From the bloggers at This Lady is a Tramp.
I left Mississippi at the age of 15. I ran away. My parents were not the sort of people I would have chosen to know had I not been related to them. My mother was a paranoid schizophrenic alcoholic who was in and out of state mental institutions her entire life; she died in 2006. My father, still living, also an alcoholic, terrorized the entire family.
There is no need to go into gory details here out of respect for my two older sisters, who were both of age and out of state by the time I fled. Suffice it to say, my father is dishonorable man and a criminal who never paid for his crimes.
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