Walter and his girlfriend, Sandy, met 24 years ago in a Quincy bar when Walter was working on a construction job.
Both are retired and living on only their Social Security income. Walter receives $681 a month and Sandy nearly $1,000 a month. “Between us we get enough to live on, but there’s no extras. She (Sandy) pinches a penny until it hollers. We never bought anything on credit, the whole time we were together we paid cash for everything,” Walter said in November 2016 before Sandy was diagnosed with lung cancer. After Sandy’s death a month later, Walter was lodged in the Adams County Jail at least five times involving a charge of disturbing the peace, a charge of assault and several for missing court dates. Walter says he is bipolar and admits he can lose self-control when provoked.
“I do have a condition, which is schizophrenic and bipolar. And when I get angry about anything, I just get louder, and louder, and louder. I lose all self-control when I get angry. I don't remember diddly after it goes away. But while it's there, you wouldn't want to meet me. There's really nothing that controls anger, not when somebody steps on your toes hard. And that's my main problem, is people messing with me, otherwise I'm a fairly decent guy. I try to help everybody that I can if they don't try to steal from me or something like that. If they need something and ask for it, I'll give it to 'em, if I can.”