Roger Owens

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Born Roger Daniel Owens to ordained Baptist minister Ross W. Owens, Jr. and Italian registered nurse Mary N. DiRisio in 1943 in Glendale, California. Eldest of nine children. Owens family faced daunting poverty from such a large family and little income that Roger's mother suffered a mental breakdown which sent her to live in a state mental hospital for seven years.

Ross sent the siblings to foster homes in San Diego County. Roger and younger brother Philip endured two abusive foster homes before finding comfort in a sheriff's home. Read more...


Character: Souvenir Stand Vendor

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