O'Neal Raged After Finding his Son Tied Up

LATEST: RYAN O'NEAL lashed out at his son GRIFFIN on Saturday night after discovering the 42 year old had chained his brother REDMOND to a staircase - like a dog. Full Story
Patricia Munoz

Tucson, AZ

#22 Feb 8, 2010
Iwas there in 1965. I know something happen to me. But I block it out. I know my nose was ripped off my face and broken in two places. Everytime I look in the mirror there it is. My siblings tell me something bad happen to me but know one can tell me exactly what. I have some memories of abuse. I dream about it in black and white. certain smells set off mermories of that place. I hate where they placed me. I was abused there to. But of course there are no records. I just see the scars everyday....pattymgfitness@hot mail.com Looking for answers.Thanks
Candice there in 1988

Canyon Country, CA

#23 Mar 8, 2010
I cant believe I am reading the comments from above that range in the years it does. Was Mac ever a ok place to be? I was sexually, verbally and physically abuse there at the age of 15. I could never understand why social workers took me out of my abusive home and threw me the one and only place that I would beg to go back to that abuse. I spent almost all 6 weeks that I was there in the hallway on suicide watch. God help me I am almost 40 years old and still have nightmares about that place. SHAME ON THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Miranda

Huntington Beach, CA

#24 Mar 20, 2010
I know mc claren hall very well I to was abused I one of only a handful if that who have ever received my entire records. I am truly sorry for those who have to live with their abuse. I know God cares and we survivors have so much strength I wish everyone peace in their lives and the ability to move on.

All the best
Miranda
New Kelly

Chesapeake, VA

#25 Mar 24, 2010
I think you're martyred garbage, Ryan. Look at this comment and remember that you are indeed because knocking your son's teeth out when he was a kid was wrong so screw you, mister.
New Kelly

Chesapeake, VA

#26 Mar 24, 2010
The only thing I do hope Ryan, get a large thrill out of, and delight in, mister, is imagining you waking up feeling trusting, and safe, and then you read my nasty messages and well the rest of your day goes to hell, you bastard. Oh my, and oh well!
Sidoti

Livermore, CA

#27 Apr 12, 2010
1968&1969, My brothers and I were all taken into Mcleren Hall after our parents had separeted, even back then the staff were abusive, Iv just recalled that at one time my twin brother and little brother were throwen into a holding cell, at that time there where doors on them. I recall standing in line for chow we were saying someing to the counselor, he got pissed grabbed us and locked us in this cell. To my understanding my 2 older brother, who was also inline say what was going on, both of them and 2 other guys confronted the counselor, they all were charged with attemped assault but later it was dropped and all the doors were removed from those cells, Hope today there still gone.
wuebwed

West Richland, WA

#28 Apr 12, 2010
I was at Maclaren hall in the 60's/what a nightmare! At 54, I still have flashbacks! although I grew-up a supposedly well adjusted child,I am an adult train wreck.I retrived a photo of the iron gates at the enterance in feb.2010,now it has also been removed,it is the only real pic I found. All the pic u c of "The Christmas Party" r so fake or put on,you NEVER saw happy faces there! Would u b smiling if you were removed from a tramatic situation,recieved more abuse,where u were sent 4 help,humiliated,degraded,made to wear op clothes and shoes that were either 2 big or 2 small, now tell me,would u b SMILING? ther pic u c r of some church camp,every hair in place on every smiling face,BULL!!!!!!!!!!
New Kelly

Hampton, VA

#29 Apr 20, 2010
I take back my two past, top previous comments. You see, I'd had a screaming fight with my mom the night before I wrote them, and was in a bitchy mood. It was wrong, I didn't mean it, though, and have truly felt bad about the fight, and what I wrote ever since. I've been getting phone counseling since then, taking responsibility for my own past actions, finding redemption. I hope Ryan O'neal can do the same one day, at least, inwardly because it's important, and I hope he and his son, Griffin, can make peace with one another. If not later on this earth, perhaps one day when
New Kelly

Hampton, VA

#30 Apr 20, 2010
they are both in Heaven together. God bless, and look after them both.
New Kelly

Hampton, VA

#31 Apr 20, 2010
It was just plain mean, the two above comments, that I wrote that morning, and I'm very sorry for my actions.
Chauna

Birmingham, AL

#32 Apr 28, 2010
I was there and was a nightmare as well!!! I was there in 1982/83 I think it was so long ago!!
Shaun Kearney

Yuba City, CA

#33 May 5, 2010
I haven't thought about that place in years and it brought back a lot of bad memories...like it was yesterday. I was in Mclaren hall and so was my sister. It was because of a custody and child abuse problem. It was in the early or mid 1980's. Being seperated from my big sis and being woken up with the sound of a baton banging on a metal trashcan was my first day. It was like a prison and I didn't do anything wrong. Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to elaborate. shaunkrny@yahoo.com
New Kelly

Chesapeake, VA

#34 May 6, 2010
Ryan o'Neal is a person just like everyone else. He did love Farrah, and he's searching for redemption, just like the rest of us. We all have evil things in our past to atone for. I'd give him a hug if I saw him, and I'd give Griffin a hug as well. Mr. Ryan O'Neal, again what I said above was rotten, selfish wrong, and mean. I really am sorry for it, and I'm not just saying that, either. God bless both you, and Griffin
There_In_late_80 s

Granada Hills, CA

#35 May 20, 2010
I was there in the late 80's and only stayed for a few months. The things I remember were like blips.I remember getting a physical then being walked through metal doors.The kids were runnging a muck. There used to be two kids per dorm and if you were doing well up could move up to privileges such as,t.v or staying up late. I hated that they had to lock the lock and did room checks. When it came to eatting I noticed a strange taste in my food and notice I was gaining weight. Thats the thing that alamarned me. I also remember that they held movie nights and dances with the boys and girls but we had to keep our space. The playground area is where I saw a few fights and didnt see much staff around. I dont know why but a few of us went on a outing to the Hard Rock Cafe'. I remembering crying every night wanting to get out of there to be home with my folks. There was one staff that I begged her to help me get home.She had said " I cant I could lose my job." My sis had been with me and watched over me and herself, shes a tough cookie. I'd like to get my records too to see why they put me in there exactly for and what they observered bout me. I also do rememeber being haunted by screams and crying at night that kepted me in tears.
I was there in 1978 - 79

Altamonte Springs, FL

#36 May 23, 2010
It's been so long ago I can't remember if it was 78 or 79...all I know is that I was terrified of being there...I was put there under "protective custody"...holy crap were some of those people mean...but I remember that there were some really nice people there too...but all the names escape me except for 3...and they were all in there under the same "protective custody" I was under...one girls name was Theresa....don't know where she lives...but I think of her often....One guy was called "country"....big tall kid...think of him often too...wish I knew what came of him...he looked out after me...and last but not least...Timmy Dean Kalis...he was emancipated as an adult when he turned 16...I was 13...And I fell head over heels in love with him and he professed the same for me...he even came looking for me later on once I was released or transferred to Mary Vale...I missed his visit but got the gifts he left for me...a tee shirt...a Leo Sayer album and a stuffed animal...I'll never forget him...he came looking for me again once I was out and he found me in Duarte...I lived on Bloomdale street...I would like to find him again...if anyone knows him, please let him know that Lorrie Schafer still thinks of him and wants to find him...my email is moonwater1965@yahoo if you can pass it on to him I would greatly appreciate it...

Just glad to have survived the nightmare...I had issues there too...
Chuck Cox

Yuma, AZ

#37 Jun 10, 2010
James C wrote:
MacLaren Hall was a notorious Los Angeles County child protection institution for abused and neglected children. It was also used as an overflow facility for the county juvenile hall. In operation in one form or another from the 1960's until 2003, thousands of children lived in the halls of Mac Hall. I, Kirsten Anderberg, was a resident of Mac Hall as an 8 year old child, in 1969, and have yet to forget what I experienced there. Now a graduate student in history at the California State University in Southern CA, I have begun to collect information about Mac Hall's history and have also begun interviewing survivors of Mac Hall. Via my research, I am filling in many of the blanks that I, and others who lived in Mac Hall, have had about our own childhoods. Little has been written about Mac Hall, by either historians or survivors. My goal is to break the silence, giving a voice to the children, now adults, who went through Mac Hall without a voice decades prior. I also want to document what happened at Mac Hall to try to better child protection services for the future.
Anyone who remembers a steven Cox at mcClarrin in the 50"s, please contact me, I am his brother Chuck.
Thanks-you ccox@yumaed.org
crystal

United States

#38 Jun 11, 2010
I actually work at the Maclaren Hall now and its no longer Maclaren Hall it is the Department of Children Family Services and its a clinic for all foster children that I must add has gotten really good reviews cause now we are here to help the kids in foster care not hurt them.
djj wrote:
I to was a victim, I was in maclaren hall! I haven't gotten over the abuse I received in there. I've since joined the Marine Corps and my leaders think I need help to cope with this. Man I hate/hated that place. When did it close and what's the verdict on this place now?
angela g

Brewerton, NY

#39 Jun 11, 2010
I was also there in 1978-79 for the same stuff . I specially like how the police and the social worker said (DONT WORRY HUNEY your safe)We wont take you from your family its your abuser we want ,, BUT it was ME that went into "protective custody" while my dad stayed at home beating up my mom.
dont make since. and about the tall boy I think I remember him.if anyone wants to email me my email is angelageddes1963@yahoo.com
I was there in 1978 - 79 wrote:
It's been so long ago I can't remember if it was 78 or 79...all I know is that I was terrified of being there...I was put there under "protective custody"...holy crap were some of those people mean...but I remember that there were some really nice people there too...but all the names escape me except for 3...and they were all in there under the same "protective custody" I was under...one girls name was Theresa....don't know where she lives...but I think of her often....One guy was called "country"....big tall kid...think of him often too...wish I knew what came of him...he looked out after me...and last but not least...Timmy Dean Kalis...he was emancipated as an adult when he turned 16...I was 13...And I fell head over heels in love with him and he professed the same for me...he even came looking for me later on once I was released or transferred to Mary Vale...I missed his visit but got the gifts he left for me...a tee shirt...a Leo Sayer album and a stuffed animal...I'll never forget him...he came looking for me again once I was out and he found me in Duarte...I lived on Bloomdale street...I would like to find him again...if anyone knows him, please let him know that Lorrie Schafer still thinks of him and wants to find him...my email is moonwater1965@yahoo if you can pass it on to him I would greatly appreciate it...
Just glad to have survived the nightmare...I had issues there too...
DEBBIE RAMIREZ

Huntington Beach, CA

#40 Jun 25, 2010
MacHallRes72 wrote:
I was also a resident of MacLaren Hall in 1972. Do you know if one is able to get their records? I've oftened wondered how I was evaluated and how the staff perceived my life situation at that age. I was recently told that I've had a chronic low grade depression all my life since childhood and I'm looking to find more healing. Can you give information on how I can obtain my records? Thank you, Res72
<quoted text>
WOW. I AM SORRY ABOUT YOUR DEPRESSION. THERE IS A CLASS ACTION IN THE WORKS THAT I'VE READ ABOUT - JUST GOOGLE MACLAREN HALL.
I HAD A FEW STAYS AT MACLAREN HALL AND WAS DEFINITELY THERE IN 72. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, I REALLY DON'T REMEMBER ANY ABUSE. FOR ME, IT FELT ALMOST LIKE HOME. I ASSUME THAT WAS DUE TO THE LACK OF STABILITY, WHICH I DIDN'T HAVE; AS I WAS ORPHANED AND MOVED FROM PLACEMENTS BACK TO MACLAREN FREQUENTLY. PART OF THAT WAS INDEED MY DOING. I RAN AWAY FROM PLACES I PERSONALLY DEEMED UNACCEPTABLE.
I GUESS I WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES. NEVER MISTREATED, NEVER ABUSED. THE WORST MEMORY I HAVE WAS OF A "RIOT" IN WHICH THERE WAS THE USUAL CHAOS WHEN TEENS DECIDE TO ACT OUT. THIS WAS MORE OF A MELEE, NOT A TRULY VIOLENT SITUATION AND DE-ESCALATED QUITE QUICKLY.
WE ( MANY OF THE GIRLS ACCUSED OF BEING INVOLVED ) WERE ALL AT THE MACLAREN SCHOOL BUILDING IN CLASS THE FOLLOWING MORNING WHEN ONE BY ONE, EACH WAS CALLED INTO THE FRONT OFFICE FOR QUESTIONING BY THE SUPERVISING PROBATION OFFICER.
THE NEXT THING I KNEW, SEVERAL OF US WERE HANDCUFFED AND TRANSPORTED TO CENTRAL JUVENILE HALL IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES PENDING CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR THIS INCIDENT. I WAS IN SHOCK. IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO GROW UP - PRACTICALLY OVERNIGHT. AFTER ABOUT A MONTH I WAS PLACED ONCE AGAIN IN FOSTER CARE, WITH NO CRIMINAL CHARGES AND I THANKED GOD. I NEVER KNEW WHAT BECAME OF THE OTHERS.
THAT WAS A TURNING POINT FOR ME. I STAYED WITH MY FOSTER FAMILY, PURSUED MY EDUCATION / CAREER PATH AND GOT A LIFE. I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN THE FRIENDS I MADE WHILE AT MACLAREN HALL, AND WISHED WE WOULDN'T HAVE LOST TOUCH. THAT IS A REGRET I STILL CARRY.

dyramirez@ymail.com
summer hale

United States

#41 Jun 26, 2010
Just looking for old friends! If u know e mail me
summerhale1@sprint.blackberry. net

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