Susan Murphy-Milano

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Susan Murphy-Milano
Born Susan Murphy
Feb 28
Chicago, Illinois
Died October 28, 2012[1]
Folly Beach, South Carolina
Occupation Author, radio host, victims advocate
Nationality  United States
Genre Nonfiction, radio
Subject Domestic violence, true crime
Notable works Time's Up
Moving Out, Moving On
Notable awards Women's Hall of Fame
Public Citizen of the Year
Women with Vision

Susan Murphy-Milano (born February 28 died October 28, 2012)[2] was an American nonfiction author, violence expert and host of the weekly radio crime show "Time's Up" and author of a book by the same title.[3] Murphy-Milano, who grew up in Chicago, lived in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. Murphy-Milano died in 2012 after suffering from cancer.[2]

Murphy Milano has four documented exhusbands and a son.


In January 1989, Murphy-Milano's father, 30-year veteran Detective Phillip Murphy, a decorated Chicago Police violent crimes investigator,[4] murdered her mother, Roberta, using his service weapon, a .44 magnum, and then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.[5] Afterward, Murphy-Milano, who discovered her parents' bodies, vowed to change the way intimate partner crimes and homicides were handled and investigated.[6] She spent her career advocating for women and child victims of domestic violence.[7][8]

Education and career[edit]

Murphy-Milano graduated from William Howard Taft High School. She attended the University of Chicago from 1978 to '81.

She was a nationally known women's advocate who lobbied for the passage of 1993's Illinois Stalking Law[9] and the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996, a domestic violence offender gun ban.

Murphy-Milano authored Defending Our Lives: Getting Away From Domestic Violence & Staying Safe, published by Doubleday, and Moving Out, Moving On, which focuses on when a relationship goes wrong. Her latest book, released by the publishing on demand publisher Dog Ear Press in 2010, is Times Up: A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships. Author and former prosecutor Robin Sax, in a review for Psychology Today, wrote about the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit included in the book. "Murphy Milano reaches out and offers her hand -- with a key (almost literally). Thank you to Murphy-Milano for giving us ... a succinct, well-written guidebook that is a must-have for anyone who is a victim or who works with victims of domestic abuse."[10] As of June 2012, WorldCat shows the book to be present in 13 libraries.[11]

She appeared on network TV and talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show,[12] 20/20, "American Justice," "Larry King Live," A&E Biography, "Sunday Today," E! True Hollywood, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and CNN. She regularly appeared on The Roth Show[13] a syndicated show on the USA Radio Network, hosted by Dr. Laurie Roth, and was a regular contributor to TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED on Outlaw Radio, hosted by Burl Barer.

She was a contributing writer for Women in Crime Ink, which the Wall Street Journal called "a blog worth reading."[14]

Murphy-Milano often spoke to law enforcement, at schools and before groups advocating victims' rights.[15] Also, she worked with the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education.[16]

Her biography, Holding My Hand Through Hell, released by Ice Cube Press in October 2012, details her life of abuse, murder, and domestic violence.


  • Women with Vision award for Community Service (The Women's Bar Association of Illinois), 1997[17]
  • Women's Hall of Fame (City of Chicago), inducted in 1999
  • Public Citizen of the Year Award (National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter)[18]


  1. ^ Murphy-Milano's ConqueringCancer blog, "Susan is Soaring With the Angels," October 28, 2012
  2. ^ a b Scared Monkeys Radio, "Daily Commentary: Susan Murphy-Milano Loses Her Long Battle With Cancer," October 30, 2012
  3. ^ book listing, Time's Up: How to Escape Abusive and Stalking Relationships Guide, Dog Ear Publishing
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune, "Trail's End," October 12, 1987
  5. ^ Chicago Tribune, "Cop, Estranged Wife Are Found Dead," January 20, 1989
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune, "Police Brutality Often Begins At Home," March 29, 1991
  7. ^ Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), "Susan Murphy-Milano, Intimate-Abuse/Cold-Case Crime Expert, and iAscend's Pamela Chapman Lock Arms for the Greater Cause," February 22, 2011
  8. ^ Chicago Reader "Life Saver"
  9. ^ Chicago Tribune, "Stalker-law Target Arrested In Assault," December 17, 1994
  10. ^ Psychology Today, "Crime Time," by Robin Sax, April. 2010
  11. ^ WorldCat listing
  12. ^ The Oprah Winfrey Show, "Escape Plan," 1999
  13. ^ The Dr. Laurie Roth Show Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Bright, Beckey (June 2, 2009). "Blog Watch". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  15. ^ WBTW South Carolina Now (, "Bestselling author Murphy-Milano to speak at CCU," April 12, 2011 Archived February 2, 2013, at
  16. ^ Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology site
  17. ^ JPD Women With Vision Subcommittee, list of recipients Archived 2010-06-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Carmi Times, "Citizen of the Year Nominations" (scroll down for past recipients) Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine.

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