This short story is a free read prequel to: Before He Became A Monster, by Lawson McDowell.
If you've ever wondered how a child could grow into a one of America's most sinister criminals, this story offers a good starting point. It is based on a true story and remains close to the actual occurrence.
This narrative chronicles twelve year old Charles Manson's escape from Father Gibault's Boys Home in Terra Haute, Indiana and his cross country quest to rejoin his mother in Indianapolis.
The story is marked by unique subject, evocative language, and unexpected turns.
After reading The Homecoming Train, readers will want to read Before He Became A Monster, which continues the story two years later.
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received an electronic copy of this story from Lawson McDowell in exchange for a review. Thank you, Mr. McDowell, for sharing your work with me. I must say that I had a firm mindset against finding any redeeming qualities to Charles Manson, even as a child. I was totally wrong. Lawson McDowell manages to make Manson a sympathetic character in just a few pages. Read this story. And anything else that Lawson McDowell chooses to write. He has a voice that touches your soul.