The story of the Feral Child, Genie Wiley, which looked like what would happen in a fairy-tale, is a vivid explanation that fairy tales are just fairy tales and nothing more.
If fairy tales could become a reality, maybe Genie Wiley would have been fortunate to rewrite her story. Genie Wiley was a young girl who was isolated from civilization and socialization for the first 13 years of her life. Born to a helpless mother and abusive father, Genie had a neglected childhood that led to her inability to speak, chew, or even grow.
Genie Wiley was born to Clark Wiley and a Dust Bowl refugee, Irene Oglesby. Clark Wiley had a very uncertain childhood, one that had a profound effect on his adulthood.
He never wanted a child; he neither wanted to bear the noise and stress that come with having children around. Nonetheless, he had his first child with Irene Oglesby.
Rather than treat the child as his own, Clark Wiley, one on occasion, took his new-born to the garage to freeze to death when she wouldn’t stop crying. Just as his maltreated his first child, his second child also died of a congenital disability. Soon after the gruesome murder of his children, his wife bore Genie Wiley and John.
Although Clark Wiley had always been cruel, a report has it that his cruelty extended to violence and child abuse when he lost his mother to a hit and run case.
He reportedly transferred aggression on his daughter by terming her useless to society. He saw her as mentally disabled and thus banished her from society.
From a young age, Clark Wiley locked his daughter in a makeshift cage or a dark room and forbade anyone from interacting with her.
Much worse, he restricted her from being potty-trained and instead strapped her into a toddler toilet. He would hit her with a plank of wood at any chance he got, growl, and scream outside her door, thus instilling fear in her.
He forbade her from crying, speaking, or making noise. The abuse, which affected the physical, emotional, and psychological state of the young girl, was so much that experts believe she may have also undergone s*xual abuse. In a discussion with the young girl, she disclosed that:
“Father hit arm. Big wood. Genie cry…not spit. Father. Hit face – spit. Father hit big stick. Father is angry. Father hit Genie big stick. Father take piece wood hit. Cry. Father make me cry.”
Not only was it sad that the child had to undergo such abuse, but she also had to endure it for the first 13 years of her life.
Genie Wiley Saved
Many wondered why Irene was inactive in saving her child from the cruelty of a violent father.
They thought she fed his violence all through the early years of her daughter, but authorities soon found out that she could do little or nothing to remedy the situation because she was also helpless.
Her husband didn’t only abuse her; she also suffered from partial blindness. She had left home with the plan to visit the department that gives aid to the blind, but fortunately for her and child, she mistakenly went to the office meant for social services. As she talked, the office workers fixated their minds on the young girl behind her mother.
They were more concerned when they found out that the young girl was hopping with her hands in front like a rabbit rather than standing straight.