In COld Blood
Smith's childhood was very problematic and scarred by years of abuse. He witnessed beatings of his mother by his father; and as a result of the domestic violence, his parents divorced. Due to these problems he ran away from home, and he was "in and out of detention homes many times" (277). He was severely beaten and humiliated by a cottage mistress because of a micturition malfunction. These violent episodes compelled his bitterness toward other humans. When Smith entered adulthood, he committed acts of thievery and battery. While in the merchant marines, he once threw a Japanese policeman off a bridge and into the water. All these events had an impact on Smith, and his adulthood provided him with the opportunity to avenge the experiences that enraged him.
Hickock's childhood was marked by no horror stories. His years of childhood showed no signs of abuse or neglect,