At Least Charles Manson Wasn’t a Hypocrite

At one time, the director of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation defended members of their organization, who had been accused of being child molesters, by saying their innocence was evident by their graying hair, their manner of dress, because they smiled a lot, and were healthy. 1  *

Perpetrators of children can be very charming to other adults and look like perfectly nice people. Child abusers often display normal behavior with children when they are not molesting or abusing them. Those who hide their dark side do everything they can in order to convince others they are innocent. They know how to manipulate people and present a ‘good’ image’ in public.

People assume that sexual predators of children must be “demonic,” but this belief is a blanket of protection for all child abusers who do not outwardly look or act evil. Child sexual abusers are not demons; they are human beings with evil alive in their soul. External influences and emotional experiences, which take place in early childhood, are usually the cause of psychiatric disorders and criminal behavior. Labeling a sexual predator as a demon, or even as “evil” is society’s attempt at self-comfort. This way, the so-called “good” people relieve themselves of any guilt over their own transgressions, and they give themselves permission to not have to help or even try to understand child abusers, or to believe that their beloved co-worker or their friendly neighbor could have harmed a child in such a heinous way.

Some people feel that a woman who kills her child because she is hearing voices is “sick,” but that child sexual abusers are “evil.” The action of killing a child, or sexually molesting a child, are both evil; but the person –the human soul—is not usually evil itself.

Nearly every human being has malignant thoughts, and sometimes people act on them –especially those who have a history of child sexual abuse, extreme physical abuse, or torture. People who commit evil sometimes do good for others and engage in kind thoughts. More importantly, “good” people are very capable of committing atrocities if the conditions are favorable. The Stanford Prison Experiment and the Milgram Obedience Experiment are two perfect examples of how ordinary, mild mannered people –who most would consider “good”– can commit torture or inflict pain on innocent persons. The Milgram Obedience Experiment demonstrates how even women can easily participate in hurting another human being, and do so while listening to the screams of the victim, merely because an authority figure is telling them to do it. Philip Zimbardo’s The Lucifer Effect explains these two studies and how anyone can be capable of committing atrocities, or become a part of them by remaining silent. 2

Incest victims frequently come from what appears to be the “All-American” family and no set profile exists for a child molester or for a child rapist. 3

If you do a search on the Web for “evil” your results will probably bring up people like Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, or mass murderers. You might even get Charles Manson in your search result window, but at least Charles Manson was not a hypocrite.

If you do a search for my parents, you will not find their names or faces under the word “evil.” The true human face of evil is every child sexual abuser who appears outwardly good. Evil deceives. It shows itself with the face of goodness and with outward pleasantries and niceties. True evil puts on a police uniform with a badge that reads, “To protect and serve” and then sexually abuses a little girl. True evil wears a nice Sunday dress, goes off to church and prays to God appearing “good” in front of others, and then she comes home and turns her head to the crime of incest going on under her roof, and then threatens into silence, the child who dares to try and tell.


This material is taken from my soon to be published (online) book titled, America’s Ugly Secret: Evil Sits at the Dinner Table. ©Copyright, 2001.  All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author.

* The False Memory Syndrome Foundation was founded in 1992 by the parents of Jennifer J. Freyd, a highly respected psychology professor and memory researcher, who privately accused her father of sexually abusing her as a child.  Jennifer’s father denied Jennifer’s memories and her parents formed the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. Jennifer’s mother is the executive director of the FMSF. In their book, Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors, Whitfield, Silberg, and Fink, offer documentation which supports Jennifer’s accusations. 4

1. Freyd, P. (1992b, February 29). “How do we know we are not representing pedophiles?” False Memory Syndrome Newsletter.

2. The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, Philip Zimbardo, Random House, 2007

3. U.S. Dept of Justice of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice Research Report Child Sexual Molestation: Research Issues, Robert A. Prentky, Ph.D. Raymond A. Knight, Ph.D., Austin F.S. Lee, Ph.D. Jeremy Travis, J.D. Director Christy Visher, Ph.D. Science Advisor to the Director

4.  Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors, Whitfield, Silberg, and Fink

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6 Responses to At Least Charles Manson Wasn’t a Hypocrite

  1. Shana Dines says:

    The False Memory Foundation is the epitome of evil. Those people are disgusting, vile and perverted. I read the book about them and how they set their daughter up , wanted her to be on their foundation because they knew that she was remembering what they did to her. Vile evil animals. I believe their daughter 100%. What monsters.

    • Serieve Marie Elizabeth Andrews says:

      Every once in a while I read something that seems to be so beyond logic that I cannot offer a logical reply or rebuttal, partially due to my being shocked by the absurdity of it.


      ‘by saying their innocence was evident by their graying hair, their manner of dress, because they smiled a lot, and were healthy.’

      Alethea, please tell me you are joking. Tell me you are kidding.

      For the hell of it, can you send me the actual material you used to source the above? A newsletter from 1992 – I was 7 or 8 – would be likely very difficult for me to find. But I have to see the quote for myself. I don’t disbelieve you, but the above is so…whatever I want to see where the other side and their idiocy is coming from. Thank you.

    • Serieve Marie Elizabeth Andrews says:

      Do you recall the title of the book, Ms. Dines? I would like to read it. Was it by pamela freyd’s victim, Jennifer? Thank you.

      • Alethea says:


        The citation is: Freyd, P. (1992b, February 29). “How do we know we are not representing pedophiles?” False Memory Syndrome Newsletter.

        This site has quoted the original text:

        “A third set of indicants was set forth by Pamela Freyd, who is currently FMSF executive director, in an article entitled “How Do We Know We Are Not Representing Pedophiles?” (1992b). Two methods were presented as ways to show that the memories forming the basis of accusations against members are false:

        There are two ways that we [Pamela Freyd speaking] will address this concern. The first has to do with who we are. If I had taken a camera to any of the three meetings held here in Philadelphia, I would have been hard put to know whom to photograph. We are a good looking bunch of people: graying hair, well-dressed, healthy, smiling. The similarity of the stories is astounding, so script-like and formulaic that doubts dissolve after chats with a few families. Just about every person who has attended is someone you would likely find interesting and want to count as a friend. The second way that we will address this concern involves lie detector tests. If all members of the FMS Foundation either have had or express a willingness to be polygraphed, we will have a powerful statement that we are not in the business of representing pedophiles.”

        This quote is well-known and has been printed many times over in many books and research articles. Pamela Freyd has never denied saying it.


        On a side note: criminals often ask for a lie detector test. They often think they can beat it. In my second book, I have a quote from a priest who was a known and self-admitted child sexual abuser, who was eventually convicted of it. He had demanded a lie detector test during the period of time that he admitted sexually abusing boys and after being in treatment for it.

      • Alethea says:

        I don’t know which book Shana is referring to, but there are several. I think “Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors” by Whitfield, Silberg, and Fink is a good one for information about the FMSF.

        Try to get it from the library, it’s too expensive to buy. I think I have a copy somewhere in my closet of boxes. I can mail it to you if I can find it.

        • Serieve Marie Elizabeth Andrews says:

          I like what you said earlier about an unrelated post.

          pamela –

          Give Me A Fucking Break.

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