JW couple beats daughter to death

by saltiest 52 Replies latest jw friends

  • saltiest

    I just read this article in the Chicago Sun Times. When I started reading the parents were religious and then saw home-schooling, I had a gut feeling they were JW's. I read on and found out I was right. This is only my second post here, but I had to share this article. Shocked doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about this. How sad that a child had to die because the parents felt the need to follow a scripture no matter what. I hope their other children are able to receive the help they need.


    Article Text:
    Biblical beating kills girl: cops

    November 13, 2001


    The parents accused of beating their 12-year-old daughter to death have told police they were meting out the biblical punishment of "40 lashes minus one, three times," detectives said Monday.

    Constance Slack, a registered nurse at a children's hospital, gagged her daughter, Laree, while she was strapped down to a futon, police said. Her father, Larry Slack, then repeatedly hit the child with an inch-thick section of rubberized electrical cable filled with strands of wire, police said. She died of internal bleeding.

    "It was horrific,'' one seasoned police officer said.

    The parents were upset that Laree was being "uncooperative" after they ordered their chilldren to find a smock with credit cards inside Saturday night, police said. Larry Slack is a firm believer in corporal punishment, and he and his wife decided to administer discipline from the Bible, investigators said.

    "It was his attempt to teach his daughter about responsibility,'' Area 2 Sgt. Stan Salabura said.

    Both parents are devout Jehovah's Witnesses who home-schooled their six children, ages 8 to 17, police and neighbors said.

    "He was a strict person. Whenever he came out, the kids would straighten right up and pay attention to him,'' said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

    But friends were shocked by the allegations. "He was a very peaceful guy and a very smart person. And he was very religious," said the Rev. Wayne Lewis Jr., who attended Bible studies in the home. "The first time we met he was trying to convert me, but I am a Baptist minister.'"

    The Slack home on South Brandon stood empty Monday, calm, with no traces of the tragedy. The family's two cars were parked outside in the 7900 block. Along the stairway to the second floor were a training manual for Jehovah's Witnesses, stapled sheets with math problems, a grill, a basketball hoop and a Domestic Violence Safety Plan issued by the Cook County state attorney's office.

    The Slacks were a quiet family who stayed away from their neighbors, hidden behind a 6-foot-high wooden fence that Larry Slack built to replace a chain-link one.

    Larry Slack, 42, is a 23-year employee of the CTA who was known as a "good machinist and a hard worker,'' Salabura said. Constance Slack, also 42, is believed to work at La Rabida Children's Hospital, he said.

    Both parents have been charged with first-degree murder and also aggravated battery of a child for the alleged beating of their 8-year-old son, also on Saturday night.

    The Slack's five other children all showed indications of physical abuse. They were taken into state custody and placed with relatives, authorities said. Larry Slack was treated at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center Sunday night after allegedly attempting to kill himself while turning himself in to police at Area 2 detective headquarters. He was in the Central District lock-up Monday.

    In a statement Monday, the Slack family said it was cooperating with police.

    "We loved Laree dearly,'' said Leroy Slack, who identified himself as Larry Slack's uncle and a family spokesman. "We're very disturbed over the circumstances surrounding her death."

    Contributing: Cathleen Falsani

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  • ashitaka

    I concur, Bastards....my in-laws once threw my then 14 year old brother in law into a coat hook, and then was held down by that father as they whipped him with a belt until he was raw....all for "talking back."

    These bastards had better hang....


  • Celtic

    The Watchtowers stance on Discipline.

    WT DEC15 2001 p28


    Children need guidance and loving discipline, especially from their parents. In this regard, a Brazilian educator, Tania Zagury, says: "The tendency of every child is to seek pleasure. It is necessary to establish limits. It is the parents who have to do this. If they do not, the children get out of control."

    However, in many lands the influence of a permissive society that exalts personal freedom can make it difficult to follow the above advise. Where, then, can parents turn for help? God fearing parents recognise that their children are "an inheritance from Jehovah." (Psalm 127:3) Thus, they look to God's Word, the Bible, for guidance in rearing them. For example, Proverbs 13:24 says: "The one holding back his rod is hating his son, but the one loving him is he that does look for him with discipline."

    The Bible's use of the word "rod" need not be understood to mean only physical punishment; it represents the means of correction, whatever form it may take. Indeed, very often words may be all that is necessary to correct a childs wayward course. Proverbs 29:17 says: "Chastise your son and he will bring you rest and give much pleasure to your soul."

    Children need loving discipline to eliminate undesirable traits. Such firm and kind correction gives evidence that a parent cares for the child. Proverbs 22:6) So parents, take heart! By following the sound, practical counsel of the Bible, you will please Jehovah God and gain your children's respect.


    When I first read this i was staggered by the WT stance on this, as it seemed to openly be encouraging abuse of childrens rights. Men of the WT, are you not totally ashamed of your twistings of the scriptures and the pain you have directly contributed in peoples lives by admonishment of your counsel?

    Shame on you all!!

    My heart goes out to her little brothers and sisters.


  • Mum

    This is worse than any horror story I've ever heard of.

    I know the WT is too severe on children, but I don't think even they advocate beating a child to this extent, "biblical" or not.

    Pray for abused children.


    Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow. - Horace

    I have learned to live each day as it comes and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. - Dorothy Dix

  • Andee

    This story is, indeed, extremely sickening.

    However, the JW's do not have the market cornered on beating their children to death in the name of religion. Christianity, especially fundamentalists, believe and regularly, apply harsh corporal punishment as the means to discipline children.

    Ok, now that I have written that, I hope those sick bastards get everything that is coming to them.


  • messenger

    if you wish to see a link to the actual article of 12-15-01 click here
    . http://wt1201.homestead.com/index.html
    It also incluses the article about conscience christmas celebrating.

  • Celtic

    Thankyou messenger. At least it shows that I copied it properly, thanks for the clarification of the printed article.



  • Mindchild

    This makes me sooo sick. I have a real difficult time with this issue because my parents were extremely strict as well and I was often beaten as a child. Our congregation really believed in the old spare the rod, spoil the child bullshit and if I or my sisters didn't sit still during the meeting, it was an automatic spanking with dad's belt.

    I had it easy though compared to other dub kids in the same Hall. My childhood buddy would show me the scars on his back and butt from the rubber hose that was used on him just about every day. If this wasn't enough, my parents would tell me that the elders told them they were TOO SOFT on us kids and that if they had their say in the matter, it would be much higher standards to follow.

    This abuse, done in the name of love, damaged my self worth beyond belief. My parents used to slur me with a string of insults to keep me humble. My parents though were not evil people. They were following the advice that was common at the time in the organization so I can't say that my case was more shocking than the next person.

    I swore though that after I left the Witnesses that nobody would ever beat me up again and I learned the martial arts. To this day, if I ever see an adult beating up a child, that adult will either be in jail or in a hospital for a good long time. I believe corporal punishment on young children to this extent is a crime against humanity.


    All great deeds and all great thoughts have ridiculous beginnings--Albert Camus

  • TR

    I don't know what to say. Fucking bible. Fucking religious fanatics. Why can't people live their lives without religion?


    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    —Edmund Burke

  • nelly136

    . http://watchtower.observer.org/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20010531&Category=JWANDCHILDREN&ArtNo=10531012&Ref=AR

    is there anyone who knows whether this is the case that made it to the human rights court where it has just been deemed legal to 'spank'
    your children over here in the uk.

    just curious

  • ashitaka

    I agree, TR. Absolutly f**king horrible. I think most of us were abused in some way-I got tossed down flights of stairs, and thrown out of the house since I was 14 to name a few. (and I was one of the best behaved children in the hall). My father even said that gree-striped shirts were rebellious....


  • Marilyn

    I'm just wondering how different this is from not allowing your child to have a blood transfusion? Basically if you administor physical punishment because you think you are doing what the Bible says (and the kid dies).............. or you deny a child blood, because you think you are doing what the Bible says (and the kid dies), then how can the courts accuse you of murder for one and not the other?? It's all the same in my book. Screw balls let loose on innocent kids.


  • Cassiline

    I am sick! My heart weeps and my anger is that of a raging bull.


    When the pain of being where we are, becomes greater than our fear of letting go...we will risk and heal and grow.

  • nelly136

    I can remember as a child being constantly reminded
    how everyone was impressed by how good
    jw children were, how nicely they sit still at the meetings/assemblys
    how well behaved they were on the doors, I could never understand for
    the life of me why everyone assumes that jw kids are born well behaved and never questions how their 'unaturally' good behaviour is

  • ashitaka

    Right Nels,

    Those poor fellows in the concentration camps were well-behaved too, I'd wager. Not that it did them much good. Not that it does the Dub kids any good, either.



    This is a really hard thread to read,its just so dam sad...OUTLAW

  • pettygrudger

    I concur w/everyone here - those bastards should die!!!! Do they have the death penalty in Illinois?

    I remember growing up as a JW, and beatings were a daily occurence. I, and my siblings, still have scars from beatings we suffered - my mother never spared the rod. I remember her always repeating the stories from the Hebrew scriptures, how children in those days were stoned to death for being disobedient, and that we should feel fortunate that those laws no longer applied.

    Giving me the shakes just thinking about it....what a sad sad state of affairs. It pains me greatly to think they haven't learned their lesson yet.

    While children from all backgrounds are abused unmercifully, it never ceases to amaze me that the JW's can spout their "unconditional love".

    Wonder if they'll be disfellowshipped for this, or if they're truly repentent

  • Andee

    This is to Marilyn,

    I'm not sure what country you live in, but here in the US if a JW parent refuses blood for their child the MD or hospital will get an emergency court order to override the parents decision. The kid WILL get the blood. That is why you don't hear of court cases against JW parents in the US regarding this issue.

    I remember talking with one social worker at a children's hospital and asking about that. He said that "we just tell the parents to let Jehovah get mad at US" when blood was administered to their child.


  • Mulan

    TR: AMEN!!!

    A side note on blood transfusions: A few years ago, a couple we had studied with, had a 13 year old daughter with congestive heart failure, and Down's syndrome. Her blood count was dangerously low, and they wanted to transfuse her. Of course they said "no", but the liason committee told them to let them do it, because they would anyway. It was better not to make waves, with the hospital they had worked so hard to develop a good relationship with. We were shocked!!

    Marilyn (a.k.a. Mulan)
    "Those who know, don't say, and those who say, don't know."

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