Here is a small excerpt from the article since it's so long:
I spoke with one of Pelzer's younger brothers, Stephen, 40, who was stricken with Bell's palsy as a child and whose speech is slightly slurred. Stephen denies his mother abused David or burned him or forced him to eat dog feces. ''Please!'' he says. ''That never happened.'' As a witness to the stabbing incident, Stephen says: ''I saw mom cutting food when David grabbed her arm and got a small cut from the knife. There wasn't even any blood, yet he screamed, 'Mommy stabbed me!'''
Stephen says David wasn't ostracized from the family, but that ''he was very close to me and Robert,'' the oldest brother. ''We were 'The Three Musketeers.' But David had to be the center of attention. He was a hyper, spoiled brat.''
Pelzer's grandmother, Ruth Cole, 92, remembers him as a ''disruptive kid, only interested in himself, with big ideas of grandeur.'' She says he bragged that celebrities, like Chuck Yeager, would be at his and Patsy's wedding. ''But it was just a few family members in the garage,'' she says. ''His books should be in the fiction section.''
Stephen adds that he thinks his brother was taken away from the family because ''he started a fire and was caught shoplifting. He was out of control. Even the Air Force didn't want him.'' Stephen claims Dave was discharged on psychological grounds.
When Pelzer learned that Stephen said this, he refuted it by producing a form from the Department of Veterans Affairs saying he had received an honorable discharge. ''Everyone sees things differently,'' Pelzer says. ''Besides,'' he adds, in a claim that seemed to me to be completely untrue, ''Stephen is semiretarded.''
That evening, Pelzer is driving toward Barnes & Noble. ''I thought my speech was a seven and a half,'' he says of his talk that day. ''You just want to make them happy.'' His cellphone rings. He answers it, nods, says ''Roger!'' and clicks off. ''Marsha used to fantasize, 'Dave Pelzer, No. 1 New York Times best seller,''' he says. He shakes his head. ''Now I don't want to screw up when my mojo's going good.''
I just want to clarify that I'm not debunking if it happened or not...I don't care if it did or not since stuff like this DOES happen...I just researched it a bit since in the "A Child Called It" posts, there's always someone who says the story isn't true.
Also, in the article, when Dave is blatantly asked if the story is about him, he says something along the lines of, "it's about a kid who survived." So that can be taken various different ways.
Regardless of if you think the story is true or not, realize that child abuse is a very serious issue and should not be taken lightly.
Army wife to Chad (12/28/2007)
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