“The Witch, No. 3″, c.1892 lithograph by Joseph E. Baker.
The Real Victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie at
Among the atrocities that Frances and Dan Keller were supposed to have committed while running a day care center out of their Texas home: drowning and dismembering babies in front of the children; killing dogs and cats in front of the children; transporting the children to Mexico to be sexually abused by soldiers in the Mexican army; dressing as pumpkins and shooting children in the arms and legs; putting the children into a pool with sharks that ate babies; putting blood in the children’s Kool-Aid; cutting the arm or a finger off a gorilla at a local park; and exhuming bodies at a cemetery, forcing children to carry the bones.
Mistakes were Made by Gary Greenberg at Gary at is blog
The Unforgotten Unremembered… by Dr. Mickey Nardo at 1 boring old man
Fortunately, I don’t need to try to summarize the story because Greenberg has the pdf of the whole story available [When Psychiatry Battled the Devil] on his site. It’s really a good read from someone who was there in the thick of it.
Had I written about it right off, I would’ve talked about some of those patients I saw back then in consultation, or how one of the candidates in our analytic institute became a national figure trying to debunk this wave of hysteria that swept through the mental health community, or maybe how it all fit in the craziness of that period. But right now, that’s no longer the story. The story is why did the Psychiatric Times unpublish it?
It’s an irony of the first order that Richard’s story begins with the fact that we’ve forgotten about that whole incident. I certainly had. And he was questioning why? And then the Psychiatric Times who initially loved the story summarily pulled it, forgetting it all over again. Anyway, have a read, it’s quite a piece…
When Psychiatry Battled the Devil by Dr. Richard Nolls
This article was published in the Psychiatric Times then removed. This link is a link to a download in PDF format. It’s very definitely worth the time and space.Dr. Noll’s essay describes the high-ranking psychiatrist who was responsible for the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic. Among other things, Gloria Steinham jumped on the band wagon as so was a “feminist” literally participating in a witch hunt aimed primarily as low paid childcare workers.