Scathing obituary on abusive mother becomes internet sensation
Does anyone remember the book Mommie Dearest? The "tell all" book that written by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford which depicted her childhood and her difficult and abusive relationship with her mother?
Instead of book, Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick got her ‘own Mommie Dearest’ via her obituary that was published in the Reno Gazzette Journal when she died last month at the age of 78.
Instead of her six adult children’s respect and sorrow, they exposed her as a serial abuser who subjected them to violence and torture throughout their lives.
Here’s what the scathing obit read:
'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 passing 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 final passing can revive our message that abusing children is unforgiveable, 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.'
The obituary became a sensation on the internet and 58–year old Patrick Reddick said he's had phone calls from "all over the world" about it .
"Everything in there was completely true," he told The Associated Press, describing her as a "wicked, wicked witch."
Reddick said that "main purpose for putting it in there was to bring awareness to child abuse ... shame child abuse overall. People doing that right now, they can read that obit and think.”
Reddick and his sister Katherine had previously told their horrific story in 1978 when they testified on a bill to make courts give equal consideration to the best interest of a child when terminating parental rights, and their testimony helped prompt Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties.