The Evening Standard reports on the results of the second inquest into the death of Carol Felstead and the impact of misguided therapy on her life. After receiving therapy she claimed her family were part of an extensive Satanic Ritual Cult and that police officers, professionals and Cabinet Ministers were involved in it.
Carol Myers, 41, claimed her family were part of a cult and abused her before alleging that her mother murdered her sister and set fire to their house to hide the evidence.
But a police investigation found the disturbing allegations were unsubstantiated and her family believe they were false memories dreamt up during controversial recovered memory therapy sessions.
The brother of Miss Myers, who was born Carol Felstead but changed her name, said the claims were a “myth”.
…. Addressing the court, Mr Felstead said: “I just want to ask that the court acknowledges that Carol developed false memories. She had treatment and memories that were false and demonstrably not true.”
Coroner Fiona Wilcox said she could not rule that Ms Myers suffered from false memories. But she acknowledged that the “extreme allegations that were made of satanic sexual abuse and murder were investigated and found to be absolutely unsubstantiated”.
…. Ms Myers was found by police dead and next to tablets on her bed in her flat in Wandsworth, south London, on June 29 2005.
…. Speaking after the inquest, Mr Felstead said his sister had been given therapy “that would shame a medieval quack and she ended up in a horrific condition”.