by Kathy Crest:
Fran and Dan Keller are Satanists. They also repeatedly and sadistically abused the children they vowed to protect while offering day care services to parents in a community known as Oak Hill in Austin, Texas. They were convicted of multiple charges, and their crimes would see them sent to prison for 48 years each. In 2013, they were released from prison because of “technicalities” that occurred during the trial, and this year they saw all charges dismissed against them.
It all began with a small, three year old child who had behavior problems due to what her parents thought was their impending divorce. The mother took her to a therapist, and upon examination it was determined the child had been sexually abused. The police were alerted, and a prosecutor assigned to the case. That prosecutor had a friend who also had a child that attended the same day care in Oak Hill, who just happened to be seeing the same therapist as the three year old girl. Soon there were a total of four children who all offered up the same stories, horror stories of rituals and sexual abuse.
In the best way a child could describe these horrors, they each told similar stories of adults wearing robes and forcing the children to drink blood laced Kool-Aid. They talked of the sexual abuse and how the sessions were videotaped. They spoke of candles being lit, a pentagram, and being forced to watch animals, and even a baby, being brutally dismembered. The children were often forced to dig holes to bury the bodies of the dead animals and babies. They even claimed that a passer by had been shot once, and dismembered with a chain saw. They told of being flown in air planes to different locations, even Mexico, where they would be abused by soldiers, then flown back in time to meet their parents.
The suspicions in the Oak Hill case would widen, and fingers would be pointed at public figures in the community that included politicians and law enforcement. During the trial, the children were presented as having a “dissociative identity disorder” by the defense, but the evidence was overwhelming during the six day trial. The emergency room doctor who examined the three year old girl, helped seal the fate of the Kellers, telling how the girls hymen had been torn in two places.
A later investigation into the case would reveal serious problems: Attorneys would claim there was no clear evidence of physical abuse, and a confession was retracted that the investigating officer did not believe. There were claims of flawed medical exams of the children, and testimony of an “expert” on satanic ritual abuse was deemed “dubious”. The prosecution would also be charged with withholding information from the defense.
On November 26, 2013, the Travis County district attorney’s office announced that Fran Keller, then 63, was being released on bond and her husband, Dan Keller, would be released within a week in a deal reached with lawyers. “There is a reasonable likelihood that the medical expert’s false testimony affected the judgment of the jury and violated Frances Keller’s right to a fair trial,” said the district attorney.
In June of this year, the Kellers were deemed “not guilty”, and that would give them the opportunity to file for compensation from the state of Texas for the 21 years they spent in prison. In August 2017 they were awarded $3.4 million in compensation for the wrongful conviction.
This case is eerily similar to the McMartin preschool trial in the 1980’s. In Los Angeles, California, a family who operated a preschool in Manhattan Beech was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse against the children who attended their school. This case began when a mother realized her son had been sodomized, and the boy accused one of the operators at the school. Ray Buckey was the grandson of school founder Virginia McMartin and son of administrator Peggy McMartin Buckey. Ray Buckey was investigated but there was not enough evidence to bring him to trial. Nonetheless, a letter was sent home to parents that read: This Department is conducting a criminal investigation involving child molestation. Ray Buckey, an employee of Virginia McMartin’s Pre-School, was arrested September 7, 1983 by this Department. The following procedure is obviously an unpleasant one, but to protect the rights of your children as well as the rights of the accused, this inquiry is necessary for a complete investigation. Records indicate that your child has been or is currently a student at the pre-school. We are asking your assistance in this continuing investigation. Please question your child to see if he or she has been a witness to any crime or if he or she has been a victim. Our investigation indicates that possible criminal acts include: oral sex, fondling of genitals, buttock or chest area, and sodomy, possibly committed under the pretense of “taking the child’s temperature.” Also photos may have been taken of children without their clothing. Any information from your child regarding having ever observed Ray Buckey to leave a classroom alone with a child during any nap period, or if they have ever observed Ray Buckey tie up a child, is important. Please complete the enclosed information form and return it to this Department in the enclosed stamped return envelope as soon as possible. We will contact you if circumstances dictate same. We ask you to please keep this investigation strictly confidential because of the nature of the charges and the highly emotional effect it could have on our community. Please do not discuss this investigation with anyone outside your immediate family. Do not contact or discuss the investigation with Raymond Buckey, any member of the accused defendant’s family, or employees connected with the McMartin Pre-School.
By spring of 1984, after several hundred children had been examined by a professional therapy clinic, it was determined that 360 of them had been abused. Scarring would show that many of the children had suffered anal penetration. But when the case went to trial, one that lasted for six long years and cost $15 million dollars, no further charges were brought, and no convictions were obtained. The interviewing techniques were brought into question, and the children were labeled as being coerced into their confessions. Nine of the eleven jurors would later admit that they believed the children had been sexually abused, but could not pinpoint the abuser. The school was closed and the building dismantled after the trial ended.
At the time of the McMartin case, a hysteria had formed around day care centers and the belief that many of them were involved in Satanic activity. The police and FBI labeled the theory “moral panic” and played down the accusations. But many of the children who attended the McMartin school claimed there were tunnels beneath the school where the abuse often occurred, and claims of rituals taking place within the tunnels often emerged. In 1990, an archeologist, Gary Stickel, claimed he found evidence of tunnels, consistent with the children’s accounts, under the McMartin Preschool using ground-penetrating radar.
The New York Times once wrote: When you once believed something that now strikes you as absurd, even unhinged, it can be almost impossible to summon that feeling of credulity again. Maybe that is why it is easier for most of us to forget, rather than to try and explain, the Satanic-abuse scare that gripped this country in the early 80’s – the myth that Devil-worshipers had set up shop in our day-care centers, where their clever adepts were raping and sodomizing children, practicing ritual sacrifice, shedding their clothes, drinking blood and eating feces, all unnoticed by parents, neighbors and the authorities.
The accounts of these cases cannot be overlooked and the testimony of these children cannot be denied. These are not stories that a child just happens to conjure up in the innocence of their delicate minds. They are nightmares that will effect their lives forever, and oftentimes the abuse will lead to their own abusiveness as adults. Today this kind of activity continues, and is often swept under the rug by the media. The truth is devoured in a court of law by well trained attorneys and “expert” witnesses. These witnesses are often paid, and their testimony weighs heavily on the outcome of a trial. It is believed by many that Satanic abuse has taken place for centuries, and that many who partake in this dark activity are often well known figures and wealthy individuals who do not want to be linked to this kind of behavior. Today there are many online reports of child sex trafficking and ongoing investigations, yet we hear very little about it in the news. The latest sex allegations against our politicians and those in Hollywood may open up the minds of many Americans and lead to the exposure of a much darker, much more horrific abuse against children. Since President Trump has been in office, thousand of pedophiles have been arrested, yet no word of this has broken the air waves.