A woman's blistering obituary, in which the deceased is accused of abusing her children, has gone viral.
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, who suffered from bladder cancer, died at the age of 79 at a Reno, Nevada, nursing home. Her obituary was written by her daughter Katherine Reddick, a 58-year-old psychology consultant for a Texas school district, according to the Associated Press.
"On behalf of her children who 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," Katherine wrote.
The obituary was published both in print and online after Katherine submitted it via a self-service Internet portal, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. It was later removed from the website.
She said she conferred with her brother, Patrick, before writing the obituary. Along with four other siblings, Katherine and Patrick grew up in an orphanage after being removed from their mother's home. They had reportedly suffered regular physical and psychological abuse, including beatings with a metal-tipped belt.
"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. 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," the obituary reads.
Patrick defended his sister's decision to expose the truth about their mother.
"Everything in [the obituary] was completely true," he told the Associated Press. He added that he was receiving calls from "all over the world" regarding the obituary.
"[The] main purpose for putting it in there was to bring awareness to child abuse, [to] shame child abuse overall," he said.
"I'm a survivor," he added. "I count my blessings every day. Especially for my wife."
In 1987, Patrick and Katherine testified before the Nevada State Legislature, helping to pass laws that made courts give equal consideration to the interests of a child when terminating parental rights. Nevada was one of the first states to pass such legislation.