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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-11-09 11:22 PM
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11. There was an epidemic of these false claims in the 80s and 90s.
All centered around police, therapists or social workers who manipulated children and asked them leading questions until getting the story desired. A lot of lives were wrecked, a lot of families wrecked.

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  -Kids recant abuse claims after dad jailed 20 years babylonsister  Jul-11-09 07:41 PM   #0 
  - Sigh. Too hard to know which is wrong. What was said then, or what is said now.  BlooInBloo   Jul-11-09 07:43 PM   #1 
  - these cases are sad and too common  paulsby   Jul-11-09 07:44 PM   #2 
  - its a zealot mentality.  Historic NY   Jul-11-09 08:04 PM   #6 
  - Everybody is susceptible to suggestion.  politicat   Jul-11-09 10:16 PM   # 
  - One of the worst offenses was also surrounding the kidnapping/murder of Kelly Wilson  Horse with no Name   Jul-12-09 12:04 AM   #20 
  - Heartbreaking  Lone_Star_Dem   Jul-11-09 07:46 PM   #3 
  - And the too-zealous prosecutor gets off scott free  Chemisse   Jul-11-09 07:54 PM   #4 
     - We've got way too many Nancy Grace types...  47of74   Jul-11-09 07:58 PM   #5 
  - Something similar  malletgirl02   Jul-11-09 08:59 PM   #7 
  - McMartin day care travesty among many other hysteria cases.  sharesunited   Jul-11-09 09:41 PM   #8 
     - I live about 15 minutes from where the McMartin Preschool was  Raine   Jul-12-09 01:50 AM   #30 
  - What this shows is how easy it is to manipulate kids.Manipulation happens frequently in divorce.  lindisfarne   Jul-11-09 10:16 PM   #9 
  - Not just children - Alan Alda did a fascinating NOVA about memory and suggestion  Maru Kitteh   Jul-11-09 11:17 PM   #10 
  - I have a friend who accused her father  Schema Thing   Jul-11-09 11:47 PM   #12 
     - i had a friend too.  seabeyond   Jul-11-09 11:52 PM   #14 
        - Her family needed support, and, sadly,  woo me with science   Jul-11-09 11:56 PM   #17 
        - she was an employ  seabeyond   Jul-12-09 12:19 AM   #24 
           - Well, if you got to her after she was heavily involved in memory recovery,  woo me with science   Jul-12-09 02:02 AM   #32 
        - my friend is aware that the memories where manufactured  Schema Thing   Jul-12-09 08:17 AM   #38 
  - so true so true. further, kids themselves dont get it right. i dont know how many times my kids  seabeyond   Jul-11-09 11:51 PM   #13 
  - There was an epidemic of these false claims in the 80s and 90s.  TexasObserver   Jul-11-09 11:22 PM   #11 
  - Recovered memory therapy is still a major problem.  woo me with science   Jul-11-09 11:54 PM   #16 
  - The FBI has consistently said there is zero evidence to support those claims, too.  TexasObserver   Jul-12-09 12:18 AM   #22 
     - You are absolutely right,  woo me with science   Jul-12-09 02:04 AM   #33 
  - Janet Reno made her bones as a prosecutor during those witch hunts  mitchum   Jul-11-09 11:59 PM   #18 
     - many prosecutors did  TexasObserver   Jul-12-09 12:21 AM   #25 
        - I was driving through the mountains recently,  woo me with science   Jul-12-09 02:13 AM   #35 
  - If there were any justice, those brats would now go serve 20 years  mitchum   Jul-11-09 11:54 PM   #15 
  - Dude, they were ages 6 and 9  tkmorris   Jul-12-09 12:11 AM   #21 
  - All three of them should be going to jail  mitchum   Jul-12-09 12:18 AM   #23 
     - No.  Horse with no Name   Jul-12-09 12:21 AM   #26 
        - I'm surprised to discover that I must have been a lot smarter and tougher...  mitchum   Jul-12-09 12:36 AM   #28 
           - I think you over-estimate your 9 year old self  tkmorris   Jul-12-09 02:08 AM   #34 
              - I agree.  woo me with science   Jul-12-09 02:20 AM   #36 
              - No, I found the whole God, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny thing pretty hard to swallow...  mitchum   Jul-12-09 09:32 AM   #41 
  - How about the cop that engineered it?  rucky   Jul-12-09 08:50 AM   #40 
  - The cop and the ex-wife who encouraged the witch hunt should both find their sorry asses in prison  mitchum   Jul-12-09 09:34 AM   #42 
  - They were children, and were manipulated  realisticphish   Jul-12-09 09:53 AM   #45 
  - Well, if that's the case, then the statements of children should have NO legal validity  mitchum   Jul-12-09 11:24 AM   #48 
     - yes  realisticphish   Jul-12-09 02:00 PM   #52 
  - 6-year-olds should be criminally liable?  fishwax   Jul-12-09 10:57 AM   #46 
     - But now they are...adults  mitchum   Jul-12-09 11:23 AM   #47 
        - so if a six-year-old does something illegal we should wait a few years and charge them as adults?  fishwax   Jul-12-09 11:52 AM   #49 
  - Really goes to show what the police  Wolf-Were   Jul-12-09 12:03 AM   #19 
  - Why did it take them 20 years to realize their absent father never molested them? nt  t0dd   Jul-12-09 12:30 AM   #27 
  - Maybe it took them that long to realize that their mother was an unscrupulous bitch?  mitchum   Jul-12-09 12:39 AM   #29 
  - That's what I want to know. n/t  LoZoccolo   Jul-12-09 12:36 PM   #51 
  - Just last week someone on DU claimed kids never lie about  Raine   Jul-12-09 01:53 AM   #31 
  - i think so too. n/t  seabeyond   Jul-12-09 02:52 AM   #37 
  - If you ever want to ruin someone's life...  rucky   Jul-12-09 08:49 AM   #39 
  - ya.  seabeyond   Jul-12-09 09:35 AM   #43 
  - This is a classic neo-con theme  cornermouse   Jul-12-09 09:41 AM   #44 
  - The simultaneous sentimentalization and exploitation of children...  mitchum   Jul-12-09 12:32 PM   #50 

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