Nurse, mother survives murderous anger of estranged husband

Warm Springs, Georgia (WRBL) – The abuse by Sarah Holiday’s husband ended when she pointed her gun at him and fired twice.

The date was January 7, 1995. Away from her husband Darryl Praser, Sarah was preparing to drive from her parents’ home in Warm Springs, Georgia to Columbus. She felt that her eight- and three-year-old sons were worth going out for Chuck E. Cheese. They never achieved it. The boy’s father appeared demanding to spend time with his sons under a protection order. Unknown to Sarah, Darryl brought a gun with him and took Sarah to the rape and the tragic vehicle that ultimately led to his death. Sarah’s father was also unable to survive the wrath of his son-in-law that day.

Sarah says the abuse began a year and a half in her marriage.

“He started yelling, then it escalated, and then he slapped me. He slapped me. It was as if I was just stunned.”

She left her home in Manchester, Georgia for a couple of weeks at a time, and she and her boys evacuated to their parents’ home in Warm Springs. She called these trips Darryl’s “cooling-off period.”

During the fourth cooling-off period, Sarah decided not to return to her husband. She applied for divorce and obtained a protection order. The longer she was away, the more angry her husband was.

“Then, seven or eight weeks, as time went on, he really started to be free.”

His anger exploded that day in violence against Sarah’s father, Frank Bushy Jr. Darryl, who shot him twice in his chest and shot him in front of Sarah, her son, and her mother. Killed.

The last word to Bushy’s daughter Sarah was “Run, Baby Run.” She took off. Darryl chased her and shot her three times. When she fell, he dragged her into her car, drove her to Pine Mountain, and threatened to drive over the bluff until she said she would return. He then took her to their home in Manchester, where he raped him. He left the room, but left the gun on the bed. His terrorism ended in the bedroom when Sarah came back and told her to rush.

Sarah has become a solid supporter of victims of domestic violence. Here’s what she wants the abused people to know: It’s not your fault. There’s nothing embarrassing, so tell someone. You do not deserve this kind of treatment.

Her father’s last word, “Run Baby Run,” was used as the title of the first book detailing the lives of the two deadly abuses and tragic explosions on January 7, 1995.

If you or your loved one is being abused, you can call Hope Harbor (706-324-3850) in the Chatafuchi Valley area on either side of the river.Click to learn about the services they offer here..

One in seven men and one in four women are victims of domestic violence. Other than the Atlanta Metro, Columbus has more deaths from domestic murders than anywhere else in Georgia.

Signs of abuse

(Source: Hope Harbor)

  1. Too early: Abuses can be attractive, but they can also try to move the relationship forward too quickly.
  2. Avoiding Liability: Perpetrators of domestic violence may blame others for abusive behavior instead of taking responsibility.
  3. Quarantine: Abuse seeks power and control over their partners. This tends to separate their partners from family and friends.
  4. Behavioral Control: The perpetrator of abuse may question your whereabouts and disapprove of anything that limits your ability to maintain control over your partner.
  5. Financial Abuse: The perpetrator may try to control the partner’s funds or force him to assume additional financial responsibility.
  6. Negative work impact: Abuses can appear in a partner’s workplace without notice, causing a scene or over-calling the workplace.

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