Known to millions as The Nature Boy, Ric Flair is considered one of America’s greatest and most popular professional wrestlers. But long before he first took to the ring, his life was derailed by a terrible crime. More than 50 years later, he learned the truth while researching his own autobiography. And as it turned out, he hadn’t been the only victim.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 25, 1949, Flair developed a passion for wrestling at a young age. And while his adoptive parents, Richard and Kathleen, enjoyed more high-brow cultural pursuits, their son was always happiest when he was watching sports. Ultimately, as a young man, he would follow his heroes into the ring.