My late father had a younger 1/2 brother who was enough of a difficult child that much of the family was reportedly afraid of him and pretty much disowned him. I've never heard a kind word spoken about the man. But in all honesty, I don't know him at all. I heard he was in a Special Forces unit, a Green Beret, towards the end of Viet Nam. I heard that he had a drug problem. He was generally described by others as mean and crazy. Well, last week as my mom and I were going through my dad's papers, we found a deceased older brother's Will from 1989 in which a modest amount was left to each of the siblings. Except that this ONE sibling, the 1/2 brother, no one could located back then. (And I'll bet that no one really tried all that hard based on his standing in the family.) Anyway, the funds were placed in an interest-bearing account in the county where the Will was executed, and there they've sat for the past two decades, as far as we know. Well, my mom and I figured that with the internet, it shouldn't be too hard to locate him now. We were right. I found him on Facebook late Sunday. And I found his son! So I sent him a private message on Monday morning. I noticed that he hasn't been on FB since June, so I decided to contact his son yesterday. He responded tonight and verified the relationship and said he'd call his dad, but that he was curious what it was all about. So I told him about his grandmother being dead, the older brother's Will, and my dad's recent death. From the sound of things, they havn't spoken to anyone in the family in a very, very long time. My mom is leery about me getting too close to this uncle until I know more about him. She's insisting that I not give him my address or phone number... maybe my cell would be safe? I hope his son will help me understand his history a little better.