One of the more bizarre items in the annals of contemporary American history is hysteria surrounding alleged Satanic sexual abuse of day care children in the notorious Los Angeles McMartin Pre School child molestation case.
Now one of the "victims" has come forward to tell his story. Kyle Zirpolo is now 30 years old but is still troubled by the impact his false testimony had on the owners and employees of the school.
Some 400 former McMartin children were interviewed and given genital exams, and many were diagnosed as abuse victims.
This LA Times piece by Debbie Nathan includes a first-person account by Zirpolo who describes how his 'story' was extracted from him by professionals clearly victims themselves of mass hysteria and questionable professional judgment. Zirpolo also describes how his attempts at age 10 to confess his false statements to his mother were rejected and to this day his mother refuses to believe him when he says no one molested him despite having so testified in 1984.
A revealing, and damning transcript of a small part of his testimony is reproduced in the article.
Debbie Nathan was contacted by Zirpolo after he saw Capturing the Friedmans, a documentary in which she appeared, about a similar case of alleged child abuse on Long Island. The film is well worth viewing too.