One could paraphrase the headline to read Slain Mom found Death in Bodybuilding
I agree there is a big lingering question out there about nature of the
relationship between Rackley and Patterson. Under normal circumstances, this
would be a personal matter. However, because we have seen so many kids hurt or
killed by the men who divorced or separated women choose to bring into their
lives, there needs to be a certain level of public awareness. Women need to be
able to protect their children and themselves. There are lessons to be learned
from this situation once all of the facts are known.
@Katherine:I appreciate your comment. It could definitely be that
Patterson was simply an uber-crazy stalker who had falsely imagined to himself
that he and Rackley had a relationship. I hope that's all it was, and I
imagine she deserves the benefit of the doubt.
A previous article explained that Memorez and her husband had quietly separated
some time ago but that her estranged husband lived nearby and that they
frequently we together to support their children in their healing, at school,
and in their activities.A neighbor of hers posted on Facebook that
Justin was a stalker who wouldn't leave her alone.I don't
know if they had a relationship or if it was all in Justin's head, but it
doesn't sound like there was anything 'adulterous' about it.
@UgottaloveMaxie :Respectfully, I disagree. I'm not sure that
is beside the point. (And I'm sure the commenter wasn't saying the
murder was justified. The murder was a tragedy and uncalled for, without
question.)I confess that I'm just an outside observer here,
missing a lot of details. But it seems that there was something else--something
equally tragic--going on, even before the murder. It seems that a marriage and a
family were falling apart, and it may have been in partial part because of
something that began as a seemingly innocent obsession. Other than the murder,
this seems to parallel a sad chain of events that I've seen more and more
often lately, among friends, former classmates, fellow congregants, etc.
That's beside the point. Yes they had pictures together hugging at the gym
but it doesn't justify murder. So sad.
Were Memorez Rackley and Justin Patterson engaged in an adulterous relationship?