Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Roger Clinton's Book Extols Brother's Help `Bill Saved My Life' New Autobiography Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Roger Clinton's Book Extols Brother's Help `Bill Saved My Life' New Autobiography Says

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President Bill Clinton's brother, Roger, says in a new book that he was on the verge of suicide after being arrested for cocaine dealing in 1984, but his brother "saved my life."

As the younger Clinton describes the scene, he was sitting in the Hot Springs, Ark., home of his mother, Virginia Kelley, facing her and his brother, then governor of Arkansas.

"I was delirious and ticked off at the world, crying and sweating so hard my hair was soaked," Roger Clinton, 38, says in his new book, "Growing Up Clinton."

He recalls telling the two: "I'm going to kill myself . . . . Look what I've done to you and mother, the two most important people in the world to me."

Roger Clinton, who is 10 years younger than his half brother, then writes: "All of a sudden, Bill reached out, grabbed me by the upper arm and started shaking me violently. . . . `You're sick,' he finally told me, his voice dripping with scorn.

"The next thing I knew he was shaking me by the shoulders, shoving me back and forth while he yelled at me, his reddened face just inches from mine. …

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