The Life and Background of Terry Childs
Jaxon Van Derbeken writes in The San Francisco Chronicle:
Prosecutors portray Terry Childs as an unstable, power-mad computer engineer who held hostage the San Francisco city network he had built and awaited its destruction as revenge on bosses he saw as inferiors.Much more here.
To Childs' friends, some former colleagues and his younger brother, that view doesn't remotely resemble the 43-year-old Kansas native they know: a reliable, self-made professional who overcame a troubled childhood and a stint in state prison that started when he was just a teenager.
After years of study and hard work, they say, he landed a job building a network that handled San Francisco's payroll documents, law enforcement records and other sensitive information. He spent his nights and weekends building a system that he wanted to protect, not tear down, his defenders say.
All well and good, prosecutors counter. But why won't he simply come clean about everything he has done? What about the menacing encounters with bosses at work?