Kim Sherrie Gonzalez And Paul M. Gonzalez Jr.
Everybody take a minute to reflect on your own childhood.What about your favorite place to go or funnest things you did? What about memories of loved ones or playing with your friends? Unfortunately, not all kids remember happy times with their loved ones. This, my friends, is a story about a beautiful brown eyed angel named Andrea.
Andrea was born to Michelle and Paul Gonzalez in Alabama. Eventually Andrea, her older brother, Michelle and Paul packed up and moved to Illinois. Not long after getting settled down Michelle gave birth to another son, this child was not Paul’s child, so he went back to Alabama.
Andrea and her two brothers were bounced around between Michelle and foster homes. During this time she was beaten, raped, and neglected. Andrea’s foster parents say that when she came to them she had stomach parasites, used profanity and had severe emotional and behavioral problems.
After Michelle was released from prison Illinois DCFS tried to arrange visitation with Andrea and the boys but she always failed to show up. Finally, DCFS contacted Paul and asked if he would be interested in taking Andrea. He agreed to come get her. The two little boys were put up for adoption.
Can you imagine what this little girl must have been feeling like? Her brothers were probably the closest thing to her that had ever showed her love, and now they too are taken from her?
In early 1993 Andrea moved in with Paul and his new wife Kim, who was pregnant their first child. From everything I can tell Kim was not happy about Andrea being there. On November 20, 1993, Paul and Kim reported their 5 year old daughter was missing from their mobile home in Russellville, Alabama.
When detectives got there they did not notice any forced entry. Kim was quick to explain that in older trailers like theirs one can easily pick the lock. More than 400 volunteers started searching but found no sign of Andrea.
I was nine-years-old at the time this happened and lived 10-15 miles from her home. I remember seeing pictures and little pink bows everywhere. In most pictures Andrea had long black hair but I remember seeing one where all her hair was cut off. Kim said she did it to punish the child.
Investigators finally called the search off because they suspected foul play. They gave both Paul and Kim lie detector results. Paul’s first results were inconclusive and Kim failed miserably (go figure, right?) A few days later Paul took another lie detector test and he passed.
On February 13, 1995 I guess Kim’s conscience got the best of her. She went to the police station and admitted she had scalded Andrea in the bathtub and then made her go to bed. After some time she went to check on the child and she was dead.
So, of course, she called 911, right? NEGATIVE!!
She claims she panicked and wrapped Andrea in two trash bags and attached a cylinder block to it held by extension cords just before she threw her off Mon Dye bridge. This lake is on Upper Bear Creek lake in the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama.
Now remember earlier when I asked you to recall your favorite place to go as a child? Well this was mine. I would go there with my two brothers, mom, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. After all, it was right beside my house.
Police dragged the bottom of the lake while divers searched the waters, but neither found a trace of Andrea. By this time Paul changed his story and said he is the one that threw Andrea in the lake.
At first both were charged with capital murder but with no body and a change of venue they might just get off lucky huh?!? Paul’s trial was scheduled for April 1997 in Troy Alabama, but he decided to take a plea of manslaughter and testify against Kim. In exchange he would only receive 10 years in prison.
On May 12, 1997 Kim went on trial in Greenville, Alabama. Her oh so lovely defense attorney, Rebecca Green claimed Kim was a victim of domestic violence and Paul had actually killed Andrea and forced Kim to take the wrap. Evidently this worked for someone because Kim Gonzalez was found NOT GUILTY of murder but guilty of child abuse. She got 4 years!!
This story hits home so hard anytime i think of it. Maybe it’s because we around the same age, or because she supposedly was buried in my favorite place, the lake.I remember Kim crying on television saying ” whoever has Andrea just please bring her back, just take her to Wal-mart. WTF? Wal-mart? Are you serious? I was 9 and even I knew she was guilty from day one.
Some people think she was buried somewhere while others think she was sold. The only thing that anyone knows for sure is this child is still missing and the two people that do know will not tell where she is. I do know this has devastated Franklin County, Alabama for going on 17 years now. I just hope wherever she is maybe she can either Rest in Peace or be happy.
Editor’s Notes: There’s a verse in the Gospel according to Mark that records Jesus saying:
“And whoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck and he were cast in the sea.”
There are actually several translations of this passage of the Bible, but this has always been my favorite. It’s almost sounds like Christ is laying down the law – If you hurt little children, I will make you wish you had never been born.
This thought is always with me whenever I’m working a story about child abuse,child rape, and child murder.
The fact that there was a huge miscarriage of justice concerning the murder of Andrea Gonzales upsets me greatly, but not nearly as much as the though of what must have happened to little five-year-old Andrea the night her stepmother Kim Gonzales scalded her to death and then threw her body into a lake.
This case truly has haunted the town of Russellville, Alabama – I found articles from 2009 that discuss what happened to the poor little girl with the angelic smile. The MySpace Page that went up in 1993, when Andrea Gonzalez was just a missing person, is still active, and the memorial to Andrea built at the Franklin County Jail is an important part of the town’s character.
As Tiffany mentioned, there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Andrea Gonzalez is really dead, or if she was sold to another couple. In 2008, things went as far as comparing Andrea’s DNA with the DNA of a 20-year-old woman whose background and appearance was somewhat similar to the missing girl’s. Unfortunately, when the results came back there was no match.
UPDATE 12/11/2010 – Tiffany managed to find Kim Gonzalez’s Facebook page before the bitch took it down. Oh how the guilty hate the light of day, don’t they? She’s dropped the Gonzalez from her name and is going by her maiden name of Kim Williams, even though she still resides in Russellville, Alabama. I guess the most infuriating thing about this creep’s profile was under employers. She identified her daughter Elizabeth and her son Phillip as her employers, listed her job title as, “Peacemaker and Bodyguard”, and gave her job description as follows; “Keeping them from causing harm to one another. Also always making sure no one will ever harm them.”
It almost seemed like she was secretly taunting everyone. “Also always making sure no one will ever harm them.” Seriously Kim? Isn’t that a case of too little too late, and that’s only if we believe your story that Paul killed Andrea.
Andrea. Remember her Kim? She was your daughter until someone killed her, took her body out of your home and hid it at a yet to be discovered location.
Look, we all know it was you who killed Andrea and it was you and Paul who disposed of the remains. Why won’t you tell people where she is? You’re protected by double jeopardy, so you can’t be harmed by revealing the truth now. Her grandmother is making herself crazy thinking she may still be alive. Why won’t you relieve her suffering?
Do Kim Sherrie Gonzalez And Paul M. Gonzalez Jr. Deserve Hell?
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