Friday, January 26, 2007

Welcome Charlene Defreese (Mrs. Emil Mann)

"We would like to see justice done. Walder took my brother's life. He took away my brother from my nephews. Hopefully, he'll get (prison) time." --Morris Mann

Good Mourning Widows. Joy to you and me.

Today we welcome famous Native American Widow Charlene Defreese wife of shot dead famous Native American husband Emil Mann to our JOY-ous club.

That's right, Widows, the club what nobody wants to joy-n.

Newspaper accounts report, "Mann, 45, of Monroe, NY, a New York State Parks and Recreation Department machine operator for 14 years, was shot in the chest and leg by State Park Police Officer Chad Walder on April 1, 2006

The shooting occurred on an abandoned goat farm in Mahway, where an argument broke out between State Park Police officers and members of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation."

It seems the group had gathered for a barbecue near the tribe's traditional homeland. Tribe members say Mann was shot while trying to break up a scuffle between a cousin..."

Whatever the circumstance, Charlene Defreese is a widow left with two young boys to raise. Alone.

And now it's a lawsuit sparked by the family of a Native American man who protest racism wrongful death allegations and civil rights violations.

Sounds right to me.

It is interesting to note here that since the shooting, all officers in and around the area at the time, including Walder, except for 1, are out on paid sick leave, "backed by a doctor's certificate."


Mourning Joy:

Q: What did the sock say to the foot?

A: You are putting me on.

Mourning Quote:

"You ought to be more careful, Carter, smiled Finney. "You could hurt yourself that way."

--from "The Dog Days of Arthur Cane," by T. Ernesto Bethancourt

After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen.

What about what Finney said to Carter. Do you agree? What do you think?

Let the words swirl your brain. Think smoke curling out an open fire.

Now pick up your pen. And write something.

Go ahead.

I dare you.

Have a joy-filled day day Widows. And remember, we're not alone.


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