A family meeting changes everything
WATCH: Seeking A Confession Part 1
Most mornings, Jim Graham is on his computer.
The 72-year-old has an ambitious project. He's telling the world his life story one tweet at a time on Twitter.
"Everyday I'm getting more followers. It seems that people who I'm not following me are following me," says Graham.
He was born in Buffalo in 1945. His parents divorced when he was a toddler. He and his two older sisters lived with their father, John Graham, described as a gruff, barrel-chested man who operated a Texaco filling station near Main and Michigan, not far from Offermann Stadium. Jim says their relationship was always cold.
"He never supported me. He never said anything kind to me, never played ball with me. He was a little different with other people in the house but with me for some reason there was a…a disdain I never understood," says Graham.
The Graham children rarely saw their mother, Helen. Visitation was limited to a handful of days at Easter and during the Summer. No overnight visits allowed.
Years later at Jim Graham's wedding both John and Helen were there. But in 1979 John Graham passed away. Helen died in 1993. After her death, Jim started hearing rumors from within his family about a secret kept from him.
It get to the bottom of it, Jim asked for and got a meeting with Katheryn and Otto Graham, his aunt and uncle. It was at Otto's home in Kenmore. It was not a friendly meeting.
"You can see that they're not happy to discuss what we're going to talk about the questions I'm going to ask. I felt like I was an adversary in that environment that day," says Jim.
Katheryn slid a yellowed sheet of newsprint across the table. On it was the obituary for a Father Thomas Sullivan.
Then she said, "This man may have been your father. We don't know. Only the principles know and they're all dead."
Jim Graham was stunned. He had so many questions. But his aunt and uncle refused to discuss it further.
"They sat their stoically and let me look at the obituary and didn't say a thing," says Graham.