Marty Rathbun: Memoirs of a Lunatic

Some facts from Marty Rathbun memoirs:

I may be crazy… Insanity runs deep in my family. My mother received multiple electro-convulsive shock therapy treatments while pregnant with me…

I am a lunatic by virtue of carrying my mother’s genes, complicated and compounded by my fetal electro-shock experience…

My mother jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. She did not survive the impact and her body washed up on shore a couple of days later.

My two older brothers never recovered. After living tortured childhoods both went insane in their early twenties. Scott, eight years my elder, has been institutionalized for “schizophrenia” most of his adult life. Bruce, four years older than I, was locked up in mental institutions several times, and finally was stabbed to death after a bar room brawl at the age of twenty-seven.

With my father Slade busy making ends meet, I never had much supervision as a kid. Even though he’d go at it with my older brothers, he and I always seemed to get along. I think he considered me to be sort of like a good dog.

My father had taken to drinking every night, and my latest stepmother was a wine and valium addict from the day she moved in…

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