Workers Find Dozens of Alleged Secret Graves at Juvenile Institution Where Boys Were Tortured, Raped
Source: The Free Thought Project
Workers preparing to cleanup a fuel storage site near the
infamous Dozier reform school—Florida’s first juvenile justice
institution—discovered something far worse then pollution. Evidence of
more than two dozen “clandestine” child graves was discovered as workers
tested the ground.
Shockingly enough, this is the second time secret graves for tortured and raped children have been found nearby the school.
A report out of the Miami Herald detailed the horrific discovery this week:
A company hired to evaluate underground storage tanks adjacent to the
Dozier School for Boys in Marianna performed a series of
ground-penetrating radar tests on a parcel a little less than 500 feet
from what is called the Boot Hill Cemetery at Dozier, an infamous youth
prison linked to more than a century of chilling abuse.
A report on the study said there are 27 “anomalies” on the parcel
consistent with human burials. If the 27 anomalies are, in fact, human
remains, the total number of known burials on the campus would rise to at least 82 —
though University of South Florida researchers who have studied the
campus extensively believe there may have been 100 or more deaths at
Dozier since its opening in 1900.
“Unmarked graves, by conscious design, are made to be hiding places,” said
Jack Levine, a Florida children’s advocate who had raised concerns
about Dozier when he was a young social worker for the state, according
to the Herald. “What stays hidden almost forgives the crime.”
For years, state officials have contended that only 31 boys were
buried at the site. However, independent forensic scientists using
high-tech equipment have found far more than that.
In 2012, the University of Florida in Tampa announced that they found
evidence of at least 50 graves on the government institution’s
Prior to the 2012 study, in 2009, an investigation report by the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), found that there were 81
school-related deaths of students from 1911 to 1973.
However, shortly after that investigation, it was revealed that as
many as 98 children had been tortured or killed at the school between
1914 and 1973.
Dozier even kept records of the children who were buried on the
grounds and as many as 50 of them were recorded to have died while in
County Administrator Wilanne Daniels said in a statement: “We have
received the report and are studying the information and findings. We
will be working with our State Agency partners to determine the next
Despite being notorious for rampant torture and sexual abuse of
children, the school remained open well into the 21st century and did
not shutter its doors until 2011. It took the U.S. Justice Department’s
Civil Rights Division to find “systemic, egregious and dangerous
practices exacerbated by a lack of accountability and controls,” before
closing the doors. The practices included excessive force, punishment
for “minor infractions,” lack of staff training and little treatment for
youths with addictions or mental illness, according to the report.
On the campus, a small white building remains which was used by staff to torture and rape the boys in this institution.
As the Herald notes in gruesome detail:
That’s where officers took them, they said, to be beaten — sometimes
scores of times — with a leather strap inlaid with metal. The boys would
be forced to lie prone on a filthy cot in a cell that became speckled
with blood and slivers of human flesh. Some of the men also said they
had been taken to a “rape room” where officers sexually assaulted them.
Others say they were aware of children who were killed there.
Sadly, mass graves speckle the entire country and have been
discovered over the years, detailing the horrifying historical abuse
doled about by the US government.
As TFTP reported in 2017, thousands of bodies were discovered buried
under the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) campus. The
bodies are a result of a decades-long program in a failed government
institution to deal with people the state declared mentally unfit for
society — including depression, those who read books, “laziness,” the
“over study of religion,” and “political excitement,” to name a few.
In Texas, As TFTP reported last year, while beginning construction on
Fort Bend Independent School District’s new James Reese Career and
Technical Center, a disturbing site was discovered. The bodies of 95
people were found in a mass grave. The bodies are suspected to be the
remains of black people who were “leased” into forced labor by the state
of Texas and subsequently worked to death.
After the construction company began to break ground in February, the
first remains were found leading archaeologists on a journey that would
eventually uncover 95 people. According to the archaeologists, these
people were probably part of Texas’ convict lease system.