An absolutely scathing obituary – lengthy and dripping with revengeful spite – was penned and allowed to be input into Nevada’s Reno Gazette Journal. The denunciatory obit was written by the children of Mariane Theresa Johnson-Reddick, who died on Aug. 13. Her children will remember her life as one spent “torturing” her family, reports The Associated Press via ABC News on Sept. 12.
After the incredibly malicious write-up went viral, the Reno Gazette removed the obituary from its online website, but the full text is still being carried by multiple media outlets.
The full obituary:
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 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 afterlife 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.
Very little is known about the woman her children said hated the “gentle or kind human spirit.” The AP report said the obituary was penned by Marianne’s daughter, 58-year-old psychology consultant Katherine Reddick, who along with her six brothers and sisters, was beaten by their mother.
The AP report says two of the Reddicks “decided to share the story of their painful physical and mental abuse… They said they grew up with four siblings in a Carson City orphanage after they were removed from their mother's home and had been estranged from her for more than 30 years.”
Son Patrick Reddick, who said he has received contact from people "all over the world" after the obituary ran, confirmed the physical abuse. Patrick endured regular and severe beatings, at times with a metal-tipped belt.
“Everything in there was completely true,” Patrick said of the obituary. He says his mother was a “wicked, wicked witch. The main purpose for putting it in there was to bring awareness to the child abuse. And shame her a little bit.”
Publisher of the Reno Gazette, John Maher, left a “note to readers” after the obituary was redacted, stating that the paper had “removed the online listing of this obituary as we continue our review of the circumstances surrounding its placement.”