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. There have been thousands of cases in the intervening years. The BFMS, which was formed in 1993, strives to provide accurate information about the reliability of ‘recovered’ memory therapy and its dangers. This information is addressed to all those who may come into contact with the possibility of false memory – the falsely accused, mental health and welfare professionals, professionals working in the criminal justice system, and members of the public.