Her dog barked at the slightest provocation, and it wasn't unusual for her sleep to be disturbed.She got out of bed and went to the window to see if something outside might have aroused the animal.He made millions on those and other shrewd investments and would leave a fortune to his son.
His classmates surely knew his history, yet whoever wrote Reldan’s yearbook entry was kind.
"Bob sports that collegiate look," the blurb below his picture reads, a reference to what a later generation would call “preppy.” He is an amateur pilot, it says, and intends a stint in the Air Force.
Robert Reldan had everything going for him early in life—innate intelligence, good looks, and a loving and supportive family, including his wealthy aunt, who not only idolized him but was generous with her money.
Yet, something was driving him toward a darker world, one beyond the ken of most teenagers.
So, on this early Sunday morning, February 25, 1962, the high school freshman was being looked after in the Suarez home by another sister, Leonor Munoz.
In the hallway near the kitchen, Anna Maria saw why the dog had been barking.
By the time she, herself, died 51 years later, Lillian Vulgaris Booth, a shrewd investor in her own right, would quadruple her wealth, even while donating millions to hospitals and churches, a retirement home for aging actors, and other charities.
Having no children of her own, she lavished attention and financial favors during her lifetime on nieces and nephews.
Seeing nothing, she quieted the dog and returned to bed.
Moments later, she heard a sound coming from the kitchen.
Thinking it might be the dinner dishes settling in their drain, she arose again to have a look.