Live Fast, Die Young

The rise and hard fall of rockabilly barber Jake Bricks

Mary and Bricks split up after living together for five years and being married for four. "We started dating when we were 17 years old and grew up into different people with very different ideas and ways of life," Mary Bricks Kingman said.

Bricks married Andrea in 1996, but somewhere along the way, he did indeed grow into a different person. He fell into a world of methamphetamines and petty theft and did stints in jail. On Sept. 13, 1996, he was busted on a felony narcotics offense—his first strike. A month later, he lost Jake's Barbershop.

"The shop was open less and less," said Big Sandy. "Eventually, he was evicted."

Bricks' brushes with the law multiplied. He'd emerge after being behind bars, repeat his mistakes, and face longer sentences. He was arrested for burglary/theft—a second felony—in 1997.

Andrea Bricks claims that the birth of their son, Jake Presley, helped Jake Sr. clean up his act and stay sober for the rest of his days.

"He was an amazing husband and an amazing father," she said.

She is not the only person left with questions after Jake's death.

"I know there is a lesson to be learned from all of this; I just don't know what it is," said Big Sandy, who noted that his friend had lived up to the rebel motto "Live fast, die young."

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