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Debbie – Candi is looking for you

In culture on November 12, 2015 at 19:06

I is not known is the Debbie who posted on a blog made in connection with arrests of employees and owners of the Reclamation Ranch in Alabama is the Debbie Candi was looking for.

It seems that both Debbie and Candi were among the prisoners of Conscience locked up at the Rebekah girls home in Corpus Christi (Yes, they actually called the city that) in Texas.

Here the girls were subjected to massive abuse involving corporal punishment and prayers. Many broke, some committed suicide after their stay and some managed to escape. Candi wrote:

My first roommate was a Debbie. It was Oct 1975 when I arrived. We shared the first room on left, down the right side hallway, off the living room area. There was a hole in the wall, hidden behind the bed’s headboard, to one of the lockup rooms… A hole, that ironically, became my source of sanity, as Debbie and Kim, whispered to me, trying to calm me, when I found myself Christmas night, in that horrible room. My crime, I shared a smoke with two other girls, behind the school, after lunch. Spent the afternoon on my knees begging for forgiveness. It wasn’t to be forgiven… That night, between 15 and 20 licks, thru thin pjs, deemed a ringleader, by aunt n., a pinched faced spinster, and thrown into lockup for 3 days. The other two only got licks for smoking. I ran in April 1976. It was a Sunday night, with 15 minutes to go before church got out, that I slipped through the broken window, a hole created by the 3 new girls who ran earlier that same evening. I knew what would happen if I was caught. I’d seen it myself before to others who’d tried. My gut told me to GO! I MADE IT!! I GOT AWAY! I hid behind a small sage bush as church traffic poured out onto the road. I sprinted across the road and walked thru crops in the fields at night, hitting the dirt when I saw headlights. Crossed a fence onto a military base, across the field near the airstrip, under another fence onto a main highway, picked up by a Mexican couple and was gone!

Are you my Debbie? I too hadn’t thought about this place in years. I googled Roloff on 1/2/13, not expecting to find anything not knowing the politics going on behind it.

Did you find a rebekah support group? Can you share where? Is there a way to rewatch 20/20 show?

At some point the state of Texas intervened and put the pastor responsible – Lester Roloff – behind bars.

When the paster crashed and died in a plane together with his “special girls” his employees moved out of state and created a number of group homes in several states. Many of them has been the target of investigations by the authorities.

Both Reclamation Ranch and the Rebekah home in Texas is among those listed as Teen Asylums.

It seems to be a very sick culture.

When you want fewer to pass high school

In culture on December 30, 2014 at 17:02

In Denmark our parliament is busy trying to get fewer kids through high school. Our parliament is worried that too many focus of academic achievement. They want more Danes to choose manual labor as their line of business.

I don’t get this. I saw an article on the Internet regarding Dallas in Texas where the citizens are suing the authorities because the children can be labeled criminals if they don’t pass high school. Why is one part of the world trying to get more kids through high school and another country fewer kids through high school.

In Denmark truancy is almost gone. The main weapon use is Friday Bars on high school campuses where they students can socialize after classes over a beer or a glass of wine. The students gain friendships and some even life-long social network they use when changing jobs in the future.

The teenagers in Denmark want to go to high school despite the fact that many of them comes from working glass families where they are not trained at home to study and they cannot reach out to their parents because many of them don’t have the education which enables them to help their children. Private mentors and experts are hired by Danish parents because the study halls introduced last week for students attending form 1 to form 9 can only help average students. If students want to achieve the grade 10 or 12 which equals A in the US they need a boost from outside. It can be academically trained parents or hired help in town.

The social heritage is unbeatable. The students pass high school but for what purpose? The Danish parliament knows that. That’s why they are working to prevent those with the lowest grades in form 9 to enter High School steering them toward trade school or if they are totally cast-outs toward as a career as SOSU-assistants (who takes care of elderlies, mental patients and non-medically work in Hospitals.)

I fail to understand why a town like Dallas doesn’t do the same introducing the Friday bars. The results speak for themselves. Students will attend high schools in such numbers that you will have to introduce various precautions to keep some of them away.

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New youth parricide case in Denmark

In culture on October 10, 2014 at 05:33

A girl aged 15 has been arrested suspected of murdering her mother. Also arrested was her boyfriend aged 28.

It might be the first youth parricide case in Denmark.

In other countries there have also been such cases. In Canada the Robinson murder case took many headlines. In the United States the Steppin’ Stone Farm murder case and the Caffey case is well-known to the public.

In the Steppin’Stone Farm case a 15 year old girl learned of her mother’s plan to lock her up at the farm which was run by Christian Fundamentalists who didn’t even allow teenagers ordinary acts like drinking beers and partying. As result her boyfriend killed her mother acting at her orders according to the court. She served nearly 20 years in prison before being released this year.

In the Caffey case every male teenager in the seemed to know that the daughter planned to take her parents out. According to the court she managed aged only 15 to talk no less than 3 adults into murdering her entire family of two brothers and the parents. Why none of the teenagers knowing on her plan in advance did notify the authorities remains a mystery today. Their silence claimed 4 lives. Why 3 adults can be ordered around by a teenager girl is also a mystery. It is dangerous if grownup showing such a lack of mental strength can be living outside institutions.

In the Danish case not all facts are known yet. The girl can be innocent, so let us not judge her yet. It is a matter for the court.

However based on the learnings from the Steppin’Stone Farm case we have to know if the social services are involved. Did the girl fear ending up at one of the gruesome group homes in Jutland every youth in Denmark fear? A recent court case in Denmark about the group home Solhaven include allegations about violence, police bribe and lying in official papers. The owner earned millions while the teenagers were beaten up. If the teenagers went to the police, the police didn’t care because they were enjoying the many gifts the owners had given them.

There are many group homes like Solhaven out there which have not been closed yet. There are also foster parents working for the Social Services who have enforced themselves having sex with the children or having beaten them for decades without anyone acting on behalf of the children which the cases from Skaelskoer and Mern showed us.

So is this girl guilty? Was she acting out of fear for the social services? The court will find the truth.

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A turtle was burned alive

In culture on August 1, 2014 at 06:38

A girl is accused of burning a turtle alive. It is a gruesome crime. It is animal abuse of the worst category. How do you end up with a teenager lacking of so much of her empathy toward other living creatures?

A little investigation showed that the girl was a former resident of the now closed Camp Tracey in Jacksonville, Florida.

Searching further brings stories of abuse and alleged sexual relationships between some counselors and residents. She was a little girl – 13 years of age – when she ended up at the camp. We can only wonder what they did to her but the result is now a girl who should be committed to a state hospital for the security of not only the animals but maybe also future neighbors and other innocent bystanders.

I remember seeing a documentary about the last days of a convicted murderer Michael Perry. I will not start to discuss whether he was guilty. It is something to be discussed because the arresting officer Monte Morast was involved in activities which sent him to prison nor the fact that Mr. Perry took a terrible beating while they obtained his confession. Finally a woman was involved who had close personal connection to the local sheriff and she got a kind of special protection from charges her actions would have brought forward against her if she hadn’t friends among the police.

Michael Perry’s life was defined by his stay at another teenage facility named Casa by the Sea. Casa by the Sea was closed by the authorities in Mexico.

The life of the accused girl was likewise defined as result of her stay at Camp Tracey. I hope that the courts for the security of the residents in Florida find that this girl would have it better in state hospital than a juvenile facility where she will be kicked to the streets after having served her sentence. Once back in the streets I am afraid that it would only be a question of time before her name pops up in relation to an even worse crime.

Poor turtle. It shouldn’t have been tortured just because we human beings are among those who treat our own children in such gruesome ways.

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Death penalty

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 22:27

I got this email from a NGO called Secret Prisons for Teens. Normally they send emails out when they find various torture places for young kids. This one was different.

I was about a guy who is going to die July 1. His name is Michael James Perry.

It made me think.

Death penalty is an odd punishment.

First the lesson learned it also the end of the life. When I have listened to former inmates down at our high school warning the high school students about drugs and crime, they can tell that prison is not a nice place. The youth can learn from their experience when they have served their sentence, if they choose to listen. It is not possible when the death penalty has been served.

Second the punishment is hard to the victims or relatives to the victims. Just to make sure that the number of people sentenced wrongly to deaths is minimized you need a number of appeal courts. The problem is that it allows the killer to speak his version or even degrade the victims in court. When can the family move on? If they are lucky after some 10 years. Worst case maybe 25-30 years later. It is easier with prison. Just throw the key away. If people are convicted wrongly then give them a sorry and a bag of money. Then no harm is done. You cannot undo death penalty.

Third it is too expensive a punishment. The appeal courts cost. You cannot house them in larger number. They each have to have their own cell and access to their lawyers.

Forth it is not deterrent. Most killings take place under influence of stress, drugs or mental illness. The number of people in jail who would be better off in a strait jacket is huge.

Enough about why I dont believe in death penalty. I believe that this Perry dude is done for. We are talking Texas. They are among the states which execute the most people. They have not very high standards when it comes to securing that only guilty people are put to death.

I searched a little on the case. I saw at a link that his mental state was judged to that he would be of no danger to the society if he did enough time. I guess that he could function as a pensioner. Still they did choose to sentence him to death.

Second according to the mail a certain Paul Shrode gave evidence. In another case they found out that he lied and he got fired. Still very much of the case against Micheal Perry regarding the time of deaths etc. built on his statements. What is the case worth then?

Then there is the fact that he was high when he was brought in. So high in fact that they had to restrain him. I happened to watch a documentary about some teenagers locked up at Schuberts Minde which is basically a juvenile detention where they try to modify the behaviors of the teens. They restrain the teens at Schuberts Minde, but not in a degree what leaves the restrained person in a condition looking like he had gone 25 rounds with Mike Tyson. It was the case with Michael Perry and during the restraint they were even able to obtain a confession.

I don’t know a lot about cops from America and their standards. What I can read from the mail, especially one of the cops even used his spare time to save troubled teens from crimes. He took them down to the local adult jail where he let inmates undress them and lubricate their behinds before they were let go again. It sounds like another variant of the “scared straight” program. Some did not find it OK and Monte Morast as the cop is named were sentenced to jail.

Then there is the person who had possession of the shotgun used for the crimes. She was given immunity in exchange for her testimony. It is as with the case against Camilla Broe, I wrote some blog entries about. A person can get a free pass, if they sell some out.

Is he really guilty? I don’t know. The medical evidence can be a lie. Another had the shotgun. The confession was obtained from a person under influence not able to differ wrong from right.

Even he is guilty then there is the history of his mental state. He was early diagnosed with ADD and something called ODD, which made me laugh when I looked it up because it basically describes the nature of a normal teenager. Then I got to look at the residential treatment facilities he had been at and one of them caught my eyes.

Even here in Europe we know Casa by the Sea, which operated up to 2004 before the police in Mexico shut them down. Their legacy is well known because they set a standard for treating behavioral problems by teenagers. Their level system is used a modified version at Schuberts Minde.

The problem with places like Casa by the Sea is that they inflict yet another problem to the existing problems. Most of the graduates experience post traumatic stress disorder in more or less degree.

So even if he is guilty we have a very sick person, which should be put in a rubber cell for a decade or two. Maybe he could be saved. If not then the rubber cell is should be the perfect place to warehouse him until death.

But as stated above we are talking Texas. They don’t care about the risk of medical evidence being falsified, the risk of a confession being obtained by beating.

Michael James Perry is a goner. They even demonized him by adding the nickname “Romeo” just as the French police did in the case against Christian Ranucci whose case was made into a movie called Le pull-over rouge.

Here are the references I got with mail. You can judge for yourself:
With life or death consequences, former Lubbock official scrutinized, by James Clark, KCBD, June 23, 2010
Ex-officer sentenced for official oppression, by Lucretia Cardenas, The courier of Montgomery County, April 27, 2009
Save Michael Perry InfoThe Little Fishes that Got Away, Associated Contents, February 19 , 2008
Datablad vedr. Casa by the Sea – Secret Prisons for Teens
Datablad vedr. High Impact – Secret Prisons for Teens
Media Advisory: Michael Perry scheduled for execution, Attorney General of Texas, June 24, 2010

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