Let me introduce you to Chris, my now ex-stepfather. Chris is also known nowadays as “The Cotton Ball Bandit”. Let’s see if I can pull up a few articles for your reference…
This is the only man that I really ever knew as a father. His full name is Christopher Jay Wootton but he is better known as The Cotton Ball Bandit in the Bay Area. Why? Because he robbed 10 Marin County banks while only attempting to conceal his appearance with a cotton puff beanie. Or whatever it is called… He has been dubbed The Cotton Ball Bandit whether it really captures his true character or not.
I am now attempting to focus on the positives in our relationship. Chris is now in prison and will probably stay there for the remainder of his life given that he has been sentenced to 60 years in prison and he is already 63. I feel that his confinement to a prison only catalyzes my relationship with him simply because I know that he is in a position to ponder and possibly answer many unanswered questions that I have about my childhood. So far he seems to be honest and genuine in his letters to me.
There is so much that I can and will eventually discuss about Chris aka The Cotton Ball Bandit. He obviously shaped who I am as a person today and he is an important tool in my (C)PTSD recovery. For now, I will leave you with a photo that Chris captured of me many years ago. It is now shockingly ironic given he currently resides in San Quentin State Prison…
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