Rape of an American Family: 4 Generation Family Predator
By: Brooks W. Wilson
This is a novel about a child molester who victimized four generations of children in his family. The author is a former police officer. While this is a fiction, it epitomizes situations occurring daily in our society.
Bart Ferguson was born in Stillwater Oklahoma to a dysfunctional family. His father was a drunk and molested his daughter who fled to California. He abandoned the family when Bart was young. Bart was bright but had to leave school early to help his mother. His proclivity for sex with young females emerged when he was a teenager and he was caught molesting two of his young cousins.
He was forced to leave home and matured while “riding the rails” as it was called in the days of the depression. He was industrious and bright but remained uneducated. He was a gifted mechanic and had a good head for business but he was ignorant and professed knowledge he didn’t have. He was crude and short on personal hygiene. He arrived in Long Beach, California and found work as a mechanic. He located his older sister, Olivia, a divorcee with two children and they became a family. Once again, his compulsive sex perversion got him in trouble. Livie discovered he had molested her daughter by manipulating her vagina with his finger. Livie moved out of Bart’s home and remarried. Her new husband learned of Bart’s molesting his new step daughter, Bart’s own niece, and forced him to leave the area.
Bart ended up in the army and was very successful. His skills as a mechanic gave him a part time business while at Fort Hood and made him popular with the officers who exploited his skill. He married Mattie Harper, a young divorced mother from California. Mattie caught Bart manipulating her daughter, Cindy, sexually while bathing her and beat him unconscious with a hand mirror. He was cashiered from the army without prosecution. He returned to California and set up a successful auto repair shop in Gardena. While there he met Connie Cross, a young woman with two pre-teen daughters, Nancy and Mary. Their father had been killed in the war. It was a situation made to order for Bart; a beautiful wife and two new victims.
Bart and Connie were married and Connie’s family, the Rileys, adopted Bart as one of their own and accepted him, more or less, as their intellectual leader. He wasted no time on attacking his two new step daughters. Mary, the younger of the two, resisted verbally while Nancy was totally intimidated and was abused for years until she left home and married. Mary married a young man, Bruce McDougal who had been in the army; he immediately clashed with Bart. Bruce worked in construction and then became a police officer. Ironically, Bruce knew the family of Bart’s first wife, Mattie. She had returned to Riverside and was in the real estate business with her father. When Bruce retired from law enforcement, he built houses for Mattie and her father in the Riverside area. Bruce was married to one of Bart’s victims and was in business with another; and unknown to him, he was the father of two more. Bart continued his criminal rampage on his family for years, victimizing Nancy’s daughter, two of Mary and Bruce’s daughters, and his own blood granddaughter.
He was exposed when his wife Connie died and Bruce and Mary’s daughters saw evidence after Connie’s funeral that he was molesting his great granddaughter. His exposure led to a complete and irreparable schism in Mary and Nancy’s families. Nancy’s family chose to marginalize and even forgive Bart’s crimes in hopes of inheriting his money. Bruce, who had found out that his own daughters had been victims, became focused on making Bart pay for his crimes. Bart was tricked into a taped confession by a family member of his first victims back in Oklahoma. Even with the incriminating results of a lie detector test that Bruce had forced him to take and the taped confession, Nancy’s family never acknowledged his guilt. Nancy was prosecuted for forging Bart’s signature on a check. She pled guilty and received probation. Bart died in disgrace and virtually friendless but still defended by part of the family.