Letter: 'Right to know' doesn't apply to Sheffield tragedy


To the editor:

Since the horrible March morning that there was a house fire reported in Sheffield, your newspaper in print, online and through social media, have added more fuel in an apparent attempt to keep the fire blazing. For what reason? It appears to be to sensationalize the story and sell papers.

This situation was a tragedy, a family tragedy and the family needs time to grieve and process and attempt to live their lives without having it played out in public. No one may ever know what caused this tragedy to occur, but what we do know is that a woman lost her life and so did her three precious children. We know that the families of both parents are faced with the unthinkable process of having to bury not only their children, but their grandchildren.

Very early in the investigation, the district attorney's office stated that the case was a murder/suicide. That means that the defense that "the public has a right to know" or the justification that it is "public record," is completely wrong. The public would have a "right to know" if the public was in danger, The public isn't in danger — the lone assailant is deceased. What is in danger is the peace and healing that the families involve desperately need and deserve.

The article published June 5 has details that no one needs to know and those words produce images the families will never be able to forget. Please, leave them alone, and don't continue to assault them.

Eileen Sullivan,

North Adams



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