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Dr Laura's Mother Apparently Murdered in L.A.
Reuters ^ | 12/20/02 | DAN WHITCOMB

Posted on 12/20/2002 4:40:59 PM PST by Minutemen

Posted on Fri, Dec. 20, 2002 Dr Laura's Mother Apparently Murdered in L.A. BY DAN WHITCOMB Reuters

LOS ANGELES - The badly decomposed body of a murdered woman, identified as the mother of popular radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, has been found at a Beverly Hills home, police said on Friday.

Though police said they had not yet confirmed that the elderly woman found on Monday was Yolanda Schlessinger, the talk-show host issued a statement addressing the death of her mother and alluding to their bitter estrangement.

"I am horrified by the tragic circumstances of my mother's death and so sad to learn that she died as she chose to live -- alone and isolated," Laura Schlessinger said in the statement.

"My mother shut all her family out of her life over the years, though we made several futile attempts to stay connected," she said. "May God rest her soul."

The body believed to be that of Yolanda Schlessinger was found by police after concerned neighbors said they had not seen her in several weeks. An autopsy revealed that she had been murdered, said Beverly Hills Police Lt. Gary Gilmond.

"I cannot confirm that it is in fact (Schlessinger's) mother but we are operating on that assumption," Gilmond said.

Although the body was found in Yolanda Schlessinger's home, it was so badly decomposed that identification was not yet possible, he said. Gilmond said the state of the body and home suggested that the woman had been dead for a "substantial period of time," possibly several months.

Gilmond said coroner's officials were working to positively identify the murder victim.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said further tests were required to determine the cause of death and that medical examiners had not yet issued a report.

Schlessinger hosts one of the country's most popular syndicated radio programs, which according to her Web site is heard by 12 million listeners on 315 stations across the U.S.

Schlessinger, who has a doctorate in physiology from Columbia University, dispenses advice to her listeners and is known for her brusque persona and emphasis on personal responsibility.

According to a Vanity Fair profile in 1998 and other press reports, Schlessinger was estranged from her mother, and had not seen her in 14 years. Schlessinger had told People magazine four years earlier that her mother was "filled with negativity."

The former Yolanda Ceccovini was an Italian war bride who was divorced from her husband, Monty, who died in 1990. Their other daughter, Cyndi, was also estranged from Laura, according to Vanity Fair.


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KEYWORDS: drlaura; lauraschlessinger; yolandaschlessinger
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1 posted on 12/20/2002 4:40:59 PM PST by Minutemen
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To: Minutemen
I wonder how high on the suspect list Dr Laura is?
2 posted on 12/20/2002 4:43:20 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Minutemen
You'll need to speak up caller....


3 posted on 12/20/2002 4:46:17 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch
LMAO
4 posted on 12/20/2002 4:51:42 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: Minutemen
No worries. Shepard Smith is on the case.
5 posted on 12/20/2002 4:52:14 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Minutemen
I wonder if she had a care giver and will they find him living the good life on her money...
6 posted on 12/20/2002 4:57:32 PM PST by tubebender
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To: skeeter
I'm shocked at how Freepers are making a joke out of this. The woman was MURDERED.
7 posted on 12/20/2002 4:57:55 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy
Wierd isn't it.
8 posted on 12/20/2002 4:59:39 PM PST by Freedom2specul8
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To: Plutarch
oh OUCH!! ROTFLOL!!!

Now, go take on the day!

9 posted on 12/20/2002 5:00:20 PM PST by kstewskis
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Though police said they had not yet confirmed that the elderly woman found on Monday was Yolanda Schlessinger, the talk-show host issued a statement addressing the death of her mother and alluding to their bitter estrangement.

The police aren’t even sure if this is her mother yet, but somehow DR. Laura knows already.

10 posted on 12/20/2002 5:01:28 PM PST by SwordofTruth
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To: Hildy
you're right, Hildy. It is tragic. Laura hasn't seen her mother in 14 years? According to the article, it was her mom's choice. How terribly sad to know that some one has that much pain in their lives. But then again, we don't know the whole story. God rest her soul.
11 posted on 12/20/2002 5:02:52 PM PST by kstewskis
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To: Plutarch
POST OF THE WEEK!!!!! LOLOLOL!!!!!!!
12 posted on 12/20/2002 5:03:06 PM PST by zarf
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To: Hildy
I wasn't referring to the murder itself, but the feast the media will undoubtedly make of it. May the woman rest in peace.
13 posted on 12/20/2002 5:05:51 PM PST by skeeter
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To: kstewskis
Not talked to her mother in 14 years?....yeah right, that's who I look to for advice on my private life.
14 posted on 12/20/2002 5:06:36 PM PST by pgobrien
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To: SwordofTruth
The police aren’t even sure if this is her mother yet, but somehow DR. Laura knows already.

Of course they know.

15 posted on 12/20/2002 5:10:47 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: skeeter
No worries. Shepard Smith is on the case.

What... is Shep going to run over Dr. Laura with his car for retribution?

16 posted on 12/20/2002 5:11:50 PM PST by dogbyte12
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To: Plutarch
You have no class, were you born in a trailer park ?
17 posted on 12/20/2002 5:12:11 PM PST by John Lenin
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To: Plutarch
YO' MUMMY! <|:)~
18 posted on 12/20/2002 5:13:53 PM PST by martin_fierro
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To: kstewskis
Laura hasn't seen her mother in 14 years? According to the article, it was her mom's choice. How terribly sad to know that some one has that much pain in their lives. But then again, we don't know the whole story.

Well, if she nagged the woman as much as she nags her radio audience, that might explain it. ;)

19 posted on 12/20/2002 5:13:57 PM PST by Orangedog
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To: Minutemen
I'm no Dr. Laura fan, but I heard her show today and have to give her credit. She held up very well, considering.
20 posted on 12/20/2002 5:15:02 PM PST by martin_fierro
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To: Minutemen
We don't really know that she was murdered. Presumably the police have to look into that possibility if the cause of death is not evident.
21 posted on 12/20/2002 5:15:32 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Although the body was found in Yolanda Schlessinger's home, it was so badly decomposed that identification was not yet possible, he said.

Doesn't look like they know to me.

22 posted on 12/20/2002 5:17:04 PM PST by SwordofTruth
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To: John Lenin
You have no class, were you born in a trailer park ?

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001.

black humor

in literature, drama, and film, grotesque or morbid humor used to express the absurdity, insensitivity, paradox, and cruelty of the modern world. Ordinary characters or situations are usually exaggerated far beyond the limits of normal satire or irony. Black humor uses devices often associated with tragedy and is sometimes equated with tragic farce. For example, Stanley Kubrick’s film Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963) is a terrifying comic treatment of the circumstances surrounding the dropping of an atom bomb, while Jules Feiffer’s comedy Little Murders (1965) is a delineation of the horrors of modern urban life, focusing particularly on random assassinations. The novels of such writers as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Joseph Heller, and Philip Roth contain elements of black humor.

23 posted on 12/20/2002 5:23:01 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: SwordofTruth
Yeah yeah. Trust me, they know, without a doubt. Don't believe everything you read in the papers.....
24 posted on 12/20/2002 5:24:19 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe Hadenuf
It would be nice to know about any life insurance policies ... and who inherits in the estate.
25 posted on 12/20/2002 5:26:58 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Plutarch
Hey. Isn't that Clinton's new girl friend? Demi Moore?

No, wait, that's one of his old girl friends. Nevermind.

No, wait again. That is Demi Moore after they removed all the plastic inside of her.

No, wait again again! I think this is Demi Moore:


26 posted on 12/20/2002 5:28:36 PM PST by isthisnickcool
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To: martin_fierro; All
I didn't post this to get a cheap laugh. I thought it was a tragic thing to happen to anybody, especially 5 days before Christmas.
Dr. Laura grates on my nerves with her domestic issues on her show, but her politics are 100% American.
She has received death threats from the Religion of Peace thugs for her pro Israel-American stand. I think she deserves a little more respect.
27 posted on 12/20/2002 5:30:35 PM PST by Minutemen
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To: pgobrien
Not talked to her mother in 14 years?....

It sounds like that's how the mother wanted things.

28 posted on 12/20/2002 5:32:49 PM PST by FITZ
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To: BunnySlippers
It would be nice to know about any life insurance policies ... and who inherits in the estate.

I would be looking at the building manager and maintenance workers, anyone with a key.

What is suspicious is the fact that Yolanda Schlessinger failed to pay her condo association dues for months and no one did anything about it.
29 posted on 12/20/2002 5:51:53 PM PST by redheadtoo
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To: Plutarch
Ouch! Some sort of alert, please. LOL
30 posted on 12/20/2002 5:54:27 PM PST by FryingPan101
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To: martin_fierro
"I'm no Dr. Laura fan, but I heard her show today and have to give her credit. She held up very well, considering.

She held up pretty well because she didn't care. She hadn't seen her mother for fourteen years because her mother was filled with "negativity."

31 posted on 12/20/2002 5:57:57 PM PST by FryingPan101
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To: Minutemen
Agree with you totally. She is 100% pro-American conservative.
32 posted on 12/20/2002 6:33:31 PM PST by Inkie
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To: FryingPan101
As someone who knows what it's like to have a mother reject her, I will not be so quick to blame Laura. We do not know what went into the estrangement. Don't jump to conclusions.
33 posted on 12/20/2002 6:36:01 PM PST by Inkie
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To: FryingPan101
You said:
"She held up pretty well because she didn't care. She hadn't seen her mother for fourteen years because her mother was filled with "negativity."

Obviously you've lived a sheltered life.
I'm sure there are plenty Freepers here who has an estranged family member. It's really not all that uncommon, and your remark just rubs me the wrong way.

However, you're entitled to your opinion, as I am mine.

Please, raise your hand if you have or are an estranged family member. Thank you.



34 posted on 12/20/2002 7:13:07 PM PST by JusticeLives
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To: pgobrien
Not talked to her mother in 14 years?....yeah right, that's who I look to for advice on my private life.

Let me tell you a little secret....as anyone that is in recovery will tell you.....when a person comes out of a dysfuntional enviroment on their own road to recovery....one of two things will happen to their prior relationships.....those people will either move closer to the new healthier person....or they will move away.....being in recovery myself....i can attest to this. Dr. Laura is brash with some of her callers....but she is right on in family relationship advice..... and because of what i know about her "prior" life her mother most likely left her with no choice but to move own......sometimes we have no choice but to move own.....regardless of who the person is.....

35 posted on 12/20/2002 7:14:23 PM PST by is_is
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From Dr. Laura's website:

“I am horrified by the tragic circumstances of my mother’s death, and so sad to learn that she died as she chose to live—alone and isolated. My mother shut all her family out of her life over the years, though we made several futile attempts to stay connected. May God rest her soul.”
36 posted on 12/20/2002 7:28:13 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob
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To: is_is
Insightful comment.
37 posted on 12/20/2002 7:30:52 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Tennessee_Bob
I thought she said just the right thing.
38 posted on 12/20/2002 7:32:07 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: redheadtoo
Given how Gray Davis screwed the pooch, and is in desparate need of funds...
39 posted on 12/20/2002 7:39:25 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Hildy
The woman was MURDERED

Indeed, and it must have been fairly grusome for it to be so obvious after 3 months. Even a bullet hole could be a suicide, although not a easily as in Arkansas, where folks have been known to off themselves with a shotgun blast to the back of the head.

40 posted on 12/20/2002 7:40:01 PM PST by El Gato
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To: Inkie
As someone who knows what it's like to have a mother reject her, I will not be so quick to blame Laura. We do not know what went into the estrangement. Don't jump to conclusions.

Agreed--I had a very rocky relationship with my mother as well. However, cannot imagine not having any contact with her for 14 years--but we don't have all the facts and should not rush to judgement.

41 posted on 12/20/2002 7:57:50 PM PST by scholar
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To: Plutarch
I gotta say you're trying to dress up an old whore with new clothes there. Sorry, your post was in pretty bad taste.
42 posted on 12/20/2002 8:17:44 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: JusticeLives
"I'm sure there are plenty Freepers here who has an estranged family member. It's really not all that uncommon, and your remark just rubs me the wrong way.

Sorry for "rubbing you the wrong way." Yes, my husband and I suffer, daily, the loss of a close family member through estrangement and the pain is vicious and unrelenting....especially at Christmas. First hand, I recognize when a party just doesn't care and their side is the only side. And by the way, your remarks just rubbed me the wrong way too but I don't expect an apology.

43 posted on 12/21/2002 4:37:23 AM PST by FryingPan101
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To: Minutemen
LOS ANGELES - The badly decomposed body of a murdered woman, identified as the mother of popular radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, has been found at a Beverly Hills home, police said on Friday.

Ever heard of a "well-decomposed body?"

47 posted on 12/21/2002 4:49:47 AM PST by strela
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To: is_is
Well stated. Life is short.
48 posted on 12/21/2002 4:53:33 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Plutarch
Sick, squalid creature of a human being.
50 posted on 12/21/2002 4:54:49 AM PST by Windsong
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