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Ritual abuse, Satanic ritual abuse (SRA),
multiple personality disorder (MPD),
recovered memory therapy (RMT), etc.

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bullet2008-JUN-18: MT: Allegations of SRA surface from the 1980s: In 2005, Leon Lloyd Whitcher, 46, was charged with raping of two girls between 1987 and 1989. He admitted raping one of the plaintiffs who was 7-years-old at the time. One of his demands during the abuse was that she dance naked on a star -- presumably a pentagram. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the second charge as part of a plea bargain in which he was given a 30 year suspended prison sentence for felony sexual intercourse.

In an earlier case, he had been convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl who stated that he gave her alcohol and a black robe, and had raped her on a pentagram that was painted on the floor of a house outside Shepherd, MT.

Details of the abuse were not reported in the media. The case was complicated by statements from two girls two decades ago in which they denied being victims of sexual abuse. One of the girls testified in court that the "Satanic" paraphernalia associated with Whitcher was really only Halloween decorations. Yellowstone County lead prosecutor Ann-Marie McKittrick said: "This woman's memory is very sketchy. She was a little girl, and she just has flashes of things happening. And some of the evidence is long gone."

These cases appear similar to three UK cases that ocurred between 1988 and 1991. They were examined by Professor Jean La Fontaine in a national study of ritual abuse in England. The study found that the child molesters pretended to be Satanists in order to better control their child victims. In addition, the perpetrators believed that a victim reporting Satanic ritual abuse might not be believed. The perpetrators were found to not be Satanists.
bullet2008-JUL-30: Paranormal powers to be evaluated: Colin A Ross, MD, an author, psychiatrist, and leading advocate of multiple personality disorder claims that he has a superpower. He believes that he can send a beam of energy from his eyes that will generate a tone in an audio system. 3 He has applied to win a the James Randi Educational Foundation  prize of $1 million for anyone who can prove a paranormal power. The first step is for Dr. Ross and the Foundation personnel to jointly develop a test protocol to prove or disprove his ability.

The Wall Street Journal states:

"Dr. Ross, founder of the Colin A. Ross Institute, is the author of over 135 scientific papers and 18 books, many of them dealing with psychological trauma and multiple personality disorder. He has spoken to mental health professionals throughout North America, as well as in Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand, including several conference presentations on energy fields. In a forthcoming book entitled Human Energy Fields, Dr. Ross explains a new science and medicine of human energy fields in detail."

" 'Once this energy is identified and captured, as I have done, then it can be studied and used for many applications in medicine and other fields,  said Dr. Ross."

"Dr. Ross plans to use the $1 Million to develop scanning equipment for medical use and to carry out research on therapeutic uses of human energy fields." 4

There have been many attempts in the past, ranging from therapeutic touch practitioner who believe that they can feel energy radiating from bodies, to a European who claimed that he could see objects even though blindfolded. All have failed.

bullet2008-SEP-10: UK: Studies of false memories: Three months after the Tavistock Square terrorist bombing in London, Dr. James Ost, a psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, gave questionnaires to 300 students -- half British and half Swedish -- to determine their memories of the event. He asked the students what they remembered about the TV coverage of the event, about TV images of the bus exploding, and about a computer reconstruction of the event. In reality, there was no video coverage of the explosion itself and no reconstruction. Yet 40% of the British subjects recalled the former and 28% recalled the latter. The equivalent data for the Swedish subjects were 16% and 6%.

Dr. Ost said: "Taken as a whole, this is further evidence that our memories are not perfect. They are not like a videotape you can rewind and replay for perfect recall. Because of this, memory alone is not reliable enough to form the basis of legal decisions."


The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Greg Tuttle, "Prosecutors say difficult rape case led to deal," Billings Gazette, 2008-MAR-20, at: http://www.billingsgazette.net/
  2. Greg Tuttle, "Deal made in '80s rape case," Billings Gazette, 2008-JUN-19, at: http://www.billingsgazette.net/
  3. The home page of the James Randi Educational Foundation is at http://www.randi.org .
  4. "Dallas Psychiatrist's Paranormal Abilities to Be Tested by Noted Debunker James Randi Dr. Colin Ross Can Send a Beam of Energy From His Eyes; Aims for $1 Million Prize," Wall Street Journal, 2008-JUL-30, at: http://www.marketwatch.com/
  5. James Randerson, "Study shows how false memories rerun 7/7 film that never existed," The Guardian, 2008-SEP-10.

Copyright 2008 & 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Latest update: 2009-JAN-27
Author: B.A. Robinson

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