View Full Version : A sparkling review from a man who hates my guts

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 03:44 AM
From Face Book

Danny Bennison ..."I have read Waynes book as many here. I will not be trying to compete with his writing skills nor length of his book. He beats me hands down. The book was mesmerizing to say the least".....

Wayne KernochanThank you Dan.

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Wayne Kernochan How many reviews do you get like that from someone who wants to kill you?
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This is from the Elan survivor site. The book is about him abusing children.

What tougher critic will I face? :D

03-31-2011, 03:48 AM
So does this mean you two will now be like...drinking buddies at the local pub and shooting darts?

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 03:57 AM
I've blocked him and refuse to post i the group because he's accusing me of promoting a book

Soccer Mom
03-31-2011, 04:23 AM
Grudging praise is the sweetest. Enjoy.

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 04:31 AM
I like that.

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 04:39 AM
Greedy bastard that I am, I've been so focused on getting people to read my free book that I haven't posted the link to the book I'm publishing :D

I'm real bad at the greedy bastard thing

I bet there's a "For Dummies" around

03-31-2011, 05:33 AM
Promoting a free read? Oh Wayne--how could you! You're going to profit SO GREATLY by that.

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 06:03 AM
The Manifesto. I bolded the main part. This was a staff member and my abuser

John Rosco Danny Bennison Manifesto
I have read Waynes book as many here. I will not be trying to compete with his writing skills nor length of his book. He beats me hands down. The book was mesmerizing to say the least. Names were brought up that I have not thought about in years (decades). Some of the people I have/had stayed in contact with throughout the years. So it was interesting to hear their thoughts on the book also. The chronicling of my work history was for the most part off but only by a few months, I was wrote about being at Elan 7 at a time I had already left.

I am not going to get in a big argument about the book at this time if ever. I don't see the need after all. Yes at first I wanted to jump all over it but I was encouraged not to by many. This story brought up old hurts, wounds and anger. I was a resident at Elan for almost 2 years, I watched Elan change into a violent atmosphere in a matter of years. I witnessed the change in residents being brought to Elan from Mental facilities, Juvenile detention centers, Autistic children ect....I watched Staff and Directors leave en-mass and I watched 3 people who are still there deny they are doing children harm, It is beyond shameful.

Back to the book, two people I will talk about that I felt were erroneously portrayed one was my best friend Donald Hampton. I knew Donald prior to coming to Elan, we met at YCC in R.I. We were residents together at Elan, became staff together.

Don was a black guy and while we worked at Elan we were roommmates, along with 3 other people. So I'm sorry I don't know where this racist "nigger shit" is coming from but ya got me confused with someone else. Donald left Elan because of the violence, he worked as staff for a whole 4 months. He hated Elan. AS far as calling people faggots and so forth, well ya got me there. During the football season in 76 George White, Wanye Barnes, Steve Sperry, Mike O'Neil, Alan Frey and others use to egg one another on across the lines calling each other faggots. We would wait to see if George was going to carry the ball and Dominic Parker and myself would call George a faggot if he ran away from us. As far as calling residents faggots as staff no I'm sorry once again not my style.

In early 1978 I was 18 years old and most of the people I wrote about above were my age or a year younger. I was in the program with them, hung out with them and kept in touch with three of them over the years. If you were from Rhode Island and followed college basketball and the NBA during the early 70's you knew Wayne Barnes older brother. His brother was paying for Wayne.
Second person is Mary Jones. Mary has been talked about a lot on this site and fornits. She was used to embarrass me. You guys remember the story of Mary being tied to the back of a Van and dragged around Elan. Now the story is Mary was beaten by 15 to 20 people. Well everyone that really knows Mary Jones finds this to be a bit incredulous. I'll tell you why, Mary had a kidney abnormality so she was never put in the ring or received any kind of physical punishment. This came down from Joe straight from Rhode Island. So I find this a tad difficult to understand because if she was beat she would definitely sustained injuries that probably would have killed her or very near. This is a fact, just ask anyone who knew Mary Jones from 75-79. I feel for Mary and they way she has been treated.
As I said I am not going to minimize this book. I am sure Wayne invested his soul in this book. I do believe it took a lot of courage to put yourself out there. To talk to a audience about what you experienced at 15 years old. No one could have prepared us for Elan and the mind fuck that happened to us. So no, I am not going to fight Wayne or anyone else over the barbarous abuses that went on.
If Wayne was in the House, Elan 7 as he said he was then we both know what I did and what I did not do. I do not have the luxury of remembering Wayne and for this I am sorry. It does not mean you were insignificant it just means I can not recollect.

Wayne I also want to take this time to apologize for any and all harm I caused you either directly or indirectly. I was put in charge to care for you (whether Elan wanted me to do this or not) I knew that you needed to be protected and I failed horribly.
I can only hope in time you can see just how sincere I am.

Now I would also like to take the time to express my sincere apologies to others to have gone to Elan that I was unkind to and down right rude to over the last year or so. As I have said before I could not have prepared myself enough to understand the impact of emotions that stormed back into my life when I ventured onto this site and others concerning Elan.

I did not handle the emotions from others well. I can only hope that Felice, Sharon, Matt, Mark, Wayne and others can forgive my intolerable behavior I displayed here and other sites a while back. My ongoing amends to you all has been to leave you alone and to empathize with your pain and how I can irritate this with my behavior.

I now understand that just by being staff and a Director will be enough for many of you to push me away. I am OK with this now. I guess I have acquired enough information so it is not as important to be heard as it is to listen. I have people I can go to to help me when I need it.

I was so naive and ignorant when I first got here because I had not put two 'n two together yet. This is a survivor site and I was staff. I had never really looked at myself that way. Being staff was just another phase of Elan until I left. I never had any intention of staying at Elan. I just had no other place to go and until I figured out what was next I thought I would just stay there. What was next came 20 months, when I moved to Louisiana and worked in the Gulf of Mexico on oil rigs. I have never looked back since.

Wayne thanks for a great book. Hey I have no problem really you using my name. I am sure I have injured you in some way. Just by being staff.
Just know this, I have a heart and a soul. I love and I am loved. I know what you went through and I am sorry I am a part of your life in the way I am.

Please think about this, you and I know what I did. Part of our healing process is getting honest about our past so we can forgive. Forgiveness does not mean you invite me into your life, forgiveness means we look at our past honestly and have no more illusions about it. We see it as it was and say Ok this is what happened and I am letting it go.

With my love in your healing process,


P.S. These were just some heartfelt thoughts I had.

Diane love you much.....
My little sister wrote to me the lyrics to the song "Daniel" from Elton John in 1975. I read this letter while sitting in my bunk in the mens dormitory. They converted the mens dormitory into Elan 7 eighteen months later.
I thought that had some significance here.
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Wayne K
03-31-2011, 06:12 AM
And then, there's this :D

John Rosco Danny's Hate: Manifesto.
My name is Daniel Bennison, I was in Elan from 6/75 till 1/77 as a resident and a employee from 1/77 till 11/78.

I bring this up because of past and recent events and interactions with other residents. Guys this will be the last post I do to defend really (the indefensible) the abuse committed while I was affiliated with Elan. Whooter has informed me that he is writing a book and that I am in it on Chap. 5 because of abuses on committed at Elan while as a employee. This was my response to him after being told this,"I want you to quote this in your book. I did not say I did not abuse kids because I did as a resident and a employee. As a resident I fought in the ring for the house, screamed at folks during GM's, during a haircut, encounter groups and screamed at folks shot down while walking the house.As a employee I committed all of the abuse I mentioned above plus directed residents to verbally assault and demean residents. Did I physically abuse people, ? Yes. Now does this make me a better person then the next employee,? Yes it really does. All I am doing here is stating a fact."John has also taken the liberties of threatening me with exposer concerning accusations of abuse and that I had committed while staff, with 5 or more witnesses to these incidents.I don't think that you folks really want a all out war of words on this site but on the other hand I can see where it is constructive to have a resident call out a staff member of Elan who posts here, on supposed abuses. I don't mind that a book is being written about Elan and the abuses Staff committed. Just remember though I will not apologize to anyone for any abuses I did commit.There was enough bullshit that happened from 75-78 for me to have given a lifetime of nightmares to others, without anyone making me do something I truly don't mean. John says I was Staff/Ass.Director (E-7). I was staff/Ass.Director E-7 from 2/78 till 8/78, I transferred to a different position/different house till 11/78. I am curious as to how John knows I arrived at E-7 in 1978. Anyway I post here and I am open to conversation, you would think that John would use my information to his advantage, for he is also an abuser of others. there are also other staff and Ass. directors who have information that would help in exposing Elan, John and Felice are both frauds, As far as the dragging incident I am not nor will I be ashamed at programs and the courses it takes, I know that the once Fat Girl thanks me now. I will help any of you lose wight like here just call me,Now first off Felice is very well prepared for this sort of thing because she has been haunting this sites for over 10 years. The only thing one has to do is ask Felice about her family sibling, parents and children and you can see the abuse. Far after she left Elan and still present today. I will not get into specifics right now only to say her garbage is still going on. This is of her own making though she will blame everyone else a common trait of Art and herself. Then pick on other residents if their still not satisfied. Felice you are still very sick, you hang out with Art and you harass people. A nother side of Felice is her brilliance with Art, she is masterful, she also has great ability with filming herself in the wild, and last her passion is trolling survivor sites, Felice stay with your strengths and stop with the dirt business it is unbecoming of you, Felice is a much more horrible woman then any of us would dream of,That's right Felice and your still an idiot and maybe if you had not posted your crap, I would let you satisfy me and get me into the mood lady friend, you and I would be alright, but no you had to stoop to a disgusting level. So you keep posting away to prove your point. As far as I'm concerned you have no class what so ever. You call yourself a woman, please. Run to Art.

And "Anne" I list you with them, your someone who know nothing about programs and Elan.

As far as the car dragging incident, I did plenty of shit in the program that I don't regret now. Hell yes! You may already know this but Straight took the mutual- abuse thing to another level. A good portion of each day was spent abusing each other in group in one form or another. Virtually everyone there did shit to somebody else that they don't regret it now. I understand how people got caught up in that shit at Elan but I don't understand the why the car incident is such a big deal. You really don't upset me about it at all. I mean, I feel no guilty about poking people in the back, helping restrain people and confronting people. When I had dragged that girl behind a car, I held my head with pride and I would do everything I could keep helping people in programs. I would oppose programs that don't have some kind of abuses as part of the atonement for those sins of the residents, towards their family's and friends. I did't care then and I don't care now,it's the past, and I did what I had to do, and would gladly do it again ,

He dragged a 14 year old mentally ill girl behind a car or van. I don't remember the vehicle, I just remember her falling down and being dragged

03-31-2011, 06:14 AM
I read the book and loved it, but -- and I hope you take this as I intend it -- maybe not drawing attention to his interactions with you would be the wiser approach. Up to you, of course. That and posting stuff outside of what is meant to be some kind of support group, even if he is abusing it....

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 06:30 AM
This is up on like 5 sites and has been copy and pasted 100 time. Danny's a Face Book joke

I'll take it down if ya want

03-31-2011, 08:01 AM
Damnit Wayne, I was supposed to go to bed and instead I've just sat here and read your free book beginning to end.

03-31-2011, 09:22 AM
This is from the Elan survivor site. The book is about him abusing children.

What tougher critic will I face? :D
Um, agents and publishers? :D

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 12:03 PM
Damnit Wayne, I was supposed to go to bed and instead I've just sat here and read your free book beginning to end.

Marry me


Wayne K
03-31-2011, 12:07 PM
Um, agents and publishers? :D

I'm being accused of horrible things for promotion, but I kept this from my agent because he would have flipped because after ten seconds consideration, I put it up for free on Face Book. I cut my throat, I know, and I knew that when I posted it, but they made fun of me on Fornits and said I'd never get a publisher, and I agreed :D

I'm emo Wayne

Here's the article from tomorrow's Sun Journal. (http://www.sunjournal.com/city/story/1008298)

The tales of treatment at the school during the 1970s were well-documented during the 2002 murder trial of former student Michael Skakel, and the practices of isolating students, screaming sessions called “general meetings” and physically rough treatment have been written about by dozens of former students, including disturbing details of Wayne Kernochan’s time at the school between 1978 and 1980 detailed in his e-book, “A Life Gone Awry: My Story of the Elan School.”

Despite what it says, Elan implemented these changes well after the web campaign started. Years after

Kernochan, a writer who is currently disabled and living in New York City, said Wednesday that the group campaigning to close Elan for the past nine years will now work to expose similar therapeutic schools, and organize against those schools, too. "Our plan is to close them all down,” he said.

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 01:54 PM
I read the book and loved it, but -- and I hope you take this as I intend it -- maybe not drawing attention to his interactions with you would be the wiser approach. Up to you, of course. That and posting stuff outside of what is meant to be some kind of support group, even if he is abusing it....

If I ever wanted a fair assessment of my work I'd hand it to you, I respect your opinion so this means a lot to me btw. Thank you

Wayne K
03-31-2011, 01:56 PM
Promoting a free read? Oh Wayne--how could you! You're going to profit SO GREATLY by that.

*is soooooooooooo tempted to post in those threads whenever one of those cretins shows up*

My editor is coming to NY to see me and said "You're going to love our promotion ideas..."

And I stopped.....I thought, "Oh yeah, I have a book coming out"

Until the past few days I was kicking myself for putting this up

ETA: And, as much as I hate Danny, I won't set you on him. It would be too horrible to watch :D

03-31-2011, 09:33 PM
CGs! I think???


Wayne K
03-31-2011, 09:38 PM
Meh, I can't figure out how to feel today. I guess they're feeling more closure than I am :D

03-31-2011, 10:28 PM
Congrats, Wayne

Wayne K
04-01-2011, 03:25 AM
This is going to be fun

04-01-2011, 03:41 AM
This Daniel Bennison the person Wayne is talking about here. I just wanted to have my say in all of this if I can.
Wayne is making some serious accusations concerning me and Mary Jones. Who at the time was a fourteen year old girl who was obese and had a critical kidney problem.
Mary Jones has been used horribly by Wayne to promote his stories and his agenda. He has written that Mary was dragged behind a Van, car and a truck and that she was beaten by twenty people. I don't know about you but if I had been dragged (hands bound) behind a vehicle and dragged around a tar parking lot then the bodily damage would be severe and if I had been beaten by 20 people by kicking, stomping and punching for multiple minutes then the bodily damage would once again be severe. In both cases Mary would have had to go to the hospital since Elan had no medical resources to take care of such injuries. There would be medical records in Lewiston or Portland Me in archives . Then you have the hospital staff that would have dealt with the injuries and they would have inquired which would have created a investigation. So my point is this, why is it so important for Wayne who has been a member here since 2008 to impress you with such foolish defaming descriptions of abuse. Promotion and a sincere need to be taken seriously.
Yes I worked at Elan in 1/77 I was 17 years old. I had just graduated from Elan and had no where to go. Going home to family was not an option. I arrived at Elan as a resident in 6/75 I was a ward of the State of R.I. I worked for Elan until 8/78 then left in disgust. I could not leave fast6 enough, I had saved enough money to move to Louisiana. I was a resident from 6/75 - 1/77 a employee from 1/77 - 8/78.
Moving on, post #8 above is in fact my writing. It was in response to his story. The second post #9 (The Manifesto) as Wayne calls it and says is mine was written by Mark Babbitz and Wayne himself. It is a parody and you can see this if you go to the Elan Site "I went to the Elan School" discussion forum and also if you go to the site "Fornits Wayward Fora" go to the Elan Forum. You can tell in the Fornits Site that it is not my writings because the person who posted it is a parody (sock puppet ) and you can tell this by the different registered dates.
Wayne already knows all of this. I think he should discuss his mistakes.
Last, Wayne says that I was his Ass. Director at Elan, well I could accept this if we could find someone to corroborate this. Because I honestly can not remember him at all and I remember everyone else he writes about. There is a poster on our facebook site that was in Elan 7 when Wayne says he was and even he does not remember him.
Members, I am sorry to have bored with this but I did. If you care to investigate the ongoing war of words I have had with Wayne and his pals you will see that Wayne has taken some liberties here with the "truth" and used this site for selfish reasons.
His allegations are serious and libelous. I do not take them lightly. I would just wish that he would leave Mary Jones out of this. If you were to meet this gal when she was at Elan she was great. She was a product of a broken family and shuddered from one abusive foster home to the next until she arrived in Elan. This is not to say Elan was the best place. All I am saying is Mary has paid her dues and Wayne needs to leave her alone.
Wayne Mary never did anything to you and you are not honoring her by using her to promote a book.

Thanks for reading if you did.


P.S. I am not a writer nor a grammatical genius, please allow me some latitude.

04-01-2011, 04:21 AM
I also want to say this. Wayne I don't hate you or anyone. My friend I don't have room for hate in my life. I am just confused to the point of irritability sometimes with the depth of disrespect you have for others.
If you folks choose to discuss these comments I posted here that would be fine, if not that is fine also. I just wanted to share.


Wayne K
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04-01-2011, 07:18 AM
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Wayne K
04-01-2011, 07:24 AM
They don't call him spammy for nothing :D

04-01-2011, 07:38 AM
Danny, are you a writer? Or are you just stalking Wayne across the internet trying to refute what he says in his book? Because quite frankly, this is a site for WRITERS, not flame wars.

Wayne doesn't promote his book here. For one, 'promotion' doesn't really apply to free books. Second, this site isn't about book promotion. Wayne has, however, discussed his book here with his peers in the writing community, and his story was gripping enough to cause many of us to check into the history of Elan School and the charges against it.

Here's the major facts as they apply here to this site:

1--If you're here to refute Wayne's book, you're here under false pretenses. You are a cyber stalker, cluttering up a writer's forum with your own personal agenda.

2--No one here cares about who you are, what your history is, or what you did or did not do at Elan. No one here cares if you remember Wayne or not. His book is about what HE remembers from Elan, not you, and it is not his responsibility to compensate for your lack of memory regarding him.

3--It's not our responsibility to investigate the 'war of words' you're having with Wayne beyond what occurs on this site. And, quite frankly, I find it so utterly, horribly creepy that ANYONE would cyber-stalk a victim of abuse and challenge him to verify that abuse or corroborate it in some way that I can honestly say all you're doing is undermining yourself. This behavior is the behavior of an abuser, not a victim. So all you've accomplished with this at least as far as I'm concerned is to confirm everything that Wayne has said--a confirmation, I might add, that has been already provided by hundreds of other Elan victims across the internet.

I'd suggest that it is in your best interests to stop the stalking and just let it drop, Danny. You're not doing yourself any favors with this behavior. All you're doing, in fact, is making his case for him. I would assume that's not your intent?

Let it go. And leave the Elan controversy on the Elan sites, instead of dragging them onto writers' forums that aren't involved.

Best wishes for your future endeavors.

Soccer Mom
04-01-2011, 08:16 AM
Enough. I'm locking this thread. Danny, this isn't the place for a debate. Feel free to do so on your own forum/blog/website/Facebook etc... Not here.