Authors of viral vicious obituary about their mom verify it was not a hoax

Patrick and Katherine Reddick

The identities of the children who wrote a scathing obituary about their mother that went viral have been identified.

Patrick Reddick and his sister Katherine Reddick (above) have opened up to the Daily Mail about their published and then removed obituary that was a celebration of the death of a mother they called “evil.” In case you missed it here is a sample:

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.

In their discussion, the Reddicks showed absolutely no remorse about the public scolding of their late mother Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick. Patrick stated that he sang “ding-dong the witch is dead” when he learned of his mother’s death. He also confirmed that  the writing’s intent was to publicly shame his mother and to be a warning to those who abuse their children.

“She thrashed the maternal instinct out of her children and replaced it with the hate she had for us. We wanted people doing this to their kids to ask themselves: ‘Do you want this to be your legacy? Do you want this to be your obituary?'”

Patrick, Katherine and their siblings are now planning a celebration of their mom’s death at the end of the month.

Patrick and Katherine claim that she used to beat all of her family and would force them to sleep on a floor while she ran a prostitution business around them. Patrick revealed that the last time he saw his mom was a week before she passed. He wore sunglasses and made sure she was asleep so that she could not recognize them. He made the visit simply to verify that it was his mom who was dying.

Katherine Reddick

Another one of Johnson-Reddick’s children who requested to remain unnamed, stated that she had been “in hiding for years” from her mother and that Patrick and Katherine, a teacher, were her protectors. “They are my protectors. They have protected me since I was tiny,” she said.

The newspaper’s original obituary incorrectly published the date of death as September 30, 2013 – instead of August 30 – and the obituary was removed from the Reno Gazette-Journal. Due to that typo, the removal and lack of a positive identification of the authors at the time, many were wondering if it was a hoax.

You can read the piece in full here.

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  • bailey

    I applaud these people. That woman sounds like she was a vicious, disgusting excuse for a human and even I’m glad she is dead.

    Its unfortunate how many people I’ve seen defending her though, calling her children “cowards” and saying that the abusive woman just needed help for her perceived “mental illnesses”.. Most of those comments I’ve seen though on various media outlets were from women who looked to be in their 50s – 60s… Has me thinking that they were probably abusive too, and have excuses. Its upsetting.

    I’m glad her children have finally found a sort of closure and can finally live their lives knowing their hell-maker is gone for good.

  • Eef

    GOOD FOR THEM! Someone like that doesn’t deserve to be remembered fondly. I wish my Dad and his siblings would have done this for his mother.

  • Brynn

    If she was a $hitty person in life, then she doesn’t deserve respect in death. Seriously, good for them. I bet it was incredibly therapeutic.

  • jh

    Grow up, move on and don’t let a shitty upbringing turn you into a shitty person. This obituary is not a good start.

    • christee

      This in no way makes them shitty people. It reads more like a public service to all cildren of abusive parents. It’d been better if they could have done it while she was alive, but they were clearly afraid of her and what she’d likely do. If there was nothing good to remember about this monster of a woman, why bother pretending?

    • SammyG

      I guess you had a great childhood and can’t possibly understand.

      • Jh

        Nope, not at all. I just chose not to let it define me.

        • p

          well, aren’t you just a special little ray of sunshine

    • Blitz

      they are just finally being able to let go and move on I applaude them

    • Dani

      Easier said than done. I don’t imagine you could possibly comprehend the emotional damage abuse causes if you haven’t lived it. Even long after the abuse has ceased, little things still trigger that fear, the nightmares make you relive it. I’m sure her children lived with shame for a long time, not speaking of it out of fear they would be looked down on and blamed. The woman is dead, they now feel as they can safely out her for the monster she was. She had a powerful hold over them, speaking of it takes that power away, it helps heal them.

  • Stefstef

    I didn’t have to deal with abuse my whole life, but for a short period of time I did. I also watched my mom get a beating that almost killed her when I was only 5 years old, and when I went to call 911 the bastard ripped the phone off the wall.

    If you’re never experienced abuse, this is something you wouldn’t even begin to understand. In a lot of cases, you are afraid for your life and spend your life thinking they might kill you. Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with him for my whole life, but I can see why they have peace knowing she is dead and want to get the word out there.

    I hope after a lifetime of torture, these people can finally life happily knowing the person who made their life pure HELL is now IN hell.

  • Zina Fritze

    Good for them. Just because someone’s dead doesn’t mean they should be treated & talked about like a saint. I know many people abused by family who cannot be released from their prison of shame, fear & isolation until the abuser is dead.

  • A.J.

    I believe everything that they say about their mother. Generally, children will defend their mother no matter what, even when they are taken away from her. As a result it’s very rare to find someone saying such things about their mother, unless she was really, really bad. For someone’s children to write that their parent, especially their mother, was such a vitriolic, abusive person, she had to be terrible. I applaud them as well, and I hope that they will continue to heal. No child deserves to be abused.

  • Blitz

    good for them don’t let people think she was a good person. if she was this bad she doesn’t deserve for people to think she was good.

  • Lisa Patterson

    It breaks my heart to know that not every single child ever born was/is not shown the love, affection, nurturing and warmth that both of my parents showed me and still do to this day. There was never a day that went by where they didn’t tell my sister and I that they loved us to the moon and back. I was shown by both of my parents what unconditional love is. I have never know anything else. My mother and father showed me love all the time. I literally can not remember a time where I felt unloved. I am truly sad that these individuals had to live in fear of their mother and her abusive vengeful ways. What a bitch. Don’t worry God got a hold of her and her numerous lists of sins. Her children are finally FREE. I wish them all the LOVE and happiness their hearts and hands can hold. At least they got the last word…..literally. God Bless.

    • Lam

      My sisters and I grew up in a highly dysfunctional home. Our mother was alcoholic and our father was violent. Our mother did her best to nurture us within her own fragile frame of reference from her own childhood traumas. The part about this obituary that concerns me is that although I can relate and sympathize with these siblings, it bothers me that it is so very one-sided. There are always at least two sides to every story. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending a parent who would, of their own volition, abuse and neglect their children, I’m just saying that we don’t have all the puzzle pieces and the mother is dead, she cannot even defend herself or offer any explanations. This part of it is not fair. Also, people seem to just hear or read something and not question it…they just seem to believe without having all the facts. Just my opinion for what it is worth. To the now adult children, I am sorry for your suffering and I truly relate. May you find happiness and joy, you deserve it.

  • Emery

    I guess everyone’s on an equal playing field now. The vicious bile they spewed in that obituary, is exactly what they deserve to get back. They are cold, calculating pieces of scum. Look at the daughter, she has the same cold, hardened evil look in her eye. I feel heartbreak for the children who went through this, if its half as bad as how it looks. But I feel NOTHING for the adults they are now. I look at them and I see cold.
    I was beaten and abused and called every name in the book as a child, by a drunken father. And when he was sober, he ignored me. I hated him, but I also felt something else. Heartbreak for HIM. It broke my heart, even as a young child that he was not only destroying me, but also himself. Now he is old, and his mind is ruined but I no longer feel hate. It breaks my heart to look at him. A life ruined.
    How anyone could get peace and satisfaction out of doing what they did is something I will never understand. I guess it would take a colder heart than mine to understand.