in my healing. I once considered her a friend.. a sister. Now, I have nothing left for her.

Anonymous said...

None of this nightmare would ever have seen the light of day had I not cracked her computer while in her transition house. Mr Nelson was not the only victim. Now I do not know if he truly was or not. God only knows..I know she lied about me and another guy there Alan. I sat on the police board in vanier with her too. The extent that she had undermimed the Ottawa police ,RCMP , and the courts was way beyond comprehension. No one else has ever turned our legal system inside out and onto itself as she did. As I read now, years later that she may have come to a violent end, I am disgusted. Many men did time when they should not have. I uncovered 27 accusations of rape all having the exact identical details. A fact not lost on law enforcement yet many cases proceeded. Why ? To say she and the law were "in bed together" is no pun. She compromised law enforcement and justice officials in her manner and there were numerous golden handshakes when I unleshed this torrent of information. For my own security, I relieved the RCMP from a stipulation to make the overall inside investigation public. If it is so that she was murdered, it is unpardonable in the eyes of God. However, I would not jump to conclusions as to the party responsible. It could very well have been carried out by former or current law enforcement. They were no doubt in fear of her ever publishing an account of how she did it all. Not many can get a cease and desist on an entire police force from a federal judge.

Anonymous said...

It's not right or fair you you Jamie that you have gone through this much pain. At least now you are a stronger man who also people, including my self wish to me. When I saw your documentary it was very painful to hear that such a bitch could have demolished your life and your dream to be a chef. I don't know if in the very beginning when you and Cathy Fordham met, if it would have been better if you went out with here. But having said that Christine had here eye plastered on you, I don't know whether or not her intentions matched Fordham's if you would not have followed an interest in her. You were pretty much in a trap my friend. But I am proud of you for being such a man, and knowing who you were. I want to be a chef myself, and I feel like I am struggling to get through my final year of high school brother. It feels like if I were in jail which I have never experienced. I don't know if I could have been able to be as strong as you in such a tough time. I don't want you to blame yourself, I feel the same way you felt when Cathy Fordham entered your life. At school today there are a lot of kids and teachers who are after you just like Cathy was. I get accused of things that I haven't done which makes me upset myself. But I think of what you went through, and you will always be a hero to me.

Anonymous said...

He had no choice to settle he was banned from.ottawa till his aquittal .and he was not in love but cared for her and helped her much while she was ill . Your anger is due to him.getting his family back. Your daughter got the opertumity to know a great man and have him.care for her when.no othwr mam.would.. But once aquitted he needed to ressolve and get his family back.He did nothimg wrong he plamned to move and she knew . You cant keep pure love and family away from.one another. You should he proud your daughter had someone who was willing to.help amd deal with her illness ,she did not away for anyother reason then her illness not because she was lonely and sad cause Jamie finally was getting his life and family back My condolences for Sheila .
His children.and wife were patiently waiting for him.and thats where he was meant and his heart was meant to be .