as Robert Delaney
Drearier than a damp fog in December, Robert was the son of powerful Jasper Delaney, wealthy scion of Somerset's chief industry Delaney Brands. Along with brother Peter and sister Laura, he found himself unable to escape from his deliriously dysfunctional family .
Robert's primary problems were his stormy marriage to indefatigable India and a general disinterest in the family business. Unwilling to accept his father's legacy, Robert dreamed of an architectural career while slowly falling head-over-heels for Jessica Buchanan, a beautiful chanteuse who performed at The Riverboat, Somerset's most popular nightclub.
In the summer of 1971, Robert was arrested and placed on trial for the murder of his father Jasper, who allegedly died of a heart attack during a violent argument with Robert. Eventually cleared of the crime (Jasper had been smothered to death by Ike Harding), and no longer under his domineering dad's control, Robert swiftly divorced India and married his true love Jessica.
Expecting a child, the Delaneys decided to make a fresh start in nearby Bay City, Illinois. They left Somerset in March 1972, anticipating a happy, new life together. It was not meant to be. Jessica and the unborn child died tragically in a car crash, while Robert ended up betrothed to the manipulative Iris Carrington... a union that made his marriage to India seem like a love-in.
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