Leonard Lake’s Dark Life
Leonard Lake had led a disturbed life since childhood. His real troubles manifested in 1971. He was medically discharged from the United States Marine Corps, after having been diagnosed with a schizoid personality disorder.
He had done two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. In the second tour, he had suffered a mental breakdown, which had later led to his diagnosis.
Leonard Lake was born in 1945. His parents divorced when he was six years old. He and his siblings moved in with their grandmother.
A series of events then followed that his grandmother never questioned and even somehow encouraged. He became obsessed with p*rnography and would force his sisters to pose for nude photographs and perform s*xual acts.
He also developed a weird hobby of killing mice and dissolving them in acid. It is believed that the lack of questioning and punishment for such actions led to his chilling personality.
Leonard graduated high school in 1964 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he was sent home after his mental breakdown.
He joined San Jose State University and dropped out after one semester. He joined a hippie community just outside of San Francisco and got married.
His wife soon discovered his sordid interests, and their marriage ended, with Leonard leaving the area.
He moved to Greenfield Ranch in California, where he married again. His second wife, Claralyn Balazs, accepted his p*rnographic interests and even offered to star in the films.
He lived in the ranch for eight years with his wife and continued to feed his dark desires. It seemed his amateur videos were not enough to feed his desires. In 1983, he set out to seek more sadistic fantasies.
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Around this time, most Americans were experiencing paranoia driven by nuclear war. It wouldn’t be determined whether that or his schizoid personality disorder led Leonard to believe that the world would face a nuclear holocaust.