Woody Allen’s lawyer blames ‘vengeful lover’ for child molestation controversy, USF researchers unearthed 55 bodies from Dozier, more than state claimed, Pope covered crimes?
February 4, 2014 Comments Off on Woody Allen’s lawyer blames ‘vengeful lover’ for child molestation controversy, USF researchers unearthed 55 bodies from Dozier, more than state claimed, Pope covered crimes?
Woody Allen’s lawyer blames ‘vengeful lover’ for child molestation controversy
By Alan Duke, CNN Mon February 3, 2014
Los Angeles (CNN) — Renewed accusations that Woody Allen molested an adopted daughter two decades ago were “engineered by a vengeful lover,” the filmmaker’s lawyer told CNN on Monday.
The allegations were “fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities,” Allen attorney Elkan Abramowitz said in a written statement.
The controversy dates back to 1992 after the revelation that Allen, then 56, was having an affair with Soon-Yi Previn, Mia Farrow’s 19-year-old adopted daughter with composer Andre Previn. Allen and Previn married five years later.
Allen’s legal and public relations teams scrambled to respond to an open letter written by Dylan Farrow and published by The New York Times on Saturday recounting her allegation that Allen sexually assaulted her when she was a child.
“What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house,” Farrow wrote. “He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”….
Acting Justice Elliott Wilk of New York’s State Supreme Court “said it was unlikely that Mr. Allen could be prosecuted for sexual abuse based on the evidence,” the newspaper reported. “But while a team of experts concluded that Dylan was not abused, the judge said he found the evidence inconclusive.”
A former prosecutor who decided against pressing charges in the case declined to comment on the details in Dylan Farrow’s letter Sunday.
“As a prosecutor I really can’t comment on the substance of the statement of this now young woman. As a father of a child not too much older than this young woman, I can only say I hope she finds some peace and solace in the way she’s expressing herself,” former Connecticut State’s Attorney Frank Maco said. “I hope she had access to my written statement of decision. My statement is as valid today as it was 20 years ago.”
In 1993, Maco — who’s since retired — told reporters he believed there was probable cause to arrest Allen. But he said he decided not to press charges, with Mia Farrow’s support, “rather than exposing the child to possible harm.”….
USF researchers unearthed 55 bodies from Dozier, more than state claimed Ben Montgomery, Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
….Researchers from the University of South Florida are trying to help. They announced Tuesday they have exhumed the remains of 55 boys who died at the notorious state-run reform school in the Panhandle town of Marianna.
That’s 24 more than the 31 the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found during a cursory investigation in 2009 on orders from then-Gov. Charlie Crist. The FDLE relied on incomplete school records and did not use ground-penetrating radar to map the cemetery.
The number even exceeds USF’s earlier estimate of roughly 50, which was based on ground-penetrating radar….
The state closed the facility in June 2011 after a century-long cycle of scandal and short-lived reform. The school, 60 miles west of Tallahassee, was founded in 1900 and was once the largest of its kind in the nation. It has been known as the Florida Industrial School for Boys, the Florida School for Boys and the Dozier School for Boys. Over the years, kids were locked in irons, beaten with a leather strap in a building called the White House, locked in isolation for as long as three weeks and hog-tied.
In October 2008, five former wards went public with stories of extreme physical and sexual abuse at the hands of guards. They were featured in a Tampa Bay Times series called For Their Own Good. More than 500 men have come forward with similar stories of being abused by staff at the school, according to a lawyer with Masterson & Hoag, the St. Petersburg firm representing the men….
Pope Bergoglio child trafficked; Pope Benedict, Queen Elizabeth covered crimes?
February 3, 2014 Judy Byington Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner
Today Catholic Pope Francis Bergoglio faced charges of trafficking children from Catholic orphanages to kidnapping networks during Argentine’s 1970s Junta Dirty War. Parents of the children disappeared at the hands of the Junta military. http://youtu.be/vNTTx7gZHS4
Scientists prepare to exhume bodies at Dozier School for Boys in the Florida panhandle, Dozier School for Boys survivor Captain Bill Nelson speaks out for first time
April 1, 2013 Comments Off on Scientists prepare to exhume bodies at Dozier School for Boys in the Florida panhandle, Dozier School for Boys survivor Captain Bill Nelson speaks out for first time
Scientists prepare to exhume bodies at Dozier School for Boys in the Florida panhandle 03/27/2013 By Carson Chambers
….Wards of the defunct Dozier School for Boys, children, are buried in the Marianna, Florida graveyard. Ground-penetrating radar revealed nearly 50 unmarked graves that the state never detected. “Like a sorority or a fraternity, everything was closed-mouth,” said Bryant, talking about his town.
Bryant, 79, grew-up in Marianna with the silence in the woods. He heard the hushed stories of boys who were beaten, tortured, or worse: Disappeared.
He says his town was complicit in keeping these secrets. “Nobody knew anything or was going to tell you anything,” he said.
Bryant tells a story he heard about Dozier boys running away at night. He says a group called the “Dog Boys” would wait for them in the woods.
“The dogs would about tear them to pieces and they would holler and yell,” he says. “How many? What happened to them? Were there crimes committed?” asked U.S. Senator Bill Nelson standing atop Boot Hill on Wednesday.
Now, after nearly a century of quiet, Nelson, University of South Florida researchers and a Tampa Bay family searching to bring their loved one home, may have made enough noise to answer these questions. They are pushing for a massive exhumation of an unknown number of bodies.
“We were uncovering what was clearly grave shafts,” said USF’s Dr. Erin Kimmerle.
Her team of anthropologists have spent months mapping the Boot Hill Cemetery. Their work turned up nearly 20 more graves than the Florida Department of Law Enforcement originally documented. They have asked family members of missing boys for DNA samples to help them identify remains.
“If there were crimes committed, remember the statute of limitations never runs out on murder,” said Senator Nelson.
Now a court order sits on a judge’s desk. A signature would mean the USF team would return to the site to begin work….
Dozier School for Boys survivor Captain Bill Nelson speaks out for first time Captain Bill Nelson says he was beaten, assaulted
03/29/2013 By Carson Chambers
MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. ….Nelson is speaking out for the first time about the two-and-a-half years he spent at the Dozier School for Boys. Just a skinny 11-year old, he was sent away for a crime he was later exonerated of.
“I was raped over there as a kid, and there were several boys raped. Anything we spoke out about, we went to the White House,” he said.
It’s a story many Dozier boys never lived to tell. “A lot of boys didn’t make it. They weren’t strong enough to make it,” said Nelson.
….”Sometimes at night you could hear the screams,” said Nelson.
It’s a small building where the temperature drops inside and paint peels off the walls and where Nelson remembers being tortured.
“Sometimes you stayed two or three days in chains and they beat you and you know, some of them made it. Some of them didn’t,” he said. What do you think happened to them? “Well,” said Nelson, “they were beaten to death. Soon the Dozier graveyard, known as Boot Hill, may become a crime scene.
“We’ll work together with the Medical Examiner and do skeletal autopsies basically, which then allows for identification through DNA,” said USF’s Dr. Erin Kimmerle….
The state shut down the institution for wayward boys in 2011 after allegations of abuse and suspicious deaths….