A Review of MPD & The Origins and Development of
The Satanic Ritual Abuse Myth
The Child Abuse Industry generally has been in the doldrums after over-selling the risk to children in the 1970s in
order to gain public and fiscal support. After a string of scares child-carer activists are left in an ideological
cul-de-sac and very little raison d'etre. The Satanic Ritual Abuse Myth (SRAM) is an ultimate scare which is the only thing
providing a large proportion of activists in social work with an occupation at the moment and gives certain people
a unique professional opportunity which has made their professional reputation.
Lesser known social workers and
therapists can become stars overnight with all the professional kudos and recognition that brings in its wake.
Regular social workers always have their hands full but the middle-management exist solely by virtue of the
one-upmanship of such doctrinal invention.
The system itself aids and abets this situation because only those who
make the loudest political fuss obtain funding. If we ignore those who are simply opportunists following every fashion
which protects their self-interest we see that the people most actively involved in promoting the
SRAM in Social Work and Therapy are those who are suspicious and distrusting of all male motives. Fanatical feminists.
This has become an extension of their own social theories which have played themselves out in regular social work over
the years. Although there are very many intelligent and aware women satanists the stereotype of the SRAM is of an
ultimate manipulative male sadism. The fanatical feminists (and I am not a femophobe) have an ultimate icon to
discredit men in the Satanic Ritual Abuse Myth and a false-memory syndrome which allows them to accuse their fathers
The parallel current of torrents of circumstancial and imagined evidence from disturbed victim imposters
within and without the fundamentalist movement gives a pseudo authenticity to doctrinal claims providing a
psychological feedback loop for 'carers' which allow a display of crass emotion and sympathy which convinces
the gullible and wrong-foots critics thereby providing activists with the moral high ground and
All this would be bad enough at a therapeutic level were it not for the fact that,
in order to overcome the specific failures and lack of proof of the doctrine, both therapists and
fundamentalists have, of necessity, to promote the idea of a Global Satanic Conspiracy as motive for
these imagined acts.
The Satanic Conspiracy stems from the ingrained psychology of End-time Christians
who have been imprinted with the prophecies outlined in the Book of Revelations. From obssessed religious
fanatics who pore over every word and nuance in that psychopathic tale, to those from a strict Christian background
where the images and interpretations have been implanted during childhood, the paranoia of Global Satanic Domination
is an integral part of the psychologies of people who, because of their self-appointed duties as do-gooders, always
form a large section of the infra-structure of social workers and charity workers.
The idea that Freemasonry embodies Satan's campaign for a single
world-government and money system is a direct projection of prophecies
in the Book of Revelations which alludes, in the eyes of the
fundamentalists, to a single global state and money system controlled
by people on the payroll of satan. This is the 'Zionist New World Order
Conspiracy' nonsense which has flooded the internet of late. (see below centre for latest example).
There is literally forests of
literature in the fundamentalist circuit about this supposed conspiracy. In my view any assumed conspiracy of
self-interest in Freemasonry pales into insignificance when compared to the actual conspiracies and hidden
agendas played out by the Fundamentalist Christian Leaders themselves but that is by the way.
In the Viewpoint 93 programme In Satan's Name, you will see that claims of global conspiracies related
to Freemasonry are evident not only in the O.T.T. fundamentalist preachers, but are de rigeur for evangelistic
leaders like Bob Larson. What really shocked was the fact that Catherine Gould (the creator of the satanic abuse
symptoms list which largely brought about the identification of false cases in the US and UK was also interviewed in the
programme) was selling the same conspiracy.
Kingpin of the Satan Myth is the idea of
released or recovered memories obtained through regression hypnosis. It has become accepted as a bona fide therapeutic
method by many therapists. In fact Regression Therapy is not new. It was tried by Freud himself but then abandoned
in favour of regular psychotherapy. The recent upsurge of interest in it was West-Coast inspired and
evolved in several ways.
The earliest modern example method was devised by a group of Australian Christians during the late 1960s ostensibly
to provide a doorway to past-lives. It was originally known as the Christos Experience because the occultists
concerned were Christian Mystics and believed the technique was revelatory.
The method was first published in Windows of the Mind by M. Glaskin. (1971) Paralleling the development of the
Christos experience was the growth of free-association therapy into the rebirth experience which was being tried at the
same time as the technique of 'regression hypnosis'.
This last also sought to discover past lives by regressing the patient under normal
hypnotic methods into a pre-birth state. Genuine occultists see all this is nonsese of course.
The mind is so powerful, and clairvoyance so real, that one can never be sure of which memories or conceptions are
ones own, which are telepathic images, which are future occurrences and which are confabulations.
Therefore occultists don't take any of them seriously and find the only people who do are those who need an excuse
of some kind to escape the reality of their situation. In fact the book Reliving Past Lives
By Keaton also comes with a disc containing recordings of subjects
undergoing hypnotic regression and they are remarkably like the antics
of MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) sufferers. The point is that, as
far as we are aware, thousands upon thousands of people with an
interest in the supernatural have undergone regression hypnosis over
the past thirty years but NONE of them have come up with tales of
Satanic Ritual Abuse. On the other hand we understand that none of
those suffering MPD have ever come up with tales of past lives either!
The one disproves the other.
Click on the image below
to see Vera Diamond's slap-dash
recovered memory technique
The point is that the feminist biased therapy sub-culture has refined these
techniques into a doctrine of MPD which can be applied by anyone virtually anywhere. With the urging of provocative self-help
books like Courage To Heal within a self-help cultural more, we are now seeing Survivor Summer Camps where
free-style regression sessions are scheduled daily as an emotional 'fix' by people who are in the vast majority of
instances incapable of a sense of proportion.
If this doesn't give rise to an epidemic of victim imposters and the
waste of millions of pounds of taxpayers money in the next few months I'll eat my hat.
(c) world copyright holders: The Sub-culture Alternatives Freedom Foundation (S.A.F.F.) Leeds, Yorkshire, U.K.
BY THE S.A.F.F.
13th July 1993
NOTE: Since this piece was written criticism of the theory of Multiple Personalities by observers both
within and without the psychotherapy movement has grown to such an extent that
those in favour of the idea have renamed it DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) - presumably in order to defeat the
sceptics and disguise their intent. See here:
BBC: NEWSNIGHT DOCUMENTARY REVEALS CASE OF WOMAN PUSHED BY HER DOCTOR INTO BELIEVING SHE WAS SATANICALLY ABUSED
Hunter went to see her doctor because of an eating disorder and came
out believing she had been satanically abused by her family.
Her 'recovered memories' were shocking but unlike those truly mentally
ill people who fall into the clutches of believers in SRA and have
their entire reality forever reordered, Anna, with the love of her
family, was able to break the spell of the satan hunters in the medical
profession and escape their clutches.
She is one of the few people to have been brainwashed with so-called
'recovered memories' who has returned from that twilight zone to tell
the truth about how some members of the medical profession are willing
to create false-victims regardless of the effect it has on their lives.
Click on the image above to see her story in this stunning BBC documentary
VOODOO THERAPY: Read What believers in Satanic Ritual Abuse think constitutes recovered memories
SATANIST RITUAL ABUSE:
CHALLENGES TO THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM
By Sarah Nelson
Dept of Sociology, University of Edinburgh
Extracts from a Paper given at Ritual Abuse Information
Network Support (RAINS) Conference, Warwick University, 13 – 14
I believe this issue needs much more attention, for the mental health
professions may prove to be the major repositories of the "SRA secret":
just as they were of the "incest secret". I believe new knowledge
about SRA should now impel a radical, wide-ranging, top-level review of
symptoms and treatments in many mental disorders. Those of us who
are outsiders need to build alliances with courageous voices within
those professions - in order to support them, to strengthen their
demands for radical review, and to force the subject into the public
.....We need to learn from them how that support could be most
effective, and how we can exert any influence on professions.....
Perhaps a joint commitment to hearing, supporting and empowering SRA
survivors, in a range of community and institutional settings, will be
the most important route to building alliances and planning strategies
MENTAL HEALTH AND SEXUAL ABUSE
.....But my own discovery of SRA directed me, and I
suspect many others, towards mental health as never before. A huge
impetus is given to the questioning which is already taking place of
diagnosis and treatment in mental disorder. This prompts whole
chains of speculation. Puzzlement about specific behaviours or symptoms
brings renewed doubt about the whole medical model of mental disorder,
and leads to absorbed speculation on how massive a role life-trauma
actually plays. SRA is, of course, only one extreme form of trauma, and
all forms deserve urgent attention but given the extent of torture and
privation it inflicts, we could justifiably expect that many
survivors will have found their way into the mental health system, and
that they will be a significant population within that system.
ISSUES FOR SPECULATION - INCLUDING DISSOCIATION, MPD,
OBSESSIVE - COMPULSIVE DISORDERS, SELF-HARM, EATING DISORDERS,
.........As many mental health professionals working with sexual abuse
have increasingly questioned their theories, diagnoses and treatments,
issues around dissociation and multiple personality have often
dominated discussion. The subject of recovered memories and the role
played by therapists in their retrieval has also been much debated, not
least as a result of vituperative media attacks by the "false memory
syndrome" lobby. These are all major issues I would not wish to
diminish. For instance, the majority of cases of "multiple personality disorder" may prove to be linked with a history of Satanist abuse. But there are many other important questions for psychology as well as psychiatry......
.... For psychoanalytically-trained therapists, for instance, theory
has determined how certain behaviours and statements are interpreted. Many
come to question what they have been taught by asking "what if these
inexplicable, extreme fears are based on real experiences?" or "What if
these accounts I am hearing are not fantasy after all?"
Outsiders in contrast may start by learning about the forms and
techniques of SRA and the known impact of these on some survivors,
especially children in publicised cases. Thus they expect fear or
terror, and look for settings in which it may manifest itself. They
wonder, "Where are all these terrified children when they become
adults?" Then familiar bells begin ringing in the brain, connections
are made with pieces of mental health knowledge and that knowledge is
revisited with a more critical eye. Instead of tending to see the fears
of people with phobias, panic attacks and anxiety states as irrational,
for instance, they will tend to ask what might have frightened these
people so much.
In SRA living creatures are used to terrorise children in several ways:
as agents in themselves, as objects to be killed, mutilated or
ingested, and as supposed watchers and spies (the spider will tell us
if you talk). In later life the same creatures may well invoke all
these different fears, and for people whose memories are repressed,
they may be one of the few phenomena which "ring a bell". ...
[Ed: So arachnophobia which is a prehistoric fear response in 90%
of the population is now categorical evidence that people who don't
like spiders may have been satanically abused?]
I now feel it will be important to consult those working with phobias,
including self- help groups; to build more detailed information on
common objects of terror and aversion, and to check what proportion of phobics also have other symptoms common in sexual abuse survivors. Research across countries would also be valuable.
I learned of the disgusting defilement SRA victims must endure, the use
of filth, excrement, blood, body fluids, the innards of animals and
humans. This offered powerfully suggestive reasons for some common
obsessive-compulsive behaviour around repeated washing and cleaning,
behaviour which could be seen as both symbolic and literal. .....
[Ed. So obsessive cleanliness,
widely recognised in psychiatry as an evocation of unconscious guilt
has now become first-hand evidence of Satanic Ritual Abuse?]
It would seem absolutely predictable and understandable that many SRA survivors would develop eating disorders or problems. How
far might these be linked, not with theories about the "diet culture",
the loss of a loved parent or perfectionism, but with forced eating of
noxious things, with starvation and oral sexual abuse? The bulimic
may be literally and symbolically rejecting, over and over again, both
what had to be tasted and swallowed, and the horrified guilt of
collusion as a child in murder or cannibalism.
[Ed So now Anorexia Nervosa, psychiatrically recognised as fear of obesity, has been
redefined as the result of oral abuse by satanists!]
.... I had also assumed that various powerful and negative feelings
about themselves accounted for self-mutilation, cutting and
blood-letting in many sexually abused people. I now believe there are
extra reasons for some SRA survivors, like the impact of programming,
special triggers and even, in some cases, addiction to tasting or
drinking blood. This last insight was passed to me by several workers with SRA survivors......
[Ed: Is there anything which is not somehow connected with Satanic Abusers? ]
.....Many people with OCD also suffer from morbid preoccupations, phobias and depression: fears about death and dying, graveyards and cemeteries seem common....
[Ed. So now universal fears about the inevitability of death
which every single person experiences are redefined as evidence of
Satanic Abuse! Who can escape the pointing finger of the Satan
....For instance an anorexic is making herself as unattractive as
possible, and is less likely to be made pregnant by her abuser/s. .....
[Ed : Which is entirely opposite to how psychiatry looks at it.
Anorexics, who universally rationalise their compulsion not to eat by
stating that they want to look more presentable and attractive, have
been redefined by Nelson as people who want to make themselves look
LESS attractive so they are not raped by Satanists! Down is up
and up is down.]
.....Finally, knowledge about SRA brings questioning of some diagnoses
of major mental illness. To learn about its brainwashing techniques, to
read the testimonies of children who believe their mothers can hear
them through walls or radios, to listen to survivors who are "multiple",
means looking differently at paranoid and hallucinatory symptoms
critical to many schizophrenia diagnoses. Could the process of torture,
brainwashing and early programming produce the voices people hear in
their heads, and their "paranoia" about being watched or controlled?
How many false diagnoses of schizophrenia have there been?....
[Ed. Schizophrenia is categorised by a
dopamine imbalance in the brain. This can be tested for and all drugs
for Schizophrenia attempt to control that balance. It has little to do
with skill in psychiatric diagnosis or whether or not you believe the
patient's stories. Nelson is flying a kite. ]
The symptoms of many people incarcerated in special
hospitals need, in particular, to be reviewed for possible connections
with a history of SRA......
[Ed: Fertile ground. Of patients recently discharged by psychiatrists from Broadmoor over two dozen killed again.]
MORE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS...
The challenge of SRA merely serves to highlight more urgently two basic
problems in traditional mental health practice. The rush to diagnosis,
within days or even hours, may be appropriate for people with broken
legs or heart conditions. But it ill serves people with very
complex problems„ who may take months to trust someone enough to reveal
any of their past trauma and may themselves have repressed the memory
Secondly there is a basic contradiction in most
conventional treatments. So often they work to contain, damp down,
suppress, alter or ignore powerful emotion and feeling. (They also risk
throwing away the clues revealed by behaviour which may be the body's
symbolic, reactive or adaptive way of speaking loudly what has happened
to that person, if we had ears to hear and eyes to see).
Yet so many victims of trauma need just the
opposite: they need to be reconnected with powerful emotions and
feelings in order to begin healing. They need to express them openly,
often disturbingly, sometimes violently, in a safe environment and be
supported to make that experience manageable.
[Ed: Tell that to Caroline
Marchant, Carol Felstead and Maxine Berry who was persuaded by
therapists to sterilise herself so as not to give birth to a child
which she might compulsively satanically abuse! See rightmost column ]
THINKING ABOUT NUMBERS AND LOCATIONS
The concluding issue I want to raise is about the impetus given to
proactive inquiry about where SRA survivors are located, and how
numerous they may be.
The logic of accepting that SRA will cause a range of mental health problems for many survivors is that instead of being sceptical, reactive or waiting for evidence to drop from the sky,
you begin looking for people in places they are likely to be. This
could range from outpatients' clinics and self-help groups in the
community, to schools for "challenging" or "disturbed" children, right
through to penal institutions, secure units and special hospitals.
This creates a climate in which certain mental problems, symptoms and behaviours will be re-examined critically along with their diagnoses and treatments.
It creates a climate of accessibility and support for survivors, as
well as permission to speak out and share experiences with each other.
Suppose 5% of the adult population over 16 have a
childhood history of sexual abuse. Suppose only one in ten of these
abused people experienced SRA. In the adult greater Edinburgh population of about 333,000, more than 1650 people would have been involved in SRA,
[ Ed. There are 5,600 registered psychiatrists in the
U.K.. Suppose 5% of them are bonkers and chase after phantom
satanists. Using Nelson's flim-flam that means there are
280 who are insufficiently trained in both psychiatry and maths
who are likely to believe in any old tosh.]
......That is the kind of evidence which needs to be
harnessed in the future - to call for long-overdue changes in theory
and practice, in diagnosis and treatment, in professional and public
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Sarah Nelson is author of
"Incest: Fact and Myth" (Stramullion Press 1982 & 1987), a
pioneering British feminist analysis of sexual violence within the
family. A professional journalist, she wrote extensively about the
"Orkney child abuse affair" and subsequent Inquiry. She is currently
writing her second book on sexual abuse, and is planning a research
study on women survivors' experiences of psychiatric services.
[Ed. I wonder if Ms Nelson will be including the experiences of Carol Felstead and Maxine Berry in her book?]
'white powder' to parliamentarians
accusing them of being 'evil devil worshipping freemasons'
Nick Clegg was sent envelope with 'sex with 30 plus women'and 'your poor Catholic wife and children'
scrawled on it
Baroness Scotland was sent envelope with a swastika on it'
By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 18:14, 23 July 2012
A Catholic nun is alleged to have sent six envelopes containing white powder to parliamentary figures including
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a court heard today.
The defendant, who is known as Sister Ruth Augustus, is accused of scrawling 'devil worshipping' on envelopes
filled with white powder that she posted to Nick Clegg and Baroness Scotland, Harrow Crown Court was told.
The letters were intercepted, three at a time on two separate occasions, at a mail screening centre and
the powder was found to be non hazardous, the court heard.
The defendant, of Leyton, east London, denies six counts of hoaxes involving noxious substances or things.
Mark Kimsey, prosecuting, said Augustus accepts that she sent envelopes with letters in them but says police
put the white powder in them.
Mr Kimsey said three envelopes were intercepted at a mail screening centre in east London on June 17, 2011.
One was addressed to Mr Clegg and on the envelope was written 'devil worshipping', 'freemason',
'sex with thirty plus women' and 'your poor Catholic wife and children'.
The second was to Baroness Scotland, and had a swastika on it, and two crosses, and 'stop this evil devil worshipping'.
The third was to Baroness Kennedy, and was endorsed with a swastika, and 'stop these evil devil worshipping
The envelopes contained a gritty substance, but it was found they had already tested negative for anthrax,
and specialist police who were called in found them to be non hazardous.
On October 1, at the same mail centre,
three more envelopes were found, addressed to Mr Clegg, Baroness
Kennedy and Edward Leigh MP.
The envelopes carried similar endorsements and slogans and contained white powder which was found to be non hazardous.
Mr Kimsey told the jury: 'The issue is whether she herself put the white powder within the envelopes, and, if so,
was it with the intention to induce the recipient to fear they were hazardous.
'Albeit this is a hoax, it's a serious
matter, when what was sent was white powder, with the intention to make
the person believe they were receiving a noxious substance.'
On December 7, Augustus was arrested at a hotel in north west London where she was staying and told police
'It's a load of lies', Mr Kimsey said.
The court heard that Augustus told police during interview: 'I'm Sister Ruth, a 71-year-old disabled nun.'
She also said: 'I look like a terrorist, don't I, working for a charity all over the world, with orphans?'
The jury heard that she told interviewing officer Detective Constable Anne Adams:
'The police are run by freemasons. All the top women are in it.'
Asked why she had sent a letter to Mr Leigh, she said: 'He's a Catholic, and goes to Westminster Cathedral.'
As for Mr Clegg, she said he 'lied about
all the tuition fees and everything else, keeping those Tory
millionaires and rats in government'.
She added: 'He boasted about all the women he's had sex with. He's an atheist singing hymns in the Albert Hall.'
At one point she said: 'I'm not a Muslim terrorist, I'm a Catholic nun.'
And she said of the police: 'They opened the envelopes, and put white powder in, to frame me. I know they monitor it all.
Asked if she was sending the letters for 'attention', she said:
'Of course I am. I'm deliberately writing on the envelope as well so all the postmen will know all about it.'
The trial was adjourned until 10.30am tomorrow.
Women brainwashed by therapists to believe their parents abused them
By Amanda Cable
Carol Felstead, a trained nurse, went to doctor about headache age 21. She had
20 years of Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT) - but sessions sparked False
Memory Syndrome - memories of terrible events that never happened. She was convinced that her loving family were really a group of murderous Satanists
Maxine Berry, 41, contemplated suicide after believing father had raped her. Afraid of also becoming an abuser, Maxine had herself sterilised aged 23. Maxine later discovered her memories had been replaced
Carol Felstead was unequivocal in the accusations she made against her family.
Her mother Joan, a nurse, and father, Joseph, an engineer, may have seemed like a respectable couple with five children.
But behind closed doors, she said, they were Satanists, who subjected her to years of childhood abuse.
The 41-year-old psychology graduate recounted in disturbing detail the
night her mother murdered Carol’s older sister, Joan-Julie, before
setting fire to the house to hide the evidence.
Such a catalogue of horror would cause lasting damage to any child. No
one could blame Carol for cutting off contact with her parents and her
Yet, shockingly, not one of Carol’s claims was true.
Though she seemed to believe every word, it later emerged that her recollections were false
memories, which had been dredged up during controversial recovered
memory therapy (RMT) sessions throughout her adult life.
Carol is just one of thousands of people believed to be victims of
False Memory Syndrome, a phenomenon whereby a person is encouraged
through therapy to ‘remember’ forgotten childhood trauma that is
supposedly affecting them as adults.
‘But these so-called experts are often unregulated,’ says Carol’s
brother Dr Kevin Felstead, 53, a former university lecturer from
Stockport, Cheshire. ‘Anyone can go online, pay a fee to do a part-time
course and be accredited to give therapy after just two weeks. Into
their hands are placed vulnerable young women, such as my sister.’
A growing body of research shows that childhood memories are unreliable at best.
Indeed, a study published last week in the Journal of Experimental Psychology concluded that the higher the level of detail of a childhood memory, the less likely it is that it is accurate.
Other clinical studies have shown it is possible to
plant false memories in a person’s mind, then have them ‘recall’ them
in convincing emotional detail that they believe themselves..
Madeline Greenhalgh, director of the British False Memory Society,
a registered charity, says they have records of 2,500 cases of untrue
claims of sexual abuse after RMT, and receive thousands of phone calls
from worried relatives each year.
Carol, fell victim to False Memory Syndrome, whereby a person is
encouraged through therapy to ‘remember’ forgotten childhood trauma
that is supposedly affecting them as adults
‘Just yesterday a father rang to say his daughter, who is in her 50s,
had suddenly made an allegation of abuse following sessions with a
counsellor. He was distraught,’ she says.
‘We’re talking about fathers who give away their daughters at
weddings, decorate their houses and babysit their grandchildren. Then something goes wrong in the daughter’s life and she sees a therapist as she searches for answers.
‘This isn’t about people who have a feeling that something was wrong
in the past and then remember more during therapy. This is about people
who produce a ‘memory’ out of the blue.
‘Suddenly, parents are hit by an allegation of abuse. The strain often
ends their marriage and we see fathers lose their families, homes and
Once the allegation has been made, Madeline says it proves difficult for the women to backtrack.
‘They have often grown close to their therapist, who believes they are saving them. They wield a huge influence,’ she says.
‘In Carol’s case, she found herself surrounded by therapists who took
her stories at face value, though they remained utterly
Carol’s birth in 1964 had heralded a new beginning for her devoted parents after a run of devastating bad luck.
The year before she was born, a fire had destroyed the family home, and
the year before that a much-loved baby, Joan-Julie, had died in
hospital from a heart defect at the age of two months.
Carols’ parents had three sons, Kevin and twins David and Anthony, who
were older than Carol. Two years later, they went on to have another
‘Carol was the only surviving daughter, and though my
parents didn’t have favourites, she held a special place in their
hearts,’ says Kevin. ‘She was adorable and we couldn’t help spoiling her.’
But a trip to the GP with a headache at the age of 22 changed the course of Carol’s life — and her family’s.
She was referred to counselling for stress and later began ‘psychosexual’ therapy, which included RMT.
Carol’s family were unaware of her therapy sessions. But they did notice she had become hostile and unhappy. ‘She moved out of the family house around that time,’ says Kevin.
‘On her visits, she was distant and moody. Gradually, she stopped
coming to the house. She moved to London in 1992 and gained
a degree in psychology at Westminster University, but gradually stopped
keeping in touch.
‘The last time we saw her was in 1994. She sent Christmas and birthday
cards, but rang only once a year and never left her address. Then in
2005, she rang my brother Richard, said she was lonely and wanted to
return home to live near her family.’
But she never made it home — two months later, Richard received a phone
call from the coroner’s office in Battersea, South London, to say Carol had been found dead in her flat, surrounded by medication, aged just 41.
The cause of death was unknown and the inquest recorded an open verdict.
‘Richard was told that Carol had died two weeks earlier, and a
cremation and funeral had been organised by a therapist, Dr Fleur
Fisher, who had declared herself next of kin,’ says Kevin. (See full details of Fisher's involvement in Chapter 20 of the Felstead's recently published book on Carol's story, here.)
The family were left reeling, but worse was to come.
‘Dr Fisher had handed police a document, supposedly written by Carol,
detailing satanic child abuse and alleging that Joan-Julie had been
murdered by Mum,’ says Kevin.
‘My parents collapsed with grief; it was a double blow. They had lost
their daughter — then they learned she had made these shattering
‘We were able to prove our innocence easily — Dad could
produce Joan-Julie’s death certificate to show she died in October 1962
and the house fire was covered in the local newspaper in 1963 —but the
damage was done.
‘My mother’s hair turned grey overnight, she suffered from depression
and died from cancer in 2010. I am convinced the shock helped to kill
Through data protection requests, the family were able to retrieve
Carol’s medical notes, which revealed a catalogue of increasingly
‘One therapist noted that urinary tract infections, which Carol
suffered from, are a sign of ritual satanic sexual abuse,’ says Kevin.
‘We believe Carol was effectively brainwashed by her therapists.’
Retired clinical psychologist Katharine Mair is so concerned about the trend for RMT that she has written a book, Abused By Therapy, which was released at the end of last year.
‘There is an ongoing campaign by groups and clinics to spread the
notion that various psychological disorders are always caused by
childhood abuse. This really alarms me,’ she says.
‘The therapy is intensive and often the patient is placed in a trance-like state as they are encouraged to “remember”.
‘This is when false childhood memories spring up. The
therapists encouraging these “memories” genuinely believe they are
helping and, being in a position of authority, are able to convince
clients that these visions really did happen.’
According to Mair, families accused of abuse because of recovered memory therapy tend to be middle class.
However, statistically, abuse is more likely to occur in deprived and impoverished homes.
‘This treatment is devastating previously happy families,’ she says.
Today, Peter Jones, 70, a product development engineer from Sheffield,
has nothing but photographs to remind him of the happy family he’s lost
because of a therapist who still treats his 48-year-old daughter Janet.
‘This therapist must have made an awful lot of money out of my daughter — and yet all our lives have been destroyed,’ he says.
‘My marriage has broken up, I lost my job and my family. I haven’t seen my granddaughter since she was three.’
After going to the doctors of a headache aged 21, Carol
was brainwashed into accusing her loving family of satanic sex rituals,
murdering a sister and being high priests of a cult.
Janet, a former banker, turned to a private psychotherapist ten years ago when her career collapsed after a period of illness.
‘A few weeks later she came to see my wife Mary and me. She could hardly speak,’ says Peter.
‘Eventually she said my wife’s parents — her beloved
grandparents — had raped and abused her. I couldn’t believe it, but my
wife Mary instantly threw her arms around her and comforted her.
‘My in-laws were on holiday in Spain and I had to ring
them to tell them. Six months later, her grandpa died of a heart attack
— a broken man. I rang the psychotherapist and left messages, begging
her to call me and saying I was worried about Janet. Shortly
afterwards, Janet wrote to my wife, claiming I had abused her as well.
‘It was just ridiculous. I’m certain Mary didn’t believe
it, but she had no choice but to support Janet or risk being cut out of
her life altogether, like my in-laws.
‘She divorced me, but secretly sent me a photo of our
granddaughter. Why would she do that if she thought I had abused our
‘I’ve since discovered that before going private, the
therapist had at least one disciplinary hearing while working for the
NHS for misleading patients.
‘I still love Janet, but I can’t believe our whole
family has been destroyed. I should have been celebrating my golden
wedding anniversary this year — instead, I am utterly alone.’
Peter’s only hope is that some victims of false memory syndrome do realise they may have made a terrible mistake.
‘One woman last month did manage to admit it,’ says
Madeline. ‘She is an intelligent woman in her 40s and, after ten years
of accusations and then silence, she walked up the drive as her father
was washing the car and said: “I’m so sorry, dad.” They fell into each
other’s arms and hugged.’
Maxine Berry, 41, is thankful her father was just as
forgiving when she retracted false accusations that he had abused her
as a child.
A senior clinical trial assistant from Leeds, she was 18 when she went
to see a student counsellor after suffering with stress about starting
well that Maxine was sucked into confabulating false memories of
Satanic Abuse in 1996, the year in which Sarah Nelson began the
RAIN campaign to persuade therapists countrywide to seek out SRA
'victims' amongst their patients - see middle column )
‘The counsellor referred me to a private clinic which, unbeknown to me, specialised in recovered memory techniques,’ says Maxine.
‘I was given a book to read about childhood abuse and
invited into group therapy sessions. Finally, in one therapy session, I
said “Well, perhaps my father did do something to me in the past” and it just spiralled from there.
‘I was doped with a cocktail of anti-depressants and
gradually my stories became wilder. I claimed I was abused by my father
from the ages of two to ten.
‘But my dad Gary, a writer, split up with my mother when I was three and moved away. I hadn’t actually seen him since.
'I was told I was bound to become an abuser, too. So I had myself sterilised'
‘Our group counselling sessions became like a
competition, with everyone trying to out-do each other with a worse
story than the person before. One therapist became really angry when I
started to question if these things had really happened, telling me:
“You are not accepting things.”
‘My claims started with inappropriate touching and
spiralled until I truly believed my father had raped me. I was so
unhappy I attempted suicide several times.
‘It was my husband Brian who finally said I sounded as
if I was reading from a script. Our marriage had suffered because of
the therapy, too.
‘We married when I was 22, but separated within a year because I wouldn’t listen to him. Therapy had taken over my whole life.
Thankfully, we reconciled the following year, but when I told my therapists we wanted children they were horrified, telling me I would probably abuse them in turn because I had been so damaged.
‘I was so worried that I had a sterilisation when I was 23, denying me the chance of having my own family.
‘It was only as Brian helped me come off the medication that my head started to clear. Later that year we saw a TV documentary about recovered false memories and I realised that was what had happened to me.’
Maxine began legal action against the clinic, but they
settled out of court. Afterwards, she made contact with her father Gary
for the first time in 20 years.
‘He was horrified to hear what I had believed,’ she says.
‘Our meeting was highly emotional. He forgave me, hugged me and now we
see each other often. But Mum didn’t speak to me for years.
‘I’m so angry that therapists played with the mind of a vulnerable girl. It almost destroyed my family and nearly killed me.
‘I managed to walk up to my father’s front door and say sorry, but it took all the courage I had to admit I’d been wrong.’
Some names have been changed.
Abused By Therapy by Katharine Mair (Matador, ?10.99, available on troubador.co.uk.)
Justice For Carol by Dr Kevin Felstead and Richard Felstead (amazon.co.uk, 9.69).
Source: Daily Mail: Wednesday, Feb 12 2014
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