William G. Rohrer III "Billy" (Miguelito Alvarada)

Billy or Billie Rohrer was a 2.5 or 3.5 year old boy from El Salvador who died from brain hemorrhage 3 months after his adoption.

Maryanne "Mimi" Rohrer and her husband prominent politician/banker William G. Rohrer Jr. flew to San Salvador to arrange visa's for 2 unrelated children prior to having fully completed INS paperwork. Miguelito Alvarada (aka Pepe), 2 1/2, and Ana Cecelia, 2, were renamed William 3rd and Laura Lisa. Billy died under suspicious circumstances in 1975. The investigation was delayed and charges were not brought until 12/82 after the statute of limitations expired for manslaughter charges. Mimi was charged with murder. The Jury was hung on the murder charge, but thought they may have convicted on manslaughter, which was not available.

Likely no agency was involved, and it is unclear if a homestudy was fully completed, although Rohrer's had been working for 6 months on domestic adoption. Several background checks were missing from the INS files.
Date: 1975-05-28
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Pro Amora Y Futuro
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Haddon Township, New Jersey
United States
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DocumentDatesort icon
In His Will, Former N.j. Mayor Gives Fruitful Farewell1989-10-05
A LONGTIME FORCE IN SOUTH JERSEY, WILLIAM G. ROHRER DIES AT AGE 791989-09-23
ROHRER'S CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGED1985-08-03
NO RETRIAL FOR ROHRER, N.J. DECIDES1985-01-24
LONG DELAY UNDERMINED ROHRER CASE 1984-12-23
MIMI ROHRER CONFRONTS QUESTION: WHAT NOW 1984-12-19
CORONER: BOY, 4, DIED FROM ABUSE 1984-12-19
Murder Trial Ends In a Hung Jury 1984-12-18
MIMI'S HUSBAND: 'CAN I COME HOME?' 1984-12-18
JURY EXPECTED TO GET ROHRER CASE TODAY 1984-12-14
BILLIE'S EARLY LIFE UNFOLDS AFTER LONG SEARCH LEADS TO SHACK IN EL SALVADOR 1984-12-11
LOOKS AS IF MIMI MIGHT NOT TESTIFY 1984-12-07
ROHRER OUT ON BAIL, NEW ATTITUDE CITED 1984-11-30
DEFENSE: ROHRER GOOD TO DAUGHTER 1984-11-28
LOVING MOM OR KILLER? MIMI ROHRER CASE PUZZLES FRIENDS 1984-10-29
DOC: MIMI DISTURBED, BUT SON WAS 'NORMAL'1984-10-25
WOMAN: ROHRER STRUCK SON, THREATENED HER1984-10-24
'I'VE GOT TO FIGHT,' MIMI RORHER SAYS OF TRIAL 1984-10-22
ROHRER GOES BACK TO COURT TODAY 1984-10-18
N.J. MURDER DEFENDANT SURRENDERS 1984-10-10
MIMI ROHRER MISSING 1984-10-10
WIFE OF JERSEY MAYOR ON TRIAL IN '75 DEATH OF SON1984-10-07
NIECE SAYS ROHRER TOLD HER HIS WIFE 'DIDN'T WANT BILLY'1984-10-04
DOC WAS 'ALARMED'BY ROHRER1984-10-04
DOC WAS 'ALARMED'BY ROHRER1984-10-04
WAS BOY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE OR MURDERED? ROHRER TRIAL BEGINS 1984-09-27
ARGUMENTS OPEN IN MIMI ROHRER MURDER TRIAL1984-09-27
MURDER TRIAL TO BEGIN FOR MAYOR'S WIFE 1984-09-10
SERIES CHRONOLOGY; SERIES NJ BANK FINANCE EMPLOYEE CHRONOLOGY1983-07-18
ROHRER, AFTER HIS OTHER SETBACKS, IS STILL THE MAYOR 1983-05-11
AFTER 32 YEARS, N.J. MAYOR HAS A STRUGGLE 1983-03-31
COURT ORDERS STATE'S DOCUMENTS ON SLAYING 1983-03-02
N.J. OFFICIAL DENIES THERE WAS INQUIRY 1983-02-24
N.J. QUESTIONS PROBE OF BOY'S '75 DEATH 1983-02-23
POLITICIAN'S WIFE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDERING ADOPTED SON IN 1975 1982-12-18
From the book "The Dark Side of Adoption" by Marsha Riben/Mirah Riben
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I'm Mimi's daughter...

Did anyone personally know Mimi? Or her husband? I guess I'm just really concerned now that I've found these articles. Mimi went on to live her life with Laura, Mimi's husband (William G. Rohrer) died around 1988 I believe. When Laura was in her mid teens, Mimi Rohrer adopted some more children. Today, I am one of her adoptive children. My whole Life I thought that the only people that were or had ever been in my family the oldest adopted sister, Laura Lisa Rohrer-Lindroth (now 37), another girl C.M. Rohrer (turning 21), a boy A.DM. Rohrer (20) and the youngest adopted, J.D. Rohrer. I never knew that there was ever a trial or that she even tried to adopt other children! I was going through some old photo albums and ran accross photos of 2 baby boys in the photos, and I asked who he was, and Marianne/Mimi Rohrer replied with "Well, he would go around hitting his head on things, so I couldn't get control of him and had to give him up." Now I KNOW that this little boy wasn't William G. Rohrer III because William died in 1975, and these photos were ranging from 1989-1991. So obviously my adoptive mother has had other children. But why didn't I know about this trial?? And how much evidence do they really need? I just want to know so much more, I'm just concerned I guess. I can prove that I am Mimi's adoptive daughter, I know she's the one in the articles. please contact me if you're interested or if you know anything.

Billy Rohrer

I only know what is in the papers about Billy Rohrer. There are more articles than the ones posted here on PoundPup, unfortunately they are archived and have to be purchased to read. News Library has many of them.

We didn't know that Mimi had adopted again, although she reportedly wanted to: "And, Mimi Rohrer said, she wants to adopt another child from El Salvador."

Billy is supposed to be buried at Locustwood Memorial Cemetery, "That's where Billy is buried. He's right to the left of that arch there."

There is a memorial at Find a Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=rohrer&GSbyrel=in&GSdy=1975&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n&GRid=33170008 but no gravestone photo.

Family secrets are never good. Laura testified at her mother's trial, although she would have been too little to remember the events surrounding Billy's death.

Members of father William Rohrer would have information about the situation, Pamela Brill, Jean Dorothy Burak both had information. There are some more names here.

Please let us know if we can help in any other way. I am concerned about the other boy's photos from 1989 to 1991 era you mentioned.

Also...

I understand that there was bruising of bite marks on the chin & etc... but take into consideration that this may have nothing to do with "abuse". Infants can bruise much more easily than the typical adult because their skin is looser, more delicate, and there is an increased amount of subcutaneous fat. So if Mrs. Rohrer was realizing that her child was falling all over the place, hitting things, & not crying, maybe as a home-test she used her teeth in order to get some sort of reaction of pain! It is a mother's natural instinct to recognize & try to solve their child's problems. There is a real - yet rare - condition that exists where a child's genes are mutated - causing loss of pain, balance, taste, etc (familial dysautonomia). Does this not perfectly describe what Mrs. Rohrer was experiencing with her son? Had this boy fallen enough times, & then finally out of his high chair, surely this is no fault of hers that the boy has multiple contusions to the brain! Correct me if I'm wrong, please, I am just trying to justify the situation when I know she is not this monster that you, Mirah Riben, and few others are making her out to be!

Are you serious?

if Mrs. Rohrer was realizing that her child was falling all over the place, hitting things, & not crying, maybe as a home-test she used her teeth in order to get some sort of reaction of pain!

As a mother, I cannot think of ANY situation that would warrant, require, justify, or excuse the use of a "home test", used by my own teeth on my own child. This suggestion, in my mind, indicates - if nothing else - a measure of poor parental education as it relates to problem-solving for a child.

If an issue was arising with my child, like my child was bruising easily or not crying appropriately, the very first person I'd call is my child's pediatrician. No question, no delay. Anything less, in my opinion, would be negligent.

Honestly

If Mimi Rohrer had actually killed that child, they should have easily been able to prove it. I really feel like all of this is quite exaggerated and possibly inaccurate until proven otherwise, maybe even written from a jealous point of view. There's obvious reasons for an ex wife, son, or daughter of William G Rohrer's to take a disliking to a young new mom in the family. Why would it have taken so long to bring the charges of manslaughter up? Perhaps because it wasn't manslaughter, perhaps no murder actually took place! I wonder where this information came from and how accurate it really is. She was obviously capable of raising 4 successful children. I am not saying you're stories are 100% right or wrong, I just have yet to find any other proof to back up these stories that aren't based off theories rather than facts. If these allegations are as serious as you've made them sound, she wouldn't have been legally capable of adopting several more children - and raising them all in one piece. Perhaps there were no "background checks missing", but rather no negative background checks involved.

Mimi Rohrer

I really feel like all of this is quite exaggerated and possibly inaccurate until proven otherwise, maybe even written from a jealous point of view.
I wonder where this information came from and how accurate it really is.
I am not saying you're stories are 100% right or wrong, I just have yet to find any other proof to back up these stories that aren't based off theories rather than facts.

Hmm, all of this report is from newspaper articles which are documented and linked above. Have you looked at the newspaper archives? Why would anyone at PPL be jealous of Mimi Rohrer? Certainly the prosecutor, the grand jury, and NJ State Committee on Investigations felt the case deserved investigation.

If these allegations are as serious as you've made them sound, she wouldn't have been legally capable of adopting several more children

Sadly, lots of accused abusers, even convicted abusers are able to adopt. This has gotten better over the years, but it still happens. Ability to adopt, and ability to successfully parent other children does not mean a parent was not capable of or even guilty of abusing a traumatized, difficult-to-parent child.

I'd suggest you review the details in this news article if you have questions about the incomplete background checks, and why the charges against a life-time politician's wife took so long to be filed.

N.J. QUESTIONS PROBE OF BOY'S '75 DEATH
POLITICIAN'S WIFE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDERING ADOPTED SON IN 1975

Then, read the rest of the articles we have listed.

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