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RICHARD

W. RILEY

J. PRESTON

S";';:IOM

Governor

Chiel

PO 80.21396 Cotvrntna. 5 C 29::::

June l~, 198.J

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Chief

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SLED CASE

TO:

J. P. Strom
S. Helmly

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S8.J-8tl6

FRor'l: RE:

S/A Steve

Robert King Olin Klng RIchard DavIs


11, 26,

PLACE:

Collaton

County

CHARACTER:

61

On May 27, 1984, Dancer, Coileton escaped County.

t~o (2) young

Juveniles

named,

Brady Boys'

Cardner Home

and Boyce in

from the confines

of the Ne~ Bethany

located

An APB was sent out for the location up Monda~ around on 1-9S.

of these mid-day Gardner

two juveniles.

These t~o (2) young men ~ere picked Hi9h~ay brought Patrol Trooper Smutz County

by South Carolina and D6ncer were gave Boys'

for Hitchhiking SherIff's

to the Colleton

OfflC~ and freely

and voluntarily

thIS agent reports Home.

of some of the activIties intervlews are included 8aggle

going on at the New Bethany ~lth this report. and Detective Alton Searson

A copy of these This agent,

along WIth Lt. Steve Murdaugh's office

went to that we this

SoliCItor

Randolph

a~d informed and Dancer.

him of the informatIon Solicitor r1urdaugh advised Warrants

had received

from subjects

Gardner

agent and the deputies us that he wanted

to obtain

Search

Warrants

and Arrest

and informed

to participate

in the service

of these warrants

on the morning

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586-846

The Solicitor S/A Freeman,

and his assistants,

the Col)~ton County Sheriff's

Office,

S/A Canady, and this agent, met at the sheriff's We compiled and organized

office at approxia plan to execute

mately 6:00 a.m. on May 30, 1986. the Search Warrants

and the Arrest Warrants


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on the school and the school officials.

This agent had information

that,a young man by the name of Mike Hogan had


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been severely beaten with a piece of PVC pipe and should stlll have bruises and marks on his buttocks. Upon arriving at the school, the Colleton County Sheriff's Office executed

the Search IJarrantand arrested charged the:n Vii th "Unlawful They were transported

Robert King, Olin KJng and Richard Davis, and Section 20-7-S0.

Neglect of a Child by a Legal Custodian",

to the Colleton County Jail. of the Ne~ Bethani Boys' Home continued,

The search of the grounds and buildings and discovered numerous

pieces of PVC pipe; a 25-30 feet in length piece of nylon twelve

rope with approximately

(12) dog clips attached to the rope; and a 4' x 6'

cell with a steel door and padlock. The nylon rope with the dog clips ~as explained students as being the "chain gang". to this agent by one of the he

~Jhen a student at this school misbehaves,

is punished by assigning

them to the ~chain gang" and they are clipped them to theIr belt loops.

to this rope remain classes.

by taking the dog clips and attaching

The ~tudents

attached

to this rope the entire day; exercising!

eating meals, and attending

Upon arrival

to the school on the morning of May 30, 1984, ~e found Randy Miller ~iller had no mattress or pillow with

In the jail cell ~ith a padlock on the door. ~hich to sleep.

The only thing he had in the cell with him was a blanket. function upon arriving at the school was to locate Mike

This agent's primary Hogan.

When this agent met with Mike Hogan, this agent asked Hogan if he would

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voluntarily.

in the presence nere laken.

of others,

sho~ his buttocks

and thighs.

Hogan did

so and pictures

Under the' direction chargIng

of Solicitor

Murdaugh.

additional

~arrants

nere obtained, and Conspiracy. The

Robert King, OlIn KIng and RIchard pictures were taken ~~.Brian
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Davis with Kidnapping

Also, additional Solicitor

Eden and Chuck Faber (Fadre?).

requested

that this agent take these two, Eden and Faber, along ~ith On May 30, 1984, all three

Mike Hogan to Dr. Walter Haynes ~nd have them examined. subjects were examined.

Included

in this repcr~ is copies of the Arrest Warrants, drawn up by Solicitor Murdaugh for Release

Jail Record Logs, Juvenile

and an Agreement Witness

of Material

to Parent or Guardian.

All potentia!

Juvenile ~itnesses

of this case have

been released

to th~lr parent or guardian


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and en Agreement

~as signed. term of court in

This case is Colleton County.

awa i t inq court action

in the September

Respectfully

submitted,

Steve S. Helmly, Special Agent South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

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Enclosures