‘SLEEPERS’: 55 Bodies Found at Dozier School for Boys Where Children Were Sodomized or Forced to Perform Oral Sex on Guards Linked to the Klan
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
LA TIMES: Roger Dean Kiser, now 67, of Brunswick, Ga., told The Times in October that he was sent to Dozier at age 12 in 1959 and stayed for two years. He wrote a book about the school, “The White House Boys,’’ named for a house on school grounds where he said boys were beaten. Kiser said he was twice beaten bloody with a leather whip reinforced by a slab of sheet metal. Other boys were beaten so badly that their underwear was pounded into their bare skin. Many were sodomized or forced to perform oral sex on staff members, he said. Boys were beaten for such infractions as spitting, cursing or talking back. Staff members placed bets on who could draw blood first. The bodies of some boys were burned in the school incinerator, Kiser said. He said another boy, Johnny Gaddy, told him he had seen a severed human hand in the “hog bath’’ where leftover food was dumped to feed pigs. Boys were rented out to work without pay for neighboring farmers and timber companies. “They’re going to find a lot of bodies out there, and there are a lot more bodies they’ll never find,’’ Kiser predicted in the October interview with the LA Times.
Just as the autobiographical book and movie Sleepers should serve as a cautionary tale against the cruelties of a few against those within their control. Lorenzo Carcaterra grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, New York in the 1960′s and, after crushing a man accidentally during a prank, was sent off with three of his friends to the Wilkinson Home for Boys (Elmira Reformatory in the 1960′s) in upstate New York. There, at the hands of those in charge, Carcaterra and his friends were sexually abused repeatedly by the pedophile guards.
As a long time resident and business owner in Panama City Fl (Bill Warner PI) before moving to Sarasota Fl, I had several investigative cases in and around Marianna Fl, I got a good taste of the mind set of the residents. For several years I have worked in conjunction with the White House Boys in getting their story out to the public, in doing so I have had over 30 phone interviews with past “inmates” at the Dozier School for Boys. In each and every one of these phone interviews the story was always the same, beatings, rape and young boys who went to the “White House” and were never seen again. It is what it is and the FBI should be on the ground along with USF Prof Dr. Kimmerle and her team investigating the possible murders and civil rights violations of the boys at the Dozier School in Marianna Fl.
KKK in Marianna Jackson County Fl and at the Dozier School for Boys. From 1869 to 1871, four years after the Civil War ended in 1865, Jackson County was the center of a low-level guerrilla war known as the Jackson County War. Members of the Ku Klux Klan consisting of Confederate Army veterans assassinated over 150 Republican Party officials and murdered prominent African-Americans as part of a successful campaign to retain white Democratic power. The Florida Industrial School for Boys also known as the Dozier School for Boys Marianna Fl opened for business on January 1st, 1900, it appears that many of the guards and school officials were pulled from the membership of the KKK.
From early 1869 through the end of 1871, citizens of Jackson County, Florida, slaughtered their neighbors by the score. The nearly three year frenzy of bloodshed became known as the Jackson County War. The killings, close to one hundred and by some estimates twice that number, brought Jackson County the notoriety of being the most violent county in Florida during the Reconstruction era. The Jackson County War emerges as an emblem of all that could and did go wrong in the uneasy years after Appomattox and that left a residue of hatred and fear that endured for generations. By 1920, millions of board feet of lumber and thousands of barrels of turpentine and rosin had been shipped from Jackson County. This was during the “convict leasing program” that was in effect. Not only men but boys as young as 13-14 were sent to these camps. The level of brutality was severe. The boys were expected to do a man’s work and if they didn’t they were whipped where they fell.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com