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Hogzilla's Widow Just Wants Some Peace
Mar 26 2005 by Greg Kuhl
"He was a wonderful husband, a great provider and I miss him so much," she said, as tears rolled down her snout, in an interview shortly after scientists confirmed that Hogzilla indeed did exist.
"Who cares if he was only eight feet long and 800 pounds, as opposed to the urban legend that he was 12 feet long and 1,000 pounds?" she asked. "What does it matter?"
Hogzilla was shot and killed last June at a south Georgia farm, and immediately became fodder for jokes and urban legend, and even a parade. Plus, his image appeared on t-shirts that did a brisk business.
Many doubted that Hogzilla even existed, but a team of scientists recently confirmed that Hogzilla was real.
"Of course, he was real," his widow said. "All this Hogzilla stuff - the National Geographic TV show, the New York Times, the Internet gossip, papers and media around the world, it's turned into a Michael Jackson-like freak show.
"We always tried to live a quiet life. The last thing either of us wanted was media notoriety. We didn't want to be infamous, like Scott Peterson. We didn't want to become a huge issue, like that Terri Schiavo case in Florida. No way."
Ernestine Hogzilla said her husband "died so senselessly, so needlessly. There was no reason to shoot him. He wasn't bothering anybody. Somebody even had the gall to say he was shot when he was, just because he'd get shot later - or something like that.
"That's small consolation to my family and me," she said. "He was a gentle soul, wouldn't have hurt a fly. We had always dreamed of having kids, of leaving south Georgia and going someplace where we could start a new life.
"Now it's never going to happen."