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William Balfour

Troubled Youth

12/7/2008 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

By the looks of WIlliam Balfour's troubled youth -- and his even more troubled family history -- he could be the poster boy for "a product of his environment."

Balfour -- who's been charged with the Hudson triple-murders -- was arrested by the time he was 14-years-old for possession of heroin and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The paper also says Balfour's father went to prison for murder, his grandmother was incarcerated in 1969 for manslaughter and his brother also has a lengthy record.

AJC also says William's mother was abusive, and in 1993 the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services found evidence she was abusing her sons -- including an incident in which she tied up Will's older brother, stuck a sock in his mouth and beat him senseless.

Not that any of this justifies what Balfour may or may not have done -- but it is interesting to see the circumstances that led to his present situation.

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Liz    

Childhood is something you spend the rest of your life geting over!

Actions speak louder than words.................

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a*dog*owner*    

What happened in his childhood does NOT excuse the way he acted and killed 3 innocent people, including a child!!! Take accountablity for your freaking actions. Hope he gets tortured in prison with the other animals. What a useless piece of garbage. Get a freaking hair cut and wash your nasty ugly face.

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killa'bro    

lol weze gonna' have oboma in da house to look after springin' a bro,

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Ramond    

~One child grows up to be somebody who just loves to learn and another child grows up to be somebody who just loves to burn ....mamma loves the both of them, they say its in the blood~

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nofakeone    

To by what: This is the problem with you and alot of other people. Being charged and actual evidence proving you did it are TWO different things. What happened to innocent until proven guilty. Oh I forgot this is America and it is guilty until proven innocent. People need to unstick their heads in their butts and see that there is more to this story and that there were OTHERS involved, maybe even JULIA.

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noyankhere    

To by what: This is the problem with you and alot of other people. Being charged and actual evidence proving you did it are TWO different things. What happened to innocent until proven guilty. Oh I forgot this is America and it is guilty until proven innocent. People need to unstick their heads in their butts and see that there is more to this story and that there were OTHERS involved, maybe even JULIA.

Posted at 2:01PM on Dec 7th 2008 by Tanya


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I AGREE!!!.. there is a lot more to this story than this joint up writing explanation of why this killer did what he did.. ever since i saw those tmz photos of the so called family in mourning am convinced that apart from jennifer, the rest of them are a bunch of criminals and no goods including that rat arsed sister of hers.. the one who now thinks she is the prettiest now that jason is gone and posts that tripe on her myspace page.. jennifer you need to ditch your no good family because this is what they have done to you.. get rid of the garbage ...

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Lissette    

Sounds like such a nice family huh?? and the mama is already saying that she is going to be driving a BENTLEY after her poor innocent baby is set free..... PLEASE! She should be locked up too! let all of that delightful family stay together. Either way i blame Julia Hudson, she chose to get involved with this garbage, so she is also responsible.

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eileen    

""AJC also says William's mother was abusive, and in 1993 the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services found evidence she was abusing her sons -- including an incident in which she tied up Will's older brother, stuck a sock in his mouth and beat him senseless""

Wait a minute, is this the same , sweet, protective Momma who's screeming on tv that her boy is innocent?
What a jacked-up, F-uped family.

It is true - nothing happens in a vaccuum - you are a reflection of your family, your environment, your 'culture'.

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Stephanie    

He might be innocent and he very well could be guilty... Regaardless, when you reach a certain age in your life you know right from wrong.... You have to be able to realize that you control your destiny... You get a deck of cards in your life some good others bad, and you have to play your hand to the best of your ability... Nobodies life is perfect, you have to be able to rise above all the bull$hit.....

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RealTalk4Real    

The racists comments that Caucasians make about President-elect Obama are amazing whenever there is a new story relating to an African-American accused of a crime or bad deed. William Balfour has nothing to do with Mr. Obama.
Balfour is a piece of shi+ and it is unfortunate that his sperm donor and egg bearer are the same. Mr. Obama while you all are hating on him, is one-half of what you all are, so what does that say about you? Get over it.

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Mrs. Bonebreak    

He likely killed a child who may not have turned out to be a piece of s#it like most of his family. I'm tired of cop-outs like 'I'm black' and 'my childhood was hard'. Most people had some bad things happen to them as children. You succeed by not repeating the stupid mistakes of your parents. About racism, EVERYBODY IS RACIST, they just don't admit it. Embrace it, laugh at it; it's a natural, primal thing. When majorities quit living up to the stereotypes, then it will dissolve and we can live in a enlightened age. I'm a WASP and I love Obama, I think he may see through the perspective of the working class majority and try to do the right thing during his reign. That perspective is to fry ignorant murderers like this guys, if found guilty. Quit spending $35K a year to feed and care for them.

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Barfalufugus    

I knew the day would come that story became old news.

Oh, and GetReal..... not everything is about Obama. Give it a rest, idiot.

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nofakeone    

Has anyone stopped to ask about others involved in this mess, JULIA. The day of her news conference while the Feds and CPD were still looking ofr Julian. She stated and I quote if you have beef with me then take it up with me, leave him on a corner, he will stay there, he will sit there. Sounds like there was a plan and the others involved decided to do as they saw fit. Why has there not been a light shined on Jason's activities the way they have been about Flex's. Yes, Flex was no saint and neither was Jason. Wasn't he just shot last summer, walking around with a bullet still in him. Oh did anyone also catch that it was the same kind of gun usedin both cses. Maybe someone finished what they started. Why is Julia still married to him. If she had filed for a divorce the media would be all over this. No officials do not want to make Jennifer's image look bad so they are sticking to it being Flex. Well with the evidence that they have right now and if this bull is all they have he will go free. Bring Julia's butt in and question her, hell give her a lie detective test, I bet she would refuse to take one. They would you nay sayers look at things differently. Things do not add up and I am TIRED of CPD taking everyone for fools. 1 + 1 = 2, but in this case they are trying to make (-1) + (-1) = 10. Never once did CPD say that they have any other people of interest. Who was the one to have they look at Flex in the beginnng, Julia. Wonder why. for those that say she brought this thug into her family. Truth be told they both lived in the neighborhood and both families knew each other. So Julia knew from the beginning what she was getting involved in. So those that have dogged him like she was a saint and he fooled her you are the fools. Peopleshould find out what they are talking about before they type. Maybe Jen's ex could have had something to do with this. The three people that were close to Jen are gone, it was well known that Julia was jealous of Jen. Like I said Ilived there so I know of what I speak on. Bet at the bottom of this is Julia. Don't knowif Flex is involved but I would bet Julia is. So fake, so sad.

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What have you been reading????????    

It's not so much that the evidence is stacked against this guy as it is that he is the easiest one to pin it on. Let's face it, he had to know that killing her family would not send her running back into his arms so why not kill her as well. Not to mention, the fact that he had other women as well tells me that he obviously wasn't crying himself to sleep at night. Did Julia not try to contact anyone in her family that day and wonder why no one was answering house or cell phones? Does anyone other than me find it strange that she found her mother's body and ran out the house to call police but didn't go further looking for her son? Was so distraught that she couldn't identify her son's body but was partying it up at the hotel the day of the funeral with captions under the pictures like "Now that Jason's gone I'm the prettiest one" and the picture of her with her new man "Now this is the promise of forever". Not to mention the questionaire on he r MS page that asked if she wanted children and she answered "It's too late his ass is here now". She is in this up to her neck and I just hope she doesn't get away with it.

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Peroque    

It's pitiful really, this fella never had a chance. He was a poor, abused, black child that grew into an animal and fell in with another animal (Julia) and gangs (also they turned out to be, just trashy Ass animals. God, please if I had been a fly on the wall when these 2 nasties got it on I would pray to be swatted!! Grosser than Gross! The only innocent in this whole thing is that poor child and it appears in his pictures he was already learning gang signs with is fingers posed. Bless his poor little heart in heaven. I hope all of these animals get what they deserve him being someone Bitch in prison, Julia being put in prison for the part we all know she had in this, and Jennifer losing any and all career that she might have had and sliding back down into the gutter where she came from and belongs! Grieving! My Ass.

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