Genie Wiley

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About a month after she left Clark, Irene being nearly blind, went to seek public assistance for the blind, bringing Susan along with her.  One version states that an alert social worker spotted the oddly walking and behaving child, alerted her own supervisor who called the police.  A second version states that Susan's abnormal background was not discovered until a social services home visit on Nov 4, 1970.  Shortly after the real reason for Susan's unnaturalness was discovered, both Clark and Irene were arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse.</td></tr></table>
 
About a month after she left Clark, Irene being nearly blind, went to seek public assistance for the blind, bringing Susan along with her.  One version states that an alert social worker spotted the oddly walking and behaving child, alerted her own supervisor who called the police.  A second version states that Susan's abnormal background was not discovered until a social services home visit on Nov 4, 1970.  Shortly after the real reason for Susan's unnaturalness was discovered, both Clark and Irene were arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse.</td></tr></table>
  
A 17 Dec 1970 article "Felony Charge Dismissed in Wiley Child Abuse Case" on page 23C of the ''Valley News'' of Van Nuys, California ([http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&amp;business=wjhonson@aol.com&amp;amount=2.00&amp;item_name=Valley_News_(newspaper)_17Dec1970_page23C_Wiley Buy it for $2.00]) 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", although their home is described as being "in Arcadia".  In 1970, in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia. Susan "Genie" was taken into protective custody.
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A 17 Dec 1970 article "Felony Charge Dismissed in Wiley Child Abuse Case" on page 23C of the ''Valley News'' of Van Nuys, California 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", although their home is described as being "in Arcadia".  In 1970, in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia. Susan "Genie" was taken into protective custody.
  
 
===Susan Wiley: The Full Biography===
 
===Susan Wiley: The Full Biography===
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At this time, the family moved into Clark's deceased mother Pearl's old house on Golden West Avenue in Temple City, California.  Although the house had two-bedrooms, Clark did not allow anyone to sleep in his mother's old room, instead the family had makeshift sleeping arrangements in other parts of the house.  Clark had been told something along the lines that Susan was perhaps slightly retarded and might develop slowly and developed a strange compulsion that she must be "protected" from the outside world.  Clark's idea of protection was to keep Susan shut in her bedroom most or all of every day, and tied into a straitjacket at night.  She was also sometimes or often tied to a potty-chair and left that way for hours, all day, or even perhaps overnight at times.
 
At this time, the family moved into Clark's deceased mother Pearl's old house on Golden West Avenue in Temple City, California.  Although the house had two-bedrooms, Clark did not allow anyone to sleep in his mother's old room, instead the family had makeshift sleeping arrangements in other parts of the house.  Clark had been told something along the lines that Susan was perhaps slightly retarded and might develop slowly and developed a strange compulsion that she must be "protected" from the outside world.  Clark's idea of protection was to keep Susan shut in her bedroom most or all of every day, and tied into a straitjacket at night.  She was also sometimes or often tied to a potty-chair and left that way for hours, all day, or even perhaps overnight at times.
  
Susan still wore diapers, couldn't talk, and was fed a substandard diet which stunted her growth. Her unusual diet consisted of "warm cereal, honey, milk and an occassional egg". (so reports the 18 Nov 1970 ''Arcadia Tribune'' [http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&amp;business=wjhonson@aol.com&amp;amount=2.00&amp;item_name=Arcadia_Tribune_(newspaper)_18Nov1970_Wiley Buy it for $2.00])  It has been reported that when found she weighed 59 pounds and was the size of a 7 to 8 year old. From years of confinement, her muscles had not developed normally, which caused her to walk in a peculiar way. "Susan is only now learning that there are other people in the world."
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Susan still wore diapers, couldn't talk, and was fed a substandard diet which stunted her growth. Her unusual diet consisted of "warm cereal, honey, milk and an occassional egg". (so reports the 18 Nov 1970 ''Arcadia Tribune'')  It has been reported that when found she weighed 59 pounds and was the size of a 7 to 8 year old. From years of confinement, her muscles had not developed normally, which caused her to walk in a peculiar way. "Susan is only now learning that there are other people in the world."
  
 
The family were described as "strange people who kept to themselves."  "They never went anywhere, and never took the children anywhere."  "They never talked to anybody.  Sometimes I saw the child sitting on the porch, I always understood that she was mentally retarded."  Both Irene and John have stated at various times that they were terrified of Clark and his bizarre behavior.  John has reported that Clark often sat with a gun in his lap.
 
The family were described as "strange people who kept to themselves."  "They never went anywhere, and never took the children anywhere."  "They never talked to anybody.  Sometimes I saw the child sitting on the porch, I always understood that she was mentally retarded."  Both Irene and John have stated at various times that they were terrified of Clark and his bizarre behavior.  John has reported that Clark often sat with a gun in his lap.
  
Around October of 1970,  Irene estranged herself from her husband and taking Susan, went to live with her own mother, Mrs Beatrice Oglesby, in Monterey Park. (So reports page 6 of the 22 Nov 1970 ''Arcadia Tribune'', [http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&amp;business=wjhonson@aol.com&amp;amount=2.00&amp;item_name=Arcadia_Tribune_(newspaper)_22Nov1970_page6_Wiley Buy it for $2.00])  She went seeking assistance for the blind but ended up at a Social Services office where an alert worker, seeing this very odd looking and behaving child with Irene, notified her superior who alerted the police.  Clark and Irene were arrested in November, 1970 and charged with Felony Child Abuse for keeping Susan virtually a prisoner, almost her entire life.
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Around October of 1970,  Irene estranged herself from her husband and taking Susan, went to live with her own mother, Mrs Beatrice Oglesby, in Monterey Park. (So reports page 6 of the 22 Nov 1970 ''Arcadia Tribune'')  She went seeking assistance for the blind but ended up at a Social Services office where an alert worker, seeing this very odd looking and behaving child with Irene, notified her superior who alerted the police.  Clark and Irene were arrested in November, 1970 and charged with Felony Child Abuse for keeping Susan virtually a prisoner, almost her entire life.
  
 
John Wiley, had been allowed to go to school and he appears in the Temple City High School year book for one year, but after the story broke, he declined to have a picture taken.  
 
John Wiley, had been allowed to go to school and he appears in the Temple City High School year book for one year, but after the story broke, he declined to have a picture taken.  
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The initial social worker on the case, recommended on 5 Nov 1970, that Susan Wiley "Genie" be removed from her parents and made a dependent ward of the state.  Susan Wiley "Genie" had a state appointed attorney and advocate named John Miner.
 
The initial social worker on the case, recommended on 5 Nov 1970, that Susan Wiley "Genie" be removed from her parents and made a dependent ward of the state.  Susan Wiley "Genie" had a state appointed attorney and advocate named John Miner.
  
"Just before he was due in court to be arraigned for child abuse, [Clark] shot and killed himself", as the Valley News reports, adding that he was 70 years old, and killed himself on Nov 20.  The article also states that Mrs Wiley is 50 years old.  The trial against Irene continued until 15 Dec 1970 when Judge Peter S Smith in Alhambra Municipal Court dismissed the charges against her.  "Smith, in refusing to send the case to Superior Court for trial said there was 'no question of what has happened to this child,' but 'I can't see the Superior Court judge or jury, convicting this woman.'" (so reports the 16 Dec 1970 ''Arcadia Tribune'' [http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&amp;business=wjhonson@aol.com&amp;amount=2.00&amp;item_name=Arcadia_Tribune_(newspaper)_16Dec1970_Wiley Buy it for $2.00])  
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"Just before he was due in court to be arraigned for child abuse, [Clark] shot and killed himself", as the Valley News reports, adding that he was 70 years old, and killed himself on Nov 20.  The article also states that Mrs Wiley is 50 years old.  The trial against Irene continued until 15 Dec 1970 when Judge Peter S Smith in Alhambra Municipal Court dismissed the charges against her.  "Smith, in refusing to send the case to Superior Court for trial said there was 'no question of what has happened to this child,' but 'I can't see the Superior Court judge or jury, convicting this woman.'" (so reports the 16 Dec 1970 ''Arcadia Tribune'')  
  
 
Susan "Genie" lived first at the Children's Hospital, but scientist Jean Butler stating that she had exposed her to German measles, took her to her own home in quarantine.  Genie lived there while other investigators like Susan Curtiss, were denied access to her, and Jean applied to be her foster parent.  Her application was denied.  Susan Curtiss has stated that Jean made-up the idea that she had German measles because she wanted Susan all to herself.</td><td>http://www.homeworking.ws/children/genie-wiley.jpg</td></tr></table>
 
Susan "Genie" lived first at the Children's Hospital, but scientist Jean Butler stating that she had exposed her to German measles, took her to her own home in quarantine.  Genie lived there while other investigators like Susan Curtiss, were denied access to her, and Jean applied to be her foster parent.  Her application was denied.  Susan Curtiss has stated that Jean made-up the idea that she had German measles because she wanted Susan all to herself.</td><td>http://www.homeworking.ws/children/genie-wiley.jpg</td></tr></table>
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Shortly afterward, Susan "Genie" was placed as a foster child with David and Marilyn Rigler, in 1971.  David was a psychologist at Children's Hospital, and Marilyn was a graduate student in human development, who would become Genie's first teacher.  Meanwhile, Victoria Fromkin (1923-2000), a professor of linguistics at the University of California at Los Angeles, was working on a linguistics program for the child with two associates, Susan Curtiss and Stephen Krashen.  
 
Shortly afterward, Susan "Genie" was placed as a foster child with David and Marilyn Rigler, in 1971.  David was a psychologist at Children's Hospital, and Marilyn was a graduate student in human development, who would become Genie's first teacher.  Meanwhile, Victoria Fromkin (1923-2000), a professor of linguistics at the University of California at Los Angeles, was working on a linguistics program for the child with two associates, Susan Curtiss and Stephen Krashen.  
  
"Garnered by the Tribune [''Arcadia Tribune'' (Arcadia, CA)] was the 1971 First Place award for Best Individual Spot News Reporting of all weekly newspapers in the state.  The award was given for stories and photos in the tragic circumstances of Clark Wiley and his wife who were charged with child abuse in the alleged imprisonment of their 3-year-old [sic] daughter Susan in their Arcadia home throughout her life.  Stories were written by  Tribune Editor Dick Lloyd and writer Bob Brown with photos by Louis Nunez, and centered on Clark Wiley who took his own life minutes before he was to have appeared in court on the charges, his son John who was waiting outside for his father to come out for the drive to court, and interviews with friends at the scene and County Social Services officers who were watching over Mrs. Wiley.  Comments of the CNPA Better Newspapers Contest judges were: 'Spot story met deadline with detail, depth and photo.  Top story, commanding local and national attention, was augmented by fast breaking developments, all covered excellently by staff members." (so reports the 13 Feb 1972 ''Arcadia Tribune'' [http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&amp;business=wjhonson@aol.com&amp;amount=2.00&amp;item_name=Arcadia_Tribune_(newspaper)_13Feb1972_page1_Wiley Buy it for $2.00])
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"Garnered by the Tribune [''Arcadia Tribune'' (Arcadia, CA)] was the 1971 First Place award for Best Individual Spot News Reporting of all weekly newspapers in the state.  The award was given for stories and photos in the tragic circumstances of Clark Wiley and his wife who were charged with child abuse in the alleged imprisonment of their 3-year-old [sic] daughter Susan in their Arcadia home throughout her life.  Stories were written by  Tribune Editor Dick Lloyd and writer Bob Brown with photos by Louis Nunez, and centered on Clark Wiley who took his own life minutes before he was to have appeared in court on the charges, his son John who was waiting outside for his father to come out for the drive to court, and interviews with friends at the scene and County Social Services officers who were watching over Mrs. Wiley.  Comments of the CNPA Better Newspapers Contest judges were: 'Spot story met deadline with detail, depth and photo.  Top story, commanding local and national attention, was augmented by fast breaking developments, all covered excellently by staff members." (so reports the 13 Feb 1972 ''Arcadia Tribune'')
  
 
Susan Wiley "Genie the Wild Child", lived with the Riglers and their children in their home near Children's Hospital for about four years.  Susan's life with the Riglers ended when the National Institutes of Mental Health denied continued payment for the study of Susan "Genie".
 
Susan Wiley "Genie the Wild Child", lived with the Riglers and their children in their home near Children's Hospital for about four years.  Susan's life with the Riglers ended when the National Institutes of Mental Health denied continued payment for the study of Susan "Genie".
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*[http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt0q2nc69q&chunk.id=c01-1.2.7.5&brand=oac Finding Aid for the Collection of Research Materials related to Linguistic-Psychological Studies of Genie, Section 4 "Guardianship"], in particular note : "4B. Education . 1970-1977 Subseries is comprised of school progress reports, pedagogical material from the Los Angeles Unified School District, a small amount of correspondence, and other ephemera and miscellaneous material. [ Box 54 ] [ Folder 5 ] Authorization for exchange of medical, psychological, and education information between school and David Rigler . 1975 June 2 Signed by '''Irene Wiley'''."
 
*[http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt0q2nc69q&chunk.id=c01-1.2.7.5&brand=oac Finding Aid for the Collection of Research Materials related to Linguistic-Psychological Studies of Genie, Section 4 "Guardianship"], in particular note : "4B. Education . 1970-1977 Subseries is comprised of school progress reports, pedagogical material from the Los Angeles Unified School District, a small amount of correspondence, and other ephemera and miscellaneous material. [ Box 54 ] [ Folder 5 ] Authorization for exchange of medical, psychological, and education information between school and David Rigler . 1975 June 2 Signed by '''Irene Wiley'''."
 
*[http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt0q2nc69q&chunk.id=c02-1.2.7.9.5&brand=oac Finding Aid for the Collection of Research Materials related to Linguistic-Psychological Studies of Genie, Section 8C "Family History"], Box 62, Folder 34 Original notes and interview material of '''Irene Wiley'''. 1970 November 23-1974 December 30 Includes photocopies of family genealogical register.  
 
*[http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt0q2nc69q&chunk.id=c02-1.2.7.9.5&brand=oac Finding Aid for the Collection of Research Materials related to Linguistic-Psychological Studies of Genie, Section 8C "Family History"], Box 62, Folder 34 Original notes and interview material of '''Irene Wiley'''. 1970 November 23-1974 December 30 Includes photocopies of family genealogical register.  
*''The Daily Report'' (Ontario, California)], 17 Nov 1970, page A-2, "Parents Charged in Girl's Imprisonment" : [with a picture of Susan] ([http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&amp;business=wjhonson@aol.com&amp;amount=2.00&amp;item_name=The_Daily_Report_(newspaper)_17Nov1970_pageA-2_Wiley Buy the full article for $2.00]) "Susan Wiley, a teenager with the mentality of a 12 to 18 month old infant, was kept a prisoner in the home of her elderly parents for 13 years.  No reason was given for her confinement...." "...The girl's plight was discovered by a social worker who visited the home...the family applied for welfare aid and an eligibility worker was sent to their home.... A son John, 18, was sent to live with his grandparents following the arrest of his parents."
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*''The Daily Report'' (Ontario, California)], 17 Nov 1970, page A-2, "Parents Charged in Girl's Imprisonment" : [with a picture of Susan] "Susan Wiley, a teenager with the mentality of a 12 to 18 month old infant, was kept a prisoner in the home of her elderly parents for 13 years.  No reason was given for her confinement...." "...The girl's plight was discovered by a social worker who visited the home...the family applied for welfare aid and an eligibility worker was sent to their home.... A son John, 18, was sent to live with his grandparents following the arrest of his parents."
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=CAdeath1940%2c&rank=0&gsfn=Clark&gsln=Wiley&sx=&gs1co=2%2cUnited+States+&gs1pl=7%2cCalifornia&year=&yearend=&sbo=0&ufr=0&srchb=r&prox=1&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&o_iid=21416&o_lid=21416&o_it=21416&fh=0&recid=7913222&recoff=1+2 California Death Index 1940-97] showing "Clark G Wiley born 29 Mar 1901 Oregon, died 20 Nov 1970 Los Angeles County, California
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=CAdeath1940%2c&rank=0&gsfn=Clark&gsln=Wiley&sx=&gs1co=2%2cUnited+States+&gs1pl=7%2cCalifornia&year=&yearend=&sbo=0&ufr=0&srchb=r&prox=1&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&o_iid=21416&o_lid=21416&o_it=21416&fh=0&recid=7913222&recoff=1+2 California Death Index 1940-97] showing "Clark G Wiley born 29 Mar 1901 Oregon, died 20 Nov 1970 Los Angeles County, California
  

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