SMART Newsletter Issue 83 – November 2008


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Issue 83 – November 2008

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

Copyright 2008 – All rights reserved. No reproduction of any material without written permission from the editor and individual authors.

SMART wants to thank all those that have contributed resource information to the newsletter.

The 2009 Twelfth Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference – August 14-16, 2009 information is at or available by writing the above address.

Information on the 2008 summer’s conference CD recordings are available by writing us at the above address or by going to

new web pages Recent worldwide survey of ritual abuse Ritual Abuse articles “CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS” Documentary or Whitewash? McMartin Preschool Trial information The McMartin Preschool Case – What Really Happened and the Coverup Amirault, Ingram and Wenatchee child abuse cases
2008 Conference Presentations

Debating the nonbelievers. Getting equal time for survivors’ views – Neil Brick’s 2008 conference presentation –

From Despair to Joy, One Survivor’s Journey – Jennie P.’s 2008 Conference Presentation –

Voice, Visibility and Validation for Survivors – Highlights of the Extreme Abuse Survey Trilogy – Wanda Karriker’s 2008 Conference Presentation

Breaking the Addiction of Dissociation – Joanne’s 2008 Conference Presentation
Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. Some of the information in this newsletter came from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6,

Legal Information

describes crimes – 15 British children saved from global internet paedophile ring as gang’s ‘librarian’ is jailed by Charlotte Gill and Paul Sims 8/19/08 Fifteen British children have been saved from a life of sexual abuse after undercover police smashed a worldwide internet paedophile ring. At its centre was 27-year-old Philip Thompson, dubbed ‘the librarian’ after police recovered a million photographs and films of children that were stored electronically at his home. He was senior administrator of an online forum where 10,000 members traded sickening images  –  some showing rape. More than 50 arrests have been made in the UK and 80 more identified as suspects, including a serving police community support officer and a lecturer. As part of Operation Elm, the largest investigation of its kind in this country, a further 230 people from 33 countries have been hunted down. Details of the vile network emerged yesterday as loner Thompson was jailed for playing a ‘pivotal’ role. He transferred tens of thousands of horrifying images from the forum into his own private collection  –  using the very worst as ‘bargaining chips’ with other paedophiles to obtain more….By the time he was arrested in February this year he had amassed 240,912 indecent images of children  –  104 of them in the most serious category. Officers also found 767 movies  –  of which 12 were the most serious kind, the court was told….Evidence: Police found 241,000 indecent photographs in Thompson’s home….They arrested the self-taught computer expert and seized a laptop and another computer in his bedroom, later using them to identify other paedophiles in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Those with direct access to children were arrested immediately and 15 vulnerable youngsters, aged between six and 12, were rescued. Thompson, who admitted everything in interview, yesterday pleaded guilty to 27 charges, including 16 counts of making indecent photographs of children, seven of distributing indecent photographs of children and one count of causing or inciting a five-year-old to engage in sexual activity. Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court the police raid on Thompson’s home resulted in ‘one of the largest seizures of indecent photographs in the UK’. ‘The bulk of the indecent photographs were of very young female pre-pubescent children aged up to ten years of age,’ he added. Thompson gave police a list of members who used the website and admitted sharing indecent images of children with at least 13 other individuals….Judge Michael Taylor….’Of those in excess of 240,000 images were indecent. There were 767 movies varying in length but up to an hour long. ‘Some of those movies show dreadful, graphic depictions of young children being raped in the most dreadful of circumstances, held down and subjected to pain and distress, crying out.

I have known about Jersey paedophiles for 15 years,’ says award-winning journalist By Eileen Fairweather 3/2/08 The award-winning journalist who exposed terrible abuse in Islington children’s homes now reveals horrifying links to sinister discoveries at Jersey’s Haut de la Garenne. – I met the frightened policeman at an isolated country restaurant, many miles from his home and station. Detective Constable Peter Cook had finally despaired, and decided to blow the whistle to a reporter. He was risking his career, so made me scribble my notes into a tiny pad beneath the tablecloth. He had uncovered a vicious child sex ring, with victims in both Britain and the Channel Islands, and he wanted me to get his information to police abuse specialists in London. Tragic truth: Eileen Fairweather’s tenacious investigations of abuse revealed links to Jersey. Incredibly, he claimed that his superiors had barred him from alerting them. He feared a cover-up: many ring members were powerful and wealthy. But I did not think him paranoid: I specialised in exposing child abuse scandals and knew, from separate sources, of men apparently linked to this ring. They included an aristocrat, clerics and a social services chief. Their friends included senior police officers. Repeatedly, inquiries by junior detectives were closed down, so I, a journalist, was asked to convey confidential information from one police officer to others. It seemed surreal….More than 200 children who lived at Haut de la Garenne have described horrific sexual and physical torture dating back to the Sixties. When I heard the news, my eyes filled with tears. I felt heartbroken, not least at my own powerlessness. I have known for more than 15 years about Channel Islands paedophiles victimising children in the British care system.

More FLDS members indicted on sexual assault charges (CNN) – Three more members of a polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs are facing sexual assault charges, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Tuesday. On Tuesday, a Texas grand jury indicted the three male members of Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compound outside Eldorado, Abbott said. Each faces one felony count of sexual assault of a child. Two of them also face felony bigamy charges….The charges stem from a state and federal investigation into the sect’s Yearning for Zion Ranch. In April, child welfare workers removed more than 400 children from the compound, citing allegations of physical and sexual abuse. After a court battle, the Texas Supreme Court ordered the children returned in June, saying that the state had no right to remove them and that there was no evidence to show the children faced imminent danger of abuse on the ranch. Jeffs, 52, is the leader and “prophet” of the estimated 10,000-member FLDS, an offshoot of the mainstream Mormon church. The FLDS openly practices polygamy at the YFZ Ranch and in two towns straddling the Utah-Arizona state line: Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. Jeffs, who is facing a sentence in Utah of up to life in prison and is awaiting trial in Arizona, could face another life sentence in Texas if convicted on the latest charge. In Utah, he was convicted on accomplice to rape charges for his role in the marriage of a sect member to a 14-year-old. He faces similar charges in Arizona.

describes crimes – Teachers get advice on how to spot signs of ritual abuse · Practice linked to belief in possession by evil spirits · Cases rare but more may remain undetected Lucy Ward, social affairs correspondent The Guardian, 2/2/07 Teachers and people working with children are being given guidance on how to identify signs of ritual abuse inflicted in the belief that a child is possessed by evil spirits. Drawing on research showing 38 known cases of child abuse linked to alleged spirit possession in England since January 2000, the government guidance aims to raise awareness of the practice and help those coming into contact with youngsters to recognise indicators of abuse. The signs they are told to look out for, listed in draft advice published today, include marks such as bruises or burns on a child’s body, a child becoming “noticeably confused, withdrawn, disorientated or isolated”, and “deterioration in personal care” including weight loss, unkempt or dirty clothes, or even faeces smeared on the body….The 38 documented cases involved 47 abused children. The vast majority of known instances of ritual abuse concerned first or second generation migrants from African countries including Congo, Nigeria, Angola and Ghana as well as south Asia and the Caribbean, but also white English families, according to the document.

Mind Control and Experimentation

Satanic Ritual Abuse – Satanic ritual abuse exists all over the world. There have been reports, journal articles, web pages and criminal convictions of these horrific crimes against children and adults. There has also been an attempted cover up of these crimes by child pornographers, those with pro-pedophilia philosophies and those defending child molesters in the public or legal arena. or

Satanic Ritual Abuse evidence with information on McMartin Preschool case or

describes crimes – The Extreme Abuse Survey final results are online with findings, questionnaires and presentations for download as pdf-files. More than 750 pages of documentation

Contains additional published data on the above study

may be very heavy for survivors – mk-ultra links – Torture-based, Government-sponsored Mind Control Experimentation on Children


Information on the CIA, mk-ultra, Nazis and ritual abuse or

2008 ritual abuse publications

The McMartin Preschool Case – What Really Happened and the Coverup

Survivorship is an international support organization for survivors of ritual abuse and other forms of extreme childhood abuse. It is the oldest survivor organization in the world – going strong for almost twenty years! Activists, supportive family members and friends, and professionals, as well as survivors, are all welcome. If you become a member, you may join the moderated message board and receive Survivorship literature. Survivorship accepts articles, poems, and artwork for the Journal from non-members as well as members. You can learn more at Please consider joining, volunteering, submitting your creative work, or donating to support Survivorship’s continued efforts on behalf of our community.

RITUAL ABUSE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY Psychological, Forensic, Social and Political Considerations by Randy Noblitt and Pam Perskin Noblitt Allegations of ritual abuse are universal and mental health professionals, theologians, law enforcers, scholars, victim advocates, and others struggle to comprehend the enormity of the devastation left in the wake of these heinous acts. Ritual Abuse in the Twenty-first Century addresses the concerns that naturally evolve from any discussion of this phenomenon from the perspectives of professionals, advocates, and survivors from around the world. How valid are the survivors’ stories? Is there evidence? What are the consequences of these acts to the individual and society? Why have these allegations been ignored or discredited whenever they have surfaced? The authors of these chapters respond to these and other questions in an effort to illustrate the constellation of psychological, health, legal, criminal, societal, and spiritual ramifications of ritual abuse.  Chapters address current issues including ritually based crime, civil suits involving allegations of ritual abuse, that are universal. The value of understanding ritual trauma.for diagnostic and treatment applications is discussed. ISBN:  978-1-934759-12-7 ISBN 10:  1-934759-12-0 Soft cover, 6 x 9, 552 pages, $39.95 US Robert D. Reed Publishers, POB 1992, Bandon, OR  97411 Phone 541 347-9882  Fax: -9883

Forensic Aspects of Dissociative Identity Disorder – Author:Sachs, Adah & Galton, Graeme (Eds). Publisher : Karnac Books, 2008 ISBN 1855755963 “book examines the role of crime in the lives of people with Dissociative Identity Disorder” In this book there is a chapter on The extreme abuse surveys: Preliminary findings regarding dissociative identity disorder authors: Becker, T.; Karriker, W.; Overkamp, B.; Rutz, C. p. 32-49 Data on the study is included in the chapter. Eighty-four percent of those saying they had been diagnosed with DID/MPD also stated that they were survivors of RA/MC. 543 stated they had been ritually abused in a satanic cult.

Healing from Ritual Abuse – Information Package – Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse

CIA Brainwashing – 1956 Memo from Allen Dulles, CIA Director – The attached study on brainwashing was prepared by my staff in response to the increasing acute interest in the subject throughout the intelligence and security components of the Government. I feel you will find it well worth your personal attention. It represents the thinking of leading psychologists, psychiatrists and intelligence specialists, based in turn on interviews with many individuals who have had personal experience with Communist brainwashing, and on extensive research and testing. While individuals specialists hold divergent views on various aspects of this most complex subject, I believe the study reflects a synthesis of majority expert Opinion….Condensation of a Study: Brainwashing, as a technique, has been used for centuries and is no mystery to psychologists. In this sense, brainwashing means involuntary re-education of basic beliefs and values. All people are being re-educated continually. New information changes one’s beliefs. Everyone has experienced to some degree the conflict that ensues when new information is not consistent with prior belief. The experience of the brainwashed individual differs in that the inconsistent information is forced upon the individual under controlled conditions after the possibility of critical judgment has been removed by a variety of methods. There is no question that an individual can be broken psychologically by captors with knowledge and willingness to persist in techniques aimed at deliberately destroying the integration of a personality. Although it is probable that everyone reduced to such a confused, disoriented state will respond to the introduction of new beliefs, this cannot be stated dogmatically. Please note: SMART does not necessarily endorse any of the links connected to this website.

Keltner, N. L.; Schwecke, L.H.; Bostrom, C.E. (2007). Psychiatric Nursing. (5th ed.) Mosby Elsevier, St Louis, MO. ISBN 0-323-03906-5. In Chapter 41 “Survivors of Violence and Trauma” “Torture, Ritual Abuse and Mind Control” p. 608 – 610 “Nature of the Problem – Public and Professional attention to the effects of torture, serial ritual abuse (SRA), and mind control (MC) on mental health has waned in recent years, although the crimes have not, according to the victims . These crimes might be perpetrated by individuals, relatives, gangs, cults (satanic or nonsatanic) hate groups, or military-political organizations (e.g. Al Qaeda, Sadam Hussein’s regime, Abu Ghraib Prison). Gangs are responsible for an increased number of homicides, other physical violence, and intimidation, according to the FBI (Ragavan and Guttman, 2004). The actions of Muslim gangs in France in November 2005 are another example of destruction that can occur in a country. The effect is more severe because they involve multiple, calculated, and organized crimes against each victim or group of victims. This type of crime is used to create fear, humiliation, and submission in individuals, communities and societies. Statistics on the prevalence of torture, SRA, and MC are not readily available because of the problems in acknowledging , reporting, and proving occurrences, but the rates might be similar to those of family child abuse (Valente, 2000). The threat of further harm to the self, pets, or family tends to keep the victims silent. Especially in SRA and MC, perpetrators might use triggers to maintain victims’ silence or to control their actions, such as special words, hand signals, greeting cards (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders [Indianapolis], 2002). Drug and MC experiments began before the 1970’s (e.g. LSD experiments and covert military-political operation [MK-ULTRA] programming that trained or programmed assassins for U.S. security forces) (Katchen, 2005; McGonigle, 1999). MK-ULTRA operations (noted in movies -Conspiracy Theory, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy) are becoming more widely known, because the Freedom of Information Act has resulted in the declassification of military and political documentation.”

Brainwashing Links –

Coercion Links –

Pavlov’s three stages of breakdown

Pentagon report investigated lasers that put voices in your head Lisa Zyga 2/18/08 A recently unclassified report from the Pentagon from 1998 has revealed an investigation into using laser beams for a few intriguing potential methods of non-lethal torture. Some of the applications the report investigated include putting voices in people’s heads, using lasers to trigger uncontrolled neuron firing, and slowly heating the human body to a point of feverish confusion – all from hundreds of meters away….A US citizen requested access to the document, entitled “Bioeffects of Selected Non-Lethal Weapons,” under the Freedom of Information Act a little over a year ago. There is no evidence that any of the technologies mentioned in the 10-year-old report have been developed since the time it was written. The report explained several types of non-lethal laser applications, including microwave hearing, disrupted neural control, and microwave heating. For the first type, short pulses of RF energy (2450 MHz) can generate a pressure wave in solids and liquids. When exposed to pulsed RF energy, humans experience the immediate sensation of “microwave hearing” – sounds that may include buzzing, ticking, hissing, or knocking that originate within the head. Studies with guinea pigs and cats suggest that the mechanism responsible for the phenomenon is thermoelastic expansion. Exposure to the RF pulses doesn´t cause any permanent effects, as all effects cease almost immediately after exposure ceases. As the report explains, tuning microwave hearing could enable communicating with individuals from a distance of up to several hundred meters.

Beginning in the 1980’s, there were serious efforts made to misinform the public about the satanic ritual abuse of children by those affiliated with the False Memory Syndrome Foundation [FMSF]. I began to track this activity while employed as a Child Protective Services Court Investigator in San Diego County, and placed the results of my research within the public domain. As a result, I was harassed by a cult organization, and was ultimately victimized by “nonlethal” technology in efforts to psychologically and physically incapacitate me.

60 Day continuance of Napolis case

warning – describes graphic crimes of abuse Knifed 666 times each and eaten – By Lynsey Haywood 9/16/08 Horrified cops found body parts dumped in a pit beside an upside-down cross, a symbol used in Satanic worship….The discovery in Yaroslavl, 300 miles from Moscow, sent a shudder across Russia — where Satanists are feared to have committed a string of mutilations and killings. The victims, who all disappeared in June, were named as Anya Gorokhova, Olga Pukhova, Varya Kuzmina and Andrei Sorokin. The upside-down cross marking what was left of their bones and scalps had a small animal nailed to it. Police began tracing the gang after finding out that all the victims had made phone calls to alleged leader Nikolai Ogolobyak. Locals said they all knew Ogolobyak, whose grandmother revealed he had sung in the local church choir as a boy. The rest of the cult were described by ex-teachers as having been of low intelligence and moody at school. Three were named by police as Ksenia Kuznetsova, Alexander Voronov and Anton Makovkin. The dad of victim Andrei said: “My son said he had Goths and Satanists among his friends. “I wasn’t scared. I thought, ‘Well, let him spend his time sitting around a cemetery — there’s not much harm in that, is there?'” Russia has seen a series of gruesome murders, rapes and desecrations linked to Satanic cults.

The Army’s Totally Serious Mind-Control Project By Mark Thompson / Washington 9/14/08 Soldiers barking orders at each other is so 20th Century. That’s why the U.S. Army has just awarded a $4 million contract to begin developing “thought helmets” that would harness silent brain waves for secure communication among troops. Ultimately, the Army hopes the project will “lead to direct mental control of military systems by thought alone.” ….But improvements in computing power and a better understanding of how the brain works have scientists busy hunting for the distinctive neural fingerprints that flash through a brain when a person is talking to himself. The Army’s initial goal is to capture those brain waves with incredibly sophisticated software that then translates the waves into audible radio messages for other troops in the field. “It’d be radio without a microphone, ” says Dr. Elmar Schmeisser, the Army neuroscientist overseeing the program. “Because soldiers are already trained to talk in clean, clear and formulaic ways, it would be a very small step to have them think that way.” ….Dr. Mike D’Zmura of UC-Irvine, the lead scientist on the project, says his task is akin to finding the right strands on a plate full of pasta. “You need to pick out the relevant pieces of spaghetti,” he says, “and sometimes they have to be torn apart and re-attached to others.” But with ever-increasing computing power the task can be done in real time, he says. Users also will have to be trained to think loudly. “How do we get a person to think something to themselves in a way that leaves a very strong signal in EEGs that we can read off against the background noise?” D’Zmura asks. Finally, because every person’s EEG is different, persons using “thought helmets” will have to be trained so that computers intercepting their unspoken commands recognize each user’s unique mental pattern.,8599,1841108,00.html?imw=Y Karriker, W. (2008, September). Torture-based mind control as a global phenomenon: Preliminary data from the 2007 series of Extreme Abuse Surveys. In Torture-based mind control: Empirical research, programmer methods, effects and treatment. Workshop conducted at the 13th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, San Diego, CA.

Describes crimes against humanity:

excerpts : Human beings cannot be programmed like robots, I had believed. But that was before the early 80’s when persons with multiple personality disorder began coming to me for psychotherapy. I observed that some of my clients had two distinct sets of alters: those they had created spontaneously to survive unspeakable acts against them and those who appeared to have been conditioned to serve specific functions for their perpetrators or perpetrator groups.

In the late 80’s, a client who had been processing her memories of satanic ritual abuse brought a journal to our session in which she noted writings by an alter personality who used computer jargon: access codes, systems, exit, entry, delete, input, output, sequences, etc. This client came to believe that her father, an ex-military man, and his buddies in the cult had somehow “programmed” her as a child to serve at their pleasure. Later she remembered hearing words, letters, numbers, rhymes, and sometimes classical music in the background when they were torturing her in various ways.

In 1992 at an MPD conference in Alexandria, Virginia, I first heard about the secret Cold War mind control experiments supposedly carried out by Nazi doctors who had been smuggled into the US after World War II to continue their concentration camp-type experiments. I realized that some of the memories reported by another one of my ritually abused clients were consistent with the types of programming used in the well-documented MKULTRA project. In 1973, at the instruction of then CIA Director Richard Helms, the bulk of these records were destroyed. In 1977, Senator Edward Kennedy called for a “public accounting of the abuses of the past.” His request has not been honored….

In 1995, I learned that three courageous victims of mind control experiments had stood before the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments to tell the world about the horrors they had endured in the name of National Security. Giving explanation and support for these women was therapist Valerie Wolf whose speech is printed in the Media Packet I have given you. After that hearing, the Committee recommended that all records of the CIA bearing on programs of secret human research become a top priority for declassification review. After 13 years, there has been no declassification of related files or investigation of government-sponsored mind control experimentation on children….. or

THE GREENBAUM SPEECH – Hypnosis in MPD: Ritual Abuse lecture by D.C.Hammond may be triggering originally entitled “Hypnosis in MPD: Ritual Abuse,” but now usually known as the “Greenbaum Speech,” delivered at the Fourth Annual Eastern Regional Conference on Abuse and Multiple Personality, Thursday June 25, 1992, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia. Sponsored by the Center for Abuse Recovery & Empowerment, The Psychiatric Institute of Washington, D.C. Describes government programming in detail

On September 7, 2008, the ISSTD Executive Council approved the proposal by 17 ISSTD members to create a Ritual Abuse/Mind Control Interest Group. The Council has approved our interim chair, Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D. We will hold elections for officers once we have a larger membership. Our Mission Statement is: To further dialogue, knowledge, research, and training on the etiology, evaluation, and effective treatment of trauma and dissociation in clients reporting histories of ritual abuse or mind control. Our Scope is: To further these goals within the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and to work with ISSTD to disseminate this knowledge worldwide among professionals and the public. Our bylaws can be obtained from Wanda Karriker at: To join the interest group, please send the following information to Wanda Karriker at: Name Address Telephone E-mail Address ISSTD Membership Status  [Student, (full) Member, Fellow, Charter, or Retired] We look forward to the participation of a large number of ISSTD members and the development of plans to achieve our mission. Please feel free to circulate this announcement widely. Investigation of Lt. Col. Michael Aquino and Lilith Aquino involving claims of Satanic Ritual Abuse – Criminal Investigative Division of the Army/ Child Interview Dated March 15, 1989 3:31 pm to 5:42 pm TRANSCRIPT – describes alleged crimes –

Audio Presentations from The Eleventh Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference – 2008

Neil Brick – Debating the Nonbelievers – Getting Equal Time for Survivors’ Views

Thorsten Becker – Ideologically Motivated Crimes – Ritual Abuse in a Different Perspective, Reflected on by Data from a Series of Surveys on Extreme Abuse

Wanda Karriker PhD – Voice, Visibility, and Validation for Survivors. Highlights of the Extreme Abuse Survey Trilogy

Hal Pepinsky – Weighing and Responding to Evidence of Abuse

Journal Articles

Basic Information on Dissociative Identity Disorder with sections on Basic Information on DID from the DSM-IV-TR, The History of DID/MPD, Diagnosing DID, Responses to those that state that DID is iatrogenic or a social construct, MPD/DID connection to severe abuse, Recent information and DID resources


Recovered Memory Data with information on recovered memory corroboration, theories on recovered memory, legal information, physiological evidence for memory suppression, replies to skeptics and books and articles on memory.


How often do children’s reports of abuse turn out to be false? Research has consistently shown that false allegations of child sexual abuse by children are rare. Jones and McGraw examined 576 consecutive referrals of child sexual abuse to the Denver Department of Social Services, and categorized the reports as either reliable or fictitious. In only 1% of the total cases were children judged to have advanced a fictitious allegation. Jones, D. P. H., and J. M. McGraw: Reliable and Fictitious Accounts of Sexual Abuse to Children.Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2, 27-45, 1987. In a more recent study, investigators reviewed case notes of all child sexual abuse reports to the Denver Department of Social Services over 12 months. Of the 551 cases reviewed, there were only 14 (2.5%) instances of erroneous concerns about abuse emanating from children. These consisted of three cases of allegations made in collusion with a parent, three cases where an innocent event was misinterpreted as sexual abuse and eight cases (1.5%) of false allegations of sexual abuse. Oates, R. K., D.P. Jones, D. Denson, A. Sirotnak, N. Gary, and R.D. Krugman: Erroneous Concerns about Child Sexual Abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect 24:149-57, 2000….Children Tend to Understate Rather than Overstate the Extent of Any Abuse Experienced – Research with children whose sexual abuse has been proven has shown that children tend to minimize and deny abuse, not exaggerate or over-report such incidents.

The BASK Model of Dissociation – Bennett G. Braun, M.D. – DISSOCIATION 1 :1, March 1988 – ABSTRACT The BASK model conceptualizes the complex phenomenology of dissociation along with dimensions of Behavior, Affect, Sensation, and Knowledge. The process of dissociation itself, hypnosis, and the clinical mental disorders that constitute the dissociative disorders are described in terms of this model, and illustrated. Dissociation as a concept in psychiatry and as a descriptor of phenomena observed in mental disorders is derived from the doctrine of “association,” which held that memories are brought to consciousness by way of association of ideas; thus, memories not available to be associated are termed “dissociated .” Dissociation is today taken to mean the separation of an idea or thought process from the main stream of consciousness . The Revised Third Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 1987, p . 269) states that, “The essential feature of these (dissociative) disorders is a disturbance or alteration in the normally integrated functions of identity, memory or consciousness . The disturbance or alteration may be sudden or gradual, and transient or chronic . If it occurs primarily in identity, the person’s customary identity is temporarily forgotten, and a new identity may be assumed or imposed (as in Multiple Personality Disorder), or customary feeling of one’s own reality is lost and replaced by feelings of unreality (as in Depersonalization Disorder) . If the disturbance occurs primarily in memory, important personal events cannot be recalled (as in Psychogenic Amnesia and Psychogenic Fugue) .”….The complex phenomena of dissociation can be conceptualized in a BASK (B-A-S-K) model . The four letters of the acronym represent Behavior, Affect, Sensation and Knowledge…”

THE BASK MODEL OF DISSOCIATION: Part II – Treatment – Bennett G. Braun, M.D. Dissociation, Vol. I, No, 2 : June, 1988 ABSTRACT This article is a continuation of the BASK Model of Dissociation : Part I, which discussed the phenomena and theory- of dissociation . It uses the previously described BASK Model (Behavior, Affect, Sensation, Knowledge levels within a time continuum) and applies it to treatment . Since treatment is a dynamic concept and knowledge is a static term, BASK is changed to BATS, wherein the active term “thought” is substituted for “knowledge .” The interrelationship of the various dimensions of the BATS model is demonstrated and described. The BASK format is used to describe how a behavior, affect, thought and/or sensation clue is used to track down and synthesize the BASK/BATS components in psycho – therapy through work with different personalities and/or fragments . A main thesis is that congruence of the BASK/BATS levels across the space/time continuum is required for healthy functioning . It is hoped from this discussion that the reader will gel a sufficient understanding of the practical use of the BASK model and that he/she might apply it to her/his school and practice of psychotherapy.

Breaking the Addiction of Dissociation – Joanne’s 2008 Conference Presentation

excerpt : Researching the term “dissociation” I found this definition by Dr. Bennett Braun: “the separation of an idea or thought process from the main stream of consciousness” (Braun, 1988). Everybody uses dissociation. People use it to screen out unnecessary stimuli. With untraumatized people, this is a choice and not problematical. Any time a person is focused in on something to the exclusion of one or more aspects of present day reality, they are using dissociation. Everyone here has used this – perhaps when reading a book, or practicing a musical instrument, or figuring out income tax. That kind of dissociation is helpful.

Another way to think of dissociation is as a method of dealing with trauma by not knowing about it. The memory of events may be split into separate components. Dr. Bennett Braun developed the BASK model; an easy way to understand this. BASK stands for Behavior, Affect, Sensation and Knowledge. If any one of these is missing in your memory of an event, then you are dissociating. “Behavior” is the action associated with an event. For myself, in times of stress, I find myself putting my hand on the back of my neck. I would do this unknowingly, with no conscious memories or reasons. This is a behavior that originally I found meaningless. I became aware that when I did this, my mind would blank and I would lose all my thought processes

Affect is the emotions one had in response to an event. An example of this happened to me recently when doing dishes. I became aware that putting my hands into the warm dishwater brought a feeling of terror to me. I had no idea why. I just had a sensation and an affect (emotion) but no knowledge.

Sometimes I get knowledge of events from my past, but have absolutely no corresponding emotion or sensations to go with them. The affect (emotion) and sensations are walled off in a separate compartment. I can accept that this experience happened, but it certainly did not happen to “ME”, whoever “Me” might be. I can flip back and forth between feeling the emotion, or feeling the sensation, or having the knowledge, but I am unable to put them all together in one package and claim ownership. I have a simultaneous knowing and not knowing of disturbing information.

Sometimes I dissociate sensation – I have the knowledge that I was sexually molested by my father. But I have had no physical sensations to go along with this – just the knowledge. I have a friend who experiences the opposite – sensation is the one element she has NOT dissociated. She has all the physical feelings of events but no knowledge of what the events are.

Whether or not you define yourself as having Dissociative Identity Disorder, DIDNOS, or some other diagnosis, if you have experienced severe trauma and have not completely healed from it, you DO dissociate in a way which interferes with your ability to live your life the way

Men Who Haven’t Been Victims Less Likely To Believe Child Sex Abuse Claims ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2007) Some 80,000 cases of child sexual abuse are reported annually in the United States, according to federal statistics. Jennifer Freyd, a UO professor of psychology and co-author of the new study, reported in the journal Science in 2005 that abuse involving sexual contact between adults and children has been experienced by at least 20 percent of women and as many as 10 percent of men worldwide, and that 86 percent of sexual abuse cases are never reported to authorities. Freyd has since been studying the factors that may explain why some people don’t believe that such abuses occur, a phenomenon that discourages victims from speaking out and allows perpetrators to escape unpunished and possibly repeat such crimes….In the new study, 318 university students were divided into groups based on self-reporting of abuse history and sexist attitudes. They heard short vignettes in which a male or female described an incident that occurred at age 9 involving an adult figure. The victim in each case also reported whether the memory has always been available to recall since the incident or was recently recalled. Females, including those who had and had not suffered from some kind of betrayal of adult trust, and males who had experienced such betrayal all were willing to believe such an allegation, even more so in the cases where memory had always been present. There was a dramatic decline in believability for men with no abuse history. “I was surprised that this was such a big effect, and that there was such a difference between males and females,” Freyd said….”There is a very high prevalence of child sexual abuse both in our country and around the world,” she said. “It clearly has negative impacts on people. It doesn’t mean that everybody who is sexually abused has a bad outcome, but, like smoking, it increases the risks for bad outcomes.” The biggest obstacle to addressing the issue, Freyd said, is an unwillingness to talk about it, “and this is very much related to people’s unwillingness to believe that it occurs and is so problematic.”

Battle Tactics of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation – Noel Packard – New School for Social Research, N.Y. History Matters Conference April 23-24, 2004 Censorship is also a tactic that FMS Foundation adherents use to silence voices they don’t agree with. Katy Butler, published a critical review of Ofshe’s and Watter’s book, Making Monsters (1994) in the Los Angeles Times. Later the newspaper’s book review editor received a vague threat of a lawsuit from Ofshe’s representative (K. Butler personal communication with Lynn Crook January 28, 2000). Later Butler was asked to write a story for Newsweek examining the uncritical acceptance of Foundation claims and to provide documented cases of recovered memory and traumatic amnesia. Upon learning of this assignment Foundation Advisory Board members Richard Ofshe and Fredrick Crews, as well as Peter and Pamela Freyd, wrote strongly worded letters of complaint to Newsweek which effectively cancelled Butler’s assignment (Stanton 1997). Although these censorship activities were reported in Mike Stanton’s article “U-Turn on Memory Lane” (1997) Nevertheless, Newsweek editors confirmed that the FMS Foundation letters helped kill Butler’s article. Butler said at a national conference of investigative reporters and editors in Rhode Island in 1996: “I’ve worked hard very hard to tell both sides of the story. What’s interesting to me about all of this that telling both sides has started to seem like a risky act.” (Stanton 1997: 49)….In 1994 the editor of the Journal of Psychohistory Lloyd DeMause wrote to many professional subscribers to inform them that he feared a lawsuit by the FMS Foundation for publishing a special issue of his journal on cult abuse. Dr. Jean Goodwin a psychiatrist at University of Texas Medical Branch responded with a letter that conveys the overall feeling among the mental health community in the early 1990s. Goodwin: From a Psychohistorical viewpoint it is fascinating to watch this organization systematically limit freedom of speech in this area. Their suits of publishers have driven many books out of print. Board members have prevented publication of many articles. As far as I know you are the first journal editor they have targeted. The slander suit stopped the audio-tapping of many presentations in this area. The licensing attacks and the malpractice suits threaten freedom of speech in the psychotherapy consulting room, which is where it is supposed to be most free. Silence still is the priority for the perpetrator (Goodwin 1994) Goodwin’s letter captures the effect that Foundations’ tactics had on the therapy community in the early 1990s. Today the overall effect of the Foundation’s court cases and tactics is more muted. One newly graduated MFT told me that as far as she knows the Foundation has had no impact on the practices of MFTs at all. A social worker who teaches a certification class on mandated reporting includes the Foundation topic in her lectures, saying that the Foundation “made us clean up our act.” I’ve also heard a seasoned MFT who teaches a class titled, “Counseling as a Career Option” lament that practicing psychotherapy is becoming a profession only for the rich (both as practitioners and clients). Perhaps this is due to recent constrictions and costs associated with lawsuits, training programs, licensing and insurance policies? It appears that the Foundations’ efforts to drive non-cognitive therapy beyond the grasp of un-wealthy clients are having some success. Kondora’s and Beckett’s studies indicate that the Foundation has been successful in many of its efforts to manage public perception of child abuse victims, therapists and the people accused of child abuse. Kondora and Beckett show that not only has public perception of victimized children become skeptical, but in fact, the press often goes beyond the Victorian custom of neutrality on all fronts of the issue, to out-right sympathy for accused molesters. What began in the 1960s and 1970s as a child welfare movement has arrived today as an accused sex-offender welfare movement (Goldsmith 2003); and right in time for an era when people are having more babies, less birth control and have easier ways to create home based child pornography than ever before. The Foundation has won many expensive malpractice lawsuits that have made news headlines. Such cases have probably put a chill into more than one therapy session, which is what they are intended to do. The Foundation’s efforts in and out of the court room have provided reasons for health insurance companies to reduce insurance payments for mental health care and have tied those payments generally to mental health diagnoses. Training programs for clinical therapists have become more like the clinical training programs of the cold-war years, more science oriented, more stringent, more bio-logically and drug oriented, and less theory and talked based. Many of the support groups, networks, newsletters, journals, and even significant names in the child welfare movement of the 1980’s and 1990’s have faded, vanished or been displaced by on-line and other services of the FMS Foundation. Kondora, Lori L. 1997. A Textual Analysis of the Construction of the False Memory Syndrome: Representations in Popular Magazines; 1990-1995. Ph.D. diss. University of Wisconsin, Madison. – Beckett, Katherine. 1996. Culture and the Politics of Signification: The Case of Child Sexual Abuse. SOCIAL PROBLEMS, Vol. 43, No. 1, February: 57-76.

more DID/MPD info :

Gleaves, D. (July 1996). “The sociocognitive model of dissociative identity disorder: a reexamination of the evidence”. Psychological Bulletin 120 (1): 42-59. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.120.1.42. PMID 8711016. Gleaves states that the research on DID does not support the ideas that DID is a construct of either psychotherapy or the media (the sociocognitive model), but that there is a connection between DID and childhood trauma. “According to the sociocognitive model of dissociative identity disorder…DID is not a valid psychiatric disorder of posttraumatic origin; rather, it is a creation of psychotherapy and the media…In this article, the author reexamines the evidence for the model and concludes that it is based on numerous false assumptions about the psychopathology, assessment, and treatment of DID. Most recent research on the dissociative disorders does not support (and in fact disconfirms) the sociocognitive model, and many inferences drawn from previous research appear unwarranted. No reason exists to doubt the connection between DID and childhood trauma. Treatment recommendations that follow from the sociocognitive model may be harmful because they involve ignoring the posttraumatic symptomatology of persons with DID.

Brown, D; Frischholz E, Scheflin A. (1999). “Iatrogenic dissociative identity disorder – an evaluation of the scientific evidence”. The Journal of Psychiatry and Law XXVII No. 3-4 (Fall-Winter 1999): 549-637. p. 604 – 605 “The problem with McHugh’s publications on MPD/DID, like those of Mersky, is that they are mere speculation. From deposition testimony in several cases, McHugh has made it clear that other than an occasional consultation, he has very little actual clinical experience with the ongoing treatment of MPD/DID patients and is generally unfamiliar with both the clinical features of MPD/DID and with what usually occurs in their treatment. This McHugh’s opinion is informed neither by actual in-depth clinical experience with contemporary MPD/DID patients nor by any scientific research on MPD. Furthermore, with regard to McHugh’s main hypothesis that hysterical behavior is implicated in DID iatrogenesis, Gleaves has shown that such phenomena are no more prevalent in DID than in any other psychiatric condition.”

“Conclusions…At present the scientific evidence is insufficient and inadequate to support plaintiffs’ complaints that suggestive influences allegedly operative in psychotherapy can create a major psychiatric disorder like MPD per se…there is virtually no support for the unique contribution of hypnosis to the alleged iatrogenic creation of MPD in appropriately controlled research. “The Spanos socio-cognitive model reduces MPD to socially constructed role enactments. In this model, the often severe psychopathology associated with clinical MPD is minimized. Very recent studies suggest a possible neurobiological basis to MPD in at least certain MPD patients….It is clear that Spanos et al.’s 1985 conclusion that MPD is a role enactment based on their observation of role-playing subjects is based on circular logic: You ask a subject to pretend that he has alters and he complies; then you conclude that having alters is the product of role playing….Spanos’s conclusion of the iatrogenic nature of MPD also suffers from an additional logical error. Even if it were true that MPD could be created iatrogenically, that does not prove that every case for noniatrogenic MPD cases….Situationally bound enactment of predefined secondary-personality roles presumes sufficient executive control to do it. Genuine MPD is defined in DSM as the loss of executive control…Genuine DID was defined in DSM-IV as the loss of a unified identity…Presumably none of Spanos’s laboratory subjects suffered from a fundamental loss of a unified identity as a result of the experimental instructions….”’Genuine MPD is characterized by enduring alter-personality states that are defined by a relatively stable set of personality characteristics over time….The secondary-personality states reported by Spanos’s subjects in the laboratory were very temporary role enactments….Spanos has seriously overgeneralized from the data of his 1985, 1986 and 1991 laboratory experiments that multiple personalities can be created in the laboratory.”’ The more conservative interpretation merited by these data is that certain individuals with certain personality characteristics in a particular social context report temporary role enactments of different identities that are limited to the context of the experiment….Overall the Spanos data offer no evidence that either stable alter personalities or the range of clinical features typically associated with MPD can be created in the laboratory, and the data certainly offer no support whatsoever that MPD per se can be created through suggestive influences. At best, these data support the view that certain individuals in a high-demand context, and/or under extreme interview conditions wherein misinformation is systematically supplied, report temporary secondary-personality states….Overall, these data offer little evidence that the disorder MPD per se can be created through suggestive influences.”

Ross, C.; Norton, G. & Fraser, G. (1989). “Evidence against the iatrogenesis of multiple personality disorder”. Dissociation 2

“The authors present data which argue against the iatrogenesis of multiple personality disorder (MPD). Twenty-two cases reported by one Canadian psychiatrist, 23 cases reported by a.second Canadian psychiatrist, 48 cases seen by 44 American psychiatrists specializing in MPD, and 44 cases seen by 40 Canadian general psychiatrists without a special interest in MPD are compared. The Canadian general psychiatrists had seen an average of 2.2 cases of MPD, while the Americans had seen an average of 160. There were no differences between these groups on the diagnostic criteria, for MPD or the number of personalities identified. Specialists in MPD are not influencing their patients to create an increased number of personalities or to endorse more diagnostic criteria. Exposure to hypnosis does not appear to influence the phenomenology of MPD.

Kluft, R.P. (1989). “Iatrogenic creation of new alter personalities”. Dissociation 2 (2): 83-91. “It would appear that the weight of available evidence, although far from conclusive, suggests quite strongly that the iatrogenesis of MPD de norm has yet to be demonstrated. Most of what would appear to be examples of the iatrogenic creation of new alters reflects the uncovering process of psychotherapy as it reaches already extant alters that were not immediately accessible for a variety of reasons, or the ongoing use by the patient of his or her characteristic ways of coping within the context of therapy.”

Braun, B.G. (1989). “Dissociation: Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 066-069: Iatrophilia and Iatrophobia in the diagnosis and treatment of MPD “Iatrogenic induction of an alter personality by hypnotic or other means is highly unlikely, given the DSM-III-R criteria for defining an alter.”

Kluft, RP (2003). “Current Issues in Dissociative Identity Disorder”. Bridging Eastern and Western Psychiatry 1 (1): 71-87. “DID is emerging as a not uncommon consequence of overwhelming childhood events. It has been identified as occurring in many nations and is often very responsive to treatment.”

Pearson, M.L. (1997). “Childhood trauma, adult trauma, and dissociation”. Dissociation 10 (1): 58-62. “This paper studies the relationship among childhood trauma, recent trauma, and dissociation. Literature has suggested that early trauma may lead to dissociation. It was hypothesized that dissociation, including symptoms associated with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), would be more prevalent in those survivors of childhood abuse who were later traumatized in adulthood . Seventy-five female subjects completed a survey protocol. Subjects who experienced both early and recent trauma were more dissociative and endorsed more symptoms consistent with DID.”

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Goettmann, B. A.; Greaves, B. G., Coons M. P. (1994). Multiple personality and dissociation, 1791-1992: a complete bibliography. Lutherville, MD: The Sidran Press, 85. ISBN 0-9629164-5-5.

blog on book “Switching Time” by Richard Baer

MPD/DID A Legitimate Diagnosis – Child abuse links

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Survivors of Incest Anonymous online store has literature, tapes, medallions and other items to help you in your journey of recovery.

Literature on ritual abuse and cults, explaining the nature of ritual abuse and the road from incest to cult abuse

The Truth About Parental Alienation – Proponents of Parental Alienation portray parental alienation as a destructive family dynamic, usually manifesting during custody battles, in which one parent purportedly turns the child”s sentiments against the other parent. Failure to recognize and correct this dynamic by ensuring that the child has a relationship with both parents, they claim, will cause great harm to the child. Indeed, nothing can be further from the truth. Parental Alienation is a discredited, pseudo-psychological theory whose application in custody determinations has caused great harm to children.
Special section on child abuse cases

verification of the accuracy of the book “Michelle Remembers“by Michelle Smith and Lawrence Pazder, MD – from the book “A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER” pages xi – xiii”

“Dr. Pazder’s credentials are impressive. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1961; his diploma in tropical medicine from the University Liverpool in 1962; and in 1968, his specialist certificate in psychiatry and his diploma in psychological medicine from McGill University. In 1971, he was made a fellow of Canada’s Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a member of three Canadian professional associations and of the American Psychiatric Association as well. He practiced medicine in West Africa and has participated in medical task forces and health organizations. He has been chairman of the Mental Health Committee of the Health Planning Council for British Columbia. A member of the staff of two hospitals in Victoria, British Columbia-the Royal Jubilee and the Victoria General-he is in private practice with a group of five psychiatrists. His professional papers include a study of the long-term effects of stress upon concentration-camp victims.

Two experienced interviewers journeyed to Victoria and talked to Dr. Pazder’s colleagues, to the priests and the bishop who became involved in the case, to doctors who treated Michelle Smith when she was a child, to relatives and friends. From local newspaper, clergy, and police sources they learned that reports of Satanism in Victoria are not infrequent and that Satanism has apparently existed there for many years. Satanism in Western Canada flourished in many areas with activities far more ominous than some of the innocuous groups now found in parts of the United States who claim some connection with Satanism.

The source material was scrutinized. The many thousands of pages of transcripts of the tape recordings that Dr. Pazder and Michelle Smith made of their psychiatric sessions were read and digested; they became the basis of this book. The tapes themselves were listened to in good measure, and the videotapes made of some of his sessions were viewed. Both the audio and video are powerfully convincing. It is nearly unthinkable that the protracted agony they record could have been fabricated.”Thomas B. Congdon, Jr New York April 22, 1980

Fells Acres – Amirault Case

Letters to the Editor: The Real Darkness Is Child Abuse WALL STREET JOURNAL (J) 02/24/95

excerpts: As the chief prosecutor of both of the Amirault cases I am writing to prevent the public from being misled into believing that an injustice occurred as Dorothy Rabinowitz alleges in her Jan. 30 editorial-page piece “A Darkness in Massachusetts.”

Her suggestion that the convictions were based on “some of the most fantastic claims ever presented” presumptuously ignores the reality of the cases. The three Amiraults — Gerald, Violet and Cheryl – were convicted after two trials before different judges and juries almost one year apart. They were represented by able and well-known defense counsel. The convictions were upheld after review by state and federal appellate courts. The McMartin case in California was the result of a botched legal system and Kelly Michaels’s conviction was overturned because of legal errors. Contrary to Ms. Rabinowitz’s implication, the Amirault convictions were neither of these.

Studies show, as did testimony from a nationally recognized pediatric gynecologist, that most sexually molested young children have absolutely normal physical examinations. However, in Amirault, the majority of the female children who testified had some relevant physical findings, as did several female children involved in the investigation who did not participate in the trial. The findings included labial adhesions and hymenal scarring of the sort present in a very small percentage of non-sexually abused children.

Ms. Rabinowitz’s article is a superficial, one-sided look at a case handled extensively and carefully by the legal system. The victims and their families in these cases have been irrevocably harmed by what was done to them by the Amiraults. Every argument raised by Ms. Rabinowitz was ably presented by the defense at the trials. The juries, by their verdicts, rejected these arguments. Justice was done.
see for actual case evidence

All nine children testified in a broadly consistent way…The children testified to numerous instances of sexual abuse. Some of the children testified that they were photographed during this abuse, describing a big camera with wires, a red button, and pictures which came out of the camera. The children testified that the defendant threatened them and told them that their families would be harmed if they told anyone about the abuse….The Commonwealth also presented a pediatric gynecologist and pediatrician who examined five of the girls who testified…She made findings consistent with abuse in four of the girls.”

Amirault’s accusers reveal their faces, and their pain Boston Herald – Boston, Mass. – Peter Gelzinis – Aug 7, 2001

Mass. Victims Fight Commutation Plea By Leslie Miller, Associated Press Writer

excerpts: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Victims in the Fells Acres child abuse case broke down Thursday as they described their pain publicly for the first time in hopes of keeping the last person convicted in the case behind bars. Victims urged her to keep Amirault in prison. “During counseling meetings as a child, I would speak of a tall man touching me and taking pictures of me,” Phaedra Hopkins, 20, said at an emotional news conference. “So many times, Mr. Amirault hovered over me, touched me and hurt me and committed many disgusting acts of abuse.” Those children, now adults, stood by their testimony Thursday.

“This family raped me, molested me and totally ruined my life,” said Jennifer Bennett, who was 31/2 years old when she started at Fells Acres. “We weren’t coaxed. We weren’t lying. We’re telling the truth and we always will,” said Bennett, 22. “I was there. None of you were there. We weren’t coaxed, nor were we ever ever ever brainwashed.” Brian Martinello, 21, said he was sexually abused by Amirault. His mother, Barbara Standke, claims her son came home from the day care with sores on his genitals and other people’s underwear. “I think it’s an absolute disgrace to let anyone out of prison for such a disgusting crime,” Martinello said.

Paul Ingram – Thurston County Washington Case

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – June 8, 1996 – News, Pg. B1 – Son of Deputy Says He Was Sexually Abused ; Dramatic Report in Testimony to Clemency Panel -: Rachel Zimmerman P-I Capitol Bureau – Olympia

excerpts: The son of Paul Ingram, a former Thurston County deputy sheriff who confessed to raping his daughters during nightmarish satanic rituals but later recanted, said for the first time yesterday that he was physically and sexually abused by his father for eight years. Chad Ingram, 27, told the state Pardons and Clemency Board that his father, who is serving 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to six counts of third-degree rape – crimes he now says never happened – said he was abused by his father from ages 4 to 12. “He would put himself on top of me and I would perform oral sex on him,” Chad Ingram said.

Thurston County Sheriff Gary Edwards, though the case never went to trial, it was subject to intense judicial scrutiny, “all the way up to the Ninth Circuit.” Edwards added, “This case was not perfect but it had complete judicial review. “Paul Ingram did commit these crimes; he plead guilty to these crimes. I have no problem shaving in the morning . I can look myself in the mirror.”

The Facade of Scientific Documentation: A Case Study of Richard Ofshe’s Analysis of the Paul Ingram Case” by Karen Olio and William Cornell. APA’s journal “Psychology, Public Policy, and Law,” (1998, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1182-1197) “The case of Paul Ingram, a man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his daughters, has received widespread media attention. Richard Ofshe (1992, 1994) set forth a narrative of the case which included his account of an experiment to test the veracity of Ingram’s confessions and concluded that the inadvertent use of hypnosis during Ingram’s interrogation resulted in the creation of pseudomemories that convinced Ingram of his guilt. On the basis of an examination of the original source documents, the authors discusses the errors of fact, methodological flaws, and confounding factors in Ofshe’s rendering of this case of alleged child abuse. They also cite examples of the extent to which Ofshe’s imperfect narrative of this case and pseudoscientific conclusions have been uncritically accepted and repeated in the literature…”

Harvard Society for Law & Public Policy, Inc. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy – Spring, 1999 – 22 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 523 The Guilty and the “Innocent”: an Examination of Alleged Cases of Wrongful Conviction from False Confessions by Paul G. Cassell – “According to the authors(Leo and Ofsche), in twenty-nine of these cases the false confession resulted in the wrongful conviction of an innocent person.” “examines nine of these twenty-nine cases in detail. Based on review of original trial court records and other similar sources, the part concludes that each of these nine persons were, in all likelihood, entirely guilty of the crimes charged against them.” “Leo and Ofshe rely in large measure on secondary sources for the descriptions of the evidence against the defendants in their collection….For many cases, court records are available only in the local courthouses where the trial took place, while media accounts are often readily accessible in computerized databases. Relying on secondary sources, however, poses the risk of inaccurate recounting of the evidence. Examining primary sources for the cases in Leo and Ofshe’s collection reveals that this is a very real problem.” “The problems with the subjective determination of “innocence” in the Leo-Ofshe collection, like similar problems elsewhere, suggests that reliance on second-hand sources combined with understandable enthusiasm for the enterprise of discovering miscarriages may produce more such cases than really exist.” “Only a relative handful of Leo and Ofshe’s cases would satisfy the criterion of undisputed wrongful conviction.”
Wenatchee, Washington Case

information from articles :

At the trial, one girl showed “definite medical signs of sexual abuse” while “it could not be ruled out for two others.

In 1996, a consultant, retired Bellevue Police Chief D.P. Van Blaricom, hired by a city insurer who looked into how the Wenatchee police ran the child abuse investigations stated that the cases were handled properly. A U.S. Department of Justice investigation also found that there was no evidence of civil rights violations.

Cops Win Wash. State Sex Ring Case – June 29, 1998 – Aviva L. Brandt AP Online – Seattle “A jury on Monday rejected claims of police misconduct brought by four people who say they were falsely accused of child rape and molestation. After deliberating for more than five days, the King County Superior Court panel decided that the central Washington town of Wenatchee, the town’s police officials and three members of the Douglas County sheriff’s department did not violate the civil rights of the four, who said they were falsely accused in 1994-95. Douglas County Sheriff Dan LaRoche said the verdict allows police to keep investigating sex abuse and molestation cases without fear of lawsuits.

Debate Rages Over Wenatchee Sex-Ring Allegations – November 6, 1995 – Aviva L. Brandt, Associated Press Writer – Wenatchee, Wash.

Excerpts: A line divides this town. On one side are those who believe dozens of children were raped and molested over seven years by adults in two loosely organized sex rings. On the other are those who assert a rogue cop and obsessed social workers created a whirlpool of sexual hysteria – coaxing children into accusations and bullying bewildered, poorly educated adults into confessions. Gov. Mike Lowry, petitioned by critics who believe the case is a witch hunt, has asked for a Justice Department review and is awaiting a decision from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Authorities say as many as 50 children were forced to have sex with adults since 1988 – sometimes alone, sometimes in groups. In the last year, 28 adults have been charged with child rape and sexual abuse. Five have been convicted, 10 have pleaded guilty.

Every female victim had physical evidence of sexual abuse and the majority of the males did,” Smith said. “Clearly it’s pretty good evidence to show that this is occurring.”

Douglas County Prosecutor Steve Clem sounded frustrated when asked about allegations that his office hasn’t bothered to look for the truth. “The defense attorneys are using what I’m sure … some day in the future will be called the O.J. defense, where they sling mud, make wild accusations and see conspiracies all around them,” he said. “There’s physical evidence consistent with the stories they (the children) tell. There’s more than one person talking about the very same things going on,” said Tim Abbey, a regional supervisor with the state Child Protective Services. “And there are a lot of confessions, and many times they’re confessing to more than the kids said happened.”


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