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Monday, January 16, 2017

Under the Bus


Hey, now... Here's a leftover news item, a digital turkey leg if you will, that might interest you. It certainly interests me.

This is a link  to a December 29, 2016 article, which explains nicely the horrific wrongdoing of Defendant Joyce deJong. It tells how a city government and a county medical examiner in northern Michigan settled out of court with David Ferris II - much to the local tax base's chagrin.

Plaintiff Ferris is just a little bit put out by deJong's dishonest testimony in his case - work so slipshod that its very existence was enough for the prosecutor to drop all charges. False witness was borne against this man, the label of Baby Killer affixed to his name, his reputation.

This caused him to be deprived of his liberty for 97 days. It got him (and his wife) placed on the Michigan Child Abuse Registry. It forced him to endure death threats, which made him pack up his things and leave town.

His wife, in the midst of grieving the loss of her child, also became a target for some of the most vulgar online abuse imaginable. That is perhaps the most disturbing tangent to the Ferris story, the howling, ignorant masses with their cyber pitchforks and LED torches, purveyed by the web's most cynical (and click-craving) masters. I'd link you to one of them, so you could dip your toes in the raw sewage... But you'd no doubt get a virus.

They settled for cheap, the Cadillac cops ($190,000) and the Wexford County ME ($60k), they really did. And they left deJong out in the cold. For her, after what she did, there should be no settlement. Her punishment should be greater than her tolerance for such. Why?

Because she violates, routinely, the very oath of Hippocrates: "First, Do No Harm." She's been doing it for the bulk of her career, an uncaring maniac wielding a scalpel.

In principle, what she did to Dave Ferris is the same thing she did to my family, other families. She takes something unimaginably horrible, plays with it in her clammy little hands, and fictitiously turns it into something even worse - for the record.

For these egregious, serial violations of the public trust, Joyce deJong ought to be in jail. She sure as Hell doesn't deserve to keep a professional license of any kind.

Nobody I know disagrees: This has to be stopped. She has to be stopped. Now.

And just like it went down up North, it doesn't just reflect poorly on WMed, and on Kalamazoo County, the fact that they both continue to employ this monstrosity...

It also makes them complicit.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017



On Feb 2, 2016 6:34 PM, "Joanne M Catania" wrote:

To Mrs. Heller, 

Thank you for calling and talking with me. I truly appreciate how much courage it took for you to call me. I am sorry for the roadblocks or frustrations you encountered through this very traumatic experience. I would like to have further dialogue in hopes that our office can offer some peace in this time of grief. Please send the letter we discussed. Talk with you soon,

Jo Catania MPA, D-ABMDI


On March 18, 2016 3:30 PM, "theresa heller" wrote:

Dear Jo,

Thank you so much for meeting me today. I hope I didn't seem rude. I'm afraid I'm more like a robot than a human being right now. I just know my son would never ever have taken himself away from us. I hope that between the Legacy post and these letters, you will get to know him and see this for yourself. Thank you again, take care.


From: "theresa heller" 4/19/2016 7:24:29 PM

To: Joanne M Catania

It's been almost 9 months since my son passed. Instead of continuing to play games, just give me the answer. Is my son's death record going to be corrected or not? It's a very simple question.

Theresa Heller, MA


On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 2:56 PM -0700, "Thomas E Zavitz" wrote:


See attached. I will fill you in tomorrow. We need to coordinate with you, joyce hal and myself.  Z


Then the coroner and her peons got tired of my sister's "behavior". And they said, in petulant exasperation, "we are DONE." And they said the case was closed. Within 10 days of me writing about it, they discussed taking legal action against Yours Truly.

They lied about a peer review that was to take place but never did. They lied about having based their phoney decision on police reports that they didn't even request until the following May. They lied about "wrapping up" an investigation that never even took place, because if it did, they were bound by law to turn it over as part of our FOIA request...

Like the above emails.

I wish I could tell you the Russians were behind the leaking of WMed's and Kalamazoo County's emails, because their words and actions have much more in common with Vladimir Putin's government than they do with mine.

In the spirit of Wiki, I'll be happy to dump the entire contents of our FOIA request, but I'm no hacker. These are public records, and you will be able to read all of them in short order.

But not here, Pilgrim... 


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Legal Holiday


Today is a legal holiday, you know, because in no civilized society would we simply say to government workers, bankers and the Post Office that the first of the year falls on a Sunday and so like the Quakers say, "tough oats." We put up with it.

We put up with it because it gives us all an extra day to drink and watch football... It's sort of an American obligation, really, and I didn't mind doing my merry part.

So for the second day in a row, I began my morning activity by fumbling around in my sister's medicine cabinet, looking for the ibuprofen.

Two days in a row, I noticed, she still twists the childproof cap on the pill bottle after she closes it. Even though there is no child here anymore, and has not been for almost a year and a half.

Being a mom is a hard habit to be broken of.

I don't know what else to say, here on the second first day of the New Year. My words fail me, so I'll borrow some from a great American (one who never took a day off, legal or otherwise), General George S. Patton:

May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't.

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