Today for the expat blog challenge I will write an open letter to Rachelle Louise, girlfriend of Simon Gitanny - the man who threw his fiance Lisa Harnum off the balcony of their 15th floor Hyde Park apartment building.
Dear Rachelle Louise,
First off, I would like to apologize, I know you are going through a really difficult time in your life right now and the last thing you need is an open letter addressed to yourself from some snarky insignificant blogger. It is evident by the hostile & snappy demeanor in which you answer any question ever presented to you by the media that all the negative press is really weighing heavily on you. Alas, since you saw fit to be paid for a televised interview for Channel 7, I figured an open letter should be fair game as well.
The old saying is true, Rachelle, love is blind. In your case love is blind, deaf, and dumb. I'm sorry, there is just no nice way to say it. I know it must be hard to have a whole nation collectively "hatin' on you," but, come on - you started dating a man AFTER he threw his fiance off a balcony to her untimely death & then proceeded to defend him. You had to know were gonna catch a little flack for that one, didn't you? I know what you're gonna say, "he didn't do it, he's innocent." Oh, Rachelle, please - it hurts. The whole nation has watched footage of Simon manhandle Lisa, force his hand over her mouth - so she couldn't scream for help, and drag her back into their apartment during her attempted escape exactly 69 seconds before her death.
Sure, Simon says once back in the apartment he went to the kitchen to make Lisa some tea to calm her down (Aww, how sweet of him) and Lisa just so happened to head out to balcony where she threw herself to her death of her own volition. Ummm.... yeah.... I don't think so.
I'm going to let you in a little secret I learned while working as a youth counselor - if it doesn't make sense - it's probably a lie. Does it make sense that 69 seconds before Lisa's death - Simon was so desperately trying to drag her back into the apartment - then all of the sudden he decides to just let her go & proceed about her business? All of his anger, control issues, and desperation just disappeared upon re-entering the apartment? I don't think so sweetie.
So would Lisa have actually committed suicide? Well, she did have a history of depression... but, lemme just go ahead and point out the obvious - having depression does not mean one is suicidal. Furthermore, lemme go ahead and point out some sure tell signs that Lisa was NOT suicidal.
- She packed her bags.
- She booked a ticket home to Canada.
Rachelle, seriously, suicidal people do not make plans to; leave their crazy controlling lovers - book a flight home - and pack their bags to then just jump off a balcony. It just doesn't happen. You see, if you are going to kill yourself - there is no luggage necessary. What is more, you do not need to book a flight, if you're killing yourself it's a free trip to the other side.
As far as the other deaf, dumb, and blind stuff you said in your interview such as Simon bit off part of a policeman's ear "in self defense." Really? Who really needs to bite off someone else's ear in self defense? Heck, maybe the police officer bit off his own ear? Come on, Rachelle! Biting off someone's ear is a sign of a highly explosive & aggressive person.
In addition... just because I found it comical (not that is relevant to him murdering his fiance) you also claimed that his previous bust as a drug dealer wasn't actually his fault. He wasn't a dealer. He was just holding for a friend. Wake up, woman! You can't really be that dumb, can you? I. Just. Can't. I give up.
Perhaps, if you managed to be very quiet - for a very long time, people could forget how dumb you are. Best wishes, I know this can't be easy with the love of your life being in jail for the next 18-26 years of his life. Stay strong.
Labels: Expat Blog Challenge, Lisa Harnum, Rachelle Louise, Simon Gitanny