In support of BettyJean Kling
This is not about me; I just want you to know who I am and why I’m writing this. My daughter Betty Jean Kling is 60 years old. She had four children, two boys and two girls. She lost one of her sons to cancer and her eldest daughter Denise is in the last stages of ovarian cancer.
Her youngest daughter Louisa, who just had foot surgery and was on crutches was tending to her sister Denise to give her mother a break since she had been at her daughters side day and night and really needed a few hours out.
While Louisa was tending to her sister, Denise’s estranged husband, George, busted into the house and shot Louisa in the face with a shotgun.
Before he shot her, Louisa managed to text her son Marc and call her brother Tommy who heard George ordering Denise to get him her [pain medication] drugs and through the cell phone that was dropped after the gun shot and the call connected.
Tommy and Marc rushed to the house from several blocks away and stopped George from shooting Denise. Apparently, after he got the drugs he ordered her back to the couch and sat her down and was about to shoot her in the head too when Marc and Tommy rushed in and subdued George until the police came.
I shudder to think what might have happened to either or both my Grandson and great Grandson had the gun [gone] off at them. [I think about] the nerve it took to attack a man holding a shotgun. Their instincts got in the way of safety first and luckily the gun never went off again.
Unfortunately, the one shot that did get fired hit Louisa right in the face and took out her eye, obliterated her right skull and most of her right brain tissue. Louisa suffered such an extensive amount of damage to her brain she lies in critical condition in Hackensack Medical Center and is not expected to live.
The estranged husband, George Hartwig, had been arrested last June and released after three months for beating Denise in the head with a hammer to get her cancer drugs. He plead guilty that time but said he was sorry and he would get help for his drug addiction.
He was out on his own recognizance when this incident happened. The shooter, George plead Not Guilty at his arraignment and was quite annoyed that he was ordered not to contact his dying wife for Christmas saying that ‘SUCKS’.
My question is why is there no protection for women in this country? Will they turn George loose again to come and kill the rest of the family, as he has threatened to do?
This goes on day in and day out all over this country. Where is the outrage? Where are the laws? Who is teaching children in school about the epidemic? What will we do about it? Why not?
This is a heart rending story, mothers are not supposed to outlive their children, Grandfathers are not supposed to outlive their grandchildren.
My wife Louise and I have fought for woman’s rights all our lives. I personally went to Trenton NJ and incorporated the Girls & Boys Club of Lodi and insisted on the town to supply the land to build a Boy’s and Girl’s Club. The town decided to change the name of the Boys club to the Boys and Girls club instead.
Since then the National Boys club of America decided to make the change also. I remember when I was marching at the head of the girls club float in a parade and some smart aleck yelled, “What are you doing marching with the girls?” I yelled back, “doesn’t your little girl have a father?”
I remember when my wife who was the president of our building corporation went with a lady friend to have lunch and was stopped at the door and told to observe the sign read Business Mans Lunch. The owner of the restaurant told them that they had to be escorted by a man.
My wife went to our congresswomen and filed a complaint. She followed it up and eventually the laws made those signs come down.
Evidently we didn’t fight long enough or hard enough to make the changes needed but we raised a daughter who as you can see if you read her blogs, her Free US Now newsletters or listen to her radio shows has taken up where we left off.
Having taken over from us old folks, she is fighting for the very lives of her children. I implore all of you who read this to join her and her friends in this momentous fight for the Equal Rights Amendment for the country that’s supposed to be the most advanced in the world.
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I have been thinking about this all night and it came to me that the best news anchor to try to reach is Jane Velez Mitchell who has had many shows on domestic violence and who is actually is trying to organize women against domestic violence. She is just establishing herself and will be more interested than the Graces and Gretas who already have their main focus.
Please contact your organizations to write to newscasters, on Betty Jean's behalf. She and we need media attention to her case. Ask bloggers to post this request for help contacting media on their blogs. We need hundreds of letters to Jane Velez Mitchell. Organization's blogs could do an action alert telling their members to contact the media and ask they feature this case and the errors of the legal system. Many media contacts will really help. Betty should contact the local shelters to write or email her. All of us should point Jane Velez-Mitchell to this and other blogs where the story is posted. Betty's blog Free US Now, has to compile a list of links to blog stories about her case.
Help us tell people through radio shows. Call your local talk radio shows and ask them to do a phone interview with Betty Jean. Every single one of the people reading this could get one radio interview. Radio show producers are always looking for stories. When Betty goes on one radio show she can ask the listeners to contact the national media to do a story on how this happened.
“Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" is a current affairs TV show on Headline News hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell. It airs weekdays in the 7-8 PM EST time slot. It replaced the Glenn Beck program.
Jane currently resides in Los Angeles. You can contact her at:
jane AT secretscanbemurder DOT com
The show is known for its strong opinions on what it reports. One of them being “War on Women”, in which an all-women feminist panel discuss various cases, and opinions on missing women, and violence against women”
She has some links to organizations that might help.
Here are links to Velez Mitchell :
A slew of crime laws will also take effect on New Year’s Day. In Illinois, judges will be able to order those who violate a restraining order to wear tracking devices. The Cindy Bischof law is named for a woman who was gunned down by her ex-boyfriend; before her murder, she had asked about using global positioning system technology to keep track of him.
HEAR THE WORDS OF BETTY JEAN KLING
freemenow, on January 5th, 2009 at 6:25 pm Said:
As for getting through the pain- there is no getting through the pain! I have not gotten over the pain of loosing my son to cancer 8 years ago, nor the pain of watching Denise as her body has been succumbing to cancer these last 25 months. But this - this sensless shooting- and now to have to bear the shock of having my baby girl violently and viciously shot in the head for no damned reason at all!
There are no words to describe my pain - my agony and there will be no getting over the loss of three children out of 4. Not now - no - not ever in this lifetime!
The only thing in this world that can possibly bring me any peace is that we use Louisa’s tragedy to pass a law that will prevent other women from this unbearable pain. If my daughter’s horror comes to good - only then will I be quieted in some small way. She can not - I repeat she can not die in vain!
Louisa is slipping away- and I promised her - she will not go without leaving her mark on this world! I promised her that her sacrifice would not be in vain- I told her that the puma in her would not be forgotten and her light would not be dimmed! I promised!