“Seventy-five percent of abused children in one study (Money 1992) showed self-destructive tendencies such as trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling)” among other symptoms. Both Vendetta and Charles suffered from this1. Vendetta pulled her pubic hairs and Charles pulled out his eye brows. Maybe they share a genetic trait or they share an experience, like sexual abuse. Maybe Charles had a borderline mother of his own. The book outlines that kids can come out being perfect to reflect the perfection expected of them for their mothers.
It appears that Taylor might have known this would occur for a while. She canceled Vendetta’s wedding, home schooled her in Europe, tried to get an exchange student to be a good example for Vendetta, and sent her to a super conservative private Christian school, versus her brother who went to a regular state school. Charles and Taylor even moved to Charleston from Missouri to escape, what I believe was child molestation on the part of Charles’s family. She did everything, except, get psychological help for Vendetta.. to the best of my knowledge. I know Vendetta was on many medicines, but I don’t know how they were proscribed or by whom. Vendetta should never be allowed to have Lauren, that’s plain and simple. Maybe it was Taylor and Charles’s religious beliefs that forced them to stay silent. Whatever it is, I hope their decisions prove to be the right ones.2