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Grandmother's dedication to family her downfall

There are 33 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 16, 2007, titled Grandmother's dedication to family her downfall. In it, Newsday reports that:

From the time Martha Watson was a little girl seven decades ago, the white house with an inviting front porch in Nesconset was the place she called home.

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Bernie

Vero Beach, FL

#1 Dec 16, 2007
Just Horrible! This really makes me want to cry for this lady.
The Big Picture

United States

#2 Dec 17, 2007
I think the rest of the family knew about Mathew's problem but refused to get involved. Why would they, when Martha was clearly providing room and board for Mathew day after day.
This is one of those situations where the rest of the family should have said "wait a minute, let's not just let Martha deal with this on her own," even though Martha probably kept insisting she was able to.

Too often we just accept it when people say what we want to hear, instead of us doing the painful exercise of looking at what is actually happening and helping them get out of it.
Julie

Stony Brook, NY

#3 Dec 17, 2007
Well...now that they all turned their back on this kid, look what happened. They knew this kid was on drugs but it was grannies problem. Poor woman paid with her life when she was not even her problem. The parents should be ashamed. God resh Marthas soul.

Matt know that her blood is on your hands dud. Have a happy life buddy.
Clarence Alderman

Rockville Centre, NY

#4 Dec 17, 2007
God Bless Mrs. Martha Watson.
Shack

Bronx, NY

#5 Dec 17, 2007
I knew Matt, he was not that bad of a kid. He just had issues. His mom died when he was tiny and his dad was a crack head. Lets put all things in perspective here.
As for that whoree Chonga, I WOULD LIKE TO PUT HIS HEAD ON A STICK ON MY LAWN! I WANT TO DEFECATE ON HIS DEAD BODY...
WOODY FROM ST JAMES

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Dec 17, 2007
LOST FOR WORDS!!
Marthas cousin

Tampa, FL

#7 Dec 17, 2007
The Big Picture wrote:
I think the rest of the family knew about Mathew's problem but refused to get involved. Why would they, when Martha was clearly providing room and board for Mathew day after day.
This is one of those situations where the rest of the family should have said "wait a minute, let's not just let Martha deal with this on her own," even though Martha probably kept insisting she was able to.
Too often we just accept it when people say what we want to hear, instead of us doing the painful exercise of looking at what is actually happening and helping them get out of it.
Martha did the best she could without worrying those closest to her. She was from a different generation and not one to complain about things. To say her family should have known or seen more, well you just didn't know Martha. It sounds to me that she was holding out hope for one reason or another and just did not want to talk about it.

Having said that, it is truly sad that we have lost her and yet people still manage to make such hateful comments on here regarding what happened YET KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HER OR OUR FAMILY.
Tragic

Bronx, NY

#8 Dec 17, 2007
It's absolutely tragic. My heart goes out to Mrs Watson's family. A good woman trying to do the right thing killed by a vulgar drug addicted dirt bag (and her grandson Matt isn't much better). It just isn't right.
The Suffolk PD has to take a much more active role in ending the rapidly expanding heroin problem before this happens again. Find and arrest the dealers - no plea bargains, just lots of jail time.
Ex - Islander

Tampa, FL

#9 Dec 17, 2007
SPD makes the arrest, the system sets them free....Just keep electing the politicians who appoint the liberal judges, who give favor to the defense attorneys for these scum. See who supports the candidate before you pull the lever.
Paul Watson's behavior is the only reason his grandmother is dead.
Johnny

Norcross, GA

#11 Dec 17, 2007
It's not the responsibility of the Suffolk County Police to raise children. Kids have to be taught right from wrong.
MCC

Centereach, NY

#12 Dec 17, 2007
This story is heart wrenching. I understand the concept and all, but I truly do not think there is anything to gain from blaming the grandson. I understnad that he is the cause, but he had no involvement at all.
There is no love like a grandmother's love and this kid probably has so much guilt that he wishes he did die.
God has a plan for him, otherwise he would have died too.
I can't blame you for disagreeing, but this boy will be in my prayers if no one elses.
Chunga on the otherhand, deserves torture.
NancyK

Glen Head, NY

#13 Dec 17, 2007
My deepest sympathies to the family. Martha Watson sounds like she was one hell of a lady!
Former Next Door Neighbor

Oceanside, NY

#14 Dec 17, 2007
Ex - Islander wrote:
SPD makes the arrest, the system sets them free....Just keep electing the politicians who appoint the liberal judges, who give favor to the defense attorneys for these scum. See who supports the candidate before you pull the lever.
Paul Watson's behavior is the only reason his grandmother is dead.
Where do you get off saying Paul Watsons behavior is the reason for this. First off it is Paul's mother, not his grandmother. You are an asshole, and have no clue about the family or situation. most of te posts are from people that are not anywhere close to, or have a clue what happened. they read other comments and feel that they have to chime in on something they know nothing about.
Marthas cousin

Tampa, FL

#16 Dec 17, 2007
Ex - Islander wrote:
SPD makes the arrest, the system sets them free....Just keep electing the politicians who appoint the liberal judges, who give favor to the defense attorneys for these scum. See who supports the candidate before you pull the lever.
Paul Watson's behavior is the only reason his grandmother is dead.
Paul is HER SON and does not even live in that state. Yet another example of someone who knows NOTHING about the family yet insists on commenting none the less!
faust

Addison, TX

#18 Dec 17, 2007
Brentwood wrote:
"If Matthew Watson was involved with drugs, the family said they never imagined it was anything more than marijuana."
This statement in itself indicates a problem to me.
Yep
Finally

Kings Park, NY

#19 Dec 17, 2007
Marthas cousin

Tampa, FL

#20 Dec 17, 2007
faust wrote:
<quoted text> Yep
You people are pathetic!! Do you not understand that she probably did not tell the family things because she probably didn't want them to react.

The boys had had a hard life losing their mother at such a young age. Yes, the boys were older and could have been on their own at their ages but she probably felt she was the only one they had at that point. The thing is it was HER HOUSE to decide, not for anyone to TELL her what to do in her house. If you have respect for people (such as your parents) you do not go in and tell them how to do things. I don't know what you people think one could have done. The extent of what was going on, NO ONE knew. Martha more than likely didn't really know and regardless of those details, it does not matter in the big picture.

The reality of the situation is like this: ONE PERSON (Chunga) made a choice THAT day to do what was done to her. That is where the blame lies. Not his parents that day, not her family that day so that it's very plain and simple. The thing is as a result people are suffering now and others spewing out hatred on here does no good. It is not God-like at all especially given the time of year.

I think it was very noble of her two sons to try to set the record straight but it obviously does not stop the evil/hateful people from their venum. As her cousin, I have gotten very defensive of the comments on here and with good cause. None of the outsiders on here know her and what a good person she was. She did not deserve this. It is a shame that we have to come to her defense to begin with. It is an even bigger shame to have things that are said (defending her) taken out of context.
This sucks

New York, NY

#21 Dec 17, 2007
The Big Picture wrote:
Too often we just accept it when people say what we want to hear, instead of us doing the painful exercise of looking at what is actually happening and helping them get out of it.
Well said!
Disgusted

Gaithersburg, MD

#23 Dec 17, 2007
Family Lies and Drama wrote:
Funny how the "Family" and cousin have so much time on their hands. Guess collecting welfare doesn't require their full attention.
Funny how you have so much time on your hands to spread such hatred and venom.
Former Next Door Neighbor

Oceanside, NY

#24 Dec 17, 2007
Family Lies and Drama wrote:
Funny how the "Family" and cousin have so much time on their hands. Guess collecting welfare doesn't require their full attention.
Since you seem to have a real grasp of the situation, why don't you come clean and let us all know your relationship to this whole thing.

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