She beat him on the head and back. He tried putting his arms up for protection. He begged her to stop. She ignored him. Blood flowed freely from areas struck.
At age 10, his mother married Ernest Kemp. He was alcoholic and violent. His older siblings, Theresa and Thomas, fled home to escape. Terry was alone. He'd hide in his room. He locked his door. Ernest broke through and beat him. No one was there to help.
At age 6, an older boy raped him. So did a former teacher and another older man. He was raped multiple times for years. He was traumatized. He lived in constant fear. He suffered terribly. He turned to alcohol, drugs, and self-mutilation to cope.
His lawyer said years of "unrelenting abuse and neglect made (him) an easy target for sexual predators." They took full advantage.
He never got counseling or other supportive help. Instead, people he turned to abused him. Tragedy resulted. At age 16, he was convicted on burglary charges.
He was interned at a juvenile detention center. Two older males gang raped him. He said he "always felt that just around the corner someone might be coming." He had nowhere to hide or anyone to turn to for help.
At age 17, he struck back. Rage overwhelmed him.
He killed one of his abusers. He stabbed Herbert Hamilton multiple times to death. He got 27 years imprisonment on third-degree murder charges.