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MAY 15, 2009
FDLE says Dozier school can account for all 31 bodies
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced its findings into the unmarked graves at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna Friday and concluded that there were 31 bodies buried there between 1914 and 1952, and each of the deaths were attributable to a known cause.
"There is no evidence to suggest that the school or the staff made any attempt to conceal any other deaths,'' said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey at a press conference Friday.
Although the investigation into the alleged abuses is active and ongoing, FDLE said it was releasing the report about the graves sites to start answering questions of families of former students.
"We found no student who had specific knowledge of any unexplained death or burial at this site,'' said Bailey said. "We found no evidence to suggest that this was a secret or hidden cemetery. In our quest to determine the identify of the individuals buried at the grave site we conducted an extensive and exhaustive review of available records.''
Using official records of the school,death certificates, news reports and obituaries, aerial photographs and interviews with more than 100 former students and staff of the school, FDLE determined that the official record is clear and all suspected bodies are accounted for.
But investigators didn't exhume the bodies or do an analysis of the site to determine if there were more than 31 bodies buried there, said Mark Perez, FDLE chief of executive investigations.
And when asked why they relied on official documents when there are allegations that school officials may have tried to hide beating death of a student by failing to record it on official documents, Perez said: "There is nothing to refute the information that is provided in that information.''
.Posted by Mary Ellen Klas at 2:29:21 pm on May 15, 2009
A Times Editorial
FDLE investigation of Dozier School for Boys fails to find truth
In Print: Sunday, May 24, 2009
Gov. Charlie Crist's reaction to allegations of decades-old child abuse at the former Florida School for Boys (now the Arther G. Dozier School for Boys) followed a familiar pattern. The stories were told, the public responded and the governor ordered an investigation. But the result so far, little more than a glorified audit of records pertaining to the school's cemetery by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, has been an utter disappointment. Thursday's deposition of one of the school's alleged former abusers was a reminder, once again, that Florida still hasn't determined the full truth about what happened at the isolated campus where the state warehoused wayward boys for the last century. Crist has a moral obligation to continue to respond to that challenge, be it through FDLE or some other means.
It was a band of former residents from 50 years ago, now calling themselves "The White House Boys," who pressed Crist to act in December. More than 200 former residents have signed on to sue the state — prompting Thursday's deposition of former houseparent Troy Tidwell. A recent investigation by the St. Petersburg Times found that individually and collectively, former residents' stories strike similarly horrible and chilling themes of physical abuse and possible death.
Grown men, many of whom have struggled to build a life in the wake of Dozier, told reporters life at the North Florida school could include strap whippings in a low concrete white building that left blood on the walls, and sexual abuse in an underground "rape room." Their accounts included witnessing boys trapped inside running clothes dryers, orders to dig child-size graves and friends who disappeared after being hauled off to the "white house."
But FDLE steered clear of much of that emotional testimony — and did not interview one of the key leaders of the White House Boys group. The agency took the most literal interpretation of Crist's charge to investigate the school's unmarked graves. Using official records and newspaper reports, which the agency conceded were incomplete and deteriorated, investigators said it appears that 31 people are buried there, all 31 appear accounted for in written records and no deaths appear to be suspicious.
But the agency didn't exhume any bodies nor utilize ground-penetrating radar to discern if more could be buried there. And while the agency acknowledges the written records made it impossible to ascertain the location of burial sites, it appears little weight was given to the fact that the official records would have been maintained by the alleged torturers themselves. The result is a report that reads more like a possible defense argument for the state than an investigation that considered alternative outcomes.
FDLE said it will continue to investigate allegations of abuse at the school. Crist should make it clear that the agency has broad discretion to take its investigation wherever it may lead. Individual testimonies make it clear that bad things happened at Dozier to many boys. Unfortunately, the FDLE's first report suggests the state needs to dig harder to uncover the truth.
NORTH COUNTRY GAZETTE - SERVING NY AND BEYOND
No Evidence Of Criminality In Dozier School Deaths
By North Country Gazette On March 12, 2010 ·
MARIANNA, FLA—In an unsurprising decision, State Attorney Glenn Hess of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit says there’s insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges in the deaths of individuals buried in more than 30 unidentified graves sites at the state operated Dozier School for Boys in Marianna (Bay County).
Hess based his decision on investigative findings provided to him by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement which found no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing.
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The 13-page report of the FDLE concludes that “with the passage of over 50 years, “no tangible physical evidence was found to either support or refute the allegations of physical or sexual abuse.”
On Dec. 9, 2008, Governor Charlie Crist directed the FDLE to investigate the unidentified graves at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, including the location of the graves and the entity that owned or operated the property at the time the graves were placed; identification, where possible, of the remains of those buried on the site; and if any crimes were committed, and if possible, the perpetrators of those crimes.
On May 15, 2009, FDLE released a comprehensive report detailing the findings of the first two items.
On Jan. 29, FDLE concluded its investigation into the third item: allegations surrounding criminal abuse of students at the school. During the course of this portion of the investigation, FDLE interviewed six former staff members and more than 100 former students and their relatives regarding beatings, methods of discipline and sexual abuse alleged to have taken place at the school. FDLE also conducted a forensic examination of the White House building, which is the location discipline was typically administered to students.
Those findings were then provided Hess.
The FDLE concluded that 24 of the individuals died as a result of illness or accident. Of the 24, eight students and two staff members were killed in a dormitory fire in 1914. Twelve students perished as a result of influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, or other medical conditions. Two students died of accidental deaths: one drowned and another fell from a mule and ruptured a lung, Bailey said.
In 1944, one student was murdered by four other students who were planning an escape. Accounts indicate the victim was killed because of his knowledge of the escape plans. The four involved were charged in the death.
In September 1940, an individual ran away from the school and was later found deceased four months later under a Marianna residence. Records reflect a coroner’s inquest but determination of death could not be made due to decomposition.
Five individuals, all of whom were buried from 1919 – 1925, had no listed cause of death. The only notation found in records indicated that they were buried in the cemetery.
In addition to identifying the 31 individuals buried at the ceremony, the investigation documented 50 student deaths that occurred from 1911 to the last known death at the school in 1973. These deaths were mostly accidental or illness-related and their circumstances are documented in school records and death certificates. Two of these deaths are cases in which students murdered other students. In one case, an escapee from the school was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy. The records available document all of these student deaths. There is no information indicating burial in was the cemetery.
The investigation found no evidence that the school or the staff caused, or contributed to, any of these deaths, according to the FDLE. The investigation found no evidence that the school or its staff made any attempts to conceal the deaths of any students at the school. In all cases, the deceased were accounted for in official records, according to the FDLE.
In conducting the investigation, FDLE interviewed former students and staff and reviewed records from school ledgers, student record books, the school’s newspaper (The Yellow Jacket), local and national newspapers, the Florida Department of State Library and Archives and the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Vital Statistics. The Department of Juvenile Justice cooperated fully in the investigation and provided FDLE with access to all available records, files and documentation.
FDLE’s investigation also found that during the time the graves were placed (1914 – 1952), the school was owned or operated by the Governor Appointed Commissioners and the Board of Commissioners of State Institutions.
FDLE’s investigation began Dec. 9, 2008 at the direction of Governor Charlie Crist. Governor Crist charged FDLE with determining the entity that owned or operated the property at the time the graves were placed; identification, where possible, of the remains of those buried on the site; and if any crimes were committed, and if so, the perpetrators of those crimes.
Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys currently serves as a DJJ-operated High Risk Residential Commitment Facility for male youth 13 to 21 years of age who have been committed by the Court.
Allegations had been made that black students were physically and sexually abused at the facility in the 1950s and ‘60s, then a reform school for blacks. Four men, former inmates who say they were beaten while at the facility, have asked for an investigation. Several individuals claim that they witnessed black students being killed.
One former resident at the school, Donald Stratton, now 63, says that twice a week, children aged 9 to 16 were taken into a room a beaten. Stratton himself says he was beaten three times.
Another former student who says that he worked in the school’s laundry room, said he found a young child had been placed in a clothes dryer and that the child died as a result but he doesn’t know what happened to the body.
The graves are marked only by white metal crosses and the former inmates allege that the graves contain the bodies of former residents at the school who were beaten to death by the state. 3-12-10
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Florida Freedom Newspapers
State authorities announced Friday that this grave site located on the grounds of the former Florida Industrial School for Boys does not contain the bodies of abused victims connected to the "White House Boys" case.
UPDATE: FDLE rules no abuse victims buried at reform school (see REPORT)
Plaintiffs in ‘White House Boys' case alleged beating victims were buried at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys
May 15, 2009 06:00:50 PM
By ANDREW GANT / Florida Freedom Newspapers
MARIANNA — State investigators said 31 graves at a reform school in Marianna belong to victims of disease, accidents, fire and, in one case, murder — but not abuse.
In a report released Friday regarding what is now known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found "no evidence to suggest that the school or its staff made any attempts to conceal and/or contributed to the deaths of these individuals."
The investigation began in December after former students made public allegations of abuse at the school, once known as the Florida Industrial School for Boys. Gov. Charlie Crist asked for identities of those buried at the school and whether their deaths involved foul play.
Named after a cinder-block building on school grounds, the "White House Boys" still claim they were abused and that others were beaten to death. More than 200 men have joined a class-action lawsuit against the state.
"I honestly did not believe for a single moment that they would come out and say there were deaths attributed to staff members," Bryant Middleton, a Fort Walton Beach war veteran and one of four named plaintiffs in the case, said Friday.
"If they would actually provide information of boys that were ... beaten and killed by staff members, I don't believe for a moment that the FDLE would release that information in any type of conference," Middleton added.
Of the 31 dead, eight students and two staff members died in a fire in 1914, FDLE investigators said in the report. Twelve more died of influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, malaria or other diseases. One drowned, and another fell off a mule and ruptured his lung.
Another boy was killed by four students who were planning an escape, and still another was found dead under a house months after his own escape, according to the report.
There are five bodies in the cemetery with unknown causes of death, and at least 50 other boys who weren't buried on site died at the school between 1911 and 1973.
There still is no evidence to suggest foul play by staff, the report said.
Several men interviewed said they heard of boys who disappeared or saw dead bodies. Some heard staff tell boys they woud be killed by "boy hunters" or taken into snake-infested fields if they tried to escape. Others heard escapees were killed by local farmers and tilled into the soil.
One student who fled the school in 1961 was shot in the back of the head by a sheriff's deputy. But the FDLE characterized the other accounts as folklore.
In the 1940s, '50s and '60s, much of the school's discipline occurred in the "White House," where Middleton claims lashings with a large, metal-reinforced leather strap were brutal and common. Officials have acknowledged some beatings occurred. The school remains open, but the White House is sealed.
Attorneys have scheduled a deposition next week with Troy Tidwell, a former cottage father who Middleton says administered several beatings. Tidwell has said the allegations are exaggerated.
The FDLE will issue a separate report on abuse at the school.
George Owen Smith, shown in what his sister says is one of the last photos of him alive, makes a face for the camera in an undated photo. Smith died at age 14 under murky circumstances at the Florida School for Boys in 1941. [Family photo]
Ovell Krell does not know what killed her brother Owen almost 70 years ago. Officials back then told her family he crawled under a house and died. She was only 12, but
it sounded like lies. Her family has always believed Owen, 14, was killed by staff at the Florida School for Boys.
Now she's 80, and a state investigation and a glossy report offer no comfort and no new answers.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded an investigation Friday into a cemetery at the Marianna school, now called the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.
Its report identifies 31 people buried beneath white metal crosses on the campus, and finds no evidence that the school or the staff contributed to their deaths. But investigators also admit:
• They relied heavily — at times exclusively — on incomplete and deteriorated records kept by the school.
• They don't know the exact whereabouts of any of the remains because the graves were unmarked for years, until a superintendent ordered Boy Scouts to make markers.
The same man supplied the number of graves — 31 — based on an educated guess. Some 20 years later, part of the cemetery was destroyed by prisoners farming the land.
Another superintendent ordered pipe crosses erected, but workers had no reference point and placed them based on "how they thought they should be arranged."
• They did not exhume remains or use ground penetrating radar to determine how many bodies are in the ground or where they are placed.
Last month, the state-run reform school was the subject of a St. Petersburg Times special report, "For Their Own Good," about dozens of men who said they were severely beaten there as boys in the 1950s and '60s in a cinder block building called the White House.
In recent weeks the Times has also spoken with two men who say they were forced as boys to dig child-sized holes on the campus. These men, suspicious of authority, would not cooperate with investigators, fearing they would destroy evidence.
Mark Perez, FDLE chief of executive investigations, said "hundreds" of witnesses "did not provide any first-hand knowledge . . . that would refute the information provided in these records."
But investigators did not talk to several people who claim to have knowledge of suspicious deaths. They did not talk to Roger Kiser, a founder of the White House Boys,
the group featured in the Times report. They didn't talk to Johnnie Walthour, a 73-year-old Jacksonville man who told the Florida Times-Union a friend died after a beating in the early 1950s.
And they did not talk to Ovell Krell.
• • •
Owen and Ovell. They weren't angels, but they sang like them. Brother and sister, listening through the scrub for the Saturday night sounds that wafted out of the juke joint. Singing, heads to the heavens, to the South Florida Ramblers.
Owen made his first guitar out of a cigar box because his daddy couldn't pack oranges fast enough to buy the real thing. The Depression strangled Central Florida, but Owen tried to sing it away.
He had a rambling spirit. He would split for Gasparilla Island, without telling a soul, and come back with stories about fishing the gulf with his grandpa.
Then, in 1940, when George Owen Smith was 14, he left and didn't come back.
His parents got word he was behind bars in Tavares. Auto theft, even if he didn't know how to drive. The sheriff shipped him off to the state's only reform school, a mean place called the Florida Industrial School for Boys.
Owen sent a letter home to let them know he was fine. Then the weeks went by with no word.
The next they heard he was in Bartow, not far from Auburndale, caught running from reform school. He had almost made it home.
Then came the letter from Marianna. "I got what was coming to me," the boy wrote.
After that, the letters stopped, no matter how many stamps his mother licked.
Frances Smith wrote to the school's superintendent, Millard Davidson, in December of 1940, asking about her son. Davidson wrote back saying no one knew where Owen was.
"So far we have been unable to get any information concerning his whereabouts,'' said his letter, dated Jan. 1, 1941.
She wrote back, telling him she would be at the school in two days to search for her son.
That letter apparently arrived in Marianna around Jan. 23, 1941. That's when the Smiths heard the news from an Episcopal priest in Auburndale. He was apologetic. Said the school had found Owen.
A friend drove them to Marianna. The school's superintendent told the family that Owen's remains were found under a house in Marianna. They identified him by his dental records and the markings on his laundry.
The superintendent led the family through the woods to a clearing, to a patch of fresh-turned earth.
Even at 12, Owen's sister knew something wasn't right. Her brother goes missing. Then just before the family arrives to help look, he's found under a house, and buried before his own parents can pay their respects?
The family met with another boy in the presence of the superintendent. The boy told them he and Owen had escaped. They were walking toward town when the headlights hit them. The boy stood still. Owen split. The last time the boy saw Owen, he told the family, he was running across an open field. Men were shooting at him.
• • •
Ovell Smith is Ovell Krell now. She was a Lakeland police officer for two decades, one of the first female officers in Florida. She still doesn't understand what happened to her brother. Why would he crawl under a house? Why would he not come out, even if he were starving or ill? Why would a 14-year-old boy just lay down and die?
Maybe that's why she has kept those letters for all these years.
Her mother was never the same. For 40 years, she spent every day in bed, and every night on the porch, listening for Owen to come whistling home.
Early this month, Krell wrote a letter to the FDLE describing the family's account. She got no response.
"I think they should dig further," she said. "I stake my life that there was a conspiracy."
According to the report released Friday, George Owen Smith "escaped from the school in September of 1940 and his remains were found in January 1941 under the Marianna residence of Ms. Ella Pierce. After a coroner's inquest, no cause of death could be determined due to the extreme decomposition of the body."
The report says he is buried with 28 children who died from fire, pneumonia, drowning, acute nephritis, tuberculosis, a ruptured lung, homicide, all while in state custody. He is one of five children whose death certificate lists no known cause of death.
Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Ben Montgomery can be reached at (727) 893-8650 email@example.com. Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at (727) 892-2283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sister still wants answers
At magazine.tampabay.com, you can:
• Read the entire FDLE report.
• See video of Ovell Krell talking about her
• Read "For Their Own Good," a special report on abuse at the Florida School for Boys.
Who is buried in the cemetery?
• Ten students and two staff members who died in a dormitory fire Nov. 18, 1914:
Bennett Evans, carpentry teacher; Charles Evans, guard; Joe Wetherbee, Walter Fisher, Clarence Parrott, Louis Fernandez, Harry Wells, Earl E. Morris, Waldo Drew, and Clifford Jeffords, 15, of Clearwater
• Leonard Simmons, May 9, 1919, no cause of death
• Nathaniel Sawyer, Dec. 12, 1920, no cause of death
• Arthur Williams, Feb. 26, 1921, no cause of death
• Schley Hunter, April 15, 1922, pneumonia
• Calvin Williams, Dec. 31, 1922, no cause of death
• Charlie Overstreet, Aug. 19, 1924, died during tonsillectomy
• Edward Fonders, May 18, 1925, drowned
• Walter Askew, Dec. 18, 1925
• Nollie Davis, Feb, 8, 1926, pneumonia
• Robert Rhoden, of St. Petersburg, May 8, 1929, pneumonia
• Samuel Bethel, Oct. 15, 1929, tuberculosis
• Lee Smith, Jan. 5, 1932, influenza
• Joe Stephens, May 9, 1932, fell from mule
• Thomas Varnadoe, Oct. 26, 1934, pneumonia
• Richard Nelson, Feb. 23, 1935, pneumonia
• Robert Cato, Feb. 24, 1935, pneumonia
• Grady Huff, March 4, 1935, acute nephritis (kidney disorder)
• James (Joseph) Hammond, May 2, 1936, tuberculosis
• George Owen Smith, Jan. 24, 1941. Runaway found under a house, death certificate indicates no cause
• Earl Wilson, Aug. 31, 1944, strangled and beaten by four fellow students
• Billey Jackson, Oct. 7, 1952, kidney infection
• Two dogs, details uncertain.
• Sue the peacock, Dec 27, 1947. According to her obituary: "An elaborate funeral service was held and several of the students were present to pay full respects to her remains."
WTVY.COM - DOTHAN, AL
FDLE Concludes Investigation into Past Abuses at Dozier School for Boys
State Attorney says there is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges
Posted: 1:55 PM Mar 11, 2010
Reporter: Press Release
On Dec. 9, 2008, Governor Charlie Crist directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to investigate 32 unidentified graves at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Governor Crist charged FDLE with investigating:
1) The location of the graves and the entity that owned or operated the property at the time the graves were placed;
2) Identification, where possible, of the remains of those buried on the site; and
3) If any crimes were committed, and if possible, the perpetrators of those crimes.
On May 15, 2009, FDLE released a comprehensive report detailing the findings of the first two items.
On Jan. 29, FDLE concluded its investigation into the third item: allegations surrounding criminal abuse of students at the school.
During the course of this portion of the investigation, FDLE interviewed six former staff members and more than 100 former students and their relatives regarding beatings, methods of discipline and sexual abuse alleged to have taken place at the school.
FDLE also conducted a forensic examination of the White House building, which is the location discipline was typically administered to students.
The investigative findings were provided to State Attorney Glenn Hess of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.
On Feb. 25, State Attorney Hess advised there is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.
JACKSON COUNTY TIMES
Thursday, May 21, 2009
FDLE Confirms: No “Mystery Graves” at Dozier
By Times Staff
Marianna – As the Jackson County Times has reported for some time, there are no "mystery graves" at Dozier School in Marianna.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the results of its investigation into nearly 100 years of deaths at the Marianna facility, confirming reports by the Jackson County Times and the previous findings of Jackson County historian Dale Cox that there are no suspicious graves and no missing youths at Dozier.
The investigation was launched by order of Governor Charlie Crist after former students of the school alleged that students had "disappeared" while at Dozier and that some were buried at the little historic cemetery on the hill behind today’s Jackson County Correctional Facility. Television stations in the area even showed images of former Dozier students standing in the cemetery and crying for boys they said had been beaten to death and buried there.
Local historian Dale Cox quickly refuted the allegations of "mystery graves" almost as quickly as they surfaced. Cox indicated that his research into the history of the Dozier cemetery indicated that most of the 31 graves there dated prior to 1920. Cox told the Jackson County Times and other media outlets that 22 of the graves date from a fire in 1914 and the influenza epidemic in 1918. The rest, he said, explainable. To bolster his statements, Cox produced a 1940 aerial photograph two weeks ago that shows the cemetery.
It turns out the historian got it right. The report released by FDLE on Friday confirmed his findings on the history of the Dozier Cemetery and indicates that all of the graves there had been identified and almost all of them dated before 1940. None of the people buried there died as a result of staff abuse.
As Cox had earlier indicated, FDLE discovered that 22 of the graves dated from a fire at the school in 1914 and the Spanish flu epidemic 4 years later. Five other individuals were buried at the school prior to 1925. Of the remaining four graves, one is of a student who was killed by a mule, another contains the victim of an accidental drowning and one holds a student who died after running away in 1940. The last one contains a student who was murdered by four other students in 1944. His murderers were charged and tried.
The FDLE is continuing its investigation into claims of abuse at the school, but has completed its study of student deaths there without finding any evidence of either missing students or students who died from alleged staff abuse.
The announcement received limited media attention, nothing like the earlier stories when reporters flooded to Marianna in search of sensational headlines and "mystery graves." Historian Cox lambasted the media for the way it had covered the story and treated the community in general. "There were some good reporters who came here," he said, "but there are quite a few reporters and media organizations that owe Marianna and Jackson County an apology for the way they covered this story. They printed wild accusations of murders and secret graves with no supporting evidence. Now they should make up for it."
Boys school probe stirs painful memories
December 15, 2008|By Rich Phillips CNN Senior Producer
Leaning against his cane, Bryant Middleton shuffled toward the makeshift cemetery. Tears welled in his eyes as he leaned down to touch one of the crosses.
"This shouldn't be," he said. "This shouldn't be."
Thirty-one crosses made of tubular steel and painted white line up unevenly in the grass and weeds of what used to be the grounds of a reform school in Marianna, Florida. The anonymous crosses are rusting away but their secrets may soon be exposed.
When boys disappeared from the school, administrators explained it away, said former student Roger Kiser.
They'd say, "Well, he ran away and the swamp got him," Kiser recalled. Or, "The gators got him." Or, 'Water moccasins got him."
Kiser and other former students believe authorities will soon find the remains of children and teens sent to the Florida School for Boys half a century ago.
On the orders of Gov. Charlie Crist, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week opened an investigation to determine if anyone is buried here, whether crimes were committed, and if so, who was responsible.
A group of men in their 60s, who once attended the school, have told investigators they believe the bodies are classmates who disappeared after being savagely beaten by administrators and workers.
The FDLE is just beginning its investigation, so there is no way to know if there is any truth to the allegations. The investigation will be challenging. Finding records and witnesses from nearly half a century ago will be difficult if not impossible. Many of the administrators and employees of the reform school are dead. Read more about the investigation
Middleton is 64 now, a former Army Ranger. He was 14 then, a wayward boy. He was sent to the Florida School for Boys for breaking and entering.
He recently accompanied CNN to the school grounds.
"This is a travesty against mankind and the state of Florida should be ashamed of themselves," he said, choking back tears.
"It's as if they were tossed out here like they were nothing but garbage. And it's just downright criminal. Somebody needs to be accountable for this."
A single-story, nondescript building anchors the other side of the property. The white cinder block structure looks so simple, so bland, that it is difficult to imagine the pain, terror and torture it conjures up in the men who say their childhoods were ravaged within its four walls.
UPDATE - RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT SOMEONE CLEARED LAND SO THAT THE CEMETARY CAN NOW BE SEEN FROM THE ROAD! WHO DID THIS? WHY?
JERRY COOPER DISCOVERS ANOTHER CEMETARY AT FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR BOYS (DOZIER) PROPERTY -- RIGHT NEAR ROOSEVELT COTTAGE.
IF JERRY COULD FIND IT, WHY DIDN'T THE F.D.L.E. WHEN THEY DID "THEIR" INVESTIGATION?
THE CEMETARY IS SURROUNDED BY CHAIN LINK FENCE AND IN DISREPAIR. SEE FOR YOURSELF! PHOTOS BELOW. MORE INFO WILL BE POSTED VERY SOON... KEEP WATCHING!
MANY THANKS TO JERRY COOPER FOR THIS CONTRIBUTION. HE HAS BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO SEE THAT JUSTICE PREVAILS! THE PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND BELOW THIS ENTRY.
(SEE ALSO 2 ST PETE TIMES ARTICLES AND ANOTHER BY A P.I. RELATING TO DEATHS/ GRAVES AT FSB/DOZIER BY CLICKING THE BLUE UNDERLINED ITEMS BELOW)
FDLE Identifies Unmarked Graves at Dozier School for Boys (PDF)
Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida also known as the Florida State Reform School, questions still remain about individuals buried at the Dozier “Boot Hill” Cemetery, herein referred to as the “School Cemetery,” on the North Side or “Number 2” side and was there a second Cemetery on the South Side or “Number 1″?