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14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

The coverup continues to this day!

There is an incredible story which this book scarcely touches on. Ken Grant, a former Grace employee and who worked as a safety & environmental professional for them when he was suddenly fired just prior to this book coming out, has been rejected by most every major co...
There is an incredible story which this book scarcely touches on. Ken Grant, a former Grace employee and who worked as a safety & environmental professional for them when he was suddenly fired just prior to this book coming out, has been rejected by most every major company in New England since this book came out. Grant is a child survivor of the epidemic and abandoned orphan who has been subject to massive attack on many fronts. In the 1980s,Grant acted to protect Woburn citizens from a small firm which dumped toxic chemicals in the back lot. Since this book, he has been made homeless for years, chronically unemployable, and subject to sadistic pretense job interviews, in which the interviewer begins the interview,jumps to his views on Woburn, then refuses him the job. The man has been driven into bankruptcy,homelessness, endured more than a decade without health insurance and been consistently harassed on a major scale financially. Short of outright murder, almost every conceivable attempt has been made to destroy the man. Why? for being a child survivor without his knowledge?

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Now what you do not know part II

Has the medical establishment been concealing the survival of Frenette's boy as proof of the long term viability of bone marrow transplants as an accepted insurable procedure? Was Frenette's boy given experimental treatment then set adrift in the state child care system...
Has the medical establishment been concealing the survival of Frenette's boy as proof of the long term viability of bone marrow transplants as an accepted insurable procedure? Was Frenette's boy given experimental treatment then set adrift in the state child care system in anonymity and left to die given the most optimistic forecasts of the day but survived,only to be an embarassment to all? Was Frenette's son impostered beginning in 1980,with such imposter designed to cause her real son nothing but pain? When Harr's book came out, Her son was tossed about by Grace Construction under suspicious circumstances and then maneuvered into work with subtle DoD supplier corporate links back to Grace. While at Chomerics(owned by Grace and a DoD contractor) in Woburn, her son was pulled into Hr and threatened by Adrienne McGowan, a senior HR rep, that they would be blackballed in Grace if they did not take a specific position and made good on the threat for another 6 years. After her son was tossed from Grace, they worked as a temp with Hewlett Packard( of whom Chomerics was a supplier).While at HP, Don Getchell, a manager, threatened her son with " you'll be flipping burgers at McDonald's" if he did not take a position with a 45% pay cut(unheard of in the experience of other temps).And while at HP her son was repeatedly ridiculed as being responsible for what was going on in the Bulger case and the controversy surrounding Harr's book being made into a movie. As her son looked for employment, elements at Grace and Hewlett Packard destroyed his references with area staffing agencies.Beginning in 1980 and up until the late 1990s, Frenette's son was befriended by caretakers and later as friends and coworkers in an effort to monitor his whereabouts,activities, and to cause ongoing harm of nearly every kind? Why was her son befriended by an Italian-Irish man with ties to Jan Schlictmann in Newburyport,Massachusetts and then blasted by the same man on behalf of Grace when Harr's book came out?

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    The story not yet told

    In 1965, a baby was dropped off to the Children's Hospital in Utica, NY by an unknown family from Little Falls, in the Adirondacks. The baby was admitted into what is now known as Faxton Hospital without an entry diagnosis and no family history. The child lived immobilized in a hospital bed with no visitors for over 2 years and is said to have been given a bone marrow transplant as part of a federal government study on experimental treatments for leukemia using poor children.The boy did not meet his mother until 4 1/2 years old and was taken,crippled in a full body wheelchair to Woburn,Massachusetts. In Woburn the boy lived in the same neighborhoods as the victims outlined in this book.The boy suffered extreme physical and emotional and sexual abuse until age 9 by numerous caretakers in Massachusetts while as a ward of the state. During this time the boy was denied any access to records which might have told him about his family and specifically his unknown father.The boy was treated at the same hospitals as the victims in this book and also appeared as a young boy of 4-5 years old in Woburn District court under Judge Cullen( who later refused the man access to public records of court proceedings he had been involved in).All while the growing boy was shuffled around, His guardians took direction from the Woburn court.When the boy was 9 he is said to have been implanted with a tracking device in his teeth by Tufts in Boston,Mass. shortly before Whitey Bulger signed on to the Top Echelon program. Several sleeper agents were put into place until after 1995 when Bulger went on the lam.When Bulger fled, the boy-now-man's medical records began disappearing and a Peter Mencher came on to the scene, a forensic psychiatrist affiliated with Tufts and who happened to be the family doctor for the mysterious girlfriend who met the man while attending Northeastern University in Boston,Mass (NU associated with numerous parties in the Bulger case AND with the boy's guardian ad litem). Peter Mencher appears to have tried to have the man committed for reporting a wide array of strange and disturbing incidents which occurred with witnesses after Bulger fled, including:1) car tampering and incidents involving cars,2) evidence of phone monitoring and phone records monitoring, 3) long term surveillance by clothed and plain-clothed personnel,4) mysterious,sudden trips with no disclosed destination,contact numbers, or return date by the gf 5) a male who apparently had access to the man's video rental records and watched him wherever he went and who did not deny being a federal government employee when questioned,6) At least 6 or more individuals who met the man usually in the workplace,befriended him, then announced a connection with the FBI shortly before the man lost his job,7) mysterious disappearance of funds from the man's bank account at Fleet Bank never replaced or accounted for by bank personnel, including Christine Whitman,8) at least 4 solicitations by Raytheon for decent job interviews only to be refused by a man surrounded with NSA-logo material, James McGaughey,9) Constant unexplained calls from an undisclosed phone extension at MBNA,where the man had credit accounts in good standing and to which Louis Freeh later went on to become an executive and from a John Tomaselli 10) Being blamed for the chaos in the Whitey Bulger case 11) Being maneuvered to work for businesses only with federal government contracts, then being surrounded by in

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    The story not told

    In 1965, a baby was dropped off to the Children's Hospital in Utica, NY by an unknown family from Little Falls, in the Adirondacks. The baby was admitted into what is now known as Faxton Hospital without an entry diagnosis and no family history. The child lived immobilized in a hospital bed with no visitors for over 2 years and is said to have been given a bone marrow transplant as part of a federal government study on experimental treatments for leukemia using poor children.The boy did not meet his mother until 4 1/2 years old and was taken,crippled in a full body wheelchair to Woburn,Massachusetts. In Woburn the boy lived in the same neighborhoods as the victims outlined in this book.The boy suffered extreme physical and emotional and sexual abuse until age 9 by numerous caretakers in Massachusetts while as a ward of the state. During this time the boy was denied any access to records which might have told him about his family and specifically his unknown father.The boy was treated at the same hospitals as the victims in this book and also appeared as a young boy of 4-5 years old in Woburn District court under Judge Cullen( who later refused the man access to public records of court proceedings he had been involved in).All while the growing boy was shuffled around, His guardians took direction from the Woburn court.When the boy was 9 he is said to have been implanted with a tracking device in his teeth by Tufts in Boston,Mass. shortly before Whitey Bulger signed on to the Top Echelon program. Several sleeper agents were put into place until after 1995 when Bulger went on the lam.When Bulger fled, the boy-now-man's medical records began disappearing and a Peter Mencher came on to the scene, a forensic psychiatrist affiliated with Tufts and who happened to be the family doctor for the mysterious girlfriend who met the man while attending Northeastern University in Boston,Mass (NU associated with numerous parties in the Bulger case AND with the boy's guardian ad litem). Peter Mencher appears to have tried to have the man committed for reporting a wide array of strange and disturbing incidents which occurred with witnesses after Bulger fled, including:1) car tampering and incidents involving cars,2) evidence of phone monitoring and phone records monitoring, 3) long term surveillance by clothed and plain-clothed personnel,4) mysterious,sudden trips with no disclosed destination,contact numbers, or return date by the gf 5) a male who apparently had access to the man's video rental records and watched him wherever he went and who did not deny being a federal government employee when questioned,6) At least 6 or more individuals who met the man usually in the workplace,befriended him, then announced a connection with the FBI shortly before the man lost his job,7) mysterious disappearance of funds from the man's bank account at Fleet Bank never replaced or accounted for by bank personnel, including Christine Whitman,8) at least 4 solicitations by Raytheon for decent job interviews only to be refused by a man surrounded with NSA-logo material, James McGaughey,9) Constant unexplained calls from an undisclosed phone extension at MBNA,where the man had credit accounts in good standing and to which Louis Freeh later went on to become an executive and from a John Tomaselli 10) Being blamed for the chaos in the Whitey Bulger case 11) Being maneuvered to work for businesses only with federal government contracts, then being surrounded by in

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Who dun it?

    In 1965, a baby was dropped off at an upstate Ny hospital with no family history and left there without visitors for 2 years with no final diagnosis given until exit from the hospital. The boy was crippled and said to have been given a bone marrow transplant for leukemia and not expected to live beyond 20 years. The boy bounced around foster homes and was befriended by a social worker with ties to the Pentagon and perhaps General Trudeau. From 1973 onward the boy is said to have been implanted with a tracking device by Tufts as dental filling. From 1973-1976, the boy was brought once per year to Castle Island under supervision perhaps for scrutiny by agents or others involved in the Bulger case. Prior to this the boy had been severely abused as an unwanted orphan.In 1988, the man worked for Chomerics, a defense contractor owned by Wr Grace and was threatened by Adrienne McGowan, a personnel manager who attempted to pressure him into a specific job and threatened to stonewall his career in Grace if he did not take it. He did not. In 1992 the man was befriended by a man through a mutual friend with alleged ties to NSA and monitored thereafter, In 1995, Harr came out with this book and the man was befriended by a woman claiming dual USA-UK citizenship. Between the book and movie version, the befrienders began attacks from both sides. The man's phones were tapped and re-routed, surveillance implemented with the assistance of a Methuen,Massachusetts apartment complex superintendant, and an armed man with TN plates claiming to work in construction yet actually working for Verizon, who supported William Weld, former head of the Criminal investigation Division of the Justice Department. From 1996-1999, the woman who befriended him and even became a fiancee, purported to be usinga cover name and actually working for the CIA while attempting to destroy him. In 2000, Don Getchell, a manager for a division of Hewlett Packard, threatened the man to take a job or "else all you'll be doing is flipping burgers". He did not take it. Both Grace and Hewlett Packard were both government contractors and clients of Omnitech International, a "litigation preparation services firm". A private investigator and associate of the man who befriended him in 1992 was also attached to Omnitech International. The man's medical records back to birth and traceable to nearly every hospital the leukemia victims were treated at disappeared, as well as records with Dr, Mclean and Dr. Joseph Leader.After 2000 the man became homeless and was forced into bankruptcy after becoming prosperous for the first time in his life. All during this time, the man was caled into suspicious interviews at ABA personnel in Haverhill,Mass., Cognos in Burlington, Raytheon in Burlington, and an improvised office suite in Cummings Park in Woburn (by a firm claiming " a virtually unlimited budget in connection with a swiss space firm"). These job interviews being pretense interviews to discover what the man knew about Woburn in the 1960s, in which he had been brought into court as a very young boy and which records are off limits 40+ years later. From 2000 the man's credit reports have been off limits,possibly as a tool to prevent employment prospects. The American public needs to know what has been covered up here and why a baby has been a target all of its life. Congress needs to open a powerful independent investigation of what has happened. The boy is the key to w

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    Very good but sequel needed

    You get the impression a lot has been left out. Was Judge Cullen related by marriage to Dennis Condon, heavily involved in the Whitey Bulger case? Have individuals that were child victims been targeted as adults involving a cluster of individuals from Massachusetts and New Hampshire? Does a massive coverup have deep roots to principals in both major political parties from the 1960s onward? Was the local water supply deliberately tampered with as a diversion to something else, perhaps cold war espionage involving the space program? What did Jack Duffy, now deceased, know about the water and later was given a comfortable position with the federal government having worked for the Woburn public works department? Were poor children enrolled in medical experiments from the area, covered up to this day while they are tracked including tracking technologies implanted as tooth fillings by Tufts in Boston in the mid 1970s? Were their medical records later confiscated following Harr's book, as some Tufts medical records are known to have involving children treated from the leukemia epidemic. Why was one child treated at all the hospitals mentioned in this book as well as Tufts, later befriended by a call girl with ties to Dr. Peter Mencher, a Tufts psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist then become subject to psychological warfare because of what the man might know about growing up in Woburn during the water crisis? Dr. Mencher died suddenly. How heavily has organized crime played a role in covering what happened in Woburn?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2010

    Is thie book a decoy for the real major truth?

    In 1964, was the youngest son of Evelyn Grant(Kouroyen-Frenette) diagnosed with leukemia while living in the areas of Wells G&H in Woburn Mass, enrolled in a government medical study involving controversial new medical strategies such as bone marrow transplants, given the treatment in an upstate New York children's hospital and released under the pretense of Perthe's disease? Was her son then tossed into state child care and deliberately mistreated after a dental tracking device was implanted in his mouth by Tufts, at which children with leukemia were being treated at the time? Did that child far outlive the best predictions for life expectancy and therefore become a problem for the study administrators? Why was that son sent into a hard labor camp run by Janice Fosse in Mass. breaking granite boulders 10-14 hours per day along with kids with extensive legal trouble simply for being a homeless unwanted teen? Was the child set up with a successive audit trail of guardians and monitors with the purpose of manipulating situations to the child's disadvantage while also monitoring if the child was becoming aware of what was happening? Was Grant's child a medical and psychological guinea pig for state and federal agencies and was the child given irradiated milk like the Fernald School (Waltham,Mass.)children while at the New England Home for Little Wanderers in Boston,Mass.? Were chiildren at the New England Home being used as guinea pigs and their respective files doctored, censored or ultimately destroyed? Why were Ted Kennedy ,Mike Dukakis and many more not able to review the child's records with the Dept of Social Services in Mass. or did they simply not care to? Why did the child's records appear as censored as a UFO report all without explanation and no legal accountability? Why was the child toyed with by companies such as: Cerulean, White Mountain Pines software, Ceridian, Raytheon, Muro Pharmaceuticals, Tadd technical,Adecco employment,Video Server,Cognos,Manpower and many many more, all of whom may have had ties to a fomer foster parent( with longstanding ties to HR depts throughout New England )of the boy who suddenly turned on him after 20+ close years as soon as Whitey Bulger fled the Boston area? Were individuals charged with keeping tabs on the boy working against the boy behind the scenes? Could this boy have been tracked since a social security number was obtained by New England Home staff acting as guardians by various agents charged with assuring hardship for the boy? Why did Grant's middle boy change his name and why did the older boy make it a lifelong mission to create constant harm to the younger? Who were the men in suits along with plainclothes following the youngest boy around at places like the 99 pub in Woburn,Mass when Harr's book came out? Have forces involving New Hampshire as well as Massachusetts been involved and have government personnel been involved with harassing the boy through software such as CUCME by White Mountain Pines software of Nashua,NH been involved? Was the boy set up to work for Wr Grace then be persecuted by it when Harr came out with his book? Why was the youngest boy persecuted by locals with allegations of having large amounts of money when the child was dirt poor? Why was a Sister of Notre Dame nun going around confiscating records on the youngest boy? Why was the youngest boy subject to massive federal investigation which has not been disclosed to Congress since

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

    How many people have been squashed behind coverups in this?

    Was Evelyn Kouroyen-Grant-Frenette murdered about the time this book came out by being given too much Theophylline ,causing status epilecticus? Was she one of the brave few under attorney Michael Gatta who challenged the sudden change in local drinking water safety?

    Did Whitey or others in the Bulger case have children treated by the government for leukemia in exchange for their cooperation and those children tossed about in abusive situations and persecuted by the government when Bulger went AWOL? Were children tossed in state child care for deliberate mistreatment by guardians and probate fraud committed regarding any inheritances those children may have been entitled to?

    Did Woburn city hall have a black budget at the time and this explains why the city budget was closed to outside auditors?

    Was the company Home Depot founded on misappropriated funds stemming from financial crimes committed in Woburn in the 1960s and 1970s? Could such funds be following individuals as reveneues into the coffers of business entities employing childhood pawns of those times?

    Why was Evelyn frenette's youngest boy,a cripple and orphan,completely destroyed when Bulger disappeared by individuals with alleged ties to Cellucci-Weld through Cellucci's campaign manager?

    Why did so many individuals put in place in Frenette's youngest son' life abandon him when Bulger took off?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2010

    More on what you don't know...

    Why was Evelyn Frenette's youngest son, a cripple and abused and abandoned youngster, befriended by individuals who later flipped and became his enemy when Whitey Bulgder fled and why has everything short of murder been done to him? What cowards bully an abandoned child? Why did the Woburn Advocate suddenly change hands after an article on Frenette's son trying to find out who his father is appeared, with the new editor and owner siavowing any knowledge of the story or the paper's prior staff?
    Why were the city books closed to any outside financial auditors and why did records of police and fire personnel suspiciously get destroyed in a fire involving the 1960s and 70s?
    Why was Frenette's youngest boy refused access to Woburn court files in which he was involved, not even allowed into the courtroom? Why was he photgraphed by unknown photographers who ran away and monitored by individuals who referred to each by name as major players in the Whitey Bulger case on the side of the FBI?
    Why were the obituaries of the deceased children not transferred to microfilm at the Woburn library- rather, kept behind the reference librarian desk?
    Why have forces in Massachusetts and New Hampshire tried to set up Frenette's boy? Why was a movie script forwarded to the United Talent Agency suppressed written by the boy? Why were the boy's files in state child care in Massachusetts hevaily censored and doctored and not viewable by even the late Ted Kennedy?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2010

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    Now what you do not know part II

    Has the medical establishment been concealing the survival of Frenette's boy as proof of the long term viability of bone marrow transplants as an accepted insurable procedure? Was Frenette's boy given experimental treatment then set adrift in the state child care system in anonymity and left to die given the most optimistic forecasts of the day but survived,only to be an embarassment to all? Was Frenette's son impostered beginning in 1980,with such imposter designed to cause her real son nothing but pain? When Harr's book came out, Her son was tossed about by Grace Construction under suspicious circumstances and then maneuvered into work with subtle DoD supplier corporate links back to Grace. While at Chomerics(owned by Grace and a DoD contractor) in Woburn, her son was pulled into Hr and threatened by Adrienne McGowan, a senior HR rep, that they would be blackballed in Grace if they did not take a specific position and made good on the threat for another 6 years. After her son was tossed from Grace, they worked as a temp with Hewlett Packard( of whom Chomerics was a supplier).While at HP, Don Getchell, a manager, threatened her son with " you'll be flipping burgers at McDonald's" if he did not take a position with a 45% pay cut(unheard of in the experience of other temps).And while at HP her son was repeatedly ridiculed as being responsible for what was going on in the Bulger case and the controversy surrounding Harr's book being made into a movie. As her son looked for employment, elements at Grace and Hewlett Packard destroyed his references with area staffing agencies.Beginning in 1980 and up until the late 1990s, Frenette's son was befriended by caretakers and later as friends and coworkers in an effort to monitor his whereabouts,activities, and to cause ongoing harm of nearly every kind? Why was her son befriended by an Italian-Irish man with ties to Jan Schlictmann in Newburyport,Massachusetts and then blasted by the same man on behalf of Grace when Harr's book came out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

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    Did something crash land in Woburn in the 1960s?

    Was Woburn the site of a crashed spacecraft of some sort and did the U.S. government conceal it? Why did the Department of Health & Human Services establish a radiology base there as well as a NASA convergence on the area? Was the water polluted as a distraction AND a threat to the local people to keep their mouths shut? Wee transferred microfilm records of the unindexed major area local newspaper then doctored to keep story continuity from being seen by the public? Were Robert Redford and Sylvester Stallone brought into Judge Wolf's court in Somerville,Massachusetts because there is a connection between water pollution,sick children and cooperation of Whitey Bulger and Steve Flemmi? Was the water contaminated in the Mclean-Mclaughlin wars? Did children of some of the players in the Bulger case become affected by the water pollution?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2009

    Have some childhood survivors been suppressed?

    In the 1990s, medical records began disappearing at Tufts. At the same time, a childhood survivor of this tragedy in Woburn was being set up by a forensic psychiatrist (now deceased) working for Tufts to be admitted to a mental hospital to be doped up and locked away in an effort to discredit the person. That person had written a book manuscript and movie script(sent to United Talent Agency in California- Martin Bauer,owner)about their life as an unwanted orphan in Massachusetts state child care system. The person, unknown to them, appeared to have been writing about their survival, among other things, of the leukemia tragedy in Woburn and may also in fact have been the child of one of the principals(perhaps of the 4 men locked away for 35 years) in the Whitey Bulger case. The person wrote these works carefully hiding the specific identities of the parties involved but apparently even this was not enough and brought retaliation. There were IRS levies,yearly audits, missing money from bank acoounts never accounted for, and long term chronic unemployability brought on by a series of individuals who knew about the person's family background even though this knowledge had been withheld from that person. The work,"The Wanderer", brought on nothing but total misery and destruction in every form to the author.Was a childhood victim treated for leukemia, miraculously survived, but then a focused attempt to make the person become so depressed that they become suicidal and result in a solution to the paradox of their survival on its own? The focused attempts at blackballing the person from any kind of rewarding career and constant federal government badgering suggests the federal government has done serious wrong and wishes the problem to go away. Was a sickly child treated in return perhaps for cooperation with the federal government and the government wishes this to 'go away'? Was the Whitey Bulger case in some way attached to all this?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

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    So much the public doesn't know...

    In 1995, the same year Whitey Bulger fled and has been on the lam ever since, this book came out. At the same time a young EH&S professional, Ken Grant(now a Home Depot (sells Grace products) worker in a New Hampshire store)was suddenly let go from Grace's Construction Products Division(CPD). Grant was a consultant to a Harvard Business Schooltask force for then Governor William Weld on the cost of environmental compliance for businesses. Grant was also asked by then Chairman of the National Safety Council Norman Steere to stand in for him on Grant's last day at Grace.After being terminated suspiciously,Grant's medical records at Tufts(where the kids mentioned here were treated) and other hospitals began disappearing and it has been suggested that a professional escort was hired by Grace to monitor and fabricate a romantic bond with Grant and to inflict as much psychological damage as possible in an effort to discredit him should he be called as a witness in future litigation against the company. In 1992, 3 years before all this went down, Grant was befriended by an Irish-Italian man later tied in with individuals associated with Omnitech International, a 'litigation preparation service' based out of Midland,Texas. Grant also worked on a chemical tracking database known as Prolab in concert with Corbus softwae of Kennett Square,PAand which product may have been transformed by the software company and tested for financial application in Fleet bank while the IRS maintained accounts with that bank. Grace and Hewlett Packard both were clients of Omnitech international and both were companies Grant was maneuvered into working for. Grant became subject to nearly every kind of harassment and set up after Grace ejected him. He became bankrupt,homeless,lost allof his savings,excellent credit rating and many close friends. His phones were monitored and intercepted,apartment surrepstitously entered and used, car made to look as if it would explode,subjected to suspicious carbon monoxide poisoning and taken out of the running for the proposed "Commonwealth Scholar" program forwarded by Governor Paul Cellucci and William Weld.Several times it appeared his life was in danger.
    Grant is said to have been an abandoned child who was given one of the first bone marrow transplants in the country out of state at Children's hospital (now Faxton hospital) in upstate NY then released under the pretense of having had Perthe's diseaae to conceal bone grafting activity in the hip area.Grant had "rare uric acid",progressive pigmented purpura, and a number of symptoms associated as an aggregate with leukemia. Grant appeared in a substantial write up in the Woburn Advocate newspaper.He was said to have been trying to determine who his father was (state and state subcontractor records also disappeared or were heavily sanitized also when this book came out.Grant is said to have had a link to the Woburn cancer deaths and to parties involved in the Whitey Bulger caae.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    An attempt to bring closure to the unaccountable?

    Is this book, a worthwhile read, an attempt to close the book on shady goings-on in Woburn of the 1960s? Were some children in this case treated for leukemia using cutting edge techniques of the day,such as bone marrow transplants, and some of those children survived only to be tormented because of their unexpected survival? Could a man named Ken Grant who lived in Woburn back in the 1960s be one of the oldest surviving bone marrow transplant recipients in the country and have been targeted for destruction because of it? Back in 1980-82 another man appeared in the area who used Grant's information to go AWOL from the army and such.The man appeared about the time Grant's older brother was also in the military. On close examination the older brother has acted to hurt the younger as too perhaps the other going by the same name. Has Grant been designated for destruction simply for surviving a procedure administered to him as an infant under false pretenses? Is the fallout between the forces in the Whitey Bulger case a reflection of the forces which clashed in Woburn and surrounding areas of the 1960s?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    Ball & Chain..

    There is a manwho worked for Grace in a capacity to help change the company (and was a victim of the pollution in Woburn) increase its environmental responsibilities but who was suddenly fired by Grace. From then on it is said Grace employees were told not to give him a good reference despite years of good service.After winding up homeless, the man was forced to live in a motel in New Hampshire owned by a Grace executive who promptly evicted the man for no reason with a week's notice.The Grace executive who owned the motel had it managed by his wife who claimed no knowledge of the Grace executive or ties to Grace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    A Civil Action

    1) Was one of the early leukemia victims enrolled in a government study for leukemia treatments,treated out of state without an assigned social security number,then later given a false diagnosis to conceal the leukemia and where a former pentagon official during Vietnam arranged to have a social security number assigned to the boy? 2) Was Governor Cellucci's choice of Jeff Locke to head the state child care services agency in Massachusetts one that may have had something to do with a Grace executive of the same name and for which the alleged boy in (1) may have worked before being suspiciously fired when this book came out? 3) Could the boy from (1) have been a child of one of the principals in the Whitey Bulger case and said boy been treated in return for the father's cooperation? Could the boy also have been monitored by 'guardians' who had links to the FBI/Justice Department? 4) Anticipating a possible flight of Bulger, could the government have taken steps in the form of operatives from (3)steering conversations surreptitiously recorded and creating document trails to make the boy from (1) as unfavorable as possible? 5) Has the combined political and economic of Grace been thrown down on the boy from (1)?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    Very interesting

    This was an interesting read with many unanswered questions. But one might ask how many people have been destroyed by these events that the general public never hears about, people like Ken Grant, a former temporary employee and longtime volunteer in Massachusetts who has been destroyed professionally and personally for some possible link to all this unknown to him.Grant since this book came out has had nothing but problems finding work able to provide basic living expenses for nearly 8 years,unable to acquire or get health insurance,driven into homeless and finally bankruptcy since all this came out in 1995.How can someone who was an infant when all this came about be held accountable for it 35 years later?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    More tidbits

    When this case broke, ' Allen' began having all sorts of employment problems-- getting fired, called to fake job interviews,etc. Allen contacted Senator Jajuga, a former state trooper, about some of the issues and all Jajuga did was take Allen's social security number,never to be heard from again. Allen called Governor Cellucci's office looking for work and was given a bogus phone number to call by a staffer. Allen worked at one time for Grace Co., which hired state troopers for details and was featured in Harr's movie. When this case got heated up, Allen was tailed on occasion by state troopers. Grace Co was supported by Tip O'Neill, who,like Cellucci, had ties to Boston College. Martorano,hitman for the Bulger group, also had ties to Boston College. How does all this relate? When Bulger fled and it was announced he was an informant he received public kudos by the major political figures. As the Bulger case fired up, so too did the problems experienced by Allen. Jajuga announced support for Cellucci , a Republican, though he is a Democrat. Governor Cellucci, a friend of George Cashman of the Teamsters, began taking Hollywood junkets with secret-service trained state police bodyguards. William Bulger,former head of the Massachusetts state senate, is alleged to have gotten his position with Boston Edison through William Bulger. Following George Bush's election in 2000, Paul Cellucci gets an ambassadorship, which Bill Weld was turned down for by Jesse Helms. Jajuga in turn is awarded the highest law enforcement post in Massachusetts courtesy of Jane Swift. The Bulger investigation has gone into Canada, where Cellucci is ambassador.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    Was someone swindled here?

    Was one of the child victims in this water tragedy swindled out of an inheritance of some sort? ' Scott' began asking questions intensely not long before this book came out. Court records of the case are said to have been destroyed and fire and police records from Woburn are destroyed from the early 1960s. Scott was bounced around and his family persecuted in Woburn. In low income housing in Woburn kids smashed the windows and poured buckets of paint on the back door. The city budget was closed for audits. Scott moved away and years later returned to the area. Soon after another man surfaced across town in Woburn bearing Scott's name. Some of Scott's mail ended up at this other address and the imposter also listed Scott's address as his own when going AWOL in the military. After this book came out Scott joined a prominent church in Lexington, where the imposter appeared to follow him there. Longtime members of the church tracked Scott's appearances at the church ,as is some scam involving basket donations was taking place where the church would have extra donations made into the basket claiming Scott did it, perhaps with some money owed to Scott. One of the church 'friends' Scott made there claimed to know George Cashman of the Teamsters Local 25 ,currently under federal investigation. Was some fraud perpetrated on Scott?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    Twists and Turns

    While researching some personal issues in the local library, i became interested in the Woburn Water case and did further research. As I did, i was watched by sinister-looking men who said nothing and peered over my shoulder. Then i began having job interviews in which the interviewer would shift to the Woburn case and what I thought of it, as if investigators probing me for what i knew.Inevitably I did not get the job and the whole thing seemed to be a charade. I started wondering what could be so important that researching back 30-35 yrs would cause so much concern? Was some major wrong knowingly done years ago? Many of the articles i came across of interest had the major portion of the article excluded from the microfilm. As i searched, articles pointed to each other and nearly all of them had been cropped to prevent viewing of the whole article. It was as if someone had omitted certain articles or scrambled those articles in pieces across several microfilm rolls. This book tells one aspect of this story. But there seems to be a far greater one dating back to the earliest incidents of leukemia in the early 1960s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    Irresistible force meets immovable object

    One of the problems with holding companies accountable is that if a company is fined or penalized for environmental abuses, employees might be fired or product costs can go up or investors can lose. In his book, Tip O'Neill did discuss his support of Grace but this does not suggest approval for environmental issues later on. One thing to point out is that when the pollution occurred affecting the families involved in the book and many more, dumping was LEGAL, but ethical and moral questions remain. One thing that might demand more attention is the water quality procedures and protocols in place. When was the water quality problem first detected and was the information suppressed? Or was it a situation where the cause was undetermined and so no action was taken that might jeopardize the fiscal health of the area until the cause could be precisely pinpointed? Why weren't the wells closed prior to May,1979? Could knowledge of local pollution have prevented business or govt from establishing a base in the Woburn area? And how many Woburn-like scenarios exist around the country? around the world??? How was hazardous waste disposed of back in the 1950s and until now? Did Union problems involving the city Public Works employees play some part in all of this? And why has the $100,000 lawsuit initiated by Woburn residents in the 1960s been all but forgotten in the history of this epidemic?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    Some little known factoids....

    Woburn was quite a hub-- there were trips back and forth by kids to Cuba.Medicine and the space and defense programs thrived in the area.A Nike missile base existed at the site occupied by a local private university in Burlington,Mass which also introduced a first time radiology program. Choate hospital had an on premises biochemist and an ongoing bionics program and Congressman F. Bradford Morse of the Council on Foreign Relations was actively involved in NATO and the space program.Many citizens of Woburn were seen by prominent Boston hospitals and there was a sharp increase in perceptual motor dysfunction among children and adults. Many people had to go on welfare to be able to get treatment for cancer and interestingly there is a sharp increase in the welfare medical budget while at the same time those records cannot be seen by outside auditors,sparking local outcry.What seems apparent here is that the epidemic first arose and was dealt with quietly perhaps to avoid panicking people until a precise cause could be determined.And the shifting movement of contaminant laden water in underground aquifers might have made it very difficult to pinpoint where the source came from.Something people do not realize is that EPA and local Environmental agencies are often times lax in their enforcement unless prodded by citizens to do something. EPA and local agencies seem to be most aggressive in their enforcement when their budgets are reduced.

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