Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Roger Dean Kiser-Founder of "The Whitehouse Boys" (

Zoompad's blog alerted us to this video of THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS

The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, also known as the Florida Reform School for Boys, opened in Mariana, in 1900.

Inmates included boys who had run away from home, some to escape domestic abuse.

Roger Kiser was sent there in 1958, at the age of 12, for trying to escape from an orphanage where he had lived since he was 2.

Kiser was taken to "the White House", the reform school's torture chamber.

He was given a beating which left him mutilated.

(Graves at Florida reform school 'hold secret of decades of abuse ...)

It has been reported that rape and murder took place at this school in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Don Stratton says he witnessed murder at the "White House."

"I witnessed them killing a boy, OK. They beat him to death," Stratton told FOX.

"The state of Florida beat him at the White House. And I watched it; I seen it."

(Ex-Reform School Student Says He Witnessed Boy's Beating Death ...)


Eventually, some of the surviving victims came forward to demand justice.

In 2008, the Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, was forced to launch an investigation into the "hundreds of unmarked graves located at the school".

Families stated that their missing children were buried there after being beaten to death.

A class action lawsuit was filed against the state.

Court records detail how during the beatings, employees placed, "monetary bets (on who) could draw blood from the boys first."

One boy remembers, "After the blood curdling screams of a boy stopped, one of the state employees was heard to state, 'I think he is dead.'"

"I have heard...out of 86 men I've talked to, I'd say there are 30 who did not see boys return after their beating," says Kiser.

More than 30 graves have been found near the school's property.

The state investigated who was buried there.

Former employees are named in the lawsuit.

"Troy Tidwell ...was one of the worst beaters.

"Robert Curry was the psychologist.

"He was one that was molesting a lot of the boys,"
says Kiser.

Dick Colon said he was forced to lie face-down on a blood-soaked pillow that had small pieces of lip, tongue and skin from the previous boy's beating.

Colon recalls looking through the steamed-up window of a tumble-drier in the school laundry and seeing a black boy inside, churning round and round.

According to the lawsuit, after beatings boys were, "Placed in a 'hole' which was an approximately eight by eight foot cell with no lights or windows."

It also goes on to say, "Boys would spend as many as 30 days (there to) cover up the severe nature of the beatings."

"I never went there. I do know boys were beaten so badly their visitation rights were suspended until they could somewhat heal up," says Kiser.

In March 2010, it was reported that the Florida State investigation found insufficient evidence to prosecute any former workers at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. (Florida reform school investigation finds no grounds for prosecutions.)

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