A Civil Action: Signed Edition

A Civil Action: Signed Edition

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by Jonathan Harr

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The lawyer had not wanted the case at first -- it was too big, too complicated, too risky. It concerned a cluster of childhood leukemia victims in a small town north of Boston where the city wells had been poisoned by industrial chemicals. Two of the nation's largest corporations, each with a plant near the wells, stood accused. Against his better judgment, the lawyer…  See more details below


The lawyer had not wanted the case at first -- it was too big, too complicated, too risky. It concerned a cluster of childhood leukemia victims in a small town north of Boston where the city wells had been poisoned by industrial chemicals. Two of the nation's largest corporations, each with a plant near the wells, stood accused. Against his better judgment, the lawyer found himself drawn into the case. In this book, you'll meet the Harvard Law professor who told the lawyer that this case was worth a billion dollars, that it was the sort of lawsuit that would ring the alarm in corporate boardrooms across America. And you'll meet his adversaries, foremost among them a crafty old trial lawyer, chairman of the litigation department at one of the biggest and most feared law firms in Boston. The case turned into an epic struggle that took nine years of the lawyer's life. At the heart of the legal system, he was confronted by powerful and well-connected interests who would do anything to win. In the end, the struggle nearly cost the lawyer his sanity. He sacrificed everything - home, friends, and reputation - not for money, but for what he believed to be the truth.

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Randall Short
This book "chronicles a lawsuit brought in 1986 by eight families in Woburn, Massachusetts, against Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace. The plaintiffs charged that toxic waste on properties owned by the giant corporations had infiltrated town drinking water and caused an outbreak of leukemia.
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Gilbert Taylor
Eyeing readers who flock to fictionalized courtroom drama, Harr bets that dramatized nonfiction can compete for their attention. The case he selected, the standard cancer-caused-by-chemicals charge, is less about the validity of the suit than about the snarling courtroom combat between lawyers. While he spoke with both sides, he spoke most with the plaintiffs' maniacally energetic lawyer, Jan Schlichtmann, who took on the case of families who blamed their leukemia tragedies on city water polluted by two deep pockets, W. R. Grace and the Beatrice Corp., whose experienced trial attorneys usually appear in the narrative whenever Schlichtmann meets them while handling the business of the trial. Schlichtmann is definitely, and defiantly, a high-wire act, as he rejects offer after offer even as his creditors crowd closer to his accountant. Drawn as vividly as a character in a mystery novel, Harr's hero walks the precipice of bankruptcy, pushed toward the edge and pulled back by a carnival of forces, not the least his own ambition and brashness. Entertaining insight to litigation that any law-minded reader will follow from first filing to last appeal.
Randall Short
This book "chronicles a lawsuit brought in 1986 by eight families in Woburn, Massachusetts, against Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace. The plaintiffs charged that toxic waste on properties owned by the giant corporations had infiltrated town drinking water and caused an outbreak of leukemia." -- Time Magazine

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
.. not its beginning and hopefully not its end! This book focuses on a specific point in local history but excludes the economic friction caused by NASA's interest in Woburn, the finding of a 'mystery object' abandoned in a north Woburn garage( which happened to be highly radioactive)and does not discuss the impact on others unknown to the public but whose very lives in some cases have been altered for the worst because of it. One individual worked for Grace and was quickly fired when this book came out. The individual had written their own autobiographical account in which early years in Woburn were included, describing his own struggles as a crippled,sick child confined to a hospital bed for two years with no family history and no diagnosis on entering or leaving the hospital.Only AFTER this was a diagnosis rendered. The boy was treated at most of the hospitals listed herein when the very earliest kids were treated and lived in precisely the neighborhoods where the polluted wells were and whose mother may have been involved in a 1960s citizen's lawsuit sponsored by Michael Gatta to reveal the Woburn water controversy. While at Grace the man was involved with a software development program to help companies manage and control their chemicals. Following his sudden termination with Grace,the man appeared to become the target for a major campaign to discredit him and to make him unemployable.Around this time Omnitech International, a mysterious entity, was testing a new database for tracking in the construction and medical fields- both fields in which this person was employed and employed at those 2 companies which were also clients of Omnitech- a 'litigation preparation service' an audit trail of the individual might reveal linkage between that individual's circumstances and software implementations at successive employers linked all to him. The man,concerned about the complexity and tensions surrounding Woburn of the 1960s, wrote a letter to President Clinton suggesting a solution and to clarify some of its history.The letter was forwarded to the EPA for consideration,as Woburn is a Superfund site.This same man also took steps to stop a small branch office of a company renting space in the industrial park created over the polluted area from disposing semiconductor industry chemical waste in the backlot prior to any Hazard Communications law. For stopping this, the man was forced to resign.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Considering that the EPA was established by a Republican President(Nixon) and WR Grace was prominent under Ronald Reagan(Grace Commission)and a staunch supporter of the Republican party(Bentsen,etc.)and Grace invested heavily in insurance and whose primary investor was TIAA-CREF-- would such a company be disposed to destroying the environment and if so, who could stop it? Add to the mix that that former NSA and CIA officials and a leading investment guru were on the board at the time this book came out attacking Grace and Beatrice in particular one might wonder if this book is an attempt to bring closure to a culpability which cannot truly be determined. Perhaps the most crucial question which has been avoided is: who knew the water was unsafe,when did they know it, and should it have been quarantined much earlier than it was? An oversight which might escape cursory examination of this case is that perceptual motor functions across multigenerational lines was noted in the local population. One might wonder why the Slichter Act(incorporated into collective bargaining laws as an outgrowth of union-busting activities by the Bonannos in the 1940s during a railroad strike which endangered the public safety the Bonannos were actually acting to protect, not harm the public)was not instituted to protect the area.And did the excitement over NASA coming to the area spark a local economic civil war between space and military base job advocates,with the Boston Navy Yard jobholders feeling threatened by possible job loss while new jobs they may have felt unqualified for were created by the NASA opportunity?
Officer More than 1 year ago
Jan Schlictmann was given thousands of pages of court documents from the Woburn court when individuals involved could not even get them- why? In 1994 Kenneth Grant, a current Home Depot employee and former safety & environemtal worker for Grace's construction division wrote a book manuscript and movie script at the behest of Marty Bauer and the United Talent Agency about his experiences as an unwanted child in 3 state child care systems and lectured about this as a guest speaker for Professor John Calicchia of Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. Grant wanted to enlighten others about what it is like in deep recounting of life as a crippled, abused and neglected child orphaned at birth. When Harr's book came out, Grant was quickly fired from Grace and abandoned by individuals who had befriended him as a child in state care and whom he loved. Grant was ab used in nearly every way following Harr's book and the writing of his own-perhaps because Grant was one of the children with leukemia living in the same neighborhoods and being treated at the same hospitals as the kids mentioned herein. Attempts over years have also been made to discredit him in the face of his suppressed manuscript involving allegedly even a key campaign manager for Obama in the last election. Who has covered up what in this case and why make a child pa for it for the rest of their life?
MedmanSS More than 1 year ago
In the 1960s, a boy was born and shuffled among 4 states with an unknown family history. The boy eventually settled in Massachusetts, living in Woburn for years-- in all the neighborhoods affected by water pollution. He was treated at the same hospitals as the children mentioned in this book and it is said a tracking chip was implanted by Tufts medical staff in the 1970s under pretense of a cavity-- the only one of its kind the boy ever had. The boy was befriended by 2 former public works employees from Woburn. In the early 1970s the boy was befriended then put under the oversight of a former Pentagon official who arranged his social security number and who may have been a founding member of a fledgling Defense Investigative Service. After 1980, another man bearing the same name as the boy appeared across Woburn on Locust Ave and apparently began creating a trail of false pretense to follow the young man for the rest of his life, creating a fictitious double which would create many problems for the boy later on. An individual from Revere Rd in Woburn befriended him., having an older brother who had died from leukemia and who later kept badgering the boy about " all the money he had" when the boy was destitute. That same individual appeared later badgering the man and proclaiming ties to secret service business clients. In 1992, the now young man was befriended by a man alleging Italian-Irish descent and another individual clkosely defensive of WR Grace. In 1993, an individual claiming to be a federal government employee warned the man that he was going to be put under surveillance for unspecified scope and duration .In 1995, Harr published this book and the man's medical records began disappearing. As a boy, the man had 'aseptic necrosis of the femoral head' ,"progressive pigmented purpura", "rare uric acid" ,a "patten bottom brace" and more all associated with leukemia and the book. The boy had appeared in Woburn court as a boy in the 1960s-1970 under Judge Cullen, who may be tied by family to Dennis Condon in the Whitey Bulger case.Grace abruptly let him go and a number of suspicious individuals with alleged ties to federal government began inserting into his life many with ties to a former employee of Governor Paul Cellucci's campaign manager. Tweleve years after that employee cut off contact from the man, he was still tracking the man's whereabouts. The man became unemployable, homeless,destitute and bankrupt and forced to flee to New Hampshire.His phones in Massachusetts were tapped and monitored, car tampered with,friends and loved ones abandoned him and put under close surveillance by suited men as well as plainclothes. His brother, a biker, was unaffected. The man was befriended by an alleged call girl who was inserted into his life to ascertain what he knew about Woburn and this case. It was speculated that the call girl was ordered to arrange his murder if necessary. Massive efforts to create a veneer of instability of every kind were underway. In New Hampshire, the man was steered to rental situations where the landlords: a) rarely if ever left the home unattended while he was there,b) maintained 24/7 internet activities, 3) maintained 24/7 video/audio surveillance, and 4)engaged in activities designed to create stress for the man, such as stealing food, going into his personal space,etc. It appeared a long term psyche warfare strategy was being employed. The man was steered towards e
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does the Bulger case have linkage to events described in Jonathan Harr's 'A Civil Action'? What would the government do if Whitey Bulger or any of the other informants had children? Consider this: In 1995 Whitey Bulger disappeared AND Harr's book was released. Harr's book describes companies involved in litigation over a water pollution tragedy in Woburn. One of these companies was WR Grace. Grace has a history of Republican sponsorship, with the Grace Commission under Reagan. Walt Disney supported Richard Nixon. Disney received early funding from Giannini corp. which had ties to Middlesex county. Current President Bush is the son of Bush sr. with ties to both Reagan and Nixon. Grace invested in insurance per corporate report and had a major shareholder in the world's largest private pension fund. Grace had an enormous environmental insurance policy. Under Nixon EPA was established. Governor Cellucci (R) , now Ambassador Cellucci, has longtime support for President Bush and Cellucci has been listed as an associate of Teamsters Local 25 George Cashman, heavily involved in movie action and a Woburn resident. Former Governor Bill Weld, a Republican backed by insurance interests and with ties to the Kennedys and Bill Clinton paved the way for Paul Cellucci. The Bushes hail from Texas and Maine. On the Board of Grace were : Peter Lynch(Fidelity Investments), Zbignew Brezinski (NSA), Al Fiers (CIA). Joe Malone (R)did not support Whitey, was destroyed in the last gubernatorial election, and was backed by Fidelity and clothier tycoon Sam Cammarata. Cellucci was backed by Fleet Bank. Disney produced the movie, Robert Redford- a vigorous environmentalist- directed the film. John Travolta ,of Maine, starred in the film having gotten his beginnings in the pop tv series 'Welcome Back Kotter'- whose pilot was approved by Michael Eisner. Michael Eisner is head of Disney. Tip O'Neill (D) ,deceased former Speaker of the House, was an advocate for Wr Grace in Cambridge,Mass and of Mayor Daley of Chicago.William Bulger, Whitey's brother, was one of the most powerful men in Massachusetts but Whitey was protective in not tarnishing his brother's reputation. Whitey has been painted as anti-Kennedy but not confirmed. Knocko McCormack, former Senator John McCormack's (R) brother, is remembered fondly by both William Bulger and Tip O'Neill. Whitey has been said to have received support under Governor Mike Dukakis, and from Governor Cellucci (R),Tom Reilly(D), Scott Harshbarger (D), with Tom Birmingham (D) a family friend. Senator McCormack is said to have spoken well of Whitey and felt he was not given a fair shake. FBI agents in the Bulger case have numerous links to Middlesex County. Limone,Salemme and others also have ties to Middlesex County. Judge Wolf and current FBI Director Mueller both worked under Bill Weld (R). Barry Mawn from Woburn was brought in as SAC in the FBI office in Boston, later transferring to NY, where James Kallstrom from Massachusetts stepped down. Woburn was represented by F. Bradford Morse, a favored target of the John Birch Society, also in Massachusetts. The Woburn water case signs began in the 1960s as did the Mclean-Mclaughlin wars. Police and fire records have been destroyed for Woburn for that time and the city budget was closed to auditors. In Woburn were two groups: 1) NASA, and 2) Boston Navy Yard. The heads of each lobby group both lived in Woburn. Tip O'Neill supported the navy yard. Middlesex county was home to 10% of the 3000 navy yard employees and NASA would bring in 2-3000 new jobs with a $50-60 million new site. JFK actively supported space, and NASA specifically, while in Washington D.C. the states of Michigan,Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut vigorously fought for the NASA site in their states.LBJ later got the site in Texas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A man who lived in Woburn during the earliest leukemia cases and worked for Grace when this book was about to be released became the target of much harassment following a newspaper story featuring his search for his unknown father. The boy had been bounced around in state child care and had a family history that had been kept from him which no one, even at the highest state levels, could approve for release to him.What state records that did become accessible revealed was heavy redaction and sanitation. Prior to Harr's book, the man had written an autobiographical account also made into a movie script in which his life as a sick youngster in the area was mentioned. The man lived in the same areas the children affected at the same time period, was treated at the same hospitals, wore a patten bottom brace and had been diagnosed with 'aseptic necrosis of the femoral head'. When the man went for a paternity test with the alleged father, minimal residual leukemia cells may have been detected after PCR techniques had been used. There has been some speculation that this sick boy was also linked in some way to a principal in the Whitey Bulger case. A facilitor of the script with possible ties to both former Governor Cellucci and former Agent John Connelly unknown to the man forwarded the script and then its odyssey is tenuous at best.Was this man tied to the Bulger case in some way and did the FBI overtly,covertly, or individuals with ties to it regionally act to suppress the works?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book focuses on a narrow slice of the history of the problem in Woburn. The introduction of this book also destroyed lives of which the general public is unfamiliar. One such life is Ken Grant, a former Grace employee charged with protecting the general public in the aftermath of Grace's controversial environmental history. Grant worked as a safety & environmental professional who had worked for a couple of divisions of Grace. Grant was an active volunteer in many charities in Massachusetts and grew up as anunwanted youngster in state child care. As a young child Grant was crippled,abandoned and abused. Grant lived in Woburn a number of years and in most all the neighborhoods where the earliest cases of leukemia arose, was treated at the same hospitals as those children and also appeared in court. When this book came out, his medical records suddenly became unavailable, he was rousted from Grace and unable to get good references from Grace despite years of solid service. A long strong of strange events unfolded in which he began to research his hidden past and he was eventually driven into long term unemployment,bankruptcy and homelessness because no one would hire him in Massachusetts. All of this unfolded in the face of the fact that Grant was too young when the leukemia epidemic arose to know what was going on and was shuffled around so often as to keep his equilibrium off balance.As a child Grant was hospitalized long term and shuffled about.As an adult Grant was prevented from finding viable career stability. Amongst all this, no one involved with the book or movie spoke with him.
AvidSmoker More than 1 year ago
Prior to the emergence of leukemia in Woburn, the water was extremely good. Was Woburn the site of an economic civil war started in Masaachusetts between the military (Boston and Portsmouth navy yards) and the newly ascendant space program? A military officer testified before congress that 20% of the back pressure relief valves were installed prior to Thresher's first test voyage in which 109 or so military and civilian personnel were sent to their deaths. A small group of unidentified workmen(reminiscent of the well-groomed 'hobos' in the roundup immediately following the shooting of JFK). Did these workmen deliberately install the valves backwards (valves sold to the government by Carl Roessler of Trans-Sonic and chairman of the "Save our Shipyard" committee ) to make Portsmouth look bad and save the Boston Navy yard from McNamara's cutting block? Did a space object of terrstrial or extra-terrestrail origin crash land in the undeveloped woods of 1960s Woburn prompting JFK's focus and approval on Woburn as the site for what would later become the Houston Space Center AND Draper labs( the one site split into 2 entities)? Why was the Schlicter Act, implemented after union-busting by the Bonannos in a railroad strike which jeopardized public safety and triggered a need to prevent union tactics which risk the safety to the public not brought in to prevent the contamination-- or was the contamination a diversionary tactic to a much bigger event? Why did hospital records at Tufts and other begin disappearing around the time this book came out? Why would the Woburn Court releaze thousans of pages of court records while a gag order was emplaced to a private attorney? Why was Schlictmann affiliated with Tom Kiley and therefore William and Whitey Bulger?
lousvilleslugger More than 1 year ago
Is there a link between WR Grace, the Republican party, the Whitey Bulger case, economic civil war in New England with spillover to the country as a whole and as a result the assassination of JFK and the sinking of the U.S.S. Thresher ? Did something crash in the woods of north Woburn prompting an intense interest by NASA in Woburn? Did economic civil war break out involving one side for NASA and the other for the military in the form of the Save our Shipyard committee,all with links back to the administration of Mayor Gilgun and his son who was at Dealey Plaza the day JFK was shot and worked at the army recruiting station there? Was the Thresher sunk by saboteurs transferred up from the Boston Navy Yard hoping to have Portsmouth closed instead of Boston? In the middle of all this, was there a boy who may be the oldest surviving bone marrow transplant recipient and who was positioned into WR Grace near the time this case was to be broken in the media? A boy whose records were manipulated or deleted to hide him and conceal the coverup? Was this boy then maneuvered into working for companies only with ties back to Wr Grace? One such company is Home Depot, and the man has been surrounded by individuals ssuspected of using cover names and code names with the purpose of monitoring him and harassing as needed to control others who know the truth? Why was the man monitored by individuals with ties to Wellington Management Corp and the firm of Kennedy,Lehane and Leonard both of Boston,Mass? Who was Evelyn Bell and what was her tie to an associate of Governor Paul Cellucci's campaign manager and why was unclaimed property denied the man under Treasurer Joe Malone? Did Carl Roessler sell the flow management devices installed backwards in the U.S.S. Thresher through his company Trans-Sonic, a government contractor?
NRAman More than 1 year ago
In the mid 1960sw Steve Flemmi signed on to the Top Echelon program ,the time a boy was born and came to live in Woburn,Massachusetts in the arwas of water pollution..In 1973, a young boy was befriended by a former worker for the Pentagon and issued a social security number. In 1974 the boy was introduced to a couple with ties to Rocco Solimeno and to the employer of Spec. Agent John Connelly of the FBI through employment of a family member. The couple also had ties to future Governor Paul Cellucci's campaign manager. In 1975 Whitey Bulger signed on to the Top Echelon program. The boy was shuffled around in state child care and records censored. In 1988 the boy went to work for WR Grace unaware of their background. During employ at Grace, the then man was approached by alleged government officials and told they were to be monitored for unspecified duration,scope, or reason. In addition, Adrienne McGowan of Grace threatened the man to take a certain job or be 'dead in the wate' as far as their career went. In 1992, the man was befriended by a man professing italian/irish background and who turned against him in 1995, when Grace suddenly let the man go.In 1995 , nearly all individuals who had befriended the man became his enemy without explanation. Medical records began disappearing, young girls were employed to set him up, phones were tapped and redirected to listening posts, and his apartment used as a base for government officials to operate some kind of campaign. the man was put under surveillance and maneuvered into certain jobs and rental situations by which he would be constantly monitored by unfriendly overseers pretending benevolence. Car tampering and even accidents were staged by individuals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with local police cooperation. High level political backers became involved also, including Obama's campaign manager in New Hampshire and an East Boston,Massachusetts family pretending to have an internet business that doesn't add up in New Hampshire.A congressional committee with real authority should be set up to investigate what agencies have been involved the total destruction of the boy and man.
Justateacher More than 1 year ago
Something in the 1960s, specifically the year a man named Ken Grant was born, caused a massive federal surge of interest by NASA, Dept of Health & Human Services, FDA and more in Woburn, which was the site of abandoned, radioactive machined part discovered in a garage in North Woburn. Grant wrote a memoir intended to be written in 2 parts which was immediately quashed in favor of David Pelzer's books to be published. Following copyright of his book and movie script solicited by Marty Bauer of United Talent Agency, a long term campaign of personal destruction began against the man in part because he was recounting memories of being a crippled,sick child in Woburn during the time of the environmental tragedy written about in this book. Robert Redford, Jan Schlictmann both blew him off when he tried to write or call them. The man wasalso befriended by a succession of women who appeared to act as spies for a third party, one of whom is connected to President Obama and one with long ties to the publishing industry through this bookseller. Was Grant blackballed for remembering things as a very young child that threatened powerful people in New England? Every attempt has been made to destroy his credibility, self-esteem, stability and health as fallout for a book manuscript not yet published and in which the names of people and places was altered to protect their privacy? Grant was suspiciously fired from a very upward mobile position at WR Grace where he worked diligently to improve the company's track record for environmental and safety responsibility. The public should know what has happened to him and perhaps others unknown that have some tie to the events prior to and leading up to this book, which is well-written but leaves major ommissions of pertinent local,state and national history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing missing in this book is the history immediately prior to the beginning onset of leukemia cases. One man referred to in previous reviews may be a key in this tragedy. Here are the coincidences: 1) The boy lived in the same neighborhoods and streets as the polluted wells. 2) The boy was seen multiple times in nearly every hospital that saw the leukemia victims mentioned in the book. 3) The boy was the same age +\- 1-2 years as the first children diagnosed with leukemia symptoms. 4) The boy was involved in local court proceedings whose public record was denied him 25 years later without reason and which court served as a documentary reference for this book and Schlictmann's battle. 5)The boy was treated out of state in excess of 2 years without visitors and given a biopsy and tests that can be used to determine leukemia without explanation.The results of at least one test clearly indicating leukemia. 6) As a teen the boy began exhibiting some symptoms of a condition associated with leukemia and other things but a biopsy was refused by the legal guardian and the excuse given was Schaumberg's disease as the doctor took photos for a class. Later a specialist ruled this diagnosis out. 7) As a man the man had a paternity test done to determine if a man was his father or not. The test ruled that man out and experts asserted the only way to skew such a test would be a bone marrow transplant in which the graft would be done in such a way as to appear as a biopsy,which the child had done.Such transplants were rare but done and might have been done as a government experiment into viable leukemia treatments. Following the negative test results, it was later revealed PCR(Polymerase Chain Reaction) was probably used to exclude the alleged parent.1-2 years after the test, a large article about using PCR to determine leukemia patients by ascertaining minimal residual leukemia cells was published. 8) The man had a landlord who was well known to one of the principles in the investigation of the water pollution in Woburn unknown to him prior this book. 9)Many of the earliest victims were treated by the Dept. of Welfare,of which this child's mother received longtime benefits. 10)The boy was shuffled around among many families in the Woburn area at the time the earliest cases emerged. 11) Prior to, and after, this book came out the man was called for numerous interviews where the interviewer(s) made reference to Grace and taking an anti-Grace stand and to the generalities of this case.This apppeared to be a ploy to glean information from the man, as none of the interviews resulted in a job offer and the parties became difficult if not impossible to reach.Were the interviewers investigators? There has been some documentary evidence of lawyers and investigative firms being used to conduct mock job interviews as a way of garnering damaging information on the other party.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jan Schlictmann has paid a personal and professional price in this case as has Ken Grant, a former safety/environmental man for Grace Co. Since this book came out, Grant has been blackballed from employment in Massachusetts and eventually forced into bankruptcy and homelessness. Grant was orphaned and raised in state care and later became active in many volunteer organizations in Massachusetts. When this book came out he was fired and later driven from Massachusetts through circumstance and hostile forces.Perhaps Grant and Schlictmann should meet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Was money stolen to supplement the Woburn city budget to hide the full extent of the cancer epidemic? There has been a game of musical imposters in Middlesex County involving a man who was an employee of a defense contractor bought out by Grace Corp. in Woburn and who later became an employee of Grace in Cambridge, Mass. Unknown to the man, he is said to have been a victim of the water pollution and several individuals have been masquerading as him in Woburn, Burlington, Wakefield, and Reading. While at the Grace defense plant in Woburn, the man was briefed on a government project and it appears he is the project, being set up patsy style like Lee Harvey Oswald or Steve Flemmi. Lee Harvey Oswald's postal records were manipulated according to Livingstone and so has this man's. Most recently the man is listed as living in Burlington when he lives a good distance from there. Was an inheritance stolen from this man as a child and all his life the boy and man set up as a future patsy? A Vice president of Grace is said to be related to former Norfolk DA Jeffrey Locke now Commissioner of the state child care agency, DSS, where this child was raised. A child raised by DSS later works for Grace and then an appointee of Governor Cellucci, a Whitey Bulger supporter, then heads up the agency where records on this child are kept.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Phaedon Papadopoulos English-I Smith-2nd Jan. 9, 2000 Book Review- A Civil Action The quest for justice in an unjust land by the means of an imperfect system with significant immoral resistance is not exactly a new dilemma; especially in America. However, Jonathan Harr has taken this common theme and a true story and has written an original masterpiece. The civil trial of the century begins when the young, ambitious, and inexperienced attorney, Jan Schlictmann, and his associates take a contaminated water case with six dead children as the victims and two multi-billion dollar corporations as the defendants. The book is set in Massachusetts in the metropolitan city of Boston and the little town of Woburn. In Woburn, a dozen cases of a rare Leukemia pop up killing six children whose parents have been searching for answers and for retribution. Suspicion arises that the town¿s water supply has been contaminated by the two factories, Beatrice and W. R. Grace. With the hope of glory and gold, Schlictmann accepts the case. Determined to stop Schlictmann from bleeding the companies dry is the lawyer William Cheeseman and the brilliant yet conniving attorney and Harvard professor, Jerry Facher. No doubt the trial is spectacular. Through the years of investigation, discovery of corruption and cover-up and courtroom drama, one discovers the character¿s humanity, or the lack there of. The end of the book is unexpected yet remarkably realistic. The book was excellently written, and not only were the plot and courtroom scenes great, but an even more fascinating aspect of the book was the slow unraveling and changing of the character¿s true personality. The change of Jan Schlictmann¿s character was especially wonderful. In the beginning, Schlictmann is a stereotypical money craved, morally compromised lawyer; much like Cheeseman. Through the book, Schlictmann has an attack of conscience and is determined to get not money, but for the first time in his life, justice. He turns down settlements, despite the wishes of his associates, in a naive optimistic attempt to win the trial. The much wiser Facher, recognizes Schlictmann¿s decency and ignorance and offers him a generous settlement even after things begin to turn against Schlictmann in the trail. The book paints an excellent picture of the American legal system, gives a great courtroom drama, presents the character¿s true person, and is an over all excellent novel worth reading twice.
Formercoworker More than 1 year ago
In 1995, Ken Grant was a safety & environmental specialist for Wr Grace who was suddenly let go despite performing excellently according to his superiors. Prior to this a newspaper article had appeared about his long search to find out who his father is. Jonathan Harr's book came out shortly after and Woburn court records were passed along to attorney Jan Schlictmann,featured in the case. Grant's medical records began disappearing from hospitals he had been treated in as a child and there is some evidence to indicate Grant was a child from a poor background enrolled in a government study of bone marrow transplants as a viable method for treating leukemia. Grant grew up as an abandoned youngster in NY, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. When Grant was suspiciously let go from Grace,,people he loved rejected him and work references at WR Grace and Hewlett Packard and Tad and Adecco began blackballing him while at the same time he was called for pretense job interviews aimed at crushing hopes of acquiring decent jobs at Raytheon, Cognos,Kronos,Cerulean,Videoserver, and many many temporary agencies. In these interviews he was goaded into expressing his knowledge and views of the Woburn pollution case. Some interviews involved interviewers with government logo furnishings throughout the office.In addition Grant was besieged with character assassination of all sorts and his situation monitored financially to assure that he never had personal stability. Grant became bankrupt and homeless and was turned away by the offices of John Kerry, Marty Meehan, Mitt Romney,Governor Mike Dukakis,,Jeanne Shaheen,Judd Gregg and many more. Only Congressman Joe Moakley offered help but died before being able to.Attorneys heard his case and refused to help,including one with ties to the same town Jan Schlictmann worked in and to Derry,NH where that same attorney 11-12 years later met with him undcer pretense.Jan Schlictmann worked for Tom Kiley who had ties to William Bulger,Whitey Bulger's brother. Grant was forced when homeless to move to New Hampshire because he had been so blackballed by individuals in Massachusetts with strong ties to New Hampshire. It has been suggested that after Whitey Bulger fled prosecution and Jonathan Harr's book came out,powerful people in Masschusetts wanted him dead or suffering-- because of a background unknown to him.. Grant was followed, reported on, and this continues today by individuals with strong ties to both political parties up to and including President Obama.What kind of person was Grant before all this? An orphan who put himself through college over a 20 year period, volunteered for over 15 years and gave as he could to numerous causes.In addition he wrote a book manuscript that was to be in 2 parts but was persecuted because he wanted to reveal the good and bad things about growing up as an unwanted child in America.Why would an individual who simply wanted to know who he is be so destroyed in America?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the whole planet is polluted and NASA, the consultant for the 'Lost in Space' tv series knew it and tried to gently acclimate the public to this fact? Woburn is a case of extreme government coverup as well as private coverup. It seems some individuals have been tagged as children(perhaps tracked by social sceurity number by the federal government)that were involved or affected by this case in the 1960s and destroyed in character or reputation as sacrificial victims to save the egos of those involved with or in the know about the pollution coverup and its extent to the public in Woburn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About a year or so after this case blew wide open, a person i'll call ' Sean', had some experiences they feel may have been linked to this case. Sean worked for a controversial company, 'BigCorp.' (pseudonym) in Massachusetts discussed in this book. Almost immediately Sean was approached by an employee alleging strong ties to the Big Dig project. Sean was suddenly fired after some mention within BigCorp.of a contract entered into with alleged organized crime between a former employee and BigCorp.but made to look like Sean had made the deal. Some employees expressed concerns about missing invoices and confusing accounting practices and when Sean was asked to look into the matter,managers came forward in a threatening or hostile manner. Sean was soon part of a 'layoff' -later it was revealed it was a layoff of one. Sean looked for help for a medical problem and soon learned Sean had been referred to a doctor who it turned out was a forensic psychiatrist and this doctor was not addressing the medical problem Sean had raised. This doctor immediately conferred with Sean's primary care doctor and Sean became suspicious something was going on. The health insurance plan was covered by BigCorp. One day a meeting was called for Sean to meet with 2 plan doctors. Suspicious because this came in the midst of harassing phone calls and a wide array of other troubling events, Sean did not go. A few weeks later Sean received a letter from the primary care doctor, a man in his 30s, asserting that the doctor was 'resigning from the field of medicine'. Two years later the forensic psychiatrist dropped dead barely into middle age from unknown causes. An old acquaintance of Sean's, 'Bill' who alleged strong ties to both the Justice Department and the Massachusetts state police and former Governor Bill Weld ,suddenly began acting defensive and claimed to know the forensic psychiatrist. A couple years later Bill died from undisclosed causes barely into middle age. Sean had known 3-4 individuals known to each other who had all died barely in middle age in nearly the same time period. Bill had known former employees of BigCorp. in this book. BigCorp. management alleged ties to Bill Weld but this was not confirmed. Over the ensuing years, Sean was called a number of times for interviews with small companies who during the interviews announced they were entering into a business relationship with BigCorp. In at least one case Sean is said to have interviewed at a small company manned by '10-20 employees' with the owner from Canada and one of the interviewers being a former BigCorp. employee using an alias. As Sean repeatedly failed to get employment for even the most mundane jobs, it soon became apparent that sean was being made to look after approaching 30 years of work history as if he suddenly lacked job hunting ,resume prep, or interviewing skills. It also appeared that Sean's mental health was called into question, particularly with respect to BigCorp. Sean was approached by a man hailing from Connecticut and sharing the name of a secret service agent, who had an intense interest in Sean's personal associations after writing a letter concerning this case to President Bill Clinton which among mention of local history surrounding the region also detailed a practical means of addressing complex environmental litigation like this in the future.
Retired98 More than 1 year ago
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
High-Finance More than 1 year ago
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
Slamdunk More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Golfaddict50 More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?