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Woman freezes to death as screams ignored

TORONTO – The death of a woman found in a driveway after neighbours failed to respond to her desperate calls for help on a frigid Monday morning has ignited the rage of the public.

We are our sister’s keeper.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

4 thoughts on “Woman freezes to death as screams ignored

    1. I hesitated on posting this because generally my blog focuses on interesting and good news stories, as well as literature. But as I was talking to my h about this, I realized that it’s a call to attention. I don’t think everyone around her was indifferent, but they probably just figured it was someone’s private business or a symptom of mental illness. And so this helps everyone be aware that perhaps it’s better to embarrass 10 people than to ignore the one in dire need.

  1. The “it’s not my job” problem of large, loose social networks is natural but the dire consequences of it can be contained to some degree if we realize that part of the “not my job” thing is not laziness or social apathy, as some claim, but just what you said, a normal human horror of losing face. I don’t know about you but once I realize I am doing something (or not doing it) just because I am afraid of being embarrassed, that motivates me to get a move on. It’s just such a stupid reason, embarrassment, despite its normalcy.

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