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Dylann Roof’s Family Life

Dylann Storm Roof was born on the 3rd of April, 1994 in Colombia, South Carolina to parents Amelia (Amy) Cowles and Franklin Bennett (Benn) Roof. Although not together at the time, the two reunited at the time of his birth, however there was initially some question about his paternity. Shortly after his birth, Dylann’s parents separated again and he spent the majority of his early years in the custody of his mother Amy.

In November 1999, when Dylann was five, his father married Paige Mann, but they divorced after ten years of marriage. The family mostly lived in South Carolina, though from about 2005 to 2008, they temporarily moved to the Florida Keys.

Prior to the attack, he was living alternately in Benn and Amy’s homes in downtown Columbia and Hopkins, respectively, but was mostly raised by his stepmother Paige Mann.

Throughout his childhood Dylann experienced a lack of supervision, a chaotic home environment including exposure to domestic disputes and possible violence, instability in his mothers relationships, residences and school placements, and lack of structure.

Dylann attended sessions at Lexington County Community Mental Health Centre with his mother in regards to his mental health and addiction to marijuana.

Dylann’s brother-in-law Michael Tyo described trying to talk with Dylann in the years before the shooting, but without success, ‘His responses were short; yes, no, bye, and he didn’t respond to a lot of things I would say. It was kind of like I wasn’t there or I didn’t say anything. It got to the point where I wouldn’t say anything to him other than hey.’

His maternal uncle, Carson Cowles, said that he expressed concern about the social withdrawal of his then-nineteen-year-old nephew, because “he still didn’t have a job, a driver’s license or anything like that and he just stayed in his room a lot of the time.”

Amy said he tried to mentor Dylann, but was rejected and they drifted apart. He cut off all contact with Paige after her divorce from his father. When his sister planned to be married, he did not respond to her invitation to the event.

Photos of Dylann Roof former step mother, Paige Mann after her ex-husband Franklin “Benn” Roof “violently pushed [her] to the ground and hit [her] in the back of [her] head.”

Paige claims Dylann’s father repeatedly told her she was lazy, spent too much money and once said: “You’re not a very good maid but I’ll keep you around”

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Paige Mann was the second wife of Franklin Bennett Roof, he is the father of Dylann Roof who shot and killed 9 people at a Charleston Church in South Carolina. Paige who is also the mother of Dylann’s half-sister Morgan is the closest thing he had to  parent.

41-year-old Paige Mann became the step-mother of then four-year-old Dylann and then 11-year-old Amber on November 27, 1998, they go married in Monroe County in Florida. Franklin Roof, 52 known as Benn owned a construction company and relocated to Charleston, SC.

Paige born Paige Sinclair Hastings on September 28, 1973 to parents  Mrs. Patricia Hastings and William L. Hastings from Columbia, SC; also proud parents of William and Chad Hastings.

Paige gave birth to her and Roof’s daughter Morgan in 2000, they moved to Florida not long after that. According to Paige and people close to her the children spend most of the time with her, she would take Dylann to  and from school, she took him and Amber to church and other extra curricular activities.

Her mom confirmed her statement..

Paige was there for Amber and Dylann on the occasions where their own (mother) chose not to be,

According to legal docs filed by Paige, Franklin became controlling and ultimately violent.

‘After we moved to Florida our marriage really began to deteriorate when Benn became so controlling.

‘He controlled my whereabouts, the checkbook and everything about my life.

‘On September 20, 2008, my whole world fell apart when Benn and I got into an argument. Benn violently pushed me to the ground and hit me in the back of my head.’

Paige left Franklin and moved back to South Carolina with her daughter Morgan, leaving Dylann with his dad.

Mrs. Hastings, suspected her son in-law had problems, but she wasn’t ready to see her daughter Paige covered with bruises..

Prior to the marriage, a pattern of control and mental manipulation was evident to me and many of (Paige’s) friends.

‘Having worked 30 years as a registered nurse and most of those years were in women’s health services, I am well acquainted with the signs of an abusive relationship. This is even more frightening when you see it unfolding in your own child’s life’.

She described how over the years she saw Franklin ‘isolating (Paige) from her friends and family’.

Her friends had a similar story about Paige’s marriage with Roof.

‘If he should make it home, I heard him making comments about her cleaning: “How long is that laundry going to stay in that f***ing chair? ‘”What in the hell have you been doing all day?” and “You’re not a very good maid but I’ll keep you around”.

‘Benn began to work out of town more and more, staying out of town for a week or more at a time.

‘Paige had the responsibility of their child Morgan and her two stepchildren.

‘The toughest time for Paige was 2004-7.

‘Paige and Benn built a house and their living expenses became more exuberant. Benn questioned every penny Paige spent, even at the grocery store. I heard him question: “What did you buy for $200 at Food Lion?” and “Morgan’s shoes cost how much?”

‘It got to the point that Paige had to ask me for hand-me-downs from my daughter so she would not have to hear him fuss about spending too much money on shoes or clothes.

‘We had many play dates where Paige just cried because she felt so inferior, not trusted and just plain unhappy.

‘Benn did not even trust our relationship. He at one time accused us of being lesbians… it seemed odd to me since I know how truly selfless Paige is and what a kind heart she has.

Paige and Mr. Roof separated in December, 2008 and by February, 2009 the divorce was finalized, she got custody of Morgan- Franklin would pay $570 per month in child support.

Ben Roof was not over her just yet and hired a private detective from the Columbia based detective agent McKay Investigations to follow her.

Paige Hastings was by the time dating a guy named Scott McWhite, for  two  weeks the agency followed them everywhere.

Paige who has been happily married to her husband Eric Mann since 2011, said that even though she had a traumatic experience from her marriage to Franklin Bennett Roof, he was a loving father.‘He’s a good dad. His daughters love him to death. He’s not a bad person and he still goes to church on Wednesdays and Sundays’.Paige Mann  is a hair stylist a salon in South Carolina, and resides in Columbia with her husband daughter and two step-sons.