A few stories without commentary, except for this: years ago when I first read of the deep black op of ritual abuse, I was wary of those accounts which pointed fingers at family perpetrators. I thought, perhaps, the trauma of non-ritual incest had caused survivors to disassociate and generate elaborate, yet eerily similar, horror stories to account for it. But after reading a little more, the practice of selecting victims from a pool of compromised, cultic families made a perfect, awful sense. All that remained was the question of whether such families exist. And the answer is, of course they do.
Thanks to those who provided links. And a warning, especially to survivors: this is disturbing material.
Most unsettling is the revelation of countless numbers of unmarked baby graves in the canyonlands attached to the FLDS polygamy cult [the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints] headquartered on the Utah-Arizona border. Local residents call it "Babyland" and law enforcement's response to human rights activists questioning the graves has been that unmarked graves are not illegal.
Here's an example of the activists' attempting intervention:
Friday, March 05, 2004
To: FBI Phoenix Arizona
From: Child Protection Project, Flora Jessop and Linda Walker
Re: 56 unmarked child graves in Colorado City, Arizona
We request that you open a formal investigation into the dramatic situation that exists for children in Colorado City. We want the graveyard known as the "Baby Graveyard" in Colorado City to be designated a crime scene and the bodies exhumed to find out who is buried in them and why so many children are dead. It is located in the Colorado City compound close to the Isaac V. Carling cemetery. I, Linda Walker, documented with a video cam 46 unmarked graves in the baby graveyard and another 10 + in the Isaac V. Carling cemetery for over 56 unmarked baby graves. I also documented all the graves with markers for a total of 425 graves, 227 are children and the rest adults.
Anyone can tell these are children's graves because they do not bother to remove the extra dirt and so there is a mound left that is about the size of a small child or casket.
I am faxing you the hard copy of all the information I have compiled so far.
We also know that people are burying their children in the canyons and in home burial plots. Evidently there are no laws against this in Utah but I have not checked the laws in Arizona. These polygamous white supremacy compounds straddle the borders of both states and so this is the FBI's venue. Despite many apparent oversights in the law, there are no circumstances under which people can bury children with no notice whatsoever to any officials. Death certificates are required. Yet, this is what they have done and in large numbers.
Simply adding up the numbers and ages of the people we know are buried in the baby graveyard and the Isaac V. Carling cemetery gives us this profile:
56 entirely unmarked child graves
227 child graves all together for a total of 53% children under 10
Activists think that young boys (11-20 yr olds) are being killed. The death rate for them is very high and the reasons for death that we do have listed as accidents could easily be evaluated as homicides. Unfortunately, lapse law enforcement (law enforcement we have endeavored to get decertified because they are committing felonies) never seems to think so. I understand accidents are common with children but this is far from the norm.
In the mid-90s, the State of Utah's Report on Ritual Crime raised the case of "Rachel Hopkins" (a pseudonym). "Both parents confessed to serious sexual and physical abuse of their children" which occurred over 25 years before. Rachel "came forward to describe her recovered memories of horrendous abuse, and of being threatened with death if she ever told anyone":
She said that both of her parents signed confessions that they had sexually and physically abused her. She also has a child photograph of herself which shows bruises. Her siblings have corroborated the events. She said "the truth is they (Satanists) do wear black robes, they do abuse children, they do kill animals...It exists, and to say otherwise is to deny the facts in front of them. Our society used to deny the existence of incest, too, because we didn't want to believe it...I was sexually abused in every way you can conceive. I was tortured and had the bottoms of my feet cut. I was made to believe I was killing a baby, and they forced me to kill dogs and cats...I was bathed in a tub of blood and forced to look at myself in a mirror. I was tied up and hung upside down and spun. I was suffocated and electrocuted to the point of being bowed and paralyzed. Sometimes they forced me and my siblings to hurt one another. They would tell me, `now you're one of us. If you tell anybody, they won't believe you and they'll put you in a mental hospital.' And they threatened to torture me until I was dead." She believes that she was given more intense abuse than her siblings because of her blond hair and blue eyes.
From the RCMP Gazette this 2005 article, "Ritual abuse/torture: Identifying a crime of horror," which includes this account from survivor "Carrie":
The "insider circle" reality of rituals and ceremonies involved my father and about 12 of his friends—men and women, young and old, a mixture of social classes. [They were] doctors, a lawyer, nurse and teacher. Sometimes only one parent was involved; some brought their children.
Their routine was to force me to get very drunk then humiliate me with their laughter. Another little girl and I were tied down on wooden planks and smeared with blood and given enemas. So much pain, horror, torture and terror. I was about 13 when the ritualized torture stopped. There were about 14 of us — infants, toddlers and children — girls and boys.
And two stories from the coverage of France's huge paedophile ring trial. First, "Child's Birthday Horror":
Harrowing scenes from a young girl's birthday, in which she and other children were allegedly surrounded by naked adults, were recounted during testimony on Wednesday in a paedophilia trial that has horrified France.
Alain D, one of 66 people accused of involvement in a paedophile ring, recalled the day a child named Marine V turned six, adding more chilling testimony to the trial.
In all, 39 men and 27 women are accused of taking part in a paedophilia ring in which babies and children were allegedly raped, sexually abused and prostituted by their parents for food or money.
Man accused of child rape blames father
A man charged with raping his three children tried to pin blame on his father in a child sex trial that has shocked France. Franck V, one of the suspected leaders of a massive paedophile ring, admitted yesterday that he had not always behaved properly with his children.
Franck V faces 20 years in prison if convicted of raping, sexually abusing and forcing his children into prostitution. He said he had seen his father, Philippe V, abuse his children.
Most parents love their children. But not enough. And those who don't make it easy for the "Dr Greene's" and the "Dr Blacks."