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Jani sse Ray with her cou sin Charlie Ray. father before him, Ms. Ray’s daddy had a mental problem that made life unpleasant for the whole family. In their household, “mental illness” was not in their vocabulary. The three years her father spent in a hospital was for “illness.” His affliction was diagnosed from a long list of symptoms, both before and after his treatment and recovery. He was the alpha male in his house. He made the rules and was more t han touchy when he was questioned. Punishment was cruel and often totally unfair. The four children were whipped with daddy’s leather belt. If only one of the children angered their father, they all were punished because they hadn’t stopped the miscreant from bad judgment. Although he never struck his wife, he insisted on lifting his ill, aged mother from her chair for “exercise” by walking when it was obviously painful and she begged him to stop. Part of his “illness” was his reli171

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