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Celebrating the life of
Marilyn Jean Jensen Bardsley
July 21, 1944 - January 27, 2019
Author, Entrepreneur, a Person to Emulate
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Celebration of Life
  • 11:00am - Saturday, February 02, 2019
  • Skidaway Island United Methodist Church
  • 54 Diamond Causeway (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31411

  • 912-598-8460

Dear Elliott, We are so sorry to learn of Marilyn’s passing. She certainly lived a full and productive life and we can only imagine how much you will miss her. We remember when you were our wonderful neighbors and all the good times discussing events, drinking your fine wine, the boat trips and of course the daily walks with the dogs. Our sincerest condolences. Jo and Chuck Porter

Charles Porter, Union, KY

Elliot, Thank you for sharing this with me. I am touched that Marilyn reached out after these many years. Marilyn, bless your heart. With such an illustrious career and praises on your bookshelf and family, you recalled a friendship from a philosophy course at WRU. Life was simpler and kinder almost sixty years ago in our hometown, and we could enjoy the cultural riches of University Circle and youth. May God bless you in your next chapter and bring his peace to your husband, family, and friends. Your old friend, Tom.

Tom Glendinning, Pittsboro, NC

A friend from youth. Love Joe

Joe Andrews, Cleveland heights, Ohio

I'm so sorry. I owe my career as a true crime writer to her.

James J. Badal, Cleveland, Ohio

Our deepest sympathy to your family at this sad time.

The Inglesby’s, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was one of my favorite people to talk to - very bright and interesting, and someone I respected and admired for her accomplishments. It was a privilege to have known her.

DAVID M NELSON, SAVANNAH, GA

Thinking of all of you . All our love

Bob and Helen Lachance, Torrington, AB

Marilyn-Mom, I miss you terribly already. I remember being at the house on Demington in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, going to elementary school and coming home to you and my other siblings and you helping me with homework. I wish I could have seen you sometime in 2018, if only to hug you and kiss your cheek. All of my love to you, Mom, all of my love. Rest well. <3 <3 <3

Ryuichi Bell, West Haven, CT

While I only knew Marilyn for a few hours the love she shared with her family and friends was apparent. I have never seen such a sweet soul and to be able to witness the love first hand was simply amazing. Rachael, the love you showed your Mom in her last moments was nothing but a reflection of her love for you. The love that was felt in that room was so very strong. My prayers are with you all.

Stacy Smith, ,

Dear Rachael and everyone in the family, Marilyn will be missed! I am so grateful for her wonderful efforts in becoming Oma for my three sons and extending her hospitality, generosity and love as we left everyone in Europe behind to make a new life in the Savannah area. Marilyn was an amazingly gifted woman and I will miss her in many ways. We will meet again because of God’s Great Love. May He bring you all the comfort you need Rachael, as you go through this phase in your life. Love you always my dear sister in Christ.

Shirley Mutschelknauss, Titusville , Florida

RosettaBooks was proud to be the publisher of the Crimescape books. My team and I always enjoyed our professional and creative interaction with Marilyn. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends Arthur Klebanoff

Arthur Klebanoff, New York, NY

May God's grace, strength and love be with you all during this time of mourning. Marilyn's heavenly light shines brightly and will always be there to guide you, she wouldn't have it any other way! She was an amazing mother and woman and will certainly be missed by many!

Christine Brennan (Slone), Murrells Inlet, SC

Dear Family, dear Rachell, With deepest sorrow I learned of your loss. I have not met your mom so many times but she is a sweetheart and sorry that I haven't see her in many years. All the strengt and power to get through your loss. Ofcourse also to everybody but mainly to you Rachel, Dev and Jordyn. Bianca Verhaar (relative of Devon and Jordyn via their father, my auncle).

Bianca Verhaar, 'S-GRAVENHAGE, NL

Ma, I love you and miss you. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. You were the best stepmother anyone could ask for. One of the greatest gifts you gave me was time with you....thank you for insisting I move my trip to see you up. Wonder loving kind caring social butterfly....fly mom fly. Til we meet again. I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Rhonda Bell-Gray, Lyndhurst , Ohio

Marilyn Jean Jensen Bardsley passed away at the age of 74, on January 27, 2019 at home in Savannah, Georgia. Marilyn was born on July 21, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, was a graduate from Shaker Heights High School and Case Western Reserve University. After an executive career in marketing in the telecommunication and internet industries (including Vice President of Marketing at British Telcom and MCI), she went on to create a world-renowned website in 1998, Crime Library. Crime Library was the leading true crime website that showcased comprehensive and informative articles by experts in criminal and forensic behavior. Crime Library had a monthly viewership of millions that catapulted some of the world’s most sensational crimes into the public forum. In 2000, Marilyn sold Crime Library to Court TV/Time Warner. She continued running the website, expanding it to more than 600 true crime stories and branching into investigative reporting, which assisted in the solving of several murders.

In 2001, Marilyn was presented a Webby Award (“Oscars of the Internet”) for CrimeLibrary.com by Vint Cerf, a former colleague of hers and “the Father of the Internet”. In 2005, CrimeLibrary.com also received another People’ Voice Award Webby, in the category of Law. In 2009, Marilyn retired from Court TV/TruTV.

In 2011, she was asked by a prominent New York publisher to put together 6 true-crime novelettes for the emerging Kindle E-Book business with the requirement that Marilyn author one of the books writing, After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which twice became the #1 Best-selling non-fiction author by the Wall Street Journal. This led to the creation of the publishing business Crimescape. As of 2019 a total of 21 crime eBooks have been published by Crimescape.com including 2 crime fiction novels by Marilyn, The American Sweeney Todd and Killer in the Holy City.  In recent years, Marilyn has been attending and supporting the Savannah VOICE Society/Opera Festival.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents Roy Louis Jensen and Jean Trowbridge Jensen as well as her brother James Roy Jensen. She is survived by her husband of 38 years Charles Elliott Bardsley, daughter Rachael Suzanne Bell, step-daughter Rhonda Bell-Gray, sister-in-law Ulla Birkved Jensen of Copenhagen, Denmark, son-in laws William “Jay’ Fulwiler of Richmond Hill, Georgia and Robert Cornelis Duijndam of Atlanta, Georgia , grandchildren Devon Cornelis Duijndam and Jordyn Danielle Duijndam of Atlanta, Georgia, as well as numerous cousins, relatives and friends.

There will be a memorial service at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Humane Society of Greater Savannah at 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah, GA 32406.

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Dear Elliott, We are so sorry to learn of Marilyn’s passing. She certainly lived a full and productive life and we can only imagine how much you will miss her. We remember when you were our wonderful neighbors and all the good times discussing events, drinking your fine wine, the boat trips and of course the daily walks with the dogs. Our sincerest condolences. Jo and Chuck Porter

Charles Porter, Union, KY

Elliot, Thank you for sharing this with me. I am touched that Marilyn reached out after these many years. Marilyn, bless your heart. With such an illustrious career and praises on your bookshelf and family, you recalled a friendship from a philosophy course at WRU. Life was simpler and kinder almost sixty years ago in our hometown, and we could enjoy the cultural riches of University Circle and youth. May God bless you in your next chapter and bring his peace to your husband, family, and friends. Your old friend, Tom.

Tom Glendinning, Pittsboro, NC

A friend from youth. Love Joe

Joe Andrews, Cleveland heights, Ohio

I'm so sorry. I owe my career as a true crime writer to her.

James J. Badal, Cleveland, Ohio

Our deepest sympathy to your family at this sad time.

The Inglesby’s, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was one of my favorite people to talk to - very bright and interesting, and someone I respected and admired for her accomplishments. It was a privilege to have known her.

DAVID M NELSON, SAVANNAH, GA

Thinking of all of you . All our love

Bob and Helen Lachance, Torrington, AB

Candle tribute lit by Suzan Newman — Georgia

Marilyn-Mom, I miss you terribly already. I remember being at the house on Demington in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, going to elementary school and coming home to you and my other siblings and you helping me with homework. I wish I could have seen you sometime in 2018, if only to hug you and kiss your cheek. All of my love to you, Mom, all of my love. Rest well. <3 <3 <3

Ryuichi Bell, West Haven, CT

While I only knew Marilyn for a few hours the love she shared with her family and friends was apparent. I have never seen such a sweet soul and to be able to witness the love first hand was simply amazing. Rachael, the love you showed your Mom in her last moments was nothing but a reflection of her love for you. The love that was felt in that room was so very strong. My prayers are with you all.

Stacy Smith, ,

Dear Rachael and everyone in the family, Marilyn will be missed! I am so grateful for her wonderful efforts in becoming Oma for my three sons and extending her hospitality, generosity and love as we left everyone in Europe behind to make a new life in the Savannah area. Marilyn was an amazingly gifted woman and I will miss her in many ways. We will meet again because of God’s Great Love. May He bring you all the comfort you need Rachael, as you go through this phase in your life. Love you always my dear sister in Christ.

Shirley Mutschelknauss, Titusville , Florida

RosettaBooks was proud to be the publisher of the Crimescape books. My team and I always enjoyed our professional and creative interaction with Marilyn. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends Arthur Klebanoff

Arthur Klebanoff, New York, NY

May God's grace, strength and love be with you all during this time of mourning. Marilyn's heavenly light shines brightly and will always be there to guide you, she wouldn't have it any other way! She was an amazing mother and woman and will certainly be missed by many!

Christine Brennan (Slone), Murrells Inlet, SC

Candle tribute lit by Christine Slone Brennan and Linda Slone — South Carolina

Dear Family, dear Rachell, With deepest sorrow I learned of your loss. I have not met your mom so many times but she is a sweetheart and sorry that I haven't see her in many years. All the strengt and power to get through your loss. Ofcourse also to everybody but mainly to you Rachel, Dev and Jordyn. Bianca Verhaar (relative of Devon and Jordyn via their father, my auncle).

Bianca Verhaar, 'S-GRAVENHAGE, NL

Ma, I love you and miss you. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. You were the best stepmother anyone could ask for. One of the greatest gifts you gave me was time with you....thank you for insisting I move my trip to see you up. Wonder loving kind caring social butterfly....fly mom fly. Til we meet again. I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Rhonda Bell-Gray, Lyndhurst , Ohio


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