In part of my research for my book I ordered the court reporter's transcript from Dad's trial and punishment phase. I received it this morning and just finished reading it.
For the first time I read the testimony of the officers who responded to the 911 call and interceded in Dad's assault against Gloria*. For the first time I got the account of the medical examiner who treated and reported Gloria's wounds. For the first time I saw Mom's statements in the punishment phase and Dad's reasoning as he tried to explain all of his wrongdoings away to the jury.
My GOD, it makes my heart ache for my mom, the teenage me, dad, and, of course,
*The woman he tried to kill and for whose attempted murder he is now serving 20 years in TX prison. Not her real name.