Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

$500 Badly Needed for Tombstone

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

$500 Badly Needed for Tombstone

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Dear Percy Ross: Our sister died a month ago. She had emphysema but wasn't doing too bad until last summer, when her son beat her severely. She was left unconscious for 48 hours. This wasn't a one-time thing - her adult son had been beating her for years. In fact, she had three sons, two of whom beat her, but one moved to Florida five years ago. Our family begged her to admit it, but she wouldn't. She didn't want her son to go to jail. Instead, she would tell us that she had fallen.

When I saw her in intensive care, it was an unbelievable sight. She had a lump the size of a grapefruit and was black and blue from head to toe. She was trying to suck baby food off a spoon. I will never forget that as long as I live. It was like having my heart ripped out.

We gave her the best funeral we could - no showing, no music, but it still cost $3,100. The day after her funeral, the charges were dropped against her son because "there were no witnesses." Her last words before she lapsed into a coma were: "Please don't let those boys hit me again." Our request is for a nice monument for her grave. None of us can afford it after the funeral costs, and it breaks our hearts to go the cemetery when there is nothing there. We can purchase a nice one for about $500, and we thank you in advance for your decision, whatever it is. P.S. This can all be verified through the Zanesville Police Deptartment. Dear Readers: For the first time in a long time, I feel a sense of outrage that I can't begin to explain. Let me give you a bird's eye view. There's a certain callousness that comes in reading my mail. After awhile, I begin to believe I've heard it all. Then comes a letter of this nature. Here's a mother who was literally beaten to death by her son, and in turn, he is able to walk away with zero consequences. …

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