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April 28, 2014

By Joy Mercado

In the wake of her husband Dr. Curt Connors’s horrifying transformation into a lizard creature and subsequent rampage across New York, Martha Connors left the city to begin a new life with her son Billy. As the one year anniversary of the event approaches on Thursday, we caught up with her to talk where she’s been, where she’s going and ultimately what it’s like to have a convicted bioterrorist as an estranged husband.

Daily Bugle: How hard has this been for you?

Martha Connors: Are you kidding? Is this a joke? My heart aches every day for what Curt did.

DB: What do you think his reasons were?

Martha: Like he said at his trial, I do believe his reasons started out for noble purposes. But he took it too far, he was obsessive. Whenever you push boundaries like that… it can get bad.

DB: Do you think Oscorp bears some responsibility for what happened?

Martha: (long pause) I think it’s best if I kept my opinions to myself.

DB: Is that because Oscorp was rumored to have paid you a substantial fee in return for your silence?

Martha: Any money I received from Oscorp was all based on Curt’s contract with the company.

DB: Even though they claim to have fired him before the Lizard’s attack?

Martha: You’d have to ask them.

DB: I’m sorry, I didn’t want to go off on a tangent. Tell me about Billy?

Martha: He’s ten. He’s too young to really comprehend the magnitude of the pain his father has caused, but he is old enough to understand his father has issues and has done some very horrible things.

DB: What did you think when you first heard the news?

Martha: Like everyone else, I watched the attack live on cable news, shocked at what was going on. But the first time the cameras caught it ­–him – the Lizard – in close-up, I knew… I just knew it was Curt. I knew he had finally perfected the cross-genetic formula to regrow limbs… and all it had cost him was his humanity.