The night the sheriff called, there was
some shock for Dan's family. But for
Dan it was very much like hearing the
second shoe drop. He'd already heard
that Lynn and John might in some way
be tangled in a drug investigation. The
tip, he revealed, came from a man who
told him, "There's a guy in police intelligence around the shop who likes to
brag and said he'd seen some confidential file that your son is under surveillance by the narcotics squad."
Dan called John and Lynn into his
office. "Some people told me you may
be fooling around with some things you
ought not to be," he said. "If you are,
you better quit it If you're not, if s good
"Dad, we're not;" they said. And Dan
Signs of suspicion
A few weeks later, the senator's administrative assistant noticed that a
photographer had been hanging around
the building where Scarborough has his
legislative office and his businesses.
Both Lynn and John work there for their
■"I called the undersheriff, John Nelson, and told him I'd heard my children
may be under suspicion of some kind,"
the senator said. "I told him I was interested in finding out if there was any
substance to the rumor and if there was,
I'd bring my kids down to the state
attorney's office right then. I wasn't interested in squashing anything. I told
him I'd rather keep my kids out of trouble than get them out of trouble. He
said he'd let me know."
Nelson never did, he said. And the
kids again said they were doing nothing
wrong. And Dan believed them.
Even after the arrest, Dan believed in
Dan's wife, Virginia, also felt something was wrong about the charges after
she talked with Lynn.
"I know this child very, very well, and
I know she's innocent," Mrs. Scarborough said. "I can't believe that she
could look me straight in the eye and
say, 'I love you' and 'not to worn/ and
'I've done nothing wrong' if it wasn't
But the state and federal governments
say there's a strong case, that if s not just
a group of young people experimenting
Capt John McCormick, head ofthe
Duval County sheriffs vice squad, said:
"When you get into certain quantities,
such as ounces, you are not talking \
about personal use. And when you find
arrangements for picking up and transporting and collecting, and seize ringleaders with three pounds of cocaine.
Excepting film star Linda Blair, the 33
indicted were just "ordinary people."
you have more than a- casual deal. You
have a ring."
Robert Ginley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Jacksonville
office, said state and federal agents discovered the extent of the network
through court-approved telephone
wiretaps. He said the central figures
were George "Eddie" Mangum, 25, of
Jacksonville; Garland Wade Atkinson,
28, and Andrew Inglet, 24, both of
What were the roles of Lynn Scarborough and Linda Blair?
McCormick and Ginley were guarded
about details, but Ginley said, "Lynn
Scarborough has been out to Houston.
She stayed with Atkinson, As for Linda,
Blair, she made a deal to buy three
ounces of cocaine."
Blair came for funeral
Any connection between Lynn and
Linda Blair seems to have been coincidental. Linda Blair came to Jacksonville
in late October for the funeral of Ronnie Van Zant, lead singer of the Lynyrd
Skynyrd rock group, who was killed in a
plane crash. Lynn, one of the band
members' girlfriend, had gone to pick
up Linda as a favor. That apparently is
the only contact the two ever had.
Of the four Scarborough children,
Lynn is the one things always seem to
happen to. Vickie, 22, who is now married and has a home on the Scarborough property, and Karen, 18, are described as outgoing and clownish "tike
their dad." John and Lynn tend to be
quieter, reserved, like their mother. All
four, said Mrs. Scarborough, were average students at Nathan B. Forest High
School. John was well-regarded as an
athlete. He married young, has a 3-year-
old son and supposedly is patching up
his broken marriage. Despite her reserve, Lynn was elected president of the
senior girls' class.
"When she was a toddler," said Mrs.
Scarborough, "she had serious eye surgery. Then we almost lost her when she
had spinal meningitis at the age of 12.
If something bad could happen, it
would usually happen to Lynn."
On the insistence of their lawyer,
neither John nor Lynn would speak of
what had happened. Neither, so far as
could be determined, shows any evidence of sudden or unusual affluence,
as might be expected of people involved with a ring dealing in a substance that costs 10 times more than
John Scarborough, who works for his
dad, has a base pay of $1000 a month,
plus commissions. If 1978 is a good year,
he may gross $15,000. Lynn gets $700 a
' month as a secretary in her father's business. She lives at home.
"On a Wednesday before payday
they'd be borrowi ng $4 or $5 gas money
from me," said Mrs. Scarborough.
Even one of the alleged ringleaders,
Mangum, shows little evidence of
money. He lives in a small ramshackle
house off a dirt road.
What if evidence shows John and
Lynn were criminally involved?
"What do you do if you find out if s
not like they told you?" Dan said. "You
don't give up on them, you don't quit
on them, you don't love them any less.
Man, you suck it up and go do the best
you can." ,
He said John had worried about the
impact this might have on the business,
and even on Dan's political career.
"That worried John because he calls
on heads of companies. I told him not
to worry," Dan said. "As for my business, I've been making my income public since running for state office. My last
return shows I'm worth about half a
million dollars. Now, I began 20 years
ago come June with $500 and three little kids. If need be, I can do it again."
There were hints from some of the
lawmen that Senator Scarborough
might not like to hear whafs on the
wiretap tapes. Did that mean there
could be something damaging? No,
they said. Embarrassing? Maybe.
"There's nothing I can think of that
would do that to me," the senator said.
"No way. There Is nothing that troubles
me. I sleep at the foot of the cross."
Virginia smiled wanly at Dan. As she
looked at the embers glowing in the
fireplace, she said, somewhat wistfully:
"I somehow think that this isn't happening, that none of this is real, that I'll
wake up and find out that all of it, every
little bit, has been just a bad dream."!■>
Slavery Charge Hits Landlady
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey
woman was accused Thursday of enslaving residents in her Trenton boarding
home and using violence to force them to
work for her and to perform sex acts.
A federal grand jury made the accusations in a nine-count indictment against
Jean Douglas, 40, proprietor of the Douglas Boarding Home, which was opened in
December 1971 and closed in May 1976
when a local bank foreclosed on the mortgage.
Mrs. Douglas was charged with involuntary servitude, a little-used federal
law dating back to the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.
The grand jury said Mrs. Douglas held
seven boarders prisoner in her boarding
home and forced two boarders to go to
her Willingboro home to work as her private slaves. It said one resident was held
in slavery from October 1972 uhUl her
death in November 1975.
Two of Mrs. Douglas' boarders were induced into slavery at a Bristol, Pa., facility after the Trenton home closed, the
grand jury said. The Bristol home closed
in August 1976.
The grand jury also said a female resident of the Trenton home was forced to
perform sexual intercourse with male
Federal authorities said Mrs. Douglas
used "intimidation, violence and imprisonment" to keep residents at her home,
but they would not elaborate.
If convicted on all charges against ber,
Mrs. Douglas could be sentenced to a
maximum 45 years in prison and fined
Mrs. Douglas was a defendant in a 1975
civil suit brought by one of the residents,
who said she escaped from enslavement
at Mrs. Douglas' private residence. The
64-year-old resident, whose blind husband died at the Trenton facility, was
awarded a $60,000 judgment against Mrs.
Douglas, according to her attorney,
Brotman, formerly of the Trenton Legal Services, said his client charged in
her suit that she had been beaten, forced
to work and her welfare checks taken and
forged. Brotman said his client, who had
a heart condition, also was forced to sit
in an unheated garage at the Willingboro
home in the winter.'