A scathing obituary, one so brutal it would curl your toes, was pulled by the Reno Gazette-Journal after they realized the content of the obituary was not only bizarre, but cruel. The scathing obituary got even odder when they found out the people who wrote this obituary and posted online were her grown children, according to UPI.com on Sept. 12. The woman died of bladder cancer, she was 78.
When Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick died recently, she was alone without family. Johnson- Reddick was a ward of the state in a hospital. Her children had basically disowned her, but they did take the time to concoct a scathing obituary.
The scathing obituary described the deceased Johnson-Reddick as an “abusive woman who led an evil and violent life.” The obituary reads:
"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.”
Why would Johnson-Reddick’s kids put such a scathing and deplorable obituary out for the public to read? Apparently their mother was every bit as nasty to her kids as the obituary suggests. They weren’t looking for revenge, Johnson-Reddick’s kids did this to help others who have suffered child abuse at the hands of people who were supposed to love and care for them.
Katherine and Patrick Reddick, two of the grown children of this dead woman, said as kids they spent years in foster care and when they weren’t living with strangers, their mother’s care included putting them down to sleep on the floor of the escort service she ran.
The obituary was written by an anonymous writer and it was submitted to an online portal at the paper, which is self-service. The newspaper removed the online obituary and once they finish their review of the obituary, the will decide if any other actions need to be taken. Patrick Reddick explained the bizarre obituary:
“People may see this as something we did to shame our mother. 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 obituary was read by a few people and then suddenly it went viral. Although it was taken down, it was already copied and pasted numerous time around the Internet. Here is the scathing obituary of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick:
"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."