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The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is hosting a free-to-the-public showing of Seth Randal’s “The Fall of 55” at 3:00 p.m. in the Hayes Auditorium of the downtown Boise Public Library – next to the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
In late 1955 and early 1956, the citizens of Boise, Idaho believed there was a menace in their midst. On Halloween, investigators arrested three men on charges of having sex with teenage boys. The investigators claimed the arrests were just the tip of the iceberg-they said hundreds of boys were being abused as part of a child sex ring. There was no such ring, but the result was a widespread investigation which some people consider a witch hunt. By the time the investigation ended, 16 men were charged. Countless other lives were also touched.In some cases, men implicated fled the area. At least one actually left the country. The investigation attracted attention in newspapers across the nation, including Time Magazine. The “Morals Drive” left scars which remain to this day.
Following the screening, there will be a reception with Seth Randal in the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial (subject to weather).