About The Author
Lillian Koller, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, has dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate, most notably through her work since 2003 as a leader of governmental agencies providing “human services” in Hawaii and elsewhere.
In November 2008, she became the first person from Hawaii to receive Governing magazine's "Public Official of the Year" award, primarily for her success in overhauling the State's child welfare system. Governing described Koller as a "Kin Maker" for strengthening at-risk families so fewer children have to be placed in protective care. Koller impressively halved the number of children in Hawaii's foster care system to a 15-year low, while decreasing the child re-abuse rate nearly three-fold.
Touched by her loss of family to genocide, Koller greatly increased efforts to locate loving relatives for children who cannot be safely reunited with their parents. Ironically, many of these extended family members are found through a Web-based system originally designed to reunite families of Holocaust survivors.
In April 2007, the federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families presented Koller with the Commissioner's Award “for her exceptional contributions to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.”
And, in an unprecedented public display of appreciation for a Cabinet member, Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle proclaimed July 21, 2005 as "Lillian Koller Day" for bringing greater transparency and accountability to State government.
Koller also practiced law in California and Hawaii before turning to the more "meaningful" pursuit of public service. She is quick to point out that, "it's not good enough to just live your life for yourself.”
In “PETER BOY,” the author reveals the shocking details of Hawaii’s most notorious, and recently unsolved, child murder case. The facts are literally torn from the 2,000 pages of confidential agency records that Koller, then Hawaii’s Human Services Director, courageously disclosed to the public in 2005. Now, in these books, Koller continues – part whistleblower and part storyteller – to reveal the heartbreaking story of Peter Boy’s short life, from 1991 to 1997.
From emotively lyrical to powerfully analytic, Koller uniquely combines “true life” and “true crime” genres, to create this engaging, non-fiction, book series – sometimes chilling, sometimes agonizing, but always surprisingly easy to read. It’s a “must read” for everyone who loves Peter Boy and everyone who wants to understand how Peter Boy’s tragedy could have even happened.
Koller shines a bright light on how Hawaii’s “system” to protect children from parental child abuse and neglect, failed little Peter Boy, again and again. Her poignant questions to the reader serve as welcome, silver linings – showing the way to improve that still-flawed “system,” to prevent more children from needlessly suffering and dying.
With compassion, hope, and unflinching honesty, Koller exposes more than the what, when, where, why, and how of Peter Boy’s tragedy. She also shares her own parents’ inspiration as Holocaust survivors. This book demonstrates, as Koller puts it, “the survivor's relentless quest for meaning when the pursuit of justice is futile.”
Koller now lives, in self-sought solitude, on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano.
At only three months of age, Peter Boy sustained three fractured ribs.
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