Tennessee: Breaking the Silver Cord

Danny Bass, a Tennessee construction worker, was 20 years old in 1978 when he married Mary Ann Garton, then 37. Bass had been put up for adoption when he was three, and except for a brief encounter in his early teens, he never saw his mother again. Then, after three months of married life, Mary Ann Bass casually informed Bass that she was his mother. As Danny's lawyer, Doug Jackson, put it, "That really set him back a notch."

Bass ran off and joined the Army for four years, but his mother persisted in her efforts...

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