Spectral Evidence: The Ramona Case: Incest, Memory, and Truth on Trial in Napa Valley

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Holly's Day in Court

Just before 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 1994, Holly Ramona and her entourage slipped quietly into the Napa courthouse and up the exit staircase, out of sight of the crowd that awaited them. The press and the spectators had been lining up behind barriers since seven o'clock, the regulars joined by onlookers drawn by the previous night's Ramona segment on the NBC tabloid Hard Copy. That evening a competing tabloid on ABC, Inside Edition, would be airing its report on the trial being touted as a major showdown for recovered memories and the therapy profession, rushing to beat out NBC's Dateline, which had elbowed in and won more interviews than anybody. Now the European press was here, joining Time, People, Reuters, and the rest of the media mob. Photographers in the hall rushed to catch Holly through the wall of women who surrounded her, following the buzz as she approached. Running interference, Ed Leonard led her swiftly through the crowd into the courtroom, leaving only fleeting impressions of the girl everyone had waited weeks to see.

Holly, Kelli, and Shawna filed into the courtroom. They did not turn their heads to acknowledge their grandmother Garnet as they walked past her and joined their mother in the front row on the right. The entire courtroom stirred, trying to get a better look. Stephanie seemed more glamorous than she'd looked in the deposition clip, wearing a pale gray silk blazer and a long, slim white linen skirt, her signature slash of pale lipstick giving a sensual pout to her lower lip. The perfect blond mane of hair framed a beautiful, impassive face masked by fastidious makeup. Kelli, who had flown in from Colo

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Prologue the Memory Wars 1
  • A Perfect Family 11
  • 1 - A World of Women 13
  • 2 - The Birth of a Salesman 34
  • 3 - The Family Table 51
  • 4 - Flashbacks 76
  • 5 - Confrontation 96
  • Discovery 105
  • 6 - A Family Falls Apart 107
  • 7 - A Mother Knows 122
  • 8 - The Christmas Present 141
  • 9 - This Thing Called Repression 155
  • 10 - The Gathering of Evidence 172
  • 11 - The Gathering of Witnesses 189
  • 12 - The Memory Lesson 210
  • The Trial 233
  • 13 - Courtroom B 235
  • 14 - The Great Recovered Memory Debate 256
  • 15 - The Power of Suggestion 270
  • 16 - Holly's Day in Court 290
  • 17 - The T-Graph 317
  • 18 - The Debate Continues 333
  • 19 - Verdict 351
  • Epilogue the Impact 379
  • The Process 401
  • Notes 404
  • Selected Bibliography 428
  • Acknowledgments 434
  • Index 436
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