The infamous “White House” at a Florida reform school where the
bodies of 100 students may be mysteriously buried has been opened up to
the media for the first time, and RadarOnline.com has photos of the
chilling mass grave.
The cold images were captured during a tour of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson
as he attempts to get funding for a $3 million federal grant program to
help identify the dead boys who died from alleged abuse and were then
disposed of on the grounds, reported Fox 13 in Orlando.
The grim discoveries were made over recent months on the 1,400-acre
grounds of the school, which is about 60 miles west of Tallahassee, that
was purportedly the flashpoint of beatings, rapes and murders dating
back nearly a century.
During its dark legacy that lasted from 1900 until 2011, Dozier School’s sinister reputation was notorious among locals.
“It was kind of known, ‘You don’t want to be sent to the boys’ reform
school,’” revealed the senator, whose family would pass it as they
drove to see relatives in the Florida Panhandle.
University of South Florida anthropologists led by Dr. Erin Kimmerle have previously found at least 50 grave sites on the grounds and suspect there may be as many as 100.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported,
the grisly search was sparked by repeated stories of shocking abuse,
especially when boys were sent to the so-called White House, a cinder
on the property.
During a 2009 investigation, many former students claimed that most
of the missing had died from abuse, but it did not clear up the mystery
of where their bodies were and no criminal charges were filed.
The grant that Sen. Nelson is fighting to get approved is categorized
by the Department of Justice as: “Using DNA Technology to Identify the
Missing.” The deadline for the application is May 6 and two to four
awards are expected to be given.