I understand her family, they want her legacy to be one of service, charity and
strength. They do not want her to be remembered for the last hour of her
life.They want her to be remembered for the whole of her life and all the
good she did. Let them have this one piece of comfort. Please
don't make them dwell on the terrible thing that happened to violate her
and cause her death.May the man that killed her not ever see his 93rd
While the family doesn't consider their grandmother a victim, looking at
her life as a whole and emphasising how "amazing" it was, the law quite
specifically disagrees. Rape and murder are not victimless crimes; in fact, they
are among the most heinous crimes a victimising, brutal human can commit. This
is "positive thinking" stretched to utter absurdity, and it invites
Linus doesn't understand Mrs. Odle's family. I can balance that out
by saying I don't understand Linus."Say What?" piles on
by lecturing the family.*sprays air freshener around the room*_________________________Mrs. Odle appears to be an amazing
person. Her family clearly learned a lot from her. I love what they said about
her not being a victim, and not wanting her memory to be dominated by how her
life ended. I for one want to stand and be counted as one who understands what
the family is saying. What a fantastic reaction this family has had to the
arrest of someone who appears to be a cold blooded killer. My total respect to
this apparently amazing family. What a great, amazing mother, who earned the
money to pay for her own home, who stared adversity in the face and kept going.
That is my kind of person. I completely understand the family...she was not a
victim. She was victorious over her attacker, outlasting his cowardly attack
and then remaining alive for six days at a very old age.
She may object to being called a victim, but that doesn't change the fact
that she was one. Getting beat to death has got to hurt, ... A lot.
I don't understand Mrs. Odle's family. Do they think it belittles her
to label her a "victim?" She obviously overcame every adversity in her
life when it was met by her faith, courage and character. Then a low-life comes
along, overpowers her, and robs her of her life, and she is not the victim?Jesus Christ was the victim of the ignorance and fear in the mobs who
allowed themselves to be manipulated and whipped into a frenzy by wicked priests
and members of the Sanhedrin; Joseph Smith was the victim of the ignorance and
fear in the mobs who allowed themselves to be manipulated and whipped into a
frenzy by wicked preachers and journalists. Neither of these men were
diminished by the wicked choices of others.Neither is Mrs. Odle
diminished by the wicked acts of Mr. Ellenwood. Rest easy, family members.
Your courageous relative is the victim; but like these other heroic charactors,
she was and remains ultimately the victor.