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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    A story behind the story

    In 1994 a man had a newspaper article published in the Woburn Advocate by Neil Zolot about his search to find out who his father is. Shortly after the newspaper changed hands and the new owners disavowed any knowledge of the prior staff. The man's medical records began disappearing and showing signs of lateration spanning 3 states and his bank accounts and phone lines and even video rental records came under scrutiny. The man was prevented from finding work while his work references blackballed him from finding work in Massachusetts. Prior to the article, the man had written a book manuscript,which among other things, mentioned his experiences as a sick young boy living in all the polluted areas in Woburn. Some caretakers of his as a young boy forwarded the book manuscript to United Talent Agency, Marty Bauer, who reviewed it and requested the man to adapt it to a movie screenplay. The man never heard the disposition of it and United Talent and the individuals (one of whom was an associate of Governor Paul Cellucci's campaign manager) ceased all contact with the man. Meanwhile, a woman who was associated with Dr. Peter Mencher, a forensic psychiatrist and doctor in the employ of Tufts health plan(Tufts was a key hospital in this water case)befriended the man and then systematically worked to destroy relationships that man had while suddenly traversing the country on impromptu unexplained trips. Dr. Mencher attempted to entrap the man into an office visit in which he was trying to have the man committed to a mental hospital, where he could be drugged, forgotten and hidden. The man is said to have been a child survivor of the Woburn water crisis and was a safety and environmental professional working for Grace Construction in Cambridge,Mass when he was suddenly let go for no apparent reason. Since that time, the man has been continuously maneuvered into employment in which government contracts(hence, government) and Grace are associated. In each of these environments the man has been continuously monitored and harassed. The man eventually was forced to work for Home Depot, where individuals using fake names come and go at will as has been detailed by management itself. It appears that the government itself has tried very hard to keep this individual out of the public eye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended- Realistic depiction

    I was recently reminded of this tragedy by a friend who has lived in Woburn his entire life and has suffered from many health complications; autoimmune.
    Although I lived several towns away in Lexington at the time, I still vividly remember the news of a horrible "cluster" of cancer occurences attributed to the toxic waste in the drinking water. So very sad for the families who lost their children because of this. I think the movie brought some justice, but of course, can never heal the families who lost a child.

    Noticed many postings about a Ken Grant and his connection to this story and to Whitey Bulger?

    This person must be mentally ill.

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