ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A scathing obituary for Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick prompted removal by its publisher. A newspaper this week apologized for publishing the scathing obituary written by Marianne’s children. But the publication is still prompting debate today.
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick apparently was greatly disliked by her children. Rather than forgo publishing an obituary for their disliked mother, her children published a scathing obituary this week. In it were tons of allegations of torment and alleged abuse. It remains unclear if the allegations were a revelation for the community or something already known.
But the children of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick claim that they were tormented by her their entire life. So they asked a publisher to tell the world about it. John F. Maher, the Gazette-Journal’s publisher who ran the obituary, soon was under fire. He issued a news statement later this week. “The obituary you reference was a paid placement that was submitted via our self-service, online portal. It appeared in today’s Reno Gazette-Journal and also online.”
He adds that “From the text of the obituary, it is clear that the date of death is inaccurate. The Washoe County Public Guardian’s office has confirmed that Marianne Theresa Johnson did, indeed, recently pass away. We’ve removed the online listing of this obituary as we continue our review of the circumstances surrounding its placement. Once we’ve completed our review, we’ll determine what, if any, further actions are required.”
The obituary featured the children “celebrating” their allegedly evil mother’s passing. “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.”