The McMartin Pre-School Case: What’s So Hard To Believe?

I thought it might be interesting and informative to re-visit the McMartin preschool case.There are many interesting facts not been widely publicized about the McMartin case. You will find them in this article.

In 1983, Ray Bucky, his sister Peggy Ann, Ray’s mother Peggy, and Grandmother Virginia, along with three other teachers from the McMartin pre-school, in Manhattan Beach California, were all arrested and charged with hundreds of counts of child sexual abuse.

The arrests took place after a mother reported to police that her two year-old son came home from the McMartin pre-school with blood on his anus. The boy’s mother was told to go to the emergency room at the University of California at Los Angeles.

UCLA is a highly respected hospital with a prominent staff. The physicians at UCLA told the woman that her son had been sodomized. This led to a flood of other children reporting that sexual abuse had taken place in and around the school.

To this day, there remains widespread disbelief of the accusers.

One woman even ended up recanting the accusations she made as a child.

Children and adults often retract previous accusations of child sexual abuse, even when the accusations are true.

In the McMartin case, questionable tactics were used in suggestive interviews with the children. It is possible that inexperienced and overzealous investigators, caused some children to lie, and others to be confused about real abuse.

But the truth of the McMartin case, is most likely much darker and unacceptable to the human mind.

A New York Times writer said this about the case:

“When you once believed something that now strikes you as absurd, even unhinged, it can be almost impossible to summon that feeling of credulity again. Maybe that is why it is easier for most of us to forget, rather than to try and explain, the Satanic-abuse scare that gripped this country in the early 80′s — the myth that Devil-worshipers had set up shop in our day-care centers, where their clever adepts were raping and sodomizing children, practicing ritual sacrifice, shedding their clothes, drinking blood and eating feces, all unnoticed by parents, neighbors and the authorities.” ~Margaret Talbot

Does Ms.Talbot not know that we live in a world where many people worship Satan? Father Malachi Martin was a prominent theologian, well-educated, and a high authority in the Roman Catholic Church. Father Martin warned that at least 8,000 satanic covenants exist in the United States alone and that people from all walks of life are among the members.

Does she live in a world where fathers don’t take a hatchet to their little boys and burn them to death? If that isn’t paying tribute to Satan, I don’t know what is.

Does Ms. Talbot, and those who roll their eyes to Satanic Ritual Abuse, live in a world where no one makes children have sex with animals, or where no one drinks blood because they want to emulate a vampire?

Does Ms. Talbot reside in a world where all little children are watched and protected by their parents, by nice neighbors and respected school officials? Tell me where such a world is Ms. Talbot, because it does not exist.

The U.S. media has made it virtually impossible to believe the Buckys were guilty of child sexual abuse, and the media has touted the McMartin case as a travesty against “innocent” teachers and day care workers. The McMartin case has been called a modern day “witch hunt,” and is the basis for the catch phrase, “Satanic panic.”

The U.S. media, as well as special interest groups, have used the McMartin case to create mass disbelief in Satanic Ritual Abuse, and even a disbelief of general cases of sexual abuse at day care facilities.

“How can it be that, with significant numbers of criminal convictions of perpetrators of ritual abuse and laws against ritual abuse on the books in a growing number of states, with the clinical data amassed by thousands of therapists in the United States and internationally, with physical evidence like the tunnels found under the McMartin preschool corroborating children’s reports of abuse, that we cannot reach a consensus that ritual abuse constitutes a serious problem for us as a nation, and demands to be addressed? Why is it that media accounts of ritual abuse are often filled with so much obfuscation that the public is left wondering whether ritual abuse might not in fact be the “urban myth” or “mass hysteria” that certain skeptics have made a virtual career out of saying that it is?”

Facts virtually ignored by the U.S. Media:

In 1990, the new owner of the preschool, granted permission to search for the tunnels before he destroyed the building and redeveloped the property. Sound, scientific evidence was discovered; evidence that showed someone had dug tunnels under the preschool, and went through the task of trying to cover them up. The results of the excavation are documented in meticulous detail in a 185 page report of the Archaeological Excavation of the McMartin Preschool Site by E. Gary Stickel, Ph.D., a UCLA archaeologist.

According to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, John Crewdson, parents with children attending the school, were given excessively strict rules about visiting the school unannounced. Children occasionally went home from the school wearing other children’s clothing or without the underwear they had on that morning. One father admitted that he and the other parents were extremely busy with their own lives and that it “blew right past” him when his child came home without any underwear. *

Another father admitted that his child would cry every morning when he dropped him off at the McMartin Preschool, but because the small boy could not verbally express himself to his father, the man did not look into the source of his son’s distress.

Some of the children said the teachers at McMartin had given them “medicine” in the form of “little pink pills” and other liquid substances which one child described as “making me feel like I was asleep even when I was awake.” Children do not have the intelligence to articulate such a complicated feeling unless they have experienced it. They also mentioned “horsy games” “doctor games” and “tickle games.”

These are “games” frequently used by child sexual abusers.

The children making the accusations, also said their previous silence had been necessary because occasionally a turtle, gerbil, or rabbit was killed in front of them at the school. The children were told that their parents would die in the same way if the abuse secrets were ever revealed.

Turtle shells were found in the lot next to the McMartin pre-school.

Killing animals and threats of death are a form of manipulation through terror that is frequently used by sexual predators and those who torture children. Children cannot possibly fabricate a method commonly used to silence victims. In addition, the children described specific mind control tactics that could not have been invented by the simple mind of a child.

One physician reported that one of the children suffered “blunt force trauma” of sexual areas. Some of the children in the care of the McMartins even had chlamydia, a sexually-transmitted disease.

Other compelling evidence in the case is the children said they were abused in an Episcopal Church near the school. That same church had run a day-care center, which was closed by the state when doctors said six children had been sexually abused there. The McMartin children could not have known this.

Investigators on the case disclosed that the children’s accounts of the physical locations, where the alleged abuse had taken place, were 100% accurate. The children even named an unemployed handyman as being one of their perpetrators. As it turned out, this man had been facing sexual abuse charges stemming from a baby-sitting service that he ran from a motel in a nearby town. The children could not have known about the charges against the man.

We were in court for 7 years. Still the longest trial in U.S. history. My daughter and hundreds of people I know deal with the aftermath on a daily basis. Our children’s medical reports and the tunnels which corroborated one of the most ‘fantastic stories’ the children recounted. The tunnels are documented in a formal report now located at a Law University. The most compelling proof was living with my daughter and dealing with all of her revelations and fears. ~Jackie MacGauley, mother of one of the McMartin Preschool children

Death Threats, Terror, and Programming Victims into Silence

The children in the McMartin case spoke of several abusive sexual acts being forced on them, including the “naked movie star game.” They also described being made to have sex with animals. A number of experts feel the children were perpetrated by adults wearing various animal costumes or masks of movie actors.

Children being sexually, or ritualistically abused, are often threatened with death or with the death of a loved one, or a beloved pet. Victims of ritual abuse, are sometimes programmed to hurt, or kill themselves, if they ever tell someone. The victim might also be tricked into believing false “truths” in order to make their experiences sound wildly exaggerated, or even improbable, if ever disclosed.

Perpetrators frequently wear alien costumes, masks, and use other props in order to confuse their victims. This is convenient for the perpetrators, later in life, when a child victim becomes an adult and they remember their abuse or torture in a distorted manner.

The adult survivor might remember, and begin to describe, their abuser as a clown or a movie star, even an alien from another planet. Subsequently, the victim is not believed, and may not even believe themselves, which can lead to a retraction of the allegations.

Sakheim describes how a child molester had detailed the manner in which he muddled the reality of his victims. He would not only wear costumes, but he would pretend to kill a baby, when in reality he had used a doll. This would invoke terrible fear into a child and probably silence them forever because the child does not know that it is only a doll being mutilated.

Deliberate distortions may have been used by perpetrators in the McMartin Pre-School case.

Despite media attempts to keep this information away from public knowledge, the tunnels that the children spoke of, were eventually found and the findings were confirmed in 1993 by five scientists from top universities.

Not only were the tunnels found, but there is compelling evidence, proving the existence of the tunnels, and corroborating the child’s accounts of the tunnels.

Eighteen children testified before the Grand Jury in the McMartin case, and people who attended the trial say their stories were credible. Medical evidence of vaginal and anal penetration was found in some of the children.

In 1986, a new district attorney considered the evidence as “incredibly weak,” so all charges were dropped against Virginia McMartin, Peggy Ann Buckey, Mary Ann Jackson, Betty Raidor and Babette Spitler.

The trial against Peggy McMartin and Ray Bucky lasted three years, and in 1990, after nine weeks of jury deliberation, Peggy McMartin Buckey was acquitted on all counts.

Ray Buckey was cleared of 52 out of 65 counts, and there was a hung jury on the other counts. Bucky was released from jail and tried again on six of the 13 remaining counts. This resulted in another hung jury. The prosecutors decided not to try Ray Bucky a third time.

Some of the jurors said they believed that some of the children were indeed abused, but they felt the interviews of the children were suggestive so they could not convict Bucky.

The jury very clearly stated that the prosecution did not prove their case. The jurors were convinced that someone did commit the crime. One juror said she would have liked to have heard more from the children.~ Jackie MacGauley

Despite the questionable tactics used by those who interviewed the children, it is very possible that, because the female defendants looked like typical ‘American apple pie’ aunts and grandmothers, and that the charges were so “far-fetched” from the ‘society norm,’ the jury could not move past their denial system.

* This is a perfect example of parents who are too busy and unattached to their children to investigate suspicious behavior and situations. The McMartin case took place in the early 1980’s. Parents of today are infinitely more preoccupied in their daily routine. This means that too many children are made vulnerable to sexual predators.