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Master of the House

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Fandango’s FOWC is track, the Word of the Day Challenge is portable, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are father, crossword, wafer , and Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge phrase is “Master of the House”

WARNING ** WARNING ** WARNING **  Some readers may find this story disturbing or offensive.

Ulysses Danger is a bestselling author, whose Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, “Master of the House,” made his name a household word. Ulysses Danger had gone undercover at the Wunn Correctional Center for six long years and had interviewed hundreds of prisoners in order to write his expose’. Under the guise of developing a literacy program through using crossword puzzles, Ulysses had a portable box with steno pads he could use to transcribe interviews. Nobody thought twice about the leather-bound box he kept stored in the prison library on the shelf. Keeping track of names, dates, etc. there was every piece of data he needed.

What Ulysses learned in his research was that the Warden of Wunn was a monster who had been preying on young prisoners he found attractive for the past 27 years. What was perhaps the most horrific aspect of his discovery was that the religious figures stationed at the prison were complicit in the abuse. During the ritual of eating the wafer at services, these religious leaders, knowing “the type” the warden liked, were able to identify likely candidates and let the warden know. In return, the warden turned a blind eye when these same religious leaders chose their own young male victims from the prison population to abuse.

What had gotten Ulysses Danger’s attention focused on Wunn in the first place was a study that showed Wunn had the highest suicide rate of any correctional facility in the state, year after year. He knew he needed to find out why.

As the newly elected governor and attorney general of the State of Lusitania had declared their dedication to cleaning up institutionalized abuse and neglect, each of the conspirators and perpetrators were charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced to multiple life sentences, to be served consecutively, with no possibility of parole. Because of the risk of great bodily harm or death to each of these individuals if they were placed into the general population, each had to serve their sentences in solitary confinement.

The icing on the cake was that the victims filed a class action lawsuit on all of the involved parties. The ruling in each case resulted in the churches of the involved parties being ordered to pay millions upon millions.  Also, instead of monetary damages, the attorneys instead asked the governor for clemency for the still-incarcerated victims.  All except the murderer and rapist victims were released with credit for time served, and every victim identified was given unlimited therapy.

 

 

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