Southern Memoir

Chris Burns Stole Over 10 Million Dollars and Left us to Pick up the Pieces. What We are Thankful For

I started this blog to give voice to my experience, my kids’ experience, and even (in future posts) the community’s experience of trauma and betrayal. I hope that sharing my experiences helps other women see the signs sooner–and that maybe as a society we will understand the power dynamics involved in manipulative relationships, how subtle …

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What We Went Through Right after Chris Burns Went on the Run from His 10 Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Eating out on Friday night with our family, Gavin wasn’t able to look any of us in the eyes. He sat with his head on the table resting on his crossed arms. He wasn’t talking–just a warm body sitting at the end; no real life exuding from his growing frame. I assumed he didn’t feel …

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Did Chris Burns Ever Love Us? We Struggle to Understand Why He Abandoned Us

Today, If I am being more honest with myself than I feel comfortable with, I miss my partner–someone I believed was my soulmate. I feel ashamed to say that. I feel confused feeling it. I judge my cognitive abilities when I realize my thoughts because I tell myself I am supposed to hate him for …

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Discarded Daughter, Discarded Family. How Can Fugitive Chris Burns Abandon his Family So Carelessly?

Arabella stepped up into my car, quickly bent down to pick something up off the floor, and was staring directly into my eyes asking me a question that left me speechless. The back lift gate of my car was fully open, and I could see straight through to her intense expression. She was fixated on …

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Fugitive Chris Burns Left September 24th. What do I Remember About the Month Before He Went on the Run?

Sitting in the kitchen staring at our driveway, I was only half-listening to the psychiatrist on the other end of the phone. We had been living a Covid lifestyle for close to six months, so a forty-five-minute telehealth appointment was the best we could get for my son this afternoon. He had just come home …

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