The Courage to Get on People's Tits
"No hand to touch me / And no Bible-belters to mess with me" makes me think of sexual abuse. Maybe that's why the stepfather says "I'm sorry" before he dies?
Yes, good point.
I had been wondering what it was that he actually did to her, because it's not explicitly mentioned (violence is implied and then there's also the loud chewing - the latter being one of the worst and most unforgivable offenses on the planet of course).