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Before the gunfire in Virginia, a volatile home life in Illinois

No one can truly know what motivates a man to drive halfway across the country, live out of his car

Julie Turkewitz Sheryl Gay Stolberg John Eligon & Alan Blinder | NYT 

Signs of a deeply disturbed family life kept surfacing from the well-kept house with the pale sun awning and the pretty flowerpots off a gravel road here. One of James T Hodgkinson’s foster daughters killed herself in a gruesome fashion: by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself on fire. Another described herself as “more of a hindrance than a daughter.” And when Mr Hodgkinson dragged his grandniece by her hair and tried to choke her, the police were called in, and he was charged with battery. In previously sealed court papers obtained by the local ...

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First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 16:08 IST
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