Charles Manson has long been a synonym for evil. But years before his reputation as one of America’s most sinister killers, Manson was an unwanted boy.
In 1949, when 14 year old Charles Manson arrived at Father Flanagan’s legendary Boys Town, he was brimming with hope. He saw a promising future. Then something happened that crushed hope and sent history in a darker direction.
Manson’s story is told through the eyes of Jake and Maggie, a father and daughter seeking resolution to life-long divisions. From his hospice bed, Jake Bowden confesses the crystalizing events that occurred long ago when Charlie was his Boys Town roommate.
With Manson’s input, McDowell explores the largely uncharted territory of a feared killer’s adolescence, weaving fact with speculation to explain what might have gone so wrong.
Manson is still relevant in our society, representing anti-establishment principles that continue to attract today’s youth. Convicted of ordering others to murder for him, he remains a fascinating—if horrifying—subject. Manson receives more letters than any prisoner in U. S. history.
Whether interpreted as controversial social commentary or simply a great read, this poignant tale of childhood tragedy will leave readers questioning their perceptions of history.
(Includes 20 photograhs)
The optional prequel to this novel is: The Homecoming Train, by Lawson McDowell
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About the Author
Lawson McDowell was almost born in the backseat of a Buick, but a wild ride through the wheat fields near Dodge City, Kansas, arrived at the hospital in the nick of time. That was in 1950. It seems Lawson has been in a hurry ever since. When he was five, his family moved to Texas, establishing roots in the small town of Andrews, where his father worked in the oil industry. Lawson grew up with rattlesnakes and roughnecks in the rough and tumble oil boom years of the 50's and 60's. After graduation from Texas Tech University, Lawson went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad. He advanced through the ranks, eventually leading operations in Los Angeles, Tucson and Kansas City. At the corporate level, he served as director of safety in Denver, and for a time chaired the Association of American Railroads Safety Section in Washington. Lawson attended executive classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While MIT upgraded his skills, he developed a love for Boston and the Red Sox. Now serving with Union Pacific Railroad, Lawson is Director of Network Operations where working with trains is still a passion. He and his wife, Virginia (his greatest passion) live in Omaha, Nebraska. Lawson writes in his spare time.
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