Monday, August 19, 2013

Hate Mail For An Autistic Family.....

... near Durham, Ontario.

I want to post the whole thing for your edification.

(Click to embiggen.)

It urges the family to "euthanize him."

Read that again.


To the woman who sent this letter, I have only a two word message.....

....the second word of which is "YOU".

And to everyone else, I would like to quote Sophie Scholl*:

(*The image is actress Julia Jensch in the film Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. The words, however, are taken from Sophie's interrogation transcript. She died for saying them.)

For more about Sophie Scholl--and her mirror image, Traudl Junge--you might wish to click here......


  1. I have seen this posted as referring to a child with Down syndrome with the exact same photo. It's just as horrible either way, though having seen it in both contexts now I wonder if it is real (by a real mom inspired a neighbor) or just meant to radius our hackles.

  2. Real.,or.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=1af0c81199d4bf6f&q=autism+child+euthanize+letter&safe=off


  3. .

    On Dateline NBC a few years ago, they showed a case where
    the police were investigating similar notes being received
    by a teacher at a school (and the notes were designed
    to look as of they were sent by another teacher).

    It was later found that the 'taunted and tortured teacher'
    had actually sent the notes to herself as a cry for attention
    and public sympathy due to feeling overwhelmed with her
    life (and no other 'teacher' or 'outsider' had sent it to her).

    Also, a couple of years ago a man claimed that he began
    to receive 'religious hate mail' our of nowhere from “an
    unknown neighbor" (even though there was no history
    of any of the neighbors having harassed, disliked or
    shown bigotry or hatred toward his family before) and
    within a few weeks his wife ended up "attacked by an
    unknown stranger, possibly the "neighbor", and killed".

    It was later found that he felt his wife was a "burden"
    and had composed and sent "the mysterious letters"
    himself as a set up and cover for the crime he was
    planning in order to "set himself free" from someone
    that 'he' (not his neighbors) saw as a "burden" in life.

    In both cases, entire innocent-communities (even if
    it were seen as just 'one' phantom-person within that
    community) were placed with suspicion and blame for
    something that they did not do and would never have
    even thought of doing -- simply because someone who
    felt they wanted to 'escape' their own "burdens" in life
    were setting up both the communities and the family
    member from whom they wanted to be set free.

    In addition, there have been story after story of
    late of the many parents and caregivers of autistic
    children who -- feeling overwhelmed with taking
    care of a person with severe needs and yet also
    wanting to gain public attention, pity, sympathy,
    support, and a type of victim and/or hero status
    -- have plotted for weeks, months and even years
    to 'get free of their burden' in such as way as to
    look both innocent and pitiable (and this is often
    done by pointing-the-finger at innocent-strangers).

    My point is that -- UNTIL the police investigate to see
    IF this "mysterious note" is actually LEGITIMATE --
    this community should NOT be seen as having
    some sort of hate-monger living in it's midst.

    This 'mysterious note' seems to have a far "too personal"
    touch to it to have been composed by any 'man' and / or
    even by 'woman' who would have been a 'stranger' or
    a 'near stranger' to this family -- and, until it is PROVEN
    that it IS IN FACT from "someone in the neighborhood",
    it seems unreasonable to assume that the neighbors are
    not (possibly) being set-up just so that someone who
    may feel overwhelmed with life can literally 'script' a
    situation in which to garner both pity and attention.

    It's not that I'm not trying to be 'sympathetic' toward
    the family to whom the memo was directed ... it's just
    that ... the situation of "setting things up in order to
    get public sympathy and attention" has been found
    to have occurred so frequently in the past number
    of years that -- unless someone has a video of
    a situation occurring -- many times it should be
    considered as possibly "one of the usual suspects".


  4. I admit that it's possible. Look at the attached article about bogus hate crime hoaxes....

    ...but somehow there are no anti-autistic attacks on the list.

    I still think it's legit but admit I may be wrong. I'll be happy to note if it is BS.


Keep it clean for gene.