- “Chartwell Manor” recounted the abuse suffered by 63-year-old cartoonist Glenn Head at the school of the same name.
- Head said he and his comrades were abused by director “Sir” Terence Michael Lynch
- Head said his two years at school left him with emotional scars which he still dealt with
Cartoonist Glenn Head first revealed the alleged sexual and emotional abuse he allegedly suffered as a child at a New Jersey residential school in his new graphic memoir, “Chartwell Manor.”
According to the description of the book provided by publisher Fantagraphics, Head, now 63, left “emotional scars in a way he continues to treat” after spending two years at the boarding school of the same name in London. borough of Mendham which was closed in 1984.
“Finding yourself at Chartwell in the early ’70s was like stepping into a real-world horror comic – depraved, criminal and corrupt for so many who attended. No one came out unscathed,” he said. revealed Head before the 244-page graphic novel. Released May 25.
“No one asks for the childhood they have, and no child has ever deserved to go to Chartwell Manor,” the graphic novel’s official synopsis read.
The school, which Head recalls in memoir as a ‘British style’ prep school, was run by Principal ‘Sir’ Terence Michael Lynch – a UK-born serial child molester who was convicted in 1989. for assaulting 12 boys at Chartwell Manor. Lynch manipulated young boys into “cuddle sessions” after stroking and beating their naked bodies, The New York Post reported.
“Monsieur was a character larger than life: clownish, exuberant, flowery in his speeches, grandiose – almost a parody of a director of boarding school. He was also a pathological liar and serial child molester. Too criminal for words, he needed to be drawn! ”Head was quoted in a statement.
It took nearly 50 years for the New York School of Visual Arts graduate to process his experiences before he could tell the story publicly, according to the book’s official page.
“My bottom line approach: you have to know what I know,” Head told The New York Post. “You must know how I feel. What it is like to be sexually abused and what the sexual behavior that may have resulted from it looks like. That’s the deal that is made when someone takes the delivered.”
“Drawing Chartwell Manor and its truth has become a matter of life and death for me. Without the truth there is nothing,” Head reportedly said. “Nothing in this book is made up or exaggerated. It happened like this. To the best of my ability, I drew it as it happened.”
The cartoonist said he also wanted to recapture the “Gothic” vibe of Chartwell Manor, which he said was similar to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft from the popular “Harry Potter” series of novels. by JK Rowling.
“A spooky castle in the woods, this boarding school was gothic, haunting, atmospheric, to my 13-year-old eyes. Chartwell Manor, I always thought, craved the comic book treatment,” Head said.
Head now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and their 20-year-old daughter, who he says hasn’t read the book. “But she knows she’s in it,” the cartoonist told the outlet.
The artist added that although he still bears emotional scars from the alleged abuse, he considers himself one of the lucky ones who passed through the ordeal.
“I have been in contact with former students – and a lot of people I knew who were children then committed suicide or died of drug overdoses. Others [got into] criminal things. Much of it grew directly from this school. A large number of students have gone through what I have gone through. Alcohol, drugs and sexual behavior followed which became an integral part of this. I am very fortunate to have been clean and sober for a while, ”said Head.
Lynch, meanwhile, died aged 77 in 2011. Prior to his death, he was convicted again of assaulting three men between 2004 and 2005 at a drug and alcohol rehab center in Morristown, where he pretended to be a volunteer doctor doing hernia checks, genitalia exams and spanking.
His victims there received $ 780,000 for the abuse, while the students he abused at Chartwell Manor have yet to receive any civil compensation, according to the New York Post.