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  • By Ronald W. Hull
    Mar 2, 2016
    Jerry Pat Bolton's autobiography, Misdemeanors & Felonies, is, in his own words, "an apology," to his three children, Paula, Patricia and Nicholas. Jerry explains why he wasn't there when they were growing up. The good news is that they are in touch with him and the discovery and healing has begun. Jerry grew up in Taylor, Arkansas, thinking that he was the son of Sam and Orean Bolton. But there were signs, early on, that he didn't belong, and he knew it. Jerry was a rambunctious young man, getting into occasional trouble. His mother was a strict disciplinarian and gave him tough love in the form of brutal beatings. At 16, Jerry determined that he was adopted. To escape his situation, Bolton took to reading off by himself. Even did a little writing with encouragement at school. But he didn't do well in school. He left and never looked back. Instead, Jerry enlisted in the Air Force, but eventually soured on the military and got himself dishonorably discharged. Back in... More > Taylor, Jerry immediately became infatuated with Marionette, and married her on a whim. That marriage only lasted only months, but his first child, Paula, was born without him. Desperate for money, he stole a check out of a neighbor's mailbox and was soon on his way to federal prison. While in prison, Jerry was attracted to printing and the Linotype machine. He loved the Linotype. As soon as he was paroled, he grew bored and skipped town and parole. Jerry ended up in California, where he met Nanette and once again, got married. They had a baby girl, Patricia, that Jerry loved. Back in prison again, his in-laws got his parole transferred to New York City and he finally served it out. Jerry spent the next few years with older women where he used them for money and they used him for sex. He experienced most of the drugs of the era, drinking and smoking and always spending every dime he ever got. When he met Dorothy there was something about her that settled him down. Jerry could no longer find work in typesetting, so he got jobs on ships and oil rigs cooking that paid well until both he and his wife, suffering from emphysema, had to quit work. Bolton searched on the Internet and found that not only Paula and Patricia were looking for him, but that he had a son, Nicholas, who Nanette was pregnant with when she left him. While not for the squeamish or judgmental, I highly recommend Misdemeanors & Felonies for its life lessons. Ronald W. Hull, author of Hanging by a Thread< Less
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Jerry Bolton
December 10, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.29 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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