Interview with Tom Nelson of Janeology by Karen Harrington
KH: Tom, you’ve been in the spotlight quite a lot in recent years, what with the trial of your wife Jane for the murder of your son. And then your subsequent trial for failure to protect your children. So first, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.
Dave Frontella: Tom declined to be here today. I’m speaking on his behalf.
KH: And you are?
DF: His attorney. You may remember me from the court transcripts and the genealogy defense.
KH: Oh yes, the one who suggested Jane’s inherited traits made her predisposed to violence and mental weakness, resulting in the death of her son.
DF: I’d say we did more than suggest this. You may remember from the court records how we illustrated the genetics of Einstein. How Einstein’s son had shown a great propensity for mathematics like his father. I might also point out the Nobel prize winning John Nash, whose mind devolved into schizophrenia at the peak of his success. Mr. Nash’s son is also schizophrenic. And in a lighter view, there’s Evangelist Billy Graham who has now passed the torch to his son, Franklin Graham. More examples include:
Los Angeles Lakers’ star guard Kobe Bryant can look to his father, Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant, who was an NBA and Italian League player.
Grammy-winner Natalie Cole is the daughter of Nat King Cole. Many of her fans argue she is virtually channeling the style and sound of her famous father.
Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark – both women are best-selling authors.
Henry Fonda is the father of Jane and Peter Fonda: all three actors have had acclaimed careers in their own right.
And whatever your opinion about politics, any discussion about nature/nurture influence being passed down is not complete without mention of the 41th and 43nd presidents – father and son.
So I ask you, if these qualities run in the family, is it a stretch to consider that predisposition to violence might also trickle down the gene pool?
KH: You are never far from making a solid case?
DF: It’s my job. I’m sure your job as a novelist requires you to be in top form. The reviews of your debut novel prove as much.
KH: Very true. So then, why didn’t Mr. Nelson want to appear today?
DF: Isn’t it obvious? He wants to live a quite life raising his daughter Sarah.
KH: And we wish him the best.