Unto the Least of These~Part 3

“Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Larry and Dee Rapier were employed by Mack and Thelma Ford at New Bethany Home for Boys in Longstreet, Louisiana.

The following is the text of a report concerning Larry and Dee Rapier from 1981.

May 28, 1981

Desota Parish Sheriff’s Office                                                                                                              P.O. Box 271                                                                                                                               Mansfield, La. 71052

Attn: Billy Lynch                                                                                                                                     Re: Larry D. Rapier

Dear Sir:

A report was received in this office at 3:00 PM February 2, 1981 regarding the above named individual and his wife, Haidee Rapier. The report stated that Mr. Rapier is a minister and operates a facility named Liberty Baptist Home for Boys in a rural area of the county. The report stated that Mr. Rapier slaps the boys on the face and has beaten them with his fist. Report also states that Ms. Rapier will punish the boys by scratching them on the face and back with her rings.

An investigation began to determine the validity of the report. The investigation determined that the boys in the care and custody of Mr. Rapier were forced to work in chicken houses of a neighbor with pay being made to Mr. Rapier, D.B.A., Liberty Baptist Church. They attended school in El Dorado at a private church school.

One individual had first hand knowledge of abusive behavior. Other individuals have hear-say knowledge of abuse but have observed marks and bruises on the boys. The information is limited due to Mr. & Mrs. Rapier’s continual refusal to allow anyone outside the Church talk with the boys.

After reported refusal to allow the boys to be seen or interviewed a petition was filed with the Juvenile Court of Ouachita County on February 18, 1981, requesting the assistance of the court and Sheriff’s Department in conducting the investigation.That petition was granted.

Mr. Rapier again refused to allow access to the children on February 18th. He was assisted by an individual who kept the children hidden. Mr. Rapier requested that he be allowed to contact his attorney prior to answering any questions. Mr. Rapier was given until 9:00 A.M. the following morning to obtain legal counsel and provide the boys for an interview and examination.

Subsequently a motion for contempt of court was filed and a Juvenile Court order was made to have a show-cause hearing. Mr. Rapier fled the jurisdiction at that time.

It is my opinion that the reports of abuse in this County are probably true. Contact ewill be made with the individuals here for their permission to release their names and addresses to you.

If I can be of assistance let me know.

Sincerely,

Albert Marlar                                                                                                                                     Ouachita County Social Services                                                                                                         P.O. Box 718, 701 Viser Rd.                                                                                                        Camden, AR  71701

Phone # 836-8166

Thelma Ford admitted in her deposition the fact that Larry Rapier was convicted of abusing boys while he was employed at New Bethany.

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In May 2008, Dee Rapier appeared on Multiply Survivors of New Bethany

Here’s a  screenshot.  Dee Rapier, posting under msn-dormmother apologized to one of the young men she abused at that time.

According to Mother Jones “Dee Rapier confirmed the atmosphere of physical and psychological torment at the facility she ran with her former husband.”

Here are a few more screenshots by msn-dormmother

But in July of 2012, Dee Rapier suddenly began claiming that it was the boys who had committed “very bad crimes.”

Well we here at Chucklestravels think that jcw1966 and tbird67 are on to something. It looks to us here at Chucklestravels, that someone indeed did commit some “very bad crimes,” but it wasn’t the boys, it was Larry Rapier and Mack Ford, and old Dee Rapier.  Not only did Dee Rapier abuse these boys herself, she admitted to fact that she helped her former husband, Larry Rapier and Mack Ford cover up their crimes.

Those who allege abuse at the hands of those who worked for New Bethany Homes are numerous. Mack and Thelma Ford allegedly abused 100’s of boys and girls while they were under his care.

Generations of women–at that time, but girls at New Bethany, allege that they were sexually abused by Mack Ford–himself.  These girls, now women, claim that Mack Ford sexually abused some of them while he was traveling with them across the country to present the “ministry” of New Bethany to its supporting churches.  These were known as the “trip girls.” 

We here on Chucklestravels are going to keep calling out Bienville Parish and Federal officials until someone hears.

Mack Ford is far more prolific than Jerry Sandusky.

  • Bienville Parish Sheriff Department what’s the deal?
  • Bienville Parish District Attorney WHY didn’t you prosecute?
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation why didn’t you follow-up when it was reported that Mack Ford raped girls across state lines?

3 thoughts on “Unto the Least of These~Part 3

  1. Immediately prior to the death of Mechille Searles, we planned a trip to visit these people in person because phone calls were not sufficient to cause an investigation:

    Louisiana State Criminal Division – (225) 326-6100.
    501 Texas Street
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Attorney General’s office – Terry Apple – (318) 226-6960
    Sheriff Dept – Rusty Poland at (318) 263-2215
    FBI person is Jan Combs at (318) 861-1890

    I have called these people since Mechille’s death and they do not return my phone calls.
    We have written and called numerous other people but maybe if we only call these people, they will get off their duffs and do something.

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