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The Abuse of Innocence: The McMartin Preschool Trial

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
On August 12, 1983, Judy Johnson called the police and told them her two-year-old son had been sexually abused at Virginia McMartin's Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California. Mrs. Johnson accused a teacher, Raymond Buckey. After searching the school and the homes of the owners and teachers, police distributed a letter to parents of children attending the McMartin ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 29th 2003 by Prometheus Books (first published March 1st 1993)
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Nicola Montague
A fascinating and thorough look at the McMartin preschool trial, one of the waves of ludicrous cases during the "Satanic Ritual Abuse" hysteria of the 80s. The book looks at each step of the (very) long trial and the flimsiness of the evidence, the manipulation of the child witnesses, and the inconsistencies in all the stories. The only thing I did not like about the book was when it veered slightly into conspiracy territory (THE GOVERNMENT ARE GOING TO STEAL YOUR CHILDREN!), apart from perhaps ...more
Jack
Feb 28, 2008 Jack rated it liked it
Absolutely terrifying. Occasionally the book takes its conspiracy theories a little farther than I'm willing to go; I think the authors point out severe institutionalized flaws in the American government and legal system system moreso than orchestrations from the highest echelons of power. But it still factually conveys a very haunting description of how the criminal justice system can destroy seven lives with complete impunity.
Dennis Littrell
Apr 28, 2010 Dennis Littrell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
Eberle, Paul and Shirley. The Abuse of Innocence: The McMartin Preschool Trial (1993)****
A good book that deserves a larger readership

With all the publicity surrounding the McMartin preschool trial, now over a decade removed, one would suppose that the definitive book on the subject—and this is certainly the definitive book, and a good one at that—would be a best seller, but it didn't happen. Why? Because the public wanted a villain, somebody to hate, and what they got were some innocent people
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Joshua Vahary
Mar 09, 2015 Joshua Vahary rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting, well written account of the infamous McMartin Preschool trail. It contains a detailed account of the trial proceedings, as well as numerous anecdotal stories from the two authors. The book was NOT written from a neutral point of view, Paul and Shirley often interject their own opinions of the lawyers, defendants, witnesses judges, media personalities, and others. Often they will give eloquent and detailed accounts of the defenses positions, while quickly paraphrasing the ...more
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