Woman killed 20 years ago shouldn't be called victim, family says

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  • county mom Monroe, UT
    May 12, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    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 birthday!

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    May 12, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    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 ridicule.

  • guitarboy South Jordan, UT
    May 11, 2013 8:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Say What? Bountiful, UT
    May 11, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    May 11, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    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.