Hey RP! Your words are fabulous - and maybe we can now, OFFICIALLY, let the record show that Hearts words were in a mothers personal grief and NOT meant to reflect the many fans of her sons who supported him in these lines of work? I certainly hope so.
I am still angered that somehow, you all were given the impression that nothing could be done about this photo once it was out there - 11 years ago that is. I wish someone would have been around to inform you all of your rights. You mentioned there was security at his service - but it doesn't take a person who was there to know they did a terrible job, and ought to be ashamed of themselves for not keeping the place "secure". If either the funeral home or police department told you there was nothing you could do about this photo for profit, oh my! They lied, RP. Maybe they were trying to protect themselves and the profit they, too, could have made from this photo. There is NO END to the evils that come through people as long as they are getting paid. If, however, this is merely what you thought, I wish someone could have advised you all on the realities of "money shot".
Oh yes - I've been a mother for over a decade now
. They are the light of my life. I mentioned it before, and I'll say it again....it's been said that father Phoenix did not want to press charges against the drug dealer. But me? Oh yeah - the charges would most certainly be there. I would be there for every court date, since of course he/she will plead not guilty. And I would make noise against these low lifes in every media outlet available...even more than I do already! I'm a parent - that's my job. Give up on my kid because she took the drugs? Hell no - they came from some low life somewhere. And RP, it goes without saying that this is exactly how drug dealers keep their "friends" hooked. No one ever tries to squeal on the drug suppliers - especially in Hollywood. If they did, where would everyone else get their stuff? But I gotta give it to O'Conner! He LOVED Hugh - and fought for others to NOT be getting near this low life he sent to court. I'll remember that for the rest of my life. His words got across to many, too bad not everyone.
And finally, you said: "He does not deserve this, and he should be allowed to rest in peace. ". That is so weird you just said that. Robert Willies mother (the murderer from Dead Man Walking), said the same exact thing about her son. She said about Robert, after his execution "We just want his name to be kept quiet from now on, and let him rest in peace". And you know - we all honored her wishes despite Faiths murder being the worst the Northshore had ever seen. But the nun Helen Prejean didn't honor her wishes, and neither did Hollywood. They simply DID NOT CARE. Not about Faith, not about the mother, and certainly NOT the truth. But they got alotta money and an Oscar for making up their story and resurrecting this tragedy in Dead Man Walking.
In the weirdest way, this is the tragedy I see in River. Producers knew he had a problem - I am shocked that no one cared enough to stop production and get him some help. What they wanted was his name, and some money from his movie. Well, they got that much - and he lost his life in the process. They will have to live with themselves on that one. So will whomever reproduced his photo. So will whomever ill-advised your family that nothing could be done about this photo when it first came out. Sounds to me they weren't too worried about Rivers legacy, as much as they were their own selfish gain. If one is looking for the cesspool of all lies in America - I swear to goodnes I believe it lives in Hollywood. And that's a shame for the good hearted of people, but sad when they are spent in the end.
Thanks for taking the time and energy to listen! There are a ton of fans here - my only regret? I wish I could have been a cop that day. Me and my "Pahdnah" would have a confession in minutes - catching people in their own lies is what I do best
. I've never caught you in a lie RP - but you most certainly have filled in the blanks for so many of the questions that Hearts manifesto and rumors since have left us with. Thanks!