Douche of the Week: The Woman Who Evicted Her Father

Updated: May 16, 2013


By Ghengis Ron

“I laid awake at night trying to figure out what in the world I could have done to these people to make them so angry at me.”

– John “Jack” Potter


If you owned a house that was occupied by a 91-year-old man trying to live out his last years in peace, would you evict him?

What if the man had built the house himself 56 years ago and had raised his family in it?

What if the man was a veteran who had served his country proudly in World War II and who had seen combat in the Aleutian Islands?

What if the man had worked hard his whole life, having retired from the B&O railroad as a chief train dispatcher and having once served as a sheriff and as a mayor of Zaleski, Ohio?

What if you had taken the house from the man unethically, but were allowed to keep it on a judicial technicality?

What if the man was your own father?

If you answered yes to even one of those questions, you’re what scientists refer to as a “dirtbag.” But as unbelievable as it sounds, an Ohio woman answered yes to every single one.

In February, Janice Cottrill served her father, John “Jack” Potter, an eviction notice stating that she was terminating his “existing lease.” I like to imagine that she did so immediately after kicking a puppy dog and immediately before slapping a kid’s ice cream cone out of his hand, because you have to have a black heart to pull some shit like that.

Cottrill’s attorney told AOL News that this was “a simple eviction process for someone who doesn’t own the home and doesn’t pay any rent,” which in my lawyer-to-human dictionary translates to “fuck you.”

Potter has been ordered to attend an eviction hearing on June 12, at which time he is expected to be evicted.

The situation began in 2004, when Potter and his wife (who has since passed away) became ill. They gave Cottrill, their only daughter, general power of attorney to take care of their affairs in the event that they declined in health. One of their concerns was that they wanted Cottrill to take care of their son (now 64 years old) who is autistic and severely disabled.

Cottrill used this power of attorney for good.

Just kidding. She used it to sign the house over to herself. In 2010, when Potter discovered what his daughter had done—you’re not allowed to do that, since you can’t gift yourself property over which you have power of attorney— he took her to court and won. The decision was overturned in appellate court, however, because the statute of limitations of four years had expired. Cottrill was able to keep the house, thereby shattering any of our remaining faith in the justice system, common sense, or basic human decency.

But before you go losing hope in people altogether, let me introduce another character: Jaclyn Fraley. Fraley is Potter’s 35-year-old granddaughter and Cottrill’s daughter. She moved to Columbus, Ohio from San Diego to be closer to her aging grandfather, and if you know anything at all about Columbus and San Diego, then you already know this woman is a saint.

And Fraley has also been her grandfather’s biggest ally throughout this whole ordeal. She started a campaign on gofundme.com  to save her grandfather’s house. As of Thursday morning, she has raised her goal amount of $125,000, which will be used to purchase the house. If all goes according to script, Potter will be able to stay in his home for the rest of his life.

I recognize that there are two sides to every story, and Cottrill’s husband hinted that this whole feud has been fueled by something to do with Potter wanting to stay in contact with his autistic son, who is being cared for by Cottrill and her husband. (Don’t ask me why that’s a bad thing. I’ve never heard anyone convincingly argue, “Yeah, I know it looks bad, but you don’t understand—he wants to see his son.”)

But it’s hard to find any defense at all for a woman who would take a home from her father, get away with it on a technicality, and then evict him.

A big part of me doesn’t want Cottrill to get a single cent of the money Fraley raised, because it feels like she’s being rewarded for being awful. But maybe it’s better to take Fraley’s attitude with this whole thing, as reflected by her comments to ABC News:

“Do I think she deserves the money? No, but my grandfather deserves to stay in his home as long as he possibly can. If he wants to leave, it should be his decision.”

So let’s celebrate this as a story with a happy ending (if Potter is indeed allowed to purchase his own home back).

Because once again good people—Fraley and the over 4,000 people who donated to Potter’s cause—have proven that they outnumber the bad.

Editor’s Update: Despite the fact that online supporters (i.e. people like you) raised a whopping $138,000 to help John Potter keep his house, his daughter is STILL going to evict him. The douchebaggery runs strong in this one, apparently, as it does in those who posses no soul. 




  1. AngryPeasant

    May 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Burn her, she’s a witch! Burn the witch!

    • Rotti

      May 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      LOL, that’s EXACTLY what I said!

      If there’s a god, she’ll be gang-raped by a pack of grizzly bears. And when she needs help the most, some otherwise good Samaritan comes along – having read this article – and decides instead to leave her broken body on some remote train tracks.

      Fuck that bitch. Seriously.

      • Harry the Horrible

        May 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        There is a God, and He has already intervened in the form of Ms. Fraley and the donors who helped raise the money.
        And hopefully, He will help Ms. Cottril to see the harm she has wrought and help her find redemption.

        • Justin

          May 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

          There is not a god. However if there was a god, he WOULD IN FACT have her raped by bears.

          Let’s go to the bible!


          2 Kings 2:23-24

          King James Version (KJV)

          23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

          24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

        • Justin G

          May 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

          There is no god. BUT IF THERE WAS, he would definitely have them killed by bears.

          Lets go to the bible!

          2 Kings 2:23-24

          King James Version (KJV)

          23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

          24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

          • Adam Parker

            May 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

            I don’t usually look through comments sections expecting to hear enlightening thoughts.

            I’m disturbed by the idea that somebody who considers themselves rational could start off any sentence with the words “But if there was a God, he would…[fill in the blank].” So much presumption on the part of people who hate God, talking about him as if he was here when they supposedly don’t think he is.

            The Hebrew words in 2 Kings 2:23-24 is better rendered “young men from the city” (the point being that they were not harmless children) and the action of the bears was a judgment from God on individuals who were mocking the Prophet, who represents God himself.

          • Rotti

            May 18, 2013 at 5:03 am

            Oh man, I’ve created a monster.

            No room for jokes in teh sirrius trehd.

          • To Adam

            July 23, 2013 at 12:59 am

            Nice fedora.

      • HS

        May 19, 2013 at 1:08 am

        She sounds like Satan incarnate. She gives witches a bad name.

    • Virgil Hilts

      May 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      By the way…for those of you not too familiar with the Aleutians’ battleground…it was a miserable, freezing, treacherous campaign. Poor equipment, poor winter clothing, horrendous terrain…spotty air support due to violent and radically shifting winds, low cloud cover…and fanatic Japs. When the last battle finally concluded…it was because the remaining Japs all killed themselves. Wish they’d have done that regularly throughout WWII….a lot of good men would still be here.

  2. Jay

    May 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I will never ever×10 do to my family they take care of when where little

    • Mzungo

      May 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm


    • Mark

      May 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Jay, read a book before you comment.

  3. Steve

    May 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Makes the story even worse when you put a picture to the witch’s face: https://www.facebook.com/janice.cottrill.7 Warning: may make you shudder and possibly vomit.

    • TheGardeningSnail

      May 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Are those Vitamin, or Medication bottles in the background?

      • vick

        May 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        Yes there were bottles there. I’m wondering when the state of OHIO will bother to look into this for a criminal action against both of them. Per Mr. Cottrill, “he’s the one who’s doing this.”

    • Joseph

      May 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Those are some dead Shark eyes

    • Charles

      May 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      How can you smile like that when your heart is so dark?!?!

    • Barry Bledsoe

      May 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      I wonder how many friend requests she is getting? If I was less of a person, I’d do a friend request just to tell her what a piece of trash I think she is.

    • mike

      May 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      yes, i do see quite a few prescription bottles behind Janice contrills pictures. explains a lot. And she does have an evil grin. also, the bulldyke crew-cut dyed red hairdo really makes her chin look enormous.
      the daughter is kind of a cutie, though. her headband is cute.

    • Virgil Hilts

      May 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Steve…THAT is a creepy photo of one EVIL woman…she’s got a grin that says…’but I’m so friendly and affable’….and eyes that say ‘I got away with it and there’s NOTHING you can do to me, because I’m so much smarter than all those fools out there who made the mistake of trusting me. Well…tough shit; it’s their loss. I got mine and I don’t have to deal with that old coot again!”
      God has a long memory, never forgets anything. And…the wheels of God’s justice may turn slowly but they GRIND exceedingly fine.

  4. TheGardeningSnail

    May 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    People like that (who would evict their own father under such circumstances) should be “shunned” by the rest of the Community until they give the property back.

  5. Timothy Edward Draper

    May 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I am a veteran of a foreign conflict and still currently serving overseas. I hope that some day when I’m old and in need of help as this veteran was that my family will be the ones to help me not turn on me. This story made me hate the daughter but love and admire the actions of the grandaughter. I know her grandfauther loves her and she is a rare heart to be so strong in the situation that presented itself. Thank you for doing what a family member should for a more than deserving hero.

  6. Bobby Brady

    May 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Janice Cottrill puts the C in unt!!!

  7. Martin

    May 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Read the story again, people, That’s clearly the 35 year old granddaughter. The horrible bitch-thing would be well over 50, so not in that picture.

    Also, they look like they are in a fast food joint. No medicines.

    • Shawn

      May 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      You’re incorrect Martin. If you look again, like you so kindly pointed out. You will see on her facebook page, that she graduated from High School in 1973. So that would place her around 18 years old then. Simple math would place her age around 58. Also, this very much looks like a house. I do not recall any fast food joints looking like the have a Wal-Mart purchased microwave with medicines on it.

    • ike

      May 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      take a closer look at the post they were responding to. they werent referring to the girl pictured above. they were responding to the link someone posted of Janice Contrills facebook page, where she’s in her home with an evil grin and a bunch of prescription pills behind her.

  8. Beefburger

    May 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Sounds like an elaborate $125,000 scam.

    • Genghis Ron

      May 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      That crossed my mind too while writing this, but considering the fact that there are attorneys and court dates involved, I think the likelihood is pretty low. But in a world where a daughter evicts her father, I guess anything is possible.

    • dave Daniels

      May 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Beefburger, I can personally attest this is no scam. Jacyln Fraley is running now scame

      That job in San Diego was her dream job, (maternity nurse at a maternity hospital). Her mother moved out and left her on her own her senior year of high school. Anyone who has had the chance to be her friend can attest she will go out of her way to help anyway she can. She helped my wife and children get resettled after Hurricane Katrina jacked up the town we lived in (Gulfport Mississippi). She has been there for my sister when she has been at her deepest of depressions.

      I have known her since she was 10 years old, I call her my (psuedo)sister and can say without a doubt that she is a saint.

    • ike

      May 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      cynical, but brilliant!

    • Sandra

      May 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      It’s no scam. I know the family. When I lived in Cleveland I worked with Jaclyn at the Cleveland Clinic. She has a heart of gold and her mother was an ass years ago as well.

  9. c

    May 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    What an absolute piece of SHIT.

  10. Ziggy

    May 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    She deserves to be more than the douche of the week. Her actions deserves recognition as douche of the year.

    I’m assuming the woman in the photo is Fraley. There ought to be a caption to go with the photo. Up until Fraley mentioned I thought the woman in the photo was Cottril.

    • Rotti

      May 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      I’d normally agree…

      …but we’re already having a record year for douchebaggery, and it’s only May.

      *holding out for Obama on the gallows, Hillary in chains, and Holder’s head on a spike… and sexual-predator bears to keep Carney busy*

    • dah

      May 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

      The photo of the woman with short hair with medication bottles behind her is Cottril. she is the daughter of Mr Potter, mother of Jaclyn. Not only has she abused her relationship with her parents by stealing the house out from under them but also keeping Mr Potter and his autistic son from seeing eachother. It is really sad that this poor old man is living his final years with this kind of turmoil in his life. shame on you Cottril

  11. Dan

    May 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    They are talking about a link to Cottrill’s Facebook page in one of the comments left by Steve.

  12. John Toutaint

    May 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    My cousin did the same to my grandmother, so she gave up and passed away., she said she had no place to live., but he got his he died a few years after so he and his girlfriend didn’t enjoy the place, and the girlfriend a few years after him., So theirs hope for the slutbag..

  13. Lesley

    May 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I can’t believe she is wearing a cross – TAKE IT OFF – You don’t deserve to wear it

  14. Sarge

    May 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Heartless greed and pure evil. That woman must worship the Devil and eat babies for a midnight snack. May she, her hubby and her lawyers, all suffer.

  15. Dee

    May 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    That is a scam!!! They did it to make money, what’s a shame now a days.. people will anything to make money. It is all up to you guys.

    • Dee

      May 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm


  16. Whitey

    May 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    FUCK THAT BITCH!!! And the horse she rode in on! And the soulless sack-of-shit lawyers helping her! May they all be sodomized in hell.

    On the other hand, God bless his granddaughter. It’s hard to believe she shares DNA with that heinous cunt who claims to be her mother.

    • Rotti

      May 20, 2013 at 9:10 am

      *sodomized in Hell… by bears.

  17. Animaeeyes

    May 16, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Grandpa will
    Keep his house and karma is real, I can attest to that. My drug snorting, thieving lying cousin drove my grandma to dementia and her grave with his insatiable appetite for her money… Luckily she didnt leave everything to him like he was harassing her to, and he died one year after her. Janice will choke on that money.

  18. Angela

    May 16, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Well, remember the bitch-daughter will eventually get old herself, assuming she lives that long. And guess who’ll get the power of attorney? Hopefully, it will be the kind-hearted granddaughter who will immediately kick the freak of nature out of the house for some idiotic reason. I sincerely hope in this case that karma is indeed a bitch, and she’s a bigger one that this douche.

  19. Amy

    May 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

    OMG! He can come live with me, and MY FAMILY! My son who loves trains would love to hear stories about what is was like back then being a train dispatcher. I hope he haunts you for the rest of your MISERABLE life.

  20. Jack

    May 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Great job, Ron.

  21. onesoldiersmom

    May 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

    My father in-law is a 92 yr old WWII veteran. He was having some issues with a neighbor (Minnesota) who was targeting my mother in-law (recently passed) and my father in-law for reasons that are still unknown to the family. The Sheriff was at both their doors on multiple occasions, each time resulting in, “we can’t do anything because we didn’t see the man do…blah, blah, blah.” My husband and I live in Las Vegas. After hearing about this situation, and the stress my in-laws were experiencing, I phoned the Sheriff, myself. After I was done speaking with the Sheriff, he paid the neighbor one final visit. I guess the Sheriff thought it was better I stayed in Vegas and didn’t fly to MN. I have zero tolerance for anyone who abuses, uses or other wises stresses an elderly person, regardless of the situation. Oh, the MN neighbor? he knocked on my in-law’s door, hat in hand and apologized profusely for the trouble. He said, “your daughter in-law is very persuasive and although I’ve never met her, she made me rethink my position.” The end~

  22. vicki daniels

    May 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    The first time I met Jackie she was recovering from knee surgery. Her mother(unfortunately on Jackies birth certificate) was lying on the couch. My then future sister in law took care of Jackie while her MOTHER went out that whole time to party. I don’t even think she bother to cared enough to make sure Jackie was even being fed.
    Yet Mrs. Cottrill didn’t think nothing of allowing others to do what SHE has a mother SHOULD HAVE done or at least thanked the people whom did care for her child.

    My husband, calls her sister he meant it. I don’t trust many people, I trusted Jackie to watch my girls who were 2 1/2 & 8 at the time so I could get our belongings after Hurricane Katrina & take supplies down from my mother in law’s school ( my mother in law is a retired teacher from Medina High School).
    Jackie is the type of person that ANYBODY would be proud to call friend or, relative. So NO this IS NOT A SCAM.
    The only way Jackie could make this work was to raise the money to get the house back . And no Mr. & Mrs. Cottrill don’t deserve the money.

    With this being said, if Jackie was Catholic, I would petition the church for her to be Cantonised as a Saint. She gave up her dream job to be with her Grandfather because a wrong(as well as a CRIME) was being done to her Grandfather who was being bullied. She could’ve caved in but she stood up for her granfather.

    As my Grandmother told me, The right thing may not be the the most popular thing. But when it’s the right thing, you’ll know.

  23. toes

    May 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

    what sad is our court system permitted it to happen in the first place,if i was her neighbor strange things would start happening to her cars any thing she owned

  24. chefboyrdan

    May 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

    There is a God and his punishment will be great for this evil witch!

  25. C.S.Chapman

    May 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I’m not into violence on a female, but in this case….THROAT PUNCH and a KICK to the AZZ so hard she has to take off her shirt to SHIT!!!!

  26. Rowan

    May 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    The woman in the picture is his Grand daughter, she is trying to help him out. It is her mother that is a worthless cunt.

  27. WoodysFriend

    May 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I too know of such a person who has, and is still tormenting her father. This Man has severed this Country in not one – not two – but three wars, and the last he whet three tours in country. When most of us look up to the Brave young men who are doing what they fell is there part ; here is a woman who ratter get any and all of what she can form the Man who gave of his life to keep her safe a home.

  28. Sean

    June 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    That women is pure evil. If she has kids they will do the same to her.

  29. Chris

    November 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I happened to come across this article now – just curious, any updates?

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