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1 What, me worry?  Jun 10, 2011 6:43:40am

I read about this earlier in the week.

Here’s my problem. First, who knows if it’s true. I love the Daily Mail and read it fairly regularly (they have awesome pictures), but they aren’t always accurate.

If true, why would she do this to her two yet minor children (11 and 13)? Rob them of their only remaining parent. Granted he may go to jail anyway, with or without her, but what will they think if they know she helped put him there?

Kids have a sense of abandonment after a parent dies. Even adult kids. But for the little ones, while they may intellectually understand sickness, they often blame the parent still for leaving them. At least I hope that family is in therapy.

Edwards was a shitty husband, but was he a shitty father? Anyway, I think it’s a nasty thing to do to your kids who already lost one parent.

2 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 10, 2011 8:34:15am

Hell hath no fury…

3 theheat  Jun 10, 2011 8:59:20am

Is it even admissible, since she cannot be cross-examined by the defense?

4 CuriousLurker  Jun 10, 2011 9:01:00am

re: #1 marjoriemoon

I think the whole things is just sad—that Elizabeth died bitter and angry, that John was so selfish and uncompassionate, that the kids are in danger of losing both parents—it’s a depressing lose-lose all the way around. *sigh*

5 What, me worry?  Jun 10, 2011 9:13:03am

re: #4 CuriousLurker

I think the whole things is just sad—that Elizabeth died bitter and angry, that John was so selfish and uncompassionate, that the kids are in danger of losing both parents—it’s a depressing lose-lose all the way around. *sigh*

It so is! The first thing I thought about when the indictment came out was “those poor kids.”

Maybe part of her bitterness came from never recovering from the death of her first son. Her whole life was part fairy tale and part horrible tragedy.

6 theheat  Jun 10, 2011 9:17:03am

re: #5 marjoriemoon

I think you summed it up perfectly. Had she not been fatally ill, and had time to let it fade, I doubt she would have died as disappointed and angry as she had. The woman was dealt one shitty hand of cards after another, and I think she did the best she could.

7 CuriousLurker  Jun 10, 2011 9:21:56am

re: #5 marjoriemoon

It so is! The first thing I thought about when the indictment came out was “those poor kids.”

Maybe part of her bitterness came from never recovering from the death of her first son. Her whole life was part fairy tale and part horrible tragedy.

I’d totally forgotten about the older son they’d lost. Damn.

8 second nature  Jun 10, 2011 11:40:30am

I’d be surprised if this turns out to be true. I met Elizabeth Edwards and spoke to her about her older son’s death. She was a loving mother who always put her kids first, and to do something so vengeful when she still has two minor children who would potentially lose their father to prison would be uncharacteristic of her. The National Enquirer is still a rag even though they’ve gotten a few things right over the years.

9 What, me worry?  Jun 10, 2011 12:47:37pm

Elizabeth also became verbally abusive in public with not just John, but his campaigners and advisors. The woman was no shrinking violet.

abcnews.go.com

nymag.com

But I don’t want to paint her in a bad light at all. Her reactions are understandable and I can’t imagine going through one minute of her life and all she had to deal with.

I found this interesting article in Psychology Today about her. A very good point that hadn’t occurred to me. She may be doing this, if it’s true, to prevent him from marrying the mistress (Rielle Hunter) and having her raise her children.


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