Issue 64 – September 2005

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Issue 64 – September 2005

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.

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

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. LMS: article 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

Police, killer in child sex ring By Fidelma Cook 6/6/05 “Edinburgh: Police were involved in a paedophile ring that covered up abuse allegations against the man responsible for the infamous Dunblane school massacre. The astonishing claim was made by former paramedic Sandra Uttley, who is going to the European Court of Human Rights to demand a new inquiry into the tragedy.”

France sentences sex ring members – A total of 39 men and 26 women were on trial in Angers 7/27/05 “Sixty-two people have been found guilty of abuse and sentenced in one of France’s biggest child sex trials. Sentences ranged from four months suspended to 28 years for second-time offenders. Three people were acquitted. Those who received the longest jail terms were key figures in the vast paedophile ring that operated in a deprived area in the town of Angers. Sixty-five people were tried on charges of sexually abusing 45 children aged between 6 months and 12 years old.”

65 convicted in French child abuse trial – Angers, France 7/28/05 “Key figures in the largest child abuse trial to date in France were sentenced to up to 28 years in jail on Wednesday after a jury convicted them of raping, molesting and prostituting children, including their own. The court found that between January 1999 and February 2002, the 65 defendants had sexually abused 45 children, then aged from six months to 14 years, sometimes in exchange for cash, drink, cartons of cigarettes or, on one occasion, a car tyre. After a five-month trial, the jury sent three repeat offenders to prison for between 26 and 28 years. Other suspects were handed sentences ranging from six months suspended to 18 years in jail. The offences took place in flats, sheds and allotments on a rundown housing estate in the Loire town of Angers, 265km from Paris, better known for its medieval chateau.”

Abuse trial ends in France Jon Henley in Paris 7/2/05 “France’s largest ever child abuse trial drew to a close yesterday with prosecutors demanding maximum sentences of up to 30 years for some of the 66 defendants accused of raping, sexually abusing and prostituting 45 children – sometimes their own.”,11882,1519569,00.html

Former Sioux City bishop named in sexual abuse lawsuit By AP 6/8/05 “Iowa City, Ia. – A former principal of Regina High School who later went on to become bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City was accused of abusing a former student in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit names retired Bishop Lawrence Soens and the Diocese of Davenport, which last fall paid $9 million to settle 37 lawsuits that accused several eastern Iowa priests of sexual abuse at various times and parishes in the last 50 years.”

Diocese: Don’t show abuse files – Former priest: Ed Stefanich is convicted sex offender By Ted Slowik “Wheaton – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet is once again asking a court to bar the release of documents that could shed light on how church officials responded to allegations of clergy sexual abuse. The diocese is asking a DuPage County judge to issue a protective order that would shield the personnel file of former priest and convicted sex offender Ed Stefanich from public view. Judge Stephen Culliton is expected to rule on the request Aug. 8. The diocese is arguing that failure to obtain a protective order would dissuade other victims of clergy sexual abuse from coming forward, and that the privacy of others would be violated.”

from LMS Diocese in Maine validates 9 abuse cases By AP 7/5/05 Portland, Maine “Maine’s Roman Catholic diocese yesterday validated child sexual-abuse allegations against nine of 21 dead priests, saying they probably would have been removed from ministry under today’s standards if they were still alive.”

Church Abuse Payouts Top $1B New York 6/9/05 AP “The cost to the U.S. Roman Catholic Church of sexual predators in the priesthood has climbed past $1 billion, according to tallies by American bishops and an Associated Press review of known settlements. And the figure is guaranteed to rise, probably by tens of millions of dollars, because hundreds more claims are pending. Dioceses around the United States have spent at least $1.06 billion on settlements with victims, verdicts, legal fees, counseling and other expenses since 1950, the AP found. A $120 million compensation fund announced last week by the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, pushed the figure past the billion-dollar mark. A large share of the costs – at least $378 million – have been incurred in just the past three years, when the crisis erupted in the Boston Archdiocese and spread nationwide.”

Judge gives preliminary approval to church abuse settlement – Brett Barrouquere AP 7/5/05 Burlington, Ky. “A judge granted preliminary approval Tuesday to a proposed $120 million class-action settlement between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and alleged victims of sexual abuse. The approval means there will be $40 million immediately available from diocese assets. The victims and the diocese are suing three insurance companies for the remaining $80 million.”

Class action sought in orphanage lawsuit – Sisters of Charity oppose request 7/23/05 By Gregory A. Hall The Courier-Journal “Class-action status is being sought for a lawsuit filed by about 50 people who allege they were abused as children while living at Roman Catholic orphanages in Jefferson County. In a filing in Jefferson Circuit Court, attorney William McMurry said he’s seeking to expand the suit because he and his plaintiffs believe there are at least several hundred other victims. Judge Denise Clayton will consider the request at a hearing Monday. A class-action designation would allow victims to make a claim without being publicly identified, as they would be if they filed their own suit. It also would lead to advertising that would notify former orphanage residents — who may live across the country and not know of the litigation — of their rights, McMurry said. McMurry, working with attorney Ann Oldfather, represented 243 plaintiffs who settled with the Archdiocese of Louisville for $25.7 million in 2003 over sexual abuse by parish priests and others.”

Roman Catholic Church Settles 19 Pending Sexual Abuse Cases in San Francisco And Seattle For $22.9 Million 6/12/05 “Still plagued by scores of sexual abuse cases and the negative publicity they generate, the Roman Catholic Church has settled 15 cases in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for $21.2 million and 4 cases in the Archdiocese of Seattle for $1.7 million.”

Priest-abuse victim speaks out – Toledo salesman to be on ‘Oprah’ – Dennis O’Loughlin discusses being abused as a boy. By David Yonke “Mr. Gray, who left the priesthood voluntarily in 1988, has been sued by a dozen men since 2002 claiming the former priest and Central Catholic High School teacher sexually abused them when they were minors. All the lawsuits, including Mr. O’Loughlin’s and Mr. Comes’, were settled out of court with the Toledo diocese last year.”

Authorities abetted diocese in hiding sexual-abuse cases – Police, courts let accused priests avoid punishment By Joe Mahr and Mitch Weiss 7/31/05 “Over the past 50 years, those sworn to enforce the law and protect children repeatedly have aided and abetted the diocese in covering up sexual abuse by priests, a three-month investigation by The Blade shows. Beyond past revelations that the diocese quietly moved pedophile priests from parish to parish, The Blade investigation shows that at least once a decade – and often more – priests suspected of rape and molestation have been allowed by local authorities to escape the law.”

Paper: Police Helped Hide Abuse Claims 7/31/05 Toledo, Ohio (AP) “Police helped the Catholic Diocese of Toledo cover up sex abuse allegations for several decades, refusing to investigate or arrest priests suspected of molesting children, a newspaper reported Sunday. The (Toledo) Blade, relying on interviews with former officers and a review of court and diocese records, found at least five instances since the 1950s of police covering up allegations of abuse.”

Jury decides against priest in defamation case By Ryan J. Foley, 8/4/05 Janesville, Wis. (AP) “A jury on Thursday decided against a Catholic priest who said he was falsely accused of sexual abuse by a former altar boy, concluding the allegations were substantially true.”

Disturbing connections emerge – Sexual abuse allegations, cases hint at Spokane’s shameful side Bill Morlin 7/31/05 “Three decades ago….Young boys – some from troubled backgrounds and others from prominent families – were being sexually abused by a group of men who were supposed to be role models and authority figures. Growing evidence suggests that people who knew about the abuse did nothing to stop it or report it. Two attorneys who represent several alleged victims from the era believe there was a pedophile ring operating in Spokane. Others blame a culture of secrecy, denial and ignorance for allowing revered, male-dominated institutions like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to ignore abusers in their midst.”

High court rejects claim against Wilton church by Nancy Meersman – Union Leader Staff – Concord “The state Supreme Court ruled, 3-1, yesterday that two girls who were molested by their father cannot sue the Wilton Jehovah’s Witness congregation and the church’s governing body for allegedly concealing the abuse from authorities. The high court said although the criminal statutes require the Jehovah’s Witnesses to report to police any sex abuse against children, they cannot be held liable in civil court if they do not report it.”

Clergy abuse victims cry foul By Todd Ruger “Three men who met with the Catholic Diocese of Davenport on behalf of victims of sexual abuse by its priests called the response from church leaders “a slap in the face.” The men said they presented to the diocese — at the first of several regular meetings required as part of a $9 million settlement with 37 claimants — a list of things that they and other victims would like to see the diocese do to promote healing and prevent future abuse.” “The diocese said in a written statement that it “seriously considered the conversation with the victims,” but “the new demands by the victims go far beyond any of the terms in the contract (settlement).”

Calif. Diocese to Settle Sex Abuse Suits 7/10/05 AP San Francisco “The Archdiocese of San Francisco has agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle a dozen lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by a once-popular priest. Attorneys announced the agreements Friday, days before the first of several planned trials was to begin with plaintiffs alleging they were abused by the late Rev. Joseph Pritchard.”

Calif. Church Settles Abuse Suits for $56M By Kim Curtis, AP 8/6/05 San Francisco “The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland has agreed to pay $56 million to settle lawsuits filed by 56 alleged victims of priest sexual abuse, the diocese said.”

Ex-priest guilty of sexual assault – Irving: Already a convicted sex offender, man could get life 7/1/05 By Robert Tharp / The Dallas Morning News “A former Catholic priest with a history of molesting boys was convicted late Thursday of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man in an Irving hotel room. Jurors deliberated nearly five hours before finding John Salazar guilty of sexual assault.”

Lay abuse cases costing diocese Dallas: Attorney says vigilance could have saved victims of child-care workers 7/29/05 By Brooks Egerton “The Dallas Catholic Diocese soon will be paying millions more dollars to sexual abuse victims. This time, however, the abusers in question are former child-care workers, not priests. But otherwise much is familiar: Plaintiffs say church officials ignored “red flags” about suspicious employees, while the defense says those individuals long managed to fool everyone around them. Now, to avoid the risks of trying lawsuits, the diocese has agreed to pay a total of $2.6 million to three victims of Julio A. Marcos, who worked at St. Pius X’s child-care center for much of the 1990s and is now serving a life term…”

Diocese to have $22.2 million for abuse claims By Arthur H. Rotstein AP 7/11/05 “Tucson – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson will have $22.2 million available to settle sex abuse claims, including $14.8 million from its insurers, a church official testified Monday during a bankruptcy hearing.”

Mahony Ordered to Release Church Records – Court affirms ruling that documents dealing with abuse by priests must be disclosed. By Jean Guccione – LA Times Staff Writer 7/26/05 “A state appellate court ordered Cardinal Roger M. Mahony on Monday to comply with grand jury subpoenas seeking the internal church records of two former Roman Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children. It was the second time in a year that a court has told Mahony to turn over the records. A three-judge panel from the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles rejected the archdiocese’s argument that it was constitutionally protected from having to disclose documents from priest personnel files.”

describes crimes Vatican expels 6 priests over abuse cases By Damien Cave The New York Times 7/11/05 New York – “The Vatican has expelled six New York priests either accused or convicted of sexual abuse, ….Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, said Saturday in a phone interview that all six men had lost their pensions and that they could no longer perform church sacraments. They are no longer priests, period,” he said. “They are reduced to the lay state.” Defrocking is the harshest penalty the Roman Catholic Church can impose on a priest.”

from LMS Victims launch 13 lawsuits – Judge’s distant relatives among plaintiffs seeking $3.1M By Mark Bellis – Cornwall – “Two relatives of the judge leading the public inquiry into an alleged sex abuse ring and subsequent coverup have launched lawsuits, claiming they were also victims. Ron and George Glaude’s claims were among 13 new suits announced yesterday by the lawyers for the alleged victims, including one that names this city’s former bishop and the Vatican. Each lawsuit is seeking $3.1 million.”

Vatican named in Cornwall sex abuse lawsuit – Canadian Press – Toronto “The Vatican and the College of Cardinals are among those named in a sex abuse lawsuit to be filed this week in Cornwall, Ont. LeDroit Beckett, a London, Ont.-based law firm, is filing the suit on behalf of Andrien St. Louis, who claims he was abused by a Roman Catholic bishop and priest.”

Cornwall sex abuse suit names Vatican – Canadian Press 7/3/05 Toronto “The Vatican and the College of Cardinals are among those named in a sex abuse lawsuit to be filed this week in Cornwall, Ont. LeDroit Beckett, a London, Ont.-based law firm, is filing the suit on behalf of Andrien St. Louis, who claims he was abused by a Roman Catholic bishop and priest. Retired bishop Eugene LaRocque, who lives in Windsor, Ont., and a deceased priest, Donald Scott, are named in the suit. The Holy See, the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic of Toronto, the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall and the Diocese of London are accused of negligence and vicarious liability of their employees. None of these allegations have been proven in court.” “An affidavit sworn in 1996 by Ron Leroux, a 58-year-old painting contractor who lived in Cornwall but is now based in Maine, says as a boy he witnessed a “clan” of pedophiles abusing young boys in a variety of ways. Leroux, who claimed he was abused by several priests, said the “ritual went on on a weekly basis.””

Old Balkan hatreds play out in court case – A class-action lawsuit charges the Vatican Bank with a role in the flight of pro-Nazi henchmen and loot from Europe after World War II By Ron Grossman Tribune staff reporter 7/6/05 “Dorich, a Los Angeles book publisher, is the force behind a class-action lawsuit against the Vatican Bank and the Franciscan Order. Filed in a federal court in California, the suit alleges that immediately after World War II the bank–the financial arm of the Roman Catholic Church–helped fleeing members of a brutal, pro-Nazi regime in Croatia hide and launder millions of dollars worth of loot, including gold and jewelry taken from concentration camp prisoners. According to Dorich and his lawyers, those riches were used to help the pro-Nazi henchmen slip out of Europe and escape to South America in 1945 and after. Dorich, the son of a Serbian immigrant, recalled that dozens of his relatives were massacred by the Ustashe, a Croatian puppet government installed by the Nazis when they conquered the Balkans in the 1940s. U.S. government documents of the period show that some Ustashe leaders and many of their financial resources made it to Rome during the chaos of the war’s final months.”

Church urged to find other abuse victims – Priest who has died named in 22 cases By Margaret Ramirez 7/14/05 “African-American men who were sexually abused as children by a Roman Catholic priest demanded Wednesday that church officials take steps to find other victims who may be suffering in silence. Rev. Victor Stewart, who died in 1994 at age 54, abused at least 22 boys during the 1980s, some as young as 7, according to an attorney for the accusers. Fourteen of the men have reached settlements totaling $3 million with the Archdiocese of Chicago, said attorney Phillip Aaron of Seattle. Settlements are pending for eight more victims, he said.”

Alleged sex abuse victims accuse Chicago police of wrongdoing by Morgan Lord 7/20/05 “An advocate group of sexual abuse victims filed a complaint Tuesday accusing Chicago police of complicity in abuse of its members by a Chicago priest more than 10 years ago. Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said the complaint accuses some police officers of involvement in the supposed silencing of eight South Side boys who were molested by their Catholic priest, Father Victor Stewart, in 1992. After the molestation incidents, eight of the boys were picked up by the police, threatened and held without the consent of their parents, according to Blaine and the victims. They were told not to speak to anyone about what happened.”

Six Boston Priests Accused Of Abuse Defrocked By Vatican “Men May Still Offer Absolution To Dying – 6/9/05 “Boston- The Vatican has defrocked six priests from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston who were accused of sexually abusing children, the archdiocese announced Thursday. The defrocked men are John Connell, Denis Conte, Peter Frost, John Hanlon, Richard Matte and Paul David White.”

NBC 10 NEWS – Report: Providence Diocese Still Settling Sex Abuse Claims 7/18/05 “Providence – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has settled an additional 50 sexual abuse claims, totaling $2 million, since reaching a $14.3 million settlement with about three dozen people in 2002.”

Catholic Church admits abuse claims up by 50% By Ruth Gledhill “Allegations of child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church increased by 50 per cent in England and Wales last year. But of 153 reported incidents of abuse, 116 took place in the 60 years before 2004 and involved abusers who have since died. The increase in allegations of abuse from 62 in 2003 to 100 last year was disclosed in the third annual report from the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults. The 100 incidents involved 153 victims. There were 111 cases of sexual abuse, 14 of physical abuse and 11 of child pornography. Of the 37 incidents of alleged abuse that actually took place last year, 17 involved priests and 10 of these concerned sexual abuse.”,,2-1671757,00.html

Former Cop Admits Role In Child Porn Ring – 12-Year Police Veteran Could Get 3 Years In Prison 7/8/05 – San Diego “A former San Diego police officer has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor counts of child pornography as part of an international Internet child pornography ring being investigated by federal authorities. Brett Kenneth Hensley pleaded guilty to one felony count of using a minor to make child pornography and three misdemeanor counts of possessing child pornography, authorities announced Thursday. Hensley, 36, is one of 27 people in San Diego and Imperial counties arrested as part of the child porn ring, including members of the military, a priest, a school administrator and a teacher. More than 1,200 people have been arrested worldwide as part of the operation.”

Sacto priests’ abuse costs $35 million By Randy Myers – Contra Costa Times – 6/29/05 – Sacramento “The Diocese of Sacramento will pay $35 million to 33 clergy sex-abuse victims in a settlement announced today.”

Group says abuse scandal could cost $2 billion or more By Ken Kusmer, AP Writer  7/9/05 “Indianapolis – The chairman of the Roman Catholic lay reform group Voice of the Faithful forecast Saturday that the clergy sexual abuse scandal will cost U.S. dioceses $2 billion to $3 billion in direct costs.”

Abuse victim says church tried to silence him – Reported by Jeremy Finley E-mail: “A victim of abuse at the hands of a priest spoke out Friday on the grounds of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville. He says the diocese tried to force him to remain silent about the abuse — a charge church leaders deny. David Brown went public on Friday with his personal demons and said he was sexually abused by Father Paul Haas.”

article describes abuse – Abuse Priest’s Victim Paid Record £635,000 By Hugo Duncan, PA 6/30/05 “A man who was left psychologically damaged after being systematically abused by a parish priest for ten years was awarded more than £600,000 in compensation today. Lawyers acting for the victim of Father Christopher Clonan said they hoped the award – thought to be the biggest of its kind in the UK – would force the church to offer “realistic compensation” to other victims. The 35-year-old man, who now suffers from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, was abused between the ages of seven and 18 by Clonan, his priest at Christ The King Church in Coventry.”

Lewis abuse probe set to criticise role of officials by Mike Merritt 8/7/05 “An investigation into allegations of child sex abuse on the Isle of Lewis will criticise how social workers gathered medical evidence and served child protection orders on parents. It is believed the Scottish Executive’s inquiry into the collapse of the case has made a series of recommendations which have far-reaching implications for every local authority in Scotland. The year-long investigation into claims of one of the biggest child sex rings in Scotland will finally report this week….The case, which cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds, collapsed last July after the Crown Office decided not to prosecute. The probe began when four police forces staged dawn raids on homes in England and on Lewis, the centre of the allegations, in October 2003. Operation Haven saw charges brought against seven men and one woman – which included the offences of rape and lewd and libidinous practices against three young girls.”

“When he was a teenager 20 years ago, Tony Comes says a Catholic priest in his Ohio hometown sexually abused him. Humiliated and ashamed, Tony carried the secret with him into adulthood, even as he married, had two kids and became a firefighter. He shared the truth only with his parents and wife. But when Tony recently learned that the same priest now lived down the street, he decided to take action — even if it meant going public. Premieres Tuesday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. ”

Mediator named to residential schools talks – News Staff – 5/30/05 “In 1998, then Indian Affairs Minister Jane Stewart apologized for rampant abuse in the once-national school system. Since then, approximately 13,600 plaintiffs have joined lawsuits against Ottawa and the Roman Catholic, Anglican, United and Presbyterian churches that ran it. So far, more than 2,300 of those claims — totalling in excess of $85 million — have been resolved in the courts and Ottawa’s ADR process.”

describes crimes – Crime Scenes and Folk Saints: A Cultural Analysis of the Santa Muerte Phenomena – Tony M. Kail

Molester may have thousands of victims 6/17/05 By Rachel Konrad San Jose, Calif. “A convicted child molester jailed in California may have committed sex crimes against thousands of victims, police said Thursday after finding computers, notebooks and meticulous, handwritten lists of boys’ names and apparent codes for various sex acts. San Jose Police Lt. Scott Cornfield described 63-year-old Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller as “one of the most active child molesters we’ve ever seen.” During a search of his bedroom in San Jose, police discovered binders full of child porn and numerous logs with lists of more than 36,000 children’s names — mostly boys — and codes that appear to indicate how he abused them.”

also see Thousands of boys molested? Cops seek victims – Convicted offender charged, found with 36,000 names in binders

36,000 sex acts believed logged by molester – Notebooks seized in home of man first convicted in 1970 Alan Gathright, Maria Alicia Gaura, Jaxon Van Derbeken 6/17/05 “A sexual predator accused of molesting two San Jose boys documented in chilling detail more than 36,000 purported sex acts with young boys for three decades in seven states, Brazil and Mexico, police said Thursday. Investigators said the abuse case could be the worst they have ever seen. The logs were found on 1,360 pages in seven spiral notebooks that police seized last month at the San Jose home of Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller, 63, who has been charged with seven felony counts of molestation involving two 12-year-old San Jose boys. The entries contain first names or nicknames such as “Cowboy,” and some of the names appear repeatedly.”

from LMS Frankford man’s rape trial opens with boy’s testimony 7/15/05 Lamar Zamichieli, 20, withdrew guilty pleas last month to assaults on 10 children. By Jacqueline Soteropoulos – Inquirer Staff Writer “The first of 10 alleged child victims took the witness stand yesterday and pointed to Lamar Zamichieli, identifying the 20-year-old Frankford man as the predator who frightened the city with a string of attacks two years ago. For his part in front of Common Pleas Court jurors, Zamichieli said in a low and quiet voice yesterday that he was pleading not guilty to a string of 33 charges including rapes, attempted rapes, and kidnappings of five girls and five boys.”

Priest: Silence ordered on abuse By Nancy Phillips, Mark Fazlollah and Craig R. McCoy 8/7/05
Inquirer Staff Writers “When the Rev. James Gigliotti told church officials in the early 1980s that a Northeast Philadelphia priest was molesting boys, he remembers receiving a stern warning. “This comes from the highest authority: You’re to keep your mouth shut,” Gigliotti said an assistant chancellor told him. The Philadelphia Archdiocese quickly removed the accused priest, the Rev. James J. Brzyski, from his parish in the Fox Chase section. But the archdiocese did not tell parishioners the reason. Nor did it report Brzyski to police. With his conduct a secret, Brzyski remained a welcome guest in parishioners’ homes. A former altar boy said this meant Brzyski kept abusing him – for years.”

American priest arrested on Arizona child molestation charges AP 7/19/05 Rome “Italian police have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest wanted on child molestation charges in Arizona, the cleric’s lawyer said. The Rev. Joseph Henn was arrested on a court order Saturday and is now under house arrest at the headquarters of his Salvatorian order, near St. Peter’s Square, said attorney Michele Gentiloni Severj. Henn, who had worked in the Diocese of Phoenix, was indicted on child molestation charges in 2003 in Arizona’s Maricopa County.”

Bishop Pilla Testifies In Defamation Case Against Diocese – Family Of Abused Man Says They Never Supported Priest’s Reassignment 7/19/05 Cleveland “Bishop Anthony M. Pilla testified Tuesday in a defamation case filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland by a man who was abused by a priest more than 20 years ago. Christopher Kodger and his parents accuse the diocese of falsely stating in 2002 that they supported the reassignment of the priest who abused Kodger to a parish with a school. Kodger was sexually assaulted by the Rev. James Mulica in 1981, according to documents filed in the case in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. A minor at the time, Kodger told his parents, who called Pilla’s home that night. No charges were filed against Mulica, and the family agreed to a settlement of $45,000 on the condition that Mulica not be permitted to work near children, said Kodger’s attorney William Crosby. The diocese sent Mulica to be treated for an alcohol problem for two years. He then returned to the diocese and was reassigned to a parish with a school.”

$5m award ordered in sex abuse suit Daniel Tepfer 7/22/05 “Bridgeport – A Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded $5 million to a former city man who claimed to have been sexually abused by a landscaper at St. Theresa’s Church in Trumbull more than 30 years ago. Michael Powel, 47, broke into tears and hugged his lawyer, Helen McGonigle, as Judge Edward F. Stodolink read the verdict. But the award against landscaper Carlo Fabbozzi may end up being only a moral victory. Fabbozzi, 78,….did not appear for the trial. The defense table was noticeably empty as McGonigle presented her case to the jury.”

Employers Not Liable for Abuse, Courts Say – Va. Rulings Concern Lawsuits Filed Years Later by Adults Allegedly Victimized as Children By Caryle Murphy 6/29/05 “Two Virginia Circuit Court judges have ruled that victims of child sexual abuse cannot sue the employers of their abusers when the victims file civil lawsuits years later as adults. The June 8 rulings came in two separate cases in Richmond and Norfolk and were victories for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, a defendant in both lawsuits.”

describes crimes – State: Day Care Kids Forced To Eat Worms, Smell Feet 7/22/05 Jacksonville, Fla. – The state has suspended the licenses of two church-affiliated day care centers. At the centers, children were allegedly sexually assaulted and forced to eat worms, pick each other’s noses and smell each other’s feet during employee-led games of “Truth or Dare.” Former director Joshua Palin is charged with molesting ten children, some of them during what investigators say were twisted games of Truth or Dare. He is the son of the affiliated church’s pastor. Palin was originally charged last month with molesting two girls. He’s being held on bond. Another day care center worker Tammy Sue Warren is free on bond on a charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition. A state report states that she lifted up her shirt during a game of Truth or Dare with the children.”

Child molester near you? He may be a respected community member By John T. Eberth, The Times Herald 07/23/2005 “Before and during his sex abuse trial James Molyneaux received wide-spread support from members of the community. Molyneaux, 62, was a respected teacher at Portville Central School and an area Boy Scout leader. People who know him never doubted his innocence. More than 50 members of First Baptist Church of Olean prayed for him in a courtroom Tuesday as a jury found him guilty of two counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of second-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. The jury found him guilty of having sex with an 11-year-old boy in 2000 and a 13-year-old boy in 1997…..After his conviction, the man admitted he had molested between 75 and 100 young boys while working as their swimming coach.”

Idaho’s ‘Post Register’ Uncovers Pedophiles Among Boy Scout Officials 7/5/05 Idaho Falls (AP) “Molestation allegations continue to emerge against Boy Scout officials who worked under the current Grand Teton Council leadership. An investigation by the Post Register (Idaho) newspaper found allegations against at least three men who worked with eastern Idaho Boy Scouts in the 1980s and 1990s. Two of the men have already been convicted of their crimes.”

“The US military has declared war on the privacy rights of rape victims and their therapists. If they win, it could give the military the power to invade the private, confidential conversations we all have with our physicians, lawyers, therapists, or even spouses.”


Several transcripts from the presentations at the 2005 Ritual Abuse and Mind Control Conference are now available on the web : Carol Rutz is a survivor of SRA and Government Mind Control Experiments. Her book “A Nation Betrayed” tells the chilling true story of secret Cold War experiments performed on innocent children and unsuspecting adults. She continues to work at endeavors which help to provide validation and healing for the survivor community. Her topic is : “Healing from Ritual Abuse Torture and Mind Control: Why Finding Your Voice Can Make a Difference to You and Others.” Wanda Karriker, Ph.D., a retired psychologist, wrote the novel Morning, Come Quickly to share what she has learned both personally and professionally about ritual abuse, secretive organizations, and mind control torture. To try to assure that her message reaches the widest audience possible, she has adapted the story for film. Her topic is: “The World Will Know! Words from a Hopeless Optimist.” Neil Brick is a survivor of alleged Masonic Ritual Abuse and MK-ULTRA. He is the editor of S.M.A.R.T. – A Ritual Abuse Newsletter. He has published numerous articles on ritual abuse. His topic is: “How healing from ritual abuse and mind control works.”

Mind Control and Experimentation

describes crimes – Cult’s foul sex acts in church 6/11/05 “Ponchatoula – A southern Louisiana town was stunned by a case none could have imagined: Nine people, including a pastor, his wife and a sheriff’s deputy were accused of engaging in cult-like sexual activities with children and animals inside the hall of worship. Eight now face child rape charges that could bring the death penalty. Authorities said witnesses have described the use of robes, pentagrams on the church floor, sex with a dog and the sacrifice of cats. The alleged victims, suspected to number up to two dozen, include children ranging from infants to young teens – some of them the offspring of those accused.”,,2-10-1462_1719845,00.html

from LMS Is a fetus a non-consenting patient? Gideon Koren, MD, FRCPC Peter Selby, MD Bhushan Kapur, PHD “ABSTRACT – QUESTION In the 1960s, Dr Cameron, a Montreal, Que, psychiatrist, experimented with drug-induced sleep and electroconvulsive therapy for psychiatric patients, believing that this method “wipes them clean of harmful memories.” In 1992 the government of Canada settled lawsuits by former patients of Dr Cameron, awarding them large payments. The government rejected a similar claim by Lloyd Schrier, whose mother had been treated by Dr Cameron while she was carrying Lloyd, arguing that Lloyd was not Cameron’s patient. Or was he? ANSWER The fetus was exposed to the medications taken by his mother, (eg, barbiturates) and thus qualifies as an unconsenting patient.”

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 Interview with Jackie McGauley, Part One – “I dunno – sounds like McMartin” seems a typical reaction to virtually every allegation of the organized, ritual abuse of children in America. Despite medical examiners having found “scars, tears, enlarged body openings or other evidence indicating blunt force trauma consistent with the repeated sodomy and rape [the children] described” (as reported in the Los Angeles Times in October 1988); despite the finding of tunnels beneath the preschool as children had described them; despite a poll of jurors after the trials which found a majority believed children had been abused but the prosecution hadn’t made their case – despite all these things and more, McMartin has been massaged into public consciousness as an example of how such things could never happen.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 – Interview with Jackie McGauley, Part Two

Chronology of the McMartin Preschool Abuse Trials –

this may be heavy for survivors – “Here’s the final part of my interview with Kathleen Sullivan, survivor of cult ritual abuse and mind control….In Unshackled, Kathleen mentions an elder statesman, “master hypnotist” and paedophile she calls “Lucian,” who obtained ownership of several of Kathleen’s alter-states while she was still a teenager.”

from LMS Slaying spotlights pastor, church some call a cult The Plain Dealer, USA 6/13/05 Michael Scott, Plain Dealer Reporter “The murmurs in rural Ashtabula County are starting to grow louder: Cult. Mind control. Something is going on in that church….This is a textbook cult case, and there are children who we believe are at risk in that church,” said Liz Shaw, a national cult expert who said she has tracked the church since 1999….”This church believes that their bishop’ is a prophet of God, that he is the voice of God telling them what to do in every detail of their lives,” Shaw said. “The children are in fear of being hit — but also have the fear of going to hell if they don’t work hard or do exactly what they’re told to do.” The church calls itself the Apostolic Faith Church Body of Jesus Christ of the Newborn Assembly, an independent congregation of some 250 members. The pastor under scrutiny is Charles D. Keyes, 52, a third- generation preacher and self- appointed “bishop” over his church since breaking away from the small Apostolic Faith Church of God denomination.”–church-some-call-a-cult

Boys ‘used for human sacrifice’ 6/16/05 “Children are being trafficked into the UK from Africa and used for human sacrifices, a confidential report for the Metropolitan Police suggests. Children are being beaten and even murdered after being labelled as witches by pastors, the report leaked to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said. Police face a “wall of silence” in investigations because of fear and mistrust among the groups involved.”

Lost to the Only Life They Knew By David Kelly – Times Staff Writer 6/13/05 “”Gideon is one of the “Lost Boys,” a group of more than 400 teenagers – some as young as 13 – who authorities in Utah and Arizona say have fled or been driven out of the polygamous enclaves of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City over the last four years. His stated offenses: wearing short-sleeved shirts, listening to CDs and having a girlfriend. Other boys say they were booted out for going to movies, watching television and staying out past curfew. Some say they were sometimes given as little as two hours’ notice before being driven to St. George or nearby Hurricane, Utah, and left like unwanted pets along the road. Authorities say the teens aren’t really being expelled for what they watch or wear, but rather to reduce competition for women in places where men can have dozens of wives….The 49-year-old Jeffs is the prophet, or leader, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The FLDS, as it is known, controls Hildale and Colorado City. The sect, which broke from the Mormon Church more than a century ago, has between 10,000 and 15,000 members. It believes in “plural marriage,” that a man must have at least three wives to reach the highest levels of heaven. The Mormon Church forbids polygamy and excommunicates those who practice it.”
Polygamous Sect Leader Charged in Arizona By Jacques Billeaud, AP Writer 6/11/05 Phoenix “The leader of a polygamous sect has been charged with sex crimes for allegedly arranging a marriage between a teenage girl and a 28-year-old man who was already married, prosecutors said. Warren Jeffs, president of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints…”

Children, too, are abused in U.S. prisons By Arlie Hochschild The New York Times 6/30/05 Berkeley, California “Last month John Miller, director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, said that half the victims of human trafficking may be children under 18. Children are “at the center” of the problem of trafficking, which, Miller noted, is one of the great human rights issues of the 21st century. Yes, children should be at the heart of America’s concern for human rights. But that concern should start with the children detained in U.S. prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.”

Dunblane secret documents contain letters by Tory and Labour ministers Investigation: By Neil Mackay, “Letters between Labour and Tory ministers and correspondence relating to Thomas Hamilton’s alleged involvement with Freemasonry are part of a batch of more than 100 documents about the Dunblane mass murder which have been sealed from public sight for 100 years. The documents include a letter connected to Hamilton, which was sent by George Robertson, currently head of Nato, to Michael Forsyth, who was then Secretary of State for Scotland. Until now it was thought that a 100-year public secrecy order had only been placed on one police report into Hamilton which allegedly named high-profile politicians and legal figures. However, a Sunday Herald investigation has uncovered that 106 documents, which were submitted to the Dunblane inquiry in 1996, were also placed under the 100-year rule. The Scottish Executive has claimed the 100-year secrecy order was placed on the Central Police report, which was drafted in 1991 five years before the murders, to protect the identities of children named in the report. Hamilton had allegedly abused a number of children prior to his 1996 gun attack on Dunblane primary school in which 16 primary one children and a teacher died before Hamilton turned his gun on himself.”

Report: Child sacrifice ring feared 6/16/05 London, England (Reuters) — “British police fear African children are being trafficked to the UK to be sacrificed in witchcraft rituals, the BBC reported on Thursday, citing an unpublished Scotland Yard study.”
from LMS – describes crimes in graphic detail – Man gets life in prison for ‘evil actions’ Children raped, forced to play sex games with their excrement 6/16/05 By Meghan Gordon – St. Tammany bureau “A former Folsom man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for raping two boys younger than 6, a crime the judge called one of the most egregious cases he has heard. State Judge William “Rusty” Knight told Burt Stockstill, 33, before handing down two life sentences….The grandfather of one of the boys called Stockstill a monster who used Wicca, a form of witchcraft, as a catalyst to force bizarre acts on the boys. “This ritual is designed to do one thing: break down the inhibitions of all of those involved,” the grandfather said…..During the trial, both defendants took the stand in their own defense. Stockstill first denied practicing Wicca, then admitted to it on cross-examination.”

Wesson convicted of murdering nine children – Chuck Squatriglia, 6/17/05 “The patriarch of a family whom authorities called an incestuous polygamist was convicted in Fresno today of slaughtering nine of his children during a police standoff last year.”

Israel may use sound weapon on settlers – Jerusalem (AP) “Israel is considering using an unusual new weapon against Jewish settlers who resist this summer’s Gaza Strip evacuation — a device that emits penetrating bursts of sound that leaves targets reeling with dizziness and nausea.”

from LMS – Former soldier says he was sprayed with chemicals at CFB Gagetown 6/30/05 “A veteran who served at CFB Gagetown, in New Brunswick, has stepped forward with allegations he and others were deliberately sprayed with chemicals in the spring of 1967. Herb Crowe believes he and others were part of an experiment on humans with the defoliant Agent Orange.”

article describes crimes – from LMS – Network of top scientists helped ‘Angel of Death’ Mengele Krysia Diver in Stuttgart 3/22/05 “The “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele, who was long thought to have been the black sheep of Germany’s scientists under the Nazi regime, was in fact supported by a network of elite researchers, new research has revealed.”,14058,1443039,00.html#article_continue

Kim Kubal, a ritual abuse and torture survivor, is writing a book entitled “Power to Heal”. She would love to receive submissions from survivors on their healing journey from ritual abuse/torture to recovery. At the end of each story, please elaborate on one or two healing tools, which have been most helpful to their recovery. Kim would like to have each story in approximately 1 – 1½ pages or less. It can be written with a pseudonym or with their real name. The deadline for these stories is September 2005. This book is to help survivors, loved ones of survivors and therapists, and to educate the general public on ritual abuse/torture, and recovery

from LMS Ex-soldiers sue Ottawa over Agent Orange testing 7/12/05 from Canadian Press Fredericton “A group of former soldiers and civilians who say they were exposed to Agent Orange and other defoliants at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown have launched a class-action suit against Ottawa. The 41-page statement of claim filed before the Federal Court of Canada states illnesses ranging from birth defects in children to cancer in adults were caused by the chemicals sprayed on the woods near Oromocto, N.B. The claim, which has not been proven in court, seeks punitive and aggravated damages, but no figure is mentioned in the court document.” “The Canadian military has acknowledged that Agent Orange and other defoliants were tested at the base by the U.S. military in 1966 and ’67.” Http://

John K. Vance; Uncovered LSD Project at CIA By Joe Holley 6/16/05 “John K. Vance, 89, a member of the Central Intelligence Agency inspector general’s staff in the early 1960s who discovered that the agency was running a research project that included administering LSD and other drugs to unwitting human subjects, died May 27 of respiratory arrest…..John Vance met people in the intelligence world while working as a military interpreter at the Nuremberg trials. Code-named MKULTRA (and pronounced m-k-ultra), the project Mr. Vance uncovered was the brainchild of CIA Director Allen Dulles, who was intrigued by reports of mind-control techniques allegedly conducted by Soviet, Chinese and North Korean agents on U.S. prisoners of war during the Korean War. The CIA wanted to use similar techniques on its own POWs and perhaps use LSD or other mind-bending substances on foreign leaders, including Cuba’s Fidel Castro a few years after the project got underway in 1953. Heading MKULTRA was a CIA chemist named Sidney Gottlieb. In congressional testimony, Gottlieb, who died in 1999, acknowledged that the agency had administered LSD to as many as 40 unwitting subjects, including prison inmates and patrons of brothels set up and run by the agency. At least one participant died when he jumped out of a 10th-floor window in a hotel; others claimed to have suffered serious psychological damage.”

Journal Articles

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“Remembering Dangerously” & Hoult v. Hoult: The Myth of Repressed Memory that Elizabeth Loftus Created by Jennifer Hoult, Esq. In 1995, one year after publishing a study reporting that 19% of child sexual abuse victims studied had repressed memories of their childhood abuse, research psychologist Elizabeth Loftus published an article entitled “Remembering Dangerously” arguing that repressed memories of child sexual abuse are often the unreliable and implausible products of “invasive therapeutic techniques” rather than memories of genuine sexual abuse.”

High Court to Review Privacy Rights – Panel will rule in repressed memory case in which a UC Irvine scholar revealed information about the subject of a study. By Maura Dolan, L A Times Staff Writer – San Francisco “Stepping into the debate over repressed memory, the California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to review whether a famed memory scholar can be found liable for defaming and invading the privacy of the subject of a psychological case study. The court voted without dissent in a closed session to accept an appeal by UC Irvine psychology professor Elizabeth F. Loftus, who was sued after publishing what she called an “expose” of a case study in which a 17-year-old purportedly recalled a memory of her mother sexually molesting her 11 years earlier. Two lower courts had ruled that the lawsuit could go to trial….Loftus said Wednesday that she was “extremely gratified” that the court had decided to review the case. “I also am exceedingly grateful to the scientists, clinical researchers and scholars who wrote to the court … and joined me in my concerns about a frivolous lawsuit that carries the potential to stifle the free exchange of information,” Loftus said. But Joyanna Silberg, executive vice president of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence, said Loftus behaved unethically in probing the life of the woman identified in the study as “Jane Doe.” “Science is in jeopardy if the public is not protected by ethics and standards,” said Silberg, a clinical psychologist who specializes in child abuse. “There is no individual who is above the law, whether they be a very well-respected scientist or the president or a garbage collector.”

What Psychologists Better Know About Recovered Memories: Research, Lawsuits, and the Pivotal Experiment – Kenneth S. Pope

The Laws We Need To Pass to Properly Punish Child Abuse By Marci Hamilton 6/16/05
Mindfulness – An Inner Resource for Recovery from Child Abuse – By Jim Hopper, Ph.D., with Amy Schmidt, L.I.C.S.W

The Oprah Winfrey Show – Atrocities Against Children “A special report: babies raped by men, 11-year-olds trained to kill other children, slaves in the suburbs. Lisa Ling investigates.”

Am J Psychiatry 159:1908-1913, November 2002 Childhood Abuse in Patients With Conversion Disorder Karin Roelofs, Ph.D., Ger P.J. Keijsers, Ph.D., Kees A.L. Hoogduin, M.D., Ph.D., Gérard W.B. Näring, Ph.D., and Franny C. Moene, Ph.D. “Patients with conversion disorder reported a higher incidence of physical/sexual abuse, a larger number of different types of physical abuse, sexual abuse of longer duration, and incestuous experiences more often than comparison patients. In addition, within the group of patients with conversion disorder, parental dysfunction by the mother-not the father-was associated with higher scores on the Dissociative Experiences Scale and the Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire. Physical abuse was associated with a larger number of conversion symptoms (Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders). Hypnotic susceptibility proved to partially mediate the relation between physical abuse and conversion symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: The present results provide evidence of a relationship between childhood traumatization and conversion disorder.”

Kaiser Permanente Research: Gender and Sexual Abuse 7/6/05 Female Perpetrators More Common Than Known Previously; Boys Abused Almost As Often As Girls San Diego – PRNewswire — “Working with Dr. Robert F. Anda at the Centers for Disease Control, Kaiser Permanente physician-researcher Dr. Vincent Felitti is author of a study out in the latest issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showing that the genders of sexual abuse victims and perpetrators are less predictable than historically expected. “Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) occurs on a worldwide basis and although most studies on the long-term consequences of CSA have focused on women, sexual abuse of both boys and girls is prevalent,” said Vincent J Felitti, MD, of the Kaiser Permanente, San Diego Medical Center. “An interesting finding of the article is that a significant number of boys were molested by women.” In 40% of the cases researched by Felitti and his colleagues at the CDC, childhood sexual abuse of male victims came at the hands of female perpetrators. By contrast, only 6% of female victims are molested by women. And the male victims of sexual abuse, whether at the hands of female or male perpetrators, suffered the same long-term consequences — into adulthood — as female victims.”

Comparison of rapid-cycling and non-rapid-cycling bipolar disorder based on prospective mood ratings in 539 outpatients. Kupka RW, Luckenbaugh DA, Post RM, Suppes T, Altshuler LL, Keck PE Jr, Frye MA, Denicoff KD, Grunze H, Leverich GS, McElroy SL, Walden J, Nolen WA. Am J Psychiatry 2005 Jul; 162(7):1273-80. “RESULTS: Patients with rapid cycling (N=206; 38.2%) significantly differed from those without rapid cycling (N=333) with respect to the following independent variables: history of childhood physical and/or sexual abuse, bipolar I disorder subtype, number of lifetime manic or depressive episodes, history of rapid cycling, and history of drug abuse. The prevalence of these characteristics increased progressively with episode frequency.” Altrecht Institute for Mental Health Care, Tolsteegsingel 2A, 3582 AC Utrecht, Netherlands.

Wild, N.J. “Prevalence of child sex rings” Pediatrics. April 1989 83(4) pp. 553-8. University Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, General Infirmary Leeds, England. “Within a geographically defined population of 710,000, 31 child sex rings were identified by the police during a 2-year period. A total of 47 male perpetrators aged 16 to 82 years and 334 children aged 4 to 15 years were involved. The perpetrators usually operated alone or in pairs. Three rings were expanding and developing into semicommercial enterprises, however and four or more men participated in them. Children acting as ringleaders recruited victims for the perpetrator in 22 rings, usually in exchange for money. The offenses reported included fondling and masturbation (30 rings), oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse (21 rings), and production of child pornography (two rings). In addition, two adolescent prostitution rings involving 12- to 18-year-old boys were investigated by the police. During the 2-year period these sex rings accounted for 4.6% of all cases of child sexual abuse reported to the police and 6.6% of the subsequent prosecutions.”

Articles on memory and trauma

from BO Noradrenergic modulation of emotion-induced forgetting and remembering. Hurlemann R, Hawellek B, Matusch A, Kolsch H, Wollersen H, Madea B, Vogeley K, Maier W, Dolan RJ. J Neurosci 2005 Jul 6; 25(27):6343-9. “Randomized double-blind administration of the beta-adrenoceptor antagonist propranolol compared with the selective norepinephrine (NE) reuptake-inhibitor reboxetine, and placebo, demonstrated that the magnitude of this emotional amnesia and hypermnesia can be upregulated and downregulated as a function of emotional arousal and central NE signaling. We conclude that a differential processing of emotional arousal and valence influences how the brain remembers and forgets.” Department of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, 53105 Bonn, Germany.

Childhood abuse and familial violence and the risk of panic attacks and panic disorder in young adulthood. Goodwin RD, Fergusson DM, Horwood LJ. Psychol Med. 2005 Jun; 35(6):881-90. BACKGROUND: The objectives of the study were to examine linkages between exposure to childhood abuse and interparental violence and the subsequent development of panic attacks and panic disorder using data gathered on a birth cohort of 1265 New Zealand young people studied to the age of 21 years….RESULTS: After adjustment for childhood and related factors, exposure to childhood physical abuse was associated with a significantly increased risk of later panic attack (OR 2.3, 95% CI 1.1-4.9) and panic disorder (OR 3.0, 95% CI 1.1-7.9); childhood sexual abuse was associated with a significantly increased risk of panic attack (OR 4.1, 95% CI 2.3-7.2) and a marginally significant increase risk of panic disorder (OR 2.2; 95% CI 0.98-5.0). Exposure to interparental violence was unrelated to later panic attack or disorder after adjustment. CONCLUSIONS: Exposure to childhood sexual and physical abuse was associated with increased risks of later panic attack/disorder even after adjustment for prospectively assessed confounding factors…. Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 43, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Childhood maltreatment in male and female treatment-seeking pathological gamblers. Petry NM, Steinberg KL. Psychol Addict Behav. 2005 Jun; 19(2):226-9. “Severity of childhood maltreatment was significantly and independently associated with lower age of onset of gambling and increased severity of gambling problems. This study suggests that childhood maltreatment is prevalent in pathological gamblers, especially female gamblers.” Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, US. Neural Systems Underlying the Suppression of Unwanted Memories Michael C. Anderson, Kevin N. Ochsner, Brice Kuhl, Jeffrey Cooper, Elaine Robertson, Susan W. Gabrieli, Gary H. Glover, John D. E. Gabrieli “Over a century ago, Freud proposed that unwanted memories can be excluded from awareness, a process called repression. It is unknown, however, how repression occurs in the brain. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify the neural systems involved in keeping unwanted memories out of awareness. Controlling unwanted memories was associated with increased dorsolateral prefrontal activation, reduced hippocampal activation, and impaired retention of those memories. Both prefrontal cortical and right hippocampal activations predicted the magnitude of forgetting. These results confirm the existence of an active forgetting process and establish a neurobiological model for guiding inquiry into motivated forgetting.”

Histories of sexual abuse are associated with differential effects of clonidine on autonomic function in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Bunevicius R, Hinderliter AL, Light KC, Leserman J, Pedersen CA, Girdler SS. Biol Psychol. 2005 Jul; 69(3):281-96. “These results suggest PMDD women with and without a history of sexual abuse respond differently to a clonidine challenge in measures reflecting autonomic nervous system functioning, indicating that abuse may modify presynaptic alpha2-AR function in PMDD.” Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB# 7175, Medical Research Bldg A, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7175, USA; Institute of Cardiology, Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuania.