When you’ve think you’ve heard it all, you hear some more, is what my grandmother always told me. Up until today, I can honestly say I’ve never heard anything like Valerie Spruill’s story, besides in a movie. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, for most of Valerie’s life her family kept a dark secret from her. The man she married, and was married to until he died, was actually her father. She didn’t learn about her husband/father until after he died, when a family member decided it was time to tell her. Apparently, most of the small town she lived in knew, and for whatever reason, felt that she didn’t need to know.
Her husband/father, Percy Spruill, died in April 1998 at the age of 60. He met Valerie’s mother when she was only 15 and no one is sure how many kids besides Valerie exists. Valerie can’t say if her father knew the truth, because he never talked about it, but she believes he knew what was going on and was afraid to say.
Valerie cites her belief and faith in God, from keeping her from hating him. Because hate doesn’t get you into heaven. “Because people who hate don’t get into heaven. And if you don’t make it into heaven when the time comes, she notes, you can’t hit the rewind button and try again. I want this to be more of an inspirational story. If I’ve come through this, anyone can come through anything through the help of the Lord.”
Although her belief in god is there, she also has sought out therapy to help her digest everything that has happened to her. She says the therapist has helped her realize that she did nothing wrong. “I’ve been getting great help,” she says, “because, God knows, if I hadn’t of went and aired out how I feel, I wouldn’t have made it, because I would have continued to stress out about this problem.”
What I found missing from the story is information about her children. Valerie has 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Nowhere does it say if those children are offspring from her husband/father, because if they were, that would be another element to this already crazy story! Valerie says she’s telling her story now in hopes to find any possible siblings she may have, but not everyone in her family was pleased about her decision. One brother asked her not to go public, because it could bring other skeletons out of the closet. Well, apparently Valerie didn’t listen.