Here are some excerpts from the above linked article which describe the excavation of tunnels under a pre-school which was involved in a child-abuse scandal. The McMartin Preschool case appears as a link on the Wikipedia page for false allegations of child-abuse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_allegation_of_child_sexual_abuse#Types) and is linked to Wikipedia’s page on Satanic ritual abuse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanic_ritual_abuse). The wiki on Satanic ritual abuse depicts the allegations as unfounded, stemming from a ‘Satanic panic’ which swept the nation after the publication of Michelle Remembers (a book it says to make false claims of abuse and Satanic cults), and spurred on by the McMartin trial. I believe that this idea of Satanic ritual abuse being a ‘hoax’ is purposely being spread in order to draw attention away from the continuation of this crime. I hope to illustrate this with a few examples, starting with the McMartin trial itself.
“The traumatic crimes reported by the toddlers bear an uncanny resemblance to mind control programming, a specialty of certain classified federal agencies and cult cut-outs on the black budget payroll.8 The children are often ridiculed because some of their charges are impossible. Tunnels under the preschool? Too ludicrous to consider. But as it happens, there were tunnels, confirmed in 1993 by a team of five scientists from leading universities.
The unearthing of the tunnels, like much of the critical evidence, never made it to the courtroom. They have been discreetly excluded from newspaper accounts. Filling the void, Debbie Nathan, a widely published skeptic of ritual abuse, heaped ridicule on the tunnel allegations in the Village Voice in June 1990. She maintained the McMartin site had already been “painstakingly probed for tunnels. None were found”9 Nathan’s account is a fabrication. In fact, recalls Dr. Roland Summit, who contributed to the final report on the tunnel excavation, parents started digging and prosecutors, reluctantly forced to a showdown, “commissioned a superficial search of open terrain.” District Attorney Ira Reiner then declared the tunnel stories unfounded “without going under the concrete floor of the preschool.”Once the tunnels were officially discounted, attempts to explore for an underground reality were instant targets for ridicule.”10 Archeologist Gary Stickel was retained to lead the excavation on the re-commendation of Dr. Rainier Berger, chairman of UCLA’s Interdisciplinary Archeology Program, by parents of McMartin children.11 Initially Stickel sided with the Buckeys, believing the abuse allegations to be so much moonlight for hysterics. However, he’d heard of late homicide detective Paul Bynum, the first to dig at the site: Bynum apparently conducted his informal digging in February, 1984 (Daily Breeze, 1987). It is significant to note he did unearth some buried animal remains, “numerous pieces of tortoise shells and bones” (Daily Breeze, 1987). “There was keen interest at the time since it was reported that the children testified that tortoises, rabbits, and other small animals were mutilated to terrorize the children into keeping silent” (Daily Breeze, 1987).12”
“The Los Angeles Times ran a spate of features poking fun of the excavation team until actual evidence of tunnels was discovered. Then the Times ran a brief news item, one paragraph long, dryly noting that “evidence” of tunnels had been found, and never mentioned the subject again. The local Beach Reporter covered the story without a blush: “parents began to dig with shovels, allegedly in an area pointed out by a nine-year-old former student of the McMartin preschool, who told them to dig behind a cement planter in the northeast corner. When parents unearthed several broken turtle shells and a few bones, they stopped digging and notified the district attorney’s office.”
A total of 77 animal bones were found buried at the McMartin site, an assortment of the osteo-remains of domestic cattle, chickens, dogs and a single rabbit.17 However, Debbie Nathan, the hide-bound “skeptic” of ritual abuse, a scion of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, told another story. The McMartin site, she insisted, had already been “painstakingly probed for tunnels” by the D.A.’s office. (Not so, as we’ve seen). “None were found. [The McMartin] parents have invested years believing in demonic conspiracies and underground nursery tunnels. (Until recently the parents were still digging. They came up with Indian artifacts).” No mention of Bynum’s independent findings. No mention of the dig as it happened in the real world. She reserves much of her scorn for former FBI agent Ted Gunderson and Jackie MacGauley. Nathan seems not to realize that Gunderson and MacGauley brought in Stickel and his geological team to defuse accusations they were directly engaged in the dig. They weren’t. The search for the tunnels was independent, and scores of volunteers pitched in.
Nathan’s refrain of “no evidence” is hollow. She has been known to contort around the facts of ritual abuse in a grotesque parody of journalism and is frequently blind to critical evidence. Nathan continues to find “no evidence” of abuse at McMartin despite the nightmares, the acting-out, medical molestation reports and sexual infections. The tunnel excavation, she assures with psychic certainty (and a sniff of condescension), is a “hoax.””
Nathan’s complete denial of the reality of the tunnels is just one reason why the prevailing notion in the public eye is that the abuse never occurred; along with evidence going unreported which would support the prosecution, the bending of the truth, and complete bare-faced lies, I mean, the McMartin trial appears on Wikipedia’s page for ‘false allegations of child abuse’. The 1983 McMartin case bears striking similarities to the allegation of child abuse at Jersey children’s home Haut de la Garenne in 2007….
In 2007 allegations were made of child abuse at a Jersey children’s home which lead to an inquiry which investigated 100 different claims of abuse. There were claims made about a secret room where children would be locked up, tortured and abused; these claims lead to a forensic investigation of the Haut de la Garenne building which was by then being used as a youth hostel. It was reported that the forensic team had found a child’s skull, amoung other bone fragments. This bolstered the inquiry. Soon after this though, it was reported that the evidence had been a mistake, that the skull pre-dated the abuse claims, and then it was later claimed that the skull had in fact been a coconut shell. *I mean come on, is any forensic scientist that imcompetant?
The author of aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk has done a fantastic job collating information about the Jersey case. Linking it to the Dutroux affair, and to other care homes in the UK. (http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2008/07/zandvoort-network-jersey-dutroux.html)
Here are some links to further articles on the subject,
Allegations that prior boss of Haut de la Garenne had himself repeatedly raped his foster daughter – (http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/jersey-care-home-boss-raped-his-own.html)
Evidence of a link between the children’s home and one in Islington, London – (http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/jersey-child-abuse-link-to-islington.html)
Claims of hundreds of missing children in Islington – (http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/jason-swift-islington-childrens-home.html)
Corrupt policeman attempting to cover up the abuse – (http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/corrupt-jersey-policemen-try-to-block.html)
Government links to the abuse at Haut de la Garenne – (http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/jersey-top-people-cover-up.html)
Cover-up of the link between Jersey and Portsmouth – (http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/cover-up-of-jersey-portsmouth-link.html)
Explore more around anngirfan.blogspot.co.uk for more information. Its a rich resource.
Here’s a picture of Jimmy Saville outside Haut de la Garenne, surrounded with children. He initially denied having been there but had to backtrack when this photographic evidence was supplied. What kind of cover-up is happening right now with the current child-abuse scandal?
In 2011 journalist Leah McGrath Goodman was denied acess to the UK while trying to investigate the child abuse allegations. McGrath Goodman went on television to discuss this in a pretty exaggerated and melodramatic manner paints the residents as ignorant lemmings, isolated from the UK and unaware of their imposing government. When she mentions the banning of books on the island, it seems hard to believe. Perhaps she should of specified that she meant particular books but she was correct, certain books have been banned for sale in Jersey as they paint the island in a negative light. See this blog article and its comments, (http://therightofreply.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/two-books-everyone-should-read-about.html). Here is the interview she did on American television,