Majestic Ranch Academy/ Old West Academy

Majestic Ranch

Majestic Ranch Academy, now known as Old West Academy, is a co-ed facility located in Randolph, Utah. Unlike many WWASP schools, Majestic Ranch accepts children as young as 7, and as old as 14. It is both a program and a working ranch where the children are used as focred labor. Majestic Ranch is owned by Dan Peart, Robert Litchfield’s brother in law. Wayne Winder served as facility Director until his arrest in 2002 for charges including sexual abuse and assault. He was ordered not to be alone with the children anymore. He appears to be currently serving as Admissions Director, while Tammy Johnson is serving as Director. Old West has experienced a dramatic drop in enrollment, and reports are that they may be closing permanently. (sources, www.wiki.fornits.com, http://strokesteve.blogspot.com, www.caica.org, Official Majestic Ranch website -url withheld-)

Staff

Dan Peart

Dan Peart is Robert Browning Litchfield’s brother-in-law. He seems have first gotten involved in WWASP in 1996, when he opened Spring Creek Lodge with the Pullan brothers, serving as Vice President. He then went on to be the owner of Majestic Ranch, now operating as Old West Academy, where children as young as 7, and perhaps younger, were detained, abused, and used as forced labor. (source: www.wiki.fornits.com)

 

Wayne Winder

Wayne Winder became Director of Majestic Ranch in 2001. In 2002, he was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting one girl, assaulting one boy, and threatening to kill another. He was also charged with showing a boy pornography and three misdemeanor counts of child abuse. Remember, Majestic Ranch treated children from 7 to 14., so all victims were under 15 for sure and possibly quite younger. Winder was ordered to not be alone with children in the school while he was facing charges, and the school was ordered to have two staff members present at all times with children. He resigned as Director in 2002 while serving a one year, probation-like pre-trial diversion. He served as Admissions Director until at least 2011. He currently lives in Evanston, Wyoming, but that is only a short drive to Randolph, so he may still be currently involved with the school, now known as Old West Academy. -Tony\

Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson took over as Director of Majestic Ranch in July 2002, which was when Wayne Winder was arrested. She has served in this capacity ever since. (source: Official Majestic Ranch website -url withheld-)

 

 

 

Survivor Testimony

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98 Responses to “Majestic Ranch Academy/ Old West Academy”

  1. Amanda Buckley Says:

    I went to majestic ranch academy when i was seven years old back in 2004. I am still traumatized by what happened to me there. I still have not told my parents about all of this. When i first went to majestic ranch, a girl got all of my pictures from home and flushed them down the toilet. You may think that this was not bad, but we were only allowed a certain amount of pictures and we coulsnt communicate with our families,and they checked all of our letters so i couldnt ask for more. Then the same girl, whos first name was Leslie, repeatedly sexualy assualted me. A few months later another girl named jessica did the same thing, while a group of other girls watched. I was also molested by the cook, who tool me back in the pantry area and proceeded to finger me. I was only seven years old. Majestic ranch was hell. I am so traumatized by what happened i cant let my boyfriend touch me because all i feel are thw greasy hands of the cook. I wanted to share my story so that others qoulsnt face the same injustice.

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    • kld Says:

      are you talking about martin the cook

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    • Ashley Says:

      I remember what Amanda was saying…. I was therein the same unit or house she was in… I can remember when Amanda came none of us could believe that someone would Send someone that young there….
      I hated it there. They let a lot of people there get a way with stuff…. their level system was a joke. The schooling sucked you didn’t get much help. I would never recommend Putin your child here

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    • jenna Says:

      I remember you Amanda. You were so young.

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      • Amanda Says:

        yeah, i have been traumatized from that place

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        • Michelle Says:

          Amanda my name is Michelle and i worked out there just for a VERY short time. I remember talking with u one night telling u I had a son your same age and there was NEVER ANYTHING he could do to make me send him to a place like that! I am VERY sorry I did not know those things were happening OR I WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! I PROMISE!! I myself was sexually abused as a child but it was by my own father. I hope u have found a good counselor and are recieving support from your family. I used the horrible things that happened to me in life as stepping stones to be a stronger and better person. I often tell people my story and tell them i use my trageties to b a stronger and better person. I hope and pray u will b able to do the same. U can look me up on fb under Michelle Bence if u would like. I would love to talk to you.

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    • Haley D Says:

      Amanda, it was horrible seeing you and Olivia there. Yall were too young to be exposed to such behavior. Ive been trying to get in contact with the fawns and fillies since i was put in iso and pulled. i got taylor out by finding and contacting her parents. i wish i could have done the same for yall. find me on FB

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    • Daniel Manning Says:

      JI was there back in 05-06. I remember you amanda, you were so tiny then! Every thing that every one is saying is true. They would throw you in ADAPT,when it was winter Gabe who took martins place as shift leader made me stand in the freezing weather. For the first few weeks i was forced into the “shit mountain” which litterally was a huge pile of shit and forced to shovel it and when you stepped in it your feet would sink in it. If any one remembers me look me up on facebook @ Daniel joseph Manning

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    • olivia Says:

      amanda? the short girl i think i remember you?? i was around 8

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    • Angie Robinson Says:

      My name is Angie, I was in the fawn cabin in 2004. When I got there, there was already a girl named Angie, she used to sing traveling soldier to us at night, I remember Amanda singing family portrait. I can’t hear either of those songs or under the sea from the little mermaid without being taken back to that place. I’m 23 now, when I attended I was 12, and still 11 years later I have so much pain and issues from the place. I know the chances of someone reading this are very slim but I hate how I was pulled from the program, it was definitely hell on earth but I build a sisterhood with the girls in my cabin and I never got to say goodbye. If you are reading this, please and you think you were at Majestic Ranch at the same time as me, add me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angie.robinson.773

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  2. William hall Says:

    I was in majestic ranch in 95 and 96. Dan Peart is a piece of shit. He hires uneducated
    Staff to watch the children. The dorms then located in Randolph were old low income
    Apartments. The school was not acredidted. I lost a whole year of schooling there
    . The principle Hiedi something was a complete troll. Children were mistreated then to. A lady named Diane cook used to handle phone calls. You only got supervised calls to family. Greg godar and Dave something I can’t remember his last name were the therapists. The program was simply a way Dan Peart could make a quick buck. One of my goals in life is to kick that dirtbags ass. Trust me Dan Peart is scum. It doesn’t surprise me that sexual abuse occured here. His staff are incompetent morons. And when I finally got out of majestic ranch that jerk stole my bycycil and fishing pole my grand father gave me. Most Mormons I’ve met are kinda wierd but usually good honest people. Dan and Donna Peart are not good people, do not send your children there.

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    • David Malone Says:

      I was there from 93 till dec 94 Must of just missed you. What a hell hole. I’m sure you know a few of the people I knew. Did you get to know Andrew Hori? Greg was a piece of shit. He always wanted to go for a drive in his green cool pickup truck… FH! Diane holy shit I was tackled making a phone call by Seth a house parent and then they hung up on my parents because I was telling them the truth about what a shit whole it was. They were in Cali… Then to find out after my folks told me that they called back and said I was being combative… WTF!! I got a christmas package from my folks, opened it and had a lot of food and snacks in it. Put in the closet cause you could’nt have shit in your room… The MF house parents ate all my shit!!!!!!!!!! F that place.. There going to hell…

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    • Daniel Jones Says:

      I was also there in 96. I was only 13, so I was in house 3, I think you were in the dunes? I remember so much abuse. Sexual and physical. I don’t really blame the staff. It was mostly Dan’s fault, he was trying everything to save money. Most of the employees had no professional training and were making minimum wage. They really wanted to help us but didn’t know how. There were kids with severe mental disabilities that should have been somewhere else.

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  3. Lauren Says:

    First of all, the idea that Tammy became director of Majestic Ranch in 2002 is ludicrous. They tell people that because no one wanted anyone to know that Wayne Winder was director, overseer, and I quote ” the only God you’ll EVER know.” He never left, and I didn’t leave until I was pulled in April of 2003, and there was NO intention of Wayne leaving. I got there March 3, 2002, and left April 6, 2003. I don’t know why no one has talked about Majestic Ranch before, but I can guess. We were threatened regularly that “if you ever tell anyone what happens here, we will find you and kill you.” Then they would take us out into the field and show us what would happen. Guns were shot off, grenades were detonated in the field, and they even cut down a giant tree and set the thing on fire to show us that “we would never live to see the world outside this ranch.” We were told we weren’t allowed to pray, and if we prayed it had to be in the name of Wayne. I was beaten, restrained, burned, and bashed in the head because I had been raised a Christian, and refused to pray to anyone but God. Restraint was administered in any circumstance where the staff felt like it. We were thrown on the ground, our legs shoved up to the middle of our shoulder blades then sat on (and okay, Wayne Winder was 6’7″ at LEAST and weighed 350, I was 12, 4’11 and weighed 85. Do the math.), and our arms yanked up backwards to the point that our hands were over our heads. I saw girls as young as 6 (the youngest that had ever been there and was 5 when she showed up) be restrained and some had there arms dislocated and then forcefully relocated. I have never in my life heard screams than that came from that 5 year old girl the day she got there. She was being taught “why she was there.” I endured the same at 12 when I got there, and they didn’t even wait until my parents were off the property before I endured restraint by Wayne. And that’s only the beginning. I was beaten almost every day because I was seen as one of three “NEPs,” Not Earning Points. This meant we were worse off than the rest. We were given ONE peanut butter sandwich a day (dry PB on bread) and a glass of powdered milk, then water if they felt like it (which was pretty much never). I probably had 30 glasses of water the entire year and a month I was there. My thirteenth birthday occurred while I was there, and I have never had a better meal in my LIFE. I ate once that day, and consumed 24 sandwiches and 30 glasses of milk because they told me I could eat whatever I wanted that day. I then threw up everything (what child wouldn’t if they ate that much, I still don’t know how the heck I did it). They made me sit in it and even forced me to eat it because I had “wasted precious food and this food was worth more than my life!” We were on a ranch, so the NEPs had to do work to prove we weren’t evil and hopeless. I still have an immunity to the smell of manure. We were forced to shovel it, eat it, lie in it, dig our own latrines (and threatened with our own graves) in it, I saw at least one girl sexually assaulted in it while screaming for her life. When lambing happened, we were forced to eat sheep placenta because “it would make us strong”, and if we didn’t we were beaten till we bled and then restrained in our own/the sheep’s blood. I was beaten many times by Matt, whose last name I still don’t know, Chris, Wayne, Tammy, Tori, Annie, and SO many others. I am still haunted by certain country songs that I won’t listen to because they were sung to us in a massively false effort to calm us. When you’re being beaten and Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take The Girl” is being sung in a hauntingly lilting voice, you NEVER forget it. I was forced to strip and dance to a few songs just for the staff’s amusement. I spent many hours sitting in my own waste, showers weren’t often allowed and when they were we had three minutes before we were restrained. When one girl tried to escape, we were forced to carry a log, an “approximately 900-pound log,” and we were never allowed to let it go. We were forced to hold it in the house while we took turns showering, if we ever dropped it every one of us were restrained and then forced to pick it up again. We marched with that thing around the field every day for 10 hours while guns were shot off every 30 minutes to threaten us with what would happen if we let go. I saw a doctor once while I was there, ONCE, and yet I was given medication for ADHD, Bipolar, and God knows what else every day. I never knew what they gave me, I was never told, and I was slapped when I asked. I was told every minute of every day that my parents hated me, they didn’t love me, I deserved what I got. During the winter, we had to shovel snow every hour of the day, we were restrained in the ice, in the snow, we got frostbite. I as well as a few others were forced in punishment to run in the snow and ice in our underwear and bare feet all night long for many nights. Some nights it got down to about -10 to -15 and I don’t know how we lived save for the grace of God. I was pulled out on April 6, 2003 at 13 and weighed 85 pounds and stood 5’4″. I haven’t told my story till now because I know that no one would have believed me and by the time they did I thought it didn’t matter. Yesterday marked 10 years since I left, and I now feel a desperate need to reveal what goes on at Majestic Ranch (though I think it’s now Old West Academy?).

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    • justin Says:

      Hey Lauren,

      My name is Justin I was at majestic ranch around the time the whole thing with wayne happened. In fact I found out that he got arrested when I was at my graduation at PC2. Anyway I was just wondering do you remember a girl named Jamie? I think she was from ohio or somewhere there.

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  4. Ryan Says:

    Wayne Is a piece of shit, Tammy is a snake. Tori the family counselor was a snake. You only needed ex amount of pts to get to level 4. I had 2.5 x the amount I was on level 3 for probably 7 months. She would never vote me up, she told me things I needed to work on, I would do it my dorm supported me and then this dumb lady would say oh you have to work on this before you get my signature. This program is a scam, i put in a request to see Tammy for 6 weeks. She acts like she is so special and has so much work to do. When clearly she doesn’t, it’s all a set up to get $ from your parents monthly to maintain you in the program. My mom was brain washed by seminars that do not correlate any which way to the daily living these kids expierence there. Thank god for the ppls support that were pulled and relayed the message to my family of what was really going on behind the scenes. My mom wanted me to graduate until she slowly slowly was getting a taste of what I was going thru. I would get 1 phone call a month with each parent and I was fully monitored.my counselor wouldn’t let me speak in hebrew even though my dad was always wanting to. Then we she told me no more Hebrew I told him she won’t let me speak in Hebrew because she’s scared I’m going to tell you how there mis treating me, that was the last thing I said in Hebrew. When I get off the phone she told me your not listening to well to receive my signature. Then gave me a penalty for apparently not listening to her. Kids were abused, beaten, and torchered in severe climate extremes. If you even think about taking your kid there, think again and think how much you love your child not to let them experience this endangerment. Wayne and Tammy are absolutely bad bad bad bad ppl. I was there when most of these ppl above were. I know what there talking about.

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  5. Scott Says:

    I still have nightmares about this place I came out when I was in the program and because of it being a Mormon sorta setting the didn’t take kindly to my orientation for the last year of my stay I was sexual assaulted more than I can remember by staff and student. When I was taken to ADAPT for misbehaving they would either take my clothes from me call me faggot and cocksucker it was very traumatizing .

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    • matthew Foley Says:

      503 713 8005. Scott you ever need to just text me. Call me. I am heavily supportive of my fellow survivors I’m so sorry that I didn’t do more when I was there to save the rest of you who came later. There are so many nights I hold myself guilty for not doing more to get this hell closed back then.

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    • Jordan Sheets Says:

      scott, i remember you. reach out to me on FB

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  6. Matthew Foley Says:

    I was here a bit earlier than most of you seem to have been back in 98-99. Back then this was not co-ed, we had a single building .
    I was the oldest there at the time at 14-15. I also have the record of being the only successful runaway from this hell, making it all the way to cokeville,wyoming where Mike Walk( one of only two decent staff to ever work there the other being John..since none of you mention them I figure they no longer work there)
    I remember the beatings, That whole hours of sitting in the snow naked started with me and cody.
    In fact most of what you latter generation survivors went through was first tested on us…and for that fact that My family I am sorry that I couldnt get it shut down before you got there.
    But if you need to talk I am always available on facebook ( matthew foley) and most days by phone( number is on my account).
    You can survive this, its not normal and its not easy, its a daily struggle but survival is possible

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    • Scott Says:

      Hey Matthew I am trying to find u on Facebook I am Scott the one that’s commented above u please email me at babyboi1633@icloud.com

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    • Nick Says:

      I was there in 99 to 01. there were only three buildings when I was there. The male dorm, The building for the older guys in their late teens and 20s and the school/dining area. I remember going on the sheep trial runs with Dan and other kids at the ranch. We would walk miles through the mountains while staff was on horse back. The one thing that I feel proud of is that they were never able to break me. The abuse that they put me through was some of the same that i recieved when I was at home with my father. You are very right that all of the things that they have done in more recent years were tested and tried on the earlier groups of kids. Does anyone remember Texie the fat cunt of a school teacher? I remember she had me sit outside on “the log” for hours in below freezing weather during a snow storm. The only good people that were ever there were John and Dans daughters.

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      • Antonia Benitez Says:

        Hey Nick.. I must have just missed you? I was there for 9/11. I was the second girl on the facility. I did a sheep trail once. Anyone I ever tell about sheep trails can hardly believe the story!

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  7. art arthur nuriyev Says:

    man that place was hell and fucked up any one remember me i wentt here two times2005 -2006-
    second time i fucked there level system probably cause they wanted money if anyone wants to talk about them just find me on face ook art mach… or email niriyev1993@gmail.com

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    • Daniel Manning Says:

      Arthur i remember you, you were in my dorm with me

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      • arty Says:

        Dont u dare lie to me daniel!!! before if i ever decide to go sucide i will make sure i shoot it out with the staff there and im getting pretty depressed lately so who knows

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        • Bill Boyles Says:

          If you are considering suicide or think you are dangerous to yourself or someone else, please seek help. I have provided a hotline phone number if you need to talk to someone. We certainly don’t want to lose yet another survivor to suicide, we have lost far too many. We also don’t condone violence against the staff, even though many of them richly deserve it. Take a deep breath, calm down, and talk it out with someone. Revenge on the staff isn’t worth your death (or the rest of your life in prison.)

          National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
          In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255.
          http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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        • brandon ludgate Says:

          yea with me as well rams then cowboys till i left

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    • Mike Hernandez Says:

      I remember you breaking your collar bone in drag and tag

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  8. Dwayne Tussing Says:

    if anyone on here was at majestic back in 05-06 add me on facebook i was there at that time i was in the long horns my name on facebook is Dwayne tusiing or shoot me a text 4437399551

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  9. Amanda Says:

    I was only seven when i was there, i came in 2004 and left in 2007 i think, i was traumatized. If anyone remembers me and wants to look me up on Facebook, its amandapiercebuckley@gmail.com, if anyone remembers a girl named leslie, a girl names Olivia, a girl named Kenzie ( I think her mother was homosexual), a girl names Jessica, a girl names Nicole Rawson, and a house parent named Amanda, and she had a twin sister too, please tell me bc i am trying to find them. I am trying to overcome all the pain but i could use some support

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  10. Amanda Says:

    i went through hell at that place, even now the memories are so suppressed i have to go through serious counseling. I went into a kind of shell, while i was at majestic. i remember only little things, like the grey duct tape that was on the floor of the gym, and the red and blue bunk beds, and the way Amanda used to play audio books for us at night. I remember when we used to go to the lunch room and there would be swarms of flies, covering every inch of the floor. I remember the dessert, the nutty bars and the oatmeal pies. I cry when i think about the counseling sessions. I felt empty inside. The only entertainment i had was these two boys named Zack and Brandon. I used to try to catch a glimpse of them every night at med time. I still remember the day Brandon left, i was standing by the sheep pen, the one with the orphan lambs in it and he drove by with his mom. I remember the schooling, i didn’t get any help, i had to teach myself. i remember one of the house parents had diabetes, she was crazy. This girl Erin picked her hang nail and she dropped her because she said she was trying to hurt herself. I remember these two girls, my best friends, named Tiffany and Nikki, we used to play Saylor Moon. Even after i left, i sometimes went into that fantasy world, where nobody else could hurt me. I really hate the people who made me this way. I want to be normal. My parents don’t even believe half the stuff i tell them about that place. I feel alone in my search for justice.

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  11. Jessica Says:

    Slowly remembering all of the evil. Up until I read this page I had blocked it off and convinced myself that it was a good place. Funny how your mind works to protect itself. I was there late 2004 into early 2005. 6 months of hell.

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  12. troy Says:

    I tried to burn this place to the ground I successfully burnt the house they used for use older kids. I’m not ashamed of what I did because I would have done anything at the time too get out of there

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  13. olivia Says:

    i want to tell my memories of Majestic Ranch. For me; for anyone who reads:
    i remember i came during the middle of fall. i remember the bake pumpkin seeds and the fall atmosphere. i remembered some of the girls. i’d say what affected me today from the ranch was seeing Kathrine fully naked. i guess since im mature now and looking back in the past the ‘naked female body’ was my seed to my sexuality now. im gay. im not saying its a bad thing or good thing. i love who iam. i just have moments where im scared of how society judges me. but anyways…my memories of the boarding school have faded. there just some things i remember. tubing down a hill. school-didnt teach me much. cleaning alot. i remember some facesMegan, Cloe, Aren, Victoria, Amanda, Hannah, Kathrine, Leslie, and Jessica. they were sweet and fun. the staff i remember were: Amanda, Melissa, Rachel, Jessica, Tori, Gary, Chris. I dont remeber the me back than… so anyone who was a fawn or fillie back in fall of 2005-2006 find me on facebook: Olivia Field or email me at ofield16@gmail.com

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    • Amanda Says:

      Yeah I have that same image of Katherine too, we all were very sexual I think, I remember my first kiss was with a girl names Theresa. To this day I still remember that her breath tasted like pizza for some reason.

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  14. Anon Says:

    Seven, fucking seven. God that just kills me. My heart breaks for all of you.

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    • Amanda Says:

      yeah, it hurts to think about. I lost my childhood. A normal seven year old goes to the park and plays with dolls and dresses up like a princess. Instead I was sexually and physically assaulted, tortured, and left completely alone. When I wanted Mommy because I was scared because of the never ending nightmares, I was told to grow the fuck up. When I wanted help because I couldn’t lift the shovel with my tiny arms, I was told to grow the fuck up. And so I did. I grew up. But I’m missing a part of me that was stolen. I want to die whenever I think about it. I keep pushing forward only because I want to help others.

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  15. Evan Says:

    I remember everyone. I remember everything. To this very day I still have nightmares where I get dragged off and thrown back into MRA. I wish I didn’t have the photographic memory I’ve been blessed with solely due to what I remember about this living hell on earth.

    I remember the day I got there, Dec 18, 2003. I remember being in the Longhorns dorm. I remember Shaun Coombs (No, not talking about p diddy) and when he beat that kid Jeremy. I remember seeing brutal fights in the bathrooms. There was the time Anthony Vo beat some kid senseless, blood everywhere, and he didn’t get in trouble because no one liked Alex Tweedy.

    I was molested multiple times by another student. The sleeping pill I was on would knock me out cold for 9+ hours easily. None of the staff believed me because I was in orange at the time. Well, one did, and I wish I could do more than thank him on this message board. Robert aka Boo told me he would file a police report on my behalf. When the cops showed up I was called into Wayne’s office, where he threatened to royally fuck my life up because “I wanted extra attention.” Kid confessed to doing it, they made us hug it out, and the cops left. My parents were never told of this, and they remedied the situation NOT BY sending him to another dorm, but my placing a fucking nightlight by my bunk bed.

    This place did some good for me by helping suppress some extreme anger, but let’s be honest. The staff rarely cared about you as a struggling child, the seminars were just a massive brainwashing cryfest, and the amount of abuse I’ve witnessed would fill a trilogy of books. I wonder how most of the people I remember have turned out. I left nearly 10 years ago and more often than usual I’ve caught myself thinking about this place and the people connected to it.

    My life is good. I’m successful and happy with my current path. Yet no matter how much time seems to pass my emotional scars from MRA won’t go away, and I doubt they ever will.

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    • Glenda Rooney Says:

      That is so awful Evan. I feel for you and all the kids in there including my own.

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    • Jeremy Says:

      Hey Evan! I remember you!! Remember me I’m Jeremy the kid Sean Coombs (or however you spell it) fucked up and child protective services came and got me. Much Love to ALL survivors, especially those who didn’t make it..💛

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    • joshua walker Says:

      evan i remember the day you came in. my name is josh walker and i was there for 3 1/2 years. alex tweedy was my bunkie for a bit.anthony vo,nick koon. i was also in the gym and watched that kid get beat down by sean,he put him through a table. i wanted to stop it but knew i couldnt.add me on facebook im josh walker from ohio

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    • joshua walker Says:

      we were in the same dorm together.i remember your first day.i was there for a few years. I remember being one of the few kids there as sean coombs beat the tar out of a kid named Jeremy. will never forget thosememories or any others for that matter.glad your doing well.keep your head up.

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  16. Glenda Rooney Says:

    I am having a hard time believing everyone – I thought my son was safe and learned how to be respectful but I was wrong. He was physically and emotional abused. I hate them and wish I could something to help my son.

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  17. Jeremy Says:

    The beating ended. I found one of the staff later on in life. Boy is he sorry. We just have to keep on living.

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  18. AJ Says:

    Wow!I haven’t thought about this place for years. I was there around 98 0r 99. I was one of the few that choose to willingly go to come off of drugs. The one thing that I could not get over while I was there is that some parents would drop their kids off and go on about life for years with no remorse. I remember two brothers that had been there for awhile and they had been in trouble over a cigarette. I can’t believe some of the stories I’m hearing but I don’t doubt it for a second

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  19. Shawn beavers Says:

    Anyone there from 2004-2006 get ahold of me

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  20. Kati Davis Says:

    has anyone every tried talking to a lawyer? I feel like there was no justice for what they did. I was in the fawns with Nicole Leslie haylee Saundra etc.

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    • olivia Says:

      Do you remember a girl named olivia napp

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    • Teresa H Says:

      I remember you Katie, I was in the Fillies before they had to merge with the Fawns. I stayed there until you were pulled. I know a few charges have been made against Majestic Ranch Academy, but after Gordon cam and changed the name to Old West Academy not sure how they fell through. I know it got pegged for being “unlicensed” but after that, nothing on the abuse that went on there.

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  21. Jeff callahan Says:

    My name is Jeff Callahan, I was enrolled in the hell they call majestic ranch for 2 1/2 years. Contact me at ktulu253@gmail.com or text me at 253-666-2411. I would like to talk to someone about my experiences there

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    • Lane knapp Says:

      Place definitely scarred my life i went in at 10 am left when I was 12, Martin made mean 2 other boys high knee through a manure pen than sprayed us off an made us stand in the alfalfa pasture till dark I know cps got involved cause our legs were all cut up

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  22. Quinn Johnson Says:

    Hey I was there from 1999- 2002 I am trying to compile I am wirtting a book on my experiences there and how they have effected me over 10 years later. I have blocked out details in some ways. If anyone remembers me, please message me back.

    So sorry for everything that happen to you guys. It was an awful place that did nothing to support the victims that went there. Light need to be shed on these school and the victims need to have full support in anyway they need it.

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  23. Kati Says:

    Everyone on here just sits here and writes about the abuse they went through but nobody is doing anything about it. To much time has not passed. We don’t deserve all the pain and abuse we went through. Its not to late to do something about it. I recently went back a couple years ago and there are still kids there! Don’t just sit around and dwell on what happened do something about it. I have nightmares almost every night as well. Please do something about it, message me with your stories, I am almost finished writing a book uncovering the truth about everything that went on there. With your stories and your permission we can show people what they did to us. It wasn’t ok we were just children. Please be strong and email me with your stories so justice can be served. There are statue of limitations against child abuse and if you are 28 or younger its not to late to do something about it.
    kddc637@yahoo.com

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  24. Amanda Says:

    I think we need to not only contact a lawyer, but also need to get the media involved. We deserve retribution for what was done to us. I need to heal and I can’t until those sick bastards are brought to justice. I’m only 20, so whatever I can do to help, email me at amandapiercebuckley@gmail.com

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  25. kelsie Says:

    Amanda Buckley. I remember u. And Jenna, we were best friends until u got pulled. I remember martin. He made me believed he loved me. I was 12 he was 21 or so. I’m so sorry for you Amanda. I never knew. I’m so sorry.

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  26. Jess Says:

    Oh wow
    I just got the link to this from Kelsey on facebook. I graduated majestic in 07. I was in the fillies dorm. I remember yall. Danny. Amanda- you were my best friend….I heard about the things that happened but it happened before I got there. So horrible. So crazy we were all so young. I went in age 12 I think it was….I’m about to be 23 in a couple weeks and have 2 kids.. Yall add me on Facebook. Jess gibson. Montgomery tx. We need some catching up…

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  27. Jess Says:

    Amanda I have been trying to find you on fb for years!!!!

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  28. Nicole Rawson Says:

    There is/has been a class action suit taking place for years. Nothing has come from it… I can try to get the firms information although I feel like it’s honestly just a waste of time. Sorry to hear that so many other kids went threw the same trama as I did.

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    • Gabe Says:

      Let me know about class action info. I was there in 1990 91

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    • Gabe Says:

      Let me know about class action info. I was there in 1990 91. With ross k. Jason l. Matt h. Nate b. Clint. Harold was a little kid at the time, heard he worked their as an adult. Creepy. He was caught touching the house parents baby inside the diapers. Anybody there at that time hit me up gbullo74@gmail.com. it was all boys and we lived in apartments in randolph. That place started as dans wifes pet project in the 80s.
      Lets just say it was not a good place. I could blab for hours but u guys pretty much covered it.

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  29. Leigh B Says:

    Hey there. I was at majestic in 92-93 when it was all boys and in town… Anyone remember or want to link my email is some.days@ymail.com anyway take care my peoples.

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    • Leigh B Says:

      Also I’ve left this message before and seems to get deleted… Please let me know if I’m posting something wrong or just correct it instead of deleting. Thanks

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  30. Greg B Says:

    I was there from November of 1993 till August of 1994. I was in 5th grade so ages 11/12. House 3 I believe? The young kids house by the high school.

    While I personally didn’t experience any of the terrible stuff mentioned above first-hand, I always knew bad stuff was occurring. I think I went to solidarity once, because I punched Johnny Moseby for stealing and breaking my handheld video games. I really didn’t need to be there, my parents just thought I was a pain in the butt because they had never had a kid. I kept to myself and worked hard and as told. Worked out pretty good – I could see where kids that weren’t that way were treated poorly, as most of the staff wasn’t cutout to be mentoring youth, especially ones with severe issues. I remember one set of house parents being very, very old – Jerry and Edna must have been 80. Jerry woke us up to “everybody up lets go go go, the worlds on fire” haha. I remember some kids broke out and hit Jerry with a 2×4 – I supported the kids attempt to run away, but wish they wouldn’t have hurt him. He was nice.

    I actually have a lot of great memories. I learned to ski there, I learned how to heard sheep across hundreds of miles, I learned my way around a farm, I ate some Rocky Mountain oysters and a lot more. I got to go to the gym in Evanston, got to play across the street at the high school, spend nights up at Utah State University with the football players who mentored me and a couple others, went to the arcade down the street from our house,I even recall having some nice family dinners inside the owners house after working on the ranch… But I hated being there, I didn’t need to be there, and I knew bad shit was happening to other kids there.

    I could go on forever.

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  31. bt Says:

    I was around 93-96 mother was Gail/Gael she worked there. utah.turley@gmail.com that place is evil. I have enough info to bring it down need people from that era. so email and i will also have to confirm no trolls and lets do this.

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  32. Jessie Says:

    I worked at MRA for a year. It was a shitty place, the living conditions were worse than barracks and the “program” always seemed like a load of bullshit. I felt badly for the kids I worked with and I tried to encourage them to do whatever they needed to to get the hell out of there. I had no idea the extent of the abuse that was taking place and am sickened at some of the things I have read, here and elsewhere. There was no health care, Tammy was completely uneducated and incompetent. I dont’ know what certifications were required to teach there, but there was very very little help for this kids. Wayne was, and I’m assuming, still is a complete asshole. Any man, especially one that big, has some serious psych issues; he routinely got a kick out of physically dominating some of the kids, usually the boys if I remember correctly. I have often wondered what happened to the students that I worked with. I was there from 04-05.

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  33. Tammara Says:

    I went to Majestic Ranch when I was 11 to 14 2006,2009

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  34. Mike Hernandez Says:

    I remember a lot of you guys. That place was pretty fucked up. I remeber a lot of mental abuse as well as physical. I truly feel for you girls. Must have been much worse for you. I burned all my stuff once i was home. My mom still doesnt believe all of the stuff i told her about what went on there. I was in the buffalos and then longhorns and finally cowboys. From 2006 to 2009. Add me on fb if youd like.

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  35. Lane knapp Says:

    Place definitely scarred my life I hated it mis roonie was okay tho an I couldn’t stand Gary but Martin abused me an 2 other boys an cod came an took pics of us an everything dan was cool tho

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  36. Antonia Benitez Says:

    Still looking for people who were there in 2001ish.

    I was the 2nd girl at Majestic Ranch and I’ve tracked down one other girl. I’d like to find a staff member named Lindy and a staff named Jessica. TBH, I’m not sure if Lindy used her real name. Knowing her, it probably wasn’t, HAH. I’d also like to find Nona and reconnect with Leah but I can’t remember their last names. Leah was the 4th girl.

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    • Sarah Farnsworth Says:

      I remember quite a few of you guys. I worked there around 2001. I was just looking at some old pics with my daughter and started wondering what happened to you kids. That place was so disfunctional and I wish I could have done more for you. I used to bring my guitar and sing you to sleep. I was there when the whole Wayne thing went down. What a creep. I remember the dishsoap they made you use to scrub the dishes gave everyone sores on their arms so I brought sponges with handles for you guys and texie took the away and said it was good for you guys to have pain. I couldn’t take working there anymore because of all the terrible things going on and I couldn’t do anything about it. I hope you all can heal from such terrible experiences and if you want to reconnect look me up on Facebook. Sarah Farnsworth

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  37. Robbie Nelson Says:

    Hey guys. My name is Robbie Nelson. Add me on Facebook please. Search Robbie Dale Nelson on Facebook. I’m from Utah. I was there between 06-08.

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  38. Jordan Sheets Says:

    My name is Jordan Sheets and it seems to me i was there around the times you all were there. i was there for 22 months and then pulled from the program. if anyone remembers me please reach out on facebook, search Jordan Sheets. i would love to speak to you.

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  39. DJ Says:

    I was a staff member there from 2002 to 2004, I think those were the dates. I tried to stay as long as I could for the kids. When I left I contacted the attorney general for Utah. They didn’t do anything because Dan had friends in high places. We did everything we could to get it shut down. If you remember me, I would love to hear from you. djsplay80@hotmail.com

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