Joe Stack’s daughter Samantha Bell, in a phone interview with “Good Morning America”, describes her father as a quiet, and devoted father. While she commented that such a an event was “inappropriate”, in her mind her father is a hero.
BY Katie Nelson
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
“I think too many people lay around and wait for things to happen. But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished,” Samantha Bell, Joseph Stack‘s daughter from his first marriage, told “Good Morning America” in a phone interview that aired Monday morning.
Stack killed Vernon Hunter, a 61-year-old IRS collection agent and a Vietnam veteran, when he steered his small plane on a suicide mission that burned down the Austin office building. He also set his own house ablaze and posted a bitter Internet rant against the IRS, Wall Street, the Catholic Church and corporate “thugs.”
Even so, his daughter says he should be respected. Stack is a hero, Bell said, “because now maybe people will listen.”
“I have many cases of people I know that are suffering in the hands of the government and people literally dying because they are not getting the help they need,” she said.
The 38-year-old mother of three stopped short, however, of endorsing her father’s last actions. The suicide plane attack was “inappropriate” and “wrong.”
“His last actions, the suicide, the catastrophe that caused injuries and death, that was wrong,” she said.
“He may have been somewhat frustrated, but he was a very quiet man,” Bell continued. “The father I knew was a loving, caring, devoted man who cherished every moment with me and my three children, his grandchildren… This man who did this was not my father.
“He must’ve kept this bottled up all these years.”
Bell lives in Norway, “Good Morning America” reported, because she lost her job while pregnant, and Medicaid “would not take care of her.” Despite Norway’s steep taxes, Bell feels she gets more for her money there, she told the morning show.