What a disgrace...I don't understand how anyone could use a child for their
You know what they day about Karma. Here's to hoping it visits Ms. Winkler
This is despicable...but why would we expect someone to go to jail for this? She
didn't harm anyone. No one gave her any money against their will. All that
so-called victims lost is trust in this woman (and maybe people in general) and
some cash that they freely gave. The question that should be asked:
If no one knew the truth, would they be any the worse for the actions of this
Though it is a bit off the train of thought in the article, I agree with
bdckpakccd and NedGrimley. The real rip off is with organizations that benefit
by cancer (and other illnesses). Sad that greed is such a prevalent character
Thirty days in jail for such a faithless, remorseless crime? This is one
example of what is wrong with our legal system.
bdckpakccd: Well said. There is far more money to be made in "treating"
cancer than in curing it...
Despicable...Kharma has an ugly and uncanny way of evening the score. How anyone
could do this is so far beyond reason...
@thebigsamoan:Yes, she said the words in court, but that does not
mean that she is seriously remorseful.She has shown herself to be a
pathological liar. The judge should have taken that into account when he handed
down the slap on the wrist.We'll be on the lookout for her down
here in TX....
Where i come from isn't going to be tolerated....I don't care what
disease she's got or syndrome it's just flat out unecessary. I think
that's almost worse than homocide, should spend more time in jail and more
What this lady did was beyond despicable. What's more important now is
that she's sincerely remorseful and willing to accept the consequences of
her behavior. I'm saddened for those who had been betrayed and defrauded,
especially the children that's been affected. So Sad!
This woman is punished for faking cancer because she took money from the
community to seek a cure that wasn't needed. Yet we all line up like sheep
to buy pink products from companies that will give mere pennies from the price
of the item. The recipient of those donations will then spend millions in
administrative costs and even dole out that money to OTHER organizations (ie
Planned Parenthood, LGBT groups, etc). We continue throwing our money at this
disease and somehow, we're no closer to the elusive cure. Groups such as
Komen have a lot of financial interest in keeping breast cancer alive and well.
And emotional. But they're honorable and the woman in this story is going
to jail. Makes no sense to me.
As a parent whose child really does have cancer, I find this despicable. I had
to go jump through all kinds of hoops and even send a letter from my
daughter's doctor to get a fundraiser approved by the state of Utah and I
am glad I had to do it. That way all of our friends and neighbors, who
generously donated to her cause, knew that the funds were really going to
medical expenses. So sad that others have to prey on the love and kindness of
friends and strangers. I want to publicly thank all of those who continue to
support those of us dealing with this horrible disease even after reading
stories like this.
To make the punishment fit the crime, she should have to undergo Chemo.....I'll bet she wouldn't pull the cancer scam again....
@ BYRI get that around Halloween. Stays with me through Thanksgiving and
Christmas.Around January 1 I resolve to stop snacking and exercise.
Actually, Münchausen syndrome by proxy. The parent is "addicted" to
all the attention and sympathy she and the child get. At times these parents
will physically hurt their children by feeding them poisons or starving the
child or hurting the child some way. A few years ago there was a mother that
would drop bleach into her infants eyes for the attention.This case is
really no different. She emotionally abused her child (children) by telling
them they had cancer.Hard to treat. Someone in Texas should remember who
she is and her history. Sad.
BYR,No, she is not faking her own illnesses. This is a form of child
abuse known as Münchausen by proxy, and it cost her her children and her
freedom. A very sad story for everyone involved.
more like "greed syndrome"
This appears to be malingering, rather than Münchausen, which is why the
comment by Lori Haslem is almost as disturbing as anything else in this story.
If what Winkler did was "sick," then that is something that would be
outside of Winkler's control; hence it would not be reasonable to classify
her behavior as "despicable." But the judge did call it
"despicable," precisely because her behavior was not a matter of
involuntary "sickness," or "illness." Rather it was indicative
of a good-old fashioned character disorder. Hence the outline for repentance
formulated by the judge. We as a society need to get away from
psychobabble notions and terms such as like "sick" where there is no
actual sickness involved. In such cases, terms such as "bad,"
"evil," "wicked," "immoral," "sinful," or
"criminal," may well in order, instead -- especially if the motive is
spiting an ex-husband, or monetary gain by fraud.
Had she been less attractive I am wagering that the punishment would have been
more severe.... The primary reason that people who look like she looks does what
they do (that are despicable actions to the rest of normal America) is because
they are continually enabled... No one wants to come down hard on a pretty
face... And if you ask me, that phenomenon continues with the level of
punishment that she received today. 30 days in jail, and on to the next scam.