One of the most extraordinary cases involving Satanic abuse allegations has just come to an end.
The Independent reports that the Criminal Cases Review Commission is to be sued by a wrongly convicted man who spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape after DNA evidence proved he was innocent:
DJ Paul Gambaccini recently gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee after spending a year on police bail ‘when the case against him was groundless.’
A truly extraordinary story. Geoff Long was accused by his own daughter of sexually abusing her from the age of 8 until 16. Sentenced to 5 year’s imprisonment, his case seemed hopeless. Then his wife began to gather evidence that showed many of the claims against him were false, until…
Everyone is aware of the frustration of inaccessible memories, when we cannot recall something that we wish to do, like finding a name, or recalling an event from childhood that must have occurred, or when we fail to recognise a person who appears totally unfamiliar until he proceeds to recount…
This article was first published in The Independent newspaper on 7 December 1995. It is worth re-visiting because it serves as a useful reminder of the harrowing experience of the falsely accused.
Amanda Cable, of the Daily Mail, has printed an excellent article on therapists’ roles on generating false memories in their patients. She covers several cases from multiple points of view.
The Daily Mail has published an article linking false memory to the VIP paedophile scandal.
The Sunday Times (18 October 2015) published the following headline: ‘VIP sex cases link to false memory – Experts slam controversial therapy.’
This news alert references an excellent article to put in someone’s hands to show how easily an eyewitness account can be mistaken.