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ANOTHER WILD GOOSE CHASE
THE CHRONOLOGY OF THE JERSEY CASE; How SRA hunters used the British Media to hoax a nation.
|2006: Former residents of the Haut de la Garenne children's home in Jersey spark a police investigation by alleging abuse whilst resident there.||Remember that what constitutes abuse has changed over the years. Corporal punishment was a 'permissible' form of discipline in Children's homes of the 1970s but is of course illegal today.|
|July 2007: Jersey politician Stuart Syvret makes accusations that children are not being protected in a home on the island.||-|
|22 August 2007: An independent review of Jersey's child protection is agreed by the Jersey government.||-|
|11 September 2007: Jersey Senator Stuart Syvret loses his government job after a vote of no confidence goes against him.||-|
|30 January 2008: A 76 year old man, Gordon Claude Wateridge, 76, of Rue de Maupertuis, St Clement, is charged with 3 child abuse offences on girls under 16 committed between 1969 and 1979 at the former Haut de la Garenne childrens’ home. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.||-|
|Unknown Date: Somewhere in this period the investigating team meet and decide to take the unusual step of releasing information about any finds to the press before it has been confirmed by laboratory testing..||This is quite unusual as finds are normally confirmed before the press are given details. Some journalists have speculted that this decision was taken to prevent government officials covering up evidence of abuse and killings, should they be found, before the public were aware of them. To my mind, this suggests that the investigation was started with the presumption that serious abuse would be found, rather than with an open mind.|
|19 February 2008: Jersey police begin to search the former care home at Haut de la Garenne.||-|
|24 February 2008: -||
Many pieces of bone were found, most of which were clearly animal bones. Several fragments could have been from humans and were later dated scientifcally to 1470-1670 and 1650-1950.
|23 February 2008: Police announce they have found "what appears to be potential remains of a child" buried under concrete in a stairwell at the rear of the building.||This is reported to be a fragment of a child's skull. Within a mere 24 hours, the News of the World were referring to it as a skull, and the Observer and Sunday Times called it parts of a child's skeleton. By the end of the month, more mainland press are referring to it as “..the child's skull...”(e.g., but by no means by themselves, The Sun 29th February 2008) It is later revealed to be a piece of coconut shell. In any event, when pictured in the press, it was a tiny fragment which had to be picked up with tweezers, and in no wasy could be described as a “skull.”|
|25 February 2008: A sniffer dog has been used in the search and has identified what police call "six sites of interest" for investigation.||
According to one report, this means the dog had barked in six places.
|28 February 2008: Police claim to have made "significant" finds in a cellar understood to be shackles and a shallow concrete bath. A few days later, sniffer dogs identify traces of blood in the bath.||The building's cellars have become “secret underground chambers” in much of the press (e.g. the Sun 29th February 2008). The shackles are later shown to be just pieces of metal (possibly a bedspring) and cable supports from the cellars. In November 2008 the police admitted no blood had been found. The cellars are also described as being underfloor spaces, with no access from the building, and which are so cramped they would require an adult to walk bent double, or crawl in them.|
|4 March 2008: Claims that a number of graves had been found in the grounds of the home were revealed to have been props from teh TV detective series 'Bergerac'. which used to film in the grounds. The producers had made a fake graveyard, but as one of the scenes was a burial, they had dug some of them quite deep.||-|
|9 March 2008: Public concerns become more prominent as a demonstration takes place in St Helier. The protest is about how the authorities have handled the Haut de la Garenne case.||-|
|April 2008:||The fragment is reexamined by Dr. Julie Roberts because Oxford University had decided it wasn't bone after all.|
|30 April 2008: Another man makes a court appearance in an unrelated child abuse case.||-|
|8 May 2008: The “bone fragments” found in February are revealed to be wood, or maybe even coconut by the police.||About time too - apparently this had been known by the invetigators for about a month as the fragment had been found too deep in the ground to be from the period they were investigating"|
|21 May 2008: As the list of suspects increases to 70, police say pieces of bone found at the site "do indicate a homicide or an unexplained death". Some may have been burned. : Tests show that 5 teeth found in the cellar of the home are from at least two children and most likely became detached after death.||-|
|31 May 2008: A 45 year old man is charged with abusing three boys at the home between 1977 and 1980.||-|
|19 June 2008: Police have now found a total of 48 milk teeth at the home.||-|
|8 July 2008: The search moves to an old war bunker near the home as six people have claimed they were abused there.||-|
|14 July 2008: Police claim the six people's claims are corroborated by their finds at the bunker.||-|
|22 July 2008: Claiming to have no confidence in the Jersey enquiry, Austin Mitchell tables a Commons motion calling on the UK government to hold it's own inquiry into the abuse claims.||-|
|31 July 2008: The public are told that the tally of milk teeth reaches 65, and at least 100 bone fragments have now been found, police say remains of at least five children. Searches of the home have uncovered 65 milk teeth and more than 100 bone fragments. “Police say they have evidence the bodies were burned and attempts were made to conceal the bodies in the late 60s to early 70s. “ Daily Telegraph 31st July 2008||These bone fragments are so small as to be almost unclassifiable and scientifically untestable. Those large enough to be tested turned out to be animal bones.|
|15 August 2008: Gordon Wateridge, now 77, is charged with 16 counts of indecent assault relating to four girls and one boy at Haut de la Garenne, whilst warder in the 1970's.||-|
|7 August 2008: The policeman in charge of the case, Lenny Harper, retires. His replacement is David Warcup.||-|
|26 August 2008: A case is dropped against a man and woman due to 'insufficient evidence'.||This is very typical of the way that SRA witch-hunts work. In the commencement of the hysteria suspects are arrested either due to over-zealousness or because of the continued pressure from the British media whose feeding frenzy the police must 'feed' with regular bouts of sensationalism. As the hysteria wears off cases against arrested suspects are then dropped quietly due to 'insufficient evidence' and the persecution eventually tends to focus on one or two 'patsys' who are eventually prosecuted for slight offences, usually unconnected with the original wild allegations, thereby providing the police with a 'get out'.|
|28 August 2008: The BBC recieves a leaked memo from Lenny Harper claiming the investigation team has been "let down" by lawyers.||-|
|26 September 2008: As criticism mounts against Lenny Harper, Jersey's Chief Minister, Frank Walker, says is no rift with the judiciary.||And now, November 2008, we hear, as the senior policeman on Jersey is
suspended that :
A carer from Haut de la Garenne children's home guilty of indecent assault.
"Gordon Wateridge, a former carer, has been found guilty of indecently assaulting teenagers while he worked at Jersey's Haut de la Garenne children's home in the 1970s."
Yet another manifestation of the twenty year old Satan Myth which has
now squandered more public money and resources than any hoax in the
history of this country. According to SAFF research there has been over
five hundred cases of claimed satanic ritual abuse since the late 1980s
and not one of them had any substance to it. Yet the police STILL jump
to investigate these ridiculous claims every single time a Satan Hunter
works up the allegations into another bandwagon. Every single time the
child scare industry alleges irrational things the authorities jump to
pacify them. Worse; the police are now working in tandem with the
Satan Hunters in social work and the therapy industry to create a
'demonology' of ritual abuse based
not on facts but on the unproven conclusions put forward by believers
in the myth based on cases which
failed. This makes further false cases absolutely inevitable.
The Child Scare industry is permanently promoting hysteria in order to gain funding to pay their stonking wages and keep therapists in clover for developing loony treatments which makes matters worse. It's a gravy-train.
With its chain of myths (the Incest Myth, The Uncle-John Myth, The Abused-will-Abuse-Others Myth,
The Paedophile Rings myth, The recent Mother-Abuse myth and the one that started it all,
The Satanic Ritual Child Abuse Myth, the Child Scare Industry has stampeded the minds of the masses
in this country to fear child abuse everywhere when it is actually miniscule in comparison with
other risks children run ( e.g. the risk of being run down in the road).
It's all down to a sense of proportion. Yes incest does happen and should be stopped but it happens very rarely. The abuse of children by Uncle-Johns happens, but it happens very rarely. The abuse of children by paedophile rings is an even rarer happening; and I suppose somewhere there will be a Mother who sexually abuses her kids but if anyone thinks that this is a regular occurrence and not an abberation they want their heads examining. As for the idea of a world-wide network of Satanists who are intent on impregnating children and then sacrificing babies and eating them -well anyone who believes that, after twenty years of failed cases, like the one in Jersey above, has to be either irrational...... or a member of the Child Scare Industry who is on to a good thing.
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How to Make a Child Abuse Scare (And then there were none...........)
The Aftermath of The Jersey SRA Case by Adrian Michaelson
RECIPE FOR SCAREMONGERING:
What you need are plenty of “victims”, claims of an organised child abuse ring including the rich and powerful, an institutional location with a history of abuse to spice the pot, and a crusading policeman who believes it could be the crime of the century......Oh, and a lot of cash. In this case, £20 million seemed a trifle.
So, given that only one conviction of a single care worker for the lowly crime of indecent assault has resulted from the Haute De La Garenne sex ring investigation on Jersey, how come we were treated to acres of coverage of the excavation of the home? Why were we told bodies, blood, shackles, teeth, and a child's skull had been found?
Why was so much cash spent on an investigation labelled
by Mick Gradwell the detective who took over the investigation?
Let's have a quick look at what happened.
In 2006, former residents of the home made allegations of abuse experienced whilst living there decades previously. An investigation began.
In November 2007, the Jersey police announced that they now had 60 potential victims. From the police press release, it appears that these victims had come forward in response to appeals, many through a UK based helpline managed by the NSPCC. This is known as 'trawling'. Whenever any historical claims of abuse are made by victims the police trawl through all residents or inmates who attended the institution from years back. Sometimes to ensure wide coverage they have actually taken out display anouncements in local newspapers advertising for anyone affected to contact them. In past cases it has been shown that this can produce hundreds of complainants most of whom can then qualify to make claims for damages from the governments' Crime Fund.
Readers of this site will be aware that the NSPCC has a history of involvement in sensational cases where massive amounts of child abuse abuse is claimed but which the record shows result in very few actual proven cases. ( see: nspcc.htm )The Satanic Abuse Scare claims widely supported by the NSPCC in the 1990's are a case in point. As is the Children's Homes in North Wales investigation where 365 people initially faced allegations yet only 4 were eventually found to have been guilty).
The policeman in charge of the case said that one of the witnesses claimed to have seen residents being chased along corridors and leaping through a window, never to be seen again, and children hanging from trees in the garden. According to the press, this witness was later found to have alcohol problems and a history of psychotic fantasy. None of the witness's claims were true yet they were followed up as though true by the police.
So already we are seeing the same pattern on Jersey as we have seen in so many other cases, particularly those related to Satanic Ritual Abuse claims. Interested groups who are convinced that their worst fears have happened go looking for victims. Due to an historic redefinition of what abuse means (many practices that were common and officially approved in childrens homes just a few years ago are considered abusive now), and the fact that various groups are trawling to find them, “victims” cannot but appear.
The numbers of claimed victims are used to confirm the worst fears and investigations move up a notch and increased resources are poured into the case.
So, the grounds of the former home was dug up, an unlicensed sniffer dog and handler (who had previously made his name on the Madelein McCann case) was employed at a cost of over 90,000 (yes folks that's ninety thousand pounds for one dog and one man) to help determine where the bodies were, and the press were treated to a lot of very sensational briefings.
What really made this case take off in the public arena was the claim that a child's skull had been found. What had actually been found was a small piece of material which was eventually pronounced after scientific analysis to be a piece of wood, most probably a shard of coconut!
But the police briefed the press this way:
With the eyes of the world on Jersey the case became a cause celebre to show the outside world that the British police would spare nothing to counteract the epidemic of child abuse. Costs for the investigation soared and included expensive meets at highly fashionable 50.00 a head London restaurants; Unnecessary stays in first class hotels and many other excesses. The public spectacle rolled on and observers were agog. £20 million later, and only one conviction for relatively minor (compared to the overall allegations) abuse has occurred. And this person had been arrested before all the digging took place! The Daily Mail gives an example of the sort of thing that happened behind the scenes to keep the story rolling:
Is this a case of the police “sexing up” the evidence to justify the now horrendous cost? The Magic £90,000.00 Sniffer Dog barked at a piece of coconut shell and the police ran with it?
Of course, with the police making these types of claims, we can see why the press bit again and again, yet few, if any showed any restraint in their reporting despite the press briefings being carefully worded so that the police could later claim they never said a murder had been committed. And more importantly only the Daily Mail has had the guts to report the actual conclusion to this story - all the other 'quality' British newspapers have left their readers with the untrue horrible first impressions they gave them about child murder taking place at Haute de la Garenne. The British Media NEVER apologise for getting it wrong.
In the end, the digging, the forensics, the press interest, the NSPCC helpline, all produced little but a rise in the hysteria which is grist to the mill of the British Child Scare Industry, but at least we now appear to have unearthed their standard formula for starting a child abuse scare and fooling millions of British people into thinking child abuse is endemic.
Of course we TOLD YOU THIS WOULD BE THE CASE when these horrifying allegations were first muted. We have been right in every such case. Not one but DOZENS of them throughout the past twenty years. This child-abuse witch-hunt has been going on for DECADES. It has been perpetrated repetitively by those in the vanguard of the Child Scare Industry to sieze more funding and more political influence. They say they need it to protect children. But we can't find any children who have been protected by the SRA myth nor the other sub-myths spawned by it. Surely the British Public cannot be so dim that they are going to continually allow these people to pull the wool over their eyes?
The Upshot Of The Haute de la Garenne Case:
Historic Abuse Inquiry Ends With Just 7 Paltry Convictions
A wave of hysteria swept the island of Jersey. Reading the mainland press reports on it, you could be forgiven for believing that murder, child sacrifice, satanism, torture, sexual abuse, and organised paedophile rings, were rife at the now infamous Haute de la Garenne care home.
The island's most extensive abuse inquiry drew to a close this month with just seven (7) paltry convictions for common or garden assault and fiddling with children; and not all of these related to the care home but were included in the wider 'trawl' for perpetrators on the island.
You would have thought that “.....1,776 statements from 192 victims, identifying 151 alleged abusers.” (Source:) would have led to the unearthing of one of Europe's most dastardly paedophile rings; considering the sensational press releases and allegations made by the police before.
It appears that the original investigation was so hysterically handled that the authorities couldn't find any really serious abuse so kept the witch-hunt going throughout the island netting a handful of small-time abusers.
We are not suggesting that it's OK to abuse children, or that cases should not be investigated but you will see from our research on this case above that the press treated the public to emotive details as the inquiry progressed with (supposedly) parts of a child's skeleton found, and (supposedly) underground torture chambers revealed. Remember how the skull fragment turned out to be a piece of coconut and the so-called torture chamber was revealed as an ordinary cellar? Remember the speculation of networks, organised cover ups, kids leaping through windows to avoid their tormentors? None of which has ever been supported by any real evidence.
Once again, we find that a small number of people mistreating kids in care has been blown out of all proportion by interested groups who are convinced that they have stumbled upon proof of a ring of Witches and Satanists who are sacrificing children.
Due to the continuous tightening-up of the law by child welfare campaigners there has been an historic legal redefinition of what abuse means (many practices such as physical restraint and corporal punishment that were common and officially approved in childrens' homes, just a few years ago are now considered criminal child abuse). Almost everyone who has worked in a children's home in the past thirty years is trembling in their shoes in case a trawling operation like this one makes them vulnerable to prosecution for some misdemeanour which was common treatment in kids' homes at the time. The police trace children who lived at these homes and even advertise for victims in the local newspapers. The kids, now adults, can easily settle some old scores with the added plus of perhaps even claiming damages from the state in the process? Under these circumstances 'Victims' and 'Perpetrators' pop up aplenty once the witch-hunt starts.
The numbers of people who come forward with their stories are used to confirm the worst fears of the police and social services. Investigations move up a notch and increased resources are poured into the case which grows like topsy.
This case simply serves to illustrate that, as in the despicable Welsh Children's Home fiasco in the late 1990s (also a subtext of the Satanic Ritual Abuse Myth) bizarre social work fantasies inaugurated a similar trawling operation resulting in 365 people being arrested, yet when all the hysteria died down there were only 4 actual convictions.
Whenever the police and children's charities go fishing, the result is misery for hundreds of innocent people put through the legal grinder. Oh, and publicity, fund raising opportunities, and career advancement opportunities for those involved.....
Will you be suckered again when the next scare comes along?
A CHILD'S SKULL HAS BEEN FOUND! The Jersey Satanic Ritual Abuse Case: Lenny Harper, Sarah Nelson and the Satan Hunters of Haut de la Garenne.
2008 was a busy year for believers in Satanic Ritual Abuse. Late in 2007 Deputy Jersey Police chief Lenny Harper had inaugurated an investigation into allegations of mass child abuse at the Haut de La Garenne childrens' home in Jersey.
By early 2008 a succession of sensational 'finds' had occurred including 'torture chambers', metal 'restraint' cuffs, underground cells, 'immersion baths' and, most heinous of all, in February 2008 the now infamous 'child's skull', reported in sensational terms by the hysterical British Media ( see Guardian report above right)
Just a week or so later on 4th March 2008 Sarah Nelson pro-actively contacted Lenny Harper to offer her 'expertise' on Ritual Abuse. She gave him further suggestions as to where he might look for 'evidence' of it in the case, including trawling psychiatric hospitals for 'victims'.
In a follow up email on 21st May, Nelson provided Harper with biased, misleading and pejorative information about a number of highly-regarded journalists who had at one time or another published articles denying the existence of Ritualised Abuse.
Nelson took it upon herself to blacken the work of these top-level journalists and denigrate their hunt for the truth. In the process she encouraged Harper in his suspicions that ritual abuse had occurred at Haut de la Garenne.
Amongst other things she stated that
'Richard Webster, author and Bob Woffinden investigative journalist are very well known apologists for accused adults who have spent many years rubbishing allegations of sexual abuse and accusing adult survivors of doing it for the money and of being criminals and psychiatric cases.' ....Nelson then went on to accuse Bob Woffinden of orchestrating personal attacks on herself in Private Eye magazine.
Not content with this litany of bias, she then criticised award winning journalist David Rose for 'specialising in claiming that allegations are witch-hunts and moral panics'.
What Nelson did not do was admit that the writings of these people had been tested and found truthful and factual in every instance.
In writing to Harper was it Nelson's intention to focus his mind on the conspiracy of ritual and satanic abuse which she believes exists and to devalue the work and opinions of those who have found that it is all a myth? Well yes. This is how she put it:
'Webster and Woffinden are part of what we would call the 'flying circus' who go round every single case trying to rubbish it or appear as so-called expert witnesses."The Haut de la Garenne case had quickly turned into another phantom sex abuse scandal. It was initially seized upon by the usual players in the Child-Scare-industry and hyped for all it was worth as being THE case which would vindicate their 25 year failed accusations. When the hysteria died down, the lack of hard evidence brought into question the professionalism of the police running the investigation and, as always happens, the battle lines were then drawn in a PR war between those whose had believed and those who saw that it was all bunkum.
We at the SAFF have seen this procedure played out in every single case in which allegations of ritual or satanic abuse have featured over the past 30 years. They all descend into a vehicle to protect the initial mistakes made by professionals who inaugurated the case. To do that they have to insist, against all realities, that the first (false) claims of Satanic or Ritual Abuse were true, but, as time and our detailed expose of the Haut de la Garenne case here shows, it was just another false case of SRA
There is no doubt that Lenny Harper considered Nelson's 'input' because he quoted her in his long affidavit for the subsequent Jersey Inquiry which heavily criticised the way he handled the HDLG case.
However the main point we are making is this. Harper was an accomplished and experienced policeman. His investigation into HDLG should have been on the simple facts, but here we are at the start of the case, finding Nelson, with her career-long history of links with RAINS and other key believers in Satanic Ritual Abuse, trying to influence and offer 'expert' support to a policeman under pressure to confirm a belief in Satanic Ritual Abuse. Here you see this normally hidden process working in all its clarity.
Witchhunt’ claims against Bryn Estyn are false, say care workers.
Innocent care workers at the Bryn Estyn children’s home in North Wales have responded to the latest allegations and the new inquiries.
Speaking on behalf of Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers, (FACT) solicitor Chris Saltrese, who represented falsely accused Bryn Estyn staff at the Waterhouse Tribunal said:
“There is no truth in the allegations that Jimmy Savile or any other ‘people in high places’ were allowed to abuse boys at Bryn Estyn, or that staff were complicit in abuse.
ANOTHER WILD GOOSE CHASE