1. dumbnhung says

    I hope they sue the asses off the state and get millions to help put their lives back together.

  2. Bill says

    … and not just sue the state but the so called “medical experts”. It may go well beyond malpractice – that “satanic” stuff sounds like a figment of someone’s bigoted imagination.

  3. BigBlackMariah says

    Could we have more details on how this happened? Did the experts manufacture evidence? Did the state knowingly offer perjured testimony? What’s the background on this story.

    This is a horrible travesty and these women should be compensated but if someone knowingly convicted them of a crime they knew the women did not commit, the state should pay with money and the prosecutor, experts and the “victims,” (if they made this up) should be given 2 years in jail for every 1 year these women spent wrongfully imprisoned.

  4. Steve says

    That so-called “expert” testified in hundreds of trials and there is at least one other of case where a “victim” later recanted. She probably ruined many other lives too.

  5. Steve says

    Ritual satanic abuse was a huge thing that swept the US in the 80s to mid 90s. There are many, many such cases with false accusations. Young children often simply say what they think adults will want to hear.

    Then there is the fact that these are all lesbians. In the 90s and in Texas today still, that means people would automatically assume that they are child molesters.

  6. stevetalbert says

    I do not fault the children,, as it has been proven that it is very easy for a therapist to plant false memories into another person. This is why these cases fell apart. This one must have fallen through the cracks. It’s terrible, because the children actually have the false memory they were basically encouraged to internalize.

  7. says

    Read my book coming out this January, titled: “If he’s Queer, he musta done it.” It is the true story of Michael Batey, convicted of a sex crime that he did not do. He spent 15 years in prison for it where he was raped and abused. The book documents the corrupt court and prison system. The book is being published by Fountain Publishing and they are trying to get me on television over this book. It is SICKENING what this gay man went through.

  8. *****overTX says

    It is a good thing they were not sentenced to death. It would not be the first time Texas executed an innocent person and I would be willing to bet that it will not be the last.

  9. cdubois says

    It’s maddening that there isn’t additional information anywhere. All the news outlets covering it have the same vague information. Hopefully we get the entire story about how they overturned it, why the children corroborated and where all parties involved are now. I am glad they got out and I hope they get fully cleared

  10. emjayay says

    Texas is the state that executed a guy for burning down his house and killing his daughters. This was based on an “expert” fire inspector’s unscientific and completely wrong testimony and the guy’s heavy metal posters – Satanism again.

    A documentary on PBS a few years ago told the story of a couple with a day care center in the South of course where little kids were testifying about all kinds of completely impossible crimes that made no sense, which did not impune their testimony at all. Kids who believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Besides leading the children on with their testimony, there was a feedback loop reinforcing and amplifying it. (I don’t remember how that worked.) Again, fundie type Christians willing to believe Satan was at work.

    The ignorance of people – particulary Southern fundie types – is appalling. It’s exactly like the Salem witch trials.

  11. Merv says

    This episode shows the dangers of junk science. If experts were required to demonstrate the validity of their science before being allowed to testify, this would happen a lot less often.

    It reminds me of the phenomenon of “facilitated communication” which also resulted in ruining lives with accusations of sexual abuse in the 1990s. Non-communicative children were “facilitated” in recounting tales of abuse by having the facilitator guide their hands on a device similar to Ouija board. Of course, the stories were entirely the product of the imagination of the facilitator. The amazing thing is that no one bothered to test the technique until after lives were ruined by the accusations. All they had to do to debunk the technique is to show a picture of an object to the child but not the facilitator, and watch it fail.

  12. LITTLE KIWI says

    Perhaps we will never know the full truth, but lesbians have been known to dabble in the Dark Arts.

  13. RWG says

    This is why I have nothing to do with children, ever. I don’t talk to them, I never allow any in my house. Passing out candy to the neighborhood kids on Halloween is the most contact I have and in that case, their parents are standing a few feet away, so it’s ok. Otherwise, I totally avoid children whenever possible. I hope these women can rebuild their lives. They can never get back what was stolen from them.

  14. Endorado says

    Just remember this the next time you hear some “advocate” who is basically making the argument that accusers should always be believed and the accused presumed guilty. Every day in this country, behind “not revictimizing the victim” we allow our legal protections for the defendant to be abridged. Our founding fathers were very much aware that the protections they put in place would result in some guilty people going free and they considered it the cost of true justice. Now, even intelligent and well meaning people keep calling for the erosion of legal protections for the accused, not to mention the innocent, in the name of justice. Justice is when a guilt man is convicted and punished. Justice is also when the defendant goes free because he is presumed innocent and the state has failed to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

    I don’t believe in God, but I can’t help but wonder if the cultural shift away from a God belief isn’t partly to blame for some of our problems. If one believes in God, or even in a great and just oneness of the cosmos, then one can acquit a defendant in the knowledge that if he is guilty greater forces will take him down. We want to put all of our faith and belief in the mechanics of government.