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Six Schizophrenic Galvin Brothers Battled with Mental Health Issues

Galvin Family’s Struggle With Schizophrenia and the Bonds of Siblings.

The real-life docu-series “Six Schizophrenic Brothers” recalls the harrowing story of the Galvin brothers. This series covers the Galvin family’s devastating impact of schizophrenia, which affected six out of twelve siblings (Ten Boys & Two Girls).

The series Six Schizophrenic Brothers features the Galvin siblings sharing their experiences and daily difficulties.

It is a poignant look at the complexities of the mental health of the six siblings in a family and explores the love and challenges of living with a severe mental illness.

This series portrays the lives of 14 family members of the Galvin family and shows how they overcame their challenges.

Here are the six brothers’ all born between 1945 and 1960 details, who struggled their whole life dealing with schizophrenia.

Peter Galvin is No More With Us

Peter Galvin was the youngest of all the Galvin brothers to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.

He was just 14 when he was diagnosed with serious mental health issues and started to act strange since then.

His siblings noticed that he had changed from a quiet child who enjoyed privacy to someone who liked playing pranks.

People also believe that the traumatic event and Peter’s brain disorder may be involved after he saw his father being paralyzed after a stroke.

Unfortunately, Peter passed away on October 17, 2023, before his 63rd birthday.

Jim Galvin Passed Away from an Overdose of His Medications

Jim Galvin was the second eldest son in the Galvin family. He grew up feeling insecure about the attention and love his elder brother received.

Moreover, Jim’s mental health issue not only led problem to him but also to his younger siblings.

It was known that he sexually abused his own youngest sister, Mary, for more than a year and was abusive and violent towards his wife.

Tragically, On March 2, 2001, Jim was found dead after he was found overdosed on his medications.

Joseph Galvin was a Hockey Player in his High School

Joseph, a.k.a Joe, was known as one of the Galvin family’s most reserved and quiet members.

After he graduated from high school, he excelled at playing hockey, and everyone believed that he had a promising future after he secured a job with an airline in Chicago.

Currently, he seems to be out of touch with his family, and Joseph’s whereabouts are scarce.

According to Robert Kolker’s book “Hidden Valley Road,” Joseph sent $500 to Michael’s daughter to help pay for her college books because they couldn’t afford them.

Donald Galvin is Now 78 Years Old

Donald Galvin is the oldest child of the Galvin family and is 78 years old as of 2024.

Donald was the first to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, which really changed how he acted.

He started experiencing symptoms like violent tendencies and auditory hallucinations, which even led him to attempt the murder of his ex-wife, Jean.

Donald currently lives in an assisted living facility in Pueblo, Colorado. He also attended his brother Peter’s memorial in June 2024.

Brian Galvin had a great childhood. When he was in high school, he performed with a band.

After high school, he moved to California with his bandmates to become a rock star, where he met his future girlfriend, Noni.

In 1973, with his mental issues, Brian killed Noni after shooting her face and committed suicide later.

Brian’s death shocked the Galvin family, especially his younger siblings, who were expecting him to overcome it from medication treatment.

When he was a child, his brother Joe beat him badly, and as a result, he had to have surgery on his head.

Then, in 2019, he visited his brothers Michael and Peter to celebrate his 61st birthday.

Additional Information

  • The youngest siblings Rausch said she was sexually abused by James and said it was not related to his schizophrenia.
  • Robert Kolker said that most of the childs were athletes, football stars, hockey stars and musicians.
  • Margarey Galvin, one of the Galvin family’s daughters is now a reputed artist today.


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