Notes From the Back of the Medication Line

Notes from the back of the medication line, straight up, no juice chaser, by a mental health professional who has seen the madness, defined the madness and lived to tell the tales, sanity intact.

Location: back of the line

I am what I am.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Love IS a Hurting Thing

Copyright 2006 Newsday Inc.
Betty Basile's stabbing of her longtime partner had brought Josephine Romanzi perilously close to death. But when the victim stood facing her attacker yesterday in a Mineola courtroom, Romanzi had only words of encouragement for the woman who almost took her life. "You know who you are," Romanzi said to Basile just a few feet away from where Basile sat handcuffed awaiting her sentencing. "You can still turn it around. You can still be the person I met, OK?" Basile nodded, her face quivered, and then she broke down. "All you had to say to me [before the attack] was 'I'm in trouble' and I would have done anything," a weeping Romanzi told her partner of 24 years, referring to the financial dispute that led to the attack last April. Then she added that she was speaking to Basile publicly because she wasn't permitted to visit her. That prompted Acting Supreme Court Justice William Donnino, who issued an order of protection keeping Basile away from Romanzi, to note that it was clear that "her desire is inconsistent with the order." After consulting with prosecutor Barbara Kornblau, he amended it to allow the women to visit while Basile is in prison for the 6-year sentence he imposed. Basile pleaded guilty last December to attempted murder and first-degree assault. The two women ran a Hicksville counseling agency and were known as "Joi Eden" and "Betty Sun." Romanzi, 59, was hurt so badly that she said yesterday she "died twice" during surgery and has permanent injuries. Romanzi said she was stunned by the attack and had fought to stay alive during the stabbing because "I didn't want my murder on her soul." She asked for leniency for her former partner, saying "I hope she gets the help she needs." Basile, 57, apologized to Romanzi and her own family, who attended the sentencing, saying, "If I could turn back time ... I can assure you I would ... I can only imagine the shame, hurt and pain I have caused all of you." Then, she turned to Romanzi and asked her to "not forget the years and the good times we had." Basile's attorney, Eugene Cordaro, said it was still a "mystery" why Basile, a community activist who taught t'ai chi ch'uan and advocated New Age practices that led to "serenity," had snapped. He said she had suffered from unspecified physical issues. Kornblau called the stabbing a "vicious and brutal attack." She said Basile stabbed Romanzi in the Levittown home they shared with Basile's parents, also trying to smother her with a towel.
eV comments: I'm taking bets...You know they'll be back together after she gets out. And that unspecified physical issue-would that be the dreaded menopause, or the hysteria inducing hysterectomy? Maybe she was just CRAZY!


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