But even before that terrible revelation, she and her siblings had discussed the fact that their dad had a dark side — which he sometimes took out on the family.
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According to the clip, Balascio and her four siblings were discussing the killing of their adopted brother, “Danny Boy” Edwards, at one family gathering when talk turned to their mom’s hospitalization in 1982.
As Balascio learned, it was her father who put her there.
“Supposedly, the boys [my brothers] had eaten the bag of chips,” Balascio recalls in the preview.
Edwards “came home, he wanted the bag of chips, he was upset, ranting and raving,” she says. “Mom was trying to calm him down. He [grabbed] the knife, he stabbed her.”
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Of hearing about this violence, Balascio says, “I just couldn’t believe it.”
“I was saddened,” she says. “I was also shocked. I mean until that moment, I didn’t even know.”
PEOPLE Deputy Editor Dan Wakeford puts it another way in the clip: “Certainly if he [Edwards] could reach that level of rage over a bag of potato chips, there’s no telling what he’s capable of.”