- Hardcover: 422 pages
- Publisher: Memorial Press; First Edition edition (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977068501
- ISBN-13: 978-0977068500
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nightmares and Secrets : The Real Story of the 1984 Child Sexual Abuse Scandal in Jordan, Minnesota Hardcover – 2005
Top Customer Reviews
The writing is ok, but could have benefited from editing.
However, the story is compelling. The reader feels the writers anguish and outrage at the events that took place in Jordan, Minnesota.
The victims of course will never be fully known or appreciated. As reported in this work, this is because of the outrageous abuse of legal authority by Kathleen Morris and others. She abused her legal authority by the out of control witch hunt she conspired. While there was certainly abuse that took place, it was ridiculously overblown by Morris. This does not diminish the victim's plight in this case. Rather, it makes it worse. Due to Kathleen Morris' extreme incompetence and vengeful witch hunt, those victims will never find resolution to anything that was done to them.
According to the book, how Kathleen Morris escaped jail time in this regard is a testimonial to how she played the system, slept with men in power and bullied the system to her needs.
Kathleen Morris is reportedly currently still in Scott County, "practicing" law as a private lawyer. I am sure, as stated in this book, that many of the victims of her abuse of authority wish she was behind bars.
Truthfully, I'm really happy that Tom wrote this. It gave me insight I didn't have at the time of what was really going on. I knew my parents had concern and even watched as my father looked horrified out of the 2nd story window of our house, watching a family being arrested and separated just two houses down from ours.
My brother of school age can vividly remember being pulled out of class at the elementary school and questioned by police. To which my brother finally called them on it "That's what you wanted me to say, right? I thought we were playing a game." Thank GOD, Minnesota is not longer allowed to question children in such a manner ... I won't even get into the "Medical Examinations" chapter ... That just --People think that's okay!?--
And I know it came at great cost, my brother along with his classmates have suffered with anxiety, substance abuse, suicide, and it changed Minnesota on the way they interview children. This case is taught in police academy, I know, I was there.
I was also present for the the nightmares and secrets that happened in 1984. I really can't believe my parents survived emotionally ... I do know at one point they said, "If the cops are coming for us, I have two calls; A lawyer and your grandparents to pick you up and run."
My parents loved us very much. We were NEVER abused, we've never known of anyone abused.
Kathleen Morris ruined our lives and our town ... I hope she finds comfort meeting our maker and subsequently being sent to hell for vanity and being a selfish human being. She had no child's interest at heart. I think that's the biggest sin of all.
Shocking to this reader were revelations of the underhanded manipulation of child witnesses, some of whom were interviewed by authorities over 20 times and who were prompted to provide answers the authorities wanted to hear, as well as the cooperation given to the prosecutor by some elected officials and one judicial officer.
Eventually,the state attorney general's office stepped in and baseless charges were dismissed, but by then children and families had been permanently scarred and millions of taxpayer dollars had been squandered.
Technically, the writing is only fair at best and would have benefited from the efforts of a good editor. Those looking for cool objectivity will be disappointed. The writer was obviously outraged by the injustice of it all.
This is book that should be read by anyone who thinks "it can't happen here."