Hysteria Spreads

Between November, 1983 and March 1984, 360 former McMartin children were diagnosed as abused by CII interviewers and examiners. As parents reacted to the police letter and the results of the child interviews, rumors spread throughout the community, severely damaging the reputation of the school and its operators. Some parents, following MacFarlane's advice, began to drive their children through the community to look for other perpetrators. Bob Currie was probably the most active of those parents. He appointed himself as a quasi official investigator of the case and became convinced that the McMartin employees were part of a satanic conspiracy. He persuaded other parents whose children had not complained of molestation to take their children to CII, telling them that their children had been identified as victims in interviews with other children.18

The rumors about McMartin took a heavy toll on the school's reputation, causing enrollment to plummet and forcing Virginia McMartin and Peggy Buckey to close its doors for good — after 28 years of community service — on January 13, 1984.

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 Manhattan 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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