NEW YORK CITY AND NEWCASTLE, U.K.—
Terry was 13, a lonely African-American
boy growing up in a troubled home in
Detroit, when he first heard the voices.
They were ugly and mean. The voices said
he was no good, that no one loved him, and
that he should kill himself. So he tried his
best: When he was 15, he took 30 Valium
pills and had to have his stomach pumped.
Then the voices commanded him to kill his
father. They told him exactly how to do it—
put rat poison in his food. Fortunately, some
other, gentler voices intervened and told
him not to.
After high school, Terry began attend-
ing university in Detroit, but that didn’t
last long. Still haunted by the voices, he
was soon addicted to heroin, and his
marriage ended in divorce. In 1980, he
moved to New York, looking for a new
start. He got a job at a doughnut shop, then
at a community center, but eventually the
voices got worse and so did his drug habit.
He found another woman to be with, but she CR
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