Farewell Letter to Clara
claims that Clara had been abducted and
was being held against her will, yet
sends her this letter.
Translation of Letter from
Ray to Clara through the Mails dated Sept 25,
thirty-five days after she leaves Key West.
Raul now is claiming that she was being held
captive when he wrote this letter.
It is very hard to have
taken many decisions alone, without having being
able to count on you. (Mother penciled in :
What are you talking about? I like to make
We are glad that
you are happy,
and as Bill says, going out with his uncle and
having a good time. (Clara penciled: All a
Beginning in October, will
send to you the new credit card, and one half of
the income, so that you will not lack any
The Old Man [Clara’s
husband, and the father a Al and Raul] and Judy [Ray’s wife]
are going to Santo Domingo. I myself, I’m going
to a rented apartment.
To Al, that anything he
wants to know, to call lawyer Highsimth, since
he also knows his number. (Clara penciled,
It’s in the phone book, and I wanted to have
it.) From my part, the way he [Al] treated me,
I have NOTHING to speak with him. Not now and
not later. (Clara added on pencil. What?
Explain this. He requested a copy of the Will,
and so did you.)
We are very busy packing
and tying loose ends. (Clara penciled: Which?
Luck with Your new Life.
[signed] Raul (Clara
penciled: I don’t like this. )
Farewell letter to Mother
Notes: This is the
first correspondence received by Mother from Ray
other than the phone calls. It is a
‘nasty’ “Farewell” letter. Everything in
it is either a lie, or a half truth, designed to
emotionally browbeat Clara into reacting
emotionally. It achieved Raul's objective,
as it upset Clara very much. There had
been many phone calls between Clara and Raul
before she received this letter and tone and
content of his calls were becoming very nasty
and upsetting to Clara.
Although she was able to discern fact from
fiction, this letter caused her much emotional
grief causing her to question if her actions had
actually caused all the mayhem Raul claims it
Ray laments not having had the
opportunity to consult with mother for making
decisions. This implies that he acknowledges
that she is indeed competent to make such
decisions, a fact that he later disputes. It
also suggests to her that she has abandoned him.
Ray is happy that she is “dating” Bill’s
uncle. No such thing. Aimed at confusing her
into thinking that her absence from Key West was
producing untrue gossip about her.
Beginning October he will begin sending
her one half of all the household income so that
she won’t lack anything. Of course, he never
did, nor he intended to. Instead, Ray cancelled
her credit card.
AJ and Judy (Raul’s current wife) are
going to the Dominican Republic. Raul himself
will stay behind at a rented apartment. The
implication is that they are dismantling her
house and disposing of her belongings without
her input. The thought made Mother very
uncomfortable, and she thought that Ray had
indeed sold the Key West house, as she had been
instructing him to do for some time now, but
made her remark with alarm that Medicare does
not offer coverage outside of the US.
That Al should call attorney Highsmith if
he needs to know anything. That is, Ray does
not want to be contacted by Al.
Raul remarks that he has nothing to say
to Al “now or later”.
That “we (Raul and his wife Judy) are
very busy “packing and tying loose ends”.
Mother wanted to know what loose ends. She
didn’t know there were any. They were not, in
truth packing anything, other than her clothes,
which they later sent to her, unannounced, via
UPS, in large boxes, in a gesture of rejection,
as if throwing her out of her own house.
“Good luck with Your new Life”.
Signed: Raul Mother did not like the
“tone” of this sarcastic remark. Every line of
this letter had the intended effect of upsetting
mother, and made her question Raul’s emotional
stability. Still, mother was relieved about
having left behind problems that were weighing
heavily on her.
This letter exemplifies Raul’s style of
emotional warfare he waged on Clara as a matter
of course in order to control her and make her
do what he wants.
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