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Son of mother vilified in obit said ‘ding dong the witch is dead’ when she died

Updated: 2013-09-13T02:18:52Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

Patrick Reddick and his sister created a vicious obituary for their mother, an obit that has gone viral in recent days.

And now Reddick has revealed to London’s Daily Mail that he said “ding dong the witch is dead” when he heard that his abusive mother had died.

Among the claims of abuse: That their mother made them sleep on the floor while their mother ran a prostitution business and that she would line them up and beat them with a steel-tipped belt.

"On behalf of her children who she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty and shame that she delivered on her children," says the obit written by the woman’s daughter, Katherine Reddick.

See the entire obituary here.

Patrick Reddick, who approved the obit, told the Daily Mail that his siblings suffered “terror from the time we were born.”

He tells the paper that Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick terrorized him so much that he asked doctors to sedate her so he could identify her a week before she died on August 30 at a nursing home near her home in Reno.

She had bladder cancer and had become a ward of the state when she got sick.

“They made sure she was asleep and we went in there just to make sure they had the right person,” he tells the newspaper. “We wore sunglasses as a disguise so she didn’t recognize us.

“Once I was sure it was her I slept like a baby for two nights, when I knew she was never getting out.

“When they called me a week later to say she was dead, I said: ‘Ding Dong, the witch is dead!’”

The obituary, submitted through a self-service online portal, appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal on September 10 and has since gone viral and made national news.

Reddick said the obituary was meant to shame the issue of child abuse, not his mother. He wants it to be a warning to other abusive parents who should ask themselves: “Do you want this to be your legacy? Do you want this to be your obituary?’”

He said he and his siblings are planning a celebration at the end of the month where they will toast their mother’s death.

Johnson-Reddick lived her final days alone, disabled in a wheelchair, with 13 cats in a trailer park.

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