I don't know who the alleged tattoo artist is. What I DO know is this.
My husband's grandmother was Amanda Nalley. Daniel Johnston broke into her apt in a senior citizen's building in Chester WV by breaking the door in. He was armed with a knife. He was quite psychotic. He chased her around attacking her repeatedly and she finally jumped out the window to escape him.
She fell two stories to the ground, severely injuring both legs. She did, in fact, walk again, however, she lived in excruciating pain the remainder of her life. She walked literally on the side of one foot, and the other leg didn't work very well either.
After she was released from hospital, she lived with one of her daughters while she recovered and learned to walk again. She later moved to Atlanta Georgia where she passed away October 27, 1997. She was brought home to be buried and happens to be buried in the cemetery across the street from where we now live.
My husband went to school with Daniel. He is NOT well thought of here. He is being invited to the high school reunion, most of the class is hoping he won't bother.
While the family has, in fact, recognized that Daniel was in a psychotic episode and therefore not responsible for his actions, it did not help my grandmother in law one bit. Forgiveness doesn't really matter. It is what it is.
Amanda had five children, two boys and three girls. The oldest boy has passed. Three of the remaining four children, as well as their descendants all live in the Atlanta GA area. The other daughter still lives in the home town in WV.
If that tattoo artist was not in WV or Georgia, he was probably lying. I personally do not know of ANY cousins who are tattoo artists.
Daniel's artwork is still displayed in some places at the high school. Most people around here don't give two ****s either way.
His family left the area. Can't blame them.
I read the book about 5 years ago. The incident was not reported on truthfully. Odd that no one bothered to come and ask the FAMILY of the victim what actually happened or to check the articles in the local paper, the East Liverpool Evening Review.
And art? I suppose he is extremely talented and gifted. Someone compared him to Roman Polanski, a coward. Good comparison.