The Kings Park Diary is about a family secret hidden for more than 50 years, and the secret diary left behind by its author.
Discovered by the author's daughter in an old, rusty filing cabinet in a dusty attic, the Kings Park Diary details the author's incarceration in the notorious Kings Park Hospital for the Criminally Insane in 1954, for a petty crime he couldn't remember committing.
Stuffed into a straitjacket and beaten himself, he bore witness to brutal beatings of patients & inmates by attendants and staff, and while doctors looked the other way.
This short diary logs daily life on the inside, from the mundane to tales of mayhem, madness and even murder at the hands of staff.
Early in his stay, he rallies other patients to give testimony of these crimes to a "medical inspector", for which he pays a very steep price.
This real "Cuckoo's Nest" account begs the question, just who is truly criminally insane, the patients or the medical staff?
The Kings Park Diary is a guide for the conscience, and brings to life the price one pays for speaking the truth and speaking up for "the least among us" and wanting to make a difference.
Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: The Kings Park Diary
Chapter 2: Timeline
Chapter 3: Crimes & Punishments
Chapter 4: Committed: How Did He Get Here?
Chapter 5: History Of Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital
Chapter 6: The Players: Kings Park Staff Bios
Chapter 7: Electroshock: Compassionate or Criminal?
Chapter 8: Human Guinea Pigs: The Role Of CIA in Electroshock Therapy In Mental Institutions & Other Questionable Medical Treatments
Chapter 9: Surviving Psychiatry: A Success Story
Chapter 10: Resources
About The Author
Born in Denver, Colorado in 1924, Frank W. Hopkins was barely twenty years-old when he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944.
Serving as Petty Officer First Class aboard an aircraft carrier in the North Atlantic and the African theaters during World War II , Frank was decorated several times for his valor and service, earning an honorable discharge.
After the war, he rejoined his family in New York City, where his mother, a talented artist and illustrator, had moved to work in the fashion industry and circulated with friends in the art world. Living on the Upper East Side, he attended college on the GI bill, working toward a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following his release from Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital, he moved to Philadelphia, where he later met and married a beautiful redhead, started a family and found work with Barber Coleman, designing systems for large organizations, including The Pentagon.
Frank passed away from a rare kidney disease in 1985, leaving behind his wife, two grown children, and of course, his secret diary.
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COMING IN FALL 2015
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