RE: She's dead
Man, I can smell that steak cookin'. I don't know if anyone caught the show "Investigative Reports" on A&E night before last when they did the Schiavo thing - it was execellant and very well balanced. I learned a few things I did not know before. Chief facts that make the idea of "abuse" that led to her suffering "a broken back" and fractured ribs and such sound totally ridiculous, is that Terri's brother lived in the apartment upstairs from them. I don't know about you, but if someone was beating the crap out of my sister on a regular basis, I'd at least call the cops, if not kill the bastard. Instead, it seems they were all the best of friends, even years after Terri puked herself into a vegatative state.
Also, it seems Mr. Schiavo actually lived with the Schindlers for seven years after the accident, an odd thing to do with a man who beat your daughter into a tomato. Of course, the best part of the show was how they showed the falling out among all these people happened when the money arrived from the law suit. Apparently, of the $1 million suit, $750,000 went into a trust fund for Terri's care, and Michael got $250,000 for loss of consortship. His parents had no standing to sue under Florida law, and apparently had made some kind of verbal agreement with their son-in-law that they would get half of his pain and suffering award, something they expected for allowing him to live at their house, during which time Michael put himself thru college and became an RN, motivated by a desire to better care for his wife. Well, Michael welched on the deal, and the fireworks began. The parents started all this crap because they were pissed off about money - not money for their daughter, money for themselves. Since Michael would not give them any money, they sought guardianship of Terri so they could take control of the $750,000 trust fund, which incidently, ended up going for legal fees. Michael, himself a little jewel of a human being, with $250 grand in the bank and a nice $80,000 a year job as a degreed RN, decided that watering the tomato wasn't for him, and coincident with his new riches and his new babe decided it was time to pull the plug. All and all, this show portrayed them pretty much as I suspected, a bunch of assholes who deserved each other. The show also went over the various witnesses in the case used by the right wing, the phony "Nobel Prize" doctor, and the two nurses who got fired because Michael reported their dereliction of their duties who now claim Michael walked around saying "lets kill the bitch", all of them a bunch of kooks with axes to grind.
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