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MESSAGE FROM JERRY COOPER ABOUT THE DOZIER TASK FORCE

Official White House Boys President, Jerry Cooper, has been assigned to the State's "Dozier Task Force".  He wishes
 to present your opinions on the following question to the Task Force.

Please respond via email or US mail to the addresses at the bottom of this post.  All responses MUST be in writing via email or snail mail and signed and dated. 

QUESTION - Where should be children's remains be reinterred?  If you are unfamiliar with this matter:  The boys were found buried improperly and irreverently in various places on the Florida School for Boys aka "Dozier" property in Marianna, Florida - some near the dump, some under roads, some in shallow graves.  There was no ledger or plot map for their graves. They had no name markers or headstones.

The majority of the White House Boys we have spoken to have stated they do NOT want the bodies returned to the Dozier property where they met their untimely demise and were improperly buried with no reverence.  What is your opinion?  Please feel free to share all your thoughts including where the boys should be reinterred, ideas for a memorial? Other idea & thoughts?  Responses MUST be in writing via email or snail mail. (info below)  

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!  Jerry Cooper would like to have everyone's letters or emails before August 1. 

Please email your responses to:samohi@comcast.net
or mail to:
5511 SW 14th Place, Cape Coral, FL 33914, USA 

More on the Dozier Task Force:
(b) By October 1, 2016, the task force shall submit its
  145  recommendations to the Department of State regarding the
  146  creation and maintenance of a memorial and the location of a
  147  site for the reinterment of unidentified or unclaimed remains.
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To All White House Boys,
 Please read the attachments and requests from Miss Erin Kimmerle of USF and respond as soon as possible!!! There is a letter from her, and a form she would like you to fill out and send back to her ASAP. Once you complete the questionnaire, please return it  
 Miss Erin would not have asked for this information if it was not IMPORTANT. The questions are about what the state gave you when you went to FSB. Try to remember what the state gave you when you were there --"other than hell on a daily basis"
 I remember when I had arrived at FSB in 1960-61 that I was issued jeans, a couple of t-shirts, brogan boots and a white cotton pull-over night gown, and a navy surplus pea-coat. A short time before I got there, Dr. Wexler had demanded to Mr.Dozier to issue all boys shoes because there was a terrible outbreak of "JUNGLE ROT" at the school because the boys were not supplied with shoes by the state!!!  Mr. Dozier replied to Dr. Wexler If they did not have shoes when they got here. "WHY DO THEY NEED THEM NOW?" Dr. Wexler did make him supply the brogan boots somehow.
 When I was in football practice in June and July (which was illegal)  I had to be shot up with novacaine in my foot by either Dr. Wexler or "White House Boy", Roy Conerly, who worked as Wexler's aide at that time, because my foot was broken in the white house by Troy Tidwell. I noticed that the infirmary was filling to over capacity with boys with JUNGLE ROT and the infirmary was stinking like hell. I walked down the row of beds and the boys were in so much pain and their feet were propped up by pillows or blankets and many were throwing up and had very high fevers. Even Roy Conerly was a victim of this disease and spent 6 weeks himself in the infirmary. Roy was the fastest runner on the Yellow Jackets football team and was out the rest of the season from this disease!!! All of those boys needed special care but did not get it. WHY??? They were treated only with a purple colored salve and no antibiotics at all!!! What a way to treat the children in the care of the state of Florida!!!! 
 Please reply to the USF request as soon as you can and may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.
 Jerry Cooper 
 Pres. "Official White House Boys"  
   
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A COMMENDATION FOR NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK!(posted 4-22-12)

Here is the text of the letter received.  Below the text you can click on links to see the original letter and the certificate.

The first name in second chances (sm)
Eckerd
100 Starcrest Drive I Clearwater, Florida 33765 
P (727) 461-2ee0 | F {727) 442-ss11 
Eckerd.org 

April 16,2O12

Mr. Jerry Cooper 
5503 14th Pt 
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Dear Mr. Cooper:

National Volunteer Week, April 15-2L,2012, celebrates people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. ln the spirit of this national celebration, Eckerd would like to present you with the enclosed certificate of appreciation for the service you've offered to enrich the lives of children and provide them with much-needed second chances.

lf there is anything I can do to make your volunteer experience more rewarding, please feel free to contact me at any time at the number below or via email at volunteer@eckerd.orA.

It has been said that one's true calling is where your heart's greatest gladness meets the world's deepest need. We can think of no greater need than the need to strengthen America's families and help children succeed'..and we're so thankful for your support. We're looking forward to serving alongside you in the year to come.

Regards,

Kim Looby
Vice President of External Relations
727-461-1236 x 3305 

READ LETTER HERE

SEE CERTIFICATE HERE



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LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER TO ALL WHBs

In this house, the State of Florida beat and scarred our bodies, wounded our souls, and dampened our spirits. But now… united…we rise up…and join together to ensure that this history is never, ever repeated! (Marti Somnitz)

The Official White House Boys Organization
P. O. Box 152 · 1616-102 West Cape Coral Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33914
 
Officers & Board Members
President Emeritus - Dick Colon / President - Jerry Cooper / Vice President - Nate Dowling / Treasurer - Peggy Marx / Secretary - Babbs Cooper / 
Sargeant at Arms - James M DeNykke 


1-6-12

Guys,
 
I'm trying to keep you posted on items discussed when I met with our lawyers yesterday in St. Pete and to fill you in on what is going on at present.

Bob Martinez, the ex Governor of Florida, after a staggering record of 40 years on the political scene, is Head Councilman for Holland and Knight Law Firm.  He has been appointed as our head lobbyist for the claims bill!!!! You can not get any better than this!!!

As you know, the senate will be meeting in the next couple of weeks, and arguments will once again be heard from both sides. Ben Montgomery will be meeting with the lawyers to do a story on our claims bill real soon and this should help considerately on the issue. I stand on what I have said since day one "Any Man Who Has Been Takien Into The White House And Beaten" should be compensated for such inhumane acts!!!!!!

As you know, I found the cemetery that the FDLE has been in and admitted to me on several phone calls that they had went there to investigate it.  For a long time I was told that this was no more than an old cemetery with graves dating to the 1800"s. I have already seen graves with dates from the 1950s. When I was told that a former employee told them where this site was, red flags went up immediately with me. I do not have this ex-employees name yet, but I will!!!

This site is 1 acre in size and was fenced years ago.  We found out it is privately owned, thanks to Andrew Puel, who drove to Marianna and got information that was needed in the land records office. Thanks Andrew!! 

This Grave yard was deeded in 1968 to a woman that still lives in Marianna today. I contacted her by phone and she was very leary of me!!!! She said she did not know when she purchased it, does not know how many are buried there, does not know who is buried there, and does not know when people were buried there!!!!

I asked if we could come in the cemetery to clean it up at our expense and she said she would talk to her children about it. Nate Dowling and I  have since tried to make contact back to her, and she will not talk to us again!!! 
 
I will figure something out with this. It is a must thatt we find out who is buried there,and why did a former employee tell the FDLE the location of this site, and why has the FDLE been in this cemetery?  We will find out!!!  This is the cemetery that 3 boys (now men) were running through when they were attempting to escape and one ran into a headstone injuring his leg -- wearing, you guessed it, "PAJAMA"S".  At that time, there was no fence.
 
Just bear with me guys and we will prevail.

I have an appointment with House Representative Gary Aubuchon  this Monday at 10:00 A.M.  He is a  very good man to ask for help in approaching the Justice Department's Criminal  Division -- not the civil rights division, which will not be any use to us in this matter.  I will ask Robert Straley to attend this meeting with me. 
 
 Keep the faith, we will win in the end!!   
 Jerry A, Cooper

LETTERS FROM THE PRESIDENT & ACTING PRESIDENT
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LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER TO ALL WHBs

In this house, the State of Florida beat and scarred our bodies, wounded our souls, and dampened our spirits. But now… united…we rise up…and join together to ensure that this history is never, ever repeated! (Marti Somnitz)

The Official White House Boys Organization
P. O. Box 152 · 1616-102 West Cape Coral Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33914
 
Officers & Board Members
President Emeritus - Dick Colon / President - Jerry Cooper / Vice President - Nate Dowling / Treasurer - Peggy Marx / Secretary - Babbs Cooper /
Sargeant at Arms - James M DeNykke 


1-6-12

Guys,
 
I'm trying to keep you posted on items discussed when I met with our lawyers yesterday in St. Pete and to fill you in on what is going on at present.

Bob Martinez, the ex Governor of Florida, after a staggering record of 40 years on the political scene, is Head Councilman for Holland and Knight Law Firm.  He has been appointed as our head lobbyist for the claims bill!!!! You can not get any better than this!!!

As you know, the senate will be meeting in the next couple of weeks, and arguments will once again be heard from both sides. Ben Montgomery will be meeting with the lawyers to do a story on our claims bill real soon and this should help considerately on the issue. I stand on what I have said since day one "Any Man Who Has Been Takien Into The White House And Beaten" should be compensated for such inhumane acts!!!!!!

As you know, I found the cemetery that the FDLE has been in and admitted to me on several phone calls that they had went there to investigate it.  For a long time I was told that this was no more than an old cemetery with graves dating to the 1800"s. I have already seen graves with dates from the 1950s. When I was told that a former employee told them where this site was, red flags went up immediately with me. I do not have this ex-employees name yet, but I will!!!

This site is 1 acre in size and was fenced years ago.  We found out it is privately owned, thanks to Andrew Puel, who drove to Marianna and got information that was needed in the land records office. Thanks Andrew!!

This Grave yard was deeded in 1968 to a woman that still lives in Marianna today. I contacted her by phone and she was very leary of me!!!! She said she did not know when she purchased it, does not know how many are buried there, does not know who is buried there, and does not know when people were buried there!!!!

I asked if we could come in the cemetery to clean it up at our expense and she said she would talk to her children about it. Nate Dowling and I  have since tried to make contact back to her, and she will not talk to us again!!!
 
I will figure something out with this. It is a must thatt we find out who is buried there,and why did a former employee tell the FDLE the location of this site, and why has the FDLE been in this cemetery?  We will find out!!!  This is the cemetery that 3 boys (now men) were running through when they were attempting to escape and one ran into a headstone injuring his leg -- wearing, you guessed it, "PAJAMA"S".  At that time, there was no fence.
 
Just bear with me guys and we will prevail.

I have an appointment with House Representative Gary Aubuchon  this Monday at 10:00 A.M.  He is a  very good man to ask for help in approaching the Justice Department's Criminal  Division -- not the civil rights division, which will not be any use to us in this matter.  I will ask Robert Straley to attend this meeting with me.
 
 Keep the faith, we will win in the end!!   
 Jerry A, Cooper

LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER TO DICK COLON, JAN. 6, 2012

Dear Dick,
 I am more then grateful you have ask me to fill your shoe’s as acting President for the White House Boy’s Organization.
 And will do my best to assist in all matter’s pertaining to the issue’s past and present concerning our goal’s   that seem to be leaning in our favor at this time.
I will keep in close contact with you on current issues and future one’s..
I am grateful to all the men and their r families for accepting me for the position.
 Dick, with out you, Roger Kiser, Robert Straley and Michael O’ McCarthy past and present effort’s we would not be celebrating all the good that is now taking place for the vast improvement that has occurred for the children that are now in care of the state of Florida.
 I promise to do to the best of my ability to maintain a good standing for all “ White House Boy’s “ and continue on with my search for absolute Justice from over 50 year’s ago when none of us stood no chance of bucking the system!!!!
   Jerry A. Cooper
“White house Boy”
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AN IMPORTANT LETTER FROM DICK COLON

The Official White House Boys Organization
P. O. Box 152 · 1616-102 West Cape Coral Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33914
Email:
mailto:theofficialwhitehouseboys@gmail.com 
Website: http://www.officialwhitehouseboys.org

 

In this house, the State of Florida beat and scarred our bodies, wounded our souls, and dampened our spirits. But now… united…we rise up…and join together to ensure that this history is never, ever repeated!


Officers & Board Members
President Emeritus - Dick Colon / President - Jerry Cooper /
Vice President - Nate Dowling (RIP)
Vice President - Bill Price
Treasurer - Peggy Marx / Secretary - Babbs Cooper 
Sergeant At Arms
James M DeNyke

1 January 2012  

To All White House Boys and their Families :


First I want to thank all of you who had the confidence to vote me back in as your President for a second term .

But as you all know my primary interest is in what is best for the entire group.... In 4 -5 years we were able to do what no one else could do in 105 years.  We closed them down. That will always be the most rewarding achievement I have ever participated in in my life -- to my grave with me it will go! 

Having said that, after speaking with several members, I have made a decision to ask Jerry Cooper to step up and help me as Assistant President for various reasons. One is my health, and I'm 2000 miles away from everybody. More important than that is the fact that our effort has started moving at such a fast, even a bit complex pace, that I feel now what we need is someone on the front lines all of the time.  I have discussed this with the board and they were all 100%.
 

My reasons for this choice are many. As our legal liaison, he is on top of everything, everyday, and has a great repoiree with both law firms and he also has been asked to do two interviews, with others in the works.  He lives in Florida, where access for him is much more accommodating than for me at 2000 miles away.
 

Since Jerry is retired, he, like Roger Kiser, Robert Straley, and so many others, have devoted much of their time daily for our struggle.  He, like some others, is constantly researching information, converses with other members daily, and communicates with others -- especially our counsels.
 

Jerry, like many others, has been at every single reunion, picnic, award ceremony, and all of our donations to both Beacon house and the Eckerd Youth Camp, as have many of you.
 

He has done numerous interviews just recently, and to the best of my knowledge, is well liked by all of us WHB's and their families. As your elected president, I feel we need someone with Jerry's knowledge, flexibility and, most of all his loyalty to the WHB's, in Florida, in a position to move forward in our best interest. I am giving Jerry full rein to act on my behalf and will be in constant contact with him.  We have finally gotten the recognition we have so greatly fought for and deserve, by keeping ourselves in the face of the public, which is extremely important at this critical time.
 

I want to thank every one for their faith and trust in me and their continued help and cooperation in the future as we look forward to seeing each other at the next reunion; though I don't think we'll all be whistling Dixie that soon.
 

Thank you, Cordially
 

President

Dick Colon


PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LETTERS POSTED BY MR. JERRY COOPER ON 12-5-11 AND 12-6-11
The 1st is to St. Pete Times

the 2nd to Attorneys' Masterson & Hoag

Mr. Chairman and C.E.O.
We, a group of men now known as "The White House Boy"s"  want to thank you and your staff for the time and effort you have put forth in seeking the truth of what has been really been going on in the state of Florida concerning the treatment and welfare of children that have been abused in probably the worst way that can even be imagined by the average person!!! Please excuse my format and writing ability as I continue for I am not very proficient at this!!" Mr. Truth"  Ben Montgomery is a true writer in the sense of the truth and only the truth!!!  Ask him to show you his tattoo!!! a hardcore professional!!!  I"m afraid he will end up running into his self on the road coming from the other direction!!!
 Paul, I would like you to know that I feel the men of our group deserve to be compensated for what treatment they received at the Florida School For Boy"s many years ago. Some of these men have never recovered and never will from that experience. Many of them ended up back in that place,and many ended up in state prison after leaving that school!!! Many of the men are now destitute, and have nothing!!! Many including myself have been under meds and treatments for many years and have had to pay out of pocket for this!!! My doctor say"s I suffer severely from post trauma stress dating back to that school!!! I'm under treatment for life!!! I had to go to Anger Management class at the age of 63 !!!!  Yup, I was the oldest in class by far!!
 Sir, The group as you know at this point are being represented by The Masterson Group attorney"s and are working now also with Holland and Knight attorney"s on a claims bill situation like the one that the Holland group won in The Rosewood claims action a few years ago. Paul, after our group celebrated the great story you did on the fed"s investigation it was shattered by news given to us by our attorney"s just yesterday!!!!!!  The senate master is" DEMANDING" we over 300 hundred of us go through a separate law suit aimed at the state!!!!!!  Sir, There is no way we will survive this type of action by the state because of our ages and the state is well aware of this!!!! I'm sure this is our payback for what we have done over the past 3 years in our efforts against them. We and our lawyers know that a separate action will only be shot down by the statue of limitations laws. This action was not required in the Rosewood case but it is for us!!!! By the time, which would take many years to do over 300 law suits there will be no one alive to turn around and refile a claims bill period!!!  Mr. Tash, We hate to ask for any favors after you have done so much for so long, but could you ask Ben Montgomery to talk to our attorney Mr. Gregory Hoag about this issue???  813-227-8500      Again with your newspaper and the efforts of Ben and Mr. Masterson, the improvements of child care have improved and will continue in the future!!!  
 In closing Sir, the state closed Dozier they said because of budget problems. Why did they turn around and give the property to the Jackson County School Board instead of not sell it and put funds back into the state Budget????????  I don"t think Ben knows about this or the people in this state!!!  This is Millions Of Dollars worth of property to be giving away!!!!!!!!  Why does the state of Florida rank so high in bad news instead of good???  Once again we thank you for everything you and your staff has done in the past 
Jerry Cooper and "The White House Boy"s"
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To Mr. Tom Masterson And Mr. Gregory Hoag:
                                                                    
      We as the men now known as the" White House Boy"s" want you to know that we really appreciate every thing you have done for us and all the children that are still under the so called care of the state of Florida. 
     You as a law firm were the only group that would take on such a task seeking justice from a half a century ago, and we know this.!!!!  With your efforts in seeking justice for us,you have brought attention to the public as well as the" FEDERAL GOVERNMENT" to the truth of what has happened in this state for over 100 years!!!!
     Tom, over 2 years ago you said to me that your primary goal was to make sure that the things that happened to us did not continue to go on and that justice will be had!!! I will never forget that conversation.  We now know through your efforts that the Justice Dept. has intervened and a lot of Physical and Mental abuse should improve for all the children in coming times!!!
     We think that the state closed Dozier after knowing they were under investigation from Dept. Of Justice!!! and not from so called budget cuts, and if that were true, Why did they turn it over to Jackson County and not sell it and put funds back into state budget???? They knew the Justice Dept. would probably come in and close Dozier!!!!
     Tom and Greg, we know you have endured a lot of extra baggage in this process that you took on, and that it has not been easy for you by far dealing with us!!!!   But please realize that so many are so angry of what happened to us and reliving it again after so many years!!!! including myself!!!! WE KNOW WE ARE SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT!!! 
     Tom, you even went on to seek additional help by a partnership with Holland and Knight knowing of the resources that were available to them and not to you. You and Greg are our hero"s!!!!!
 
 "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts" 
 Jerry A. Cooper and the" White House Boys" " God Bless You"

  P.S.  A letter will be sent to Mr. Ben Montgomery and the St, Petersburg Times for their efforts in bringing out the truth!!!!!
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December, 2011

LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER TO WHBz AND FAMILIES:
Dear Brothers,  I am writing you to say I think of you on a daily basis and hope some peace will be with you in our final time we have left in our twilight years that are on us as I write!!!  As you know the school has been shut down, which gave me some peace of mind knowing that the staff and all involved will have to seek other means of compensation than profiteering off of kids with serious but treatable problems,that was never done in any means for over a hundred years !!!!!  As you know the abuse started on the day it was opened,right up to the day it was closed!!!!! Like it or not, the state of Florida from the beginning of this school allowed staff to work there that had no training or ideal how to deal with troubled boy"s problems!!! They felt that the strap was the way to deal with us!!!!  This school was located in the worst area in the state that could be allowed!!!! This area is well known as a rural area from early years as "THE GOOD OLD BOY"S" capital!!! Most were lacking a simple education, and a lot of them were heavily in  Klux Klan operations in the 50" and 60"s !!!! which included some of the perpetrators we had for staff!!!!!!!! The state as far as I'm concerned is responsible for allowing the school to operate in this fashion for a hundred years plus!!!!  A good example of a good old boy is Troy Tidwell, an uneducated barely human" Not Man" who spread his terror on children for over 40 years,  Why????????  This man attended church on Sundays but "LIED" under oath about the beatings he gave to hundreds of children for 40 years. The reason is simple!!! If he had admitted to these beatings he could have put himself in a position to be brought up on much more serious charges such as sex abuse, manslaughter, or even murder!!! He refused to be interviewed by F.D.L.E. during the investigation, and that should tell you he has lots to hide. Just so you know, we could not have a better law firm to represent us than Masterson, Tom is clearly focused on doing the right thing and making the correct moves for the benefit of all of us. Just remember this, without them taking on this case we would have no one, so please have patience with them at all cost!!!!!!!!!!  Tom is a man that wants justice in this case!!!!!!!!!!!!  Any boy who suffered at the hands of the staff of that school needs to be compensated for their sufferings that has lasted a life time for many of us!!!!! The mental and physical abuse that went with the stay at this school is to me almost indescribable to other people. I can"t even do it and I was there!!!!!!!!  In the last few years I want you to know I praise your friendship and care for all of you very much!!!! I miss the guy"s who have left us in this time frame more than I can express, they went down fighting for us all till the very end!!!!!!!!!  I miss my dear friend "FRANK MARX" the most!!!!!!!!!!   Please find it in your heart to attend the reunion this year on Oct.14th. We need to see each other again!!!!  After all we are starting to fade out like it or not!!!!!  Don"t be ashamed of what happened to you at that place it's not your fault, After getting beat at 2:00 A.M. in the morning there, I hardly could get to sleep for months, and would awake crying and bad sweats all the time so don"t feel you were alone!!!!  This was still going on at times while in the army.  Just remember, we are a part of some history that should be noted by every one!!!!!!!   Your Brother, Jerry A. Cooper      
P. S.   WHEN WE DIE WE WILL ALL GO TO HEAVEN, BECAUSE WE HAVE ALREADY SERVED OUR TIME IN HELL!!!!!!  AT THE FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOY"S

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NEWS UPDATE ON CEMETARYS BY JERRY COOPER 1-8-11
Guys , This hits the FDLE once again right  between the eyes!!!!

I chose to do a report on the mental hospital just a few miles to the east of FSB which was also run by the state of Florida, like our institution was, and dating way the heck back.

This was a cemetery record search where I could compare the 2 institutions!!! BLACKS AND WHITES ARE SEPARATED for many,many years according to their own records -- period!!!   Records are, to me , very detailed for this hospital, with locations and plot numbers assigned, and the FSB records are no more than a pile of s....t  when compared to each other!!! 

Roger you know exactly what I'm talking about right????????   Roger I pray this last cemetery that was located on the white side is all black, which datied with 1950"s headstones will be a kick right in FDLE"S ass again and will also prove again that black and whites were not buried together in the same cemetery!!
 
We all know that the site at "BOOT HILL IS ALL LIES"S and was done in an improper matter.  I think it's right there where the pipe crosses are. Once again, there 2 separate cemeteries at Boot hill -- not one!!!!!!!!!  Through the years it was simply called boot hill for the both of them!!!  We are going to win I promise!!! 
Jerry Cooper
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6-15-13
PLEASE HELP OBTAIN JUSTICE FOR THE BOYS BURIED AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS AKA DOZIER REFORM SCHOOL...

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP...


Dear Friends,
I am taking the liberty to ask for your help. We need a ground swell of “personal contact” to all elected officials, both State and Federal to resolve, once and for all, the “Dozier School Burial Ground” with unmarked graves.
PLEASE!!!!!   Tell your elected officials, especially Governor Rick Scott, that you are tired of the political posturing and that “Our State”, “Your State”, “and the people of this state”, require that the State step up and do the right thing. Support USF, grant the exhumation request, and fulfill the State’s obligation to return the remains of loved ones to their families.
Be sure to include (Note:  See addresses, etc for all of these below, and many thanks to Robert Straley for compiling):

State Representative Kelli Stargell
State Representative Seth McKeel
Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam
Senator Bill Nelson,
Senator Marco Rubio
Governor Rick Scott
Attorney General, Pam Bondi,
Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida, Jeff Atwater.

Please contact as many as you can, by letter. (Letters are always more effective, with your personal message and signature.) E-mail if you don’t send a letter. And please encourage all your friends, family, VFW clubs, civic clubs, media contacts, etc. to make contact with elected officials now.

We need an all out effort and we need it in the coming Seven (7) days.

I humbly request your support, NOW! I need all the help we can muster and time is of the essence!

Please ask everyone you know to send a message to as many elected officials as possible.

Anyone who can help me broaden this contact campaign, I would be forever grateful.

Kindest Regards,
Glen R. Varnadoe

EMAIL, TWITTER ADDRESSES AND STREET ADDRESSES FOR ALL CONCERNED:

Office of Governor Rick Scott
(850) 488-7146
Twitter: 
http://twitter.com/FLGovScott
Direct Email:  
mailto:rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

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Senator Bill Nelson Florida
Digna C. Alvarez, Regional Director
Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse
801 N. Florida Avenue, 4th Floor
Tampa, Fl. 33602
813-225-7040
Email: 
Digna_Alvarez@billnelson.senate.gov

Twitter: 
http://twitter.com/SenBillNelson
https://twitter.com/FLGovScott
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Pam Bondi Attorney General 
Also on Twitter:
 twitter.com/PamBondi
Switchboard: 850-414-3300
Citizens Services: 850-414-3990
The web link below will take you to web page fill form for email
Email:
 http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Attorney_General
Tallahassee Office
PL-01, The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
(850)414-3700

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Senator Kelli Stargel Party: Republican
District Office:
902 S. Florida Avenue
Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 284-4430
Senate VOIP: 41500
Twitter:
 http://twitter.com/@Kellistargel

Email:
 http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s15

Tallahassee Office:
324 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5015
Senate VOIP: 5015

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Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Plaza Level 10, The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
Telephone: (850) 488-3022
Twitter: 
http://twitter.com/adamputnam
Email:
 http://app1.freshfromflorida.com/correspondence_control/

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Senator Marco Rubio
3802 Spectrum Boulevard
Suite 106
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 977-6450
Twitter: 
http://twitter.com/marcorubio
Email: 
http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-senator-rubio?p=Contact

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Jeff Atwater
Florida Department of Financial Services
200 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee FL 32399
Monday – Friday 8 am - 5 pm (EST)
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Representative Seth McKeel
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HERE IS A LETTER TO GUS BARRIERO, WRITTEN AFTER MARTI AND BUDDY SOMNITZ READ "THE BOYS OF THE DARK"   Hi Gus,  I know you're extremely busy at this point in the election. Just wanted you to know that Buddy & I have just finished reading "Boys of the Dark" and was absolutely astonished with the accuracy and the descriptive portrayal of the school and events. This book is more than a story about two men, it is a revelation of sick demented people, a school, town, and government. A true indictment of a totally broken system. I read the book in one session, just couldn't put it down. Buddy, understandably,  took longer, as several times he was overcome with emotion and had to set it aside. I'm going to amazon.com and give a five star rating, and hope everyone else does too, as sometimes that makes a difference with someone thinking of buying a book. We really hope that it makes the best sellers list. We were very impressed with your role, and with your total unselfishness, you had in revealing to the public the horrors of the school. I believe that by sacrificing yourself and your career for this cause, God may now be rewarding you with another chance to go to Tallahassee and again make a difference in the lives of many children. You were very effective and fearless in changing laws in your previous terms, just think how well equipped you are now after this experience. I hope that you continue moving forward and upward in your career....this country, and especially children, need a man with your ethics, commitment, tenacity, and most important, your heart and soul. Good luck with the election and may God truly bless you for all you've done. P.S. I'm sharing this email with some of the other guys, for I know they feel the same about you. Marti & Buddy Somnitz

LETTER FROM FRAN MARX
 (A WHB WIFE)

We first found out about the White House Boys through John’s brother Frank, who was also a White House Boy. Although I knew that John had been in reform school at both facilities – Marianna and Okeechobee, he had never shared with me the extent of the abuse that went on there. I was shocked at the treatment these boys received from the hands of those who were entrusted with their care. The White House was associated with the beatings given at the Marianna facility. John had been beaten at the Okeechobee facility.

One of my former co-workers had been a practicing lawyer in another state, and had worked with children who suffered abuse, so I thought she would be interested in the story. I shared it with her, and she was equally shocked and unaware that such abuse had been going on in Florida reform schools for so long. She teaches a university class in Juvenile Justice, and asked John and I to come to her class to share his experiences.

After our most recent visit, we received several comments from the students concerning how our presentation affected them. They were encouraged to go forward in their careers to be aware of the possible presence of abuse and to fight against its continuation. You may read their comments at www.sharingtheloveofgod.org under the testimony tab.

We have visited several classes, and in each class, someone asks John how he can have peace in spite of his experiences. At that time John is free to share his testimony. We hope that in sharing this information we bring hope and healing into the readers’ lives.

Fran Marx

White House Boy wife
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June 9, 2012
To All Of  The White House Boys:                                                
It has been a while since you have heard from me. But I am still very much involved with the group. As you all know there is a lot going on in Marianna and Washington and all around the country the more The better for your cause.  Today is Frank’s birthday hard to believe he has been gone almost 2 years and on these days I seemed to be overwhelmed with the need to see all of you victorious in your fight for justice.  I want all of you to know I’m still here for each and every one of you always.  Remember Reunion is coming soon and we all need the support of each other …..                                                
As Always.
Peggy
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FROM BABBS COOPER 
3-10-12

LETS GET TOGETHER........  HOW ABOUT A SPRING PICNIC? WHERE? WHEN?  WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE THE NEXT REUNION? 
PLEASE READ AND GIVE US YOUR IDEAS!
Submitted by Babbs Cooper (Reunion Chairperson)

Hello to all White House Boys, Family and Friends,
 
Just dropping in to wish everyone a Happy Spring and ask a couple of questions.
 
A few WHBz  have mentioned a spring picnic We Need Input as to the location and date you prefer?? And how many would attend? How many guests will you bring?
 
When chosing a location, we will also need to remember those in wheelchairs and with walking problems as well as breathing issues. The site must have shelter and it must be a short distance to walk to the area of our celebration.  We have a few places in mind but need YOUR ideas first.
 
It would be great to see WHBz that can't  travel to a reunion.   Or, Does anyone think we need to move the Reunion Location also???
 
Now is the time to give us your input....before it is too late & too hot to have a picnic.
 
Please let me know your thoughts soon!  We have to confirm the Reunion location in Orlando (where we met last year) with the Hotel by the end of April IF that is where you want to meet, but it is not too late to change if the majority of WHBz have somewhere else they would prefer to hold this year's reunionBUT YOU NEED TO COMMUNICATE WITH US ASAP SO WE CAN SECURE A LOCATION THAT BEST MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE MAJORITY!  
 
PLEASE SHARE THIS with as many WHB/Brothers as you can!  And ask them to call or drop me a line so we can get things rolling.
 
Of course, ALL White House Boys are  Welcome, and bringing your family and friends is a blessing! 
 
We Need to hear from you soon!   Call me with your ideas,  at 239-542-3831
 
Fellowship is a wonderful thing to share!!!
 
Happy and positive thought's.
 
Babbs
Wife.WHB
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Submitted by Babbs Cooper (Reunion Chairperson)

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URGENT MESSAGE FROM JERRY COOPER AND DICK COLON TO ALL WHITE HOUSE BOYS - PLEASE READ!!!
I first would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

We need to address some issues which are now happening within the White House Boys. 
 

Since there has been news that has gone public regarding Senator Bill Nelson, Commissioner Putnam and the US Justice Department, and the University of South Florida, some of the men have taken it into their own hands to address these officials concerning White House Boys issues.

We urge you to please NOT contact any of these officials regarding White House Boys issues. If there are any issues that you feel should be brought to attention at this time, please contact me Jerry Cooper (239-542-3831) or Robert Straley (727–447-4441). 
 

In a conversation that I had with President, Dick Colon today, we agree that all the men need to leave the professionals involved,...including the legal team...alone to do their jobs (which they are quite capable of ) and that the White House Boys need to just be patient and wait and see what happens. Of course, if you have NEW information, please be sure to contact Jerry or Robert at the numbers above.  
 

As you all know, Senator Nelson has sent a request for the US Justice Department to please assist USF in their investigation as early as January, but please understand, it does not mean that Attorney General Holder has agreed to get involved, or not, for one reason or another – it was ONLY a request. We need to leave it at that! We have not yet even heard their reply as to whether or not they will get involved.

Again, we care about all of you, but at this time we just need to let the professionals do their work. As we learn of any news or actions that have been taken by the Legal Team, we will advise you. Please do not contact the Legal Team directly, because as you must know, they have their hands full.

Dick Colon, President of the Official White House Boys Organization

by, Jerry Cooper, Acting President of the Official White House Boys Organization

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READ IMPORTANT LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER ABOUT THE "NEXT STEP" BELOW:

To All,                                       
   At this point, I am so angry at what the state of Florida has done to cover up all the atrocities they have committed for nearly a century to all children that were supposed to be held in safe keeping at all costs, but decided we were not worthy of such treatment at all. 
   I am now going to release some information to the Justice Dept. that they have no knowledge of at this time.   I have held this info for good reason --  as an Ace in the hole. After the turn-down yesterday on the exhumation order I feel that the gloves are off now to release this info!!!!
   Robert Straley has agreed with me on this situation!!!  I will not stop, nor do I plan to stop, until we get to the real truth about Marianna and Okeechobee. 
   I did not want to release this information as long as there was a chance of the exhumation going thru, but now the lawyers agree with me I should contact the Justice Dept. and the media with this information.  
   Again, "Its Not Over Until We Say It Is Over"!!!!!!!
Jerry Cooper, Pres. 
"White House Boys"   
To All  "God Bless You"

 


NEWS REGARDING CLOSING OF MARIANNA:
All concerned:
Below is a reply I received today from DJJ, reference my letter to the Governor about the extension request for FSB. Simple answer: It's closing on schedule without granting an extension!! 
********  (a White House Boy) 
 
Dear Mr. and Mrs. *********:
Thank you for your email of June 14, which the Governor's Office referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for a response.We are committed to a smooth transition for all the stakeholders served by the North Florida Youth Development Center (NFYDC). After carefully reviewing our options, we have decided to maintain the original June 30 closing date for NFYDC announced on May 26. Since then, we have transferred the youth served there to other DJJ facilities and we are working to assist the affected staff find other employment. Regarding your specific concerns about state employees to be laid off using public resources to seek other employment, we are obligated to assist them with identifying their options. Our Workforce Transition Plan requires us to meet with affected employees, distribute information and provide re-employment assistance. This includes on-site job fairs and informational sessions. I hope this information has been helpful. Thank you again for your correspondence and please let me know if I may be of further assistance.Sincerely,C. J. DrakeDirector of Communications Florida Department of Juvenile Justiceoffice: 850.921.5905cell: 850.251.0671
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UPDATE   7-5-15
LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER TO GREG

Greg,
   I Thank you very much for the reply back to me on the staff records sir.  I will mail them out this week. 

Now here is the kicker, Capt. Rhoden has medical records and disciplinary records in his possession along with very key information that is very vital here that he recovered from believe it or not, G4S!!!!! which they should have been turned over to Tallahassee back in 2010 when they took over Okeechobee from Eckerds. The men were told time after time that there were no records for them by the state when they requested them. Remember when Miss Erin in her big book report said she suspected that the FDLE had removed records during the investigation in Marianna??? 

I had reported to her back then that there were records that were stored in the old chapel on the grounds and she even spoke to the boy who saw them in the attic back then.

 Greg, without the aid of the justice dept. I have no one I can turn to now for some help. I will get any records that are available to me if the legal team requests them I promise.

Greg, let me make this very clear as I can, all of us have been insulted, called liars, and this is so unfair to live with. And again I just want to meet with Miss Erin to give her information she should really have on the Okeechobee investigation. 

Thank you for listening, I still have no information if the request made to the Justice Dept to help in an investigation here by Nelson has even been answered!!! 

It's been 3 months now Greg, and still nothing!!!  Thanks once again for you guys that are working very hard to find some kind of justice here for all of us. 

Jerry Cooper
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9-8-15
MESSAGE FROM JERRY COOPER, PRESIDENT
THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE BOYS ORGANIZATION


To The White House Boys:
   We are like in a way like a House Fly at this time in our lives!!! The House Fly only lives about thirty days max.
   We are all, at our age, about the 25th day of life left compared to the life of a Fly. We do not have much time left to possibly see some kind of justice from the State of Florida. We are rapidly dying off and the pace has really picked up. I attended, along with my wife and some of you -- not 1, but 2 funerals of our brothers  in one day --  and another the following week. We just learned that 2 more have passed this week. 
   We have several men now who are failing right now with their health, including our past Pres. Dick Colon, who says he probably can not attend this year's reunion due to complications he now has with his health. Also Ben Elder is being treated for cancer at this time and we can only hope that things will work out for all the men who are going down hill very fast.  Also Roger Stone has had heart surgery, John Patterson has just had a massive heart attack.   
   I will have a conference call with the legal team next Thurs. at 9:15 A. M. and will tell them that the men have had enough after almost 9 years of hoping and asking for the State to admit to the punishment we were given by the staff who worked for the State and that the State did nothing to correct anything that was dished out to us.  I will tell the legal team what you have told me . We want some kind of closure, what ever it may be, before the end of this year!!!!
   I want you all to be aware that not 1 of the cabinet members has agreed to step forward and represent you in any fashion at this time to my knowledge. With out this being done we stand no chance, what so ever!!! To keep you caught up with what I am doing at this time is such, I was at USF in a meeting with Dr, Wells in Tampa this week and Miss Erin did not make this meeting. I am sending you an e-mail (Attachment 1) she sent me the next day about this meeting. 
   I have once again asked for permission for you men to be able to go back to Dozier and have a day to bring some kind of closure for you before it is to late. I have asked many times!!! I left the meeting in Tampa and went to Central Fla. and spent the night for an 8 A.M. meeting the next morning -- which is probably the most important I have had yet!!! I will explain this meeting to you at the reunion next month.
   I also visited white house boy Kermit Whiterker in Bartow Fla. who also has serious health issues and is such a good man. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Army. He can not attend this years reunion because of health issues.
   I will be leaving again soon to travel to Jackson County and interview an employee who has agreed to go on camera with me and talk about his 20 some years of being a staff member at the Dozier school. He has already stated to me and my wife about being forced to alter books at the school and about 3 women he knows that were sexually abusing some boys and their names.
  I asked him if he was worried about still living there andbeing a life long resident and he replied,  "they are not my friends". This is the only employee that has agreed to talk to anyone about the Dozier School. We can only hope he will not change his mind before I can get there.
   When I was talking to Dr. Wells at USF I asked this question, "What is being done about the empty casket that was found when Dr Erin exhumed it in Pennsylvania. and what is being done about the Buckshot that was found in another boys remains???"  The answer was NOTHING!!!
   He also asked what I thought about Senator Bill Nelson and I replied I do not want to discuss him at this time until I get an answer from his office explaining what happened to the request he made to the Justice Dept. almost 6 months ago to please come in and help investigate the issues that are at hand. I do not know why Nelsons office will not tell me what happened to that request. 
   I also saw a letter that was sent by Nelsons office that was addressed to the FDLE requesting that they investigate the empty coffin and the boy who had the buckshot round  found in his remains.
   I am 1 of 4 of us that saw this letter that day in Tampa. I am at a total loss at what is being done at this time on many of the issues we have.   Until I have some answers here, I will not stop!!!!!!!!!
   As far as the reunion next month, I feel it will be attended by a lot less this year because of the many deaths we have had and also many will not attend because of your health or your spouse's health and I will fully understand the reasons  why you will not be there. I only ask you this. Please try and attend this one if at all possible. I will bring out every issue that is at hand and you really need to be at this one. I try my best to not ask you, my brothers, for anything if I can avoid doing so, but please join me at this reunion if you will. 
   My only relief thru the whole year is getting to see you for at least one day. I care about all of you no matter what your views or your opinions are, because you have earned the right to do so many years ago at a place called "HELL" 
   Hope to see you on October 17th in Kissimmee Fla.   Please see attachments.  God Bless you and your families,
Your Brother Jerry Cooper

       ATTACHMENT 1
Hi Jerry,
    First, my sincerest apologizes for missing you today. I can't begin to tell you, it was a mistake on my part. I had written down the date to meet as next week. I never confirmed it and should have. I was at the airport with my mother today and then had a meeting with the Pasco county sheriff's office until 200pm. I didn't realize my mistake until Christian told me afterwards.
   I am embarrassed as I don't usually miss appointments or mess up my calendar like this.
As for the reasons to meet:
1. USF is putting together an archive of all Dozier related materials. We would love to include anything from you that we can add. Thank you for sharing your records with us, that is a tremendous benefit.
2. We have finished fieldwork at Dozier. We will not be doing fieldwork at Okachobee.
3. I don't know the answer about giving access for a day to Dozier survivors. I can inquire about it. I can see how that would be very beneficial and it is something I can recommend as well when we present to the cabinet in January If it is not resolved before then.
Please let me know if I can answer other questions or be of further assistance. If you are in the Tampa area again and want to reschedule I am happy to do that. I am sorry again for my mix-up. I look forward to catching up with you soon.
Sincerely, 
Erin

       ATTACHMENT 2

The Official White House Boys Fellowship Reunion

Date : 17th October 2015 11:00 till 5:00

Location : 201 Lakeview ,Kissimmee,Florida 34741 - At the Osprey Pavilion
PLEASE RSVP by 1st OCT 2015 to
babbscooper@gmail.com or call 239 994 1280

Please may we ask if you have a folding lawn chair or any folding chair that you bring one!!!  Just in case we run short.
We would very much appreciate it if you could bring a SIDE DISH TO SHARE. Suggestions are Potato Salad, Cole slaw, Beans, Fruit and Desserts.
We are open to any suggestions. Please let Babbs know what you can bring.

Main course and drinks will be provided and all paper goods.

We have a contract with the:
Howard Johnson Express Inn and Suites
4836 W Irlo Bronson HWY,Kissimmee Fl 34746
407 396 4762

Discount CODE is WHB for 48.00 +tax
This price is good for 16th, 17th and 18th.
King or two double beds. Extra for more than two persons per room.
You may call for room confirmation after the 15th Sept.
NO PETS

Very important message from the Producers and filming crew: they will be present and looking forward to meeting and interviewing any WHB that would like to share their story about the abuse suffered at FSB/Dozier and Okeechobee. This will be a two hour film when completed.

If you have any questions feel. free to call me anytime .
The WHB phone is available 24/7.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. Be well and Safe Travels,
Babbs Cooper
Chairperson
239 994 1280
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IN REPLY TO A NOTE SENT TO AG PAM BONDI FROM JERRY COOPER:

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi received your emails regarding the South Campus of Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Attorney General Bondi asked that I respond.


We appreciate you reaching out to Attorney General Bondi. We understand that the USF's report filed with the Florida Bureau of Archaelogical Research discusses the work at the South Campus, which was one part of the ongoing research at the school site. We are in support of Dr. Kimmerle's research. 


The USF investigation continues, as does Attorney General Bondi's wholehearted support as we await the team's final report. This office will keep your concerns under advisement in anticipation of USF's upcoming presentation to the Governor and Cabinet on the team's final report and project conclusion in the coming months. 


Concerning the Okeechobee Sheriff's Office investigation into the child deaths of several children attending Okeechobee School for Boys in the 1960s, Attorney General Bondi continues to support local law enforcement in their efforts. Rest assured Attorney General Bondi is fully committed to doing everything within her power to support investigative efforts to help resolve unanswered questions and bring closure to the victims, survivors and families who lost loved ones. 


Sincerely,


Beverly Bailey
Office of Citizen Services
Florida Attorney General's Office
PL-01, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050
Telephone: (850) 414-3990
Toll-free within Florida: (866) 966-7226
Website: www.myfloridalegal.com


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NOTE FROM DEPT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE ABOUT OUR SUPPORT OF THE BOYS AT ECKERDS:

This is wonderful…thank you for you continued and dedicated support to our kids.  Christy
 
Christina K. Daly, Interim Secretary
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Putting Florida Families First
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FROM JERRY COOPER -
ABOUT THE HORRORS OF THE WHITE HOUSE MOVIE

March 25, 2012
From Jerry Cooper:

To the Attention of all White House Boys:
 
I just returned from location at  Brunswick, Georgia where the filming  of the "Horrors of the White House" was shot.
The people involved in the film couldn't possibly have been hand picked any better!!! The efforts of all these people were outstanding in all that they have given.
 
I would like to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart, These boys, being of the ages of 13-14, were very dedicated to to make this movie as factual truth of what was done to all of us as young children.
 
Robert Straley as well as myself  was not as tough as we thought we were as we watched the production.!!! We had to leave some  of the shooting on several occasions and I had to refuse watching the shower filming,but did review it after it was finished.
 
These young boys have 2-4 years of drama and finished plays already. They were supreme.  The lady that directs these boys is a MASTER at it. And the  parents of these boys want the world to see exactly the way we were treated at this state facility in hopes it can never ever happen again.  We all agreed that the parents needed to sign releases on the boys playing our parts in this movie, and it was executed by Roger Kiser before the shooting of the film took place..
 
Roger Kiser has worked for weeks on making this film possible, and going beyond the call of duty.
His wife, his son Roger Jr. and even the little grandaughter Mattie have given so much to make this happen.
 
Roger Jr brought and prepared the meal  for everyone after the film was finished. He stayed up late Friday night preparing this meal for all of us  and we Thank him so very much!! It was Great!!

I would like like to thank  Capt. Bryant Middleton, Robert Straley, Andrew Puel for their time and donations to making this possible.  And of course Roger Kiser for all the time and hard work he and his family put into the total filming and location as well as The White House reproduction.
 
Roger, Robert Straley, and myself sat down together and talked in detail about what could happen for doing this film ,and we know it could go either way when released. We all agreed that what happens is the way it will be !!! If any of you have any issues regarding why this movie was done or have a problem with it please contact Roger Kiser,Bryant Middleton,Robert Straley or myself Jerry Cooper and discuss it.
 
In closing, I have two important requests to ask of all of you. If you have any issue;s that might effect you by watching this factual film. Please do not watch it!  Some of our men are being treated medically from problems that occurred many years ago as well as myself from the treatment that was inflicted on us while being a ward of the state of Florida.
 
And, the last thing we want is to create more problems. It is very graphic so have your mind set before viewing.I have asked Roger Kiser to post a warning at the beginning of the movie.

The second request that I ask of you is please do your part in sending this movie to all your e-mail contacts and local media  and ask every e-mail contact to e-mail their contacts and keep playing it forward.  THIS IS IMPORTANT TO DO !!!!
 
The movie is being edited and will be ready for release in few a days.
 
Your Brother Till The End.
 
Jerry A. Cooper
WHB

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FROM PEGGY MARX TO THE WHBz
  

Hello Everyone
 
I know it has been a while since anyone has heard from me. Things have been moving at a pretty hectic pace since I moved back to the farm there is so much to do. But part of my New Years Promises to myself and the Lord are to move forward not only with my life but with my commitment to the WHBS 
 
Last month several of us visited the Eckerd Youth Camp with a few Christmas presents for the boys there. They joy on their faces was a gift you cannot buy!
 
Thank you to all of you who donated your time and money to make this such a great success.....
 
Reunion was hectic this past year but as always  GREAT  I was happy to see everyone and missed the ones who could not attend 
Hope to see  you all this year.
 
Thanks  (I Think) to all of you who voted me in for another term.  Thank you to all who contributed to the auction. And paid your dues,
 
As most of you know we lost another GREAT brother  John Brodnax to the Lord  last year and as always welcome Mary to stand in his stead. She as we all know has always been a great supporter of the group and we look forward to seeing her at all of the functions in the future.
 
Congraulations on your on going battle against the state .  We will prevail I promised Frank I would never give up his fight......
And somewhere along the way in supporting him it became my fight.
 
I want to thank all of you for allowing me the honor of serveing as a board member  even after Franks passing if I would have had to lose you guys to it would have been unbearable for you are my family each and everyone of you.
 
One last piece of  information   I have not used MARXSARASOTA @aol  for over 2years this site was stolen over 2 years ago please  send anything from this e-mail address to your spam folder    Please know you can call me anytime and e-mail me at 
awvgirl1950@yahoo.com
                                                                                               Best regards
                                                                                                Peggy Marx
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To The Legal Team, The White House Boys, Okeechobee Boys,

Vice President Bill Price and I recently traveled to Tallahassee to meet with US Attorney Chris Conova and a federal prosecutor, Mrs. Miller. They explained to us that due to the long time period that has passed since the crimes were committed against us, it would be almost impossible to build any case at all. They did not doubt whatsoever that these crimes were committed against all of us.

When Senator Nelson asked for an investigation from the DOJ, I am sure that he was told the same thing. I just wish he would have informed us if that was the case. I think we have just about turned over the last rock left in seeking some kind of justice for all these men. There is no more that can be done that we can think of at this time.

Unfortunately, Bill is very sick and will start his radiation treatments tomorrow for cancer. He was not able to help me drive to Tallahassee, so I am pretty worn out. He refused to stay home because he did not want to miss this meeting. It is all up to the legal team now to get some kind of justice for us. We can do no more that might help us get some kind of closure for all that happened to us.

Also, at this time we have not heard a word about the sexual abuse investigation that the FDLE said was finished some time ago. I have learned during the investigation that some of the boys had been sexually abused inside the "White House".  All of this disgusts me.  

I have spoken to many of you about approaching the state and asking for this building to be destroyed in the name of the "White House Boys".   About 95% of you have said this is what you would like them to do. The "White House" does not qualify as an "HISTORIC" building within the State or Federal guidelines. This has been researched and we should not allow the state or new property owners to destroy this UNGODLY place. I believe we should do this in the "White House Boys" name. I will also request that we be allowed to attend the destruction of this building, if they will agree. If we can accomplish this, we would have some closure knowing it has been destroyed by us.  I  think it could bring some closure for us.

Please contact me with your input on this.
God Speed To All Of You,

Your Brother, Jerry Cooper FSB 1961


Here is the note we received after our meeting: 

Thank you so much for traveling to Tallahassee to meet with me and share your story.  You faced obstacles as children that no child should suffer.  The fact that you overcame these challenges and became successful men is a testament to your will and your tremendous abilities.  The community is fortunate for the work you are doing to ensure that children will not be subject to inappropriate treatment while in custody. 

I am so happy you are enjoying life and I wish you the best.

Chris Canova
United States Attorney
Northern District of Florida


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 LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER
5-13-15


This is a very serious update for all of you. 
I was on the phone for along time this past Sunday with the legal team and this is what is going to happen very shortly.  I am told that the FDLE, along with the legal team, will interview 91, yes, 91 of you that were sexually abused at these schools when you were a ward there. Each one of you will have a legal representative present at your interview.  The legal team will need to travel to some locations for these interviews, and some will be done in the Tampa area as well. 
The legal team will be getting word to you in the near future regarding your interview. This is a very important step in our quest for justice and will reveal information that is vital and important when these reports surface in the public and political eye.
        I will tell you that there are some reports of abuse that I am fully aware of that are extreme and very disgusting in nature and hard to talk about. I also have heard from men who were only 10-14 years of age when they were sexually abused. I have already found and talked to one of you who did not report sexual abuse when he gave the legal team his report of the beatings he endured there because he was too embarrassed about what happened to report it.  I am asking you to please call me if this is what you also did yourself when you gave your report. We need to talk to each other please. 
       I was told during Sunday's phone call with the legal team that they have been meeting with elected officials and they have been supportive of the FSB cause in the past and that they will continue to meet with the Legislators and elected officials as I speak. 
       This is VERY important!  When you are interviewed, please be as precise and as honest as possible and look at your lawyer when asked questions by the FDLE. 
Think about each question before answering.
In closing guys, I ask that you do not post any negativity on any site, at any time, about your legal team in any fashion, because it hurts all of us to do so. These interviews will cost the team thousands of dollars alone and take many, many hours of their time to complete.  We have too much at stake now to have this kind of a situation to take on in any manner.  We accept that we are getting older and dying off, just like you keep saying.  We know that it has been a long time that we have fought. We know that you are tired.  We know it has been hard.  If I see any, or am told about any, public postings concerning negativity regarding the legal team, I will call you on this and we will talk about it; and, if we can not come to terms, I will let one of the legal team then speak with you.  Enough Is enough.
Next week alone, We have 2 funerals on the same day to address, as well as a meeting in Senator Nelson"s office on the 21th  and have also asked for a meeting with USF, for which I am awaiting a reply.  One of your legal teams had to contact the other team and request help with doing all these interviews because of the time and effort it will take to attend them all. They are dividing these interviews to help each other in covering them all.  
I love all of you guys even when things sometimes get out of whack.  And, of course this will happen from time to time. Please just be patient as much as you can. 

Jerry Cooper F.S.B. 60-61  
Remember " We All Will Go To Heaven, Because We Have Already Spent Our Time In Hell"


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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JERRY COOPER - 
To All Of Interest – Including Families of Interred Boys At The Florida School For Boys (aka "Dozier")

Please understand that what follows is my personal opinion and thoughts on what will probably happen when the exhumations take place this coming month. We have, I think, 7 or 8 families that have requested to have their loved ones returned for a proper burial and have given their DNA samples to be compared as the exhumations are done. 

Now here are what I see as the "Red Flags against the State Of Florida!!!!":

I give it less than a 50 percent chance that all seven or eight bodies whose families are seeking repatriation, and that are coming from the so called Boot Hill location, will be matches, for a lot of reasons!!!! If I'm correct, this would be a huge red flag against the state!!! This would open up a rash of lawsuits against the state – hands down!!!  Also if any of the bodies exhumed show any signs of foul play whatsoever, the state again loses its position.

There are too many possibilities that can happen here that would indicate that foul play did occur in Marianna at Florida School for Boys aka “Dozier”. Like Pulitzer Prize Nominated reporter, Ben Montgomery, of the St Pete Times (now named Tampa Bay Times) told me a couple of years ago, "The Truth Will Come Out". 

It has already been proven that there are more than the 31 bodies that FDLE reported to be located at the “Boot Hill” location in their “so called investigation” (Click HERE and HERE to read the complete FDLE “Investigations”). This is a Huge Red Flag!!!!

Another problem can occur at “Boot Hill”. What if the bodies there are all black or all white??? That would be another problem for the state.

I can almost promise you that the U.S. Justice Dept. will have to get involved in order to find out the whole truth about the history of Florida School for Boys, aka “Dozier”. Since there is a 1400 acre site that has to be searched, it could take a lot of years to do so. Maybe, in the near future, some help could come from the Justice Dept. I assume that USF will continue to do the Ground Penetrating Radar work while the exhumations are being done.

I would like to share some info that was sent to me by our fine brother, Andrew Puel, who has made many trips to Tallahassee and Marianna for me, **** , and Robert Straley, in order to gather records and very important documents over the past few years. His efforts have been a huge benefit towardss finding the truth!!!! Andrew made these trips, having only limited funds, and I cannot thank him enough!!! He has been taking care of his father, on his own, for many years until his father's recent death, and he is a devoted Christian man.

The ledgers that Andrew copied by hand and sent to me are very important. They date back from 1937 through 1961. The report shows 184 boys that escaped during those years, but only only 5 boys are shown as being recaptured!!!! The ledgers are all blank after the date of escape. They include the following columns:

1. RECAPTURED DATE: ALL BLANK except for 5 boys!!!!
2. DATE RELEASED: ALL BLANK except 1 boy, which is shown as being released on his escape date?? GO FIGURE!!
3. HOW RELEASED: ALL WERE BLANK!!!
4. REMARKS COLUMN: ALL WERE BLANK!!!

Let me say this about the boys I know of from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s – I can only recall maybe 3-4 men that, as boys, made successful escapes from this institution during 3 decades. How could 184 boys have made it out of there in the 3 decades before???? My opinion is that they did not!!! Some of these boys were as young as 12 years old!!! Give me a break!!!!

In my research this last week, I have found that there are 2 boy's names on the list of 8 who will be included in the tests that will attempt to match DNA taken by their family members to locate their bodies at Boot Hill. Why are these 2 boys not listed in the FDLE report which attempts to name the bodies buried in 31 graves??????   to see the list of the 8.  The 2 names are Joshua Backey and Robert Stephens. This, to me, is another red flag!!!

Another Red Flag: How does the “Find a Grave” website come up with 3 times more names of those buried at “Dozier” than the FDLE report came up with??? To go to the Find a Grave website clickHERE, and a copy of their information on Dozier follows below also.

Two of 8 names on the list of those that will be DNA matched are staff members who died in the 1914 fire, in which a cottage burned down. They are R. Bennett Evans and Charles M. Evans. Now do you think its possible that 2 white staff members were buried with black boys in 1914 when there was such segregation at that time in history (even in the US Military until the late 1950s), and especially in that part of the south?????

I think the only way to resolve what happened at the Florida School for Boys in Marianna, FL (aka “Dozier) is to have the U.S. Justice Dept. decide in the near future, that they should intervene and find out what happened and how it happened – Period!!! I believe they should have already done so with all the info that has been uncovered and is available to them!!!

The records I have on the 184 Boys that escaped will be sent to the following: Senator Nelson, The Department of Juvenile Justice, Pam Bondi, The U.S. Justice Dept, Governor Rick Scott, and The Department of Agriculture. The information will also be available to all news media, and it will be sent to all the Attorneys that represent The White House Boys. I only hope we live long enough to find the truth about this most "UNGODLY" place we once knew as children.

Jerry Cooper, President, "White House Boys"

Sources: 


Find a Grave:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSsr=1&GScid=2335290& 

Cemetery notes and/or description (From Find A Grave website):
This small field is located in the woods on the present grounds of the Arthur G. 
Dozier School for Boys, a state juvenile correction facility. Originally known as the Florida State Reform School (Established in 1900) and later the Florida Industrial School for Boys, the institution has a notorious reputation as an abusive place in its earlier years, complete with a torture chamber known as the "White House". The cemetery was active from about 1914 to 1952. Since death certificates were not required prior to 1917 and subsequent records are not complete, it is not known how many people are interred here. 
State Investigators believe at least 81 are buried here and at another location about 500 yards to the north. The argument for two locations is bolstered by the fact that it was not the custom in the days when the cemetery was active to bury whites and “ coloreds” at the same site (The races were segregated at this facility). 31 metal crosses were erected at this location near extant shallow indentations in the ground in 1996 to replace concrete/rebar crosses from the 1960's that had been removed and stored near the site...It is believed wooden crosses or no markers were originally employed...

State and school records show that out of nearly 100 children who died while at the school, there are no burial records for 22 of them.

LIST OF CHILDREN WHOSE FAMILIES ARE REQUESTING REPATRIATION VIA DNA TESTS
  


PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LETTER FROM JERRY COOPER

My Dear Friends,
    Senator Bill Nelson has stepped forward on our behalf and has demanded that the state of Florida get to the truth of what occurred at the Dozier School for Boys in the State of Florida for several decades. . His statement at the meeting in Tampa with USF was "Where there is smoke at the Dozier School for Boy"s there is fire." This is so true!!!
    I was not able to attend this meeting, but “Bob” (Robert Straley) attended on everyone's behalf. We wish to thank him for attending.
    The main reason for this letter is to ask a "BIG FAVOR" from all of you at this time. I am begging you to take 5 minutes of your time to email or write a letter to senator Nelson and thank him for what he is doing for all of us "PLEASE". Also ask your children, friends, and relatives to write letters or emails please. You can contact Senator Nelson via email at
Digna_Alvarez@billnelson.senate.gov or mail a letter to him at: Senator Bill Nelson, Washington, D.C. Office, United States Senate, 716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510. 
    Erin Kimmerle is facing a very difficult task at this school that is going to be very hard to accomplish without some kind of help in doing so!!!! She is limited with what she has to work with. We can only hope that the justice department will give her assistance per Senator Nelson's request. 
     I can not thank you enough for keeping a close check on me in the past 2 weeks with what I have been going thru after an emergency surgery that required a total reconstruction of my lower back. I was in bad shape with spinal stenosis in the lower back,which cut off my lower body functions in the middle of the night and I had to be rushed to the hospital. I returned home after surgery, and in 2 days I was running a fever and was returned again to the hospital to fight this fever and I am now home again. I am not able to walk much at this time without a walker and my legs are still trying to figure out which way to go. I have been giving in house care and will start rehab this week. I can not even lift a plate or a gallon of milk yet, but it will come. I would be lost without the care of my wife Babbs. Again thank you so much for caring about me!!!!

In closing I can not thank all of you enough!!!

Jerry Cooper
President "White House Boy"s
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  A Letter To All, 
 I will be leaving with Babbs on the 11th to once again give the boy at Eckerd's Youth Alternatives in Brooksville a Christmas party.  This is important for us to do once again. 
 I can not praise DJJ and Eckerd's enough for the job they have done to help these boys get on the right path before it is just too late to do so. I now know for a fact that under the supervision of Mrs. Walters of DJJ things have changed 100 percent for the good of the children that are under her care. I can only wish that she was in charge when we, "The White House Boys", were under the care of the state of Florida.
   I have been discussing the situation that surrounds the "Okeechobee School For Boys" with several members of the staff of DJJ for the past few months -- and even with the Chief of Staff.  I did beg him to not let this get in the way of stopping us "White House Boys" from giving our annual party for the boys at Eckerd's. I can only thank him for allowing us to continue our tradition. . He did ask me "What is it you want Mr. Cooper???"  Once again I replied like I have every time someone asks me this.  I said, "We ,The White House Boys, want a formal apology from the Gov. and the State of Florida for the abuse and damage done to us that has lasted a life time"
  We are very aware of why this will not be done at any time in the near future and that many of us will never live long enough to hear an apology from Gov. Scott, because we are dying at a pretty fast pace due to our ages.  Seventeen us us have already died during the past year.  What is it going to take Gov. Scott for you to consider an apology sir???
 I now have a sworn statement from a newly found White House Boy that lives in Tennessee, which has been notarized.  It states that he was present at Okeechobee when a young black boy by the name of "Cherry" or "Cherrie" Black, who was about 12 years of age, was killed by the "strap" and had not run away and fell into the septic tank at night causing him to drown, as was reported by the school..  Four Boys died in less than a 10-year period as stated in the newspaper back in the 1960's when they tried to escape!!! This is totally unacceptable as far as I am concerned PERIOD!!! Also I can assure you that Patrick Gabriel was not shot and killed by an old woman as reported in the newspaper in the 1960's when they claimed he escaped after attacking the superintendent of the school. . All of you  (as I) know he would have been in lockup if he did this!!!  All of this will be told soon, in an up-coming media news report.   And, YES  there is a cemetery located at OKEECHOBEE!
 Getting back to the kids at Eckerd's Youth Alternatives, this is the first year that we will be bringing so many White House Boys as guests. I can not thank all of you enough for your most generous donations and I would like to thank all of my personal friends for what they have done also. Now I have to figure out how to get a 47 inch flat screen TV in my car!  The boys will be so surprised to have their broken TV replaced!  By the way, Retired U.S. Army Ranger Capt. **********  will be the special guest speaker for the boys at Eckerds.  " I really love all you guys"  
Jerry Cooper   
Pres. "Official White House Boys"
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IMPORTANT LETTER FROM DICK COLON

The Official White House Boys Organization
P. O. Box 152 · 1616-102 West Cape Coral Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33914
Email:
 theofficialwhitehouseboys@gmail.com
 Website:http://www.officialwhitehouseboys.org  

 

In this house, the State of Florida beat and scarred  our bodies, wounded our souls, and dampened our spirits. But now… united…we rise up…and join together to ensure that this history is never, ever repeated!

Officers & Board Members
President Emeritus - Dick Colon / President - Jerry Cooper / Vice President - Nate Dowling / Treasurer - Peggy Marx / Secretary - Babbs Cooper / Sergeant At Arms James M DeNyke

1 January 2012  

To All White House Boys and their Families :
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First I want to thank all of you who had the confidence to vote me back in as your President for a second term

But as you all know my primary interest is in what is best for the entire group.... In 4 -5 years we were able to do what no one else could do in 105 years.  We closed them down. That will always be the most rewarding achievement I have ever participated in in my life -- to my grave with me it will go! 

Having said that, after speaking with several members, I have made a decision to ask Jerry Cooper to step up and help me as Assistant President for various reasons. One is my health, and I'm 2000 miles away from everybody. More important than that is the fact that our effort has started moving at such a fast, even a bit complex pace, that I feel now what we need is someone on the front lines all of the time.  I have discussed this with the board and they were all 100%. 

My reasons for this choice are many. As our legal liaison, he is on top of everything, everyday, and has a great repoiree with both law firms and he also has been asked to do two interviews, with others in the works.  He lives in Florida, where access for him is much more accommodating than for me at 2000 miles away. 

Since Jerry is retired, he, like Roger Kiser, Robert Straley, and so many others, have devoted much of their time daily for our struggle.  He, like some others, is constantly researching information, converses with other members daily, and communicates with others -- especially our counsels. 

Jerry, like many others, has been at every single reunion, picnic, award ceremony, and all of our donations to both Beacon house and the Eckerd Youth Camp, as have many of you. 

He has done numerous interviews just recently, and to the best of my knowledge, is well liked by all of us WHB's and their families. As your elected president, I feel we need someone with Jerry's knowledge, flexibility and, most of all his loyalty to the WHB's, in Florida, in a position to move forward in our best interest. I am giving Jerry full rein to act on my behalf and will be in constant contact with him.  We have finally gotten the recognition we have so greatly fought for and deserve, by keeping ourselves in the face of the public, which is extremely important at this critical time. 

I want to thank every one for their faith and trust in me and their continued help and cooperation in the future as we look forward to seeing each other at the next reunion; though I don't think we'll all be whistling Dixie that soon. 

Thank you, Cordially 
President
Dick Colon
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 6-27-12
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM JERRY COOPER!

This is what is going on from the problems that are coming from across this state once again. I was hoping that the state was beginning to come around to their senses after what the White House Boys, our lawyers, and of course the St. Petersburg Times have done to this state in regards to the treatment of kids who are in the care of the state of Florida!!!! Do you see now why I get so upset and have the anger I have carried for all these years??? I promise every one of you that I will seek out every avenue and search every corner to bring some kind of justice for all of us and will be there until it is finished or I die. NO  this is not me running for office, just plain facts.
                                                   Our Webmaster, who has done such a fantastic job for all of us on the Official White House Boy"s web site will be speaking to the reporter at the New York Times that attended one of our reunions in Kissimee Fla. this week to discuss her doing a big story concerning the dig going on in Marianna as I type.  We do and try every thing possible to keep as much pressure we can on this state!!! As you know I have a lawyer assigned to me now that is doing everything possible to bring Troy Tidwell to court for the death of Edgar "Tommy" Elton, and he is doing every thing he can.I now know that all of us has put a lot of pressure on the state of Florida for the things they have done to you,myself and all the children that were placed in their care,and I know in the end we will prevail.
                                         
 I will ask you to please do not call or contact either of the law offices for information on the claims bill. Remember they also have other cases they work on and it takes to much of their time to do so. Again Capt. Bryant Middleton will be happy to relay any new information to you in this matter when it is released to him by the law firms. There will be things he will not be able to release to you, but there are good reasons for this. Just be thankful these people are working for you!!!  Will we all live long enough to see this through???  No we all won"t but a lot will!!!

 About 3 years ago I begged and begged the FDLE to use Ground Penetrating Radar to confirm their findings of "Boot Hill" I even offered to pay a company from Tenn. to come in and do this, but was refused to do so many times by Tom Berlinger, and Rose Davis to do so. Tom said it would not work and I said you do not know what you are talking about. I sent info to our lawyers about GPR and they agreed it would tell us a lot. Well guy"s we now have GPR work going on right this minute.  So all the sneaking and searching that Middleton and myself did is coming to help our cause. USF is aware of what we both were able to find at FSB!!

 I talked to Robert Straley this morning after he got home from Wash.D.C. and all went well on this trip representing the White House Boys". Roger Kiser had to return almost as soon as he arrived because of his health. He will be having surgery this week and we wish him the best. The Video done in wash. D.C. will be released this week by Robert will be released this week and again I want to thank all of you for your donations to make this trip possible!!!!            

Jerry Cooper 
"A White House Boy"
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6-1-12 
CLAIMS BILL, UPDATE FROM LAWYERS, AND TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC INFO

To All The White House Boys,
 
    Spoke to Greg last night and I can tell you that he is very positive about what Holland and Knight is doing concerning the claims bill. They have been meeting with the legislative staff to discuss the bill and also with the senate master. As you know, we were informed from the beginning of the legal process involved with our case it would be a situation that could take a few years to resolve.
     Since our case goes back a half a century, it does not make it easy in any way for the lawyers to bring to closure in a short time even though we all have limited time left. The lawyers are aware of this and are working very hard to see this through as fast as possible.
    We  need to be thankful that they took on this case at all because of the time frame it involves. In my conversation with Greg yesterday, we both agree that the USF dig going on as I speak in Marianna is a big advantage to the "White House Boys" versus the State of Florida for a lot of reasons and we will be waiting on the fall report of what is found. I want all of you to know that one of the lawyers with Holland and Knight is working with me to try and open an investigation through the state involving the death of Edgar Elton in 1961 against Troy Tidwell  who as you know has taken the fifth amendment on this issue. I can only hope that he will be successful in doing so.
      I would like to thank Roger Kiser, Robert Straley, Bryant Middleton, and Andrew Puel for everything they have done for the men in the past years. We would be far behind with out their efforts!!!!  They have stood up so many times and have been there to represent your cause in every way possible using their personal funds to do so. Please let them know you appreciate all the work and time they have given for you.
     I have never asked any of you for any help as far as monies in any way until now. I am asking now if you could help with the trip that Roger Kiser, Robert Straley and Andrew Puel are taking to Washington D.C. June 22nd to speak on our behalf at the rally to support the bill that will stop all spankings in the United States period, including all schools and institutions across the country.
    This is a big event and our presence there is important!!! I will not be able to attend this function but I am pledging $50.00 to these men to help pay their trip. Straley will be flying from Tampa and will be spending his money for food, car rental for one day and motel for the night. Andrew will be meeting Roger in Georgia and will drive to D.C. and back home.  Our presence is very important for all of us especially now that the claims bill is being processed.
     So please help if you can in any way with what you can afford to donate. Any thing at all will be helpful. You can send it to me or Robert Straley before June 22nd if you can.  All money will be accounted for and used for this project. I will tell you these guys are working for your behalf. Bryant Middleton has been through some serious surgeries and has to cancel this trip and we all wish him a speedy Recovery.  

Thank you  guys  for all your kind thoughts & support.    
Jerry Cooper  
"A White House Boy"  
 
Contact Information:
5511 S W 14th Place
Cape Coral,Fl 33814
239 542-3831 or 239 994-2871

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HERE ARE ADDITIONAL LETTERS FROM BRYANT M. CONCERNING THE CLOSING:

Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6:30 PM
Subject: Questionable Expenditure

With Florida's debt being so far in the red and the out of control spending by past administrations having caused this problem; how can the present Governors office and DJJ justify the added expense of allowing state employees to search for other employment, during state work hours, using state phones, state computers and other state resources? Additionally, how can the state and the Governors office permit these job searches while these employees are being paid by Florida tax payers to conduct state business, not job searches? This outlandish expenditure of tax payer funds is exactly what is being proposed by state Representatives of Jackson county and particularly Marianna. There is a set date of June 30th 2011 for the closure of the North Florida Youth Detention Center, annual budget of 14.3 million, yet the state Representatives are requesting an extension. This requested extension is so the NFYDC state employees, on state time, using state computers, phones and while drawing full pay and benefits, can search for other jobs. This gross expenditure seems to be an end run around the Governors budget cuts and promise to reduce state debt.
 
The Governor office is recommending cutting teachers pay, reducing Veterans benefits, reducing state staff, cutting back on law enforcement, all the while permitting current employees at NFYDC the luxury of job searching on state time, while drawing full pay from the state payroll? Something just doesn't seem above board with this and quite frankly smells of under the table and back door business as usual in Tallahassee and Marianna, at tax payers expense. How can this expenditure be justified when others are paying so dearly within the state of Florida? Are state employees at NFYDC not subject to the same rules as other Floridians? Are they being granted special favors and bonuses simply because they are state employees? Where are the so called budget reductions promised by the Governor, across the board, to include state employees at NFYDC?
 
Bryant E. Middleton
Fort Walton Beach, Fl 32547


 

Last night, I read the JCFloridan web site and it indicated one of the local Marianna Senators has requested an extension of the closure date for FSB. The Senator feels the employees deserve, at a minimum, an additional thirty days to look for new employment and the school should remain open until they find new employment. Never mind that the employees are entitled to draw full unemployment and have 24 hours a day for interviews and preparation time for job searches, without having to work. Apparently the Marianna solution is to retain the employees on the state payroll while they use state time and funds to search for jobs, at the taxpayers expense.    
 
It's my personal belief, if this extension is granted, it will be beginning of an additional request for another extension and another and another. The final outcome will alternately be, the school will remain open indefinitely, that is until the local politicians can find a way to overturn the decision to close NFYDC.
 
The corruption at FSB continues and the people of Jackson county and especially Marianna, will go down fighting to protect their annual 14.3 million dollar golden cash cow. It's difficult to close a 112 year old corrupt system when they have become so deeply entrenched with the day to day feeling of entitlement and belief the state owes them. I'm sure the justifications they have are, they did so much for the state in warehousing bad boys, that the least the state can do is keep them on the dole. Of course keeping the school open until the closure is overturned and DJJ comes to their senses, that "DOZIER" is needed in order to protect us from those criminal children, regardless of the cost to taxpayers is even better, in their minds. It's quite apparent you can't trust the powers to be in Tallahassee, especially when their loyalty has a price.
 
Bryant E. Middleton
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR AT JCFLORIDIAN

An Open Letter to the Town of Marianna

Written by Roger Kiser on Gather.com


May 30, 2011 12:56 PM EDT

This is not a letter about whom or what is right or wrong. This is a letter about what we have allowed to happen to ourselves (as Americans) in the last three years.

No matter the reason for the closing of the former Dozier School for Boys…it is closed. At this point, neither boy(s) nor employee(s) will benefit. Now, both Marianna residents and former boys from the school exist with hard feelings towards one another. As relatives of White House Boys pass through your town they are refused service at the local McDonalds and word is out that we are not welcome in your town. Why have we allowed this to happen? The White House Boys know that 99.9% of the residents living in Marianna are good, kind, and caring individuals. They are people who had absolutely nothing to do with what happened many years ago. Today they would immediately, without hesitation, stand up and stop the abuse of any child, whether at the school or living next door to them.
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A Note from ************  (a White House Boy) to all:
I've returned home from Marianna none the worse for wear. The school is closed and the grounds are empty, all the children have been sent to better places within the state. I spoke with our attorneys this morning and the moment I have some free time I'll provide more information about the school and what the attorney's are doing
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