My dearest Marisa,
It is strange that you search for information concerning your dad for many times we have attempted to reach you. However, you must also be oopen to hear things that you may find different from what you heard. I know I can substantiate what i say. Can the others? I hoope you know that much of your dads Marine and High School information was in your moms hands. Mark certainly knew of his love for wrestling. I can give you names of people to speak to about him. I myself made multiple attempts and personally spoke with your grandparents at your home in New Jersey as I did your neighbors. For that you can ask your other grandparents- they know the truth. To say that we all suffered in what happened after your dads death is an understatement. Certainly, you children suffered the most, but we all suffered as well. In fact what you perceive as truth is not the total story and those who provided it to you only provided what they perceived, heard or wanted to tell. Marisa we all make choices as adults, certainly as a child you did not have that choice. You can reject this reply if you want and I will respect that. It is not an attempt to sway you in direction it is simply an oibligation to my brother, for the love of him, and you- yes you- that you find what you want about him and get to you know all about him. He was- in my eyes - a superman- my hero, he was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was kind and gentle but yet he was as tough as nails! He had many names - fotch, mull, mullens Cannon and just plane Jim, but he loved you with all the love a person could offer anyone regardless of what you ever hear or heard about him and let no one, regardless if the profess to be Christian, saintly or not, ever ever say that you were not everything to him. You and Mark were his entire world.
I will be hppy to answer or fill in wht you want without any obligation. But know this, and we have the video and pictures to substantiate what I say, you kids were loved by all in this family! Even the money you received from my uncles came from my parents who consitently made attempts to reconcile with you. Even my own uncle Frankie knows the truth about how this all originated but I fear he does not have what it takes to rectify it and was one of the sources of the problem. If you doubt this let him talk to me. I was there! It was not us who desired a separation from you and God knows that is the truth and you will too when the day comes we all have to stand before him.
With fond thoughts
Robert Melaccio Sr.