Becky, Willy and Oprah with Ellie Nesler on screen
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Like many people across the country, Oprah says she doesn't think Ellie should have gone to prison. "We all know it is wrong to kill people in this country, and I'm certainly not advocating that anybody should, but I think that it is just one of the greatest miscarriages of justice that you are behind bars right now," she says. "Something is very wrong. Aren't you angry about that?"

Crying, Ellie says she's both angry and hurt. "There's a lot of mixed emotion because here I'm in prison, and you have to be tough," she says. "Part of me doesn't feel so tough anymore. I'm angry that the judicial system didn't do something to protect my children."

Even though she says she wants to fall apart, Ellie tries to be strong for her children and give them time to grieve and heal. "I watch my son and he's having a real hard time," she says. "He won't cry. He's 13, and I'm really proud of him. He's been really brave in the beginning. I took a [gun] out of his hand a year and a half ago. He wanted to kill himself. He didn't want anyone to know what happened. Now, the whole world knows, and Willy's brave enough to stand up."

More about the Nesler family
How Willy's molestation affected the family
What are the Neslers up to now? 
6 stages of grooming children
FROM: How Far Would You Go to Protect Your Child?
Published on October 18, 2010

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