It’s about time I got around to reviewing Will Storr’s article. You can find it at http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/dec/11/carole-myers-satanic-child-abuse if you haven’t read it already. It’s melodramatic and contains some serious inaccuracies, but it also has some very good points in it. I don’t expect an individual without personal experience of these horrendous events to understand every single aspect of this extremely complex case, but for its limited objectives it succeeds fairly well, and I’m reasonably happy with it.
Its always amusing to see one as others do, and the reference to myself is no exception, though it misses out vital factors which are actually critical to the narrative. What is not described is the fact that I have a certain degree of expertise in information management – that is, in taking data and transforming it into information, and then from that information deriving knowledge. The conversations I held each had a systematic structure, from which I gathered an enormous amount of knowledge, of which I would say almost nine tenths has now been verified. We’ll be revealing far more about what really happened on 14th July 2005 in the forthcoming book, which is under preparation.
Notice that Dr Fleur Fisher says of ourselves, “That family – they’re bloody terrifying” – which I would suggest is a remarkable statement since she’s never met any of us, and all the information we know she has passed across to outside bodies has been shown to be provably false.
She further says, “They’re frightening people.” Considering we were not even supposed to exist on 29th June 2005 (the date of Carol’s death) that is yet another remarkable statement. It demonstrates a presumed familiarity with ourselves with, no doubt, various anecdotes attached which could be wheeled out like the stage horses in a pantomime whenever a special effect was required to impress a third party. But I have noticed that Truth and Justice seem to frighten some people the most. Fact and the rule of Law are the enemies of fantasy and criminality.
The characterisation of ourselves as flinging off letters here there and everywhere is a misrepresentation. Actually, we knew exactly what we were doing from day one. We followed a systematic process to uncover the truth of what had happened to Carol and what had happened after 29th June 2005. Our investigation has occupied thousands of man hours, cost an enormous amount of money, but resulted in our discovering a significant proportion of the answers to questions we had which a number of authorities seemed resolutely determined not to provide.
Will Storr is also mistaken in saying Carol grew up in the house in which he visited my father – (‘his patriarch’s hands gripping his armchair’ – was this written a hundred years ago? Ha ha!) – Carol was already a teenager when we moved to that house, and only lived in it for about two and a half years. We were brought up in another house in another part of Stockport.
The reason for Carol visiting her doctor in the first place and becoming trapped inside the medical system for the rest of her life is explained in her medical notes from 1985. Here’s a quote from one of the doctor’s letters written at the time: ‘Her main worry is about her vision and headaches’ – so her original treatment was for headaches with migraine-like qualities, and her diagnosis years later turned into ‘satanic ritual abuse’. It really is as crazy and as appalling as it sounds. We now have many hundreds of pages of Carol’s medical records, which we have arduously sifted through, and the forthcoming book will address her medical diagnosis and treatment in depth. We’ve been able to uncover with great precision what happened to Carol, and how her treatment went from the rational to the irrational. I have to say, even though I’m intimately familiar with it, it’s such an extraordinary story one would not believe it is possible for a patient to suffer so much at the hands of her doctors and therapists in the 20th and 21st centuries, but it is true.
I find the sections of the article on the work of Elizabeth Loftus quite fascinating. False memories based on pure imagination can be created and can be so totally convincing the subject has no awareness they are not true. It’s a curious area of human psychology with which all therapists and psychiatrists need to be familiar. The second half of the article focusing on false memories, the extensive and authoritative work which has already been done in the area, leads to a particularly strong conclusion:
Assuming that Carole was suffering from schizophrenia, I wonder what effect it might have had on her, having therapists validate her darkest delusions.
I’m afraid the answer to that query is – a wasted life of unfulfilled potential, ill-health both physical and mental, and an early death. Carol’s story is a genuine tragedy of epic proportions, brought on by placing her trust in bogus medical experts, who took that trust and destroyed her.
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