In his own words: William Berchau tells his story about how he became a victim of the Florida Guardian Program.
William Berchau was born in Lithuania in 1914.
He fled to Germany during Joseph Stalin's rise to power, then immigrated from Germany to the United States to escape Adolph Hitler's regime.
Berchau had a long career as an employee of the Illinois Central Railroad.
He and his wife retired in Clearwater, Fla.
Shortly after her death in 2010, he attempted to sell his house and was soon taken into the Florida Guardian Program.
Patricia Johnson was appointed his professional guardian late that year. He has tried to have her removed on several occasions, to no avail.