Saturday, October 29, 2016

Home, Sweet, Mental Home

Detroit Free Press, February 1, 1938
These days you can't tell the difference between a social justice warrior and a mental patient and with good reason: the psychological states of each carried the repercussion of being institutionalized in the past. If you presented yourself in a threatening or peculiar manner--whether it be drug or alcohol induced or the simple fervor of an undisciplined mind--you were locked up. Seeing the state of the world at present you can argue that this was social justice.

Nicholas Nadolski might have been familiar with such characteristics in his own family. In a 1938 divorce hearing he disclosed that his wife Lucy and their four children had him falsely confined to Eloise in 1931 out of "hate and vindictiveness." A matter which was quickly overturned by the courts but obviously caused a chasm in the family unit. Of course, he was probably inebriated at the time of his detention and it took an additional seven years to file for freedom from marital bliss so something tells me that an old grudge wasn't the only thing working in this matter.

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