A Cause and A Cure

Follow this orphan through two orphanages in Pennsylvania from the age of 2 until the age of 14 when he runs away and lives on the streets of Philadelphia.

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Follow this orphan through two orphanages in Pennsylvania from the age of 2 until the age of 14 when he runs away and lives on the streets of Philadelphia.

A four year stint in the US Air Force is followed by a concurrent pursuit of education including law school while working as a conductor on the railroad and publishing a small town newspaper. Many relationships are attempted but none succeed.

A despicable crime earns him a punishment of a 20 year sentence in Folsom State Prison in California. Considered the most violent US prison in the 80s, cunning, luck and mainly faith allow him to survive.

Following an early release he spends almost twenty years as a public servant, using computer skills learned before leaving the prison system.

The essence of this unbelievable autobiography is a quest to find the answers to two questions that haunt society and whose experts have been unable to answer.

What is a cause and what is a cure for pedophilia?

If those experts read this autobiography, they may find clues or answers to each question. The author discovers his answers by re-living his life through this writing.

Because of the content of this unique book, there is a printed warning that must be read before reading this unique life story.

This book is intended for open-minded adults, parents, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, law enforcement and justice officials, and perhaps Christians who might just want to read the mother of all testimonies.

It is especially directed at those persons on the verge of committing the same crime for which Steve A. Mizera spent a frightening time in prison in the hope that they will not repeat his mistake and ruin their life, and create a victim whose life will also be ruined.

At times this book is both funny and serious. The reader may cry or get angry. Whatever else it may be, it is also an education that may not be available anywhere else.

Elizabeth McCrory wrote the introduction to this book in which she offers the reader plenty of reasons to read it:
“Steve Mizera would not have chosen the childhood he was forced to endure. Nobody would. News reports pop up all the time about figures in positions of leadership using their superiority and power to abuse trusting young children. Boy Scout leaders, Catholic Priests, and even more recently, Penn State coaches have all been stigmatized for their role in the suffering of children under their watch.

Unfortunately for Steve, the institution he lived in as a young boy included the stereotypical pedophiliac activity making headlines today.

His journey starts in a very dark place, and brings the reader through his adolescence to his adulthood, including details of the horror he inflicted on victims of his own, eventually finding a new life in Christ, with a loving family that he had been robbed of as a boy.

Along the way, the author describes his own theories and insights regarding the choices of those around him, as well as his own.

When the opportunity arose for me to help proofread and edit his initial writings, I found myself intrigued, hoping his words will help reach others and possibly assist them to seek help and/or enlightenment of their own. As it is often said, if this book helps stop one child from being abused, or steers one offender toward rehabilitation, then his goal will have been fulfilled.”

What readers say about the book🧐

This is Steve's story based on his experience. It is also a testimony about the triumph of the human spirit. Steve experienced harrowing experiences as a child. But he did survive and lives a life of victory helping others. Thank you, Steve for sharing. -Res.


(Amazon Review)
About the Author

Steve A. Mizera

Steve A. Mizera endured endless hardships and emerges after seventy-two years to share his unique experiences. It is the lesson he learned from these experiences that he wants readers to take away after reading his powerful autobiography: From a Dime a Dozen to Priceless (CreateSpace, Amazon.com). In his newest writing: How to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse Begin by asking Is that a Sexual Predator hiding behind that badge? he offers answers to the questions Who molests Children, when and where, how and why, and he offers recommendations intended to eliminate child sexual abuse. Born in 1940 in Cressona, Pennsylvania, the youngest son of a Russian, immigrant coal miner, he was incarcerated in St. Francis Orphan Asylum in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of two and for the next decade, suffered mental and physical abuse. He ran away from sexual abuse at St. Joseph’s House for Homeless and Industrious Boys at 14 to live on the streets of Philadelphia. Having a strong work ethic he is called a Dime a Dozen by a heartless employer. Steve retaliates by stealing $25,000 in tires in 1956 from Gimbels department store. He fled to Sea Isle City, New Jersey where he taught himself how to repair automatic transmissions. He spent four years in the USAF, sold fruit on the international market for four years, worked as a railroad conductor on Southern Pacific RR and Amtrak for a decade, founded and published a weekly newspaper in a small northern California town for two years while attending law school before going to Alaska to serve in the legislature. Starting life without bonding and winding through decades of rejection and failed relationships, at forty he committed an unthinkable crime and was sentenced to 20 years in California’s notorious Folsom Prison. Following his release he spent two decades in public service. Although raised with a bleak view of the world, it is how his life was transformed at the age of sixty when he was informally adopted by loving immigrants who lead him away from a life of crime, and taught him about the love of Jesus Christ, who became his personal Saviour and redeemer.. In 2004 he retired to Christmas Valley, Oregon, a very small town in the high desert east of Crater Lake. In retirement he pursues photography creating vistagraphs (see vistagraphs.net)- large panoramic scenic views printed on canvas. He adopted the RV life style and lives and travels in a roomy Winnebago.

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Follow this orphan through two orphanages in Pennsylvania from the age of 2 until the age of 14 when he runs away and lives on the streets of Philadelphia.

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