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Ronny Ron, suspected of killing his granddaughter Rose, "suffered from a syndrome that led him to relive a violent childhood. But it is not certain he killed Rose, because he was a good father," a relative said yesterday.

According to the same source, Ron experienced a difficult childhood, and still holds much animosity toward his mother, Vivien Yaakov, who allegedly beat him and his sisters as children.

"On the one hand he had violent altercations with neighbors and friends," the relative said. "The family feared him too, but on the other hand he had a kind and refined side, with his daughters mostly."

According to Revital Suade, Ron's defense attorney, "it is a case that is difficult to come to terms with, however when Ronny's character is laid out, it is difficult to say that the 'writing was on the wall' or that there were clues that could have hinted at the unfolding of these harsh events."

Ron was the son of Yehezkel and Vivien, immigrants from North Africa. As a child he lived in Netanya.

"During the first years the family lived in a shack," says a friend, "and Ronny was close to his mother, compared to his sisters, until he decided she was responsible for his father's death. Ronny decided she had poisoned him."

Yehezkel died two years ago, and relatives had also heard of Ron's suspicions, but they reject them.

"Ronny took advantage of his mother, in recent years too, when he was unemployed and took money from her," a relative said.

The family was apparently in conflict over the inheritance the father left behind.

"He was closer to his mother, less so to his father, with whom there was tension. I remember that Yehezkel refused to give Ronny the taxi license he held, after Ronny got a license as a cab driver," one of Ron's uncles said.

He was a "heart-breaker," relatives say. "He did not marry, and had a lot of relationships. One thing that stuck out was that he had a thing for girls much younger than himself. When he was 40 he had an 18-year old girlfriend, and the family did not like that," said Z., a relative.