The Boys of the Dark

A Story of Betrayal and Redemption in the Deep South

Robin Gaby Fisher with Michael O'McCarthy and Robert W. Straley

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In the spirit of Sleepers and Erin Brockovich, the moving, highly publicized story of two men who suffered horrifying abuses at a Florida reform school, come together years later to confront their attackers

In the 1950s, teens Michael O’McCarthy and Robert Straley were termed “incorrigible youth” and ordered to attend the Florida School for Boys. They arrived to find an immaculately groomed campus. But hidden behind the school’s gates was a hell unlike any they could have foreseen. The guards and administrators were their jailers and tormentors, and the boys allegedly bore witness to assault, rape, and possibly even murder.
 
For fifty years, the two—and hundreds of former students like them—carried their torment in silence. But after a series of unlikely events brought them together, they became determined to expose the School for Boys for what it was: a youth prison with a long history of abuse.
 
From their tormented lives emerges a staggeringly powerful and inspiring saga of vindication in the face of terror few can ever imagine.

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CHAPTER ONE
It was the touch of a stranger’s hand that shook him free from his murderous thoughts. Before the soft, plump hand intervened, he’d been walking through the Super Kmart looking for, of all things, a battery charger.
Out of the blue, chilling images of brutality and violence began whirling in his head like frames on a spinning reel of film. Apparently he was muttering profanities, too, because, as he was coming out of that familiar dark void, he recognized the sound of his own angry voice.
Startled, he looked first down at his hands—they were balled into fists—and

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"Haunting and disturbing. The voices of the victims will forever touch my heart. To turn a deaf ear to this type of injustice is to give permission for it to continue.  As a people, as a society, we should be outraged." —Jennifer Thompson, coauthor of Picking Cotton

"[The Boys of the Dark] reads seamlessly.... A worthy exploration of a regrettably long-lasting true-crime nightmare." —Kirkus

“This deeply moving story is highly recommended to readers of heart-wrenching memoirs, 20th-century American studies, or true crime.” —Library Journal


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Robin Gaby Fisher with Michael O'McCarthy and Robert W. Straley

ROBIN GABY FISHER is a Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time finalist for feature writing. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling After the Fire.

MICHAEL O’McCARTHY, a journalist and filmmaker, spearheaded the movement to bring to light the Rosewood Massacre, which would lead to government action and become the subject of the feature film Rosewood.

ROBERT STRALEY is a successful businessman from Clearwater, Florida, and the man who, after a lifetime of nightmares, first contacted O’McCarthy about his experiences at the Florida School for Boys.

Robin Gaby Fisher
Michael O'McCarthy
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The Boys of the Dark
A Story of Betrayal and Redemption in the Deep South
Robin Gaby Fisher with Michael O'McCarthy and Robert W. Straley

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St. Martin's Press
August 2010
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ISBN: 9781429964685
ISBN10: 1429964685
256 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
August 2010
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ISBN: 9781250039255
ISBN10: 1250039258
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
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