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Marion Zimmer Bradley: It’s Worse Than I Knew 
10th-Jun-2014 06:36 pm
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Originally posted by dsmoen at Marion Zimmer Bradley: It’s Worse Than I Knew

Trigger warning: child rape


Moira Greyland (MZB and Walter Breen’s daughter) has agreed to let me share her email.


This is really hard stuff to read, and I’ve just thrown up my lunch. I knew about none of this part of things until a few minutes ago.



Hello Deirdre.


It is a lot worse than that.


The first time she molested me, I was three. The last time, I was twelve, and able to walk away.


I put Walter in jail for molesting one boy. I had tried to intervene when I was 13 by telling Mother and Lisa, and they just moved him into his own apartment.


I had been living partially on couches since I was ten years old because of the out of control drugs, orgies, and constant flow of people in and out of our family “home.”


None of this should be news. Walter was a serial rapist with many, many, many victims (I named 22 to the cops) but Marion was far, far worse. She was cruel and violent, as well as completely out of her mind sexually. I am not her only victim, nor were her only victims girls.


I wish I had better news.


Moira Greyland.


Followed up with:



It should also be noted that Walter was convicted on 13 counts of PC 288 A, B, C, and D.


Oral sex was the least of anyone’s worries.


Link to the California Penal Code for context.


No. Words.


Originally published at deirdre.net. You can comment here or there.

Comments 
10th-Jun-2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
If that all says what I think it says... many of the books I have read will never be read again!
11th-Jun-2014 03:19 am (UTC)
I am sick and angry and more than a little heartbroken. MZB's books (the "good ones," not the crap she wrote that made money at the time) got me through my teens in one piece. Her Darkover novels gave me paradigms to explain all the weird stuff going on in my head.

It's like loving a painting and learning Hitler painted it.
12th-Jun-2014 04:19 am (UTC)
I agree. The Darkover books were hugely significant to me. I had vaguely heard Walter Breen had molested a child; I had no idea MZB had been complicit. I doubt I'll read her books again. That makes me sad but this information makes me too ill to read them again.
11th-Jun-2014 05:35 am (UTC)
Holy shit. :(
11th-Jun-2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh gods. I never was a big MZB fan, but I cry for the children.
13th-Jun-2014 12:26 am (UTC)
This.
12th-Jun-2014 12:16 am (UTC) -
"When gods die, they die hard. It's not like they fade away, or grow old, or fall asleep. They die in fire and pain, and when they come out of you, they leave your guts burned. It hurts more than anything you can talk about. And maybe worst of all is, you're not sure if there will ever be another god to fill their place. Or if you'd ever want another god to fill their place. You don't want the fire to go out inside you twice."

--The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt, on losing your heroes to terrible realities
12th-Jun-2014 12:20 am (UTC) - Re:
Yep.

She wasn't one of mine, but I know she was important to a lot of people.
12th-Jun-2014 07:44 pm (UTC) - Re:
Thank you very much for this quote. It gives me a comfort I can't explain right now.
14th-Jun-2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
Part of me wants to say that I will never buy or read MZB's books again but now that she is dead I imagine that such royalties would go to the abused child(ren) and so I am tempted to buy loads of them. Not that I can afford to…

Edited at 2014-06-14 06:35 pm (UTC)
15th-Jun-2014 02:45 am (UTC)
According to dsmoen, in comments on james_nicoll's journal, the royalties do not go to the children. They go to MZB's partner and secretary (whose deposition makes her look complicit).
15th-Jun-2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info. That removes even my slight dilemma.
17th-Jun-2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Holy crap.
23rd-Jun-2014 12:20 am (UTC)
Argh.

And yet- there was pretty skeevy stuff even in her earlier works.
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