The Long Goodbye: the Deaths of Nancy Cruzan

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HI 429
November 14, 2007

The Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan
Part 3: From Joyce Cruzan’s Perspective

I never thought the day would come that I would want a child of mine to die instead of live. Nancy is in a place of no return and I pray to God everyday that he would allow her to die and stop her suffering. It is so difficult to look at her and only see a shell of a human being that use to be my daughter. I only wish that the government and the rehab hospital would mind their own business and let this situation be handled by our family. Everyday I sit at home in the kitchen waiting for Joe to call when he got off of work. He wanted to know about any news on the case and to check what came in the mail. It was the highlight of our day and the most disappointing part of our day. Everyday when Joe came home from work he would take the mail into the basement to read and respond to it. After the start of the first of many trails and court appearances the amount of our mail increased ten-fold at least. All the media attention did not help the situation, it allowed for more and more people, radicals, and interest groups to voice their opinion about our private family matter.

At this point Joe would call the lawyer’s office everyday in an attempt to find out when the judge would make his decision and how we would be notified of his decision. We receive a memo from the lawyer’s office about a woman who claims that Nancy talked to her. This memo angered me to the point that I wanted to slap that woman for lying on my baby. She even had the nerve to lie and say that she had a recording for Nancy speaking, but after an investigation it was determined that it was her own voice. Crackpots came out of the woodwork to either damage or support our cause.

I can remember as plain as day when the first decision was handed down by Judge Teel. The PBS crew was at the house waiting to film our reaction to the decision. We were all nervous when a...
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