Thursday, October 27, 2011


Dani with William, her new brother (Dani's Story)

Dani was born in 1998, in Las Vegas, to Michelle Crockett.

Michelle has military connections.

Michelle's husband was a veteran of the Vietnam war and died in 1997.

He died as a result of exposure to the Pentagon's 'Agent Orange'.

Michelle has an IQ score of 77, much below average.

Michelle doesn't know the name of the Dani's father.

("The Girl in the Window" / Wild at heart -

Michelle moved to Plant City, Florida, where she was 'frequently seen with strange men in casinos'.

(Plant City is near MacDill Airforce Base, reputed to be connected to the CIA's MK ULTRA experiments on children)

Michelle lived in a rented house with two adult sons, one of them mentally retarded, and a boyfriend.

As early as 2002, someone called the child abuse hotline about a child "left unattended for days with a retarded older brother, never seen wearing anything but a diaper."

The authorities, as usual, decided not to rescue the child.


In 2005, when Dani was nearly 7, "a neighbor saw Dani's pale, wan face appear in the window - and then quickly vanish."

The authorities were called, for the third time.

Dani's house was filled with human waste and cockroaches.

Dani, semi naked, lay on a torn mouldy mattress on the floor.

Her ribs stuck out.

Her matted hair crawled with lice.

Her skin was covered in bites, rashes and sores.

Dani was taken to a hospital. ("The Girl in the Window")

Dani today

Dani couldn't chew or swallow solid food.

She had never been to school or previously seen a doctor.

The hospital doctor now wrote: "the child will be disabled for the rest of her life."

She wouldn't make eye contact.

She couldn't talk.

Medical tests, including brain scans, found nothing innately wrong with Dani.

But, "there was no light in her eye, no response or recognition. . . . We saw a little girl who didn't even respond to hugs or affection."

According to Dani's first teacher: "She had a lot of episodes of great agitation, yelling, flailing her arms, rolling into a fetal position.

"She'd curl up in a closet, just to be away from everyone.

"She didn't know how to climb a slide or swing on a swing. She didn't want to be touched." ("The Girl in the Window")

William, Diane, Dani, Bernie

Bernie and Diane Lierow, who have young son called William, decided to adopt Dani.

When Bernie first met Dani at her school, "Danielle turned toward him and her eyes seemed to focus.

"He held out his hand. She let him pull her to her feet."

Danielle's teacher hadn't seen her warm to anyone so quickly.

Dani let Bernie push her gently on the swing.

"When it was time for them to part, Bernie swore he saw Danielle wave." ("The Girl in the Window")

That night, bernie had a dream.

"Two giant hands slid through his bedroom ceiling, the fingers laced together. Dani was swinging on those hands, her dark eyes wide, thin arms reaching for him." ("The Girl in the Window")

Bernie and Diane brought Dani home on Easter weekend 2007.

"They gave her a doll; she bit off its hands...

"They took her to the beach; she screamed and wouldn't put her feet in the sand...

"She couldn't sit still to watch TV or look at a book...

"When they tried to brush her teeth or comb her hair, she kicked and thrashed...

"She wouldn't lie in a bed, wouldn't go to sleep, just rolled on her back, side to side, for hours." ("The Girl in the Window")

Dani in her new home

In October 2007, Bernie and Diane officially adopted Dani.

After a year with her new family, Dani grew 12 inches and her weight doubled.

Dani's shoulder-length hair turned a golden blond.

Dani started going to occupational and physical therapy, to church, the mall, the grocery store, speech classes and horseback riding lessons.

Dani began to say a few words.

The first she spoke was "baaa."

William, her new brother heard Dani say, "Stop!" and "No!" He thought he even heard her say his name.

William, aged ten, taught Dani how to play peek-a-boo.

William moved out of his bedroom so Dani could sleep upstairs.

William slept in the laundry room.

Dani improved month by month.

She learnt to swim.

She learnt that her name is Dani.

Dani and William

In 2011, Dani continues to live "deep in the lush Tennessee countryside" on Diane and Bernie Lierow’s 25-acre farm. (Diane and Bernie Lierow: 'We knew that Dani needed us ... - Daily Mail)

The farm contains prizewinning Boer goats, which 13-year-old William shows in competitions, miniature ponies, chickens, and various dogs.

Dani is now aged 13.

"In the past six months, she has improved more than in the last couple of years," Bernie says proudly.

Now, she can go to the cupboard, get a glass and get herself a drink of water.

And she’s much more open; she will look at people now.

(Dani’s Story by Diane and Bernie Lierow, with Kay West, Penguin/Michael Joseph)

Saturday, October 01, 2011


William Beckford

William Beckford (1760-1844) was, at one time, the richest commoner in England.

In 1779, William Beckford, aged 19, met his cousin William Courtenay, aged 11.

Beckford fell in love with Courtenay.

Beckford and Courtenay were close friends for almost 6 years.

William Courtenay (known as Kitty)

At one point the Beckford family owned around 1600 African slaves in Jamaica.

William Beckford defended the slave trade.

The Beckford wealth came from sugar plantations, and slavery.

The Beckford family was also involved in money lending. (BBC: The Beckford's and Slavery)

Wikipedia describes William Beckford as an art collector, travel writer and sometime politician, reputed to be the richest commoner in England.

Beckford's Fonthill Abbey - a pretty big erection.

William Beckford was the author of the Gothic novel Vathek and the builder of Fonthill Abbey.

He was briefly trained in music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

He married Lady Margaret Gordon, daughter of the fourth Earl of Aboyne.

His bisexuality was revealed when his letters to the Hon William Courtenay, later 9th Earl of Devon, were intercepted by the boy's uncle.

Courtenay was described as being gay and being the most beautiful boy in England.[1]

Eventually, William Beckford's erection collapsed. And his wealth declined.

William Beckford "built the loftiest domestic residence in the world" and had "a virtual harem of boys." (William Beckford: The Fool of Fonthill - History and Literature. by Rictor Norton)

In 1781, "Beckford wanted an Oriental spectacle that would completely ravish the senses of his guests, not least so that he could enjoy a sexual tryst with a thirteen year old boy, William Courtenay, and Louisa Beckford, his own cousin’s wife."

(The Virtual Infernal: Philippe de Loutherbourg, William Beckford.)

Louisa reportedly enjoyed orgiastic 'iniquities' and 'sacrifices,' on 'young victims panting on the altar,' and on spectre raisings and demonic rituals (Parreaux 382; Mowl, William Beckford 111).

In 1784, a visitor to Beckford's home reported some "strange goings on" in Courtenay's bedroom.

Beckford was reportedly in bed with Courtenay.

Beckford moved abroad, living mainly in Portugal.

In Beckford's "thinly veiled fantasy-autobiography", The History of the Caliph Vathek, published in 1786, Beckford is Vathek and Cortnenay is Prince Gulchenrouz, who sometimes wears the dresses of Princess Nouronihar.

Beckford's mother is Princess Carathis, a witch who casts evil spells.

Vathek murders both Nouronihar and Gulchenrouz.

Gulchenrouz goes to heaven where his is surrounded by beautiful boys.

Vathek sacrifices fifty boys, "stripped and presented to the admiration of the spectators."

They are thrown over a cliff, but are rescued by a genie who takes them to join Gulchenrouz.

Vathek ends up in hell. (William Beckford: The Fool of Fonthill - Gay History and Literature)

Website for this image -William Beckford’s oriental-gothic novel Vathek (1786). "In exchange for secret knowledge and limitless wealth, the caliph ruler, Vathek , agrees to sacrifice fifty boys to the ‘Giaour’, an Islamic version of the devil. The Giaour appears to Vathek in the form of a monstrous Indian traveller, a person who confounds masculinity/femininity, human/supernatural."

When he returned to England, Beckford had "a harem of boy-servants for diversion, some picked up in England."

The boy's names were:

pale Ambrose, infamous Poupee, horrid Ghoul, insipid Mme Bion, cadaverous Nicobuse, the portentous dwarf, frigid Silence, Miss Long, Miss Butterfly, Countess Pox, Mr Prudent Well-Sealed-up, The Monkey, and The Turk.

There were rumours of orgies.

Beckford, at his Fonthill Abbey, built a tower nearly 300 feet high.

Guests of honour at the grand opening, in 1800, were Admiral Lord Nelson and his mistress Emma Hamilton.

In Portugal, Beckford had fallen in love with Gregório Franchi, a chorister at the court of Queen Maria I.

Beckford brought Franchi back to England.

Beckford asked Franchi to "go to see an angel called Saunders who is a tight-rope walker at the Circus Royal and the certain captivator of every bugger's soul. Ah!"

Franchi was asked to visit Sauders's father, and to make "a proposition for a journey to foreign parts, and even a life-annuity - all this is possible."

Beckford's letters to Franchi refer to visits to London; in 1810 he found a "little rogue" on Hounslow Heath. (William Beckford: The Fool of Fonthill - Gay History and Literature)

Rictor Norton, in 'William Beckford's Gay Scrapbooks' refers to Beckford's interest in gay activities in Britain.

Beckford kept press cuttings referring to the following:

In 1828 a Mr Seymour and his servant Mr Macklin were discovered having sexual relations in the master's dressing room.

"A certain English Marquis" left the country amidst "strange circumstances connected with his early propensities."

In 1826 a boy of sixteen, said to be the second son of an Irish Peer, was charged with having made indecent proposals to a sentry on duty at Knightsbridge Barracks.

In 1825 Rev William Hayes, of St Paul's, was "found in a disgusting situation with a boy in a lane leading to a wharf in Upper Thames-street."

In 1825, John Grossett Muirhead of St George's, Hanover Square took three boys, one aged 14 and one aged 21, to an oyster shop, where he showed them pornography and fondled them.

Muirhead was a member of the Society for the Suppression of Vice and a Director of the Auxiliary Bible Society of St George's in the Fields.

In 1816, John Attwood Eglerton was hanged after being accused of committing sodomy with a stable boy. Eglerton was a waiter with a wife and children.

William Beckford's father was Lord Mayor of London.

William Beckford's mother, connected by marriage to the Dukes of Hamilton, was a 'stern Calvinist'.