Remember a few posts back about my grandpa Romeo's sister,
Dollie who only weighed 1 1/2 lbs at birth and no one expected her to live?
How they put her in a shoe box and her Mom nursed her to health.
She grows up to marry what turned out to be an abusive man,
and had a little baby boy who died shortly after birth.
Then she was only 29 when she died!...and this had been a mystery to me.
I finally got her death certificate in the mail this week, and it looks suspicious, considering the times and all.
Dollie died of "psychosis with somatic disease"
Then below it says, "recent attack of pneumonia when admitted to hospital"
Den and I both shook our heads when reading her cause of death
because history has shown it was a man's world back in 1927.
According to her niece Margaret, Dollie's husband use to take delight in pinching and abusing her.
Then when poor Dollie sought help, perhaps her husband covered it all by saying Dollie was mentally ill.
In all fairness I might be wrong....
But her grave marker to me is suspicous too.
Could her family have just wanted her maiden name, Dollie Rozier, on her grave...
but then James Risso insists they put that he was her husband....like he owned her.
Why else would it say, "Wife of James Risso" but her name is not Dollie Risso on her grave.
That's what I come up with anyway.
Dollie's been dead over 80 years, but she will always be my Great Aunt.
This picture taken in 1923, shortly after her only baby died.
Did you know that:
"All states made "wife beating" illegal by 1920.
However, only since the 1970s has the criminal justice system begun to treat domestic violence
as a serious crime, not as a private family matter."