The downward spiral of Mark Becker

Updated: April 13, 2010, 8:23 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

PARKERSBURG, Iowa -- A fresh coat of brown paint is splashed on the basement walls of the Becker home now, and in giant block letters, the word FAMILY hangs near the stairwell. It was cathartic, remodeling this room, stripping everything away. This is where the voices came and haunted Mark Becker. See the wall over there in the corner? Mark punched a hole there with a baseball bat. The Beckers paced and cried in this room, waiting for their 24-year-old son to stop screaming, for nighttime to turn ...

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