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by

Stephen King

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Richard Macklin Character Analysis

Husband of Monica Macklin and stepfather of Edward and Dorsey Corcoran. Richard abuses both boys and later confesses to bludgeoning Dorsey to death with a retractable hammer in the family’s garage. Richard is sentenced to a prison term at Shawshank State Prison, where he converts to Catholicism. Shortly after he is paroled, he is found dead “in his small third-floor apartment” in Falmouth from an apparent suicide. In his suicide note, he writes that he “saw Eddie last night” and that the boy was dead.
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Chapter 6: One of the Missing: A Tale from the Summer of ‘58
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...Dorsey Corcoran, has recently died “of what were reported to be accidental causes.” His stepfather, Richard P. Macklin, takes him to the hospital, saying that Dorsey was playing at the top... (full context)
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Richard Macklin is later charged with Dorsey’s murder and confesses to bludgeoning the boy to death... (full context)
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...they believe belongs to Edward Corcoran, but it is not him after all. In 1967, Richard Macklin commits suicide shortly after being paroled from prison. His suicide note reveals a “confused... (full context)
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...Corcoran dies on the night of June 19th and it is true that his stepfather, Richard Macklin, does not kill him. Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Eddie Kaspbrak, Richie Tozier, Beverly Marsh,... (full context)
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...his father. Besides, his parents have been arguing a lot lately. Eddie has never seen Richard Macklin use his fists on Monica—he seems to save that for Eddie and Dorsey—but they... (full context)
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...mother, Monica Macklin, saying that she is going to take him to the hospital and Richard warning her against it, after what happened to Dorsey. Instead, Monica helps Eddie to his... (full context)
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...lot of school since his mother’s remarriage, which explains his poor marks. He thinks that Richard Macklin used the recoilless hammer, which has disappeared, on his brother, Dorsey, then buried it... (full context)