by Steven Ertelt
March 23, 2006
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — In a startling revelation, Terri Schaivo’s ex-husband Michael admitted in an interview that his new book “Terri: The Truth” was written to "settle some scores" with Terri’s family rather than honor the memory of the woman at the center of a national euthanasia battle.
Schiavo made the admission in an interview with NBC News scheduled to be broadcast on "Dateline" on March 26.
Host Matter Lauer told Schiavo, "I guess you could’ve written a book to honor Terri. After reading it, it’s not really the book you wrote."
"This is a book that in some ways settles some scores, doesn’t it?" Lauer asked him.
Michael Schiavo eagerly replied, "Oh yes it does."
Though Schiavo wrote the book with goals of retribution in mind, he said he thought "many times" of writing a book to honor the memory of the woman he painfully starved to death over a thirteen day period.
That Michael’s book is more about scoring political points that honoring Terri Schiavo’s life comes as no surprise to some observers.
The book was written for Michael by military history author Michael Hirsh, who offered Michael his services after becoming angry that Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law a measure approved by the Florida legislature allowing him to stop Terri’s euthanasia death.
Responding to allegations that he may have physically abused Terri, leading to her collapse, Michael told NBC News, "They’re wrong. I heard the thud. Ran to Terri. Called after that little gasp, I mean, it was within a minute I was on the phone with 911. They can think whatever."
Terri’s initial collapse was blamed on a potassium imbalance, but an autopsy concluded that was not the case. A bone scan performed after Terri’s collapse found evidence of possible trauma and friends later revealed the couple go into a heated argument on the day Terri collapsed.
Matt Lauer asked Michael why he didn’t divorce Terri and decided to marry his longtime girlfriend Jodi Centonze, with whom he had an affair and two children while married to Terri.
Schiavo responded, "Why do I have to divorce Terri? Terri wasn’t like a football — an inanimate object you pass back and forth. She was my wife. You mean because your wife gets sick, do you give her back?"
Terri’s parents repeatedly ask Michael to divorce Terri so they could take care of their daughter. He refused because he would have lost the remainder of a $1.5 million medical malpractice judgment the Schiavo estate received.
Michael also told NBC News about his decision to prevent Terri’s brother Michael from seeing her just minutes before she died.
Lauer asked Michael: "You’re walking into the room. Did you stop and think, “What would Terri want?” Would she want her brother or sister?"
He refused to respond to directly to the question, only saying Terri would want her family to get along.
Michael concludes his interview with what the Schindler family will likely say is a slap in the face to Terri. He tells Lauer of the woman he euthanized, "She’s up there praising me right now … and saying thank you."