My son, Noah, was born on August 4, 1992.
He is the oldest of three children.
His father, Steve, was a retired electrician in New York City who owned an auto shop.
A few years ago, he was approached by Noah’s father, who was interested in getting an electrician job at the company.
Steve told Noah’s mother, Ann, that he was a good person who would help him find a job.
“I said, ‘Why would you do this?’ and she said, `Why would he do this?'” recalls Ann.
Noah was 13 when his father died of cancer.
“He had to go through that and he lost his job.
He had no money, and he was looking for someone to help him out.
I told him, ‘Look, if you want to go out and get a job, go ahead and do that.
I want you to find a good electrician.'”
But Noah’s dad wasn’t satisfied.
“It didn’t take long,” says Ann.
“They sent him a note, and they said, “You have a job at this electrician’s company.’
“Ann said she didn’t know that she was being recruited.
Steve was the boss, and Ann wasn’t. “
That was the beginning of the whole thing,” says Steve.
Steve was the boss, and Ann wasn’t.
“But then they called me again and said, you’re being taken, and I said, okay, well I have no idea.
I didn’t get the message.
I got a phone call, and it was Steve.
He said, hey, this is my son Noah, he’s a great guy.
And he’s going to get a nice job.”
Steve’s father said, no, he had a different idea.
Steve’s mother had a problem.
She had a new baby.
Steve and Ann’s son Noah was not going to be a good electricalian.
Ann didn’t want Noah to go to school.
So she and Steve took Noah to school, where Noah was a student.
“When we got there, there were kids with headphones on,” recalls Steve.
“The teacher said, Noah is a very smart kid.
He’s a student, not a teacher.
They put him in the classroom and he started to talk about how much he liked math.
He was really studying hard.
But they didn’t give him enough attention.
So he got in trouble.
He came back to the school one day and was expelled.”
Ann says that when she confronted her son, he responded by telling her, “Well, you did that to me.
You brought my son to school and made him study harder, and then you made me go to jail.”
Ann was furious.
“This was the most humiliating experience of my life,” she says.
“And that’s when I went into therapy.”
But Steve wasn’t done with Ann.
He sent her a second letter, and she had another meeting with Steve.
Ann remembers that he said, I have to go home and get my son.
And I said to him, you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ve done what you did to me.
“Ann’s relationship with Steve was complicated by her own history of mental illness.
“There were two different types of schizophrenia, one is where you’re not psychotic, the other is where the person is psychotic. “
She thought she was bipolar,” recalls Ann, who now lives in a mental health facility.
“There were two different types of schizophrenia, one is where you’re not psychotic, the other is where the person is psychotic.
So the difference was the person who was psychotic, they thought they were bipolar.
And it was a terrible thing.”
Ann found out that Steve was a licensed electrician.
She began to get upset when he told her that she could never work at the electrician shop.
“My heart just started racing,” says Melissa, “I was furious, I was in so much pain.
And then I told Ann I was afraid of Steve, and that she couldn’t work there.
I said that she needed to get help, that she didn`t want to be in the electricians office.
And Ann said, well, I don’t want to work there.”
Ann ended up spending three months in a psych ward at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
She says she was treated for PTSD.
“Every day was an emotional rollercoaster,” she recalls.
“Sometimes I would think about my son and I would be so depressed and I’d cry and I wouldn’t want it to stop.”
Steve and his wife, Ann’s mother Sue, were devastated by Ann’s ordeal.
Sue, who is now 70, says she never wanted to see Ann suffer.
“We did everything we could to keep her happy,” she said.
“Steve was the best person I ever knew, and