Breaking the Chain: Life and Times of a Convict through the Eyes of His Daughters

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iUniverse, Jan 6, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 84 pages
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To outsiders, Larry Owen Azlin was a drug-addicted criminal who defied societal rules and norms. But to authors Shirley Anne McMurray and Melinda Leigh Alkire, he was the man they called Daddy. In this memoir, these sisters paint a picture of their life with their father and mother—a life marked by crime, drugs, police busts, and shootings in the ghettos of Fresno, California.


Breaking the Chain provides a glimpse into the life of children with parents who struggle with addiction and the impact the criminal justice system leaves on them. McMurray and Alkire share the details of what life was like with their father before drugs engulfed his mind, body, and soul. It also narrates the grim stories of his drug-addicted machinations, his prison incarceration with the California Department of Corrections, and his failed attempts at reform.


Recalling both the heartaches and the joys, Breaking the Chain provides a unique perspective of their unusual upbringing. They provide testimony that there is hope for the future.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Young Love
1
Chapter 2 The Beginning
4
Chapter 3 Our Home
9
Chapter 4 The Crowd
14
Chapter 5 The Business
19
Chapter 6 The Invasion
21
Chapter 7 The Run
24
Chapter 8 Locked Down
28
Chapter 11 The Community Corrections System
37
Chapter 12 Attempt at Legitimism
39
Chapter 13 Justice
44
Chapter 14 Behind the Wall
48
Chapter 15 The Reputation
53
Chapter 16 The Split
57
Chapter 17 The Relocation
59
Chapter 18 The End of a Legend
62

Chapter 9 Seeking Guidance
30
Chapter 10 Rehabilitation
33
Chapter 19 A New Life and New Memories
67
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