From age six the life of crime for best-selling author Victor L. Carrington included juvenile homes and two prison sentences before age 20.
Here’s a synopsis of his book ‘Just When You Thought You Knew Me‘ from Amazon:
As a little boy all I wanted was to be loved. Learning what I thought was love from my family, eventually revealed to be years of manipulation and lies. I grew up in the juvenile system, but I managed to find my way. Sadly, any time I thought I was on a path to greatness, my journey was disrupted. During my years in juvenile facilities, I faced loneliness and depression that led to multiple suicide attempts. Willing to do what it took to gain love and affection, I became a person that everyone wanted to be around while it benefited them. Unable to recognize I was manipulated, I ended up in prison two times. It was the second prison sentence when the blinders were removed. At that “ah-ha” moment after the persuasion of another inmate, I was able to see people for who and what they truly were. Not only was it an eye opening experience, but at that moment, I took control of my life for the very first time. I was 25-years old, and I felt like my life was just beginning. Although angry, hurt and confused, I was able to successfully complete my sentence and come home to another life changing moment that would destroy any hopes of having a healthy relationship with my family.