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 .   

 

 

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS THE BOOK AND COLLEGES LISTEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  

                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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,

                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                   Nobel Peace Prize 1986

                                                                                                                                                                              Medal of  Honor

                                                                                                                                                                          Author of 40 books

 

 

                                                                                                                              

                                 

 

                                 

                                  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
                                                                                                                               Member of Congress

 

 

                                                     
                                                                   

                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                    Author of several books 

 

 

 

                               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

                                                                                                           Founder, Los Angeles Free Press

                                  

 

 

                                  

 

                                                                           The story Mr. 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 Mr. 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. Not true. The evidence is clear.  The atrocities are current, ongoing, and tragically appalling—and this was the sour tasting elixir that injected  iron in my backbone and sulfur into my blood to be the voice for victims who are still trembling behind closed doors rocking on sore tailbones, preying for someone to free them from their 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.

 

 

BUY A SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK TODAY
CHILD ABUSE, BE IT SEXUAL, PHYSICAL, VERBAL, OR PSYCHOLOGICAL, 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 —Charles A. Carroll

                                                                 ...AND YES, THERE IS A SCREENPLAY

 

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WHY I WROTE THE BOOK

                                 

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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 TRAGEDY

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  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.

                                                                                                

 

 

 


 

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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

THE BOY THAT NEVER FORGOT THE GOOD GUY

    
c. 1953  Charles A. Carroll (11) is seated between then, state psychologist,  Dr. Stanley I. Alprin and wife, Marilyn.  Dr. Alprin tested Charles at New Lisbon, learned of the boy’s high IQ, and befriended him,  after which Dr. Alprin moved  on with his academic studies and lost touch with Charles for more than thirty-five years. In 1988, in a
Peoples  magazine article, Charles mentioned  Dr. Alprin’s kindness… and that’s when the two men found each other. From then on,  they maintained a close friendship  until Dr. Alprin’s death on May 18,  2014.  He was 87.  
                                                   

 Hanukkah Dinner

THE PUBLICIST SPEAKS

IN  MEMORIAM


                                                                                                        NOTE: Dr. Alprin wrote the FOREWORD  for the book

Stanley  I.  Alprin

1926 - 2014

Gone but not forgotten

       
        
What Is a  Brother?
             A brother is many things.
                   He’s a confidant,
             a motivator, and an ally.
            He’s someone you admire—

              someone you appreciate.

                     He’s someone

             you’re happy to call family

            and grateful  to call friend.

              A brother is many things,

                     but most of all,

                      he’s someone

               you feel lucky to have

                       in your life.

THEN

2005

BROTHERLY LOVE

Charles (left) & Robert Carroll

AUTHOR FINDS BROTHER AFTER 46 YEARS

—From Bobby  2009
America Greetings

NOW

2014

Robert (left) & Charles Carroll

 Eulogy

The book won the

2005 MIPA Book Award

receiving Honorable Mention for Memoir/Biography 

Breaking through Hollywood’s stringent barriers, the book won the

 2006 Hollywood Book Festival Award

winning Honorable Mention for Biography/Autobiography 

for greater recognition from the film and television communities;

literature worth further consideration for the screen.     

BOOK AWARDS

2006

Amazon gives the book 5 stars, its highest rating

Adapted from the book for the screen

    
  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

  

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CONTEST RESULTS — 2014

The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards 
Approximately 25% of all entries score below 40
Approximately 50% of all entries score between 40 and 60
Approximately 25% of all entries score 60 or higher
GATEKEEPERS OF MADNESS scored 67

 


               

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A TRUE FRIEND

If I was condemned to

live as long as God, I’d never forget it, never