April 5, 1967 - Wednesday
Quite an unusual thing
happened today. John O'Brien, an old friend of the family we haven't
seen for 15 years suddenly came to visit. There are however quite a
few unusual circumstances connected with him.
The last time we saw him was
in Washington D.C. He was mentally disturbed and spending time in a
V.A. hospital. When he was released we never heard from him again
Well, he came to the door
today and greeted father like he just saw him yesterday. The only
thing he would talk about was that he had to find a friend who he believed
was in the park in San Diego. He said he had been searching for two
months and wasn't able to find a trace of her! He was carrying a bull
whip that he had bought in Tijuana and he then started talking about
underworld criminals that were trying to kill him. He was obviously
I don't know the details but
apparently John used to date my mother before she met father. When I
was little he used to visit the house in Maryland and he would bring Barry,
Sheila and I candy. He seemed fine at the time and we called him Uncle
While he was at the front
door talking to father, mother came home from shopping. She was a bit
shook up when she saw him and she started making excuses and told him that
we had an important dinner engagement. He seemed to take the hint and
he headed back for San Diego.
Obviously the man is mentally
ill and I must say I'm a bit disappointed at how my parents handled him.
Although now they're trying to find out more about him, I think he came to
us for help and he shouldn't have been turned away.
These are just the rough
facts and I have the feeling we haven't seen the last of him. If he
does come back I hope we can help him more.