It is clear from the details we have shown that the time-line Jim Perrin gave about our sister’s death was completely false. He was not, as he wrote, with Jac when she died ‘as she sank into her last sleep’. And there is a marked disparity between what he told her sisters when they rang him on Tuesday evening (he had chosen not to telephone any of her family to keep them informed and at no point had he done so) and his particularly graphic descriptions afterwards — in West — of Jac’s worsening condition.
What he told them was noticeably brief and couched in ‘hospital-speak’. He ‘thought she was a little brighter’ — ‘that she was a little better.’ They were hardly the words of loving concern or which shared any meaningful detail; we were aware of a marked inadequacy. Might he have telephoned the hospital on that Tuesday, before or instead of going there himself? The journey from Jac’s house to Chester takes about an hour; was it what he had been told? The words do sound more ‘hospital’ than ‘Perrin’, and he did write, later, in West that actually he drove to Derbyshire — very far indeed from Chester… Continue reading
In our previous post we suggested that Jim Perrin might not have been with our sister on Tuesday, May 10th, the day before she died. What other circumstance, we wonder, could have caused him to have written of the last day of her life so dismissively — in so far as it was, for all his pathos, entirely imagined. ‘By the next afternoon [the Tuesday in question] she was scarcely coherent.’ We knew that Jac was being given morphine to alleviate her pain but she was, and quite contrary to what Jim Perrin so dishonestly wrote, sufficiently ‘coherent’ to make a phone call herself to her daughter that same afternoon, when they shared their last conversation…
Later our niece told us Jac, in their conversation, had said Jim Perrin was not there with her at the hospital — and so jealously did he guard the time he chose to spend with her, so controlling was he to the last, he would not have countenanced any phone call had he been there. (And when her daughter had visited Jac he pressured her to leave each time the visit to her mother coincided with his own. She was terribly hurt by this and given the gravity of Jac’s condition and her own youth, and the particularly strong and loving bond between them, we think Jim Perrin’s behaviour was — as so often — indefensible.)