Monday, March 08, 2004
Well, maybe not instant, but karma definitely caught up with John Henry Williams yesterday. The son of deceased (and currently frozen) Red Sox baseball legend Ted Williams died yesterday from acute myelogenous leukemia at the age of 35.
Not to speak ill of the dead, but this smacks of God teaching John Henry that "Honor thy Father and Mother" was more than a suggestion. Ever since Ted Williams' health began to fade, John Henry took over his father's affairs and then ruthlessly manipulated his dad's fame for personal profit. That was bad enough.
But then to forge a will on a stained napkin and freeze his father in cryo-stasis (when his dad's wish was to be cremated) in the hopes of using his DNA for future ventures just went over the top. It was wrong and vulgar in every sense of the word.
And now this. Diagnosed with the disease in October of 2003, he is dead in roughly 5 months. His dad died in July, 2002. The ensuing controversy extended almost to the time of his diagnosis.
Personally, I think John Henry's bad acts caught up with him. And I am hard pressed to feel any sympathy for him. But he is fortunate in a way. At least he didn't have a son who exploited him the way he exploited Ted.