By: Linda Ann Hobbs
We met in an alcohol/drug rehabilitation program Michael in 1983. I was a suicidal, alcoholic, single mother living in drug and gang infested South Central Los Angeles having been forced to choose between forfeiting my Stanford Scholarship or single-handedly raising my daughter alone on a $148 per month Welfare. Michael’s encouragement saved my life! He never asked for sexual or financial favors.
In 2013, 30 years later, we re-met in Church. Because I had earned a B.A. from UCLA, a California Real Estate License, owned my condo free and clear, awarded a financial settlement, travelled to the White House under President Obama as an out lesbian political activist, I never anticipated that I would fall madly in love with an 87-year-old Irishman.
During our 3-year friendship at church, I never visited his home. I did not know he had Alzheimer/Dementia or that his wife had left him $ 9 – $12 million in Real Estate when she died. At Church, Michael was my spiritual advisor, buddy, my home boy! Nothing sexual.
After we became romantically involved, I visited his home. That is when the nightmare started. I witnessed and reported financial abuse to the L. A. County Adult Protective Services and L. A. County Board of Supervisors at least 13 times over the next 9 years!
The psychologist chairing the UCLA Dementia/Alzheimer Group founded by President Reagan’s daughter told me, “If you leave him now, they will kill him for his money. When 4 families on Ancestry posted a picture of Michael having died in 2016, I wrote the CEO of Alzheimer Association and Ancestry to remove the pictures.
I reported that I have a 25-minute audio recording of the last person to see Michael alive, the caretaker, verbally abusing and pushing Michael. APS never heard the audio. I filed APS Report # 714206 with Melissa on February 22, 2022 at 8:15 PM. Nick, APS (323) 204-7662 called to refuse the case. Michael died the next day on February 23, 2022.
Devastated and hopeless, Dan Roberts, Publisher of The Vegas Voice saved my life! Via Dan, I could fight and start a group in Los Angeles to stop Eldercide!
Michael my love is gone. His death will not be in vain!
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