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Old 12-26-2018, 08:53 PM   #31
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I don't believe it. I dug up the original link on the internet archive and much seems off.

Do many really have vivid memories from when they were 3?

If Cynthia was so abusive as to initiate beatings at the drop of a hat or under the guise of “This is for something you did and thought you got away with”, why wouldn't she have beat Sharon when she first arrived and was obstinate? Per this story, they beat his brother and sister (who were not quoted in the piece themselves), so apparently gender wasn't a factor.

Also per the segment the Zelinskis lived in Gardena, not Orange like he claims. With what little is available about the timelines Sharon's year there would have had to have come to an end almost immediately before this guy's family was "adopted" by them.
It stretches disbelief to think within a few months they lost a foster child, moved cities, both got career track jobs in another city, been approved to be guardians in the new district and then either adopted or fostered 3 kids. (She got away from her father in 59, spent time with another family before getting placed with the Zelinski's for a "year", taking this to 1960. This guy states he was born in 57 and also would have been 3 in 60. )

At 14 he escaped by calling a number a "cousin" slipped him if he needed help and he was placed in another foster family. This wouldn't have sparked some kind of investigation, leaving because he was abused? Or having the other siblings run away for being abused? Seems unlikely, and yet they had no problem calling up UM right after the show aired and filming a reunion in their home in Laguna Niguel.

Ultimately there's nothing in that article to foster the notion that he has no reason to lie. He's clearly led a very troubled life filled with substance abuse and mental health issues (and wild animal attacks?), and there could be a number of reasons someone in this state could come up with the scenario he described. Either imagined from his problems or to be malicious.
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I cannot get the link to work. Can someone summarize? Please and thank you.
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Maybe this guy's definition of "abuse" is some of the discipline the Zelinski's used. Sharon praised them for this. One example was the Zelinski's not giving Sharon total freedom when she was there. They set structure. Some misguided folks believe that parents who don't let their kids do every little thing they desire are abusive.
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I just rewatched this segment. I hope they were not abusive
It's one of my favorite segments. Is Sharon still alive?
She likely is. Wouldn't she be in her early 60's? I forget the timeline for this case.
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Maybe this guy's definition of "abuse" is some of the discipline the Zelinski's used. Sharon praised them for this. One example was the Zelinski's not giving Sharon total freedom when she was there. They set structure. Some misguided folks believe that parents who don't let their kids do every little thing they desire are abusive.

Except I'd have to think someone who was escaping a physically abusive situation with her father would have been "hell naw" to the Z's using any sort of physical "discipline" on her.
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Except I'd have to think someone who was escaping a physically abusive situation with her father would have been "hell naw" to the Z's using any sort of physical "discipline" on her.

Yes,

I do not think the Zelinski's abused Sharon in any way (there is no way she would have tolerated that). I doubt they "abused" anybody. I'm thinking maybe they just set some ground rules (curfews, etc) for the alleged victim. In his mind, not giving him total freedom is "abuse".
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Are the Zelinski's still alive?
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