Genie Wiley

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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 in 1970.  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 see shortly, I was wrong.  I knew she was found in 1970 when her mother, escaping from her abusive husband, went to social services.  I knew that she was examined in various laboratory settings, that her father shot himself, and that her mother was living for some time afterwards and eventually at some point got custody of her again.
 
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 in 1970.  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 see shortly, I was wrong.  I knew she was found in 1970 when her mother, escaping from her abusive husband, went to social services.  I knew that she was examined in various laboratory settings, that her father shot himself, and that her mother was living for some time afterwards and eventually at some point got custody of her again.
  
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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Today, Mar 6, 2007, an editor on wikipedia, added an newspaper article as an external link to the article on Genie, 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.
  
 
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.
 
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.

Revision as of 17:15, 6 March 2007

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