Again with the 911 calls and police visits, which brings up two interesting questions:
Who's leaking this stuff to the Star?
And, does the mayor get preferential treatment from the cops?
We may or may not ever learn the answers to those, but I started wondering about the guy's psychology.
Specifically, he's a millionaire but also a lying, classless, buffoon. Yes, of course, millionaires can be lying, classless, buffoons, but wasn't he raised or educated better?
Back in April, 2010, Ford was still talking to the Star and was interviewed by Linda Diebel. The article is titled 'Rob Ford's complicated life'.
First bit of news to me: his father grew up 'dirt poor'.
He talks to the Star on a recent Thursday at Deco Labels & Tags, the Etobicoke company co-founded by his late father, Douglas Ford. He’s chief financial officer and offers a proud tour of a wholly family-owned operation that employs 250 in Toronto, Chicago and New Jersey and does close to $100 million in annual sales.
We’re in an office with a framed photo of his father, former offensive guard for the East York Argos, business leader, philanthropist, Conservative MPP in the Mike Harris government and, to his youngest son, an idol. His dad grew up dirt-poor in the east end, the youngest of nine, leaving school in Grade 5 to help his mother, known to the grandkids as “Big Nana.”
Now listen to him talk about his father:
Ford can’t get over his dad’s death. On July 1, 2006, he announced he had colon cancer. He was dead within three months, at 73. Ford calls it “the worst experience I’ve ever gone through.”
“What did he ever do to anyone? It was so sad to see someone who helped out so many people — he donated millions to the poorest of the poor — have to suffer and die like that. He was just gasping at the end. If you’ve ever heard a death rattle, it’s a ghastly affair.”
A long pause.
“Oh man. It’s rough. Terrible. It makes me upset when I think about it.”
Ford is still seething: “He could have lived a lot longer. There was nothing wrong, you know. . . . All his friends (are) still alive. They’re all 75, like my mom. He just got gypped 10 years and I don’t know why.
“He’s the last guy who deserved to go through what he went through . . . he taught Sunday school . . . There are hardened criminals, murderers, that don’t suffer like he suffered . . . . But, like you said, life’s not fair . . . I just can’t figure it out.”
There is a LOT of unresolved strangeness in there. Seething? Wanting 'hardened criminals' to suffer like his father did?
But wait, there's more.
This family is, to say the least, interesting.
“Like my dad said, ‘Many are called, few are chosen.’ It’s on his tombstone. The Ford family was chosen,” he says.
In a manner of speaking, perhaps.
“Our family has been through everything — from murder to drugs to being successful in business,” he says. “We’ve dealt with the very, very poor and the worst, worst tragedies . . . nobody can tell me a story that can shock.”
He talks about his sister, complaining, “the media never got it straight.”
How’s this for an explanation: “The killer wasn’t her ex-husband, it was an old boyfriend.”
As Ford tells it, Kathy Ford’s first boyfriend was Mike, before she married Jeff and had a daughter.
After divorcing Jeff, she lived six years with Ennio, bearing a son. She left Ennio and went back to Mike, and they rented a cottage up north.
Ford: In 1998, “from what I was told (by the kids), Ennio knocked on the cottage door and Mike answered it and Ennio shot him in the head” with a sawed-off shotgun. Charges were laid; Ennio went to prison for manslaughter.
In 2005, Ford says someone else “shot the top of her head off.” Press reports suggest it was an accident; two men were charged with firearms-related offences.
She’s functioning well, he says, living with her two children and on methadone for her heroin addiction.
“Bizarre, yeah, it’s really bizarre,” he says. “We all backed Kathy 100 percent; maybe what she was doing was wrong, but you don’t just throw people out into the street for doing the wrong stuff.”
I had never heard of anything about the sister, so I went looking. Look what I found from Sun Media in 2008. Toronto councillor Ford up on assault rap.
Outspoken city Councillor Rob Ford has once again landed himself in hot water, this time as he faces assault charges stemming from an alleged domestic incident with his wife.
OK, I knew about that, but again, there's more.
The councillor's family was also in the news after his sister Kathy Ford, then 45, was shot in the head in their childhood home on March 31, 2005.
She survived the shooting, which was later deemed to be accidental. Her boyfriend and another man were charged.
It wasn't the first time Ford's sister was touched by violence. In 1998 Kathy's ex-husband, Ennio Stirpe, used a sawed-off shotgun to kill Kathy's boyfriend, Michael Kiklas. Stirpe was later found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
And now it gets timely. Ennio Stirpe is back in the news again. From December 9 this year:
A sensational attempted-murder case that led Vaughan’s former mayor to decry the justice system two years ago reached its conclusion Friday, with the conviction of Mayor Rob Ford’s onetime brother-in-law in a Newmarket courthouse.
Ennio Stirpe, a serial offender who was once married to Mr. Ford’s sister and later convicted of killing her new boyfriend, had been out of prison for a year when emergency responders found Angela Fantauzzi covered in blood inside his basement apartment on Vaughan’s Harmony Road in the fall of 2009.
He'll be sentenced in January.
Altogether some really weird stuff. Classic low-life shit.
But maybe Rob Fucking Ford is right. The Ford family has been chosen.
To fuck up everything they lay their hands on.