Readers’ Corner

I welcome readers’ questions, comments and discussions about the book.

Some questions I’ll answer here, perhaps answer others in a separate post.

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  1. Liz’s avatar

    Good Morning Tom,

    (I wrote this last week but hadn’t sent it yet)

    I got your book yesterday. Oh my gosh!! (Couldn’t put it down) I’m almost halfway done. I probably can’t even type this without tears but I want to thank you for being brave to share your horrific story. As I was telling Marilyn I don’t even think there are words in the English language to describe how I feel reading it. I am so so sorry that happened to you and so glad you did survive it. It’s pretty amazing actually. Not to minimize any of your experience, your writing is incredible!! You are so smart and kind it is so sad to hear that happened to you. I’m still digesting it all and I have no doubt that you will touch people by letting it known. You already touched me!! More will be revealed. I just wanted to let you know I got it.

    (This is today July 18th, 2011)
    I am still trying to grasp what happened to you. Wow Tom. It’s a miracle you are alive and to hold that inside you for so long. I am so glad you released it!! It definitely needed to be known. Thank you for sharing. I have many questions but for now I just want to say I am glad you are alive and healing. You will touch many people. Thank you Tom.



  2. Debbie’s avatar

    Morning Tom,

    I just finished your book late yesterday morning, 3:23 am to be exact! I in all my years would never have believed this kind of thing would have gone on. How could someone that age do that kind of thing? I felt myself unable to even fathom a 15 year old girl could even do this and then remembered her father and who he was and is.

    I also know what I know about Psychiatry and institutions. I had thought until reading your book, that this kind of barbarism only happened in institutions.

    I also could hardly believe the returning to Carol after she did that the first time. And then also know what I know about hypnotic commands and unconsciousness.

    My postulate for you is that these people have very bad things happen to them (and somehow are dealt with) and that others that are actively doing this kind of thing right now are found and get their just rewards!

    Tom, I felt your pain and struggle as you wrote the horrible sequences of events. Tom when was it (I mean the year) that you realized what had been done to you?

    And Tom what keeps going through my mind is why in gods name your mom did not see what happened to you. I mean an ice pick in your head scrambled around, and what change it must have made in your ability to operate. Why did your mom not intervene! Being a mother and remembering both my sons at 15, I could notice the slightest change in my boys. And would have probably killed someone had they done this to any of my sons. Tom I truly would have killed them. Lorraine knows I would have.

    Thank you for having the courage to write this and lay yourself out there for everyone to know, though I am sure it was humiliating, degrading, and so painful to do so. And you are a BIG being to have even emerged from it all to do what you have done.

    Congratulations on your book, truly congratulations on revealing the truth !


    1. Mr. Tom Daly’s avatar

      Thank you, Debbie.

      The image of you totally wrapped up in my book, unable to put it down even to get some much needed sleep, is so completely gratifying to me that I don’t know if I should apologize for writing a book that kept you up all night or not. I’m thinking not.

      You have brought up some pithy subjects that I hope to get into more on the blog, going forward. But first, while I appreciate the sentiment that “very bad things should happen” to them and their kind (you know from the book how I felt about them at one time), I have found my desire to drag their battered bodies from the bumper of my car along a gravel road, has dissipated. Partly from talking about my experiences with others, but more from finding that my book has created a positive impact on the people who have read it. I’m intensely proud that I was able to turn something that horrific into something positive.

      As for my mother, remember that Carol and her family were friends of mine and well known to my family – my mother would visit with them on occasion. I mentioned one such occasion in the book – she had a strange red spot in the white of her eye afterwards. I don’t know what “influence” those visits may or may not have had on her.

      About “returning” to Carol, I wrote a bit about this in my blog post, The Returning Problem. I’m still struggling to find a satisfactory way to explain it.

      But for now, I want to thank you again for your interest and enthusiasm.

      Best to you,



      1. Debbie’s avatar

        OK, I get it Tom. well its PDH stuff then. And as for your mom, yea I remember that part in your book. Has your mom read your book yet? As for being where she is on the bridge now, she would know this right?

        And as for these people, if I had the power to make them burn for a time before dying I would, with NO remorse, and wish them GREAT suffering and harm and wish THEM TO KNOW IT!

        It’s good I am not a witch as I can not tell you what I would do TO THEM! I really have NO PROBLEM with “Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.” And dealing with what I see the Psychs do to little children and teenagers, and what it does to parents and families I have a VERY HIGH CONFRONT OF EVIL!

        That’s OK Tom, I will carry forward ill will and postulate of their demise for what they did for the both of us!

        And Tom, you are welcome…



        1. Mr. Tom Daly’s avatar

          No, my mother has not read the book yet. And I honestly have no idea what she knows or doesn’t.

          But in any case, any trauma my mother experienced she would probably remember as only having to do with her. I doubt that she would find any clear indication that it had anything to do with me at all. Whatever was said would have been more along the lines of “You know how teenagers can be…” And then let her conjure up her own explanations (very much like I was “lead” to explain away my injuries). There most likely wouldn’t have been any mention of me or what had been done to me.

          I should also point out that if I did seem to her to hit the skids or burn out, a popular notion back then was – well, these things happen, everybody knows that, and there’s nothing you can really do about it. High school students doing recreational drugs and withdrawing from their parents was quite commonplace at the time. And then there was girls – if it wasn’t drugs it must be girls.

          I’ll bet you yourself can think of a host of things about a teenager that can be explained away quickly and quietly by saying it must be drugs or sex.



        2. Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s avatar

          Hi Tom,

          I have not read your book yet. I will certainly read it though, it’s not like I have a choice now after reading your blog and these comments. Congratulations on your book!




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