It has been called an obituary of hate. I read about it a few weeks ago and just kept putting off writing about it. So, here goes:
First, the controversial obituary that was printed in the Reno Gazette Journal. It has since been pulled from the online edition because “the incorrect date of death was listed”. Rather than correction… they went with deletion.
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Aug. 30, 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her death from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.
Most of us have found peace in helping those who have been exposed to child abuse and hope this message of her death can revive our message that abusing children is unforgivable, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a “humane society”. Our greatest wish now, is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America.
According to the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, the story and reason for the obituary:“People may see this as something we did to shame our mother,” Patrick Reddick, the second oldest of eight children, said in a phone interview Wednesday. “But this is to bring shame to the issue of child abuse. I want every single person to realize this could be your obituary.”The article goes on to add about the one-time paralegal/mother that:
Katherine and Patrick Reddick both testified at the Nevada Legislature in the 1980s on bills related to child abuse and the termination of parental rights.
“We were constantly physically, mentally abused even after being taken away and put in the children’s home,” Patrick Reddick said during his testimony in 1987. He said that on weekends, they were sent home to an office on Court Street in Reno, sometimes lined up and beaten with a steel-tipped belt.
Despite being removed from their mother and placed in an orphanage, the court system never tried to terminate parental rights, he said Wednesday.
“It was something that could have given us a life,” Patrick Reddick said. “How do you let a child live in foster care for 14, 15 or more years?”
Patrick adds that he hopes that people will look upon this to consider that children have rights too. Their obituary has gotten plenty of press. The Reddicks are glad. As Katherine Reddick adds, “The things that she did to us were horrible but it’s still happening to kids everyday.”
It’s hard to segue from this to DID YOU KNOW and pic o’ day… but that’s the blog.
DID YOU KNOW that the word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want. Of course, I won’t be able to remember that word either.
I guess we can call it whatever we want… like a bad memory. That brings to mind the quote from Abraham Lincoln and what we can call it.
“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?…. Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg!”
And for pic o’ day that was sent to me, which seemed appropriate for this lengthy blog: