The White House Boys

The White House Boys

An American Tragedy

Book - 2009
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The author recounts his ordeal as a child spent in a Florida institution in the 1950's, where abandoned children were routinely abused and some of them possibly murdered.

Health Communications Inc.
Hidden far from sight, deep in the thick underbrush of the North Florida woods are the ghostly graves of more than thirty unidentified bodies, some of which are thought to be children who were beaten to death at the old Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna. It is suspected that many more bodies will be found in the fields and swamplands surrounding the institution. Investigations into the unmarked graves have compelled many grown men to come forward and share their stories of the abuses they endured and the atrocities they witnessed in the 1950s and 1960s at the institution. 

    The White House Boys: An American Tragedy is the true story of the horrors recalled by Roger Dean Kiser, one of the boys incarcerated at the facility in the late fifties for the crime of being a confused, unwanted, and wayward child. In a style reminiscent of the works of Mark Twain, Kiser recollects the horrifying verbal, sexual, and physical abuse he and other innocent young boys endured at the hands of their "caretakers." Questions remain unanswered and theories abound, but Roger and the other 'White House Boys' are determined to learn the truth and see justice served.

& Taylor

The author, one of many boys suffering verbal, sexual, and physical abuse at the hands of their caretakers, tells the story of his boyhood years in the Florida Industrial School for Boys in Marianna. A group of the "white house boys" has promised to learn the truth and see justice served.

Publisher: Deerfield, Fla. : Health Communications Inc., 2009
ISBN: 9780757314216
Branch Call Number: BIO Kiser, R 2009
Characteristics: xi, 224 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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bookfanatic1979 Mar 31, 2014

A chilling tale of terrible violence against children, this would make a good read alike for those who have read David Pelzer’s (the author of “A Child Called It”) books.


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