In this section, I will post letters, journal entries, and excerpts from the book in an effort to provide as many details as I can about my investigation into my father’s life.
In 2002, when I first began my search to find the man who abandoned me in a stairwell in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in March1963, I was armed only with my biological father’s name, date and place of birth, and his social security number, which were given to me by Sgt. Harold Butler of the San Francisco Police Department. The first step I took was to look for any Earl Van Best, Jr., Earl Van Best, or Gertrude Plummer listed anywhere in the United States. That search included The White Pages, Rootsweb, Ancestry.com, Familysearch.com, and involved a visit or two to the local Mormon Church. All of these efforts proved helpful in some way.
[weaver_hide_if_mobile][/weaver_hide_if_mobile]Once I learned the addresses of people with those names, I began writing letters, explaining what I knew at the time about my adoption and my parents. Most of this information was what my biological mother, Judy, had related to me, and, as indicated in The Most Dangerous Animal of All, much of it was inaccurate. This includes my mother’s story about me being turned into a church in Baton Rouge and the spelling of her first name in different ways at different times—Judith, Judy, Judi, and Jude. To avoid confusion, we chose to use only “Judy” in the book. It also includes mistakes in the spelling of my birth name and mistakes made either by the hospital, police department, or Welfare Department. There may also be discrepancies in the letters and journal entries regarding what I perceived to be the truth back then, (keep in mind, this was an ongoing process of learning and trying to put the pieces together) including dialogue and the final disposition of my father’s relationship with his best friend, William, as at the time of the writing of the letters, he was still alive and still conveying those stories to me.
I hope this will not be confusing, but I felt it was important to include these letters and journal entries to give you an idea of the scope of my investigation over a period of 12 years to learn the truth.
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