From: Chris Hall [email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2005 3:15 PM
To: Karen Rutherford
Subject: Re: From Steve Hall's Wife
You're right because you're an idiot.
From: Karen Rutherford [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2005 1:34 PM
To: Chris Hall
Subject: RE: From Steve Hall's Wife
His good works? Let me think. A drunk driver goes 364 days in a given year without killing anyone through his own negligence and arrogance. On the 365th day, he kills someone. But you want the world to celebrate those first 364 days of luck, right? Is that what you're saying? Please tell me you're kidding.
You're the same wife who told her husband to not speak to reporters anymore after he spoke of the fun he was having on the soccer field within the week of the boys' deaths, right? You're the same wife who mentioned to reporters that your husband would not be speaking to anyone until charges were cleared, right? I don't think you want to talk to me about Christianity or doing the right thing or having a life. Please don't tell me that because I voiced my opinion that your husband should be in jail that you're accusing me of having no life. How does one who thinks clearly make this connection?
I think I have as many facts as anyone does. Were you there that night? Did you read the articles? Did you read Coast Guard accounts of the inept decisions your husband made that night? You do realize that a child had to coax your husband into helping the boys in the first place? You do realize that the Weather Channel reported at noon CST that the storm was coming - "the worst storm of the season thus far", right? You do realize that your incredibly wonderfully admired husband ignored that and chose to lead children into what could have been all their deaths? What if they had all died?
Stop playing the victim, honey. Two boys died SOLELY and COMPLETELY because of your husband. I think you deserve more attacks than just mine. Your husband deserves to be in jail.
No life? You're sorry for me? Why do you feel sorry for me? I'm not sure I understand that one. It seems to me that you should be sorry for the McKemies and the Wilkinsons, not me. I appreciate your sympathy, but it's a little misguided, don't you think?
I simply voiced my opinion of your husband. I don't understand people like him and I never will. I hate that people like him exist. I had to speak up. It never ceases to amaze me how people like you and your husband can, in their own wretched minds, twist things around so that an innocent bystander is now at fault. I suppose it helps, along with soccer, Darlington, and those 250 letters, get you through your miserable days to come.
Your email doesn't even mention a tragedy. Amazing. Again, no responsibility whatsoever. You should be ashamed as well. Don't worry though. I'll see this through.
One other analogy that might make sense to you...
Your husband puts all the kids in a shark tank. One kid gets out and tries to convince your husband to save the rest. Together, they save a few, but can't save all.
You want credit for your husband in saving the ones that he could, right? And take zero responsibility for putting the kids in danger in the first place, right? And then blame someone else for questioning his actions and decisions, right?
I've made my point, so it's useless to continue. Judging by the content of your email, it probably doesn't make sense to you anyway.
From: Chris Hall [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2005 1:01 PM
Subject: From Steve Hall's Wife
You, my dear "Christian", need to get a life of your own. My husband has suffered enough without you psychos badgering about events that you know nothing about. Ah, 'tis easy for you to sit back in your comfortable easy chair and make judgements against his good works. I have over two hundred letters from students and parents that have participated on his trips from the last 25 years, all stating how he has positively changed their lives in some way. What have you done in your boring little lifetime to have changed and helped nurture so many young lives?? You weren't out there that tragic night. You have no idea of the real facts. You obviously don't know what the hell you're talking about. Before attacking someone else about something so devastating, please make sure you have ALL the facts.
I'm so sorry for you. Get a life.