More on the links between police and SRA promoters

Yesterday we discussed why some UK police officers, who one would expect to be sceptical and evidence-directed by both inclination and training, have fallen into the trap of believing in the myth of Satanic ritual abuse.

We suggested that when police and other professionals who deal with child abuse attend professional training seminars given by highly educated mental health professionals who push the SRA/dissociative identity disorder narrative, they are likely to come away believing that these are legitimate constructs—and applying this information in their own careers.

Some of our readers might be familiar with former DCI Clive Driscoll, noted for his involvement in the conviction of two of the killers of Stephen Lawrence in 2012, 19 years after the young man was murdered by at least five youths at a south-east London bus stop. After more than 30 years of service with the Metropolitan Police, DCI Driscoll was “forced” into retirement before the remainder of Mr Lawrence’s killers could be apprehended, much to the chagrin of the victim’s family. DCI Driscoll had a sterling reputation as a straight-talking officer of impeccable integrity, and we’ve found nothing at all which would call this assessment into question.

However, he does seem to be among the police officers who’ve fully adopted the SRA myth as doctrine. And it seems that he was persuaded to do so by Valerie Sinason, along with Dr Joan Coleman of RAINS, both of whom we’ve discussed here in the past.

Seconded to Sinason

In 2006, Private Eye #1166 reported:

When the headless and limbless body of a young African boy was found in the river Thames in September 2001, proponents of a belief in satanic ritual abuse (see Eyes passim) claimed this gruesome discovery was the first forensic physical evidence that finally proved it existed. 

The believers have steadfastly refused to accept the Department of Health-commissioned report which concluded definitively in 1994 – after the debacles of  false allegations in Rochdale, the Orkneys and elsewhere across the UK – that satanic ritual abuse in this country was a myth.

Initially key advocates tried to persuade the Metropolitan police investigating the murder of Adam – the name they gave the unidentified victim – that it was a case of ritual abuse. They hoped the case would vindicate their claims and restore their credibility.

Early in the police investigation into the case of Adam, one of the most active believers in satanic abuse, Valerie Sinason (see Eye 1158), a Harley Street psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, offered her expertise to the police.

Sinason, who claims to have treated 300 survivors of”ritual abuse”, has long tried to persuade the police that satanic abuse was a reality. In February 2000 the Metropolitan Police seconded Acting Detective Chief  Inspector Clive Driscoll to investigate her claims to have interviewed 76 children and adult victims who, she said, had made allegations of satanic sexual abuse and murder.  Although no forensic evidence was found to substantiate her allegations.

It’s now believed that “Adam”, far from being a victim of a child-murdering cult, might have been killed by a person or persons who believed that the boy was possessed by a devil. As we know, this is the exact opposite of SRA—rather, hyper-religious evangelical Christians (or sometimes Muslims) may come to believe that a child has been possessed by evil spirits, and attempt to exorcise the demons through beatings, burning, and other forms of physical torture.

However, said the Eye,

At least some officers must have been persuaded that satanic ritual abuse existed because in October 2004 the force sent 30 officers from the child abuse investigation command on a one-day course to help them identify the satanic ritual abuse of children. This was organised by a barrister called Lee Moore, the founder and former president of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL), who ran a consultancy service and training courses for professionals who work with “ritualistic crimes”.

The case of the baby-eating cannibal

We find further reference to DCI Driscoll’s connection with Dr Sinason in 2001, when Jeremy Laurance, health writer for The Independent, confessed, “I’ve been had”.

‘LET’S NOT beat about the bush. I’ve been had. A reporter in search of  a story has, not for the first time,fallen foul of an excess of enthusiasm, credulousness, and someone’s idea of a good joke.

Last week, a story by me appeared in The Independent, saying that police were trying to close down an internet site that carried pictures of a man eating a dismembered baby. There was a suggestion, which I reported, that this gave credence to claims of ritual or Satanic abuse, including human sacrifice, which have been the subject of fierce controversy for more than a decade.

It turns out, as several readers have brought to our attention with notable glee, that the pictures on the Californian website show, not human sacrifice, but a Chinese performance artist who has been shocking audiences in the Far East with his images of cannibalism. Distasteful as his pictures will seem to most people, they are not evidence of Satanic abuse.  So here I am eating humble pie. I apologise for misleading readers about the proper context of the pictures (which was unknown to me).

I was contacted a fortnight ago by Valerie Sinason, a child psychotherapist who has, almost single-handedly, kept alive the notion that some children in Britain have been the victims of ritual or Satanic abuse for more than a decade. She has, she says, 51 adult patients who are survivors of child abuse and who, during therapy, have disclosed details suggesting that the abuse had ritual elements.

I was well aware of Ms Sinason’s controversial background and have myself been a skeptic about Satanic abuse since the first allegations were made in the late 1980s. I visited Rochdale in 1990, one of the alleged centres of the practice along with Nottingham and Orkney, and concluded in a piece I wrote for the Sunday Correspondent that the most likely explanation for the strange goings-on could be found on the horror shelves of the local video store.

However, I decided to take Ms Sinason’s evidence at face value and check it. I accessed the website and there, sure enough, was a man apparently eating a dead baby. I spoke to the police officer she put me in touch with – Detective Inspector Clive Driscoll – and he gave me some bloodcurdling quotes about murder and human sacrifice and said a senior forensic pathologist who had examined the pictures considered the dismembered baby to be real.

Eight years later, DCI Driscoll contacted the S.A.F.F. to set the record straight on the mythical baby-eater:

“The article within the independent is not accurate. I most certainly was attached for 18 months to Ms Sinneson (sic) clinic as an advisor. This was part of the MPS strategy to make sure we listened to victims at all levels. The male featured eating the young child is a behavioural (sic) artist from China, he admitted the child was real and the reason he had posed as eating parts of the child was for artistic purpose. I must confess this art is lost on me. The advice I gave to the journalist was until I know how the child died It was a Crime Scene. The journalist later apologised to me. I accepted that apology.”

Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity, take 2

When Valerie Sinason published the second edition of her book Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity in late 2010, she devoted an entire chapter to none other than DCI Driscoll.

He describes Dr Joan Coleman, founder of RAINS, noting that she was “adamant the type of ceremony that had been described to police was a religious ceremony that she knew well and that had been reported to her many times by many adults who gave information of events that took place when they were children”. And he talks a bit more about his secondment to the Tavistock Clinic to work with Dr Sinason:

Keep in mind that this took place in 2000, six years after Jean La Fontaine had written her government-commissioned report, The Extent and Nature of Organised and Ritual Abuse, which roundly debunked the existence of Satanic ritual abuse in the UK. Clearly the news had not seeped down to the police yet.

And lest we think that ex-DCI Driscoll’s linkages with Dr Sinason are a thing of the past, it seems he has now joined her on the seminar circuit:And what right-thinking police officer looking for a few extra CPD credits would not be drawn to a talk featuring a well-respected senior officer such as DCI Driscoll?

We rest our case.

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56 thoughts on “More on the links between police and SRA promoters

  1. So The guy cares more about promoting child abuse fantasies that make no sense to a normal human being, than the truth? And his gross delusions taint any case he has been involved with even the SL case, if he is so easily led as to promote utter nonsense. I no longer trust anything he has promoted. This taints even his involvement in that case as well to the poin,t he may have just invented more bull.

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    • The delays in convictions in the Lawrence case were a disgrace and why police should be lauded for finally securing convictions is odd seeing that’s exactly what we expect of them. Most of the credit should go to the tabloid newspaper who for once conducted a good campaign to force the police into action. What has never really been explained is the influence of the father of one of the murderers who is a gangster with connections to bent cops.

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  2. Amazing how art where many claim “this art is lost on me” also helped kick off the ludicrous #pizzagate madness.

    Clearly so many people have never visited the great galleries of Europe where they could view the most extraordinary works by some of the great artists of the past.
    Maybe it’s the result of an active imagination as one can see from these 2 little works which I’m sure someone like a retired copper would adore but in fact it’s clear to me that in the first an older teen is leading a tiny child down to the beach where she will murder the bub and eat him over a BBQ while in the quaint cottage pic a wolf murdered a grandmother and then hopped into bed awaiting a tiny child to arrive in order to eat the little girl.

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    • Well…Sinason has been claiming for decades, that there was an ancient satanist “re-birthing” ceremony that all of her SRA clients were subjected to, which is actually taken from one of Goya’s “lost paintings”: The Constable Lampinos Stitched Inside a Dead Horse, 1812-29

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  3. Of interest: let’s hope they are serious. Sick to death of social media reaping in $billions in advertising, avoiding tax via artificial means and claiming “free speech” while innocent people are crucified online.
    http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/12/media/unilever-advertising-facebook-google-swamp/index.html?sr=twCNN021218unilever-advertising-facebook-google-swamp1149AMStory

    Unilever to Facebook and Google: Clean up ‘swamp’ or we’ll pull ads

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  4. Just when I thought Valerie Sinason could shock me no more, she goes and spells ‘practice’ (noun) with an ‘s’. Oh the humanity 😮

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  5. How ironic that Sinason used to work at Tavistock. The fiend behind so many SRA conspiracy theories worked in what so many conspiranuts believe to be a hotbed of Satanism and mind control. Funny they’ve never questioned this.

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    • Yes, considering the role the Tavistock has played in helping shore up the SRA myth, you’d think the nutters would love the place. Very odd.

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      • I can’t recall if the fruitloops ever questioned what Ella’s dealings with the Tavistock centre were? Knowing their thoughts on what they think happens there surely they’d want to know why Ella had to go there.

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  6. I can understand deranged psychos like Debs and Angela getting sucked in by this crap but it’s rather worrying (and highly irresponsible) when trained professionals fall for it too.

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    • I think it’s a matter of training: when your department sends you on a course, you’re going to be predisposed to thinking it’s legit, right?

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  7. “DCI Driscoll had a sterling reputation as a straight-talking officer of impeccable integrity, and we’ve found nothing at all which would call this assessment into question.”
    No, you won’t, and there is nothing in his operational record which might give rise to concern. But then, an operational record is a historical document written from a particular perspective. Hypothetically, it would be politically inconvenient for any high profile officer who was found to have been “tipped over the edge” to be publically proclaimed as such.
    Sinason, by dint of her qualifications, is or rather has routinely been, implicitly trusted and taken at face value. To some extent this is symptomatic of a system of management driven by metrics in preference to common sense, instinct and critical thinking. Input from individuals in that position is taken as prima facie with no significant effort made to prove otherwise.
    Ritualised abuse (a different thing from genuine ritual) does happen by way of fetishistic behaviour. It is not, however, usually tied to any religion. Satanism and occult practices are merely the bogey-men of childhood, and as such obvious focal points. As suggested, where a religiously motivated killing or abuse case does surface, it is almost always tied to some bizarre, extreme Christian or Moslem sect.
    Again, this is politically inconvenient, especially when we have inclusion agenda to court.
    Even learned professionals can be unhinged. To become a Psychologist you only need to pass exams, you don’t have to accept what you’ve been taught nor are you required to be honest in analysis with yourself. And in today’s culture of “painting by numbers” management, everyone scared for their jobs, and dogma by the packload, it is unsurprising that she would be able to gain traction.

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    • “Ritualised abuse (a different thing from genuine ritual) does happen by way of fetishistic behaviour”.

      The correct use of that terminology! Hooray! 🙂
      You win the BIG, BIG kewpie doll, my friend.

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    • Sinason, by dint of her qualifications, is or rather has routinely been, implicitly trusted and taken at face value. To some extent this is symptomatic of a system of management driven by metrics in preference to common sense, instinct and critical thinking. Input from individuals in that position is taken as prima facie with no significant effort made to prove otherwise.

      Yes, absolutely right. “Oh, you have a bunch of letters after your name? You must be completely credible!”

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    • He was also vocal about so-called “VIP pedo” cover-ups when the ridiculous Elm Guest House / Dolphin Square lunacy was frothing away but has since gone silent ( I think he had a book to flog).

      There is definitely an element in The Met and regional forces of Evangelical Christian coppers who seem to be the ones who believe in the satanic rubbish.

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  8. My understanding is that RR Hoskins, a real authority on religious abuse, was involved with the case of the torso in the Thames and suggested that it might be linked to muti killings. I am happy to be corrected if I am wrong about this. Of course muti killings are nothing to do with satanic ritual abuse. They are concerned with the idea that certain human and animal body parts contain magical powers, as many people with albinism have discovered to their cost in Tanzania.

    Unfortunately the met police got involved with other “experts” who lead them on a wild goose-chase, namely ValerieSinason, Kobus Jonker and the notorious fraud Credo Mutwa.

    https://mg.co.za/article/1995-10-06-donker-jonkers-righteous-crusade-20

    The Met Police actually gave credence to this Credo Mutwa, here interviewed by David Icke:

    I can understand that, when faced with a terrible crime involving a murdered young child, the police feel unskilled and cast their net wide to try to obtain help about issues unfamiliar to them, but Credo Mutwa – seriously

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    • That’s the sort of crap Angela would come out with (Cat and Angie are very similar, I reckon). Angie’s would end with a prayer to Yeshua Jesus, though, and/or a curse on star-crossed lovers everywhere.

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    • HI-larious ignorance! 🙂 and TOO funny that she’s got a Landover Baptist satire on the same page.
      Totally ignorant that Landover Baptist is satire and thinks its REAL ! Har-dee-har-har!!

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    • Gotta love the irony of this one. How did she know we’d shared her post on here? LOL

      Oh and those yellow highlights mean she searched for the word ‘Cat’ on this page 😀

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      • You know Angie, regardless of what she has said, i bet she’ll soon be knocking on their front door if she thinks she can get something from them.

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    • The nasty hypocritical racist cow, freeloading of the State & calling herself a Christian! She can suddenly speak a bit of URDU, so can Google translate!

      Masonic & occult town? 😂😂😂

      Against abortion now but not when you were considering it.

      Gay marriages passed, yes, about time, everyone’s love is equally important.

      Sins of Republicans, yeah, you are promoting them on your page, stop speaking out of both sides of your mouth & trying to keep in with people that you think are important.

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      • None of us know the circumstances of the family involved who might be moving next door to APD but it is absolutely possible that others might have refused to take up the offer of living there, especially if local because living next door to a lunatic would be considered undesirable.

        Meath County Council should be made aware of her ‘incitement to hatred’ public post.

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    • Where’s the relevance in saying she worked for Pakistani’s. Is this a bit like ‘I can’t be racist because I have black friends?’ And isn’t that a bit like ‘I can’t be sexist cos I’m married to a woman…..’

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  9. Interesting piece by Vice about Jonkers and the South African Anti-Occult Police Unit – these were the “experts” that the Met consulted about the torso in the Thames murder case

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xd7qk4/satanic-panic-the-history-of-south-africas-specialised-anti-occult-police-unit-394

    Interestingly RR Hoskins, a genuine expert on religious crimes was also consulted. At least they got something right. However it was Hoskins who whistle blew regarding the ridiculous SRA related accusations against Edward Heath, much to the fury of Mike Veale. It seems that some senior police officers will only take “experts” seriously if the testimony of the said experts is congruent with their own biases and beliefs.

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  10. I stand corrected, according to Hoskins, who knows what he is taking about, the child was not murdered for muti but sacrificed for religious reasons (nothing to do with SRA). Still appalling of course, but it is important to report what an actual expert says accurately,

    In the above video Hoskins also talks about how the African belief in “kindoke” has been combined with certain kinds of Christianity to produce a syncretic religious belief that can result in appalling child abuse.

    I have a friend from the DRC who has been accused by people in her community as having kindoke – fortunately as an adult. It was extremely distressing for her. Had she been an accused child her life may have been in danger.

    Appalling as these beliefs are they have nothing do do with SRA conspiracy theories, other than the fact that people very easily grab pitchforks and attack innocent people they believe to be guilty of unspeakable crimes.

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    • Fascinating video, thanks! As you say, the one commonality with SRA conspiracy theories seems to be people’s willingness to grab their pitchforks and torches.

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    • Probably more useful comment:
      Hoskins and I have done the same type of work, with police – identifying the true meaning and origins of “signs, symbols and practices”. Hoskins has done this as a paid professional, I have only done it as a volunteer. So, what I can endorse is this; the work he does is valid, and he knows what he’s talking about

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    • It’s bizarrely ironic that the only cases of ritualistic murders of children involve their parents as perpetrators.
      The satanic mob are fixated on the claim social services remove children from parents (with the belief giving birth automatically renders a parent with sainthood status no matter how abusive, drunk or drugged they are) to “sell” them for profit (but can never provide proof).

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    • Hi Y-tracey! I know we are on the next page now…but thanks for pointing out the pdf of “When Psychiatry Battled the Devil” -it’s such an important story to tell.

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