Nov 29, 2013

Fran Keller Released From Prison

I have recently come across an excellent article on the Austin Chronicle online: Fran Keller Released From Prison, by Jordan Smith. Fran Keller, a victim of one of the day care satanic ritual abuse hysteria of the 1980's & 1990's, was imprisoned in the 1992. She was in prison for over 20-years.

The article also references the San Antonio Four, who have also been in the news recently. (You can view my Nov 27th post on the San Antonia Four by clicking here.)

Closer to home were the Wenatchee child abuse prosecutions. The Seattle Post Intelligencer had done an excellent series entitled The Power to Harm. Sadly, it appears that this series is no longer online on the Seattle PI's website.

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For more on the subject, please note that I have numerous books listed in recommended books, a movie (listed in recommended movies), & several sites linked in links: websites.

Nov 28, 2013

Failing Texas' foster children

 
 
This video and the accompanying news story can be found at
 
 

 
I have several other posts that also address
the tragic death of foster child Alexandria Hill.

Nov 27, 2013

Crimes involving children tough to defend: Non profit works to clear names

 
This video and the accompanying news story can be found at
 
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note: I have had the Four Lives Lost website linked
under the links (websites) section of this page for some time.


 
for more information on this case,
consider the following:
 
San Antonio Four (tumblr)
 
 
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The San Antonio Four Show the Injustice of Sex Abuse Witch-hunts
Forbes
by: Harvey Silverglate
Nov 12, 2012
 
The Austin Chronicle
by: Jordan Smith
Nov. 16, 2012
 
 

Nov 25, 2013

Va. ranks first in kids aging out of foster care



Jake Burns (in Va. ranks first in kids aging out of foster care) states "Virginia has the highest rate of children who enter the foster care system only to never find a permanent home...."

Nov 21, 2013

polygraph examinations

While doing some recent (minor) reorganization WACPR's PDF section, I decided that it was time to address the issue of the polygraph. It was actually the article The Use of Truth-Telling Devices in Sexual Assault Investigations (which is not archived in any of my DropBox folders & thus the only one currently listed under "misc PDF's") that got me thinking.
 
Many years ago (in 2002, to be exact), a polygrapher explained to me that sometimes people (like alleged sexual assault victims) are NOT asked to take polygraph examinations. The reasoning, as I understood it, is that sometimes people could be too emotional (?traumatized?) for the polygraph to be of use.
Along those lines, consider the following three articles, which were published on Psychology Today's blog.
 


Having been through a very traumatic experience myself (my child was seriously injured & I was asked to take a polygraph examination), I can understand this. 

But I wonder: wouldn't the opposite also be true? For example, the person who had so seriously harmed my child was never found. (At the time, it appeared to me that he/she was never really sought). Sadly, I believe that the statute of limitations is up. If the guilty party were to take a polygraph now, wouldn't it be easier for them to "pass" it, knowing that, no matter what, they would not be charged?




For more on my story, see my Sept 17, 2012 post
or visit Aleksandra Rohan,
the blog I began (using a pen name) to accompany my forthcoming book.

Nov 20, 2013

Hospital Holds West Hartford Girl For 9 Months After Parents Argue Diagnosis

According to Beau Berman, in his story Hospital Holds West Hartford Girl For 9 Months After Parents Argue Diagnosis, a "medical “mystery” ... has left a Connecticut family baffled and heartbroken. After a long history of medical problems, a West Hartford teenager is now “trapped” inside a hospital with seemingly no way out."

At 15, Justina Pelletier was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, "a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness."

Later, however, when she was ill with the flu, hospital staff "said Justina had “somatoform disorder.” In short, they were saying she suffered from a mental illness, not mitochondrial disease."

Even though the family has the support of "Dean Hokanson, the clinical psychologist who has worked with Justina the past five years", they are still fighting for custody of their daughter.

To access the news story & video, click here.

Nov 18, 2013

“Kids for Cash” Documentary: Meet the Director



According to Scott Schaffer in "Kids for Cash" Documentary: Meet the Director, Kids for Cash is "the story of disgraced judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan."

Nov 16, 2013

Hospital sorry for forced adoptions

While this story is was published in 2012,
I have only recently become aware of it.
 
 


This video and the accompanying news story can be found at
Hospital sorry for forced adoptions

Nov 8, 2013

The Truther Girls - videos re: CPS

Below are two videos by The Truther Girls.


http://youtu.be/ugLmtbWw538
uploaded Jan 22, 2011


http://youtu.be/oybUwNYGeqs
uploaded Sep 29, 2011

The second video references things that I've covered or linked to in this blog,
such as the FIXCAS site (with news feed) & the documentary Powerful As God.

Nov 6, 2013

Mother claims foster father abused her children



Greg Argos & Adam Longo report (in Mother claims foster father abused her children) that a foster father, Pedro Manzo, is accused of abusing a foster child in his care.

It is possible that this is a true case of shaken baby syndrome. Pedro Manzo acknowledged that he "grabbed under her jaw, shook her in a side to side motion...." The result? "Her neck is fractured. She has blood clots...."
 
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For further research,
you may wish to see the PDF section of this blog.

Nov 5, 2013

Couple given long sentences for death of adopted girl

In my Sep 10, 2013 post - Woman guilty of murdering adopted girl who starved and froze to death - I shared the story of "[a] Washington couple [Larry & Carri Williams], ... convicted in the death of their adopted daughter, Hana Williams."

I would like to share an update.


   
 

Nov 1, 2013

CPS Michigan Starved 10YO Disabled Boy to Death After Mom Sought State's Help, Johnny's Story

When I tried to access the news & video link at a later date, it was no longer working.

I have found a video on YouTube
(via mamasuntwinkle's channel)
that covers the story.


http://youtu.be/HmMGbRt1A5A