The Beautiful And Shocking Story of Judy Ray Herzog. With tear-stained cheeks, Judy watched her father—a charismatic grifter from a prominent Mormon family—beat her tiny mother into a shadow of a person. Her mother’s unhealthy obsession with her sex-addict husband would set a precedent for Judy’s choices. This Groundbreaking Work Leaves Readers Dancing On Teardrops. A Wretch Like Me is a compelling survival story about a remarkable woman, the lengths she went to eat, the marriages and beatings she endured never to go hungry again.