The “White House Boys,” Roger Kiser, Dick Colon, Robert Straley, Michael O’McCarthy and others have retained private investigator Bill Warner of Sarasota Fl to handle the background checks and research into the individuals responsible for the horrific events that took place at the Florida School For Boys, aka The Dozier School For Boys in Marianna Fl, see the “White House Boys” website at this link, click here.
Mr. Long then came by and said I had better not try that again. I saw other girls get called up...My bunk mate was called up continuously also. Her name was Mary Redding. Some of the other girls names that I remember that were there are Bonita Clark, Beverley Champagne, Coco (last name???) I had tried putting this out of my mind for years and even talked with a psychiatrist...Mr Long's face will never leave my dreams...or the hell he put me through...I was only 13. I was in there because I had ran away from home a couple of times. I don't know how to go about getting the names of the other girls that were in there...hopefully you can help. This needs to be brought out...to let people know it also happened to us girls...not just the boys....that were there.
Dlayne said...Sep-7-09 3:47pm ...I was at Marianna when they also housed girls, I was in Jefferson House.....I was repeatedly raped by an employee .I tried running from there. I am 46 now ...and still deal with everything that happened to me when I was there. I was put there because I ran away from home. I was there back in the late 70's .
For more than 50 years, Charles Rambo did not dwell on the 11 months he spent at Florida Industrial School for Boys, now called the Dozier School for Boys Marianna Fl. But about a month ago, after hearing the stories of other men who endured savage beatings at the reform school during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Rambo’s own experience as a skinny 12-year-old in 1955 came rushing back.
He remembered the searing pain of the 18 licks he was given during his 1st and only trip to the school’s now infamous White House, he was hit so hard his body lifted clear off the bare bed and the weeks it took for the bloodied blisters called “slabs” to heal. He recalled the grueling 16-hour days working in the school’s dairy and a dehumanizing culture that valued livestock over children.
The State of Florida , Department of Agriculture profited from the “slave labor” of the Reform School children on the farms, that is one of the reasons that the State is listed in the White House Boys law suit. On the road between his native Tallahassee and his home in Atlanta, the 67-year-old minister and coach pulled over and wept. “State of Florida, why in the hell didn’t you protect me?” he recounted, choking back tears at a news conference Friday. “Why didn’t you protect other young people? Why?”
Monday, Oct. 12, 2009....State verifies 4 cases of physical abuse at Dozier school, DCF investigators review 229 allegations;
DCF investigators reviewed 229 allegations and found there was enough evidence to verify physical abuse on the part of Dozier staff in four cases, while a case of sexual abuse and one of medical neglect were also proven. Investigators also found “some indication” of abuse or neglect in 33 other allegations, but were unable to find enough evidence to prove the allegations in court, DCF officials said.
Among the more egregious verified cases:
- In 2006, a 20-year-old sustained a broken nose after being grabbed by the neck, slammed into a wall and head-butted by a staff member angry that he wasn’t in his room. The staff member was fired.
- In 2006, a 20-year-old diabetic suffering from low blood sugar was unresponsive and apparently left for 20 minutes by staff who did nothing to help him. One of the staff members quit, while the other was reprimanded.
I would like to hear from any of the “survivors” of the Florida State Reform School for Boys in late 1950’s or 1960’s or 1970's both male and female, anyone who has additional information about the abuse inflicted by Troy Tidwell “the one armed man“, contact Bill Warner Private Investigator at WBI Inc Private Detective Agency Sarasota Fl, e-mail email@example.com or phone toll free 1-866-755-8453, my website http://www.wbipi.com/ .