For Twelve Years, Genie Wiley Lived an Interesting Life

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Feral Child

The name “Genie” was given to her as a means of protecting her identity. Her case made news as one of the nation’s most horrific instances of child abuse. One question swept the nation: what kind of unmentionable conditions could have transformed this harmless young girl into what the officers called a “feral child?” But the answer laid at the bottom of a grave in Arcadia, California…

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Clark Wiley

Genie’s father had grown up being passed in and out of orphanages and foster homes. He worked as a machinist on aircraft assembly lines during WWII before marrying Irene Oglesby, a woman twenty years his junior. After a severe head injury as a child, Irene suffered from an array of neurological problems and degenerative vision…

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