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Charles Albright was a bad seed from a young age. Born in August 1933, he was adopted from an orphanage by strict parents. Albright’s adoptive mother was a teacher, so she taught him outside of school, which allowed him to graduate high school at the age of fifteen. He grew up thieving, killing animals, and assaulting others. Others knew him as a troubled boy who had dreams of becoming a taxidermist or surgeon.
Albright’s first stint in jail was at the young age of sixteen, after being caught with several guns and stolen money. Upon his release, he attended Arkansas State Teachers College until he was expelled after being caught stealing. But Albright’s deceit didn’t end there. He faked having a bachelor’s and master’s degree, forged checks, and stole merchandise from local stores. In between stretches of incarceration, Albright used his falsified degrees to get a job as a high school teacher. He also held jobs as a football coach and a baseball bat manufacturer.