Linda Donovan, 58, was living alone in a subsidized, senior citizen housing apartment complex, called Walnut Hill, in West Haverstraw, New York, when she was arrested.
The complex was constructed in 1974 and is only available to low-income citizens over the age of 55. In order to qualify for residency in this complex, Ms. Donovan had to have very limited, or no, assets. The fact that she was living with her parents just before moving to Walnut Hill reinforces the depth of her financial woes.
Ms. Donovan’s depleted financial circumstances should come as no surprise, when you consider the fact that she was a radical, second-wave feminist who, decades earlier, had substituted the ideology of radical feminism for the tenets of her Catholic faith .
One of the disturbing outcomes of this dramatic shift in allegiance away from God and towards self, included the fact that she was no longer living with the father, and grandfather, of her son William Maxwell and her grandchild, Jazmene Maxwell.
This one decision could explain why she found herself spending her declining years, alone and poor. Only a fool would follow this radical feminist path, as it is well-known that remaining Christian and married, ensures not only a higher standard of living but better health and more happiness.
So, considering Ms. Donovan’s abysmal financial acumen, one has to ask, “Why would Ms. Donovan’s parents choose to appoint her as the executrix of their estate?”
The answer may come to light during her trial but for now one must consider the fact that she was living with her parents, at their home at 271 Cottage Rd. in Valley Cottage, at the time of their deaths.
Could Donovan have plotted to deny her brothers their fair share of their parent’s estate by coercing her father to appoint her as executrix? Although we may never know, much of the corroborating evidence points in that direction.
When Edward Donovan’s will was read and it stated that all of his assets were to be equally divided between Ms. Donovan and her two married siblings, Scott of Hawaii and Matthew, 55, of Pearl River.
For whatever reasons, Donovan had determined that her two successful brothers, either did not need, or did not deserve, the money she so desperately craved.
Linda Donovan’s final downfall began with the death of her mother Gilda. Mrs. Donovan died, in March of 2012, at the age of 85. Ms. Donovan’s father Edward, 87, soon followed his wife in death. He died three months later, in May of the same year.
Gilda Donovan had been a teacher’s aide in the Nyack School System for many years. Her husband, Edward, was a NYC cop for 27 years before retiring in 1975. He became a postal worker in Valley Cottage that same year. Twenty years later, in 1995, Mr. Donovan retired from the Post Office as well.
Seven months after Edward Donovan’s death, in January 2013, Ms. Donovan’s parent’s house was placed on the market for $345,000. The house was reduced in price, nearly every month thereafter, until it reached a low of $285,000. It was finally removed from the market in September. In November, the house was re-listed, and it finally sold later that month for $269,500.
This is where Ms. Donovan’s anti-Christian, feminist lifestyle began to catch up with her. Betraying her son and grandchild was just a symptom of her corrupted nature, now she betrayed her parent’s trust as well by ignoring her father’s will.
To this end, while first betraying her father’s wishes, she chose to then betray her two brothers as well. In this effort, rather than distribute 1/3 of the estate to each of them, she chose instead to withdraw $175,650 from her parent’s estate bank account for her own use!
Not surprisingly, Ms. Donovan put another of her plans of betrayal into action immediately after her father’s house was sold. Her unauthorized withdrawals began the month the house was sold, and continued for the next 10 months, until September of 2014.
Upon discovery of this latest betrayal, Ms. Donovan’s brothers filed charges against their sister, which resulted in her arrest. Donovan was charged with grand larceny in the second degree.
District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced her indictment by a Rockland County Grand Jury, on April 15, 2015.
If convicted, Ms. Donovan faces the following:
New York Penal Law 155.40(1): Grand Larceny in the Second Degree
Theft of property, regardless of the type, valued over $50,000 is a “C” felony punishable by up to 15 years in state prison. This particular subsection is a common charge where an accused is alleged to have embezzled money from an employer or misappropriated funds. Any theft above $50,000, but less than $1 million falls into this category.
But one thing is for sure, if this despicable radical, second-wave feminist was alone and poor before this incident, she will be much worse off after, becoming not only destitute, but incarcerated, cursing herself to spending the remainder of her life, as a social pariah.
So, let’s all raise a toast to the radical feminist lifestyle!!!!
NOT! NOT! NOT!