November 17, 2015 Comments Off on Tom Petty rock icon haunted by father who beat the living s***’ out of him
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Petty went from hillbilly to rock icon in a ‘fiery’ relationship with Stevie Nicks to a heroin addict haunted by father who ‘beat the living s***’ out of him
Tom Petty, 65, escaped his dysfunctional home life by watching television and dreaming of going to Hollywood
‘I was used to living in hell,’ reveals the rock legend in new book
‘He beat me so bad that I was covered in raised welts, from my head to my toes. I was f***ing five’
There was a chemistry with Stevie Nicks who called ‘intense, fiery’
Petty opens up about his volatile first marriage, his relationship with Stevie Nicks and the woman who ‘saved him’ – wife of 14 years, Dana York
The rock star, now 65, became addicted to heroin in his 50’s and reveals a therapist told him ‘people with your level of depression don’t live’
By Caroline Howe For Dailymail.com
12 November 2015
‘He was a man with kids he couldn’t help. A man with tremendous wreckage in his personal life, a man divorcing his longtime wife, a woman who was struggling with delusional thoughts and a mind that was turning on her.
‘He was still a man playing at the edge of death’, writes the author. Zanes, and even his close friend, singer Stevie Nicks, didn’t realize that Petty had slipped into heroin addiction.
Hometown hit: In 1966, Petty formed a band in Gainesville, Florida that was popular locally but received little notice from the mainstream audience
It took years for Petty, now 65, to get past feeling that his father, Earl, a salesman of ‘really crappy plastic toys’ or insurance was anything less than an ‘a**hole’ for the physical and mental abuse that colored his entire life.
When Tom nailed the fin of a ’55 Cadillac with a slingshot, his father ‘beat the living s**t of me’ with a belt.
‘He beat me so bad that I was covered in raised welts, from my head to my toes. Five years old. I was f***ing five.’
Realizing that he wasn’t going to get an education in that household, he escaped into television.
‘And I think it was television that saved my life, that raised and educated me.’
None of the families on television were like his. He and his younger brother, Bruce, were basically on their own. Nothing like Ozzie and Harriet’s warm and fuzzy life existed in their world.
But he did see that everything great was coming from California – television city, Hollywood.
‘Television city? Man, that’s where I need to be,’ he thought….
Elmo actor faces sex abuse claim from fourth accuser, Abuses at infamous Florida boys reform school even more widespread, report says, Merzbacher victim: Archdiocese has much to answer for
December 12, 2012 Comments Off on Elmo actor faces sex abuse claim from fourth accuser, Abuses at infamous Florida boys reform school even more widespread, report says, Merzbacher victim: Archdiocese has much to answer for
Elmo actor faces sex abuse claim from fourth accuser
By Courtney Hazlett, TODAY 12/10/12
A fourth man is accusing Kevin Clash, the puppeteer and actor who for many years portrayed “Sesame Street” character Elmo, of sexual abuse.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Miami, the accuser — using the name John Doe — claims that Clash befriended him in late 1995 or early 1996, when Doe was 16 or 17. In 1996, he says, Clash flew him from Miami to New York at Clash’s expense. It was during Doe’s stay in New York that the abuse allegedly happened.
In a statement, the victim’s attorney Jeff Herman said, “According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash knowingly paid to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of satisfying his sexual interests.”
Herman also represents two other men who’ve accused Clash of sexual abuse: second accuser Cecil Singleton and the third accuser, who is also using the name John Doe.
Abuses at infamous Florida boys reform school even more widespread, report says
By M. Alex Johnson, NBC News 12/10/12
Scientists have found 19 previously unknown grave shafts on the grounds of a notorious Florida reform school, suggesting that many more boys died there amid brutal conditions than had previously been known, the researchers said Monday.
The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, which was also known as the Florida State Reform School, closed in June 2011 after state investigators and the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division confirmed widespread abuse over many decades.
The state attributed its decision to close the school to budgetary reasons. Yet long before then, the institution had been the target of investigations and lawsuits alleging not only physical and mental abuse but also forced labor, rape and even murder of the young charges sent to its care since it opened in 1900.
The prominent writer Roger Dean Kiser, author of “The White House Boys — An American Tragedy,” about the horrors he experienced while incarcerated there in the 1950s as a child, has called the school a “concentration camp for little boys.”….
They’re called the White House Boys because much of the abuse occurred in an 11-room building on the school grounds known as the White House, where former students say they were beaten with leather straps. A group of the former students sued the state in 2010, but the case was dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired….
Documentation of the Boot Hill Cemetary (8JA1860), at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, Marianna, Florida
Merzbacher victim: Archdiocese has much to answer for
December 6, 2012
Regarding Baltimore Archdiocese Vice-Chancellor Sean Caine’s recent letter justifying the church’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse, I am glad that in 1993 Maryland’s attorney general made it clear that all abuse cases should be reported (“Archdiocese acted responsibly,” Dec. 2). So much for the Catholic Church being a moral leader.
When I returned to the archdiocese in 1993 to again report the abuse I had suffered, it was through Fr. William Mannion. At that point I had been in touch with 17 other victims of John Merzbacher.
I was never contacted directly by the diocese. Instead I was sent a message from the diocese through Fr. Mannion: “The diocese is going to contact the police and give them your name only.” Eventually I and the other victims reached out to an attorney, who contacted the Baltimore City police. They reported the crimes to the state’s attorney’s office.
The archdiocese knew full well of my fear of contacting the police on my own after the death threats I had received at gunpoint from Mr. Merzbacher. Nor did the diocese contact any other former Catholic Community Middle School students during this time.
For seven years after the trial of Mr. Merzbacher I wrote repeatedly to Cardinal William Keeler and the superintendent of Catholic Schools asking that Eileen Weisman be removed from her position as principal of the Cathedral School. It was only after I contacted the head of the lay board that action was finally taken to remove Ms. Weisman from her position. It wasn’t until seven years after the Merzbacher trial that she was forced to resign, and not only did the diocese allow her to retire but stood by while the parents at the school collected money to dedicate a playground in her name….
January 6, 2012 Comments Off on More lawsuits filed over sex abuse of Haitian boys, Molho – severe physical abuse
More lawsuits filed over sex abuse of Haitian boys
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN AP 1/5/12
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Seventeen Haitian men are suing Fairfield University in Connecticut, the Society of Jesus and others alleging they failed to protect them from a man who sexually abused them when they were poor children or young adults attending a school he founded in Haiti.
The lawsuits bring to 21 the number of alleged victims suing Douglas Perlitz and the others. Perlitz was sentenced in 2010 to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children at Project Pierre Toussaint.
The victims ranged from ages 9 to 21 at the time of the abuse and are now 18 to 29.
The lawsuits seek $20 million for each victim. They contend Perlitz’s supervisors disregarded warning signs of inappropriate behavior with boys.
The Rev. Paul Carrier, a Jesuit priest who was Fairfield University’s chaplain, saw Perlitz show a student a pornographic video and saw boys in his bedroom, according to the lawsuits. A school board member, Hope Carter, flew to Haiti in 2008 and removed Perlitz’s computer, according to the lawsuits.
Toward the Within – George Molho Author, ‘Scarred: A Memoir’ 1/3/12
In 1978, at the age of 7, I was kidnapped and tortured for a year, taken by my father from my home in Houston, Texas to the northern mountains of Greece.
Born of my mother’s love and my father’s fury, I was his proof to the world that he could succeed at something. But the boy I was died in those mountains. I’ll never know what life he would have had….
Scarred, a Memoir
In 1978, seven-year-old George Molho was kidnapped by his own father. For a year, he survived mental and physical abuse to the point of torture. He found it easier to get used to hell, instead of hoping that heaven was around the corner. George eventually escaped, but surviving the aftermath proved to be much more difficult.
describes abuse in detail