NOTE:
Ken Kesey wrote the book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and drew on his experiences while working at a veterans hospital in Palo Alto, California, and set his satirical story at an unnamed state hospital in Oregon, but unlike Kesey’s book, HARD CANDY is absent fiction, is about what happened to my brother and me at the hands of trusted civil servants, and spotlights a hard look into the bleak world of secretive bureaucracies that continue to maintain its operations just short of the Stone Age of insanity; hence, HARD CANDY is A TRUE AMERICAN TRAGEDY, dispels the public myth that it doesn’t happen anymore, and is the book they never wanted written .   

 

 

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In  the late 1940s, Charles Carroll and his brother, Bobby, had the misfortune of being hard-to-place foster children in New Jersey, so the "powers that be" reclassified them from "orphan" to "retarded" and in 1950, exiled them to a state-mental institution where they remained for ten years, deprived of their civil liberties, a right to an education, and denied any semblance of a humane existence.

Beneath the sanitized facade of the institution's administrative offices and visiting rooms, were cramped dormitories and dank basement hellholes. Lazy and inept personnel foisted off supervision of these children to ruthless monitors—older children themselves—who maintained order through methods so sadistic and horrific that "child abuse" seems a chillingly inadequate label. The brothers were victims of an uncaring, ignorant, and underfunded system that was intentionally kept out of the view of polite society. But the differentiating aspect of their imprisonment in that "nuthouse" is the ironic, cosmic hook.  They were not nuts, but in fact, sensitive children with a high IQs, and fully conscious and painfully aware of every moment of not only their abuse, but also the tragic torment of their mentally defective fellow patients. Enduring their collective plight and clinging to their sanity as one would a tiny glimmer of hope, Mr. Carroll vowed to one day write his remarkable story of survival not for himself, but for the benefit of society's outcasts too helpless to help themselves, then and now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENRE BESTSELLER

On September 18, '2006, HARD CANDY made #1 on the Canadian Amazon bestseller list for the genre, Family/Childhood.  In the U.S. on February 1, 2008, the book took #3 on the Amazon bestseller list for the genre, Memoir/Biography. On October 20, 2008, the book made #2 on the Amazon bestseller list for the genre, Dysfunctional Relationships, and on October 23, 2009, HARD CANDY made the Amazon bestseller list for the genre, Child Abuse—and continues to land on these bestseller lists. NOTE: These genre bestsellers are the avenues by which some of its "better books" become national bestsellers.


                

 

                                             

 

  

                                               Mr. Carroll,

                                                   I fully share your view that awareness and education are essential to child abuse  prevention. and I do

                                                   wish you every success with your project.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                          Henry Waxman
                                                                                                                                                                     Congress of the United States

 

 

 

                        Mr. Carroll,

                     It's evident that you are committed to standing up in the face of injustice--may you

                     continue with that depth of commitment in your writing and all that you do.

                                                                                                                                           —Elie Wiesel

                                                                                          Recipient of the Congressional Medal of  Honor

                                                                                                                                    Nobel Prize Winner

                                                                                                                   Author of More Than 40 books

 

 

                                                     
                                                 
HARD CANDY is important and brave, comprehensive, real, and ever so true. It opens us to the real 

                                                      culprits of sexual abuse—the people, the secular authorities, to whom we've entrusted our children. It 

                                                      talks about who does it, how it happens, why it happens, how to recognize it, and what to do.

                                                      Charles A. Carroll opens the doors on our society's most hidden plague, the sexual abuse of boys.

 

                                                                                                                                                                     —Chuck Rosenthal, PhD

                                                                                                                                                                  English, Loyola Marymount 


 

                       Mr. Carroll,
                       Thank you for sharing your story and for telling it so well.
  

 

 

                                                                                                                                 Thomas Dean, PhD

                                                                                                                           English, University of Iowa  

      

                                                 

                                                  There is one thing wrong with this book! If I were the publisher of this book, I would have insisted on

                                                  titling it A Terrible, Terrible Crime or some other terribly dramatic title so that it would better attract  

                                                  the morbid curiosity of the mass reading public, become a bestseller and help end a terrible crime.  This

                                                  book deserves to be a bestseller!

                                                                                                                                                                                   —Art Kunkin

                                                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles Free Press

                                           

 

                   
                   
The story Carroll tells will read like wild fiction to some readers. But I  can attest that the Hell he

                     describes is no exaggeration. I represented several private psychiatric hospitals, orphanages, and

                     child care facilities, public and private, in sex abuse and wrongful death cases. I learned what

                     "positional asphyxia" can do to the body of a child, and how hard it is to find a resident who

                     has wandered away before he freezes. Much of it I'm bound by privilege, But I've seen enough to

                     know that Carroll's story is true.

                                                                                                                             —Author, Laura James, Esq.

                                                                                                                  Crime Historian/Proprietor of Clews

                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                           

 



                                                                                         
                                                                              

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 


 

 

When I set out to write HARD CANDY I wanted to believe in the system.  I wanted to  believe things had changed, and I wanted to believe the public myth that is doesn’t happen anymore.  Had I learned it was otherwise, I would not have written this book, because with my story alone the reader would have come way concluding, oh, well, that was more than 40  years ago, it doesn’t happen anymore. Ladies and gentlemen, the evidence is clear.  The atrocities are current, ongoing, and tragically appalling—a sour tasting elixir that injected  iron in my backbone and sulfur into my blood—to be the voice for victims who, today, are still trembling behind closed doors awaiting redemption from their abusive reign of terror at the hands of trusted civil servants. 

HARD CANDY is a human portrayal of an uncommon nature. No one thing contributes more to its value than its authenticity, but be forewarned, you will not find literary frills,  polite language, soft corners of prose, soothing seams of  dialogue, happy jingles or joyful songs, but you will find a thread of love that weaves together the entire story—a story about a special devotion shared between my brother and me; how we cared for each other when no one else would; how we understood each other when no one else did; and how we desperately clung to the needed components of love and friendship to survive together the horrific reality.

 

HARD CANDY will give you a glimpse into the bleak world of institutional “bad   guys”—administrators, trusted civil servants, and resident monitors that stood side by side with idiots and madmen who deliberately committed atrocities against these children, causing many to flee into an unconventional brand of protection, which was a futile attempt to gain some semblance of refuge because there was no legitimate protection for them.  After suffering a decade of abuse, at sixteen, I was released from the mental institution carrying the scars from having been denied my civil liberties, a right to an education, and any semblance of a humane existence—and because there was no habilitation I felt lost and floundered for a number of years within the broad public spectrum of human progress.

 

 

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SEXUAL ABUSE IS DEVASTATING TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT;   IT'S SOMETHING LIKE LIVING WITH THE ERRATIC SPLASHES OF A JACKSON POLLOCK PAINTING, HARBORED BY THE DISSIDENT CRESCENDOS OF A STRAVINSKY TEMPERAMENT

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                                                           ...AND YES, THERE IS A SCREENPLAY

2005

    BOOK AWARDS

                     HARD CANDY won the 2005 MIPA Book Award, receiving Honorable Mention for Memoir/Biography from 

                     the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.

                     HARD CANDY won the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival Award, receiving Honorable Mention for  Biography/

                     Autobiography for greater recognition from the film and television communities—-literature worth further

                     consideration for the screen.     

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NEW LISBON  (Deaths and Abuses Continue)

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Why I Wrote the Book
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Where We Were Wrongly   
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Until you heal your past. . .  you will continue to bleed, bleed, bleed

WHY I WROTE THE BOOK 

THE VICTIMS


 
(happier times)

  Photos taken shortly before the brothers were wrongly committed to a

state mental institution

  Charles and Robert Carroll

                        Charles Carroll (First Holy Communion)

                                                                                               Charles Carroll

  Charles and Robert Carroll

                                                        Charles Carroll

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AN AMERICAN CRIME

EXPLOSIVE — RIVETING — A LID BLOWER  — BUY NOW!

Two publishers handled the publication of this book over the past six years when a third publisher stepped in and bought the rights to the book—and that gave the author an opportunity to write a Home & College Edition; hence, the book has been revised, expanded, annotated and indexed, with updated links, fresh evidence of abuses in state residential facilities across the country, added photos, and scenes reinserted that were removed by the first publisher to reduce page count and for fear of lawsuits.  But now , with the approval of the author's liable attorney in New York, and a nod from his new publisher, the book is presented in keeping with the true story "they" never wanted written., and how the author originally wanted it published.   

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THE BOOK

 

     Charles A. Carroll

Though I was released from the state system with barely a third grade education, but gifted with an insatiable appetite for learning, I became a frequent resident of public libraries, reading every academic book I could get my hands on.  After acquiring a bit of confidence, I entered adult night classes at Hollywood High School and quickly earned a diploma.  To make sense out of the social system that failed Bobby and me, I transferred to Los Angeles City College and eventually earned an Associate Degree in Sociology.  Unsatisfied, I transferred to California State University at Los Angeles for another two years. 

After college, I shelved what I learned, took the California State Electrical License Examination, passed, an opened a successful contracting business in Los Angeles, and subsisted on that business for the next 25 years—but not without the daily reminders of the tormenting screams of yesteryear’s children still pounding on the walls of my soul, pleading that I one day redeem them.  Finally, in 1989, I heeded their calling, closed my business, and began a six-year journey investigating New Lisbon and other state institutions like it across the country.  And as part of my research project, I worked undercover at two residential mental health facilities as a psychiatric technician to see if patients were being treated well.  What I witnessed left me appalled.  On the last leg of my journey, I went to the Star-Ledger, told them my story, and asked if they would go with me to New Lisbon unannounced.  They agreed.  There, I sat the CEO down for a serious talk.  He was evasive, coy, untruthful, and not appreciative of my visit. The Star-Ledger ran the story.  The front page headline read: MAN REVISITS HIS 'NIGHTMARISH' CHILDHOOD HOMEFinished with my shoe leather investigations, I set out to write HARD CANDY with the hope of making a profound difference.

 

Bear in mind, what happened to my brother and me stained our psychology, wreaked havoc with our spirit, and incubated an emotional worm that drilled holes in and out of our psyches until what was left of our psychology resembled the appearance of Swiss cheese. We had to fight off not only the sexual predators of the past who repeatedly raped us over and over again in our photographic memories (such is the case long after the predator is gone), but also deal with the lingering side effects of  gender issues, sexuality, masculinity, bonding, trusting others and a host of other problems mandated by having been chronically abused for years—something like living with the erratic splashes of a Jackson Pollock painting, harbored by the dissident crescendos of a Stravinsky temperament. Yes, the innocent pay a life sentence for the guilty, but however challenging life’s journey, quitters we were not, fighters we were, who like wild horses, we refused to be broken—and that is the essence and strength of our remarkable story of survival.

                                                                                                

BUT WAIT!

Again, this is not just a true story of yesteryear, as HARD CANDY dispels the myth that it doesn’t happen anymore.  Though protective mandates have been in place to protect these children for years, they haven’t worked.  The evidence from my research is clear; the abuses are horrendous and have already crept into the Twenty-first Century.  Think not?  Read what the U.S. Justice Department found behind closed doors in the appendices of the book or, more specifically, click the following link to read the criminal abuses still going on at New Lisbon Developmental Center; the mental institution where my brother and I were wrongly placed. You’ll be appalled by the  findings.

 

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                        ACT NOW: PREVENT CHILD ABUSE
                         If you suspect a case of child abuse or neglect, contact your local police, department of protective services, family and child   
                         services, or National Child  Abuse Hotline (Childhelp USA) 800-4-A-child or  800-422-4453 (24 hours)
www.childhelpusa.org

                        
AVID READERS OF FORTHRIGHT TRUE STORIES 
                        
Should you have any questions, or wish to share your views after having read HARD CANDY, feel free to e-mail me. I will   
                         personally answer all queries.  
Email the author CLICK  HERE

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THEY WILL THANK YOU

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                                               THE PUBLICIST SPEAKS

 

Are you an advocate for victims belonging to a group seeking a keynote speaker? Mr. Carroll is an  award-winning author—-and his book is a genre bestseller.  He has spoken on the national, state and local levels, has lectured at colleges, rape centers, child abuse action committees and mental health organizations, advocating a voice for institutionalized victims still being gagged by state bureaucracies who continue to run their operations short of the Stone Age of insanity.  Join the author in a memorable one-hour presentation that includes author interviews on NPR, PBS, and ABC television, a PowerPoint presentation, readings from the book, and why he wrote it—with a surprise ending.  You won’t forget this one.  To e-mail the author CLICK  HERE

 

 

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