Scathing obituary has never been and will probably never again be a trending topic on the Internet, but the Reno Gazette-Journal printed an obituary written by a woman's children who described her as a monster as reported by ABC News on Thursday, September 12, 2013. The obituary has gone viral and was a way for the victim's to have some peace.
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick died on August 30, 2013, at the age of 78. Two of her children, Katherine Reddick and Patrick Reddick wrote the scathing obituary as their revenge for decades of abuse she inflicted on them.
The opening statement of the obituary read, "On behalf of her children who she 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."
The Reno Gazette-Journal ran the obituary in Tuesday's edition of the paper. President and publisher of the newspaper, John Maher, removed the online obituary listing while the circumstances surrounding it were reviewed.
Johnson-Reddick had eight children and two of them preceded her in death. The other six children were taken away from her in 1963 after they experienced years of brutal beatings and other forms of abuse by the woman who was supposed to protect them. Katherine and Patrick said the six of them grew up on a Carson City Orphanage and had been estranged from her for over three decades.
"Ding Dong, the witch is dead," said Patrick when he received the news of her death.
Katherine and Patrick say the main reason for writing the obituary this way was to bring awareness to child abuse and shame her.
Johnson-Reddick died at a Reno nursing home. The paper states she previously lived in a mobile home with her 15 cats.
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