Critical That Shameful Injustices Publicized

RECEIVED Wed., April 1, 2009

Dear Editor,
    I wanted to commend Michael King, Jordan Smith, and Jana Birchum on your articles covering the Kellers' case [“Believing the Children,” News, March 27]. These stories require significant time and effort to be reported accurately. But it is critical these shameful injustices are brought into full public view and may be the only hope remaining for people like the Kellers. While most of the multiperpetrator, multivictim child sexual abuse hysteria cases of the 1990s have been discredited and overturned, a handful of innocents languish in prison.
    There is another highly questionable San Antonio case dating from the same time period that has received minimal critical media attention. Four young Chicanas were convicted of ritualistic sexual assaults on a 7-year-old girl and 9-year-old girl. Fifteen years later, all four women remain steadfast in their claims of innocence. There are many other factors surrounding the case that raise considerable doubt about their guilty verdicts. A complete review of the case can be found at www.fourliveslost.com.
Darrell Otto
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
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