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The troubled life of William Balfour
Chicago Tribune ^ | December 7, 2008 | Ofelia Casillas and Angela Rozas

Posted on 12/06/2008 6:16:18 PM PST by malkee

At 14, William Balfour spoke so softly that the counselor at the youth shelter could barely hear him.

Depressed and angry, William already had been arrested on charges of heroin possession and possession of a stolen vehicle. He had little recollection of his father, who had been sent to prison for murder years earlier. His mother's efforts to discipline him had turned abusive, state records show.

William said he knew his mother had given him up, turning him over to the state child welfare system.

"But my daddy didn't," he told the counselor, perking up for the first time during the interview. "He still wants me. I know he does."

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: balfour; blackfamily; crime; jenniferhudson; psychology

1 posted on 12/06/2008 6:16:18 PM PST by malkee
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To: malkee

Well, here we go again with another misunderstood little sweetheart who turned into a vicious killer. Boo-freeking-hooo.


2 posted on 12/06/2008 6:21:24 PM PST by eaglesiniowa ((Hope is not a course of action))
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To: malkee

Fathers don’t matter, remember?


3 posted on 12/06/2008 6:24:34 PM PST by nobama08
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To: malkee
By this time, William had joined a gang, the Gangster Disciples.

That's odd, Gangster Disciples usually produce a lot of Ivy League bound youths.

4 posted on 12/06/2008 6:28:40 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: eaglesiniowa

I posted this because it made me think.


5 posted on 12/06/2008 6:41:03 PM PST by malkee
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To: Owl_Eagle

The Disciples were nowhere near as fierce as the Blackstone Rangers were at their 1960s-1970s peak. The latter went Muslim, however (as P-Stone Nation), and have never been the same since.


6 posted on 12/06/2008 6:43:54 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: malkee
Above all, this is a sad tale of more than one wasted life.

Jesus wept.

7 posted on 12/06/2008 6:49:59 PM PST by basil (Support the 2nd Amendment--buy another gun today)
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To: malkee

Just points up clearly how the Democrats, and the welfare programs they champion, have almost completely RUINED black families.


8 posted on 12/06/2008 7:09:24 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: malkee

Perhaps the rest of his family should be rounded up and executed along with him. These so called people are sub human.


9 posted on 12/06/2008 8:16:22 PM PST by mimaw
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To: nobama08

In all seriousness, cases like this highlight the importance of fathers—particularly as role models for young boys.


10 posted on 12/06/2008 8:22:16 PM PST by Oyarsa
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To: mimaw

I take exception to that. I do think it is instructive to observe what happens to children whose mothers give them to the government to raise.


11 posted on 12/06/2008 8:23:07 PM PST by malkee
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To: malkee
Reading the article it seems to me the mother did the most damage. People like her shouldn't be allowed to reproduce. Grandma sounds like a real doozie too. I wonder what happened to his sister? Does mama have her out hooking?
12 posted on 12/06/2008 9:04:58 PM PST by mimaw
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To: Oyarsa

Very much so.


13 posted on 12/07/2008 4:04:07 AM PST by nobama08
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