Education: Bad Boy's Background

Chris Simpson's father, a violent-tempered Italian, present whereabouts unknown, married Chris's Irish mother, present whereabouts unknown, when she was 15. They begat nine children, whom the father never supported and frequently abused. When Chris, the youngest child, was five, the State of Michigan decided that his home was no place for him, instead placed him in its Children's Institute at Ann Arbor. A year later Chris was released to Mrs. Harriet Atwood, wealthy farmer's widow, began attending the one-room Bigelow Rural School in Calhoun County, Michigan. He grew faster than most of his...

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