Estranged mother enters S.D. compound in attempt to see daughter, grandchildren
The following story appeared in the August 30, 2007 edition of the Custer County Chronicle in Custer, S.D. It is reprinted here with permission.
by Norma Najacht
Susie Johnson may never know her mother came to visit her last Saturday. She and her children may never receive the presents her mother lovingly chose and left for her.
Jane Blackmore knew she didn’t have much hope of seeing her daughter, Susie, when she made the 932-mile, two-day trip to Custer from her home in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, but still she came.
“For the most part, it’s maternal,” she said simply. “She’s my daughter.”
Jane wasn’t asking for much; just a short visit with her daughter, who she’s seen only once since July 2003. She didn’t even ask to see Susie’s four sons, two of whom she has never seen. One was born approximately a month ago, but Jane has not been informed of his birth date or his name.
At the age of 17, Susie was taken by her father, Winston Blackmore, to Salt Lake City to marry Ben Johnson. They met for the first time just five minutes before the ceremony.
In early 2004, Susie went missing from their Colorado City, Ariz., home. Jane received a call from Susie in June of that year, begging Jane to stop trying to track her down. There was an obvious strain in Susie’s voice.