Babble blogger Katie Granju has spent nearly a year now trying to get justice for her son, Henry, who died May 31, 2010.
Henry died of a drug overdose, but the circumstances surrounding his death were both horrific and criminal. When he was found, he’d clearly been beaten. He lingered in the hospital for 38 days before the brain damage from his drug overdose killed him.
Katie has been incredibly brave in speaking out about Henry’s addiction and death. She has also, recently, begun to speak out about the criminal investigation into his death, which she feels has been mishandled.
The Daily Beast has published the first national investigative piece on Henry’s death.
It doesn’t look good for the cops, who have not followed up with several key witnesses in the case and are keeping important records out of the public domain, citing their ongoing investigation.
Henry’s death resulted from a drug overdose. According to the Daily Beast story, state and federal laws say it should be treated as a homicide. But little has been done to move the case forward. The lead investigator has not even met with Katie, or any of Henry’s family members. Authorities have yet to interview Henry’s girlfriend, or other friends who interacted with him the day he overdosed.
Leaked emails show just what the cops think of Katie and her passion for justice:
…in an email dated August 21, a Knox County assistant district attorney wrote, “Tell Ms. Katie to shut up.” The writer added in the same email, obtained by The Daily Beast and reported in other media, that “someone should tell her to focus on the remaining children she still has at home. I imagine they are pretty weary of Henry”s [sic] issues at this point.”
That’s not the sympathy and support you’d hope for in a public servant, by a long shot.
Feeling stonewalled by police, Katie has turned to the best resource she has available to her: her blog. She’s been blogging the details of Henry’s death and all the data she’s been able to gather about the circumstances surrounding his overdose. At Justice For Henry, she is sharing the details of her struggle to get the police to do their jobs.
Katie is exercising her muscle as a popular blogger and author to get attention for her son’s case. As a mom blogger, she has direct access to a wide network of moms who care deeply about her story. We all have our own children, how could we not relate to a mother who lost her son so brutally?
As Katie said:
Mothers can no longer be told by the authorities to shut up and sit down. We don’t have to rely on the mainstream media to decide that what we have to say is worthwhile. We have our own voice online, and our own ways of getting the word out to other moms. And in my case, that’s the ONLY thing I’ve had.
The reporter who did the Daily Beast investigation is a mom blogger herself, K. Emily Bond. A reader of Katie’s blog, she’s also a journalist with muscle of her own, who was able to dig deep into the story around Henry’s death and the police investigation of it.
These women are an example of what mothers can do when they bear witness through the written word. Katie won’t be silenced, and she will demand action from the police. No one can bring her son back, but she is determined to get justice for him.