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Marty Rutgers

Marty "Slim" Rutgers was born on October 17, 1975, to Virginia Elizabeth Rutgers. Virginia's parents died in a house fire when she was eleven, and the young girl was raised by her cousin, Bo Rutgers, and his wife, Merili, who had seven children of their own.

Virginia lived with Bo and Merili until Marty was three years old. One night, neighbors reported blood-curdling screams coming from the Rutgers home. Virginia and Marty left the next day, Bo and Merili telling everyone that Virginia had come across a snake in Marty's bed.

Virginia never let Marty out of her sight, and she considered homeschooling until administrators convinced her to enroll her son in the public educational system.

Despite being twice the typical weight of his classmates, Marty appears to have been invisible. Miss Edna Truesdale, his first grade teacher and now principal of Oxford Elementary, has no memory of Marty, although she can talk for hours about his contemporaries.

Throughout school, his marks were consistently "satisfactory" and Cs. He wasn't mentioned by name in any of the yearbooks outside of the obligatory class photos. He received neither honors nor demerits nor much of any notice at all.

When Bo and his entire family were killed in a freak accident at the mud-wrestling nationals held outside Atlanta, the house went to Virginia, their only living relative. She and Marty moved back there just before he graduated from high school, and he resides there with her to this day.

Marty's first job was as a janitor at the Southern Gentlewoman School of Expressive Ballet and Tap. He buffed the floors for seven years until a sting operation by the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department led to the arrest of the school's manager on pornography charges. The flustered owner moved Marty into the front office and told him to start wearing a tie.

While watching the young students on the new closed-circuit video system mandated by court order, Marty noticed the teenage Barbara Dubois, and he soon thought of nothing else. Marty introduced himself to Susan Dubois and said he could make her daughter a star. Susan jumped at the opportunity.

Marty made calls to talent scouts, casting companies, and modeling agencies. After talking to several people, he decided that Barbara should compete in local pageants while polishing her image. When informed that Barbara had been winning local pageants for years, Marty promised Susan that Barbara would soon be winning better local and regional pageants.

By the time the ink on the coaching contract was dry, Susan had realized that Marty had nothing to offer, but she wanted to keep her mistake—and Marty—quiet. She drew up a second contract with help from Barbara's sponsor, Sam Tuttle of Tuttle Confections, which stipulated that Marty would remain silent and deep in the background.

With fraud charges as the alternative, Marty agreed. Sam then announced that he had put up the money to hire the most expensive coach available, an eccentric recluse who had been behind some of the biggest names in the world.

Several months later, Barbara told her mother that she didn't want Marty hanging around the dance school any longer. Susan and Sam convinced the school to let Marty go and then hire him as a technical consultant at a weekly salary of one dollar to be paid by Barbara's sponsor.

Subsequently, Marty was hired for the midnight shift at a nearby catfish farm where he still works.

Whenever Barbara won a pageant, the press tried to reach Marty for comment, but Sam always returned their messages, explaining that Marty was consulting out of the country and therefore unavailable.

Since no one in the pageant world had ever seen him, everyone was shocked when he strolled into the Yoknapatawpha County Literature Festival and announced that he was Barbara's coach.

 

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What else is going on here? Why wouldn't Susan and Sam just fire him, why not charge him with fraud? Why keep him on in any way? What sort of 'scandle' are they keeping quiet? This is one weird dude!

  lgillette
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IF BARBARA DID NOT WANT HIM AROUND ANYMORE....WHY DID THEY STILL HAVE HIM IN THE BACKGROUND.... THERE HAS TO BE A MOTIVE

  SARAHMINTEREST
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Okay, creeped out here. An invisible fraud who is still being paid and wasn't outright dismissed and charged... what's he got on Susan to keep getting paid?

Case for pregnancy is still looking very strong - not all competitions allow mothers to...

Okay, creeped out here. An invisible fraud who is still being paid and wasn't outright dismissed and charged... what's he got on Susan to keep getting paid?

Case for pregnancy is still looking very strong - not all competitions allow mothers to compete, so if Barbara had a child and Marty knew about it, he could ruin her pageant career. That is the last thing Susan would want. Whether Marty is the father, Bill is, or someone else we don't know about, doesn't matter.

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  Kristin
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A fraud with a VERY obvious mental condition. He would not have been of sound mind to go into a contract. They may have kept him on because they felt bad for him. He may have been a pawn, but it is far fetched at this time to think much else....

A fraud with a VERY obvious mental condition. He would not have been of sound mind to go into a contract. They may have kept him on because they felt bad for him. He may have been a pawn, but it is far fetched at this time to think much else. Lots of death around him, so will be paying close attention.

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  Lyn
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Who could have sat there and listened to him speak and though, wow, he really has it together, this is going to be great. She might be able to go to jail for taking advantage of him, so maybe that is what's going on.

  Lyn
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