I have to admit, I haven’t followed the Terri Schiavo case closely over the years. But one doesn’t need to know all the details of this case to realize that Terri will soon die because her husband would rather kill her then simply divorce her and turn over guardianship to Terri’s parents.
In a stunning display of marital fidelity, in the fifteen years since his 26-year-old wife succumbed to massive brain damage under mysterious circumstances that some believe he caused, Michael Schiavo has happily maintained an adulterous relationship with his longtime girlfriend and managed to sire two children with her. All while remaining married to his disabled wife.
Should not all women be so lucky to find such stand-up husbands?
Even better, Michael happily admitted to Larry King that his mistress has really “done a lot” for Terri – even more than Terri’s own mother. Imagine that! Maybe when Terri gets better, she and Michael’s mistress can be best of friends. What woman wouldn’t want to bond with her husband’s hooker?
Evidencing his serious commitment to “for better or worse,” Michael has done everything within his power to try to kill Terri since she fell ill. He’s withheld her therapy. He’s even tried twice to starve her but Lady Justice just can’t seem to let him remove the feeding tube long enough to get the job done.
Yet he now seems poised to succeed. An emergency stay preventing her feeding tube from being removed will expire this Friday.
Michael’s argument is - if I can say this with a straight face - that killing Terri is what she would want. And who wouldn’t believe him? He’s obviously displayed an unparalleled intuition into his disabled wife’s true needs by abandoning her at the hospital to shack up with his girlfriend after collecting a fat settlement from the malpractice suit.
Yes, Michael Schiavo, of all people, knows exactly what his wife wants.
Michael was exposed as a liar again when his father-in-law released a tape of Terri laughing and trying to talk after Michael swore that she was beyond rehabilitation and in a “persistent” vegetative state. Terri even tried to escape from her chair upon hearing the news that she might be killed. Yeah, that’s a woman who wants to die.
Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, have begged their son-in-law to divorce their daughter and hand over guardianship to them. But he refuses. What could be his reason? Michael has clearly moved on with his life, in the sense that he’s stealing his wife’s money to make a good life for his “second” family.
Why does Michael want so badly to kill Terri when he could simply divorce her and be done with it?
It’s a combination of things, really. First, Michael’s likely to get no money out of a divorce - so what’s the point. Second, and perhaps more importantly, a divorce court may order Michael to take full or at least partial financial responsibility for Terri’s care for the duration of her life. And why risk that scenario? I mean, the man has a mistress and two other mouths to feed!
Plus, why should Michael endure a time-consuming divorce proceeding when he could free himself up for marriage number two in just a few short days by starving his wife to death?
Finally, even if Michael wanted to back out now, his lawyer wouldn’t hear of it. The man has built his career on the deaths of the elderly, sick and disabled.
Yet, on the off chance that Michael Schiavo grows a conscience, here’s some advice: Divorce Terri, drop your crusade, and leave the Schindlers what little happiness they have left with their daughter.
And then hope to God that what goes around doesn’t come around.