How hysterical parents, incompetent therapists and malicious
destroyed the lives of seven innocent North Carolinians – and
have yet to admit they were wrong
12-15-13 ‘Ritual abuse’ prosecution as stepping stone?
12-8-13 Clemency now rare – is it fear of blowback?
12-2-13 Three ‘built-in biases’ with tragic consequences
11-22-13 Lamb exit leaves district at risk of satanic ritual abuse
11-20-13 Texas ex-DA pays price, however little and late
11-16-13 For Junior Chandler, one door closes – will another open?
11-8-13 Whatever happened to Kelly’s ex-lawyer? This....
11-4-13 'Lack of rigor' is nothing new in social science
10-28-13 50 students now know the facts
10-18-13 Nancy Lamb, DA? It’s up to Gov. McCrory
10-14-13 Focus on Lamb's politics is off the mark
10-11-13 Holocaust denial shows vulnerability of real memory
10-9-13 ‘Hunt for child abusers has become national pathology’
10-7-13 ‘And believes to this day she was molested....’
10-4-13 Satanic ritual abuse exemplified ‘counterknowledge’
10-2-13 Newspaper saw Kelly conviction as ‘breakthrough’
9-30-13 What better credential than Little Rascals debacle?
9-27-13 Children ‘defend veracity of implanted memories’
9-25-13 You had to have been there (or did you?)
9-23-13 When will wheels of justice turn for Junior?
9-20-13 Day-care ritual-abuse claims vs. ‘The Cosby Show’
9-18-13 Defending Betsy Kelly? Prepare to be stalked
9-16-13 'The truth is not a smorgasbord'
9-13-13 Board couldn’t see Betsy Kelly ‘minus her publicity’
9-11-13 ‘Too many therapists with too little expertise’
9-9-13 Judith Abbott’s fantasies of Charles Manson
9-6-13 Still waiting for that ‘huge mea culpa’
9-4-13 'Question mark in so many minds' about McMartin?
9-2-13 Clemency for Junior Chandler is long overdue
8-30-13 A national epidemic of supposed ‘remembering’
8-28-13 Day-care teachers ‘as helpless as a clay pigeon’
8-26-13 'Cooper stopped far short of apologizing....'
8-23-13 Faulty ‘mental tuning forks’ betrayed therapists
8-21-13 Child sex trafficking: 21st century's moral panic?
8-19-13 Remember when 'ritual abuse' was a hot topic?
8-16-13 Anxieties about children still make us crazy
8-14-13 That was Dennis T. Ray’s story, and he was sticking to it
8-12-13 Calling all members of ‘secretive organizations’....
8-9-13 X factor in child-witnesses’ accounts: TV
8-7-13 'Will Edenton ever recover from this?'
8-5-13 Did prosecutors check out AG’s horror movies?
8-2-13 How to make Nancy Lamb very, very unhappy
7-31-13 'Have you ever stopped to consider...?'
7-29-13 Of mice and memory and the moral panic
7-26-13 For Betsy Kelly’s sister, a chillingly close call
7-24-13 Officer Toppin sure had an eye for ‘red flags’
7-22-13 Claims were extraordinary, but evidence wasn’t
7-19-13 What was learned from Little Rascals debacle?
7-17-13 The toxic legacy of phony scholarship
7-15-13 State employees’ careers unscarred by damage they caused
7-12-13 Ritual-abuse theorist played ‘concentration camp’ card
7-10-13 For maximum notoriety, avoid Chowan County
7-8-13 Prosecutor reneged on promise to Betsy Kelly
7-5-13 ‘The most fundamental questions of fairness’
7-3-13 Nancy Lamb rejected reason in favor of fantasy
7-1-13 9/11, Sandy Hook and the McMartin ‘tunnels’
6-28-13 Professor yet to decide about McMartin case
6-26-13 ‘Capturing the Friedmans’ didn’t capture the Kellys
6-24-13 ‘It started as a rumor – not about molestation, not at first....’
6-21-13 ‘For historians...a taste of what it was like to live in Salem’
6-19-13 ‘We knew he had a secret’ (so we put Brenda on the case)
6-17-13 What, no applause from Attorney General Easley?
6-14-13 All those bizarre sex crimes – yet not a single witness?
6-12-13 Move along, ‘Frontline,’ nothing to see here
6-10-13 When ‘overwhelming community sentiment’ wins
6-7-13 Retraction won’t kill you, journal editors
6-5-13 Parents gave thumbs down to first ‘Innocence Lost’
6-3-13 Two historic sites, two wildly different outcomes
5-31-13 MPD renamed DID – but it’s still bunk
5-29-13 ‘Very sick....very troubling.... very sad!’
5-27-13 UNC-TV counterprogrammed ‘Innocence Lost’
5-24-13 The unbearable emptiness of “n =”
5-22-13 Sheriff, mayor escaped prosecutors’ dragnet
5-20-13 A rare chance to watch the story unfold
5-17-13 What? ‘A hotel that doesn’t take American Express?’
5-15-13 Unaccountable prosecutors: A familiar story
5-13-13 Investigator still believes Kelly was guilty
5-10-13 Prosecutors' bag held one last trick
5-8-13 ‘Right much training but nothing like she needed’
5-6-13 Chandler’s hopes rest with innocence project
5-3-13 A deal for Betsy? Then why not for Bob and Dawn?
5-1-13 ‘Parents too trusting’? No, magazine too gullible
4-29-13 View from Edenton: ‘I never considered leaving’
4-26-13 'Satanic ritual abuse' loses its place in textbook
4-24-13 The night Koppel redefined ‘objective and reliable’
4-22-13 Why the panic ‘needs to be remembered’
4-19-13 Was there nothing to fear but ‘day care itself’?
4-17-13 Parent said God knew better than ‘Frontline’
4-15-13 Prosecutors went out of way to inflame public
4-12-13 ‘If somebody killed a rabbit at my day care...’
4-10-13 Therapists were naïve in use of dolls
4-8-13 Panics fade, ‘leaving in their wake bewilderment....’
4-5-13 Prosecutors staged revival of ‘spectral evidence’
4-3-13 Oh, those spoilsports, voicing ‘disbelief and skepticism’
4-1-13 The limits of ‘unequivocal and undeniable evidence’
3-29-13 For Little Rascals DA, mum was always the word
3-27-13 Authorities misled parents by cherry-picking evidence
3-25-13 A DA unafraid ‘to go where the truth leads....’
3-22-13 Prosecutor believed he had closed the deal early on
3-20-13 Potent weapon for N.C. DAs: court calendar
3-18-13 Could N&O have thwarted ‘prosecutor gone wild’?
3-15-13 ‘No innocent person should have to endure....’
3-13-13 Edenton newspaper shed little light on case
3-8-13 The unsinkable Ann Wolbert Burgess
3-7-13 An expertise ‘contrary to science and common sense’
3-6-13 UNC sociologist sought to deflate moral panic
3-4-13 UNC experts failed to bring rationality to case
3-1-13 Weighing the evidence vs. ‘betraying the children’
2-27-13 ‘Make up any old nonsense’ and just watch it spread
2-25-13 ‘Give child’s testimony same weight’ as adult’s?
2-22-13 Double-decker graves, portable crematoriums... and so on
2-20-13 DA Williams to jury: Don’t consider the source
2-18-13 Advising parents ‘one of the damnedest things I ever did’
2-15-13 Police chief deputized McMartin parents
2-13-13 Ritual-abuse therapists, meet UFO debriefers
2-11-13 ‘No abuse until the interviews began....’
2-8-13 McMartin prosecutor’s pitch was certainly graphic
2-6-13 ‘Long history of panic’ extended to day-care cases
2-4-13 Junior Chandler wasn’t asking for much, but got nothing
2-1-13 Beware of parents in search of ‘truth’
1-30-13 By time to testify, children knew their lines
1-28-13 Edenton’s history was no defense against panic
1-25-13 When millions believe in alien abduction....
1-23-13 ‘Burying the memory’: Misconception that won’t die
1-21-13 Less bonding, less crying, more thinking – why not?
1-18-13 Grandmother blames ‘Kelly magic’ for outlandish tales
1-16-13 ‘Subculture’ of therapists blamed ritual abuse
1-14-13 For Junior Chandler, yet another long shot
1-11-13 Oh, to see ourselves as others see us – ouch!
1-9-13 If only reality had offered such vivid details....
1-2-13 Perdue removes one stain, leaves another
12-31-12 ‘A state lost the ability to see clearly’ – again
12-28-12 In search of ‘clues or indicators’ for ritual abuse
12-26-12 A bit of doubt creeps into claims of ritual abuse
12-24-12 Attached to their convictions – and then some
12-21-12 Oh, those consequences of imaginations run amok
12-19-12 Skeptics not welcome where ‘awareness’ rules
12-18-12 Gun lobby hunkers down after Newtown
12-17-12 A real head-scratcher: Diagnosis or job description?
12-14-12 Santa, I know this is an unusual request, but...
12-12-12 Moral panic drove men from day-care careers
12-10-12 Journal editors find excuses to avoid retraction
12-7-12 How one journal editor went very, very wrong
12-5-12 ‘Satan’ issue was 100% baloney – but so what?
12-3-12 In Raleigh, even justice delayed is hard to come by
11-30-12 Is clinging to error really ‘how science progresses’?
11-28-12 Prosecutors’ dream: Day-care den of evil-doers
11-26-12 Reality notwithstanding, ritual-abuse report lives on
11-23-12 When did Little Rascals myth become lie?
11-21-12 How to get attention: Why, ‘It’s getting worse every year’
11-19-12 'Conditions that would lead to a retraction’? Sorry, no
11-16-12 One thing led to another ... boy, did it ever!
11-14-12 Who do that voodoo? Why, prosecution's 'experts'
11-12-12 Did prosecutors sell out for name recognition?
11-9-12 Sex-abuse journalism raises ‘strange question’
11-7-12 ‘Yawning gaps in evidence’? Sounds familiar
11-5-12 A children’s book not appropriate for children
11-2-12 McMartin case brought emulation, not illumination
10-31-12 ‘Belief in a devil’ is essential to fanatics
10-29-12 'With fewer accounts of human sacrifice....'
10-26-12 We believe them, we believe them not
10-24-12 Abuse primer was big seller for county
10-22-12 'Fear of closets'? Get that child to a therapist!
10-19-12 When ‘backlash spewed,’ Judy Abbott blamed ‘falsehoods’
10-17-12 How to uncover ritual abuse: a foolproof recipe
10-15-12 National borders were no barrier to panic
10-12-12 ‘You don’t just brush off 24 years of a man’s life’
10-10-12 Oh, those ‘anxious parents, well-meaning child advocates’
10-8-12 Counselors gotta counsel – but about what?
10-5-12 N.C. justices to Junior Chandler: Drop dead
10-3-12 Exoneration depends on catching eye of media
10-1-12 'Evidence too compelling to dismiss'? Really?
9-28-12 How to demonize 'quite ordinary women'
9-26-12 27 million chances to provoke mass hysteria
9-24-12 Faller, Everson resist trend toward skepticism
9-21-12 Abuse theory didn't fit, but what the heck
9-19-12 North Carolina's bull market in hysteria
9-17-12 What prosecutors didn’t (want to) know
9-14-12 Working ‘seven days a week’ in wrong direction
9-12-12 ‘How long, O Lord, will you forget me forever?’
9-10-12 Edenton Seven could’ve used a Johnny Depp
9-7-12 City sidewalks, busy sidewalks: An upbeat dispatch from the DNC
9-5-12 Predigital advocacy for the Edenton Seven
9-3-12 Postcard from the bumpy path to exoneration
8-31-12 There was good reason children weren’t eager to accuse
8-29-12 What caused ‘inability to think straight’?
8-27-12 ‘Prosecutors’ Overreaching’? Edenton had it in spades
8-24-12 'I knew right then it couldn't be true'
8-22-12 Even Betsy Kelly believed something happened
8-20-12 Beware the next generation of Indian captivity tales
8-17-12 Day-care prosecutors ‘become like a torturer’
8-15-12 Court cracks door – can Junior fit through?
8-13-12 Mr. Attorney General, here's chance to do right
8-10-12 How hard it was to say, ‘Boy, was I wrong’
8-8-12 Why there's a littlerascalsdaycarecase.org
8-6-12 Bill Hart used day-care moms as dating pool
8-3-12 ‘If he made such a statement, it was not a threat’ (!)
8-1-12 Mondale Act set up bonanza for therapists
7-30-12 R.I.P., Alexander Cockburn, ritual-abuse skeptic
7-27-12 Why have historians overlooked day-care mania?
7-25-12 A tormented wait for prosecutors to admit defeat
7-23-12 Interviews defective? Irrelevant, DA insisted
7-20-12 Honk if you believe that....
7-18-12 Suppose you gave a lynch party, and nobody came?
7-16-12 Betsy Kelly wouldn't succumb to state's torture
7-13-12 When skepticism is set aside for outrage
7-11-12 Prosecutors claimed to see ‘coherent package’
7-9-12 Another expert unfazed by being completely wrong
7-6-12 Why we want to forget the day-care abuse craziness
7-4-12 Prosecution waited futilely for defendant to roll
7-2-12 What made Mark Everson an expert witness?
6-29-12 Nancy Lamb has an explanation for everything
6-27-12 Ritual-abuse mania contaminated legitimate prosecutions
6-25-12 Oh, for the ability to recognize something 'odd'
6-22-12 Holocaust child-survivors needed no coaxing
6-20-12 Little Rascals: A 'travesty of justice' for the ages
6-18-12 Children 'got mixed up'? Believe them anyway
6-15-11 All molesters, please gather now on E. Eden Street
6-13-12 For therapist, creating memory is an easy task
6-11-12 Innocence, alas, doesn't guarantee exoneration
6-8-12 Bill Hart played by his own (poker) rules
6-6-12 A mother to fear at your day-care door
6-4-12 Citing self, professor finds ‘false allegations quite rare’
6-1-12 A funny story about the Little Rascals case (really!)
5-30-12 If anyone deserves pardon, why not Edenton Seven?
5-28-12 'Understanding and Assessing' ritual-abuse mythology
5-25-12 Children don't remember, but sure abuse happened
5-23-12 'The most innocent man I have ever defended'
5-22-12 Prosecutors grudgingly loosen grip on Bob Kelly – a 15th anniversary
5-18-12 An encore for ritual abuse panic? 'You can bet on it'
5-16-12 When therapists ignore what researchers have learned....
5-14-12 Kathleen Coulborn Faller: 'Though others' perceptions have changed...'
5-11-12 Surviving tape undercuts officer's testimony
5-9-12 Prosecutors have upper hand in plea bargains
5-7-12 Prognosis uncertain for misled child-witnesses
5-4-12 Leading questions, not spontaneity, marked interviews
5-2-12 Children abused, but not by Edenton Seven
4-30-12 Prosecutors turned on by nonexistent porn tape
4-27-12 One less platform for ritual-abuse fantasizers
4-25-12 McMartin interviewers showed way for Little Rascals
4-23-12 Lamb 'continues to hold herself out as an expert'
4-20-12 Scholarship minus skepticism = academic sham
4-18-12 Parents saw nothing amiss until rumors took hold
4-16-12 ‘Juvenile renderings of grownups’ anxieties’
4-13-12 'Overzealous intervenors' muddy waters in abuse cases
4-11-12 The ideal prosecution child-witness
4-9-12 Who killed the ritual abuse day care panic?
4-6-12 Parent-experts found meaning where there was none
4-4-12 French prosecutors erred – and admitted it!
4-2-12 What jurors learned from 'Every Mother's Worst Fear'
3-30-12 ‘We’ve learned a lot....’ (Too bad it took so long)
3-28-12 Prosecutors learned wrong lesson from McMartin
3-26-12 McMartin: Patient Zero in day-care abuse contagion?
3-23-12 Forensic evaluator or therapist? A distinction not made
3-21-12 Tracey Cline, Mike Nifong and H.P. Williams
3-19-12 ‘The right man’ was the wrong man? No way!
3-16-12 Court finds Hart's ploy 'grossly improper'
3-14-12 The ugly truth about ‘Nancy Lamb’s state of mind’
3-12-12 Was it really Dawn Wilson who 'had no character'?
3-9-12 Lessons from a Windshield Pitting Epidemic
3-7-12 Nancy Lamb goes mum but 'has most to answer for'
3-5-12 Why prosecutors can't admit they're wrong
3-2-12 What happens to kids programmed with lies?
2-29-12 'Believe the children!' unless they deny being abused
2-27-12 Nancy Lamb takes up career in 'quality control'
2-24-12 Hit-and-run prosecutors, therapists don't look back
2-22-12 Constitution prohibits 'punishment in limbo'
2-20-12 A pediatrician looks back at 'ritual abuse'
2-17-12 Therapists were ‘overzealous... inadequately trained... unethical’
2-15-12 A last chance at freedom: An update on the Junior Chandler case.
2-13-12 UNCG professor showed no tolerance for skepticism.
2-10-12 An antipodal view: What would Charlotte Bronte have thought?
2-8-12 The long goodbye: ‘See you in a million years!’
2-6-12 Therapist, prosecutor worked 4-year-old as tag team.
2-3-12 Privott's allies found way around $1 million bail
2-1-12 That’s our case, and we’re sticking to it (cont.)
1-31-12 Junior Chandler victimized by overreaching experts
1-27-12 Montaigne and St. Augustine, of course, were never DAs.
1-25-12 Did fear of Bob Kelly keep women in jail?
1-23-12 25 years of wrongful imprisonment – and counting.
1-20-12 Prosecutors' motto: But they're still guilty!
1-18-12 Why would prosecutors let 'monster' walk?
1-16-12 The darkness that lurks behind Darkness to Light.
1-13-12 Geraldo Rivera: "I am now convinced I was terribly wrong."
1-11-12 How much like Penn State were day-care cases?
1-9-12 Among the costs of incarceration: a marriage; an update on Scott Privott.
1-6-12 Does convicting innocent people count as crime'?
1-4-12 Journalists, too, suffer 'incurable blind spots'.
1-2-12 “You believe a dozen little kids just made up lies?”
12-30-11 Nifong had sympathizer in H.P. Williams.
12-28-11 Testimony gone awry noted in "Jeopardy in the courtroom."
12-26-11 Reader Clarence Lankford comments.
12-23-11 “Overwhelming power” in the worst possible hands.
12-21-11 “Is it not plain that people had frightened their children?”
12-19-11 Case was boon to DA's team of therapists.
12-16-11 “Facts in direct conflict with charges by parents.”
12-14-11 Doug Wiik compares Rascals case with hysteria involving his Pennsylvania day care.
12-12-11 How one DA refused to yield to madness.
12-9-11 Imagining my part of a chat with H.P. Williams Jr.
12-7-11 Ex-D.A. H.P. Williams Jr. “not in a position to talk about it”?
12-5-11 Professional child abuse: Creating false memories.
12-2-11 How Bill Hart got better at playing dirty.
11-30-11 How were defendants so skillful at dressing kids?
11-28-11 Parents ill-prepared to practice psychology.
11-25-11 Parents' gullibility "grounded in anxiety."
11-23-11 Imprisonment 'without having to prove a thing' – a 1997 editorial.
11-21-11 Raymond Lawrence writes a memoir about his involvement in the case.
11-18-11 Good sense proved no match for gossip.
11-16-11 Prosecutors couldn't buy off “depraved” defendants. A Norfolk Virginian-Pilot editorial.
11-14-11 Anonymous sympathizer gave $750,000.
11-11-11 In the beginning, there was a paranoid schizophrenic.
11-9-11 Parents stake claim to 'years of trauma and persecution'
11-7-11 Brent Adams & Associates begins to clean up its act.
11-4-11 Prosecutors followed playbook from the 16th century.
11-2-11 Chapel Hill therapist Ann Earle was nothing if not certain.
10-31-11 Brent Adams & Associates, clean up your act.
10-28-11 The prosecution's failures.
10-26-11 A theory on the “seeds of this case.”
10-24-11 Other victims of the “decade of moral panic.”
10-21-11 Bob Kelly used hard work to survive hard time
10-19-11 Carol Tavris: Children showed courage not to 'remember' abuse.
10-17-11 Mark Montgomery: N.C. law stacked against defendants.
10-12-11 Why we could see another Little Rascals case.
10-11-11 Bob Kelly: “I had nothing to be ashamed of.”