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Open Letter to Tyler Perry About 'The Haves and the Have Nots'

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various topics including celebrities and entertainment.


Dear Mr. Perry,

First of all, thank you for the great work you do by being a writer, producer, and director of your many television shows and movies.

This open letter is in reference to The Haves and the Have Nots that began on May 28, 2013 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

While die-hard fans have been watching the drama series since it began, some have fallen by the wayside for some of the same reasons that are addressed in this letter.

Mid-Seasons Format

Needless to say, a lot of fans do not like the mid-seasons format. They have to wait a long time between seasons, and the seasons have fewer episodes than other television series. By the time viewers get into the story, there is a long break after the finale.

Even though this happens over and over again, it is not a deal breaker.

Too Many Deaths and Unsolved Crimes

There are numerous unsolved crimes that began way back in Season 2. A majority of them are murders that have never been solves and persons responsible have never been brought to justice. Fans would like to see some or all of the crimes solved before others are piled on top of the unsolved ones.

Amanda Cryer

Amanda Cryer was the only daughter of Jim and Katherine Cryer. She died under mysterious circumstances back in Season 2. Many viewers have been under the impression that she killed herself, but the conversations keep coming up that maybe she didn't.

Professor Cannon

Amanda's professor raped her that led to her distress. She stabbed him in the park in broad daylight. Then her father ordered Cannon to be killed along with Officer Terrell and Veronica. We know Veronica wasn't killed, but it is vague about what happened concerning the other two hits.

Maggie Day

Veronica Harrington set Maggie Day up to be killed because she thought Maggie was having an affair with her husband, David Harrington. The crime was never investigated and Veronica was never held responsible for Maggie's death.

Jennifer Sallison

District Attorney Jennifer Sallison was killed by Katherine Cryer. Both judges, Jim Cryer and David Harrington, were part of the cover-up along with attorney Veronica Harrington. All of them did spend some time in prison, but the case was never solved.

Angela Robinson as Veronica Harrington on "The Haves and the Have Nots"

Angela Robinson as Veronica Harrington on "The Haves and the Have Nots"

Quincy Maxwell

Candace Young, with the help of Jeffrey Harrington, killed Quincy Maxwell in self-defense. They did not report his death. Instead, with the help of Candace's brother Benny, they buried the body in the backyard. By the time police discovered the body Candace's house had been repossessed. Since Veronica is such a brilliant attorney, she got Candace off for the murder.


Warwick Lewis, also known as Warlock and War, was a good friend of Candace until she held back some money he thought he should have gotten. Then set out to kill her. When he and his gang burst into a hotel room where he thought Candace was, they shot up the place. Candace's young son, Quincy, Jr, also known as Q, was killed.

Warwick was not brought to justice, but Candace arranged for him to be killed. She wasn't brought to justice for that murder.

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After Candace connived her way of getting Jim Cryer's money that Oscar was in charge of, she pushed Oscar from her hotel window and made it appear as a suicide. This is just one in a long list of unsolved murders.


A few seasons ago, Veronica burned down David's house while he was sleeping inside. The house was completely destroyed, but David survived. He knew his wife did it, but she was never charged.

After David started dating Erica, Veronica became so jealous that she ransacked the house while David and Erica looked on. Again, Veronica was not charged. Then she took a sledgehammer to Erica's car. When David bought Erica another car, Veronica hired a man to bomb it with Erica in it. She was hoping David was in it too, but the bomb went off before he got inside. He ended up in the hospital with serious burns for a whole season. He knew Veronica was responsible for the explosion, but so far she is going scotch free.

Speaking of Veronica, she is planning another senseless murder. She has offered RK's murder just so her son Jeffrey will take the blame for it. She wants her son Jeffrey to go to jail because she cannot control him. Therefore, she has coerced a hit man to kill RK. That's so sad!

Officer Justin Runs Veronica Off the Road

It was good to see Justin suspended for offering drugs to Wyatt while he was in jail. However, the officer was never brought to justice for running Veronica's car off the road a couple of seasons ago.

Veronica ended up in the hospital. In fact, the ice queen has been in the hospital three times in the series. She was there twice as a result of what her own son did to her.

Children Hating Their Parents

This will not cause fans to stop watching the series, but it is noticeable that there are three families where children hate their parents.

  • Candace Young hates her mother, Hanna, and she doesn't beat around the bush about it.
  • Wyatt Cryer hates his parents.
  • Jeffrey Harrington hates his mother, but he adores his father.
Tika Sumpter as Candace Young on "The Haves and the Have Nots"

Tika Sumpter as Candace Young on "The Haves and the Have Nots"

Candace Young

Candace has hated her mother since the beginning of The Haves and the Have Nots. However, in the current season, she sent a man to Hanna's house to scare her into turning over money to him. Hanna ended up stabbing him.

While he was in the van, Candace took the money the man had with him and set the vehicle on fire. That's another person the vixen has murdered.

Wyatt Cryer

Wyatt hates his parents, Jim and Katherine Cryer. He wants them dead so they will not stand in the way of his $8 million inheritance.

Jeffrey Harrington

Jeffrey hates his mother Veronica Harrington. He is aware of some of the dirty things she has done. On one occasion, he stabbed her in the neck with a knife. She was hospitalized for a short time. On another occasion, he used defibrillation paddles on his mother's back when she was harassing David when he was in the burn unit of the hospital.

Veronica spent time in the same hospital herself as a result of what Jeffrey did. He was never jailed for stabbing her or for causing her harm with the shocking paddles.

Appeal to Mr. Perry

Since fans have been watching the show for five years, it would be a shame to them to stop watching some. Many have indicated on social media that they might not watch next season because there are too many loose ends.

Resolve some of the unsolved crimes, Mr. Perry. We know you can!

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