“I was determined to get this guy talking. Whenever we’d go to lockdown I was in there peppering him with questions in a friendly manner. I asked, “What are you here for?” All I got out of that question was, “Ever since that day. Ever since that day everything went downhill.” I regretted asking him that question and thought, Oh man, this guy killed somebody. I am going to have to sleep with one eye open!
This balding, middle-aged man-child just sat there, looking nonthreatening. He had a pretty good belly on him. And his mannerisms struck me as childlike. He was always talking about his mom. In his mutterings about “that day” he also said, “I just wanna get back to my mom.” At first glance I didn’t find him threatening, but all this talk had me thinking he was like Norman Bates from Psycho and maybe he had killed his mother. But then he said, “Ever since that day when I turned two, my parents didn’t want me anymore.”
When he said that I found myself thinking, I’d rather he had told me he killed someone. This is much, much creepier.


Noah Galloway, Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier
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