Convicted Child Rapist and Murderer Linked to Cedu School
(Thanks to Michael G. and others for bringing this to my attention).
Confession was the central plank of the program at the CEDU “emotional growth” boarding school. We were made to confess to sins, real and imagined, day or night, at the whim of staff. We faced reams of empty paper, on which we were instructed to write our lists – “dirt lists,” “cop outs,” and “disclosures.”
“The Truth Shall Set You Free,” we were told, again and again. We were never told that the process we were experiencing was a direct lift from the Communist thought reform programs of Maoist China. We were not given the work of Robert J. Lifton, to instruct us in the brainwashing we were undergoing. We were, however, forced to share this information with each other, and with any and all staff members. And in due turn, the staff members were instructed to share their “disclosures” with us.
Knowing the staff’s “cop-outs” meant that we all knew that some of the staff there had horrifying criminal backgrounds. We knew because they told us, to our faces, again and again. This was and is pro forma in CEDU-type programs.
That said, I did not know nor did I meet, thank God, the men in question in this case.
[Alpenhorn News, 11-12-2009]California Department of Justice (DOJ) investigators are researching the possibility that serial child molester and child murderer, James Lee Crummel, 65 of San Quentin State Prison, had years of free, unsupervised access to the students at the now defunct CEDU School in Running Springs.
The CEDU schools in Running Springs were founded by Mel Wasserman in 1967 and promoted itself as an emotional growth-boarding school for troubled youths. Monthly costs to board a student reportedly ran as high as $3,500 dollar a month.
In an exclusive interview with The Alpenhorn News, DOJ Missing Person Investigator Bill Gleason confirmed that Forgey was a contracted psychiatrist at CEDU, and it appears that Crummel also accompanied him when he visited CEDU.
It might have been a strange coincidence, Gleason said, but the number of runaway juveniles reported from CEDU always seemed to have increased just after Forgey had sessions at the CEDU campus.
The accusation, substantiated in many parts by confession and multiple court rulings, goes to the psychiatrist named Doctor Burnell Forgey, who was hired by Cedu, it looks like, in the mid 1990s, perhaps to give the cult/school a veneer of credibility as a ‘therapeutic’ institution. It seems that the convicted child rapist/murderer in question – one James Lee Crummel – lived with this doctor in Newport Beach, and accompanied him on trips to the school, and to other group homes for children.
Crummel is multiply accused and convicted of child rape through his young adult and adult life. The pair seem to have engaged in these acts together, or as facilitators for each other’s sickness. Crummel has also been accused and convicted of murder in at least one of the cases.
From the article:
“At the time of his last arrest, Crummel was living with Dr. Burnell Forgey, a psychiatrist with a practice in Costa Mesa, in Forgey’s Newport Beach condominium. In addition to his private practice, Forgey counseled troubled teens at group homes around Southern California.
Crummel was described as “a faithful servant, chauffeur, maintenance, and right-hand- man” to Forgey, now deceased.
In 1997, California State Investigators were notified that Crummel was accompanying Forgey when he would travel to the youth homes.
State officials said Forgey described Crummel to group home staff as his assistant, but Forgey never informed the staff that Crummel was a registered sex offender and pedophile.
In 1998, Forgey confessed that he had engaged in oral sex with a 16-year-old patient while Crummel sodomized the minor. Forgey also admitted that he gave Crummel free access to his adolescent patients’ files, took Crummel with him on his rounds to group homes and would leave him alone with young patients during his visits from 1990 to 1994.
Both men were convicted of child molestation and received jail sentences.
After Forgey confessed to taking Crummel with him to youth homes, State of California officials began examining records of psychiatrists used by group homes around Southern California. During the still-in-progress investigation, it was discovered that Forgey also practiced at CEDU in Running Springs.” Continues Here.
Please leave a comment if you knew Dr. Burnell Forgey, or can confirm or add to the story. And please do contact the appropriate authorities, as per the article so your story can be substantiated and entered into the record:
“[California] Dept. of Justice investigators would like to hear from former CEDU staff members and students that may have had contact with Forgey or Crummel. Gleason may be contacted through the California Department of Justice, Missing Person Unit at (916) 227-3290.