Third woman sues Castlewood Treatment Center; alleges brainwashing

False Memory Syndrome A third woman has sued Castlewood Treatment Center in west St. Louis County, MO. saying she was brainwashed into believing false memories.

Two other women previously sued Castlewood and psychologist Mark Schwartz with similar claims that they developed false memories during therapy sessions for eating disorders.

Jury awards $16.5 million in lawsuit over false memories

false memories A jury in State College, PA awarded $16.5 million Thursday to a woman who said she was drugged with carbon dioxide and manipulated to believe she was raped by family members at the hands of a former psychologist.

During the trial Julian Metter maintained the woman did suffer abuse in her childhood, including torture tied to a satanic cult.

Gag order is sought in lawsuits over brainwashing

Mark Schwartz Lawyers for St. Louis, MO treatment center want a gag order placed on all parties involved in a lawsuit against the center that has attracted international media attention.

two women claim a therapist at the center hypnotized them into thinking their eating disorders stemmed from past involvement in Satanic cult.

Second Woman Claims Clinic Gave Her ‘False Memories’ of Satanic Rituals

False Memory Syndrome A second woman has filed a malpractice lawsuit against a St. Louis, MO treatment center, claiming she was hypnotized into thinking her eating disorder was rooted in “repressed memories” of cult involvement.

Leslie Thompson, 26, filed the suit late yesterday against the Castlewood Treatment Center and her former therapist, psychologist Mark Schwartz.

Trial over doctor’s treatment to resume

A civil lawsuit brought against a former State College psychologist by a patient who said she suffered trauma after being drugged with carbon dioxide went to trial Thursday.

Hypnosis for Eating Disorder Led to False Memories About Satanic Cult Abuse, Suit Says

False Memory Syndrome Updated A woman claims a psychologist at an eating-disorder clinic hypnotized her while she was on psychotropic drugs, inducing false memories of being raped and belonging to a satanic cult.

She claims he did this recklessly, “based partly on her ability to pay for long-term continuous inpatient services,” and told her that that if she sued, “her perpetration of various criminal and horrific acts of abuse would be revealed”.

GBP20,000 payout for woman who falsely accused her father of rape after ‘recovered memory’ therapy

The therapy claims to “unlock” memories so painful the patient has blocked them out of their conscious mind rendering them retrievable only through dreams and hypnosis.

Study: People Who Recall Past Lives, Alien Abduction Prone to Memory Errors

People who believe they have lived past lives as, say, Indian princesses or battlefield commanders are more likely to make certain types of memory errors, according to a new study.

B.C. mother of seven sues faith-based counsellors

An Abbotsford, B.C., mother of seven is suing a Christian-based pastoral counselling service she says led her to falsely dredge up memories of sexual and satanic ritual abuse by her husband and others. In a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Donna Marie Krahn, 46, says the Elijah House compromised her fitness and capacity to parent the children.

Memories are made of…

It seems that our memories are less than trustworthy, and Dutch experimental psychologist Elke Geraerts knows some impressive tricks of the trade for proving this: “We did an experiment with children, showing them pictures from when they were four years old. Some were true pictures but there were also fakes, doctored to show the child […]

Memories fail, and innocents can go to jail

Elizabeth Loftus has studied the minds of scores of people, and learned that things aren’t always as they appear. Especially memories. The California college professor has spent a quarter-century studying how easily memories can be planted and molded. “It’s something that happens to us all the time,” Loftus said. “Little false memories don’t matter that […]

Renowned Memory Expert Named UAB Ireland Visiting Scholar

BIRMINGHAM, AL University of California-Irvine psychologist and renowned expert in memory and eyewitness testimony, Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus, Ph.D., will receive the 2006 Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Prize from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Loftus will present a lecture, Illusions of Memory, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Alys Stephens […]

New Book Explores the Field of False-Memory Research

Children and adolescents — even adults for that matter — may report with all sincerity that they had been sexually abused in the past or witnessed a murder or other crimes. But sometimes the person, though earnest, is wrong: The memory is a false one. Having false memories — “recalling” events that did not happen […]

Trances, satanic abuse–now a trial

Lititz woman says she was harmed by her psychiatrist’s techniques in bizarre malpractice case here. LANCASTER COUNTY, PA – Its a scene straight out of the film Rosemarys Baby: men in beast masks, candles flickering in dark cellars, chalices filled with blood and urine, rape by the devil and killing Satans baby by plunging a […]

Ferguson defense taps memory researcher

When Ryan Fergusons defense attorneys go to court next week, they hope to clear their client of a first-degree murder charge by showing that human memory is not only unreliable but, in his case, wrong. The defense contends that Ferguson, 20, had nothing to do with the slaying four years ago of Tribune Sports Editor […]

Alien abduction claims explained

Sleep paralysis, false memories involved Many of the people who believe they have been abducted by aliens are bombarding Susan Clancy with hate e-mails and phone calls. The Harvard researcher, who has spent five years listening to the stories of some 50 abductees, has described her (and their) experiences in a new book to be […]

Innocent suspects confess under pressure

People want to end questioning, become convinced of guilt, research finds A new study finds some people under interrogation will confess to crimes they did not commit, either to end the questioning or because they become convinced they did it. An unrelated study last year found it is fairly easy to create false memories in […]

Women sue state over false abuse case

A Sydney woman and her mother have successfully sued the state for prosecuting and jailing them over false molestation claims brought by their children. The women, who can only be known as LW and JS, were arrested in 1994 after LW’s three daughters and teenage son told police their parents and grandmother had sexually abused […]

Controversy still surrounds repressed memory therapy

This is a transcript from PM. The program is broadcast around Australia at 5:10pm on Radio National and 6:10pm on ABC Local Radio. PETER CAVE: It’s more than a decade since the emergence of a new kind of therapy which called on patients to look deep into themselves and recover their memories. Sadly the technique […]
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