The L.A. Times’ Steve Lopez has a very touching story about a child actor, trying to make amends for his drugs use.

His special connection with Mexican mothers who lost their children in the drug violence south of the border is very touching.

A Family Affair went off the air decades ago, but John Whittaker’s face is very recognizable.

The fair haired former child star turned to drugs after several setbacks in his life.

And as Lopez reports, Whitaker has taken what he says is a small responsibility for the Mexican drug violence as he straddles the line between Mexican cartel supply, and American drug demands.

It’s a great read from one of the nation’s best journalists.