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The Secret Of Bryn Estyn: The Making Of A Modern Witch Hunt

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A study of a British witch-hunt which developed during the 1990s out of new police methods for collecting allegations of abuse. The main focus of the book is on allegations about Bryn Estyn, the home at the centre of the North Wales scandal and of the inquiry. The spread of the witch-hunt to other parts of the UK is also documented.
Hardcover, 722 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Orwell Press
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Richard Bartholomew
Feb 16, 2016 Richard Bartholomew rated it it was amazing
In 2015, the name of “Bryn Estyn” is more than ever synonymous with organised sex abuse against children in care. The former deputy head of the institution, Peter Howarth, died in prison in 1997, three years after being convicted of using his position to rape boys; and the guilt of at least one care worker, Stephen Norris, was established beyond doubt by a guilty plea in court. In the years since The Secret of Bryn Estyn was published, previously obscure rumours that “VIPs” used to attend Bryn E ...more
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Sep 09, 2014 Alan Hughes rated it it was amazing
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This is an important book and an excellent read. It is a forensic dissection of recent events in North Wales and reveals the risks of witch hunts and the miscarriages of justice occur in their train. It is disturbing to read details of events and realise that the opinion I had formerly held was incorrect.
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RICHARD WEBSTER was born in 1950 and studied English literature at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of A Brief History of Blasphemy: Liberalism, Censorship and 'The Satanic Verses', 1990; Why Freud Was Wrong: Sin, Science and Psychoanalysis, 1995; Freud (Gre
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