Ritual abuse / religious violence
43 MVMO court cases with allegations
of ritual sexual and physical abuse
of multiple children
"MVMO" is an acronym for Multiple Victims, Multiple Offenders.
"A mere suspicion of witchcraft justifies the immediate arrest and
torture of the suspected person. If the prisoner mutters, looks on the
ground, and does not shed any tears, all these are proofs positive of guilt." Jean Bodin, French lawyer, judge and witchhunter, "The
Demonomanie," published circa 1580 CE.|
"A prisoner may be promised immunity or reduced punishment if he
accuses his accomplices." Jean Bodin
"In the Little Rascals day-care-abuse case in North Carolina, one
mother told reporters that it took 10 months before her child was able to
"reveal" the molestation. No one at the time considered the idea that the
child might have been remarkably courageous to persist in telling the truth
for so long." Carol Tavris 1|
||The following quotations relate to the Fells
Acre case, but apply to many others as well:
"We just suspended intellectual integrity. We believed the absurd
when it came to child abuse cases." Kimberly Hart of the National Child
Abuse Defense Center2
"It has nothing to do with lying and everything to do with the
implanting of false memories...Studies have shown that children will
vehemently defend the veracity of implanted memories. They recall
reporting them, and those reports produce mental images of the events
that these individuals cannot distinguish from their real experiences.
But the kids are not responsible for that. The interviews are."
Debra Poole 3
Since 1995, we have studied over 40 Multi-Victim, Multi-Offender (MVMO) cases at 24 locations, mostly
involving allegations of ritual abuse.
In other areas of this website, we do not take sides. We do not reach
conclusions. We merely report both or all sides of each issue and let our
readers make up their mind. However, with these ritual abuse cases, it seemed
obvious to us that
grave injustices had been done, both to the alleged perpetrators and to the alleged victims. As Kimberly Hart of the National Child
Abuse Defense Center said, police and District Attorneys' offices
had suspended their "intellectual integrity." They readily "believed the
We decided to write the essays with the assumption that most or all of
the defendants were innocent of ritual abuse, and that the crimes never actually happened.
We believe that some sexual molestation did happen at Country
Walk, in Miami FL, and perhaps in a few of the remaining cases. But it is our opinion
No ritual abuse occurred in any of the cases.
||Any criminal acts were non-ritual abuse by a single perpetrator.
||All or almost all of the crimes with which people were charged never happened.
Hundreds of adults were convicted of ritual abuse of children, mostly during
the 1980s and early 1990s. Almost all have had their cases revisited. Most
convictions have been overturned because of what investigators now know about:
||How easy it was for investigators to get false disclosures of abuse
from young children by simply asking direct questions, repeatedly.
||How meaningless the past standards of evidence were for sexual abuse
of young girls.
||How meaningless past STD lab tests were when performed on children.
||How meaningless past sexual abuse tests were when performed on children.
A few innocent people continue to rot in prison in the United
States and elsewhere. A list of addresses of US prisoners was available. 5
Child psychologists and police investigators are now generally aware of
how to avoid implanting memories of non-existent events through improper questioning of young children. New
allegations of MVMO ritual abuse cases dried up in
the early 1990s. However, one strange case did surface in Lewis Island,
Scotland, in late 2003. Hopefully, this will be the last.
||People and Facility Involved
||Frances and Dan Keller
The McCuan and Kniffen Families (and 8 other cases)
(The "Bakersfield Witch Hunt:")
Robert "Bob" Kelly et al (Little
The Amirault Family (Fells Acre)
|Manhattan Beach, CA
Peggy & Ray Buckey and Virginia McMartin *
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
|Marty I.R., SD
||J Rouse, D Rouse, G Feather, R Hubbeling, D Rouse
Francisco and Iliana Fuster (Country Walk)
|North Carolina location
||Paul R. Ingram
|Pennsylvania day school
||A teacher, and others
|Robin Hood Hills AR
Damien Echols and two others, "The
West Memphis Three"
||The Gallup family
|San Diego, CA
||Patrick Figuered & Sonja Hill
||Rev. Robert Roberson & dozens of others
||Rev. Nathaniel Grady (and 4 others)
* See also: Magical tunnels under McMartin
The Justice Committee has examined many child sexual abuse convictions that
were triggered throughout the United States by the Bakersfield and McMartin cases. They
believe that there are more than 1000 persons who are innocent of the crimes for which
they have been convicted. The Committee's main project is to persuade Congress to hold
hearings to study the causes of these prosecutions and initiate remedies for the unjustly
convicted. They have obtained support from Congressmen Bill Archer, Dick Armey, Sonny
Bono, and others. 3
ABC-TV's Turning Point program of 1996-NOV-15 stated that:
in over 40 [US] communities, some 200 people have been accused of these crimes... Today,
141 people, -- nearly three quarters of the accused in these cases -- have been acquitted,
had their convictions overturned or charges against them dropped.."
Lona Manning, writing for Crime Magazine, describes the case of Robert Halsey, a school-bus driver who was convicted in 1993 and is:
"Now in his 70s and in failing health. ... [He] will most likely die in prison, a victim of the child sexual-abuse hysteria that put him there. 7
On 2014-AUG-25, Michael Parker was released from prison in North Carolina after over 20 years incarceraton for a crime the he did not committ -- crimes that never even happened. His lawyer suggests that he is the last person convicted of Satanic ritual abuse to be released.
The Venus Case
Peter Ellis and 4 other cases
Bishop Auckland, UK
|Lewis island, UK
||Group of 8 adults
||Christopher Lillie and Dawn Reed
Group of 9 adults (the one that started the UK
||Group of 6 adults
||Group of 10 adults
Three groundbreaking books that explain how the justice system failed
both children and adults:
Stephen Ceci & Maggie Bruck, "Jeopardy in the Courtroom:
A scientific analysis of children's testimony," American
Psychological Association, (2000). Read reviews or
order this book This book was largely responsible for changing child
interview techniques across North America, and bringing an end to
implanted false memories of child abuse.
Dorothy Rabinowitz, "No Crueler Tyrannies: Accusation, False Witness, and Other Terrors of Our Times," Wall Street Journal Books,
reviews or order this book "No Crueler Tyrannies recalls the hysteria
that accompanied the child sex-abuse witch-hunts of the 1980s and 1990s:
how a single anonymous phone call could bring to bear an army of
recovered-memory therapists, venal and ambitious prosecutors, and
hypocritical judges -- an army that jailed hundreds of innocent
Mary de Young, "The Day Care Ritual Abuse Panic," McFarland
& Company, (2004). Read reviews or order
this book "This work is a sociologically based analysis of the
day care ritual abuse panic in America. It introduces the concept of moral
panic and analyzes its relevance to the ritual abuse scare, explores the
ideological, political, economic, and professional forces that fomented the
panic, discusses the McMartin Preschool case as the incident that brought
attention to satanic menaces and children, and examines the dialect between
the various interest groups that stirred up and spread the moral panic and
the day care providers accused of ritual abuse. Also covered are the popular
culture representations of day care ritual abuse, the diffusion of the scare
to areas overseas, the institutionally symbolic and ideologically
contradictory social ends of the panic, and the outcomes of the panic in
various settings. The book ends with a discussion of moral panic theory and
how it needs to be changed for a complex, multi-mediated postmodern culture,
and what lessons can be learned from the scare."
Kathryn Lyon: "Witch Hunt: The true story of social hysteria and abused justice, (1998).
Read reviews or order this book
It appears to be currently out of print. As of late 2007, you can buy a used
copy for $0.01 plus shipping at Amazon.com marketplace. This book is by a lawyer
and public defender. It deals with the MVMO cases in
Carol Tavris: "Mind Games: Psychological Warfare Between
Therapists and Scientists," The Chronicle of Higher Education,
Section: The Chronicle Review, Vol. 49, Issue 25, Page B7, 2003-FEB-28.
Kimberly Hart is executive director of the National Child Abuse Defense
Center in Ohio. The quote came from the National Post, 2001-JUL-10, Page
A10. The National Post is a conservative Canadian newspaper.
- Debra Poole is a professor of psychology at Central Michigan University.
She is the author of the forensic interviewing protocol for children now
mandated by Michigan law.
Carol Hopkins, News Release, The Justice Committee, 625 Broadway, Suite 1111, San
Diego, CA 92101. Issued 1996-AUG-11
Bob Chatelle had a list of falsely accused inmates at: http://bobchatelle.net/
For other false allegations in New Zealand, go to Brain Robinson's website
(no relation) at:
Lona Manning, "The forgotten innocent man," Crime Magazine, 3--6=OCT-16, at: http://crimemagazine.com/
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