A ST NINIAN’S SURVIVOR WRITES

Encouraging words from Doogster 61, a St Ninian’s survivor:

I also attended a residential school in Scotland, andI am happy to say my litigation against Brother Benedict, St Ninians Gartmore is now at the stage of financial negotiations with their insurers. I will keep you informed of the eventual outcome.

I believe one of your followers, Tam B. requested to talk to me in person.You can pass my email onto him.  If I can be of any assistance to him, it would be my pleasure Pat.

I am fully aware of the barriers and pitfalls you encounter when you are trying to obtain information and the mislaid, destroyed, fire damaged, perished,disappeared, dissolved, evanesced, evaporated, disintegrated, dissipated, discarded, discontinued, mice eaten, moth attacked, removed with demolition companies, sent to the school board, sent to the Archdiocese of Glasgow, sent to the Vatican, sent to the Home Office, it,s in the National Archive Libraries, the social work sevices have them, the DLS have them, its data protection, no access for 75 years, official secrets act, redacted, redacted, redacted etc. etc!

Think you get my drift Pat.

So yes after many many years of profound digging, I eventually found some of the documents that were relevant to pursue my litigation. The conviction of Michael Murphy (Brother  Benedict) has undoubtedly assisted in my pursuit. 

Therefore if I can be of any assistance to my fellow survivors I will be only to willing and  glad to help. This includes all of your followers. 

I know how frustrating and upsetting this will cause to some people who encounter the shield of covercy. Yes its demanding and extremely exhausting,  but the satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment is truly consoling to compliment yourself in not taking no for an answer! Well done you!

I will attempt to find every piece of information that will provide the laws to bring these perpetrators to justice.

So i say to your readers and followers Pat, dont cede in your persistence for justice and if i can, -you can. Keep your faith and keep fighting until you can fight no more. Say to yourselves, “i will never be beaten again. Ever!”

My sincere thoughts to all my fellow survivors, and I wish you every success in our quest!

My sincere empathy to the friends and families who have sadly passed and didnt get the opportunity to witness the emergence of  disbelieved truth, justice, and punishment these bastards truly have self merited.

MORE INFO FOR DE LA SALLE SAFEGUARDING BARRY HUDD

A further letter from Rocky which I have passed onto DLS Safeguarding and SCOE.

I hadn’t realised that parents had to pay for their children to go to a DLS approved school.

In this case where their child was grievously tortured and abused.

Rocky is asking that the DLS pay that money back to him which would still be admitting nothing.

Dear Pat,

                       My Mum and Dad both worked. Dad full time driving lorries and Mum part time and full time for the 6 years i was in the care of the DLS. Part of my sentencing to Approved School was that, after asking my Dad if he worked? and had he brought wage slips as instructed? The Sherriff then ordered a deduction from his wages at the rate of £8.00 per week. Starting from Nov 1963 rising to £25.00 in July 1969.(They were both working full time by 1969.

This money was to pay the cost of my welfare and upkeep by the DLS at St Ninians.

As has been proven in court recently the DLS plainly did not look after my welfare. I nearly died from gangrene and but for the skill of a gifted surgeon and only after many days of agony, being injected with massive doses of a new type of Penicillin, did the gangrene subsided enough and i only lost my finger instead of my life!! aged 10.

So im asking the DLS Order to return to me with interest all the monies deducted and paid by my trusting Mum and Dad 63/69 and by my calculations it should be a mere pittance to you. You did not earn my parents Money!! They were betrayed!!!  Give it back! You obtained it under the worst pretence of all, God!! You used their faith to cover up my abuse.

Do you think any parent would willingly pay to have their 9 year old abused repeatedly and daily for 6 hellish years.

Pay the monies back to me. Your admitting nothing DLS, only that you took money from my mum and dad and were returning it because you realize it was a mistake taking it from them in the first place and that its the Christian thing to do and the RIGHT thing to do DLS. 

                    Rocky

Ps Edit it anyway you like Pat  

How much out of curiosity is £ 8 in 63 rising by £2.50 every year to £ 20 in 69? How much was  £20 in 69 worth in todays money?  I reckon £75,000 give or take, but i only got a “B” in maths.(Laughing)   Send them my bill Pat

              cheers 

             Rocky

AN OPEN LETTER TO DE LA SALLE SAFEGUARDING BARRY HUDD

Dear Barry Hudd and Reverend Des Bill,

Or should I address you as Brother Barry Hudd? 

As you are in charge of DLS Safeguarding, I do think it’s relevant to inquire if you are a member of the De La Salle Order as at least one survivor believes.

A survivor of St Ninian’s, Rocky 1954,  asked me to bring this matter to your attention.  See his letter below.

Dear Pat, 

                   3 months have passed since DLS Brother Michael Murphy was convicted of terrible offences against myself and 28 others at Edinburgh High Court. How can an order of the Catholic Church(DLS) have no liability, no culpability, no redress, no conscience, no sense of guilt or even horror at what was done in their name!!.  Scottish Redress have informed me that the DLS have declined to contribute to the scheme.!! They use the best barristers in the world to fight an attritional battle against aged and infirm victims knowing that every legal argument or complex delay saves them millions in compensation. Every year hundreds of these elderly survivors die, so delay pays. I want, we want satisfaction but the DLS won`t even give us an apology. They answer to no one, regardless of pretences. The Salesians are Contributors to the Redress Scheme and as much as it galls they at least have acknowledged their guilt. Give them (the De La Salles) my contact details Pat and see how long it takes for me to get an apology or explanation why its taken so long and what they intend to do about myself and the other 28 who were so greviously abused and in my case lost a finger at 10 years old while in their sole care.

                                           Rocky 1954

The matter is further explored on this post

It highlights how two Survivors of the De La Salles feel about your order’s lack of response in the Benedict case. As a fellow Survivor of the De La Salles I stand with them.

Here are Rocky 1954’s contact details. (In my email to Barry Hudd)

I’ve included the Rev Des Bill in this communication. I’m aware Scottish Safeguarding is yet another organization but hope you can pass it on as before, Des. Or let me have their contact details and I will.

And I think this matter is also of concern to you.

Thank you.

(signed)

Patrick Mills

Sent via email

DE LA SALLE  BROTHER BENEDICT – 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TRIAL

Two Survivors of Brother Benedict (Michael Murphy) have been in touch with me.

Both have the same issues with the De La Salles.

Namely, they have received :

NO APOLOGY

NO COMPENSATION

And they have both rejected:

POOR COMPENSATION FROM THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT.

This Redress scheme by the government is doubtless because they feel some responsibility.

The government have invited the De La Salles to contribute to this fund and they have declined.

But other relevant organizations – the Salesians  (who also abused the first case below) and Save the Children (for charitable reasons)– have contributed.

FIRST – THE CASE OF ‘ROCKY 1954’

He wrote to me today

Dear Pat, 

                   3 months have passed since DLS Brother Michael Murphy was convicted of terrible offences against myself and 28 others at Edinburgh High Court. How can an order of the Catholic Church(DLS) have no liability, no culpability, no redress, no conscience, no sense of guilt or even horror at what was done in their name!!.  Scottish Redress have informed me that the DLS have declined to contribute to the scheme.!! They use the best barristers in the world to fight an attritional battle against aged and infirm victims knowing that every legal argument or complex delay saves them millions in compensation. Every year hundreds of these elderly survivors die, so delay pays. I want, we want satisfaction but the DLS won`t even give us an apology. They answer to no one, regardless of pretences. The Salesians are Contributors to the Redress Scheme and as much as it galls they at least have acknowledged their guilt. Give them my contact details Pat and see how long it takes for me to get an apology or explanation why its taken so long and what they intend to do about myself and the other 28 who were so greviously abused and in my case lost a finger at 10 years old while in their sole care.

                                           Rocky 1954

Just to remind you, here is Rocky 1954’s original account:

Dear Mr Mills,

                        I am a survivor of abuse by both the DLS brothers and also the Salesians of St John Bosco order. You can refer to me as “Rocky1954” if you want to relay my story. I was the lead witness in the trial of Michael Murphy. A bit of background. I was born in Whitburn West Lothian Scotland and attended the local Catholic school. I persistantly truanted and was sent to St Ninians @ the age of 9. this was Sept 1963. Benedict raped me. He put my hand in a vice and crushed my little finger. Infection set in and i was given primitive medical care at the school and only after my whole arm swelled up and turned blue was a doctor called. He was very angry at the Matron an alchoholic and took me in his car to Stirling. Upon arrival at Stirling Royal Infirmary i was diagnosed with gangrene and for 4 days i was in and out of coma, while they were debating amputating my arm. A surgeon came from London. 3 more days on a new antibiotic and i responded to it. My finger was gone.!! 2/3  amputated. I was learning Piano and was grade 2. After the operation i had no coordination in my left hand and no feeling on one side of my elbow. My mum and dad didnt know i had been in hospital till i came home on leave. The headmaster Bro Thadeus set up an elaborate scheme where another boy on promise of release said he did it. Benedict had nothing to do with itand they were believed. I had no idea about previous trials in Scotland, ive lived in Leeds over 50 years and im afraid Scottish news is not freely read in England. I travelled to Edinburgh at the age 67 and gave my evidence. He was convicted of the offences against me. Assault causing serious injury leading to loss of limb. Lewd and Libidinous offences, which cover the serious and repeated Sexual Assaults.

NO APOLOGY 

                            thanks

                                    Rocky 1954

Rocky also added today:

If any other survivors of DLS approved schools in Scotland want my details or to contact me through your good self thats also fine. I have never seen such an intricate web of deceit and smoking mirrors as the DLS.

SECOND – THE CASE OF DOOGSTER 61

Good to hear we have one contributor to the Scottish government redress scheme Pat. Nothing from De Salle. The Scottish scheme requires a signature to waive your rights to pursue legal action. I,m afraid I wont be grasping the 30 pieces of silver and besides, the De Salle refusing to contribute leaves me no alternative but to pursue litigation.

As for the apology? More chance of the Pope chapping my door with an Easter hamper. It would mean nothing to me now. I have already got my justice with the conviction of Brother Benedict. Now they can justify it financially. Incidentally, the maximum the Scottish government are prepared to pay is £100K. Now, after waiting for justice for 52 years, that equates to £36 per week. Certainly seems the Scottish government are trying to protect the perpetrators in order to receive contributions from them. They should be suing them directly never mind asking for meagre contributions! I,m sorry but if any victims have the time and health on their side, then I suggest litigation is the only route for financial recompense. 

Doogster61.

As a fellow survivor of the De La Salles, I stand with Doogster and Rocky – and so many more, like Rafael – in their search for justice.

MORE CRIMES OF THE DE LA SALLES

A Survivor’s account below. Michael Murphy is Brother Benedict who received 7 years imprisonment on top of his previous sentences.

What is especially concerning is the actions of the headmaster Brother Thadeus described below.

Thadeus ‘set up an elaborate scheme where another boy on promise of release said he did it. ‘

So Brother Benedict putting a child’s hand in a vice was blamed on another child.

That kind of devious and corrupt thinking is typical of the De La Salles in recent historical times as the posts on this blog confirm and I know from my own experience.

Have they changed and when? No one has any way of knowing for sure. The De La Salles just tell us repeatedly how honorable they are today, praising themselves as spiritual icons, and we are meant to believe they are now all holy men, unlike their predecessors.

That requires an act of faith which must be difficult even for Catholics.

Their recent public apology which was not public and was barely an apology is not a good sign. Putting it up on their website only after I had raised the issue seems devious to me.

The criminal behaviour  described below was not restricted to one school. St Joseph’s College Ipswich had its own forms of De La Salle evil as recorded on this blog

It must cost everyone concerned – the De La Salles, the Suits who still protect them, Catholic Safeguarding and parents who still send their children to DLS schools –  huge cognitive dissonance to believe that none of this is relevant to the De La Salles today.

All four are living in denial and there is a price they will pay for this spiritually and psychologically.

The Survivor is still waiting for an apology.

The De La Salles have not commented on the St Ninian’s verdict.

Again, that puts them in a very poor light.

Here is this Survivor’s testimony:

Dear Mr Mills,

                        I am a survivor of abuse by both the DLS brothers and also the Salesians of St John Bosco order. You can refer to me as “Rocky1954” if you want to relay my story. I was the lead witness in the trial of Michael Murphy. A bit of background. I was born in Whitburn West Lothian Scotland and attended the local Catholic school. I persistantly truanted and was sent to St Ninians @ the age of 9. this was Sept 1963. Benedict raped me. He put my hand in a vice and crushed my little finger. Infection set in and i was given primitive medical care at the school and only after my whole arm swelled up and turned blue was a doctor called. He was very angry at the Matron an alchoholic and took me in his car to Stirling. Upon arrival at Stirling Royal Infirmary i was diagnosed with gangrene and for 4 days i was in and out of coma, while they were debating amputating my arm. A surgeon came from London. 3 more days on a new antibiotic and i responded to it. My finger was gone.!! 2/3  amputated. I was learning Piano and was grade 2. After the operation i had no coordination in my left hand and no feeling on one side of my elbow. My mum and dad didnt know i had been in hospital till i came home on leave.

The headmaster Bro Thadeus set up an elaborate scheme where another boy on promise of release said he did it. Benedict had nothing to do with it and they were believed.

I had no idea about previous trials in Scotland, ive lived in Leeds over 50 years and im afraid Scottish news is not freely read in England. I travelled to Edinburgh at the age 67 and gave my evidence. He was convicted of the offences against me. Assault causing serious injury leading to loss of limb. Lewd and Libidinous offences, which cover the serious and repeated Sexual Assaults.

NO APOLOGY 

                            thanks

                                    Rocky 1954