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

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PROLOGUE: THE MEMORY WARS

The opening scene in the Salem Memorial Park is drawn from a personal visit. "That poisoned cloud of fantasy," which describes spectral evidence, is from Arthur Miller's October 2½8, 1996, article in the New Yorker, "Why I Wrote 'The Crucible.'" Opening day of the Ramona trial is drawn from personal observation. I attended every day of the seven-week trial except for the three days of jury selection.

This summary of issues, events, and implications is a distillation of the author's thinking and research and incorporates many references that will be specifically cited in later chapters. Frederick Crews's quote comes from The Memory Wars ( 1995). The therapist quoted in "I am a therapist" is David Calof, in his article "Facing the Truth About False Memory," Family Therapy Networker's Sept./Oct. 1993 issue.

The column was Kevin Courtney's in the Napa Valley Register, May 1, 1994. That recovered memories blossomed in America's most privileged neighborhoods is indicated by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation's (FMSF's) survey of forty retractors, published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Law ( Fall 1995) -- one of the few available profiles. The survey showed nearly half of the subjects (47.5 percent) self-reporting middle class and another 25 percent reporting upper-middle-class status; more than 90 percent had finished high school, half had their B.A., and nearly 20 percent had done graduate work; all were Caucasians. Some 35 percent reported an upper-middle-class socioeconomic level.

Judith Lewis Herman's quote "commonalities . . . between survivors . . ." comes from her 1992 book, Trauma and Recovery. Carol Tavris "Beware the Incest Survivor Machine" appeared in the New York Times Book Review on January 3, 1993. The Anne Roiphe quote is from her 1996 book, Fruitful, a

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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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