I hope to not upset anyone by posting this. But, this is my sister-in-law's letter to myself and my wife. I just opened this letter this morning. I wanted to pass this on to this group hoping to inform. I in no way want to upset anyone nor do I want to get flamed. If a moderator feels like deleting the thread, or have me delete it, someone needs to tell me to do so. Here is the letter.... "Hello, I have just returned from Talahasee, Florida, where I went with a group of nine people. There we witnessed the saddest injustice this country has ever seen. The news media and our judicial system has lied and concealed the information from the American people. I refer to the case of Terri Schiavo. Let me give you the information we found as we joined a handful of others as we entered the halls of injustice. We congregated at the Capitol to bring attention to Terri's plight. There were two ladies there who were trying their best to get someone to listen, but I don't know if they did. One was a retired registered nurse who was born and raised in Talahassee and received her education in Florida. Mary LaFrance told us the story the press has left untold. Carl III taped her and this will be aired on Dr. Frank Simons show sometime in the future. Terri Schiavo was overweight all her life, and shy. In her senior year she lost weight and became a pretty girl who caught the eye of Mike Schiavo. After a whirlwind courtship of less than a year, they married. Soon the parents noticed Terri coming for visits with bruises, but there was always a simple reason given for them. Then the parents started catching Mike reaching out and getting Terri's skin between his fingers and twisting it. They also learned he was bipolar. He was very moody and would flair up at the least provocation. It was five years before Terri mentioned what was going on to her brother, Bob. He lived in the same apartment complex. A friend where Terri worked was also having marrital problems. She and Terri had decided they would get an apartment together, as they could not afford one on their own, and leave their husbands to escape the torture they were receiving. Terri and her friend went shopping. That night this friend begged Terri not to go home because Terri had told her things were worse, and any time she came home late he would beat her. Terri was late that night. That night about 10 p.m., Mike came to Bob's door and told him he had just come home and Terri was on the floor, to come help. Bob found his sister, on the floor face down with her fist pressed against her neck. She was gasping for breath and there was a girgling sound coming from her throat. Bob called 911. There were also bruises and abrasions on her body. One of the peramedics said it looked as if she had been beaten. At the hospital the nurse said the twisted, ridgedness of her neck was the way most people look when having been strangled. She was admitted and after some time moved to a nursing home. She seemed to be in pain. Those people sent her to have a scan and it showed a fracture to her femure, several cracked ribs, and a fractured arm, all in the process of healing. For some reason this was hushed up for the most part. At some point durring the most stressed out moments, Mike brought a form to the parents to sign and told them this was only to give him permission to answer the phone for them so they could spend more time with Terri and not have to be bothered. A form the facilites required to allow him to answer the phone for them. This form was actually giving him the sole guardian ship of Terri, and the parents unknowingly relinquished their rights to her. Durring our stay, we constantly heard the news saying Terri's disorder occurred due to a chemical imbalance, or another reason, was due to a medical problem because of being allergic to something she ate. I have never heard any other version of this, except on the Christian programs, like Pat Robertson, only they gave a simular version to what these two women were trying to tell the Senators and press that was there, to whom ever would listen. Mike received 1 million dollars from the government and it was put in a trust fund for the sole purpose of rehabilitating Terri, but instead he hired a lawyer to give him the right to have her life support romoved. As we know, Terri did not die. Now Mike has had the feeding tubes removed. The Judge said no liquids were to be given by mouth. Two police officers are at Terri's bedside, and two are posted outside her doors to make sure this is carried out. We heard 4 people had been arrested trying to get water to Terri. People would be screaming if an animal in a cage was not being given anything to drink!!! There was a woman at the Senat building who was there to let them see where Terri could be today had the money been used to rehabilitate Terri. This woman had been in an accident and said she was in the same condition as Terri, but her husband had chosen to have her rehabillitated and after months of work, she could talk and walk. Terri was denied this. Mike was not the dovoted husband at Terri's side. He dated several of her nurses, one stating at trial, he was very controlling and when she broke it off, sent her flowers at work and began stalking her. MIke has lived the past several years with another woman, and has two children by her. He has a large insurance claim on Terri. We also learned that Judge, James Whittemore, is very good friends with Mikes' Lawyer. Their children attend school together and their families are often together for fun times at one anothers homes. The Judge's wife is the administrator of the facilites where Terri is being kept. When Terri arrived there, the nurses were told to forget the lessons they had learned in nursing school to treat patients like Terri, they were to do whatever the husband told them. In 15 years Terri has never received an MRI or Pet scan, no full neurological examination. She has been confined to this hospice for the last five years, by definition, a facility where people go to die in six months or less. The last three years she has not been allowed out side. In her tiny room her bed faces away from the windows No pictures or any decoration has been allowed in her room. Mary said this was the last thing you wanted to do to a person with brain damage. She needed to be near the nurses station and the door left open at all times to stimulate her brain. For three years no one has been allowed to comb her hair, or brush her teeth. Five teeth have been removed. Our laws, and Judge James Whittemore and his wife, have allowed Mike Schiavo to continue to torture this woman for all these years. Not only her, but her family. Terri's Parents Lawyer informed Terri of what was to happen and tears flowed from Terri's eyes. The lawyer said "Terri, if you could just speak, if you could just tell them you want to live". Terri gasped "I wan, I wan." Please go to www.terrisfight.org and you can find more of this information for yourself. I could only pray for her, and hold protest signs. I felt so helpless. Last night on the way home I called my husband,C..., and he said he had listened to the Shaun Hanady show on his way home from work. A nurse that had worked at this facility for over 30 years, and had worked with Terri, was told that if she went on this show, she would be fired, but she said she could no longer stand by. There was also a guest speaker from the Euthinasia Society. They are working on laws and call it utalitirianism (watch for more of this word in the future) and they want to make it possible that anyone who is like Terri, or old (as in a nursing home) be termed no longer useful to society, be given the right to do as Mike has done to Terri, allow them to die (murder in my book). No chance for rehabilitaion. The scarry part is, our laws and Judges are already allowing this. This is how Hitler destroyed millions of Jews and non-Jews. Now America is on this road. Mary said a man from Holland was outside the hospice when she was there days ago with some protestors (she lives in Pen. and has been in Flor. for 4 weeks trying to save Terri). He said in Holland a child as young as 12 years old can legaly have their parents life support taken off, but first they have to have documentation by several doctors that the parent can not live with out life support and is brain dead (not brain damaged as Terri is). He turned and pointed to the building and said "What is being allowed to happen here to this woman, is inhumane in my country". This morning on the news a pannel of 3 Judges voted 2-1 to not reinsert Terri's tubes. Why was there never a criminal investigation against Mike Schiavo? Why was nothing done about his conviscating the money the government had given him for her rehabilitation, but used for lawyers? Why was the Judge who was friends with Mike's lawyer, and who's wife was administrator of the very place Terri was being held, being allowed to hear this case? Why was Mike able to continue to be Terri's guardian when he had tricked Terri's parents into signing the papers in a time they were very stressed and not at themselves? Something is very wrong here. People had better use this as a wakeup call and we had better start shouting to the housetops, or this very thing may be allowed to happen to us. Getting the truth out is the only way I can help Terri now. God bless!"