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Queen Mother Bailey

Queen Mother Bailey grew up in the service of the Dolarhyde family, and was the cook when Francis Dolarhyde was brought into the household. She was always kind to Francis, "She sometimes brought Francis a plum in her apron pocket, and she called him "Little Possum, always dreamin'" The kitchen was warm and safe" for Francis.

Her husband came to pick her up each night and they would give Francis a ride in their mule-drawn wagon down to the end of the lane, as long as he promised to walk straight back to the house. Francis enjoyed the company and closeness of those wagon rides.

The tenor of their relationship changed when Queen Mother Bailey caught Francis playing "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours" with a local girl, although Queen Mother Bailey was kind to Francis, saying calmly: "Look here, boy, you want to see what's what, well now you see, so go on and find yourselves something else to do. Occupy yourself with children's doings and keep your clothes on", when Francis' grandmother discussed the matter with him, Francis assumed that Queen Mother Bailey told her and began to distrust her.

Soon after she found a couple of chickens that had been killed, but didn't suspect Francis was the killer.

Over a number of years Francis' grandmother began to develop dementia and began to act more domineering towards Queen Mother Bailey, micromanaging the preparation of meals, until one day she slapped Queen Mother Bailey on the face. This was the last straw, Queen Mother Bailey quit her job and contacted Francis' mother, Marian Dolarhyde, to take custody of Francis.

"HANNIBAL" (Four years before)
It is unknown if Queen Mother Bailey will appear in Hannibal.

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