Incredibly Weak Evidence

The satanic scenario, as well as the prosecution's entire case, began to crumble in September of 1985, near the end of the 18-month long preliminary hearing, when members of the prosecution team (under the leadership of newly elected DA Ira Reiner) began to have doubts about the merits of the case. Those doubts led to a closer examination of the evidence and Reiner's declaration on January 17, 1986 that charges against five of the defendants were dropped.

After months of reviewing the case, including 100,000 pages of preliminary hearing transcripts, Reiner and a small group of high ranking deputies had concluded that his predecessor, Robert Philobosian, had over-filed the case based on "incredibly weak" evidence.41 Reiner charged that many of the allegations grew from the suggestive interviewing techniques used by CII therapists.42 Reiner inexplicably viewed other evidence (derived from the same source and methodology) covering Ray and his mother as "strong and compelling." Thus, Ray Buckey and Peggy Buckey would be prosecuted for child sexual abuse for 79 and 20 counts respectively with an additional count of conspiracy between them.43

The Dark Truth About the "Dark Tunnels of McMartin"

bulletThe Beginning
bulletThe Accusation
bulletThe Letter
bulletChildren's Institute International
bulletHysteria Spreads
bulletNews Media Coverage and National Hysteria
bulletFollowing the Money
bulletDr. Roland C. Summit
bulletSatanic Trappings and the Search for The Secret Rooms and Tunnels
bulletIncredibly Weak Evidence
bulletSummit Defends MacFarlane's Interviews of the McMartin Children, Without Reviewing the Interviews
bulletJudy Johnson's Increasingly Bizarre Behavior
bulletThe Trial Verdicts
bulletParents Begin Search For Tunnels
bulletRevisionist History: Judy Johnson and The Dark Tunnels of McMartin
bulletThe Third McMartin Trial
bulletEthics, Professors, Indiana Jones, Switzerland, and Early (Very Early) Man
bulletTunnel Precursors
bulletBob Currie
bulletOrigin of a Secret Room
bulletFrom Santa Claus To Lions
bulletMultiple Molestations: Devils, a Dead Baby, and a Ghost
bulletTunnel Therapy
bulletThe District Attorney's Excavation
bulletAnalysis of the Report on the 186 (minus one page) Manhattan Tunnel Project (MTP) by E. Gary Stickel
bulletMTP Archeological Methodology Employed by E. Gary Stickel
bulletSite Contamination By Manhatten Tunnel Project
bulletPhotographic Documentation of the MTP Archeological Procedures
bulletStickel's Conclusions About the Evidence He Claims to Have Obtained from the Archeological MTP Project
bulletThe Missing Tunnel
bulletEstimating Dates of "Tunnel" Artifacts

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