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Children 'Celebrate' Mother's Death in Unusual Obituary Branding Her as Cruel, Abusive


"...tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred..."

In what seems to be the exact opposite of the touching obituary TheBlaze posted yesterday, a Reno newspaper has removed an obituary supposedly submitted by children glad their mother was dead.

obituary The unorthodox obituary was published in the paper and online Tuesday, but has been removed. (Image: KRNV video screenshot)

The obituary was published in the Reno Gazette-Journal for the death of Marianne Theresa-Johnson Reddick on Tuesday.

It was submitted through the newspaper's online program, according to KRNV-TV, and details how the mother allegedly "abused and neglected" her children. It's not the picture painted in most obituaries, which portray the deceased as a loved one who would be missed.

Here's the full, unedited version of the obituary, which appeared on September 10:

Marianne Theresa John¬son- Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 30, 2013. She is sur¬vived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way pos¬sible. While she neglected and abused her small chil¬dren, 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 ex¬posed to her evil and vio¬lent 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 surviv¬ing 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 re¬vive our message that abus¬ing children is unforgive¬able, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a “hu¬mane 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.

KRNV confirmed a woman named Marianne Theresa-Johnson Reddick died on August 30, not September 30 as the obituary erroneously printed.

It is unclear if the obituary is truthful or a hoax. Either way, the paper's publisher and president, John Maher, told  KRNV it is investigating the situation.

Watch KRNV's report about the strange death notice:

Maher explained further in a statement to Gawker that the obituary was a paid submission.

As for some of the accusations made against the Reddick, Gawker also pointed out that she could be the same woman who owned the Academy Personnel Agency and in 1970 testified before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission that she printed "White Only" on referrals, "because she didn't want to embarrass African-Americans, apparently by sending them to jobs where businesspeople wanted only whites."

(H/T: Daily Mail)



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