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Witch Hunt: A True Story of Social Hysteria and Abused Justice Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1998

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Thus edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380790661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380790661
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
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This journalistic account of the civil rights violations that can occur in the name of helping children is a chilling, scary book. Those who are in denial, or doubt Ms. Lyons account should read the award winning series in the Seattle paper called The Power to Harm at [...] This account also updates the story past the end of the books time frame so the reader can learn about the ultimate outcome of many of the cases. One page even continues to update the story as it unfolds.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
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I have lived in Wenatchee for twenty years, and I saw first hand these outrageous trials. Unfortunately, the whole book is true. I saw some other reviewers say that the book is "one-sided". Perhaps, but the other side in this story is a truckload of BS, and the "mental-health professionals" who claim that the investigation was valid are LIARS. I also saw a review that said that one child called in to say that she was indeed raped. Well, given how often the stories have changed, I would find it very hard to believe. Folks, the facts speak for themselves, Almost all the ones convicted had a public lawyer, and almost everyone aquitted or had charges dismissed had a private lawyer. I don't want to go too deeply into the story, because I would basically be paraphrasing the book, which I don't want to do. In conclusion, beware of anyone who gives support to Perez, that sorry excuse for a human being.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1998
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The Citizens of The city of Wenatche, owe you for your hard work, Those that have been touched, those that are living and those who have live and died ,know about the abuse that has been going on far to long in this City of Wenatchee. I know,I lived there, and also have family that still live there ,and their lives have been hurt terribly by the 'Power Class",in this isolated town.. Kathryn, I take my hat off to you, , We Give you our Thanks,for a Great Job on this book Thanks for writing the truth!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2004
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I've been interested in the "recovered memory" controversy since I ran across related legal cases of dubious merit all over the country, and successful legal suits filed againt psychiatrists' offices for seeding false memories in their patients. My interest was reinvigorated while talking with an associate recently whose avocation is to keep in touch with the roughly 15 percent (!) of persons in prison who haven't done anything. We talked about Romano in California ("Spectral Evidence") Ingram in Washington ("Remembering Satan"), and this Wenatchee, Washington case. So I got this book.
It all started with a 6 year old girl whose behavior was questioned by teachers. Eventually a child protection worker talked with her. The girl said she'd been touched inappropriately by a couple of 6 year old boys. The protection worker didn't feel that was right--there MUST be more to it. She persisted ad nauseum until the kid finally said her father abused her. (Her parents, incidentally, had pretty low IQs, were, therefore, poor. That's key to all these sham allegations.)
From there what took place was no less than incredible. A police officer had just taken the helm of the child abuse charges. Though he's retired, I won't mention his name so I don't get accused of child abuse myself. But, to make a long story short, he coerced children into claiming they'd been sexually abused, and their parents of being responsible for the acts. As Ms. Lyon indicates--again, and again, and again--he gave the parties no option but to say what he wanted.
When people, including an upstanding minister in town, challenged the officer's integrity, they too were implicated, and eventually jailed.
The pathetic thing about the case is that the courts went along with the allegations!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jahga@worldnet.att.net on May 2, 1998
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Americans need to listen up to the kind of justice that is notso uncommon, especially in the state of Washington. A book to be onyour must read list. One must ask two questions: 1. How and why could something like this be permitted to happen on this level and to this extent? 2. What must be done to prevent it from occuring again?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1999
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A fairly well written and exhaustively researched book which has no pretensions of objectivity. The author declares her views at the outset and thus allows us to filter her words through that perspective to make our own judgments. As one who believes the author's version of events, I found myself wishing that she had toned back her language just a bit so she wouldn't just be preaching to the choir. But as a member of that choir, I enjoyed the book.
I think it was important that someone write a book about the Wenatchee hysteria, and I am glad the author took the time to do it. It is the kind of cautionary tale I wish every police officer and child worker would read as part of their initial training. Even if they disagree with the book when they read it, at least they will be forewarned of the possibility that a witch hunt can come about and might be able to recognize the symptoms if one begins in their area -- or if they find themselves succumbing to the traps the Wenatchee officials fell into when they began their series of investigations and prosecutions.
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