Victims of ‘recovered memory’: ‘We remembered whatever they wanted’

We’ve written before about the early Satanic panic cases, both here and in the USA. Many will remember the infamous Rochdale case in 1990, when children from a total of six families on a council estate had their children removed into local authority care. This came about because the parent of one seven-year-old, whose child was exhibiting disturbed behaviour, was seen by two social workers who attributed the boy’s behaviour to involvement in ritual abuse. Eventually all four children in that family were taken into care.

Interviews with those children appeared to implicate children from the other families in “horrifying organised ritual abuse of some kind”, and allegations were made that the children had also received “drugs of some sort”.

When the case got to court, Mr Justice Douglas Brown rejected these allegations, and was highly critical of the interviewing techniques used. He said interviews had been conducted with little regard for the Cleveland recommendations. Virtually all the information the children gave came in response to leading or suggestive questions, and the social workers had failed to differentiate the children’s descriptions of fact from fantasy.

By the early 2000s, 12 of the 20 children whose lives had been ripped apart launched lawsuits against the local council for negligence in its duty of care toward them.

Manchester-based solicitor Richard Scorer, Head of Abuse Law at Slater & Gordon, represented some of the Rochdale victims. In his review of Dr Julia Shaw’s 2016 book The Memory Illusion: Remembering, forgetting, and the science of false memory, Mr Scorer notes,

Recovered memory never made much headway in the United Kingdom. (I have represented many hundreds of victims of sexual abuse; almost none have claimed a recovered memory in the commonly understood sense.) But the ‘Satanic panic’, which also germinated in America, did make it to the UK, with spectacularly damaging consequences. In the early 1990s, social workers in Rochdale, Nottingham and Orkney became convinced that children had been abused in satanic rituals, witchcraft and devil worship. The children concerned—from poor, vulnerable families living in isolated council estates—were seized in dawn raids. In most cases the courts eventually concluded that no abuse had ever occurred. In the meantime, however, children had been torn from their parents and families destroyed.

A few years later, when those children became adults, I represented some of them in seeking damages for their unwarranted removal into care. They described their experiences very graphically. Utterly bewildered and terrified, they had been subjected to hours of relentless pressure and leading questions. Before long, as one of them told me, ‘we simply had no idea what we really remembered or didn’t remember, so we just remembered whatever they wanted’.

We know that “false memories” can be deliberately created in adults—in fact, Dr Shaw describes in this video how she is able to cause false memories in normal adults within three interviews:

The children from Rochdale have stated that they were forced to “remember whatever they wanted”, as presumably well-meaning but extremely misguided social workers hectored and pressured them to remember events which had never occurred.

Of course this brings to mind RD’s children, who were removed from the relative safety of their London home and taken to an isolated hotel in Morocco by their mother and her psychopathic boyfriend. For a full month they were dragged out of bed in the middle of the night for “questioning”; they were beaten with spoons, punched in the head, kicked in the “front privates”, burned, forced to kneel in their underpants while water was poured over them, threatened with burial and abandonment in the desert.

We know that RD’s children said “whatever they wanted”, not only because they both stated that they had been forced to lie by Abe with their mother’s approval and consent, but because Ella has since admitted that some of the things she and Abe forced the children to say were not, in fact, the truth.

Abe and Ella’s few remaining supporters continue to cling to the original words of the children (including, one presumes, the parts which Ella has admitted that she invented). But anyone who understands how easily children can be made to say, and even believe, things which are patently false must stand firmly with the children themselves, not the false words that were forced out of them.

#StandWithTheChildren

169 thoughts on “Victims of ‘recovered memory’: ‘We remembered whatever they wanted’

  1. Why can’t the hoaxers get it into their thick skulls that the children told Police something which Ella only admitted this year, wasn’t true, which can only mean the children must have been originally COACHED to say it??

    Great post. That video of Dr Shaw was interesting too.

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  2. Great post, EC.

    Sorry to go off topic so quickly, but I thought I should let you GCHQ bastards know that you’re all suspended from duty with immediate effect. I know because this lady told me so and I’m too scared to argue with her:

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  3. It’s funny—I’ve asked them this, and they always change the subject. Ditto when I ask them about RD’s alleged tattoo, which he supposedly had but Ella never noticed.

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  4. Hang on a minute, wasn’t Neelu once a pharmacist? It’s a bit alarming that she’s unable to do even elementary arithmetic any longer.

    Rupert was sentenced at the end of August, for two nine-month sentences to be served concurrently. Quick, Neelu, what’s half nine?

    (Shh…no one tell her it’s 4.5!)

    All right, Neelu, now count with me: September, October, November, December, and half of January. That’s 4.5 months. And it’s late November now…or at least, it is on Earth. Who knows how time is measured on the Planet Zog?

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  5. Great article EC.

    Rupert, a whistleblower? LMAO
    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA………………BAHAHAHAHAHAHA……BAHAHAHAHAHA
    Maybe he has been upto something in prison, but he certainly wasn’t a whistleblower on the outside.

    Neelu for the Nut house.

    God doesn’t exist, and neither does Satan. These fruitloops are insane.

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  6. Actually my understanding is that for sentences less than a year long, prisoners are released at the halfway mark if their behaviour while in prison is good. If I’m wrong, jump in!

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  7. No, I get that. Prisoners are often released on parole early, especially if they’ve exhibited good behaviour inside. I was querying what gives him an automatic right to be set free, though reading my question back I can see I should have made that clearer.

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  8. When adults confess to crimes they did not commit because of coercion, etc., what chance do children have. As that person said, “we remembered whatever they wanted”. A child taken from the safety of their home, tired, frightened & wanting to go back to their loved ones would naturally say what someone in authority wanted them to say as innocent adults will do under repeated duress.

    https://www.innocenceproject.org/causes/false-confessions-admissions/

    Why do innocent people confess?
    The reasons that people falsely confess are complex and varied, but what they tend to have in common is a belief that complying with the police by saying that they committed the crime in question will be more beneficial than continuing to maintain their innocence.

    The factors that can contribute to a false confession during a police interrogation include:

    duress
    coercion
    intoxication
    diminished capacity
    mental impairment
    ignorance of the law
    fear of violence
    the actual infliction of harm
    the threat of a harsh sentence
    misunderstanding the situation

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  9. I welcome this. As Head Tea Lady at GCHQ I’ve never bloody well been paid anyway. Not even when I went out of my way to get that nice section head George Soros his favourite digestive biscuits so just wait until next week and they run out. Expect fireworks and I wouldn’t be surprised if Sir John Paterson comes in for special treatment from the Jewish Illuminati.

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  10. On a serious note : as a teenage victim of a drugging (possibly the first “date rape drug” it was that long ago) brutal rape by 3 men and a bashing that police described as attempted murder followed by a being dumped in the gutter of Notting Hill road at 3am – I remember every single detail and face and still do.

    I only had confusion about remember name details but 12 months later while I was recovering by working on a friend’s country property I picked up a newspaper to find my attackers had been busted in a huge heroin import and they all received up to 20 years jail which somewhat avoided me the necessity of a debilitating trial.
    # in contrast to what seems popular opinion I found the 2 detectives who I dealt with to be sympathetic and discreet given the circumstances. Perhaps because they were from a central London police station and maybe more sophisticated.
    Others may have had different experiences.

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  11. Having no idea of Rupert’s behavior in jail, he probably should be released as it serves no useful purpose keeping him locked up any longer.
    That however would be up to the relevant authorities though and as Neelu has just fired all public servants (presumably including prison Governors and wardens) what’s the point of writing to them?
    And who is running the jail, preparing food, ensuring prisoner’s safety etc etc.
    Have I found the Tiny Flaw to Neelu’s plan?

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  12. I’m so sorry to hear that happened to you, GoS. I think most victims of trauma of that sort will remember most details; we may try not to think about it, but forget? Not likely.

    I’m glad to hear the police treated you well; I think that’s a matter of luck of the draw for the most part.

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  13. So very sorry to hear that GoS. What a terrible thing to have happened to you, ( I hate saying thing, it does not describe what I feel). I personally have had no doings with the police but a young girl that is dear to me was gang raped when she was 15 & the Police were exceptionally good with & to her & treated her with the greatest of respect. I am so glad you did not have to testify, my young friend’s case did not get to trial either, one man was done for underage sexual offences, the other 4 skipped the country. From my understanding the DPP stated that a date rape case is very hard to prove.

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  14. Yes he did to a degree but it was more than a bum slap and more than a fondle of his bum/ass.

    And Angela if you’re reading this fine blog as I know you do every morning when you have your 1st smoke, could you please blow the whistle for once in your life and tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before Rupert writes his Memoirs and everyone finds out what really happened in Lanazarote and also outside Holborn Police Station, you see I know but I’m giving you the opportunity of confessing one of the sins you committed against Rupert.

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  15. Neelu is able to control herself, as she is not breaking her lifetime Restraining Order but Sabine is.

    I’m not even sure if she is actually mentally ill, though I’m not qualified to say she is or not.

    Rupert has not claimed he is mentally ill, as his Mental Health was not mentioned in Court and that would have been the time for him to state if he felt he was.

    I’m not so sure now he has been incarcerated.

    My opinion/s on Neelu, Rupert and their ilk is really neither here nor there, though I think there is a lot of scamming going on for some of them to claim Disability Benefits.

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  16. Good point, Sam.

    And who’s going to fix her pothole now that she’s sacked all the council workers? I’m not sure she’s thought this through.

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  17. Ooo yes, good point, the hospital legal department need to report her, what with last year’s R.O. they might get her stopped though possibly don’t want the publicity?

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  18. So Rupert is sending out ‘distress letters’ ? So, no remorse yet then?

    Still the “Poor me” routine from him..

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  19. “Meredith Maran, award-winning journalist and author of several best-selling nonfiction books discusses her family’s devastation and ultimate redemption around her experience of false memory. Set against the backdrop of the sex-abuse scandals, beginning with the infamous McMartin preschool trial, Maran shares with incredible honesty, her unbelievable personal story.”

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  20. If I’m honest, I didn’t think Neelu would approve that little slice of borderline racism. Guess I was wrong.

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  21. He must be desperate as he’s admitted he didn’t believe there was anything going on in Hampstead and now he’s contacted Neelu who does??

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  22. Well Christmas is just around the corner so i’m guessing he will come up with as many potential money makers as he can to make sure that he at least has a good festive period.

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  23. So sorry to hear that GOS. There really are some evil people in this world and i hope that Karma does exist for their awful actions.

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  24. I remember you talking about this before, Sam. So horrible what you went through and sad to know there are people out there like that. Good for you for pulling through and standing tall.

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  25. Mental health services in the UK really have gone to shit. But then again, if she is not an immediate danger to herself or others, they will leave her too it.

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  26. Not to mention that a lot of people use their phones for internet banking and lots of private information on the mini computers that are modern smart phones.
    I wouldn’t trust anyone I didn’t know with an old mobile of mine for that reason, doesn’t matter if you format the phone, people can use recovery software to get banking and personal details.

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  27. Jeez Neelu is getting even more nuttier and incoherent (who would have thought that was even possible?)
    Obviously the stress of losing her house is getting to her

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  28. Thank you but I don’t ever call myself a victim or a survivor. I think I must come from a long line of tough people who have faced adversity and survived by “compartmentalizing” bad events from the past.

    I only wrote that as I find the notion of “recovered memory” as very odd as I can remember nearly every incident in my life, good and bad.
    I’m also well aware of all the things they now talk about : “survivor guilt” and the idea that you feel some how responsible for something bad that has happened to you. So that’s a very positive thing they talk to victims of rape etc today.
    I believe the notion they keep pressing upon victims of rape or child abuse : “their / your life has been ruined forever” a shocking thing to do to victims and also to keep repeating it is sending a message to future victims that should something terrible happen to them, their life has been ruined. People can be amazingly resilient.

    But I can only talk for myself as we all respond differently to events, good or bad.

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  29. https://news.sky.com/story/top-brands-pull-youtube-ads-over-paedophilia-fears-11141271

    Two of the world’s best-known brands are withdrawing their advertising from YouTube and Google over fears they were featured on “inappropriate” and “exploitative” content featuring children.

    It’s a start, but more needs to be done. Hit them where it hurts as they do not appear to take down videos reported by the public which contain this terrible content. 

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  30. Yes, both adults and children can quite easily be convinced that they have done things they did not really do. It’s not magic, it’s simply human psychology and the oddities of memory.

    When I was a young pup, for example, my younger brother used to describe in great and vivid detail things that had happened to him, or that he’d seen. Only problem was, these things had all happened to me, before he was born. He wasn’t lying—he had just heard the stories often enough that he had managed to insert himself into them, in his memory.

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  31. The above are all removals for Anti-Jewish posts.
    John Paterson (x4)
    John Alexander (x1)
    Andy Devine (x4)
    Peter Green (x1)

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  32. “I believe the notion they keep pressing upon victims of rape or child abuse : “their / your life has been ruined forever” a shocking thing to do to victims and also to keep repeating it is sending a message to future victims that should something terrible happen to them, their life has been ruined”

    Absolutely right. Yes, traumatic events can have long-lasting impacts, but “ruin your life”? Hardly. As you say, everyone reacts differently, and to make a blanket statement like that seems to me incredibly irresponsible.

    I remember reading, for example, a study on resilience in children who’d been sexually abused. It seems that the a great deal depended upon how the adults in the kids’ lives reacted on learning of the abuse. When the adults blamed the children or went overboard expressing their horror, the children took that on board and had much worse outcomes than when the adults ensured the kids were safe, reassured them that they’d done nothing wrong, and told them they’d make every effort to find and bring their assailant to justice, but it wasn’t the children’s problem to deal with.

    The children in the latter group showed very few signs of trauma when they were interviewed a year after the abuse had ended. They viewed it as “just something that happened”, not a defining moment in their lives.

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  33. For services to seamless,interminable prevarication and failure to impress even one jot by extreme over usage of random,official sounding terms,the academy of bandwidth wastage,hereby wish to formally announce that Neelu Berry really pushed the boat out with her latest outburst of entirely pointless old shite that has no substance or value whatsoever,apart from perhaps a few laughs.

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  34. If Rupert has been writing wingey letters to Neelu and thereby inviting abusive phone calls other communications to the prison, I wouldn’t class that as “good behaviour”. If he had any sense he would keep his head down. In fact, changing his name and staying away from social media would be a good move.

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  35. I don’t know what they think a protest outside of the family courts will do. He was warned many times not to do what he was doing. His constant videos & posts harrassing the social workers involved, even going to protest outside one person’s house & at the end of the road where another person lives was horrific, also his wishing that one would get cancer! Imo, his behaviour was escalating by his recent posts, (which I reported for harassment many many times, but they did not go against FB’s infamous community standards), he was becoming a real danger to the social workers involved.

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  36. I’ve heard the expression ‘don’t cut your nose off to spite your face’. Would that apply to Paterson as well?

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  37. Lawyer, doesn’t he mean Solicitor?

    Praterson is such a b sh.tter.

    And what corrupt police officer is controlling me Johnnie lad?

    Evidence my good man, a name or 2.

    Thanks in advance.

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  38. And a certain Algona-based arsehole says he didn’t know he was a rapist and murderer until it came to him in a dream!

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  39. He want’s to spread more lies and slander, thus negating the truth, and putting the hoax in a positive light?
    Project bullshit, to render facts and logic, null and void?

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  40. Tracey Beanz is one of the ones Nathan thinks is working with other Youtubers and Hoaxtead to undermine him, lol. Here she is, live with Paterson’s buddies.

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  41. Yeah, the sound issues brought a halt to proceedings.
    “reptilian Aliens exist”.
    Nice to see Seaman and Wilcock (a poor man’s David Icke), teaming up over their joint love of Russia, and Conspiracy theories.

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  42. Something interesting she said was that children are more compliant in taking false memories and if you feed them leading questions they’re more likely to follow along with the situation.

    Sound like the Satanic-panic Therapists had an easy job with some of the vicious lies they filled young minds with.

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  43. This one been posted here yet? Terrible, terrible tragedies…

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/24/belief-witchcraft-demonic-possession-linked-1500-child-abuse/

    [belief in] “Witchcraft and demonic possession are linked to almost 1,500 child abuse cases a year, the first Government statistics on the topic show.
    Experts warned that an increasing number of children were being abused by adults who want to “get the devil out of them”.”

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  44. Disturbing stuff, Justin. It’s people like Angela and Christine who do this kind of crap to kids, saying they’re exorcising demons.

    Are you familiar with this, by the way?

    “Gambaga Witch camp is a segregated community within Gambaga township in the Northern Region of Ghana established in the 18th century to accommodate alleged witches and wizards who are banished from their communities.

    The camp has about 25 round huts, and holds about 100 women. No health services or indoor plumbing are available.

    Many women in Ghana’s witch camps are widows and it is thought that relatives accused them of witchcraft in order to take control of their husbands’ possessions. Other old women in the camp have been accused of using black magic to cause misfortunes in their community. Many women also are mentally ill, a little understood problem in Ghana. In Gambaga, the women are given protection by the local chieftain and in return, pay him and work in his fields.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambaga_Witch_camp

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  45. Yes, it’s not terribly difficult to do. You can see Dr Shaw guiding the person toward the “memory”, shaping her answers by praising her when she delivers the “correct” (i.e. false) answer, using social pressure tactics, etc. And you can see that the woman whose memory she is “re-shaping” is stressed by the experience. Her face is flushed, she is fidgeting…but she’s still going along with what the interviewer is suggesting.

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  46. Erm…this guy knows that HuffPost doesn’t actually pay, right? So saying Seaman “worked for” HuffPost is a bit like claiming that Angela Power-Disney is a journalist.

    More like “they allowed his posts to be published on their site until they realised he was a complete nutter, at which time he was unceremoniously shown the door and they removed all his stuff to hide their shame”.

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  47. Don’t worry David Seaman’s here to tie it into Pizzagate. Failing to realise, he is part of the problem.

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  48. I don’t really understand the ‘sentence’.

    Is it he will need to drink plenty of irony brew to sober up?

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  49. I wan’t disputing that, I was just implying – albeit lightheartedly – that I wouldn’t put it past Angela to try to reclaim it herself 🙂

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  50. That too, lol. For me, it was the fact that he’s expressing his well documented kiddy rape fantasies in the same breath as accusing us of being obsessed with sex. Which we’re not, by the way – he’s referring to Spiny’s meme there, which was a dig at the longstanding allegation that Robert Green’s involvement in Holliehoax may have been motivated by his sexual designs on Ms. Greig.

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  51. Dear ghost

    The problem with traumatic memories is they are intrusive not repressed. Take a look at the shoah interviews all across youtube – incredible detail and clear on what they remember and dont remember. All in first person tense with details only someone who was there would remember and think salient. If holocaust survivors dont convince these wankers of the BS theory of repressed memory for trauma its probably because they think the holocaust didnt happen.

    Your incredibly personal disclosures are typical- hope you have dealt with with this stuff. Sorry you had to.

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