The case of John List
Born in 1925 in a conservative Lutheran family, single child John List was a fairly shy, odd and obsessed with military books child from Michigan. His mother, Alma was overprotective and dominating that would forbid him to go outside and play with the other children because he might get sick. His play times were replaced with gatherings around the fire and reading the Bible with his mother. His father was a cold, joyless, the party pooper of the neighbourhood type of individual. His relationship with John was cold, loveless and very religiously strict. During the WWII he worked as a lab technician and at the end of the war, he enrolled at the University of Michigan where he gained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and later on, a master’s degree in accounting.