Clark Wiley was devastated by the death of his mother in a hit-and-run accident in 1958. Within months of her death, he moved in to her two-bedroom house on Golden West Road in Temple City, Calif., and kept her room a shrine -- not allowing anyone to sleep in her bed. According to John, while Genie was caged in a straitjacket in a metal crib with a cover, John slept on the floor. His mother slept at the dining room table and his father used the recliner. Clark Wiley blamed his son for the death of his beloved mother, who had run a bordello. John said his father's anger started early, when he found his mother with some of her clients. Clark's father died when he was struck by lightning.
(Courtesy of Wiley family )