Genie Wiley

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'''Genie Wiley''', (b Apr 18, 1957) famous case of a "feral child", raised under severe conditions until she was 13 years old.
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'''Genie Wiley''', (b Apr 18, 1957) famous case of a "feral child", raised under severe conditions until she was 13 years old.  She was kept isolated in a back bedroom, locked in a bed surrounded by chicken-wire at night and strapped to a potty chair by day.
  
 
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"Genie" was born in 1956/7 (called "13 1/2 years old" in Nov 1970), the daughter of Clark Wiley and his wife Irene.  Until today, her real name has always remained private.  Today that ends. Using old newspaper articles I have discovered the family structure.
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What did I know when I started this article about Genie?  Genie is called variously 13 or 13 1/2 in postings describing when she was discovered by authorities.  Until today I had no idea of her surname, the names of her parents, siblings or where they lived except the vague "Los Angeles" area.  Various postings online claim that her real name has been kept private.  I had thought that was because documents were sealed, but as you will I was wrong.
  
She had a brother or half-brother named John Wiley.  In a Dec, 1970 article, Irene is called "of Alhambra, California", and the daughter is called "Susan".  In 1970, in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia, she was taken into protective custody.
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An editor on wikipedia, added an newspaper article which identifies the parents as "Clark Wiley and his wife Irene".  Many online postings state that the father shot and killed himself before he could be arrainged.  Armed with this, I went looking for his death entry and found it.  In trying to find an obit, I found much more.
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An article in the ''Valley News'' of Van Nuys, California, Dec 17, 1970, (page 23C "Felony Charge Dismissed in Wiley Child Abuse Case") gives her name as "Susan".  It repeats her parents names as above and adds that she had a brother or half-brother named John Wiley, calling him "Clark's son".  In this same article, Irene is called "of Alhambra, California".  In 1970, in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia, she was taken into protective custody.
  
 
Clark Wiley's mother had been "killed by a hit and run driver", and this is used to explain his bizarre actions.  "Just before he was due in court to be arraigned for child abuse, he shot and killed himself."
 
Clark Wiley's mother had been "killed by a hit and run driver", and this is used to explain his bizarre actions.  "Just before he was due in court to be arraigned for child abuse, he shot and killed himself."

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