Better off dead? Hospice kills and not always compassionately


I read a very frightening article that matched the scenario I just endured in probate court with death number 3, as the Judge denied my Temporary Restraining Order asking him to make the guardian, a trust lawyer named Michele Goldigger, from blocking my clients’ access to their mother, including access to records, information and medical providers to ask questions. Goldigger refused to cooperate and the Judge refused to sign my order, allowing her to continue to block my two registered nurse clients, with over 30 years of experience in psychiatric and geriatric medicine and intimate knowledge of their mother’s healthcare needs, Muriel Mintz, deceased. 

Just as Michele Goldigger did with my other client Elizabeth, accusing her of theft and harassing her until she could not take it anymore (Elizabeth was the POA of her mother, Lily, like Barbara was the POA of Muriel), Barbara finally collapsed and could not endure the witch hunt, constant well checks with the police and APS, which all confirmed Muriel was well cared for, as well as illegally seizing Barbara’s IRA, personal checking account and family trust fund, of which Barbara is the sole trustee, Donald having walked away two years ago angry that Barbara included Estelle as a beneficiary and communicated the same to her. Personally I question HIS COMPETENCY, NOT MURIEL’S.  

His lawyers, Stacy Kelly and Jason Ostrom, are known for throwing their clients under the bus, as well as the proposed ward, through “tricks and traps” described in the attached article, meant to tie your hands behind your back through seizing your assets so that you cannot fight. Real fair, huh? So their work is necessarily half-ass because they know it doesn’t matter what they file or say. The decision has already been made. 

Strangely, Tricks and Traps and another case I am involved, James vs. Calkins and Wood; in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of Texas (Houston), prepared me for what was to come. In Calkins, James was chompin at the bit for mama to die and filed probate 15 minutes too early. You cannot probate the estate of a living person so the case had no jurisdiction from the start. Outrageous is the fact that it’s still being litigated nearly a decade later–because of all of the tricks and traps, I suppose. 

I had what was almost a premonition that they were going to do something equally egregious and true to form, Ostrom Morris lawyers Kelly and Ostrom filed a trust lawsuit that required Muriel be dead before she was dead–or even ill. Oops. Jumped the gun on that one. Then, her attorney ad litem, Teresa Pitre began referring to Muriel in the pleadings as “deceased” when she was alive and well. If she didn’t suffer a catastrophic accident within 5-6 days of Goldigger taking custody of her 11/24/17, I would not be so convinced in the statistical impossibility of it being a coincidence as opposed to a plan.

Donald spoke of Muriel’s life expectancy in terms of actuarial tables which was strange enough, but more so when hospice qualified her based upon their projection that her life expectancy was 6 months of less. It might have been the blunt force trauma, starvation, dehydration intentionally inflicted upon her, and drugging with heavy duty black box warning drugs like morphine and Haldol (stops the heart in elderly with dementia and/or heart problems with Muriel having mild congestive heart failure). But it seemed based on age alone-92. As creepy as it is, Agenda 21 anyone? Medicare pays 90% for hospice and almost nothing for care after 72, so I would advise you to stay well and out of hospitals. 

Strange things occurred. My clients were banned from seeing their mother or speaking to her for the 4 days prior to her alleged death on Christmas Eve (I guess that was a gift so I gave them a gift back in the form of a federal civil rights lawsuit). The funeral was closed casket with no wake, which is strict Jewish tradition (Muriel was Jewish by descent but attended Christian services and did not adhere to these traditions and Goldigger appears to have adhered in form over substance). There was no “guardian” at Muriel’s bedside from the 23rd until she died and Michele didn’t know who identified the body. At least that’s what she told Federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore. I smell a rat. 

Nothing was consistent. Not the medical records from the facilities, hospice or the forensic investigator, who was brought in because this was anything but a natural death. We shall see what law enforcement finds. I suspect if they cremated her, they are toast. Eye for an eye? Tooth for a tooth? Cremation for cremation? Just sayin. In this circumstance, justice would be served if that were the price. I cannot tell you how many times I begged for mercy for my clients, who have become my friends, getting to the point of making stern threats which were not heeded either. I remember saying on the record, “this better not turn out like Willie Jo Mills,” which was missing from the transcript. Like Calkins?

There’s much more to the story and you’ll know as it unfolds. I love surprises and so I am saving the best for last for the Defendants. I am waiting to see who throws whom under the proverbial hospice bus?  Hospice is not at all what it seems–not if you are a ward of the State in guardianship or even targeted for guardianship and unable to defend yourself against the County illegally seizing you and putting you to death without a trial, guilt, a crime, or even evidence. I have watched three mothers die in hospice, none of whom wanted to die. Muriel was begging for food, water, and to leave. But the guard dogs, her son and his daughter, sought the police to hold her hostage and ensure she died. 

The records are horrific so I will save you the experience of knowing what she went through but I cried as I read them. I burst into tears on Christmas Day when Goldigger sent us an email to advise us that their mother was dead. Can you imagine? By email? Cold as ice. We went to the funeral the 27th and a witness swears there was no body in that casket. I suppose it will be revealed. I am writing to warn you to stay out of hospice because it’s for profit and has nothing to do with dignity palliative care, or helping families grieve. Houston Hospice was abusive and banned my clients from seeing their mother by threats of arrest and apparently before they ever visited, they were on Goldigger’s banned list. So was I. The following is a brief summary of an insider’s perspective of hospice. Given the government is indicting hospice providers by the handful for Medicare fraud, why would anyone doubt it?

  1. They push you into hospice. I believe people are rushed into hospice care, especially those with poorer insurance coverage. Once one primary physician or on-staff medical director (moonlighting as the hospice director, a conflict of interest) says treatment options are limited, they start pushing to have you placed in hospice care. Once you are in hospice care your insurance will NOT cover treatments or physical/occupational therapy. They call it palliative care but in essence, it’s Kevorkian on steroids. You get a cocktail of morphine, Ativan, Xanax, Haldol, Exelon patches and anti-psychotics known to stop the heart in the elderly (higher risk if they have dementia or heart disease). In other words, once you go into hospice you are not going to be getting better. You’re going to die unless by some miracle you manage to teach yourself to eat, walk and talk again drugged, starved and dehydrated to create the conditions of death to qualify you for hospice by fraud.  The government under Obama determined that after 72, you’re better off dead.
  2. Morphine kills people faster.  I’ve seen how fast people go downhill once they’re given morphine for pain. They rapidly become less responsive, more detached, disinterested in others, confused, they usually stop eating completely, and organ & respiratory failure seem to follow shortly after. Many of these are normal symptoms of encroaching death, but I have witnessed half a dozen times just how much faster these symptoms appear once narcotics are administered. Since morphine is a CNS depressant known to inhibit respiration, and cause nausea, it makes sense that a person with CHF not being medicated to hasten their death could have depressed breathing, vomit, aspirate, or all of the above. Food water and the absence of fatal drugs meant to kill you goes a long way.
  3. In many cases, hospice is involuntary and the level of fraud in the United States hospice suggests that people are being killed in hospice who may not be terminal. If you read the Bloomberg Hospice Article, you will vomit too. I believe some hospice organizations make money by pressuring these people into committing their loved ones to hospice early, forgoing treatments AND rehabilitative therapies that could extend their lives and enjoyment of their last days. The sick person may be in a state of confusion and fear and unable to make good decisions about their own care.  The families are grief stricken and not able to make good decisions, so they are very suggestible. But my clients never would have let this happen, so we were banned. 

We might not all live to be old, but nearly all of us will one day be dying in a hospital bed somewhere. How would it feel as you are lying there in pain and fear to know your death is being hastened in order to save insurers and/or your younger family members a bit of expense?  Better off dead? Honor thy Mother and Father, that you may have long life. We have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Our system is no better than Nazi Germany. It is a holocaust. Kickbacks galore. I do believe that those who set a “trap” for another will fall into it soon and everything done in the darkness will be brought into the light, everything hidden will be made known. I believe it’s time for judgment and I pray for it.  For the sake of Ruby Peterson, Willie Jo Mills, and Muriel Mintz, all of whom I have watched die horrible deaths in Harris County guardianship. Guardianship kills, just like hospice.  

Due to the length of this post, I am including an eerily similar story from a woman who had to watch her mother die in the same barbaric hospice way. Some think Hospice is great. My experience is akin to the grim reaper or x-files. Read the phase chart below of when morphine goes right vs when it goes wrong and tell me that you don’t suffer?  This is Dr. Kevorkian, just more subtle.

This letter was ignored. I warned the Defendants..

CANDICE SCHWAGER
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