The seeds of Axl Rose were traced to a childhood spent in turmoil and tragedy. Born William Bruce Rose, Jr., in Lafayette, IN on Feb. 6, 1962, he was the son of 16-year-old Sharon Linter and William Bruce Rose, who was 20 at the time of his son's birth. Rose Sr. would abandon the family shortly thereafter, and would be murdered before ever learning of his son's rise to fame. Rose, Jr. was instead raised to believe that his stepfather, Stephen L. Bailey was his biological father. By Rose's later accounts, life with Bailey was relentlessly oppressive, consisting mainly of church attendance and draconian restrictions of the outside world. Allegedly, Rose also suffered untold physical and sexual...
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