Data proving the existence of recovered memory, ritual abuse, mk-ultra and information on the backlash
Neil Brick’s NHHI Conference Presentation in Athens, GA on July 7, 2001
This page has been put on the web by S.M.A.R.T., P O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This transcript is from a presentation by Neil Brick at the Survivor’s in Recovery: Healing Inside and Out – 2001 Annual Survivor’s Conference – New Hope Healing Institute – July 7, 2001. Some of the topics discussed may be triggering. The conference is educational and not intended as therapy or treatment. All accusations are alleged. Our providing the information below does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of it. The resources listed below are for educational value only.
This is a transcript of the second half of the presentation :
Data proving the existence of recovered memory, ritual abuse, mk-ultra and information on the backlash. First, some basic definitions :
What is Ritual Abuse? “…is methodical abuse, often using indoctrination, aimed at breaking the will of another human being. In a 1989 report, the Ritual Abuse Task Force of the L.A. County Commission for Women defined ritual abuse as: “Ritual Abuse usually involves repeated abuse over an extended period of time. The physical abuse is severe, sometimes including torture and killing. The sexual abuse is usually painful, humiliating, intended as a means of gaining dominance over the victim. The psychological abuse is devastating and involves the use of ritual indoctrination. It includes mind control techniques which convey to the victim a profound terror of the cult members …most victims are in a state of terror, mind control and dissociation” (Pg. 35-36) “Safe Passage to Healing”, by Chrystine Oksana, 1994, HarperCollins, 1-800-822-4090
What are Secret Societies? Some secret societies allegedly practice ritual abuse. “Cults practicing ritual abuse exist as a secret society….Secret societies compete for membership with established organizations. Therefore, they have to offer something not accommodated by the establishment: wealth, power, fame, sex, drugs, security, promise of salvation or eternal life….There can be secret societies within secret societies.” (Pg. 48) “Safe Passage to Healing”
The existence of recovered memory is a fact. Anyone that denies this is ignoring large amounts of data.
The information for this part is a synopsis of data from “Memory, Trauma Treatment, and the Law” by Brown, Scheflin and Hammond, W.W. Norton and Co. New York and London, C 1998 (http://www.wwnorton.com) Page 370-381
The base rates for memory commission errors are quite low, at least in professional trauma treatment. The base rates in adult misinformation studies run between zero and 5 percent for adults and between 3 – 5 percent for children. These numbers are quite different than what you might here from the pro-fms people or the media.
“Occasional unwitting misleading suggestions (Yapko, 1994a), even the suggestion of a diagnosis of abuse, cannot adequately explain illusory memories of child sexual abuse.” (p. 379) Occasional suggestions about abuse are not generally effective, except in highly suggestible people.
My conclusion is that memory contamination is very unlikely, except under extreme conditions. From the data presented, it sounds like it is almost totally impossible for anyone to make a memory error for the central plot of a memory simply by hearing disinformation. A variety of other factors would have to be in place. Even under hypnosis without several social influence factors, it sounds like it is extremely rare (4-6% of 7-10%, less than one percent of people) may be influenced by disinformation.
It sounds like most people would almost have to be in a cult or in a cult like situation or under considerable duress to produce an untrue memory. Theories that claim that a “false” memory can be created simply by hearing an erroneous statement or because a person is looking for “filler” to complete the central plot of their memory, are probably wrong.
But, if all the information in the media and society available to most survivors is biased toward the incorrect position that memories of abuse are false. And a survivor is manipulated and pressured by their family emotionally and cognitively, it is very possible that a survivor may wrongly believe that their memories are not true.
Another excellent source of information with information on fms and traumatic memory is : “Memory and Abuse – Remembering and Healing the Effects of Trauma” by Charles L. Whitfield M.D. Using clinical truths and laborious scholarship, Dr. Whitfield brings his clinical experience and knowledge about traumatic memory to examine, explore and clarify this important issue. Health Communications, Inc 3201 S.W. 15th St, Deerfield Beach, FL.33442-8190.
Symptomology is also an important proof that dissociation is connected to extreme abuse. There are many studies that show this connection.
Dissociation as a mediator of psychopathology among sexually abused children and adolescents. Kisiel CL, Lyons JS Am J Psychiatry 2001 Jul;158(7):1034-9 “The study group consisted of 114 children and adolescents (ages 10-18 years)…. The findings suggest a unique relationship between sexual abuse and dissociation. Dissociation may be a critical mediator of psychiatric symptoms and risk-taking behavior among sexually abused children.”
The role of childhood interpersonal trauma in depersonalization disorder. Simeon D, Guralnik O, Schmeidler J, Sirof B, Knutelska M Am J Psychiatry 2001 Jul; 158(7):1027-33 “Childhood interpersonal trauma as a whole was highly predictive of both a diagnosis of depersonalization disorder and of scores denoting dissociation, pathological dissociation, and depersonalization.
Iatrogenic memory change. Examining the empirical evidence. Leavitt F Am J Forensic Psychol (19)2: 21-32, 2001. “Certainty of sexual abuse predated treatment in 33% of the cases. Therapeutic causation was unlikely in another 26% because personal certainty of abuse emerged on average 4.1 years after termination of treatment. The pattern was similar for groups treated with and without hypnosis. Remarkably few patients recovered first memories in therapy with the help of hypnosis. This study places the percentage at 4%. Thus, in the direct study of patients who recovered memory of childhood sexual abuse, hypnosis was not an important factor in the emergence of sexual abuse memories. …The results do not support widespread implanting of novel memories of sexual abuse by therapists.”
The Spectrum of Dissociative Disorders: An Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment by Joan A. Turkus, M.D. “Researchers and clinicians believe that dissociation is a common, naturally occurring defense against childhood trauma. Children tend to dissociate more readily than adults. Faced with overwhelming abuse, it is not surprising that children would psychologically flee (dissociate) from full awareness of their experience.” The dissociative spectrum (Braun, 1988) extends from normal dissociation to poly-fragmented DID. All of the disorders are trauma-based, and symptoms result from the habitual dissociation of traumatic memories….The dissociated memory is alive and active – not forgotten, merely submerged (Tasman & Goldfinger, 1991). Major studies have confirmed the traumatic origin of DID (Putnam, 1989, and Ross, 1989), which arises before the age of 12 (and often before age 5) as a result of severe physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.” http://www.voiceofwomen.com/centerarticle.html
Suspected repressed childhood sexual abuse: Gender effects on diagnosis and treatment. Sullins CD Psychology of Women Quarterly 1998 Sep Vol 22(3) 403-418 “These results do not support reports that many therapists neglect clients’ current symptoms and instead focus on memories, use controversial techniques, make suggestive statements regarding abuse, or immediately assume that their clients have repressed memories.”
…recent research demonstrating that bizarre memories cannot be suggested (Pezdek, Finger, Hodge, 1997)
Business Week – 6/11/01 – Developments to Watch – Troubled Kids: It’s Nurture, Not Nature – “Researchers, who have followed 593 families since 1975, report that the risk of certain mental illnesses triples in children whose parents are excessively harsh or abusive, or provide inadequate supervision. In families with such poor parenting, 63% of the children developed depression, anxiety, drug abuse, or other psychiatric ailments by the time they were adults, says a report in the current Archives of General Psychiatry…”It didn’t matter if the parents had disorders or not. It was the way they raised their children that determined whether the child had a disorder.”
Another connection is the willingness of governments and agencies to perform “unethical experiments” on people in Canada and the United States.
Documentation about the Human Radiation Experiments with links is available at : http://www.aches-mc.org/radiation_exp.html
LSD ‘Guinea Pig’ Wins in Court – Government, Prison Doctor Confess to Negligence – Citizen investigation revealed that hundreds of inmates were used in scientific experiments in 1960’s, 1970’s – Jim Bronskill and Mike Blanchfield – Ottawa Citizen page A 1 – OTTAWA – “The federal government and a former prison psychologist have confessed to battery and negligence for giving LSD to a teenage inmate — a drug she says caused brain damage and hallucinations. The admission by the government and by Mark Eveson, a psychologist, in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice is a victory for former prisoner Dorothy Proctor. A total of 23 female inmates were administered LSD as part of a 1961 study at the now-defunct federal Prison for Women in Kingston, Ont.”
Psychologist, Ottawa admit giving LSD to teen inmate – 1961 study – 6/23/01 – Jim Bronskill and Mike Blanchfield – Southam News and Ottawa Citizen – OTTAWA – The federal government and a former prison psychologist have confessed to battery and negligence for giving LSD to a teenage inmate – a drug she says caused brain damage and hallucinations…LSD was given to 23 prisoners as part of a 1961 study at the federal Prison for Women in Kingston, Ont. The prison is now closed. In 1998, Ms. Proctor sued the government and former officials of the Correctional Service of Canada for giving her the drug, saying it has caused brain damage and terrifying hallucinations….investigation by the Ottawa Citizen and Southam News showed hundreds of federal inmates were used in scientific experiments during the 1960s and 1970s.” http://www.nationalpost.com/home/story.html?f=/stories/20010623/600017.html
“Acres of Skin – Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison – A True Story of Abuse and Exploitation in the Name of Medical Science,” by Allen M. Hornblum pub by Routledge, 29 West 35th St. NY, NY 10001, ISBN 0-415-91990-8 “Kligman violated the Hippocratic injunction to do no harm to the test subjects under his care…Research ethics, which should have been a core element of their program were deemphasized…as the years passed and troubling aspects of that research program began to receive media attention, the university (University of Pennsylvania) was not prepared to jetison Dr. Kligman and his …prison research…Kligman brought in …millions of dollars.” (P. 238-239)
Survivors have written books recently on ra/mc mk-ultra as well. Carol Rutz’ book walks us through her horrifying journey of experimentation and training by her CIA torturers beginning at the age of four as part of the government sanctioned Bluebird/Artichoke and MKULTRA Projects. Using electroshock, drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and insidious trauma, our government performs Mind Control experiments on her and other innocent children. The objective is creation of a Manchurian Candidate-a sleeper assassin-as well as instilling skills in ESP and remote viewing. A Nation Betrayed also shows how our own tax dollars paid doctors and hospitals to conduct Cold War research with chemical and biological warfare materials and radiation. http://www2.dmci.net/users/casey. – Email email@example.com Fidelity Publishing P.O. Box 365, Grass Lake, MI 49240-0365
“Secret Weapons – Two Sisters’ Terrifying True Story of Sex, Spies and Sabotage” by Cheryl and Lynn Hersha with Dale Griffis, Ph D. and Ted Schwartz. New Horizon Press, P O Box 669 Far Hills, NJ 07931 – ISBN 0-88282-196-2 is a well-documented, verifiable account of not one, but two childrens’ long untold stories of being CHILD subjects of Project MKUltra.
Quotes from the book: “By the time Cheryl Hersha came to the facility, knowledge of multiple personality was so complete that doctors understood how the mind separated into distinct ego states, each unaware of the other. First, the person traumatized had to be both extremely intelligent and under the age of seven, two conditions not yet understood though remaining consistent as factors. The trauma was almost always of a sexual nature…” p. 52
“The government researchers, aware of the information in the professional journals, decided to reverse the process (of healing from hysteric dissociation). They decided to use selective trauma on healthy children to create personalities capable of committing acts desired for national security and defense.” p. 53 – 54
The book also contains a variety of documents on mk-ultra and different projects as well as reports to the Presidential Committee on Radiation and Mind Control, including information on the five Canadians’ lawsuit against the U.S. Government.
There are a variety of articles proving the existence of mk-ultra:
United States of America – Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (Public Meeting) Washington, D.C. – March 15, 1995 Valerie Wolf: “The main reason that mind-control research is being mentioned is because people are alleging that they were exposed as children to mind-control radiation drugs and chemical experimentation, which were administered by the same doctors who are known to have been involved in conducting both radiation and mind-control research.” http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/radiation/dir/mstreet/commeet/meet12/trnsc12a.txt
26 July 1963 – MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Central Intelligence – SUBJECT: Report of Inspection of MKULTRA – “The next phase of the MKULTRA program involves physicians, toxicologists, and other specialists in mental, narcotics, and general hospitals and in prisons, who are provided the products and findings of the basic research projects and proceed with intensive testing on human subjects.” This may be heavy for survivors to read. http://cryptome.org/mkultra-0003.htm
The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, the entire book, is online at http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/lsd/marks.htm
Many more articles and resources can be found at : http://members.aol.com/smartnews/Resource-List.htm
Another connections is Operation Paperclip, Nazi’s being brought into the US after WWII :
This url has 20 name files declassified by the CIA, including Mengele, Barbie, Hitler and other famous Nazi’s. http://www.nara.gov/iwg/declass/rg263.html
U.S. Tried to Find, Employ Nazis – By Ron Kampeas, Associated Press Writer – 4/28/01 – Washington (AP) – “There were the Nazis the United States wanted to try as criminals, and there were other Nazis it wanted to try out as employees….Some of the Nazis on the CIA payroll were wanted as war criminals, and some lived well, apparently profiting from stolen Jewish property….Allen Dulles, a senior OSS agent, never forgot Guido Zimmer, a midlevel Nazi SS officer who negotiated the surrender of German troops in northern Italy in May 1945. The success led to Dulles’ eventual promotion to CIA director.” http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010428/pl/nazi_files_9.html
CIA’s Worst-Kept Secret – By Martin A. Lee – 5/16/01 -“The CIA reports show that U.S. officials knew they were subsidizing numerous Third Reich veterans who had committed horrible crimes against humanity, but these atrocities were overlooked as the anti-Communist crusade acquired its own momentum….”The real winners of the Cold War were Nazi war criminals, many of whom were able to escape justice… ” says Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations and America’s chief Nazi hunter.” http://www.consortiumnews.com/051601a.html
Germans at last learn truth about von Braun’s ‘space research’ base – Electronic Telegraph – Issue 2207 6/10/01 – Tony Paterson in Peenemunde ” the horrific conditions experienced by more than 20,000 foreign slave and concentration camp labourers who perished through starvation and maltreatment while constructing the V1 rocket at “Dora”, the underground Nazi armaments factory in Thuringia, central Germany. A Polish slave-labour survivor of the Dora factory recalls how Wernher von Braun visited the works and seemed “completely unperturbed” by the piles of corpses. Further evidence exposes the role played by Heinrich Luebke, the former West German federal president, as one of the organisers of Nazi slave labour at Peenemunde and at Dora. For decades, allegations by Communist East Germany that Luebke was a “war criminal” were dismissed by West Germany as propaganda.”
This may be very heavy for survivors to read. Ratlines: The CIA & The Nazis – Just as the immigration of Nazis and war criminals into the US involved the use of several projects of which Paperclip is the most widely known such is the case of MK-Ultra. There were 149 sub projects under MK-Ultra. The use of drugs for truth serum and for mind control were conducted under a bewildering list of Project or Operations. http://www.spiritone.com/~gdy52150/ratlines.htm
More data proving the existence of ritual abuse :
On Page 170 (first edition), of Cult and Ritual Abuse – Noblitt and Perskin(Praeger, 1995), it states, “One of the best sources of evaluative research on ritual abuse is the article “Ritual Abuse: A Review of Research” by Kathleen Coulborn Faller (1994)….in a survey of 2,709 members of the American Psychological Association, it was found that 30 percent of these professionals had seen cases of ritual or religion-related abuse (Bottoms, Shaver & Goodman, 1991). Of those psychologists who have seen cases of ritual abuse, 93 percent believed that the reported harm took place and 93 percent believed that the alleged ritualism occurred. This is a remarkable finding. Mental health professionals are known to be divergent in their thinking and frequently do not agree with one another regarding questions of the diagnosis and etiology of psychiatric problems…this level of concurrence in a large national sample of psychologists…would be impressive….the similar research of Nancy Perry (1992) which further supports (the previous findings)…Perry also conducted a national survey of therapists who work with clients with dissociative disorders and she found that 88 percent of the 1,185 respondents indicated “belief in ritual abuse, involving mind control and programming” (p. 3).”
Noblitt and Perskin’s book also includes 5 pages (pgs. 100 – 104 – (first edition) on the possible connections between the Masons and ritual abuse.
“(Margaret) Smith and many survivors…have described elements of Gnostic thinking in this kind of cult. Many patients…have explicitly reported abuse where Masonic regalia, ceremonies, or members were present.” (pg 101) The authors do not want to single Freemasonry as responsible for ritual acts of violence, but believe it may be true.” Greenwood Publishing Group, 88 Post Road West, Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881, 1-800-225-5800, www.greenwood.com, firstname.lastname@example.org ISBN 0-275-96665-8.
Cult and Ritual Abuse – Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America (Revised Edition) by Noblitt and Perskin, contains new and updated chapters. A new chapter called “Empirical Evidence of Ritual Abuse” contains a variety of research studies and data. “Dr. Colin Ross…recently lamented that, at “present there is not a single published clinical research study of Satanic ritual abuse involving a comparison group and statistical analysis” (1995, p. 197). This observation was incorrect at the time it was published and is still incorrect.” p. 55 “A number of authors…have argued that ritual abuse allegations are essentially false and the result of suggestibility and social influence. However, this hypothesis appears to be derived from subjective opinion and speculation rather than any research findings. It has never been shown that people who report ritual abuse are particularly suggestible. also see : http://members.aol.com/SMARTNEWS/Sample-Issue-9.htm http://members.aol.com/SMARTNEWS/Sample-Issue-11.htm http://members.aol.com/smartnews/Sample-Issue-36.htm
The McMartin (day care center) case of the 80’s is an example of how a case with legitimate data was “spun.”
Tunnels were found under McMartin substantiating the children’s claims. “In 1983, hundreds of kids disclosed to their parents and therapists that they were abused at the prestigious McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California. Seven people were arrest and charged with hundreds of counts of child sexual abuse, setting off the longest and most expensive trial in U.S. History (7 years).”(http://members.cruzio.com/~ratf/McMartIntro.html)
From : http://members.cruzio.com/~ratf/McMartin.html/ “The results of the survey by Ground Penetrating Radar proved consistent with discoveries of the subsequent excavations, all of which confirmed not only the basic descriptions of children but also specific details of location, interior features and putative function.”
Urls with data include : Psychic Dictatorship in the USA, Alex Constantine (Feral House, 1995). Ray Buckey’s Press Corps – and the Tunnels of McMartin
(part one – http://www.egroups.com/message/psnews/226,
part two – http://www.egroups.com/message/psnews/227,
part three – http://www.egroups.com/message/psnews/228,
part four – http://www.egroups.com/message/psnews/235)
(Note: egroups is now yahoogroups)
McMartin Preschool Revisited by Alex Constantine – 1996 – http://www.egroups.com/message/psnews/222
also see smart issue #37 – http://members.aol.com/smartnews/Sample-Issue-37.htm
One of the pro-fms writers interested in the case has an interesting history : Since the Eberles’ first McMartin book appeared in 1989, they have achieved national status as child abuse experts. In courts of law their work is frequently cited, and they lecture widely to receptive audiences. The Eberles once appeared as featured speakers at a conference held by Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL), an organization that feted “The Politics Of Child Abuse” as positively revelatory….Blurbs in their own pornographic tabloid, L.A. Star, failed to mention that in the 1970s the authors once ran an underground tabloid for pedophiles in Los Angeles, Finger, which delved heavily into sadomasochistic sex, sex with children and sex acts involving human excrement. Finger contained sexual drawings by children and pedophile erotica…”
Elizabeth Loftus in 1998 was the president of the American Psychological Society and that Ralph Underwager has been approved for Fellow status in the American Psychological Society.
A website with information attempting to discredit the McMartin data (http://www.ipt-forensics.com/journal/volume7/j7_2_1.htm) and the author’s contact info was listed as an IPT address, was listed under a website sponsored by IPT, the Institute for Psychological Therapies, which was begun in 1974 by Dr. Ralph Underwager after several years of private practice in a large, multi-specialty medical clinic and several years of research work at Youth Research Center. (http://www.ipt-forensics.com/about.htm)
(Please note: I definitely do not agree with Underwager here.) Ralph Underwager quote from PAIDIKA, a Dutch pro-pedophilia newspaper, http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/NudistHallofShame/Underwager2.html
PAIDIKA: Is choosing paedophilia for you a responsible choice for the individuals?
RALPH UNDERWAGER: Certainly it is responsible. What I have been struck by as I have come to know more about and understand people who choose paedophilia is that they let themselves be too much defined by other people. That is usually an essentially negative definition. Paedophiles spend a lot of time and energy defending their choice. I don’t think that a paedophile needs to do that. Paedophiles can boldly and courageously affirm what they choose. They can say that what they want is to find the best way to love. I am also a theologian and as a theologian, I believe it is God’s will that there be closeness and intimacy, unity of the flesh, between people. A paedophile can say: “This closeness is possible for me within the choices that I’ve made.”
Paedophiles are too defensive. They go around saying, “You people out there are saying that what I choose is bad, that it’s no good. You’re putting me in prison, you’re doing all these terrible things to me. I have to define my love as being in some way or other illicit.” What I think is that paedophiles can make the assertion that the pursuit of intimacy and love is what they choose. With boldness, they can say, “I believe this is in fact part of God’s will.” They have the right to make these statements for themselves as personal choices. Now whether or not they can persuade other people they are right is another matter (laughs).
“A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples” a “pedophilia” study printed by the American Psychological Association, in their professional journal “The Bulletin.” NAMBLA, The North American Man-Boy Love Association which advocates laws to permit sex between adults and “consenting” children, hailed the study on their website as “good news.” One of the authors of the study, Robert Bauseman, Ph. D. (a psychology professor, at the University of Michigan), has an article in “Paidika, The Journal of Pedophilia,” from the Netherlands advocating sex with “willing” children. Bauseman also wrote a special issue on sex between men and boys in 1990 by the Journal of Homosexuality called “Male Intergenerational Intimacy.” It questioned the “taboo” against “man-boy sexual relationships.” Other coauthors of the study include Bruce Rind (Temple University psychology professor) and Philip Tromovitch (doctoral student at University of Pennsylvania). Several people are challenging the APA to condemn the study. The study is a compilation of 59 studies on how college students cope with child sexual abuse.
“A Retractor’s Account – Making Of An Illness : My Experience with Multiple Personality Disorder by MacDonald, Gail, review by Philip M. Coons, MD, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Psych., Indiana Univ. School of Medicine. In the forward of the book by Campbell Perry, Ph.D., scientific board member of FMSF, “Dr. Campbell speculates…that her therapeutic experience was “horrible,” that she was “conned,”…who underwent “disguised” hypnosis. (He)… makes these statements despite …recent research demonstrating that bizarre memories cannot be suggested (Pezdek, Finger, Hodge, 1997) Dr. Perry did not review the treatment notes, journal entries…material which was available in this case, nor did he personally examine (her)… Coon’s review describes Mrs. MacDonald’s history. “Because Mrs. McDonald tells a highly-biased, one sided account…Is her continuing memory loss evidence of traumatic amnesia ? …The psychiatrist who offered the opinion that (she) had no psychiatric diagnosis was clearly in error…by (her) own admission…” she had a variety of social adjustment problems prior to therapy. From pg 109 – 113 of the “Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Vol 1, No. 1, 2000, ISSN 1529-9732, available from The Haworth Press, Inc. 10 Alice St. Birmingham, NY 13904, email@example.com, 607-722-5857.
Another article with information on pro-fms researchers is at Messing With Our Minds, an article by Husayn Al-Kurdi, “with (alleged) links to CIA mind control experts and accused child abusers, the false memory movement turns “blaming the victim” into a science.” The article mentions West, Orne, Singer, MK-Ultra, the Freyds, Underwager and Wakefield, Loftus, etc., at: http://www.towardfreedom.com/may98/messing.htm
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.” “Only a relative handful of Leo and Ofshe’s cases would satisfy the criterion of undisputed wrongful conviction.”
A web site with many legal and related cases of ritual abuse is at :
This is another example that shows that ritual abuse definitely does exist.
Another fms proponent, who has testified in legal cases, also has an interesting history : OTTAWA RECOVERED MEMORY PAGE http://www.carleton.ca/~whovdest/calof2.html
“In December 1995, two women filed ethics complaints with the American Psychological Association (APA) against Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, regarding her published statements about two legal cases involving delayed memories of sexual abuse. Citing procedural considerations, however, the APA has declined to investigate the women’s ethics complaints.”
“Jennifer Hoult (a concert harpist living in New York) and Lynn Crook (a Washington State consultant) each filed separate complaints with the APA, alleging that Loftus mischaracterized the facts of their legal cases in published articles. Both women brought successful civil suits because of the sexual abuse that the fathers (and the mother, in Crook’s case) perpetrated against them during their childhoods. At their trials, they presented corroborative evidence that met the requirements for judicial proof of their allegations.” – http://users.owt.com/crook/memory/
“In further evidence of questionable activity by FMSF board members, Notes from the Controversy (Treating Abuse Today, Nov./ December 1995, Jan./ Feb. 1996), discusses ethics complaints filed with the American Psychological Association against Elizabeth Loftus regarding her article “Remembering Dangerously”, which was published in a 1995 issue of Skeptical Inquirer, a publication of the Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP).”
Copies of “Lost in a shopping mall – A breach of professional ethics” and “Logical fallacies and ethical breaches” are now available. Send an E-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an attachment–or provide a mailing address and copies will be mailed to you. These articles provide scholarly critiques of Dr. Elizabeth Loftus’ “lost in the mall” study… Volume 9, Number 1 of “Ethics & Behavior,” a peer-reviewed journal. Published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430; Phone: (201) 236-9500. “Lost in a shopping mall” — A breach of professional ethics. Crook LS, Dean M Ethics & Behavior 9(1):39-50, 1999
“For example, Elizabeth Loftus accused Kenneth Pope, a respected memory and trauma researcher, in the APA journal Clinical Psychology of being “wildly reckless” in an area of ethics. Her claim was later investigated by the journal and found to be false. The Fall 1997 issue of the journal published a correction and apology for the “false statement disparaging Dr. Pope’s ethics”. (POPE LETTER ETC) It is disheartening to observe the FMSF, which in its newsletters and publications continually emphasizes the importance of scientific discourse, actively promoting such accusations.”