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55 Bodies Exhumed From Closed Reform School

January 29, 2014 at 5:22 am by  

Dozier Reform SchoolMARIANNA, FL – Researchers and forensic anthropologists have uncovered the remains of 55 people on the now closed school grounds of the notorious Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for Boys in northwest Florida.

For decades, families of the missing boys have sought answers to long asked questions regarding the mysterious disappearances amid reports of beatings, torture, and sexual assault that occurred at the reform school which operated from 1900 to 2011.

During the nearly two-year project, there have been 55 bodies uncovered; “five more than previous field work had indicated and 24 more than listed in school records.” The aim is to verify the identities and ages as well as the timing and circumstances surrounding their deaths.

Researchers led excavations at or around Boot Hill, which is an unmarked cemetery located on school grounds. Using tools such as ground-penetrating radar, DNA samples, and search dogs, the team investigated the area for unmarked graves that may have belonged to the growing list of boys reported missing over the many years of the school’s operation.

Luckily, the team was able to recover bones, teeth, and other artifacts which can be submitted for DNA testing and dental records. Researchers are also adamant about collecting DNA information from the surviving kin of the boys. So far, 11 surviving family members have cooperated with the DNA submission. At least 42 more family members are needed to keep up with the total amount of bodies recovered.

The graves at Boot Hill are unmarked, however, thirty-one white crosses were erected in the 1990s to commemorate the unnamed boys that were buried there as per the school’s records. Survivors of the Dozier reform school have relayed stories of beatings, torture, rapes, as well as the disappearances of many of their classmates after being taken away for punishments.

Former Dozier student Roger Dean Kiser, now 67 and living in Brunswick, Ga. wrote a harrowing book entitled “The White House Boys,” named for a house on school premises where he said many of the beatings occurred.

Kiser said he was beaten at least twice with “a leather whip reinforced by a slab of sheet metal.” He also mentioned that boys were beaten so severe that their underwear was “pounded into their bare skin”. He witnessed many cases of sodomy and boys forced to perform oral sex on staff members. During the ritual beatings (which were given for infractions such as spitting, cursing, or back talking), staff members would place bets on who could draw first blood.

“The bodies of some boys were burned in the school incinerator,” Kiser continued. Among other atrocities, Kiser mentions an incident involving another boy by the name of Johnny Gaddy, who told him he had seen a severed human hand in the “hog bath” which was used to feed leftovers to pigs.

“They’re going to find a lot of bodies out there, and there are a lot more bodies they’ll never find,’’ Kiser predicted.

Dozier records have listed some students as having died from such diseases as influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis as well as others having died from knife wounds or in a fire that devastated the campus in 1914. Historical (and possibly more truthful) documents have suggested that 100 or more boys have died on the school’s grounds.

The U.S. Department of Justice documented some of the abuse which did lead to the closure of the school. However, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement decided not to pursue criminal charges against the school due to lack of evidence. Apparently the dozens of unmarked graves gave no merit to the case.

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  • Cory

    Hollywood is seeing dollar signs this morning

  • mean birch

    Bastards finally outted.

  • takurospirit

    This is the worst example I’ve even seen of a place being staffed my monsters. Obviously not on the same scale but I worked at one office, years and years ago, where everybody had a vibe like they were out of the cast of “Rosemary’s Baby.” They were cruel malicious and childish people. I’m guessing what happens is that the people that aren’t as horrible quit to get away from them, and eventually the office filled up with total douche bags.

    But here, we have the place being filled with the worst of the worst. Murderous sadistic pedophiles. I’m just amazed that there could be so many disgusting people in one place. Someone at some point must have been a couple weeks into their new job there, said what the fuck, and told someone? Right? WTF? 111 years of this shit? Really?

  • Stormclouds

    Hopefully the bastards that did this are burning.

  • RobotSocks

    Oh my god this breaks my heart, I can’t imagine how the families are feeling, especially the ones whose kids were found.

  • Laura_RT

    Omg, this is so awful it’s surreal. I just keep thinking, “HOW?” It just blows my mind…

  • Taxidermi

    I remember hearing about this place about a year ago.
    There were some boys that witnessed a few trying to run for it and they were shot, buried and never spoke of again until recently. Most of the families bought that their son was killed by TB and never came to investigate it. Very sad.

  • Eliza Berntsen

    I would watch it as long as it was filmed realistically without any shitty hollydizations of happy endings and glossing over things.

  • Taxidermi

    Put a bunch of pedo fucks together in some sort of position with authority- their idea of reform :(

  • thebossessecretary

    Pedophile bastards will always find their way into a situation where they have full control over their victims. Never, never abandon your children to the state without riding the people in control like a goddamn carnival pony. This disease festers and multiplies where parents abandon children to unrelated assholes paid to do a job – a job a lot of freaks would pay thousands of dollars to participate in. Hell, don’t pay the pedophiles – they’ll pay YOU for uncontrolled access to your kids.

  • link07

    One of the bastards that was responsible is still alive, and in his 80s and the awesome state of Florida refuses to arrest him.

  • Faith_In_Reason

    How is it that they didn’t investigate the school after 2 or 3 kids went missing?

  • Bladenukem

    Now I know that it seems odd that the cops aren’t pursuing charges even though they have 55 friggin bodies, but you’ve go to remember that this is Florida, where the average school loses 3-4 students a day, dogs double as pets and a backup plan if you don’t pickup anyone at the bar and murder is legal.

  • Vunderlak

    I am thinking they were very selective about who they hired. Just a thought.

  • Bladenukem

    How is it nobody investigated after 55? Which seems to be the low number. Somebody, somewhere said “Florida” and “Fuck it”.

  • Buffettgirl

    I remember that too… I can’t remember where I saw it though…

  • Buffettgirl

    It seems there was an extremely high concentration of monstrous pedophiles and child killers located in the murky Alabama/Florida/Georgia border region…

  • Taxidermi

    I want to say the History Channel (has to be since it is pretty much the only thing I watch lol) was doing a special on it, I will look for it real quick.

  • link07

    They did “investigate” and found enough evidence to close the place, but not hold anyone responsible. Some of the people responsible are living freely in and around the U.S.

  • http://www.raymarquez.co.nr/ Adam Delia

    This kids were already vulnerable and abandoned by their only family. The people that worked there were the worst kind of monster. The kind that can manipulate and tell you what you want to hear only to take advantage of you in the end. These boys were in search of some semblance of life and I’m sure they went along with a lot of it because they were so mindfucked by these people in charge.

  • Bladenukem

    It’s an area where the cops find a pile of raped, murdered, children, shrugs their shoulders and say ” Well at least they’re leaving our cattle alone this week.”

  • Benighted

    I heard about this a while back, not long after it closed I think, and have followed the story on and off ever since. If I am reading the reports correctly they have only excavated the woods near the known cemetery so far and there is another burial area that former inmates recall seeing but which is not marked. Inmates also have said that the white and black victims were buried in different areas so it will be interesting to see how many of those so far exhumed belong to which group. If there are few black inmates identified there will certainly be more bodies found.

  • Tenbux

    Silly Florida, of course you’re not going to have any evidence if you don’t go look for the evidence.

  • Buffettgirl

    Hey now – easy with the logic bombs there… it is Flori-duh after all… ;-)

  • Vesper B

    The same reason murders committed against certain people aren’t investigated as fully as we’d like. The kids were considered disposable. Who would care?

    Obvs, I’m not talking about you or most everyone on this site.

  • patrickdh10

    If the The Florida Department of Law Enforcement refuses to pursue,identify and prosecute the devils who managed that hell hole then they can suck my balls. No wonder Florida is a haven for psychos.

  • Dre Mosley

    I read about this reform school. It was a hell house for boys.

  • Robin Renea Tison

    They were probably allowing many other people of authority to rape those kids.That is why they want to sweep it under the rug.

  • Tenbux

    Yeah its Floriduh, but they should be aware that corpses can’t file police reports. Next thing you know they’ll say no one ever gets abducted because missing person reports have to be filed by the missing person.

  • http://www.raymarquez.co.nr/ Adam Delia

    This kind of shit makes me regret having signed up for the Dreamin’ Demon. Cunts the lot of ya!

  • DeweyCheatam

    While that is true, I believe, in the case of this school (if I remember earlier stories) I think the kids were actually abused / neglected / tortured / killed by staff. :/ Although, now that I think about it, maybe you’re saying that the high concentration of monstrous pedos, etc. were working at the school! ugh.

  • Twisted1

    I read about the White House boys years ago and reached out to them to offer my help. I was able to talk to a couple of them and the stories they told me left me sobbing. These men have faced the worst of the worst and still
    Have the strength and courage to fight for the ones left behind.

  • Lena60

    This is not anything compaired to what I saw on a ghost show concerning this. It happens anywhere USA and abroad.burial mounds of over 600 children in unmarked graves and the perps getting away with it at these schools and orphanages :(

  • Lena60

    It’s the not my responsibility syndrome…(passing the buck.)

  • Buffettgirl

    I thought they already did that in Floriduh… ;-)

  • Buffettgirl

    That’s what I was trying to say. Yesterday wasn’t my best day, I had 40 minutes of sleep and slept through the FOUR alarms I set to wake me up from what should have been a 15 minute nap. Spent the night at the ER because Boyfriend was having severe back spasms. I wasn’t on top of my game communication wise yesterday at all! ;-p

  • DeweyCheatam

    ugh. brutal. hope you’re more rested today and that bf’s back is better. :)

  • Buffettgirl

    We’re good now, thanks. They doped him up enough to sleep and he slept until 1:30 yesterday afternoon. He’s sore but much, much better. I went to sleep at about 9:30 last night and slept until 6:30 this morning, which is about 2.5 hours more than I usually get in a night. :-)

  • 1DireWolf

    This kind of reminds me of that psychological experiment where some played as guards and some played as prisoners. The abuse that the “guards” started heaping on the “prisoners” was so severe that they had to shut the experiment down early. Unfettered control over another human being in an environment in which violence is the norm seems to bring out the Nazi concentration guard in many people. I wish I could believe in a hell just to throw those people and Melinda Muniz into it.

  • David Campione

    where do they live? i’ll swing by.

  • David Campione

    republicans proving themselves as evil

  • Buffettgirl

    Probably not the best thing to say to a Republican. it’s not about politics, it’s about a bunch of sick pigs that abused and tortured thousands of boys over the course of decades. Political comparisons to evil on the scale of Nazi Germany aren’t too funny when there are people out there still dealing with the aftermath of having been sent to this school…

  • Tonnie

    Good on you for stepping in and stepping up. I read Roger Kiser’s account of the atrocities he witnessed there and it just defies reason that this was allowed to go on. Even one child killed and pretty much thrown away would be too many, but over 50… I don’t see how that could happen. But I believe it did and I believe most of the monsters who did this will never pay for their crimes.

    If you google “White House Boys” you’ll find his site, and what he’s telling is pretty horrific.
    Seems like every time I read a bizarre (and usually in a bad way) story it winds up being in Florida… seriously, what the hell, Florida?

  • Tonnie

    That was an awesome experiment, I read about it too! Made me wonder how many asshat-cops were once fair and compassionate people, but their roles turned them into the monsters many of them have become.
    And yeah, those who were “guards” in the experiment did get all asshatty on everyone… and interestingly, those who were “prisoners” kind of took on a defeated attitude simply because they were told they were the bad guys… it definitely worked both ways.
    Interesting as hell.

  • Tonnie

    Exactly… what a horrific combination.
    I know these were “troubled” kids and many of their families didn’t follow up too well on their progress and such, but over 50 kids buried and there weren’t more families going “What the hell, people?” I get that they were throwaway children (I hate that term but it is what it is) but damn… that’s a lot of parents not giving a single phuck about their own kids. I cannot imagine what that felt like: to be in a place living with that kind of abuse, knowing your family didn’t give a rat’s ass (if they did, I sure can’t see any proof of it.) Would be a living nightmare.
    Those poor kids.

  • CD

    I read his book too, yes this is horrific.

  • CD

    In Mr. Kiser’s case, he had no parents or extended relatives :(

  • Alicia Lynee’

    OF COURSE nothing will be done, it’s about children in Florida, which apparently were viewed as worthless hundreds of years ago as they are now.

  • Alicia Lynee’

    You mean the families who sent their kids away so they wouldn’t have to deal with them actually care now? That’s funny.

  • Scrappy

    On spits? They really deserve punishment in this life.

    Sorry, the possibility that there might be some divine justice is just not enough to satisfy me…

  • Kballs

    America. Where its ok to send our children to their own personal hells.

  • Stormclouds

    Who ever said I meant after they die? They need to be in pain for what they’ve done…