Camp Russell - a dark secret kept hidden?

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Apr 16, 2010
 
dirty little secrets wrote:
How do we know that others have not made similar allegations in the past only to be pressured or discouraged by officials not to pursue it further? How do we know there isn't a big file on this that will never see the light of day? All over the news right now are questions of what the goddamn pope knew and when he knew it. And you know it really doesn't look good for him. And his statement that mistakes were made just isn't good enough.It seems that even a cover-up involving the pope is possible.
How do we know there are not secret files? Can we really trust the police to tell the truth?
Old School

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Apr 16, 2010
 

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Camp Russell was a great experience for thousands of kids(well off or poor). As an overnight camp with 2 week sessions it was loved by boys of all ages. Fred Fahey and Jim Mooney were much respected. For lame ass people like (the truth)who choose disparaging remarks i assume you had a very unhappy childhood and camp marion white was more your speed.

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Apr 17, 2010
 

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Old School wrote:
Camp Russell was a great experience for thousands of kids(well off or poor). As an overnight camp with 2 week sessions it was loved by boys of all ages. Fred Fahey and Jim Mooney were much respected. For lame **** people like (the truth)who choose disparaging remarks i assume you had a very unhappy childhood and camp marion white was more your speed.
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phyuck you,you know nothing,what are you a diddler? this is the truth.
Old School

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Apr 17, 2010
 

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the truth wrote:
<quoted text>phyuck you,you know nothing,what are you a diddler? this is the truth.
I am far from a diddler moron. Were you one of those kids who couldn't last 2 weeks away from his mommy or you probably were a bed wetter you little fem ass. Put your name to the lies you put out there about jim mooney. I know alot of people who would personally discuss this with you and straighten your computer geek ass out.
the truth

Northampton, MA

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Apr 17, 2010
 

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Old School wrote:
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I am far from a diddler moron. Were you one of those kids who couldn't last 2 weeks away from his mommy or you probably were a bed wetter you little fem ****. Put your name to the lies you put out there about jim mooney. I know alot of people who would personally discuss this with you and straighten your computer geek **** out.
like i said go phyuck yourself,your no one that means nothing to me you diddler,i know what i saw,i know what some campers said,these are not lies,the camp was a great place,richmond pond is beuitiful,and most people there were great,but things happened,and jim mooney was aware of it,a camp coucilor almost got beat to death,by others because he was letting a couple of campers perform oral sex on him,this person had to go to the hospital,jim mooney was aware of this,and this was covered up,this is just one incident,so phyuck you,and trust me you piece of trash i dont fear you,dirtbag.
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Apr 17, 2010
 
You know what you saw or what some campers said. Were you the suckee or sucker. You little fem ass. Go back and find the story camp councilor almost beat to death. That probably would have made the eagle. Somewhere around 600 to 700 kids went to camp per year. 30yrs that could be 20 thousand kids. My guess 95% or more would speak favorably of the camp. They came back year after year. The internet allows a fem ass like you to trash a very horable man. Your mouth will come back to haunt you. Throw your name out fem ass!
the truth

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Apr 17, 2010
 
Old School wrote:
You know what you saw or what some campers said. Were you the suckee or sucker. You little fem ****. Go back and find the story camp councilor almost beat to death. That probably would have made the eagle. Somewhere around 600 to 700 kids went to camp per year. 30yrs that could be 20 thousand kids. My guess 95% or more would speak favorably of the camp. They came back year after year. The internet allows a fem **** like you to trash a very horable man. Your mouth will come back to haunt you. Throw your name out fem ****!
like i said go phyuck yourself.you diddler.believe what you want,little homosexual.
dirty little secrets

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Nov 12, 2011
 

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the truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason instinctively dislikes. every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel. H.L.Mencken 1880-1956
camp Russell will always be one of them. There will never be an investigation. It will remain a closely guarded dirty little secret. Resurrected from time to time on blogs but it will never be resolved. When the last victim dies it fade away but it will never have been resolved.
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

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#30
Nov 13, 2011
 
So why doesn't one of those calling themselves journalists running about Berkshire County set about to interview as many as possible of the Russell campers who are making the allegations and see what common threads run throughout those stories.
The truth is bound to emerge and from the sounds of it, it's long overdue.
If it can happen in the locker rooms at Penn State, it can happen anywhere.
Carmen Massimiano

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Nov 13, 2011
 
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
So why doesn't one of those calling themselves journalists running about Berkshire County set about to interview as many as possible of the Russell campers who are making the allegations and see what common threads run throughout those stories.
The truth is bound to emerge and from the sounds of it, it's long overdue.
If it can happen in the locker rooms at Penn State, it can happen anywhere.
oh it has happened. Over and over and over. Many victims in prominent positions terrified to come out. If one does.... The others will follow but remember poor Jim came forward and look what they did to him.
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

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Nov 13, 2011
 
Carmen Massimiano wrote:
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oh it has happened. Over and over and over. Many victims in prominent positions terrified to come out. If one does.... The others will follow but remember poor Jim came forward and look what they did to him.
The only one who need know the real names of the victims is the reporter. Victims A, B, C, etc. can all be kept anonymous.
UNHAPPY CAMPER

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#33
Nov 13, 2011
 
here is the same thing as penn st.... FRED FAHEY as COACH PATERNO knows but did nothing...JIM MOONEY as MR CURLEY PENN ST A.D. knows but did nothing (might have taken a shower or two with campers) and CARMEN MASSIMIANO as COACH SANDUSKY..the evil doer of the dirty deeds...
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Jan 28, 2012
 
UNHAPPY CAMPER wrote:
here is the same thing as penn st.... FRED FAHEY as COACH PATERNO knows but did nothing...JIM MOONEY as MR CURLEY PENN ST A.D. knows but did nothing (might have taken a shower or two with campers) and CARMEN MASSIMIANO as COACH SANDUSKY..the evil doer of the dirty deeds...
Did Clifford Nilan attend camp Russell?
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Jan 28, 2012
 
gates of hell wrote:
<quoted text>Did Clifford Nilan attend camp Russell?
I dunno. Did they teach the kids how to get along with their neighbors in that camp? How to have each others back?
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#43
Feb 3, 2012
 
investigate wrote:
Can we get Planet Valenti to investigate all those old deep dark secrets of Camp Russell?
What would be the point of an investigation now? If there are any deep dark dirty little secrets they're old secrets and exposing any secrets will not result in any justice for any alleged victims now. Digging for any dirty little secrets, if there are any dirty little secrets may only expose the troubled lives of any alleged victims who more than likely have paid for the sins of others, so what would be the point.
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oh iit does matter wrote:
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Posted @ www.planetvalenti.com
The first step in a resolution of Nilan-Moore, of course, is doing what PPD Chief Michael Wynn, his department, and We The People are doing: Waiting for Hadley’s ruling. It’s hard to imagine any reasonable jurist or person, for that matter, reviewing the evidence and information in the case and not overturning Byrnes’ ruling. Then again, we are not sitting in judgment and we do not possess all of the information.
Byrnes has not responded to THE PLANET’s requests for comment. He has also not responded the request of Conor Berry of the Springfield Republican. Berry, former star reporter of the Boring Broadsheet who — in stories on alleged child molestation involving Carmen Massimiano and his enterprise work in covering the Angelo Stracuzzi child molestation case stemming from Biddeford, Maine — began shining his star too brightly for the BB’s comfort — revealed this yesterday in his story on the case, posted at the newspaper’s website, Masslive.com . Berry’s piece can be read here:
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/0...
The BB’s loss was the Republican’s gain.
Berry’s story reproduces one of the photos THE PLANET obtained of the vehicle police say Meredith Nilan was driving when she hit Peter Moore, crediting this website. Berry writes:
Dude, what's with the Greek characters? its downright f ucking annoying.
gates of hell

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Michael Wynn and David Capeless should go to HELL!
Conor Berry

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Feb 21, 2012
 
Actually, Mr. Heller, I've never referred to myself as a "journalist," but I am an out-of-work political scientist who moonlights as a "reporter" for a daily newspaper.
For the record, I and Benning DeLaMater checked out some of the allegations, but we didn't get very far. Mooney lives out by the camp, and Ben and I both dropped by his house on numerous occasions. I'd leave my card in Mooney's screen door; when I'd check back, the card would be gone.
I did the same sort of stop-bys at Carmen Massimiano's home, leaving my card in his screen door numerous times, but to no avail. I even went looking for him down in West Yarmouth! The first communication from the sheriff to me came in the form of a full-page ad in which he threatened to sue me, but you probably know all about that matter so no point in a re-hash here.
Ben did a couple of unannounced stop-bys at Mooney's richmond pad as well, but to no avail.
The problem with that "story" is that the allegations, and they are legion, allegedly, are of a vintage that puts most of them beyond the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex crimes, even with Massachusetts' far more liberal laws. New York's sunset provisions set way sooner than the Bay State's, for example, but I couldn't find anyone willing to go on the record, for publication, with their allegations. I got close, but no cigar. I also worked on some cops, including retired law enforcement officials with knowledge of the issue, but nothing panned out.
I conducted interviews with several former "kid campers," one of whom provided a particularly disturbing account of alleged behavior by a well-known B.C. figure. But my guy wouldn't go on the record, and why would he ... he's middle-aged, he has a public-sector job and he doesn't want his kids to know what happened to him, etc. It's something he'll probably take to the grave with him.
Some of the other "players" -- the young and mid-teens and even some legal adults -- who perpetrated some of these acts against the younger campers are now dead, very old, or no longer live in the Berkshires.
I do believe, based on the interviews that I conducted, that some of the behavior that allegedly went on out there ranged from merely permissive to downright illegal, depending on the ages of the alleged perpetrators. During a phone conversation with Mr. Mooney, and old bachelor who never married, I confronted him with information I had culled from a variety of sources, including law enforcement officials and former campers. I thought the conversation was actually rather telling, considering Mooney didn't immediately hang up right away and he listened, and rather attentively, to everything I presented him with. In the end, he was polite and declined to speak to me. When I asked him if he ever wanted to tell me his version of events at the camp, he told me "there's no story to tell," or something to that effect.
Another former camper rattled off the "hijinks" that went on out there, which many of the boys came to consider normal, indoctrination-style behavior. What I sensed, and again based on information culled from a variety of sources, is that there was a culture of complicity, in so far that everyone seemed to feel obliged to keep details under wraps or write-off certain things as youthful experimentation, etc. If one person were to go down, everyone was going to go down, so it's in people's best interest to keep their pasts in the past and all that.
On subsequent trips out there, whether to cover structure fires or one particularly disturbing railway death, I was always overcome by an unsettled feeling. I know there's a story to be told, but I guess I'm not the one who's going to tell it. Maybe some "journalist" will have the inclination, time and resources to pursue a genuine investigation. Or, maybe I'll retire, secure as many loans as possible, max out my credit cards, dust off my private investigator's license, and go camping for a spell ...
jesayin

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#76
Feb 22, 2012
 
Mystic River wrote:
We have seen enough bloggers alleging that sexual abuse happened at this camp at the hands of two men who were prominent civic leaders of Pittsfield.
Do we not have a moral obligation to investigate this?- just as there were enough allegations that prompted the investigation of the Catholic priests? Can we not put public pressure on the DA's office???
What makes you think it was not investigated? It was. If you have something you should go forward.
You are missed

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Feb 22, 2012
 
Conor Berry wrote:
.. maybe I'll retire, secure as many loans as possible, max out my credit cards, dust off my private investigator's license, and go camping for a spell ...
You are missed, Mr. Berry. Like Joni Mitchell said, You don't know what you got til it's gone.

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