To: "Damian Brass"
Sent: Wednesday, 13 April 2011 14:02:34 PM
Subject: Dolores Maxwell

Hi Damian,

Thanks for your reply to my questions. In regard to the written instructions for funeral arrangements I mentioned, I'm referring to the typed letter that someone signed with mom's name. You made reference to it when we had the meeting at the hospital with Geoffrey Blair and Nathaniel. You mentioned receiving it sometime in May 2009, as I recall.

I'm really surprised Conor found it in him to raise a finger about anything. I expect he and Sean worked each other up and came up with whatever it is they are saying. I haven't spoken to either of them since mom's funeral, and think it counterproductive to try and influence what either are doing at the present moment. I've never seen Conor follow through on these sort of things. I'd be surprised if he did. Both Conor and Sean are terrified of having things in the open. I'm glad you want to stay with this thankless task, I know I would be tempted to take the opportunity to get out. I only wish my brothers and sisters would expend the same effort towards bringing Ethan to account for mom's suffering, instead of creating endless distractions.

I desire probate to be filed as soon as possible, so that we can address the real issues concerning mom's death and the events leading up to it.

I've finally had some documents come through from my many FOI requests and appeals, which have confirmed and added to my understanding of the situation. Some of these were and are very painful to read. For instance, after mom was admitted to Wexford General early Sept. 26, 2010, unresponsive, her heart having stopped, and then finally stabilized; Ethan called her Personal Care Assistant late that evening to tell her that he was in route to Dublin, and that mom was in the car beside him! I assume he didn't want her to know of mom's hospitalization since she works for Community Services and most likely would have notified the Public Nurse and Elder Abuse. He probably didn't want her to see the skip piled up with stuff in mom's driveway, either. It's noted elsewhere that all of mom's children live abroad, except Ethan and Ronan. It's very sad to read of the depression, bruising and injuries, etc., and seeing the escalation of mom's suffering played out in these documents, but I am going through them as I am able.

I now have proof that Ethan used mom's credit card for his own use while she lay unresponsive in the hospital. He used her card via the Internet to purchase an item, and had it shipped to himself, although not to his house in Bray, or to mom's house. He had the item shipped to a different address altogether. I suspect there were many more instances where Ethan availed himself of my parents' accounts that can be shown once probate is filed and her financial records are in sight. I hope we can use that to break through the apathy shown by the authorities so far, and get a serious investigation into mom's death. Do you know if we can also gain sight of mom's landline and mobile records? What numbers she called, what numbers called her, text messages, etc.? This was another of Ethan's control tools in ensuring mom remained isolated.

Damian, I was wondering if you or anyone at Jaggers and Brass were involved at all in my parents' attempt to lodge a Barring Order against Ethan? I believe this was in 2004 or 2005 while Ethan was on some kind of study grant in Spain.

I did indeed attend The Elder Abuse workshop that you mentioned to me. There were many more people there than I had expected. Perhaps some good will come about from this. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

I'm willing as always to help you in any way that I can. I won't be able to help you with my siblings, I'm afraid. I've been the “black sheep” ever since the mid 80s when I brought to light the horrific abuse we suffered through as children. Predictably, I'm in that role again. For example the day after mom died, one of my brothers laid the responsibility for mom's death at my feet, and all but accused me of killing her. It wasn't Ethan. Any attempt I would make to calm or influence my siblings would devolve into a distracting mess. As is also typical. Other than that, anything I can do, please let me know.

Mom's birthday is Easter Sunday.