As a "former victim" of abuse, I believe Molly Midyette's story, even if it doesn't jibe with her first weeks after being convicted. I remember still having "love" and "loyalty" for my abusive husband and having other women I mentored and counseled do the same thing, "protecting" our husbands and not speaking the truth because somehow it made us look like failures, not them. How sick and unhealthy is that? It's so not unusual to do that, and I hope the jury/judge see through that.
It makes so much sense to me that Alex would abuse Jason, especially if he was high on cocaine. The adrenaline and the high that come from that can cause people to do things they would not do if they were not altered. I've been the one on the receiving end of cocaine and meth abuse. I hope the truth comes out and that the family (Alex's parents) finally come to a place where they want to humble themselves and heal. My ex-husband is still so unhealthy because his family continues to enable him and protect him from all of his "mistakes."
My heart goes out to Molly, and my heart is truly broken for Jason, a life that was so unjustly and unfairly taken by abuse and drugs!
Name withheld on request
I have to comment because I have known J. and Kay Midyette since 1991, and they are not the evil monsters portrayed by Molly. They are some of the nicest and most considerate people I have had the honor of knowing. I do not know exactly how or who is directly responsible for the death of baby Jason, but I do know this: J. and Kay Mid-yette had nothing to do with their grandson's death. For Molly and Westword to besmirch the name of J. and Kay Midyette, I can only hope J. files a libel suit against Westword! The accusations that Molly has thrown at them are completely inexcusable.
I just finished your cover story about Molly and Alex Midyette. Their story is heartbreaking. My brother was once good friends with Alex and did some work for his dad; this gave me the opportunity to meet both Alex and Molly. When I first heard the terrible news about Jason, I felt horrible for them both. The word around their group of friends was that a medical issue had caused Jason's injuries. Nobody could believe that Molly was responsible. Alex, on the other hand, was a different story. He was a hard-partying, aggressive guy.
I've always believed in Molly's innocence. I truly hope that she is able to fight these injustices. She lost her son and her life.
Name withheld on request
Hallelujah! There's a judge out there who has some gumption.
There are so many "Mollys" out there that everybody has lost count. True, we as a society cannot stop the "Mollys" of the world for going goo-goo, ga-ga over the nincompoops from hell. We can only hope that they stop and realize that living in denial is not an option.
Hey, Molly, do your sixteen years. You're a lawyer, make yourself useful.
Hey, Alex, do your sixteen years. You need help. Get it.
Thank you, Judge Lael Montgomery, for seeing this situation for what it really was. Li'l angel "Jason" will be forever grateful that you gave him what rightfully belongs to him: Justice!
Editor's note: To read the dozens of comments about the Midyette case posted online, as well as Joel Warner's original story, go to westword.com.
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