Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick Story--Background Information

The Reno Gazette-Journal, following the lead of television station KRNV, decided to do some digging into the background of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, who received posthumous notoriety thanks to her children's obituary celebrating her death because of her history of child abuse.

The family didn't expect the obit would be a worldwide sensation.

Katherine Reddick, 57, said she wrote the obituary about her mother, 78, who died on Aug. 30 at ManorCare Health Services, a Reno nursing home. Her mother had bladder cancer and had become a ward of the state when she became sick and was hospitalized in May. Her cause of death is unknown.

The two were not in contact.

Katherine Reddick, who today works in education in Texas, described a horrific childhood that she and her brothers and sisters endured. Moved from California to Las Vegas to eventually live in an orphanage in Carson City, she described being abused for years by her mother and in multiple foster homes. Reddick said she slept on the floors of places where her mother ran escort businesses.

She and her brother Patrick Reddick, 58, of Minden said they talked about writing the obituary after learning about their mother’s death. Both are graduates of Carson High School.

I hope they can finally heal from this horrific experience.

There is a whole lot more in this linked story.

While I had issues with my parents, thank God I never went anything remotely like what these people went through. In fact, when I think about my own parents' lives, it's amazing THEY turned out as well as they did given the absolute hardship they went through in their lives.

1 comment:

SoGagal said...

I am so deeply sorry that these children feel so angry and resentment for their Mother. I have not lived a perfect life nor have I had a perfect life, I am the blacksheep of 2 children; however I pray for all people. I pray that the wonderful FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT that lives in me will lead others that are lost to HIS ways. All anger, resentment and apparently hatred toward their mother is hurting nobody except them. Emotional abuse last a lifetime and far to often physical abuse is hidden. May GOD give you all the peace, love and forgiveness that you so deserve.