They pieced together a partial tale from a Dr Seuss I do not like cancer here or there I do not like cancer shirt, who had given the obsessed woman a gun for protection in the days leading to the murder. They then turned their attention away from my grandmother to the obsessed woman, who lived about a mile away. When they arrived at her farm, later that day, they discovered her lifeless body and that of her eleven year old daughter, both killed by her own hand. The year was 1920. If anyone doubts the effects of violence on the survivors, one needs only to consider this story.
My grandmother was left with three Dr Seuss I do not like cancer here or there I do not like cancer shirt, and a circumstance of her husband’s death that was likely scandalous and unable to be repeated in polite society. After the death, my mother’s family sued the family of the murderous woman and won a wrongful death settlement of some significant amount. An attorney was named as an executor and the money was identified to care for the widow and her children. My grandmother suffered a nervous breakdown and ended up in a sanatorium. The children were parceled out to relatives who likely benefited from the monthly stipend that came from the legal settlement. Then came the stock market crash and bank failures of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression.