SUWANEE, Ga. -- We've been digging into Lauren Brown's background, talking to his former friends, relatives and plowing through court documents. The picture that's emerging is one of a man tormented by problems and living a life in turmoil.
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55 year old Lauren Brown had a troubled past. A divorce in 2001 left him with an obligation to pay credit card debt of more than 97 thousand dollars.($97,585) He also was compelled to pay alimony and child support and a year later filed for bankruptcy.
So why was he lying in his bed in his house holding firefighters hostage 11 years later? We have learned from someone close to him that Brown suffered from fibromyalgia and was in extreme pain, often on pain killers, barely able to move.