The BBC/Religious
Here is an interesting one from way back when.
In 1990 twenty one children were taken into care following police raids on 5 homes after it was alleged by social workers that the children had been sexually abused and forced into devil worship:
The Rochdale case was triggered by two young boys’ abuse fantasies. The younger boy, aged 4 at the time, described being present at ritual sacrifices of infants and seeing cult members robbing graves in a local cemetery. A very similar ritual abuse case broke out in the Orkneys shortly afterwards; more children were taken into care.
Now, you have to ask yourself how a 4 year old boy could make up such allegations.
Never the less, after the families of the children challenged the care orders in the high court, the judge decided that the two boys were making it up and gradually, all the children were returned home.
Tellingly, there was a gagging order imposed forbidding anyone from speaking out about the satanic abuse.
And guess who else made herself busy in the case?
Well, none other than Virginia Bottomley, who was named along with her husband Peador ‘upda‘ Bottomley on the list of Satanists that I published on this site not so long ago.
You can find that list at the following link:
Paedor Bottomley’s name also appears on the list of those who were regular visitors to the Elm Guest House.
No real surprise then that the Judge found no case to answer.
And where was this Satanic Child Abuse taking place?
Fuck me, I’m glad you asked me that.
You see, all 20 children were residents on the Langley Estate, Middleton in Manchester.
Now, I’m absolutely positive that I have heard of the Langley Estate being mentioned somewhere before, but I can’t for the fucking life of me remember where.
Never the less, I’m sure it will come back to me… Sooner or later.


In 1990, social workers from the Rochdale area raided five homes at dawn and took 21 children into care. The officials suspected that horrendous criminal acts were being perpetrated by the children’s parents, allegedly members of a Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) “cult”.

The plight of the “stolen children” was given extensive publicity by reporters of The Mail on Sunday newspaper. After a six month investigation, they found that the Satanic abuse scare had:
  • destroyed five families
  • made the children wards of the court, and placed them in foster homes, separated from their families of origin
  • left almost a dozen parents falsely accused of horrifying sexual/physical abuse
  • been based on a myth. Underground, abusing Satanic cults never existed
The only positive outcome of the whole fiasco was that the newspaper won the Campaigning Journalists of the Year award for 1990.
The Rochdale case was triggered by two young boys’ abuse fantasies. The younger boy, aged 4 at the time, described being present at ritual sacrifices of infants and seeing cult members robbing graves in a local cemetery. A very similar ritual abuse case broke out in the Orkneys shortly afterwards; more children were taken into care.
With support from the newspaper, the families challenged the care orders in the High Court. Since there was no hard evidence to show that any abuse had actually occurred, the children were gradually returned home. The two boys who started the arrests were the last of the 21 children to be released.
They had been in care for over 6 years when they were given a High Court hearing, released and reunited with their families before Christmas 1996 They have returned to their home on the Langley estate in Middleton, Greater Manchester. However, they will be supervised by a social worker under an approved “care plan.” Tony Heaford, a Middleton councilor, has been trying to reunite the family for years.
He said “They have been separated from their parents an incredibly long time, despite the ruling in the original case that Satanic abuse was a myth which did not exist…I understand part of the reason for not returning them was that the parents are in debt, which is tantamount to penalisation of the poor.” [We suspect that one of the reasons for the parents’ financial difficulties may have been legal costs associated with the seizure of their children].
In 1991, the courts determined that the allegations of Satanic Ritual Abuse were false. However an injunction prevented the children from speaking about the case.

Cause of (and fallout from) the Fiasco

The root cause of the disaster seems to have been a series of social workers’ conferences given by what the paper called “fundamentalist Christian evangelists” from the United States. The workers were “indoctrinated” with “so-called Satanic Indicators“.
Some then returned to their offices, scanned their case loads and found Satanists under every rock. Fatally flawed interview techniques led to many children making false confessions, based on memories of non-existent ritual abuse which had accidentally and unwittingly been implanted by the interviewers.
The British government commissioned a study by Prof. J.S. Lafontaine.
Her report indicated that: no evidence of Satanic Ritual has been found, that unfounded rumors of SRA had been propagated on the basis of dubious information, and that some Evangelical Christians, psychologists, childcare workers, and health-care professionals were responsible for spreading the myth.

Virginia Bottomley, the Health Minister in the early 1990′s, said that every social worker in the UK would be retrained with proper techniques for child interviewing, and that the “outrageous” and “traumatic” practice of taking children from their homes in dawn raids would be discontinued.
There was a general shake-up within social service groups. Unfortunately, not all areas of the UK got the message. A similar disaster occurred in the Island of Lewis off of the shore of Scotland in 2003.

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Lost years of ‘satanic panic’ children

In 1990, families on a council estate in north Manchester woke up to every parent’s worst nightmare. With no warning, police and social workers had come to take their children.

Sixteen youngste from the Langley estate near Rochdale were taken in to care – for what was to be a total of 34 years and four months. It was alleged they had been forced into devil worship and sexually abused.
At the time, there was a steady stream of newspaper stories based on rumours of secret satanic abuse taking place in Britain. But, after a year long investigation, the Rochdale parents were proved to be completely innocent.
Their children – now grown up – have never before spoken of their ordeal because of a court gagging order. The BBC has, on their behalf, successfully challenged Rochdale Council and the family court to enable them to tell their side of the story – and for key evidence to be revealed.
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