"He's had a mean streak in him somewhere on down the line," Ruth White, whose granddaughter, Regina, was married to Warren "Gator" Taylor for a decade, said.
Court records from Florida also detail a violent history for the 53-year-old, who served four years of a 12-year prison sentence for shooting another ex-wife and was also convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior toward a teenage girl.
Still, at least one family member said he never expected to see Taylor's picture on the national news this holiday season. Taylor, kept authorities at bay for nearly nine hours after entering the post office about 2:30 p.m. with four guns and telling police he had explosives.
"He goes through his hard times," said Dallas Gross, Taylor's uncle.
Read the full report ath the Roanoke Times Web site.