My father Paul Allen Hayes with my mother Natalie Hayes (formerly Fogarty) in Southington, Connecticut, shortly after their marriage, en route to Southern Alabama by way of Greenwich Village, New York, 1970.
Paul Allen Hayes in Alabama, early 1970s.
With Mom in Cottonwood, Alabama.
Me with Mom and our dog poochie in Big Bear Lake, California, 1974.
Me in South Lake Tahoe, California, 1976.
My stepdad Billy “Rattlesnake” Brennan in California, 1977. Billy was “Dad” growing up.
Cedar Lake Camp, a Christian retreat camp in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake, California, as it looked in the 1970s.
Mom, my sister Katrina Brenna, and me in Big Bear City, California, 1979.
Mom and Billy in Big Bear Lake, California, 1978.
“Crazy Dave” christening my sister Katrina Brennan in Big Bear Lake, California, 1979.
Newspaper article from Monroe County, Tennessee, describing the arrest of the men accused of murdering my father Paul Allen Hayes, 1979.
A plea bargain during the Tennessee trial, 1980.
A scenic postcard of the Big Bear Lake area, 1970s.
Mom and me at Herriman Lodge, Cedar Lake Camp, California, about 1978.
Mom and me, probably the High Sierras, 1974.
Camping with friends at hot springs near Mammoth, High Sierras, 1975.
With my grandfather Jim Fogarty, Mom, and her second husband Bob Taylor at Joshua Tree, California, 1974.
With Dad in our trailer at Cedar Lake Camp, California, 1977. Dad was a Budweiser man.
Porch party, Big Bear Lake, California, 1974.
Mom while camping during our cross-country roadtrip to Key West, Florida.
Campsite, somewhere in America, 1974.
Before selfies, there was peace, love, and group foot shots. 1974.
In Santa Monica, California, before our cross-country roadtrip to Key West, Florida, 1974.
Me with Boy Taylor’s friend and hitchhiker in Mom’s Station Wagon somewhere in America, 1974.
Bob “the Bear” Hite and his wife at their cabin near Cactus Flats, California, about 1977. Bear was the lead singer/harmonicist for Canned Heat. Dad knew Bear from his Topanga Canyon days.
WIth Mom’s parents, somewhere in the Mojave Desert, California, 1974.
Dad and my sister Katrina Brennan.
Mom and Bob Taylor, her second husband, when they were married in Virginia City, Nevada, 1976.
A Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum, similar to Dad’s favorite weapon.
Mom’s boyfriend in Big Bear Lake, mid-80s.
Dad’s customized license plate when I went to get his things out of storage in Big Bear City, California, 2001.
One of Dad’s rattlesnake skins, along with his snake-bite kit and his medicine bag.