An important part of Hydrick's story is that he was an abandoned/adopted child who lived in several foster homes, where he was psychologically and physically abused. He had permanent scars on his legs caused by cigarettes applied to him by these loving foster care-givers. This man suffered a lot, and this "psychic" gimmick gave him an importance, a presence and a profile he needed.
KOREM: Why did you feel that you had to tell people that you had powers that you didn't have?
HYDRICK: Because I wanted attention. My parents would never give it to me. I would always be ignored or kicked around. I had to do this to make me feel good. It gave me confidence. Everytime someone thought what I did was very good but I'd never tell them
what it was. I'd tell them it was something else. Because if I told them what it was they would say "Fine, it's just a trick." But I would always tell them it was something else so I would continue to get recognition.
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