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In their words

Selected quotes from interviews with Michael and Jodi Schiavo

By Times Staff
Published March 27, 2006


 

MICHAEL SCHIAVO:

On why he wrote the book, Terri: The Truth:

There were a lot things said that shouldn't have been said. They are still out there saying I strangled Terri. I didn't strangle Terri. It's not true. That's not what happened. I want people to know that. And, you know, I'm not out to change people's opinions. I'm out to tell my side of the story for the first time and set the record straight.

On his 12-year battle with his former in-laws, the Schindlers:

She would have hated it. But it happened. There was nothing I could do to change that.

On the $700,000 Terri won in a medical malpractice lawsuit:

Not a dime of that was spent without Judge Greer's approval. I never had that money. It was in trust at a bank. If I wanted to take her for a haircut, I had to get approval.

On Terri:

I will never let Terri go. Terri will always be inside me. I think about Terri every day.

On the most upsetting common - and disturbing - question everyone asks him:

Why didn't you just give her back? People need to stop asking. The answer was I didn't have to. She was my wife.

On Terri's story seeping into popular culture:

It's weird. I don't know how I feel about it. I look at it and say, "Oh, my God." I once told my brother when we were in the Supreme Court, "You know, Bill, I told you I'd do something with our name."

On his belief Terri had bulimia:

Once it's out there and they say she was bulimic. You look at these pictures. 250 pounds. Oh, my God. Maybe she was.

On his anger:

I do get angry. I'll be the first to admit it. Can you imagine that you're watching TV and these people are on hospice grounds talking about somebody they don't know? The things they were saying. Yeah, it's going to make anybody angry. But I've learned to move on.

JODI SCHIAVO:

On her relationship with Michael and Terri Schiavo:

Really it was just the three of us. It was just how our lives were. Mike and I had our life. And Mike also had his life with Terri and I incorporated into that. I guess it is bizarre when you sit back and look at it. But it just kind of grew into that. It just happened.

On Terri's legacy:

It will always be Terri and . . . I think the sooner that I realize it will always be Terri, it will make my life just a little bit easier because it will always be out there. It became so huge.

On the court order that the feeding tube be removed:

When it came down that Mike and Terri won, I remember feeling my own bizarre emotions. I had never put any thought into it. I never expected to feel as upset as I felt when I heard the verdict that he had won and that this was going to happen. I asked him to take me to see her.

On why she never spoke up until now:

It wasn't about me. They kept trying to drag me into it. This was about Terri. This wasn't about Jodi.

[Last modified March 30, 2006, 19:06:50]


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