Should a Child Abuser be Outed in Their Obituary

A Facebook friend shared this – and it has obviously stirred up a controversy.

Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick’s children finally got the chance to say their peace to the world about the abuse heaped on them by her mother. It seems this obituary and the fact her children felt they needed to do this – should be a cautionary tale for any abuser.

For any person who feels its okay to abuse and torment others – this woman had her children taken away years ago, they testified to Congress to help pass legislation, she was estranged from her children for over 3 decades and lived alone in a mobile home with 15 cats. I have 2 cats of my own and lived in a single wide mobile home as a kid. So I can somewhat imagine what it would be like to live alone in a trailer with 15 cats – that really doesn’t seem like an existence to aspire to…. read on to see what you think.

Family Publishes Scathing Death Notice of Abusive Mom

“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,” the obit said. “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.” 

Six of Johnson-Reddick’s eight children were admitted to the Nevada Children’s Home from 1963 to 1964 after they endured regular beatings, sometimes with a metal-tipped belt, and other abuse at the hands of their mother, Patrick Reddick said. He said he’s had phone calls from “all over the world” about the obituary. 

“Everything in there was completely true,” he told the Associated Press on Thursday, describing her as a “wicked, wicked witch.” 

He said they wanted to “shame her a little bit” but that the “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,” said Patrick Reddick, who last saw his mother more than three decades ago.,,20734428,00.html


4 thoughts on “Should a Child Abuser be Outed in Their Obituary

  1. one thing I noticed about this “obituary” is, it is dated jan. 4, 1935 to Sept. 30, 2013… sept. 30, 2013, hasn’t happened yet… other than that, I think if what the kids did gave them closure, then so be it. she is dead now? so it won’t matter to her one way or the other. everyone deserves a voice, even if it takes years to find it.

    • There is a mention in the article that it was a typo on the obit. They both say they did it to start a conversation about child abuse. Its not about getting a “feel good” moment for them and they both sound like they have worked out their issues – but want to get it out in the open and get people talking about the problem. A problem that is often swept under the rug in a home or community etc. They even testified in front of Congress years ago when legislation was being considered – so they have a track record of putting their story out there when needed to help other people.

      • personally, I feel they have the right to say whatever they want in the obituary. for a few reasons…
        1.) they are paying for it
        2.) it was their mother
        3.) if that’s how they want to get their story out, then so be it.
        even if it was about getting a “feel good” moment, I think they are entitled to it after all they have been through. I think more people maybe need to do things like this.

  2. Sandra Kay says:

    i had mixed thoughts while reading this small part of the obituary.

    1.) The woman must have been an awful person
    2.) Her kids still carry pain in their hearts
    3.) They obviously hate her
    4.) No one reading the obit knows the other side of the story, if there is one. The woman is deceased, and cannot defend herself.
    5.) Her sins are out of her children’s hands. God will decide what her eternal life will be. From what they have indicated, I wouldn’t want to be her!
    6.) I hope the kids find peace now.

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