Published: January 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Anyone who has ever found themselves in the middle of a family situation like this probably has a little more perspective. There's a ton of grief for the lost, a ton of emotion, and a sense of entitlement, and often infighting, almost as if they are fighting over which one was more loved. Sad to say also that it usually doesn't matter how much money is involved either. I've seen family fight over a very modest pile of things, and one fight over an estate worth seven figures. I've been here before a couple of times, and have seen victims, otherwise decent people lose sight of who they are and take the low road, and people who are vultures become even worse. It's amazing how easy that can happen in this kind of situation too. It's a bit of a stomach turning experience on many different levels.
That's not to say anything negative about the parties at all, because we just don't know the whole story. We know the Kochs (not to be confused with the billionaire Koch Brothers BTW) as a family who took some land in the middle of Nowhere, Indiana and built a fantastic and successful park. We've rooted for the park because they are the smaller company that does things the right way and cares about their product and customers. We don't know them personally though, nor do we know the family dynamic, so presuming to completely understand this is a mistake.
We have a family who lost a son and brother, the heart and soul of a long standing family operation, and we have a wife and kids who lost their husband and father. There's grief and pain, family business and legacy protection, entitlement and probably a little greed mixed in with millions of dollars. In the end, the lawyers will get a lot of that money they are fighting over, and wounds will take a whole lot longer to heal...if they ever do. I don't know them or the whole story, but I have trouble believing that Will Koch ever would have wanted this. Holiday World aside, I sincerely hope that the parties can come to an agreement and repair things between them for the sake of themselves and his legacy.