A word or two for Lucinda Bassett...from your favorite vicious, aggressive,provocative, lying blogger.
Courtesy of one of our regulars—who also happens to have some first-hand knowledge of Lucinda Bassett—I received today this quote from page 258 of Lucinda/Cindy's new book, Truth Be Told: A Memoir of Success, Suicide, and Survival.
Though she does not mention me by name—and I hope I'm not being self-aggrandizing in assuming that she's referring to me—I have to think her use of the word sham is intentional. Here's the passage, in which she writes of her son's accidental discovery of my blog.
He'd been looking for something on the Internet and found a blog full of speculation and misinformation about how and why his father had killed himself. An aggressive blogger, a guy who apparently likes to write vicious, untrue blogs about people in an attempt to provoke a response, wrote that David committed suicide in our own backyard. Then he said that he killed himself because he knew our product was a sham."
"Mom, get that stuff about Dad off the Internet!" Sammy shouted through his tears.
While most people who commit suicide use a firearm over every other method combined, solving that problem isn’t as simple as removing guns from the home. That’s what we did for David and he was still able to get a hold of a shotgun.
And now we have my supposed contention that David killed himself "because he knew our product was a sham." Sigh. I did not say anything of the kind, and there was no "speculation" to that effect. I simply noted the irony: One would expect people hawking a foolproof method for beating anxiety and depression (as per the tenor of their own advertising) to be able to use that proprietary methodology to beat their personal demons. But faithful readers will know that I have recently rethought that whole proposition and changed my emphasis. See my previous post, in fact.
In closing, though I have no proof here, I choose to think that Cindy Bassett is talking about me. (I'd heard from several sources that she was upset about my blog.) I also choose to think that her coloring of what I said epitomizes her general disregard for truth, and her inclination to rewrite history in whatever way suits her needs of the moment. The individual who sent me this tip contends that her book is full of such rewritten history, so even if she's not writing about me here...I'm still right.
I suspect there is a good deal of convenient untruth in Truth Be Told..
More to come...