431. Paradise Cove
When teenagers who have been so unfortunate to end up in one of the WWASP facilities speak of which was worse Paradise Cove ranks among the most severe.
The WWASP concept was not quite developed yet but the use of longtime isolation boxes not very unlike isolation boxes used against U.S. servicemen in the Second War was invented at Paradise Cove. The “Exit plan” was designed where parents could tell their children that they either passed the program og would be sent to shelter once they turned 18 if they didn’t.
In fact Paradise Cove was breaking news in the Troubled Teen Industry was it was in operation.
But when you are making eggs you have to break them before using them and now many years later the extend of the damage has become clear.
Relatives has been murdered by the teenagers who were sent there. Suicides among the teenagers were common once they returned home. Crimes involving murders also became the result. Here are a number of cases. We have not been able to list all the suicides as it would take up too much time:
- Joshua Lambert stabbed both his grandparents to death. Developed a mental illness based on his stay at the facility
- Christopher Sutton was convicted of hiring a contract killer to kill his parents. The mother died. The father escaped with life-long injuries.
- Evan Ebel died by suicide-by-cop after committing crimes and police car chase
It wasn’t a fun place to be as a teenager and the trail of tears, loss and suicides continue to be longer.
- Too-tough love? (Forbes Magazine)
- Tales of abduction, lost freedom at teen rights rally (Gatehouse Media)
- Suspected gunman Evan Ebel spent teens in third world ‘behavioral programs’ (Examiner)
- Father testifies about son accused of blinding him (Sun-Sentinel)
- Alleged killer spent time in Paradise Cove (Whidbey News Times)