13-year-old Max Begley is severely autistic. The young teen’s parents and grandmother, Brenda Millson, were shocked to find an anonymous letter one day telling them to kill their son.
During the summer, Max spends each morning at his grandmother’s house in Newcastle, Canada. Max and his grandmother would normally just go about their own business, not bothering anyone.
The unsettling letter was found at Millson’s home one Friday afternoon. It seemed to come out of the blue and was sent from an anonymous neighbor. It was only signed off “one pissed off mother.”
It said, “Who the hell is going to care for him? No employer will ever hire him, no normal girl is going to marry/love him and you are not going to live forever!”
Here is a snapshot of the vile letter:
Apparently, the neighbor was angry because of the “DREADFUL!” noise Max made outside one day. It “scares the hell out of my normal children,” the letter said. “Crying babies, music and even barking dogs are normal sounds in a residential neighborhood! He is not!”
The nasty letter went on to say, “Personally, they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone! Do the right thing and move or euthanize him! Either way, we are ALL better off.”
Naturally, Max’s family is distraught over this horrific incident. They are also worried that the letter’s author might become violent against their son.
His father, Jim Begley, said, “A person that’s that crazy or demented who would fabricate something like that…it leads me to believe that they’re very dangerous. Right now I’m scared for my son’s safety.”
Karla Begley, Max’s mother, is completely torn apart. “Who says that about a child?” she asked.
As reported by the Daily Mail, “Since learning about the letter, neighbors of Max’s grandmother have come out in a public display of support for the boy in an attempt to out the letter’s author. If the writer is identified, Max’s family plans to press charges.”
Whoever did this must be held accountable for their actions. It is up to the media to make sure light is shed on this incident. If the author is found and held responsible, similar situations are less likely to happen in the future.