What happened to Maniac's parents?

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Lionel Magee (aka Maniac) lost his parents when they died in a traffic accident in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania.  The trolley they were on ran into the Schulkill River.  Everyone on board drowned. He was three years old when he became an orphan, and he lives for the next eight years with...

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Lionel Magee (aka Maniac) lost his parents when they died in a traffic accident in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania.  The trolley they were on ran into the Schulkill River.  Everyone on board drowned. He was three years old when he became an orphan, and he lives for the next eight years with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan, who  hate each other.  Their constant bickering led Lionel/Maniac to run away.  This caused him to be not only an orphan, but homeless too.    He begins a quest to find a place where he feels at home, where he can be happy and loved.

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