British Psychological Society faces Charity Commission probe amidst Backlash over Closure of Memory-Based Evidence Group

Yesterday an article revealed that the BPS is facing a Charity Commission probe:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/25/exclusive-british-psychological-society-faces-charity-commission/

Having volunteered in various roles over 15 years I am sad that it came to this. At the end of 2020 I stepped down from all BPS volunteering roles in protest at the premature closure of the Memory-Based Evidence (MBE) task and finish group that was only started in January 2020.

Below I outline the background to that decision including key elements of the controversies that underpin the ‘Memory Wars’ since the 1990’s.

A helpful colleague recently circulated an article of Prof Ross Cheit, a survivor of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA), concerning the Taus vs Loftus controversy. In short, Corwin & Olafson (1997) presented a case study that involved video recordings of ‘Jane Doe’ at age 6 and 17 regarding allegations of CSA. Loftus & Guyer (2002) tracked down ‘Jane Doe’ and wrote a two-part article in a news stand publication ‘The Skeptical Enquirer’ based on interviews with various family members surrounding Jane (but not Jane herself). Young Jane, at the time a college student, got very upset and commenced litigation under her real name Nicole Taus that stretched over many years. The costs of the law suit lead to her declaring bankruptcy, and termination of her career as an army helicopter pilot. She retrained as a Psychologist and wrote an article of her experience in the same 2014 journal issue.

Please find below authorised links to all related articles in the 2014 Special Issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and the original 1997 article series on the website of ‘The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’ (APSAC):

https://www.apsac.org/ethical-issues

I particularly recommend the Olafson (2014) article.

I also provide below links to articles in ‘The Skeptical Enquirer’ by Loftus & Guyer (2002) and Tavris (2008), the Loftus (2003) Daedalus article as well as a journal article by Geis & Loftus (2009):

https://web.archive.org/web/20170629040558/http://www.csicop.org/si/show/who_abused_jane_doe_the_hazards_of_the_single_case_history_part_1/

https://web.archive.org/web/20170629102835/http://www.csicop.org/si/show/who_abused_jane_doe_the_hazards_of_the_single_case_history_part_2

https://direct.mit.edu/daed/article/132/4/84/26578/On-science-under-legal-assault

https://web.archive.org/web/20170817040250/http://www.csicop.org/si/show/whatever_happened_to_jane_doe

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elizabeth-Loftus/publication/228233199_Taus_v_Loftus_Determining_the_Legal_Ground_Rules_for_Scholarly_Inquiry/links/0fcfd50d9dae762a78000000/Taus-v-Loftus-Determining-the-Legal-Ground-Rules-for-Scholarly-Inquiry.pdf

Here is a Wikipedia link to the Jane Doe case which curiously does not reference the 2014 Special Issue:

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Jane_Doe_case

It is helpful to consider this state-of-affairs in the light of the experiences of Dr Ellen Lacter, an experienced Clinical Psychologist based in California, whose website (that I learned a lot from including Extreme Abuse Survey info) was blacklisted by Wikipedia:

http://endritualabuse.org/wikipedia-blacklisted-four-important-websites/

Full Article Index

http://endritualabuse.org/findings-from-the-2007-extreme-abuse-survey-eas-series/

Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) allegations are notoriously difficult to investigate especially within families. 

In the paragraphs that follow I describe in considerable detail my (unsuccessful) efforts to bring irregularities in a specific case to the attention of relevant authorities. The details of this case are deeply disturbing and may be triggering.

I also outline the steps I have taken as a Chartered Psychologist to tackle inadequacies at the British Psychological Society (BPS). Most of my relevant presentations can be downloaded from my ResearchGate profile  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rainer-Kurz  or can be requested from me. I will finish with a call to action which appears timely as the BPS is going to be investigated by the Charity Commission as per attached article in yesterday’s Telegraph.

Introduction

I encountered in a private capacity an extreme case in 2012 which I handled to the best of my abilities. A mother alleged to police that a ‘stalker’ sexually assaulted her toddler and disclosed that as a young teenager she delivered a baby that succeeded from incestuous rape and then ‘disappeared’. She disclosed that she was sexually assaulted by her father since she was a toddler up to age 20. Naturally, we all would expect authorities to take such disclosures extremely seriously and fully document her history in video recorded interviews. Unfortunately, instead a series of mental health professionals acting as court appointed experts concluded she was delusional about these two index incidents resulting in the mother’s loss of custody for her son.

As a volunteer I sat in at the final session with a Clinical Psychologist and from then on listened to the mother’s many stories. She described about a dozen ‘stalking’ situations in South Wales which I briefly described in a 2015 presentation.

I found documentary proof in a police report of the most hair-raising incident (that involved the mother and her toddler being intercepted by a police helicopter on a hiking path) so had to take these very seriously. In this paper I covered three extreme abuse cases (all also in South Wales!) which led to successful prosecutions:

  • Conviction of Ian Watkins, former singer of ‘The Lost Prophets’, for attempted baby rape.
  • Conviction of Colin Batley for Child Sexual Abuse while running a Satanist cult.
  • Conviction of Albert and Carole Hickmann for CSA including ‘sucking blood’.

After 100h of active listening I asked the mother to take me to various locations where the alleged offences happened. Outside her former house she spontaneously reported: ‘This is where he drove up the pavement and nearly ran us over’. At last, I was certain that the mother was not delusional about these staking events but the victim of a terrifying ordeal that culminated in an ‘unbelievable’ sexual assault on the toddler. I asked her whether threats were made after the sexual assault and she only nodded knowingly.

She reported that after being thrown out by her parents late one evening she requested emergency help at Kingston-upon-Thames police station. An officer quizzed her about her parents and shared that her father was suspected of pedophilia related offences. He instructed her to delay reporting of any sexual assault on her toddler by several weeks as it would a, be too dangerous to go up against her father on her own and b, that it would jeopardise an undercover investigation designed to ‘nail him for life’. Across four occasions the mother was consistent in her account of the chilling conversation. On several occasions she exclaimed: ‘This officer saved my life’.

Concerns for her own safety are understandable as the officer explored with her three violent deaths of adults, and two disappearances of new-born babies that police reportedly linked to the family member. Furthermore, in the 12 months between the police officer briefing and the alleged assault on the toddler three individuals in the vicinity of the mother were found dead. Within a few weeks the half-aunt had died suddenly (ostensibly due to alcoholism) whose toddler was also sexually assaulted according to court documents and put on the child protection register (note that makes three alleged toddler rape victims within one extended family – with one assault medically proven and that victim’s mother suffering a sudden death in the prime of life). Just after Christmas the toddler’s nursery teacher’s friend was found dead in the South Wales village river. A few weeks later the toddler’s godmother was found dead in her burnt-out house across the Irish Sea.

The accounts of her family background and activities had uncanny parallels with the Fred & Rose West case that also involved incest and murder of a daughter with a comparable headcount of alleged violent deaths.

My top priority was public safety so that I raised concerns with many authority representatives. My second priority was the safety of the toddler who I had reason to believe was ‘smuggled’ into the control of an abuse group. My third priority was to fight the social injustice of the Forced Adoption. I counted three dozen tax-payer funded individuals who failed to perform their duties properly.

Role of Psychologists as Expert Witnesses in Family Court Proceedings

Increasingly I turned my attention to the role of mental health professionals in Family Court proceedings. In 2014 I managed to get a reader’s letter into The Psychologist rebutting a misleading article my Prof Chris French at Goldsmith. I put myself forward to a BPS volunteer role in 2015 that enabled me to join the BPS Research Board. In 2016 I convened an interdisciplinary symposium at the 10th Oxford Dyslexia conference shedding some light on the role of neurodiversity issues in the case. I managed to get another interdisciplinary symposium accepted at the 2017 BPS Annual Conference in Brighton. However, following a highly irregular process my symposium got cancelled by conference chair Peter Branney who shortly afterwards became a Trustee of the BPS.

Courageous psychologists at the BPS South-West Branch published later that year published my article on the role of psychologist as experts in family courts which had started off as a Reader’s Letter to The Psychologist but was not only refused print publication by the Editor Jon Sutton but even ‘purged’ from the electronic commentary section!  

At the end of 2017 I presented at the ESTD conference in Bern 3 papers and a poster related to psychological assessment issues. This triggered a third Private Eye article critical of my investigations – Prof Alexis Jay was criticised in the same article for speaking at this conference, so I found myself in good company.  

Lost Memories, False Prophets & BPS Guidelines  

I presented at the 2017 conference a paper with the above title with five parts:

  • I Exposing Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA)
  • II False Memories Discourse of Disbelief
  • III British Psychological Society (BPS) Guidelines
  • IV BPS Publication ‘The Psychologist’
  • V Media Spin

I briefly outlined six BPS documents.

I was very impressed with ‘Recovered Memories: The Report of the Working Party of the British Psychological Society’ (1995). Its corresponding article in The Psychologist May 1995 issue revealed that across 1083 survey respondents (overall responsive rate: 27%) 13% of respondents worked with clients reporting Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) and believed them whereas 15% had clients reporting SRA overall. These two documents can be downloaded alongside an important report by Prof Jane Ireland (2012) critical of the quality of psychologist expert reports in Family Court proceedings from ResearchGate (see ‘Project log’):

https://www.researchgate.net/project/Psychometric-Performance-Assessment

I then outlined the controversial Guidelines on Memory and the Law developed under Prof. Martin Conway and first published in 2008. He had made his name as a memory researcher and in 1997 edited a book that featured a cross-section of contributors including Prof. Chris Brewin and Prof. Bernice Andrews who had contributed to the Recovered Memories report.

Prof. Conway joined the BPS Research Board in 2004 and was its chair 2006 to 2009. He secured an ESRC grant and oversaw the development. Members of the Committee included

  • Dr L. Morrison-Coulthard, Scientific Administrator, BPS
  • Dr D.B. O’Connor, University of Leeds

Advisors included:

  • Professor E.F. Loftus, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Dr C. Loveday, University of Westminster, UK

No member of the Recovered Memory working group was listed as a contributor and the only reference to their work was entirely unrepresentative: ‘It is noted that the impact of therapy on trauma memory has been a concern in the arena of the ‘false memory debate’ for recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. This is separate area and is covered in detail elsewhere by the British Psychological Society’.

There is no reference to Davies & Dalgleish (2001) ‘Recovered Memories – Seeking the Middle Ground’ and neither to Brown, Scheflin & Hammond (1998), a 2.2.kg tomb with 786 pages I recently received titled: ‘MEMORY, TRAUMA, TREATMENT AND THE LAW – An essential reference on memory for clinicians, researchers, attorneys, and judges.’ Chapter 12 is titled: The False Logic of the False Memory Controversy and the Irrational Element in Scientific Research on Memory.

I wonder what experienced trauma therapists make of the following under the heading ‘3.ii ADULT MEMORY FOR CHILDHOOD; (p.13):

‘Thus, when gauging the accuracy of childhood memories recalled by adults, and by
children older than about 10 years, the following rules of thumb are recommended:
Detailed and well-organised memories dating to events that occurred between
7 to 5 years of age should be viewed with caution.
Detailed and well-organised memories dating to events that occurred between
5 to 3 years of age should be viewed with considerable caution.
All memories dating to the age of 3 years and below should be viewed with great
caution and should not be accepted as memories without independent
corroborating evidence.
In general the accuracy of memories dating to below the age of about 7 years cannot be
established in the absence of independent corroborating evidence.’

The BPS Expert Witness group was not consulted as Prof. Conway judged that their members did not fit his group’s definition of what constitutes a memory expert. Even with protest from this very important stakeholder group and others it took two years to change just one sentence in the Key Points:

2008:

x. A memory expert is a person who is recognised by the memory research community to be a memory researcher.

2010:

x. A memory expert is a person who is recognised by the memory research community to possess knowledge relevant to the particular case.

Prof. Martin Conway became a member of the British False Memory Society (BFMS) Academic Advisory Board in 2011. His profile at City University lists numerous professional activities but omits the BFMS role:

https://www.city.ac.uk/about/people/academics/martin-conway

At the BPS until recently an international Panel existed featuring Prof. Loftus. Prof. Catherine Loveday has been the Chair of ‘The Psychologist and Digest Editorial Committee’ for almost 6 years. She published many articles with Prof. Martin Conway and is an Affiliative Member of the Memory & Law Centre at City where Prof. Elizabeth F. Loftus is a Visiting Professor:

https://researchcentres.city.ac.uk/memory-and-law

Kurz (2017) outlined that numerous articles in The Psychologist were by authors with False Memory associations. I also cite Appeal Court judge rulings 2010, 2011 and 2012. Here is an excerpt of what the judges wrote in 2012:

Case No. 2011/04796/C3

Although not now relevant to this appeal we feel we should mention that this is not the first time that Mr Barlow and his instructing solicitors have attempted to overturn a conviction on the basis of Professor Conway’s evidence as to the reliability of childhood memories.  His reports are controversial.  Only once to our knowledge, in an “unusual” case, has this court accepted his evidence (see R v JH and R v TG [2006] 1 Cr App R 10).  However, the court was unaware at that time of significant criticisms of Professor Conway’s methodology which have led to the court’s declining to receive his evidence (see R v S [2006] EWCA Crim 1404, R v E [2009] EWCA Crim 1370 and R v H [2011] EWCA Crim 2344).  In the light of those decisions, we have our doubts as to whether JH and TG, which was restricted very much to a specific set of facts, would be decided the same way today.  Professor Conway may wish to consider amending his CV in which, we note, he mentions only R v JH and r v TG.

Unperturbed by such criticisms Prof Martin Conway in the 10/2014 issue of The Psychologist went on with two co-authors to describe those who do not share their view on memory as ‘the zealots’, ‘the Old Guard’ and ‘the Fantasists’.

Memory-Based Evidence Task & Finish Group

I helped to bring about in 2019 a promising exploratory meeting that was held with view to developing an up-to-date BPS document.

In January 2020 expressions of interest applications for the Memory-Based Evidence tasks and finish group closed and in March 2020 for the associated Expert Review Group – which never actually met. Why? Tensions arose between the members of the task and finish group, and BPS leaders. Following a recommendation of the BPS policy unit headed by Dr Lisa Morrison-Coulthard the BPS Research Board voted to close down the MBE group. I voted against the motion and made five recommendations to Prof. Daryl O’Connor who for more than 5 years has been the Chair of the Research Board and is a Trustee of the BPS. Both were members of the original Guideline development team.

You can find a range of Reader’s Letters here where BPS members can add their voice:

https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/not-good-look#comment-353

The dissenting voices are increasing – I am pleased about the ‘Fake BPS’ blog and postings:

https://bpswatch.com/2021/01/18/memory-and-the-law-a-dereliction-of-duty-part-1/

(with a link to my blog at the bottom)

Constructive criticisms of BPS shenanigans can be found here:

From the blog:

When retired Clinical Psychology Professor Peter Harvey nudged the BPS about his letter a response was received from the BPS Director of Knowledge and Insight [sic]. This confirmed the fact that the Group has been disbanded and that the reason for this was that “…the standards of evidence for the report and the need for consensus and a convergence of evidence from experimental work and clinical practice, as defined within the Terms of Reference for the group, could not be met.”.  In response to my query about informing the wider membership I was told “…To date, we have only received two enquires about this issue, including your enquiry, so we have not disseminated a wider statement to members.”.

If you disagree with the decision to close the MBE group, please email (preferably with cc. or bcc. to ichinendaimoku@gmail.com):

presidentsoffice@bps.org.uk

Best wishes

Dr Rainer H. Kurz

Chartered Psychologist

London

Member of the BPS Committee for Test Standards 2010-2015

Member of the BPS Research Board 2015-2020

30 Years Anniversary of the Orkney SRA Case: FOUL DEEDS WILL RISE

On 27th February 1991, the Orkney child sexual abuse case kicked off. Jean Rafferty outlines in the preface to her 2019 book FOUL DEEDS WILL RISE:

“A historical scandal forms the background of this book. In 1991 nine children were removed from four families on the suspicion they had been abused in Satanist rituals. The children were taken into care but the parents protested their innocence and gathered huge public support.

Sheriff David Kelbie dismissed the case and decreed that the children should return to their parents, despite the reluctance of some of them to return.

On October 1992 Lord Clyde reported on the case, without making a ruling whether as to the guilt or innocence, of the parents involved. As a result, they cannot claim their innocence has been proved. Nor can anyone claim their guilt has been proven. The Scots verdict of Not Proven is the only possible one in these circumstances., though some of the characters in this book are convinced of their guilt.

This is difficult and controversial subject matter and I tried to follow Ernest Hemingway’s advice on writing: Write hard and clear about what hurts.

The hurt for victims never goes away.”

You can view an atmospheric trailer for the book here:

Jean Rafferty is an award-winning journalist who has written many articles on controversial topics including Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA). An article on the 25th anniversary and a follow-up article by academic Sarah Nelson can be accessed from the links below:

Satanist ritual abuse – two important published articles

https://www.thenational.scot/news/14862249.when-evil-visited-orkney-untold-story-of-ritual-child-abuse-allegations-on-the-island/

https://www.thenational.scot/news/14862414.orkney-ayrshire-cleveland-will-the-authorities-ever-learn-about-child-sexual-abuse-cases/

The raid was organised after social workers questioned members of a family with 15 children, identified at the time as “family W” to protect their privacy, whose father had been jailed for sexually abusing a daughter in 1986 shortly after the family’s arrival in South Ronaldsay, Orkney. Further details can be found here:

https://abuse.wikia.org/wiki/South_Ronaldsay_child_abuse_scandal

The book interweaves child sexual abuse disclosures of various characters with the media situation of journalist ‘Alma’ who had been commissioned to write a story – which got ‘spiked’.

I could recognise many of the abuse elements described including incest, rape and sacrifice in the context of an occult ceremony (orgy) as well as the symptoms such traumas cause. I was particularly touched by the sensitive portrayal of ‘Judith’ – an unregistered birth of a baby girl that ‘Alma’ delivered at age 14. It can be inferred that it succeeded from rape by her stepfather ‘Boo’ who had sexually abused her and taken pornographic pictures of her from an early age. ‘Alma’ tries to believe that ‘Judith’ was given to a loving couple who could not have children.

Unfortunately, it is rather unlikely that a baby that was unregistered at birth would live ‘happy ever after’. In my 2014 poster I included a table of key results of the Extreme Abuse Survey (Becker, Karriker, Overkamp & Rutz, 2008) which featured the disturbing results that across more than 200 professionals working with abuse victims the majority had personally received disclosures of the following ideologically driven crimes:

‘Forced Impregnation’ – 71%  

‘Survivors own child murdered by his/her perpetrators’ – 55%

More information on Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) in Scotland, Kingston-upon-Thames and elsewhere as well as informative videos on the topic by the courageous activist and advocate Wilfred Wong can be found in earlier posts:  

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/patsies-made-in-austria-the-kingston-terminator/

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/satanist-ritual-abuse-sra-in-berne-kingston-upon-thames-wales-ireland-scotland-westminster-and-hampstead/

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/11/complex-trauma-assessment-problems-and-educating-professionals-politicians-about-complex-trauma-satanist-ritual-abuse-presentations-at-the-dundee-conference-organised-abuse-in-t/

The British False Memory Society (BFMS) had to report itself to the Charity Commission because Karl Sabbagh became a convicted paedophile but remained on its Advisory Board: What would ‘The Horse Girl’ make of this?

The Horse Girl Cover from Amazon

A few years ago, I tweeted for the first time when Michael Gove, who was adopted as a child, suggested that children should be taken into ‘care’ yet more rapidly. On the 4th of Feb I tweeted for the second time replying to some breaking news from the FakeBPSCommentary @psychsocwatchuk Twitter feed.

Karl Sabbagh was hastily removed from the BFMS Scientific and Professional Advisory Board when the BFMS was alerted to his September 2019 conviction for Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). He had been grooming a 14-year-old sending explicit pictures and arranging a meet up in a Dublin hotel. Authorities have done a good job here taking the complainant seriously and seizing technology that evidenced what happened.

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17933474.paedophile-karl-sabbagh-author-film-maker-jailed-grooming-child/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Sabbagh

predatorcatchersuk – Page 7 (wordpress.com)

Sabbagh is an ardent support of the False Memory lobby even writing a book titled:

Remembering our Childhood: How our memory betrays us.

Without recordings it is much more difficult to convict alleged abusers – especially as the BFMS consistently makes dubious claims about memory that are as bombastic as they are misleading.

I presented on False Memory shenanigans at the ESTD 2017 conference in Bern and the EPA 2017 conference in Florence (my symposium at the 2017 BPS Annual Conference was ‘pulled’ in a highly irregular manner):

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/

Another False Memory advocate got dumped for his links to Paedophilia. In 1993 Ralph Underwager gave an interview to a pro-paedophilia magazine called Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia, along with his wife, Hollida Wakefield, also a psychologist. The interview caused a huge controversy, and he was forced to resign from the board of the False Memory Foundation in the US, but his wife inexplicably could remain. For further details see:

Who is going to be next to be dumped? Perhaps the advisor who is referred to in a leaked list of a Hampshire Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) cult:

On Advisory Panel of the BFMS. Told by both Pals and another survivor that … is also into SRA”

Or how about Prof Chris French who ever-so-surely proclaimed in The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/nov/18/satanic-child-abuse-false-memories-scotland

‘Satanic child abuse claims are almost certainly based on false memories’

In the article he falsely claims:

‘In fact, there is a consensus among scientists studying memory that traumatic events are more likely to be remembered than forgotten, often leading to posttraumatic stress disorder.’

He ought to study the Extreme Abuse Survey results with plenty examples, or successful convictions e.g. in Wales (around 2011) of Colin Batley, Ian Watkins as well as of Albert & Carole Hickman for Satanism inspired Child Sexual Abuse (CSA).

Prof Martin Conway is another shady character on the BFMS advisory board. On at least three occasions appeal court judges dismissed his evidence with one ruling even suggesting that he should update his CV where he only stated one (early) case where his testimony was beneficial to his client’s case.

Nevertheless, the British Psychological Society (BPS) gave him in 2019 a Lifetime Achievement Award. How could the Research Board under the leadership of Prof Daryl O’Connor recommend someone who relentlessly pushes a Discourse of Disbelief and seemingly exclusively gives evidence for the defence (just like the US darling of the False Memory lobby Prof Elizabeth Loftus). Why did the BPS Head of Research & Impact Lisa Morrison Coulthard not flag up his controversial status?

Both were members of ‘A Working Party of the Research Board of the British Psychological Society (BPS)’ that produced the utterly inadequate 2008 ‘Guidelines on Memory and the Law’ which are extremely biased towards the False Memory perspective.

Both were central to the decision to close the promising Memory-Based Evidence working group only recruited in January 2020.

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2020/12/

You can read thoughtful contributions of Peter Harvey (former Chair Division of Clinical Psychology; former Chief Examiner and Chair of Board of Examiners BPS Qualification in Clinical Psychology) on the BPS Watch blog:

The False Memory lobby continuously undermines complainants who report abuse. One brave self-identified survivor of CSA is Beverli Rhodes who suffered under the control of Peter Rhodes (who she though was her father). Beverly is also a survivor of the 7/7 2005 London bombing which triggered ‘recovery’ of CSA memories.

I very much appreciated ‘The Horse Girl’ as it provides insights into the workings of Child Sexual Abuse gangs in particular the bestiality section, as the case I stumbled across in 2012 reportedly involved such activity, and the section on Johnny Savile, who was seemingly into extreme abuse just like his younger brother Jimmy.

After years of CSA in the UK and South Africa, Beverli Rhodes described what turned out to be her last CSA encounter (aged about 14 or 15 in the 1970s). Here are some excerpts (page 120 onwards):

“One of the worst clients I had the misfortune to be pimped out to was Mr X, a close friend of a major UK singing sensation. Arrangements had been made for me to visit him by the said singing superstar, whose code name was ‘Kitty’.”

“It was my first night spending the night away from home and I was pretty damn nervous. Peter did not know this guy from Adam and anything could have happened.”

“He had taken his clothes off and revealed a well-toned body, which was unusual for me to see. Most of the men who had raped me in the past were horrible balding men with beer bellies and rolls of fat on their thighs.”

Reportedly he had ‘genital warts’!

“While I was on top of him in one of the screwing sessions, the phone rang. He showed me a hand signal to be quiet until he knew who was on the other end of the line. He had been waiting for the call from his best friend ‘Kitty’.”

 “I asked where ‘Kitty’ was and Mr X said that he was on a tour somewhere overseas. I was threatened and I was told that, if anyone found out anything, both Peter and I would be in big trouble’.

While the name of the celebrity Mr X is not given in the book, I managed to work out that CSA allegations against this individual span half a century with one victim reporting (around 2018) abuse up to the age of six years (at that time access visits to the estranged father who facilitated the celebrity abuse were terminated).

It certainly spoiled my New Year’s Eve celebrations seeing him croon around midnight.

BPS Research Board dissolves ‘Memory-Based Evidence’ group – Dr Rainer H. Kurz steps down in protest

In 2014 I was an invited panel member at the Association for Business Psychology (ABP) conference presenting on the ‘Crossover between Occupational and Clinical Psychology’. I started with an ‘Ice-Maker’ blaming psychiatry and psychology for the malaise that permitted Jimmy Savile to engage in sordid Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) with hundreds of victims (some as young as 4 years). I went on to compare the well-developed Occupational Testing market with the rudimentary Clinical offering dominated by MMPI (developed through empirical ‘black box’ criterion scoring) and Millon’s awful MCMI – a tool with inferior measurement properties that is entirely inappropriately deployed (as a ‘weapon’?) in family court cases to ‘pathologise’ loving and protective parents to remove custody rights. Feedback from 100+ delegates was positive.

Half a year later I took up the occasion of the forthcoming general election to present a paper ‘Politics and the Psychology of Abuse’ at The Psychometric Forum (TPF). Building on my assessment expertise and a harrowing case study featuring ‘unbelievable’ disclosures I outlined typical features of an Organised Ritual Crime Abuse Network (ORCAN) and successful CSA prosecutions of Ian Watkins, Alberts and Carole Hickmann as well as Colin Batley – all in Wales. The good folks at TPF welcomed my input and published a touching review.

Buoyed by the positive response of my colleagues I put up my hand in January 2015 to volunteer for the ‘Science & Practice Strategy Group Convener’ role at the BPS emphasising in my personal statement that I would like to combat the ‘industrial scale’ and ‘organised nature’ of child sexual abuse – in my view a valid aspect of ‘Industrial/Organizational Psychology’ long overdue for research.

Sitting on the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Committee was a learning-by-doing experience. Three-times a year representing the DOP at the BPS Research Board was daunting – 30 professors and lecturers representing the creme-de-la creme of psychology research. It was interesting to hear about a wide range of topics with the Research Excellence Framework (REF) taking up an extraordinary amount of time.

The current chair of the Research Board joined it in 2004. Shortly afterwards something happened that in my view was inappropriate for a ‘learned society’. Prof Martin Conway, who is on the Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society (BFMS), became chair of the BPS Research Board.  

False Memory associations sprung up around 1990 in the wake of the ‘memory wars’ where increasingly allegations of incestuous abuse surfaced – many in organised abuse settings. False Memory adherents, led by their ‘academic darling’ Prof Elizabeth Loftus, tore into survivors and witnesses disclosing CSA claiming that what they recalled were probably ‘false memories’. An ‘industry’ blossomed where a small group of psychologists and psychiatrists would proclaim repeatedly that complainants were suffering from ‘false memories’- even when there was never a DSM entry of that name.

On the other hand, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Disorder became entries in the 1980 edition of DSM in the light of the symptoms shown by Vietnam war veterans and domestic abuse victims. In 2018 ICD-11 added Complex PTSD as a diagnostic category – I presented in 2019 a C-PTSD case study at the ESTD conference in Rome which has already garnered 1000+ reads on ResearchGate.

About one hundred years earlier Pierre Janet accurately described the nature of traumatic memories. Shame on psychiatry and psychology for burying his findings and inventing pseudo-scientific narratives and treatments culminating in Electroshock Therapy (ECT – remember ‘One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest’?) and Frontal Lobotomy (also covered in my TPF presentation).

As trauma-informed interventions gathered pace and organised abuse cases were widely discussed in the media (with some successful prosecutions) the False Memory adherents spread their ‘discourse of disbelief’ aided by controversial publications. For example, 40 senior mental health practitioners wrote a protest letter when Anthropology (!) Professor Jean La Fontaine published in 1994 a report, sponsored by then Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley, which was widely read as denying the existence of wide-spread ritual abuse in the UK.

How could the UK’s leading research psychologists, the BPS policy unit and the trustees let someone closely associated with the BFMS become chair of the BPS Research Board? Would you let Dr Marlborough lead research into the dangers of smoking?

To make matters worse nobody stopped Prof Conway from applying for an ESRC research grant and convening a working group drawn from his global false memory adherent network that culminated in the 2008 publication ‘Guidelines on Memory and the Law’ under the BPS banner. The content could just as well have been published by the BFMS as exemplified by its insidious statement ‘A memory expert is a person who is recognised by the memory research community to be a memory researcher‘ – a statement that qualified any ‘false memory’ researcher and disqualified all those clinical practitioners who encounter memory-based disclosures in their daily work. Under pressure this statement was modified in the 2010 edition to ‘… possess knowledge relevant to the particular case ‘.

The current chair of the BPS Research Bord and the current BPS Head of Research & Impact (who was recruited to the BPS in 1995 – just after the valuable publications of the ‘BPS Working Group on Recovered Memory’) were named contributors of the report and were, a dozen years later, pivotal in the decision to disband the Memory-Based Evidence group started only earlier in the year. What about governance?

An advert requesting expressions of interest had been placed in the January 2020 issue of the Psychologist followed shortly afterwards by a call for an Independent Review Group. I applied for the latter but was rejected despite 30 publications (including contributions covering ‘false beliefs’ seemingly inculcated through persuasive coercion by vested interests) on relevant topics since 2014. A retired Professor of Psychology who wrote a whole book about the Savile et al UK abuse cases was also rejected. Membership of the groups appeared sensible. However, I was uneasy that the chairperson appointed had worked for many years in an organisation whose members frequently followed a ‘discourse of disbelief’ (following the La Fontaine doctrine instituted by its leadership) and as an academic is receiving funding from related organisations. What about independence?

In November, the Research Board members were given the recommendation that due to seemingly insurmountable difficulties the group should be closed. Nobody said it would be easy! The IICSA is now on its 4th chair. Where there is a will there is a way. What about leadership – is such evasive conduct going to further the BPS motto ‘excellence in psychology’?

I got the impression that vested interests managed to ‘drop the hot potato’ and furthermore tried to bury it deeply decrying they tried ever-so-hard. I voted against the motion and made a handful of constructive recommendations for moving things forward. Highly qualified members of the group (who I look up to) made their own representations and indicated to me that work may well continue in some form. I will be watching developments with interest, anticipation, and trepidation.

For the time being I want to put as much distance as possible between myself and the BPS research bods. Technically I cannot resign from the BPS Research Board so that instead I informed my colleagues at the BPS DOP Executive that I want to step down from my ‘Science & Practice Strategy Convenor’ role.

Best wishes for 2021

Dr Rainer H. Kurz

C. Psychologist

London

British popstar being investigated over ‘rape of 14-year-old virgin’

This was a headline in the Daily Mail in April 2017 with similar articles being carried by other newspapers: 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3340831/cops-probe-brit-pop-legend-over-rape-of-14-year-old-virgin/

https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/british-pop-legend-investigated-alleged-10244852

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4460026/British-pop-legend-teen-rape-probe-petrified.tml

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4415508/British-pop-legend-police-probe-teen-rape-claims.html

Outside the UK the celebrity was named numerous times. Some interesting details in The Sun article:

In 2013 she emailed her allegations to Scotland Yard.

The alleged offence, which happened overseas, was out of their jurisdiction.

Scotland Yard were emailed details of the allegations in 2013, but could not investigate as it took place abroad and out of their jurisdiction

But chiefs agreed to register the case for intelligence purposes and passed her claims to their counterparts abroad.

An official probe was opened by the police force abroad in August 2014, only to be dropped six months later.

But it was disclosed last month that a new prosecutor and investigating officer have been assigned to the case.

A spokesman for the prosecution service said yesterday: “We can confirm that charges were registered in respect of events which are alleged to have occurred in the 1970s.

“The case has been referred to police with a request for further investigation.

“This is with a view to enabling us to make a decision regarding prosecution. The docket will be further considered upon its return from the police.”

A police spokesman said: “This office can confirm an investigation has been conducted regarding a rape case reported during 2014. It is still under investigation.”

And a lawyer in the city where the rape is said to have happened said: “The alleged victim is a credible witness with excellent recall of the facts.

“The key to a successful prosecution is finding witnesses who place the complainant in the star’s suite and who can speak for her childlike demeanour.”

Recently I stumbled across a You Tube video that features disclosures by various women including:

  • Orna’s Story Aged 14 (Capetown)
  • Pam’s Story Aged 14 (Minnesota)

The newspaper article appears to relate to Orna, a South African lady, who alleged that a celebrity took advantage of her when she was an innocent teenage fan in the 1970’s. After plying her with Dom Perignon Champagne the celebrity allegedly went on to rape her. A picture is shown showing her with the celebrity in a white bath robe on a hotel balcony. Others who as consenting adults were involved with the celebrity commented on the Modus Operandi. The video clip also features another ‘Sir’ who at times gets referred to as ‘Kitty’. The UK CPS investigated sexual abuse allegations lodged by 9 complainants but did not press charges.

When googling the celebrity, I found it particularly intriguing that he credited Jimmy Saville for getting his career started. Apparently, he was very surprised to hear the sexual abuse allegations against Saville. Why is it that celebrities who are worth tens of Millions hardly ever get charged with child sexual abuse offences let alone get convicted?

Anyhow, if going up against an alleged sexual abuser a complainant is likely to come up against an expert for the defence who will claim that the complainant is suffering from ‘False Memories’. I am wondering what Prof Elizabeth Loftus would make of the rape allegations? She is a well-known Professor of Psychology who dedicated her life to the study of ‘false memories’. She evokes a Marmite response occasionally being picketed by angry trauma therapist but usually awarded a ‘rock star’ like reception at conferences e.g. at the ICP 2016 in Yokohama. I asked her publicly about the possibility of ‘False Innocent Belief Syndrome’ (FIBS) and briefly talked to her in the elevator about the Innocence project. I subsequently presented a poster at the European Psychiatry Association (EPA) conference in Florence that outlines a few key issues about ‘False Memories’ and provides some resource links. The following passage is particularly relevant as the BPS Research Board announced in January 2020 the formation of a ‘Memory-based Evidence’ task & finish group.

Memory Wars & FIBS

Raschke (2008) provides a comprehensive account of the emergence of False Memory advocacy groups and the role of their academic advisors in particular Prof Elizabeth Loftus whose ethics have been widely questioned. In the UK the members of the BFMS Advisory Board (overly) regularly feature in the BPS Magazine ‘The Psychologist’ proffering a drum beat ‘Discourse of Disbelieve’. Prof Martin Conway even led the development of the ‘Memory and Law’ BPS Guidelines. Interestingly a number of Criminal Appeal Court Judges rejected his evidence and even suggested ‘Professor Conway may wish to consider amending his CV’. A tragic consequence of this indiscriminate disbelief (that could be termed ‘False Innocence Belief Syndrome’?) is that legal representatives of individuals who are accused of sexual abuse but proclaim their innocence may commission reports from Prof Martin Conway – yet those reports are probably not admitted as evidence. The travesty of Fire Chief David Tyrant is a stark reminder that each case needs to be looked at with fresh eyes rather than with a dogmatic outlook:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3715458/Travesty-justice-hero-fire-chief-jailed-sex-attack-exonerated-two-years-later-beloved-wife-proved-accuser-fantasist-did-police-wrong.html

With many criminal court processes there is a considerable risk of falsely convicting someone. As a practicing Buddhist I am against the ‘death sentence’ as I believe in the sanctity of life. If there are good reasons to challenge a conviction, I am all in favour of allowing appeals and initiating renewed investigation. However, the drip-feed of ‘false memory’ claims in all kind of media including academic journals and The Psychologist, the flagship magazine of the British Psychological Society (BPS), are leading to a ‘discourse of disbelief’ where victims frequently are disbelieved and revictimized.

I presented a paper at the European Society Trauma & Dissociation (ESTD) 2017 conference in Bern where I outlined the pronouncements of False Memory associates and how the British Psychological Society (BPS) has frequently provided them all-too-frequently with a platform for their biased views. When I checked the latest issue of The Psychologist I was pleased to see that the ‘International Panel’ of The Psychologist that included Elizabeth Loftus has seemingly disappeared. Progress!

The most (in)famous experiment that Loftus conducted involved an attempt to convince study subjects that they had a ‘lost in the mall’ experience. A small proportion of the subjects apparently agreed with a false memory that was implanted.  Ruth A. Blizard and Morgan Shaw are highly critical of this study in their 2019 article ‘Lost-in-the-mall: False memory or false defense?’ the abstract of which I pasted below:

ABSTRACT
False Memory Syndrome (FMS) and Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) were developed as defenses for parents accused of child abuse as part of a larger movement to undermine prosecution of child abuse. The lost-in-the-mall study by Dr. Elizabeth Loftus concludes that an entire false memory can be implanted by suggestion. It has since been used to discredit abuse survivors’ testimony by inferring that false memories for childhood abuse can be implanted by psychotherapists. Examination of the research methods and findings
of the study shows that no full false memories were actually formed. Similarly, PAS, coined by Richard Gardner, is frequently used in custody cases to discredit children’s testimony by alleging that the protective parent coached them to have false memories of abuse. There is no scientific research demonstrating the existence of PAS, and, in fact, studies on the suggestibility of children show that they cannot easily be persuaded to provide detailed disclosures of abuse.

Trauma in Venice, Austria, Garmisch, Rome, Warsaw, Kil(l)common & Deptford

pic of demo 7 ug 2019At the end of October, I spent an Indian Summer week on the continent with a good deal of ‘Trauma’.

Venice Biennale – Art Porn at the Austria Pavillion

Venice is a great place and attending the Biennale had long been on my wish list. I wandered through numerous Pavilions finding the artwork certainly more interesting than at the ‘documenta’ in Kassel. I left the Austrian to the end with an eerie sense of foreboding given what I heard about an Organised Ritual Crime Abuse Network (ORCAN) that is seemingly operating with impunity in Austria aided by corrupt psychiatrists and judiciary:

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/patsies-made-in-austria-the-kingston-terminator/

I found it disconcerting that children under 12 were not allowed to enter. A newspaper review remarked:

…and Austria tried to give us some nipple torture. As porn and pain go, it is all a bit anodyne.’

https://curamagazine.com/austrian-pavilion/

I was shocked to find ‘artwork’ that could have sprung straight from the pages of the 309 pages Extreme Abuse Survey (EAS) document. The so-called artist is Renate Bertlmann who seems to have drawn inspiration from Marina Abramović. Shame on Austria for putting out artwork that could have emanated from the dark web.

 

Garmisch – Society for Ethics in Psychiatry (GAP)

Every New Year many folks in and around the alps sit down to watch the ‘4 Schanzen Turnier’. I am unsure whether ‘Eddy the Eagle’ made it there but certainly the ski jumps in Innsbruck and Garmisch are majestic sights. Majestic may also be an apt description for the little known GEP:

www.psychiatrie-und-ethik.de

For almost 4 decades the group led by Dr Friedrich Weinberger, who worked as a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in independent practice, has been educating professionals and the public about poor psychiatric assessment practices in the Soviet Union and closer to home. Dr Weinberger’s psychiatric report was instrumental in bringing about the release of Gustav Mollath who seemingly got framed by his ex-wife and vested commercial interests when he blew the whistle on shady business transactions of his ex. Seven years he was locked up in a secure mental hospital! In the end he was freed due to a counter-diagnosis by Dr Weinberger and media coverage of the scandal (Mollath was awarded Euro 600k compensation). A recent issue of the weekly Aerzteblatt (that goes to 400k medics) carried his reader’s letter on the topic:

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/210677/Forensische-Psychiatrie-Vor-schwerem-Schaden-bewahrt

Artikel

 

LETTERS Forensic Psychiatry:

Protected from Serious Damage

Dtsch Arztebl 2019; 116 (45): A-2094 / B-1714 / C-1673 Weinberger, Friedrich

Legal developments such as the strengthening of patient autonomy are changing psychiatric measures. The different objectives of the treatment and improvement of the offenders versus the protection for the general public involve considerable conflicts (DÄ 39/2019: “Maßregelrecht auf der Prüfstand” by Jürgen L. Müller).

  • Article § Letters & Comments § statistics

‘On the occasion of fundamental considerations on forensic psychiatry, Prof. J. Müller and the Deutsches Ärzteblatt also talked about the Mollath case, before he perhaps completely disappears from his colleagues’ memory. Müller wrote: “At the latest since the release of Gustl Mollath, an inmate (Ed: in a secure psychiatric unit) who was not involved in treatment and assessment and was imputed significant psychiatric disorder and therefore justified danger several years, not only the protection of the general public, but also the Rights of the offender are in focus. “Müller tried to play off said protection against said rights. Several of his colleagues, most of them “professors of forensic psychiatry”, were involved in the Mollath case. For many years, they have tried to make this a separate field of expertise and thus their “closed shop”. The German Medical Association has denied them the wish so far. It has thus protected the administration of justice in the country from serious harm. Still, any capable and courageous psychiatrist can face false judgments even from super-specialists of high titles, as the author of these lines did in the case Mollath with a counter-opinion. He was able to counteract many misguided comments, ultimately confirmed by the Federal Constitutional Court, to invalidate a false “imputed significant psychiatric disorder and justified danger” and help the victim, not a saint, after seven and a half years until 2013, not 2011, forced internment again to freedom. As in the clinic and practice, there is only one and the same psychiatry in court.’

Apparently Big-Wig Forensic Psychiatrists are plotting to form a ‘closed club’ that allows them to concentrate on their navel-gazing practices and ‘keep out’ inconvenient Psychiatrists like Dr Weinberger who got the courage and brains to challenge malpractice.

Dr Weinberger has very wide-ranging interests and kindly provided me as a relative ‘newby’ with an overview how Freud and Psychoanalysis was utilised by Trotsky to shape Soviet society. I learned how he arrived by ship (under the flag of the Red Cross!) with 300 well-trained mercenaries and lots of money to take control of Russia in the October 1917 revolution. The green revolutionaries had fought successfully the Zsar’s whites, but their representatives were routed by the red revolutionaries. A few years later the rebellion of the Kronstadt sailors was violently suppressed. What would have happened after the death of Lenin if Trotsky would have won the power struggle rather than Stalin? Apparently, Russia would have been a pliant player for the Globalist agenda! His violent demise following an ice pick attack by a Russian agent in Mexico somewhat mirrored the pain he inflicted on so many.

I shared with Dr Weinberger my findings on inadequate psych assessments with a view to future collaboration.

 

European Society for Trauma & Dissociation (ESTD) Conference in Rome

I attended dozens of conferences around the world but the most inspiring ones for me are the ESTD conferences. Here we hear about abuse and suffering but also about growth and healing. Everyone understands the impact of trauma and the nature of dissociative symptoms. Prof Ellert Nijenhuis (NL) shared in the final keynote another fascinating intervention concerning a long-term patient ‘Lena’ who when he returned from a holiday had been stuck for 2 weeks in a rigid mannerism exclaiming ‘All is red’. The solution of the puzzle? With a great deal of empathy and humility Ellert got her to respond and it turned out that she had been raped at age 3 by a neighbor (a blacksmith). He received a well-deserved award for his insightful work in the field and starting the ESTD in the Mid-Noughties.

I presented a paper co-authored by Dr Ashley Conway countering the False Memory narrative that is plaguing the field.

Kurz & Conway (2019) ESTD Paper Recovered Memories (Revisited)

The paper covers two book chapters written by my co-author Dr Ashley Conway who counters six of the fallacies that underpin the dangerous False Memory lobby arguments. I added some successful UK prosecutions of extreme abuse upfront and highlight at the end that controversial Prof Elizabeth Loftus still features on the International Panel of The Psychologist – the house magazine of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

I convened a symposium SM-04 that featured on the program under the title The Legacy of Complex Trauma: Disturbing Memories, Invisible Wounds and Coerced Perpetration:

Kurz (2019) ESTD Symposium Paper ‘The Legacy of Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) Trauma & Mind Control – A CPTSD Assessment Case Study’

I outlined a C-PTSD case study where 67 traumas were rattled off in 10 minutes including giving birth to a ‘breeder baby’ at age 13 and witnessing helplessly the anal rape of her toddler son by his grandfather (who I called the ‘Kingston Terminator’ – see above). I illustrated the later scenario with a visual I got from an excellent survivor-activist site.

The download link below leads to a survivor account that is particularly timely given the Prince Andrew situation:

Brice Taylor – Thanks for the memories

Also very worthwhile reading is the following which features a ‘household name’ family name ‘down under’ (hint: father psychologist, daughter actress):

Click to access 2nd-ed.-eyes-wide-open-book-7th-october-2019.pdf

I featured for the first time newspaper items regarding the death of the toddler’s godmother Susan Lloyd. Her body was found in her burnt out house in the woods outside Kilcommon. Why did she not leave the house when it caught fire? Was she perhaps run over by a ‘small blue car’ of the Seat Arosa Mark 1 variety and then drugged with chloroform?

I also show how Alan Morgan, South Wales Police Chief, refuses to investigate the death of ‘…Susan Lloyd, a native of Wales and a mother of a 14-year-old daughter…’ in Kilcommon and the shenanigans in Blaengarw where ‘THE body of a 44-year-old woman was found in a river just days after Christmas’ and where a ‘…fire broke out at Railway terrace…’ overlooking the site where the body was found (hint: the woman and the ‘Kingston Terminator’ were seen at a pub nearby and arguing at that location the night before) – cases that most members of the public would view as highly suspicious. I think it is significant that Susan Lloyd was also the godmother of a toddler who was reportedly assaulted 9 months later by his own grandfather – the ‘Kingston Terminator’ as I call him.

Coroner Joe Kelly refused to order a re-investigation.

I finished my talk with a crime map showing approximate locations and locations for:

  • 6 violent deaths of adults in their prime of life
  • 2 ‘disappearances’ of new-born babies
  • 3 toddler rapes spanning across three generations within one family
  • 4 instances of dangerous driving (two in the Kingston area with lethal outcomes that Operation Midland refused to investigate)

 

Crime Map

Mr Declan Howard, a self-identified survivor of trauma-based mind control, contributed the second paper on invisible wounds caused by abuse:

ESTD-2019-SM-04-Declan-Howard-Seeing-Invisible Wounds-Bio-energetics-of-Trauma

I also upload his standalone (sic) paper on criminality as the cause of many mental health problems (a reality that traditional psychiatrists remain in denial about):

ESTD-2019-SP-38-Declan-Howard-Criminality-as-a-cause-of-mental-health-problems

The final paper was delivered by US Clinical Psychologist Dr Ellen Lacter on the tricky topic of ‘Forced Perpetration’:

Lacter (2019) ESTD Rome Conference Paper Download – Treatment of Victims Who Condemn Themselves for Harm Done to Other Victims

The download contains the script as well as a URL for watching her presentation.

You can find further information on her excellent website that is aptly named:

endritualabuse.org

 

‘Abstract Gate’ @ EPA in Warsaw

I was pleased to receive attention from the President of the European Psychiatry Association (EPA). A few months earlier I had presented five posters at the EPA conference in Warsaw. I had put them up on ResearchGate and also on my blog:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rainer_Kurz2

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/epa-psychiatry-congress-2019-in-warsaw-complex-trauma-dissociation-healing/

A few weeks after my blog posting someone raised a concern (I wonder who? I doubt it was a fee-paying delegate!) with the EPA leadership about their content. The EPA threatened to drop my poster abstracts from the forthcoming ‘conference’ issue of their ever-so-prestigious journal. I rapidly replied sending the article below about the role of psychologists as experts in court settings:

Kurz (2017) BPS South-West Review (Pages 14-17) The Role of Psychologists as Expert Witnesses in Family Courts

I offered three updated abstracts and wrote a detailed explanation of the background of my investigation appending all my conference posters (so many that I ran out of alphabet letters):

2019 05 21st Reply Dr Rainer Kurz to EPA President Philip Gorwood

A fellow investigator also wrote in my support adding some valuable references that did not make it into the final version of our poster:

“The events reported are not compatible with the predictions of materialist scientific orthodoxy and raise fundamental questions. The work of forensic historians Daniel Estulin, Colin Ross, Melissa Dykes, James Corbett and Anthony C. Sutton document the generation of false historical concepts. This of course leads to insecure predictions and the generation of a middle ground between the expected and the actual.”

Mr Declan Howard Letter to Professor Philip Gorwood

A distraught mother wrote in my support. Her young teenage daughter was ‘taken into care’ when she reported organised abuse by her biological father and a ‘ring’ in the Deptford area. A nasty social worker reportedly stoked fear of being separated from her mother by casually finishing the first meeting ‘Off you go. I let you go on this occasion’.

2019 05 2019 Testimony FAO The President of the European Psychiatric Association

Increasingly I hear about cases involving abuse rings. The more serious the allegations, the harsher the ‘closing down’ process. In a recent case in Wales a 5-year-old made disclosures indicative of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. As soon as allegations of pornography production and extreme abuse were raised with authorities the boy was ‘seized’ and the usual accusation proffered that the mother may have a ‘personality disorder’ and forced the child to make these allegations. Why would a mother do that???

In a case that originated 1987 in the former East Germany (GDR) a newlywed, young woman was raped and forced into extreme abuse by her father-in-law acting in cahoots with her husband and others. Their two children were also abused for decades. When the trio broke free a sympathetic citizen who had been working as a General Practitioner and Psychiatrist for more than 10 years attested credibility and supported their crime reporting. The response? Police and prosecution did NOTHING to investigate and secure evidence e.g. photo and film. Two of the accused together with a victim under mind control swiftly made counter-accusations. Police and prosecution acted IMMEDIATELY – even taking the medic into remand for 8 months. The mother who had escaped was ‘caught’ by the extreme abuse ring and reprogrammed to make abstruse allegations against the medic as well as her own children.

These examples show how traumatised victims are re-victimized by inadequate authority conduct, and courageous citizens who speak out are silenced.

What are YOU going to do?

South Wales Police Chief Alun Morgan, Garda & ‘HM Coroner’: Common Denominator ‘Gross Incompetence’?

2019 05 22nd Letter from Alun Morgan

Yachi da!

Dead funny it would be if it was not so deadly serious. South Wales Police Chief Alun Morgan wrote to me today claiming that I had written to ‘HM Coroner’ – just after referring me back to the Garda. In spite of all the Brexit confusion people of wisdom would hold up as truth that the Republic of Ireland is not part of the Commonwealth. Was it a Freudian slip, a secret hint, ignorance or incompetence?

Incompetence seems to be at the heart of what happened across the Irish sea in January 2011. A mother was found dead in her burnt out house in a very rural area on a remote farm.

  • A car indicator was found on site some 4 years later. Was that related to the fact that the deceased had broken legs and a broken arm?
  • A drug bottle was found. Was that related to the fact that the deceased was burnt alive (sooth in the lungs) – but rendered unconscious?
  • A ‘Red Bull’ can was found? Did someone have a refreshing drink after all the hard work of spreading several canisters of ignitable fluid round the house?
  • A strange object was found with a transformer, metal, plastic and fluid. Was that an incendiary device?

Ordinary citizens would agree that it is a sign of gross incompetence that half a dozen Garda members MISSED these artefacts when on site. Make up your own mind:

Click to access ead-version-10-09-2013.pdf

To make matters worse – when I contacted ‘HM Coroner’ in 2014 he duly contacted the local police chief – but did not request these artefacts. Apparently two reports were written but nothing was released to me and nothing requested from me either.

What might have been written in these reports? What fantasy explanation for the presence of these artefacts? In a recent UK family court case the presiding judge ruled that a mother injected her children with a drug in order to then make ‘false accusations’ of Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) by their father. Who is lacking credibility here? As it happened the judge was reported in mainstream media to be a Director of an adoption agency – vested interests? To make matters worse, a little bird told me that he was seemingly observed having sexual intercourse at an orgy with a young teenage girl.

I made a 45 page complaint to the Irish Garda Ombudsman. I got fobbed off with the excuse that more than 12 months had passed.

When I contacted the lady who heads the Garda for this region she also refused to investigate.

How does Alun Morgan relate to this?

I read with interest and horror about one of the (former) officers of Alun Morgan:

 

 

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2018-08-06/police-officer-and-government-lawyer-jailed-for-child-abuse/

Police officer and government lawyer jailed for child abuse

 

A Welsh Government lawyer and a police officer have been jailed for carrying out sex attacks on young children. The court heard lawyer John Ryan-Guess, 43, “preyed on” young girls then shared pictures and videos of his abuse on the internet with other paedophiles.

PC Dean Roberts, 48, filmed himself abusing a “helpless” infant and sent the footage to other paedophiles on a messaging app.

He was caught after John Guess, was arrested and detectives traced child abuse footage back to Roberts.

 

It reminded me of the South Wales shenanigans of all sorts that I documented in a poster at EPA 2017 in Florence.

Kurz (2017) EPA Poster Bridgend ‘Bebo Suicides’ and Ritual Violence in Wales

The mother who was found dead in her burnt out house was also a godmother. Her toddler god child was buggered 9 months after her death. Was the godmother ‘bumped off’?

One month earlier the toddler’s nursery teacher’s friend was found dead in the village river just after Christmas. South Wales Police did not find anything suspicious. Incompetence?

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/bridgend-maesteg/2010/12/30/police-find-woman-s-body-in-river-days-after-christmas-weekend-91466-27904340/

Some weeks later a row of cottages overlooking the location where the women was found dead in the river goes up in flames.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-12314741

The women had  been seen with the ‘stalker’ in a pub and arguing near Railway Terrace!

Three months earlier the half-aunt had died – ostensibly from alcoholism. Her son had – according to authority documents – been raped as toddler while playing in the garden.

The same fate was shared by his half aunt in 1985 and his half-cousin in October 2011 aged 2. A stalker had orchestrated a harassment, defamation and intimidation campaign that culminated in a day time rape of the toddler (in fact his grandson) in a Cul-de-Sac in South Wales. The toddler’s mother had been manipulated by a police officer in Kingston-upon-Thames to delay reporting for 4 weeks or 1 month. Later on he turned up in the valleys with two other officers and changed the instruction to 2 weeks. She reported after 3 weeks and was declared delusional by a Psychiatrist who according to his own admission is associated with the perpetrator. South Wales Police also ignored a 46 page Thrid Party Crime Witness submission about him.

And why all of this?

  1. The mother had a baby at 13/14 that ‘disappeared’
  2. The boy is the last in a Scottish aristocratic bloodline
  3. Devil worship cults need to succession plan for future high priests
  4. The mother broke away from the cult and had to be punished/destroyed

Disclosures indicate that the offending spree over 2.5 decades rivals the headcount of Fred and Rose West.

https://psychassessmentblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/my-poster-at-the-estd-uk-conference-in-york-complex-trauma-somatoform-dissociations-re-victimisation-a-uk-family-court-case-study/

Does incompetence of South Wales Police Chief Alun Morgan, Garda & ‘HM Coroner’ leave the public at risk, a child in unsafe hands and a mother persecuted?

Perhaps their favourite song is by Big Country:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpGMVt0C6dM

Look Away

Big Country

This time we run, this time we hide
This time we draw on all the fire we have inside
We need some time to find a place
Where I can wipe away the madness from your face
Our name is out, our name is known
Our name is everywhere but who knows where we’ve flown
I never meant to kill a man
But I will show you how to live like no one can
So look away, look away
Hide your eyes from the land where I lie cold
Look away, look away
From the lies in the stories that were told
Look away, look away
From the love that I hide way down deep in my soul
I met you wild in a snowed up town
Where I was waiting tied and bound to be sent down
Then I broke loose, you weren’t around
So I raised banks and trains until I tracked you down
Now look away, look away
Hide your…

 

Bye, bye, Bob!

George Robert Green

1 week ago we said good bye to Robert Green. Gone too soon aged 73. He was not ready to go – too much injustice remains in the world.

I was contacted by Robert on 18th November 2018 and we had a 1h phone conversation on 9th December. He talked me through his experiences of confronting evil. He was a professional travel agent and came across an astonishing case of massive fraud involving ABTA, the international airline industry and the bribing of senior officers in the Metropolitan Police, whom he named publicly. ITV produced a short film about his efforts, that led in turn to him being invited to make a speech in Edinburgh to a group involved in exposing legal and political corruption in Scotland. The farcical authority actions that followed are detailed below by David Scott:

https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/robert-green-remembered

The funeral service was personal and touching. Where else would mentioning two spells in prison raise wry smiles?

After the event I had opportunity to meet other activists one of whom mentioned Princess Diana. Back home I found the fitting 1997 ‘Diana Princess of Wales Tribute’ CD and now got a new favourite song by Chicken Shed (Diana was a patron of The Chicken Shed Theatre Company):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvv9uqj6kbc

I Am In Love With the World

I am in love with the world
With its fires and its seas and its pain
I am in love with the world
As it spins round my soul again

I fell in love with the world
When it gave me a place to be (ooh)
You cannot fall out of love
With your world shining through (ooh)
Let your world fall in love with you

With you

You think you’re lost to the world
With your life lived in shadows of fear
(Shadows of fear)
Days lost without you too long
No-one close no-one kind no-one near
(No-one near)

You try to hide when your world dies inside
Never fade away (ooh)
Dreams turn to stars so you don’t
Lose the end of your day (ooh)
Let your world fall in love with you
With you

I felt your feelings before
And the world tried to pull me through
Through all its time and its space
It is speaking to you

Ooh

EPA PSYCHIATRY CONGRESS 2019 IN WARSAW – COMPLEX TRAUMA, DISSOCIATION & HEALING

Kurz (2019) OPERATION MIDLAND AND CONIFER UK INVESTIGATIONS INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND MURDER ALLEGATIONS

In early April I presented five posters at the European Psychiatry Association (EPA) Congress in Warsaw at the EXPO venue in the industrial part of the city (next to two derelict gas tank installations). When I presented a handful of posters at earlier EPA congresses in Munich (2014), Madrid (2016), Florence (2017) and Nice (2018) I struggled to connect with Psychiatry and Psychiatrists – somewhat traumatised by the disconcerting findings in the case I have been investigating since 2012.

I found Psychiatry ‘derelict’ in many ways – relying on an outdated medical model that for a century ignored the impact of childhood abuse and neglect on mental health issues in adult life. Fortunately, I developed my network and had an opportunity to visit the most advanced Psychiatry facility in Poland. This medium-security unit holds dozens of patients who were involved in serious criminality while mentally ill. We watched a dozen men on the ground floor through one-way windows. On the upper floor we walked through the unit with the less serious cases. The organiser of this trip was slightly taken aback when I (naively) asked what percentage of the patients were on psycho-pharma drugs. ‘100%’ was the reply. OK. So that is REAL (Forensic) Psychiatry.

I uploaded below a companion poster to the ESTD-UK poster I posted earlier. Here I show how ‘Court Appointed Experts’ declare that disclosures of a toddler rape and a baby that succeeded from incestuous rape and ‘disappeared’ are – simply – delusions. That’s how society deals with allegations of extreme criminality!

Poster 1:

Kurz (2019) COMPLEX TRAUMA, MIND CONTROL AND CHILD SMUGGLING – CHALLENGING ASSESSMENTS OF COURT APPOINTED EXPERTS (Updated)

In the ESTD-UK 2019 poster I already outlined locations of a number of alleged offences:

  • Three toddler rapes within one wider family (1 evidenced in hospital / SS records)
  • Six violent deaths of adults in their prime of life
  • Two new-born babies that ‘disappeared’

I originally put this map together for an Appeal application that was thwarted by staff at the Royal Court of (In)Justice who falsely claimed that the appeal would have to be lodged in Cardiff where the original ‘Forced Adoption’ ruling had been made.

In the light of the disclosures of ‘Nick’ I added to this four ‘dangerous driving’ incidents (two of which seemingly had lethal outcomes). Members of the public would assume that Operation Midland would seriously investigate an alleged crime spree that rivals the headcount of Fred and Rose West. However, after my initial approach it took three months to be contacted at all. After an initial telephone conversation that appeared promising Operation Midland did not want to know any more and refused to interview me. After three escalation complaints I was handed over to Operation Conifer. A half hour interview followed. However, the case I outlined was ‘Outside the Frame of Reference’ – again.

It would take a psychopath to deliberately run over a school boy in Kingston-upon-Thames (as claimed by ‘Nick’). The suspect for all the alleged offences lives in the Kingston Hill area. Coincidence? Critics of Operation Midland would have been silenced if it had nailed the Kingston Terminator for arson-murder, and may well have succeeded in getting a confession on the assassination ‘hit’.

Similarly, the public view of Operation Conifer would have been raised if producing a murder conviction. It listed half a dozen incidents in the 1960s for which Edward Heath could have been interviewed involving alleged assaults on sex workers and children in public spaces. I added in my poster a written account of an encounter which resulted in a ‘tactile memory’ of a particular body part of Heath resembling a fountain pen.

Poster 2:

Kurz (2019) OPERATION MIDLAND AND CONIFER UK INVESTIGATIONS INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND MURDER ALLEGATIONS

I co-authored with Wilfred Wong a poster on one of the few TV programs on Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) ever broadcast in the UK. The poster contains download links to the complete program script as well as a document listing associates of an alleged Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) cult. The rare ‘page 3’ of this document features ‘The Fountain Lady’ who to my knowledge is not related to Oscar LaFontaine:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Lafontaine

Poster 3:

Kurz and Wong (2019) CHANNEL 4 DISPATCHES PROGRAM ‘BEYOND BELIEF’ ON SATANIST RITUAL ABUSE (SRA) IN THE UK – SCRIPT REVIEW, FOLLOW-UP AND PSYCHIATRY IMPLICATIONS

Continuing my collaboration with Declan Howard we outlined how a scientific follow-up to the 1995 survey of the BPS ‘Recovered memory working group’ and the 2008 ‘Extreme Abuse Survey’ could look like based on the very wide array of abuse disclosures of survivors across the world.

Poster 4:

Kurz and Howard (2019) Beyond The Extreme Abuse Survey

The 5th poster is concerned with CIA Doctors who engaged in unethical ‘mind control’ human experimentation building on the book written by the legendary US Psychiatrist Dr Colin Ross.

Poster 5:

Kurz (2019) BLUEBIRD MK ULTRA CIA MIND CONTROL EXPERIMENTS

R.I.P. Robert Green – Pushing Daisies after Pulling Dark Daisy Chains into the Light

Rober Green Interview

The very sad news has come this past week that Robert Green of Hollie Greig fame or vice versa (both heroes of the struggle against SRA in Scotland and of course generally) passed away on 11th April aged 73 after a short, sharp battle with cancer – ‘as in life, so in death’.

Some will have seen this wonderful tribute to Robert compiled by Wild Cat but if you haven’t please watch it and take in the magnitude and magnificence of just one ultra-brave man’s contribution to truth, justice and the proper protection of children

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhR8m7JNZx8

Only a few months ago I talked for the first (and last) time to Robert. Such a remarkable man!

I am familiar with the term Daisy Chain from psychometric test development where multiple test forms are interlinked for item calibration.

However Daisy Chain has multiple definitions – including ‘a type of group sex’:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daisy_chain

You can read a letter where Robert Green made reference to a Daisy Chain here:

https://holliegreigjustice.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/sonia-strikes-back/

On the same blog he shared his views on the investigation into Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) allegations naming the late Prime Minister Edward Heath:

https://holliegreigjustice.wordpress.com/nobel-peace-prize-nominee-talks-about-top-sra-abuser-ted-heath/

Below I reproduce his last X-mas message:

From: Robert Green
Sent: 24 December 2018 16:51
To:
Subject: Thanks

 

  • A THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME OVER THE YEARS

 

I would like to take the opportunity, at this time of the year, to express my thanks and appreciation for the loyal and unwavering support that I have received from so many kind people over the years, some going all the way back to 2009, when I first began to examine the evidence relating to the cruel abuses committed against the astonishingly brave Hollie Greig and her mother, Anne.

 

During the two three-month spells when I was imprisoned in Scottish prisons, I received around 3,000 cards and letters from well-wishers, from 42 different countries. I can never forget such kindnesses from people around the world, most of whom I have never met.

 

I have also received tremendous additional and continuous assistance over the years from a considerable number of dedicated and thoroughly decent people who are greatly concerned, in particular, about the sheer corruption and cruelty of the state apparatus towards victims of horrific sexual crimes and those who are courageous enough to stand up for them.

 

It should be stressed that such corruption exists well beyond the Scottish border and prevails throughout the United Kingdom. Time and again, I have been made aware of the horrific treatment suffered by child victims and loving family members, particularly at the hands of the notorious Family Court system, the sheer existence of which brings unmitigated shame upon our once great country.

 

I hope that I can be forgiven on this occasion for not naming any of the many wonderful people who have stood by me, as it would be unfair to leave anyone out, but you know who you are and you will always have my admiration and respect for your kindness, courage and humanity.

 

May I wish you all a Happy Christmas season and a wonderful New Year.

 

Robert Green