Katherine Riddick Explains Scathing Obituary: My Mother Was an Awful Person!

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It was The Obituary Read 'Round the World.

Last August, Katherine Riddick and her brother said goodbye to their mother via a truly scathing article that painted Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick in a horrendous light.

"On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her death from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children," read the obit.

"Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure."

The obituary made headlines around the nation and Reddick talked to The Huffington Post this week about the responses she has received since.

"We got a lot of courage - 'thank you for the honesty' - that it was nice to see that people don't always have to lie on an obituary just because it's customary to say good things about someone," Reddick says in the video above. "She was an incredibly awful person, not just to us, but basically anyone that knew her."

Reddick adds that she had a larger goal in mind as well.

 "Our purpose was really to re-ignite the discussion about child abuse in this country, and how our society has neglected to do much about it to help it."

It doesn't sound like Reddick has any regrets either.

"Just knowing that she wasn't here on this earth anymore was such a relief. I know that's something awful to say for most people, but just like you can't understand how I could do this to a parent, I can't understand the love that others feel for their parents. So my relief was that she was gone."

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It must have taken a lot of courage for her to write what she did and come forward about the abuse. I think that's awesome.

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Good for them!

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but she could cook like no other mom.

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