"My court date came for custody and [the child's mother] did not even show up."
An excerpt from a feature about Norma Jean in 2008 and example of nothing held back.
Another gem from @markforrerphoto, for more of this piece head to altpress.com/magazine and look at the back issues.
At age 19, Cory Brandan was married for the first time; by 21, he was divorced with a daughter. He found love several years later with another woman and fathered a son, but soon after the birth, the relationship soured.
"After my son was born, the girl I was with became addicted to methamphetamines," Brandan explains. Since they were not married, she held all the custody rights; the singer found himself locked out of his son's life as drugs pulled her to places he simply refused to follow. In despair, he spent many nights sitting in his car across the street from her house, peering through the windows and watching her self-destruct and cruelly neglect a child he had helped to create. It was torture, and after awhile, it became too much to stand.
"There was one day where she just left the house and left my son there alone," he continues. "There were some random guys inside the house, too, but they left to go to the store. I thought to myself, 'This is it. Screw it. I don't care how illegal this is. God, I don't know if this is wrong or not, but I'm doing it.' I went up to the house, broke a [back] window and took my son. I pretty much kidnapped my own child."