Thank you for your question.
"It was the 1982 murder of her fiance, Keith Griffin, a construction
worker, during a botched mugging in Madison, Ga., that Ms. Grace
credits with turning her from a ''shy, happy-go-lucky girl,'' into the
pit bull she is today. Growing up in Macon, the youngest of three
children, Ms. Grace always imagined she would become an English
teacher. After Mr. Griffin's death she decided to dedicate her life to
fighting for victim's rights and enrolled in law school at Mercer
University in Macon. As a prosecutor, she said, she amassed a record
of nearly 100 convictions and no losses, and earned a reputation for
being hard on criminals, always seeking maximum sentences.
''How do you know when today's doper turns into tomorrow's armed
robber,'' she asked. ''The person that murdered Keith had several
incidents with the law, and somebody let him slip through their
fingers.'' Ms. Grace remains single."
"Amazing Grace, as she has been called, never actually intended to be
a lawyer, on either side of the aisle. Seventeen years ago and a
senior in college, her plan was to teach Shakespeare to
undergraduates, marry her sweetheart of two years, and have a couple
of babies. They'd set a date, she had a dress. Two months before the
nuptials, her fiancÚ was mugged and shot to death for a total of $35.
"It's like it was yesterday," she told Larry King recently. "He was
the love of my life. I knew then I couldn't be a teacher. I knew then
I wanted to be a victims' rights advocate, and I wanted to change the
world -- or at least put a bandaid on it.""