I am sorry to report today that a victim of Dr. Ayres has died. His name was Mark; he was 44; and was the father of two children. He was a talented pianist and could play anything from ear.
Mark's life went into a downward spiral after Ayres was arrested in 2007. He had several DUI's. His new second marriage, which had started on a hopeful note, ended in divorce. He spent time in jail for drunk driving.
Although Mark never liked to talk about the abuse at the hand of Ayres, the pain and anguish in his voice was ever-present. Whenever I spoke to him, the pain and grief in his voice would haunt me for days.
This is the third Ayres victim I know of who has died. One named Alan died in a motorcycle crash in 2005, not long after writing a tragic email saying that no one was going to help the Ayres victims.
Mark himself told me three years ago that he had a death wish. I am just so angry that it has come true. If there are any Ayres victims reading this, please, please, don't end up like Mark and Alan.
I know you most likely distrust therapists, but there are some good ones out there. A compassionate therapist can help you through your grief. Mark's former therapist is one of the good therapists. If you are a victim of Ayres and would like her name, please email me: email@example.com