Dr Julia Shaw writes about false memories and how imagination can give credibility to them. It is possible not only to adopt false memories but even to ‘steal’ the memories of others and appropriate them to oneself.
Dealing with the recent acquittal of Neil Fox from accusations of historic sexual abuse, barrister Matthew Scott assesses some of the key issues in the case.
Richard Littlejohn has written an extraordinary, excoriating article on the behaviour of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service in the Neil Fox case and the historic abuse cases of recent years.
By Richard McNally. Publisher: Harvard University Press. Date: 2003. Anyone interested in understanding how trauma is remembered must read this book.
This story speaks for itself. A former Tory MP last night demanded an independent inquiry into Scotland Yard’s VIP paedophile investigation after a key witness retracted claims that he had witnessed two murders.
The Daily Mail carries an interesting story today of how a therapeutic centre has had its NHS funding removed because the treatments given at it may produce false memories.
Miscarriage of Memory – Historic Abuse Cases: A Dilemma for the Legal System Justice in question for those accused of newly-remembered historic child sexual abuse Edited by William Burgoyne and Norman Brand. Publisher: BFMS. Date: 2010. Innocent people still go to prison because there is an inbuilt bias against those…
An opinion poll by solicitors Hodge Jones & Allen has found a dramatic lack of faith by the general public in today’s legal system.
Fractured Families is a collection of powerful personal accounts of the devastation caused by false memories. Edited by Norman Brand – Foreward by Anne Atkins. Publisher: BFMS. Date: 2007.
We know that celebrities usually have the finances to pay for the expensive services of top-class barristers, but what happens when an ordinary member of the public is accused and has no such resources?