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Insight-Oriented Therapy and Wade Robson’s Doctor Larry Shaw

March 15, 2019

Initially this post was titled “What you should know about insight-oriented therapy before you watch Leaving Neverland” and was to preempt that documentary movie airing on TV. However the first reviews after the Sundance film festival became a distraction and the post had to be put aside.

Now I wish it hadn’t been postponed as it deals with what seems to be the main problem in handling Robson and Safechuck’s stories – the fact that they look credible to some people and questions “how can they be so credible if they are not telling the truth?”

Well, the paradox is that they may look credible even if they are telling complete lies, and it isn’t only due to good acting, but for other reasons too.

As to their acting, it is actually not that good when seen by a professional and expert eye. In a recent video by a body analysis expert from Toronto Jiovanni Maccarrone who commented on Robson’s and Safechuck’s TV answers to the first uncomfortable question (about changing their testimony) after their debut on TV, the expert made a negative conclusion about both.

However irrespective of what you or anyone think of the two guys’ performance the focus of this post will be on a different matter – the fact that even when people tell outright lies like Robson and Safechuck do, there are psychological techniques commonly known as ‘insight therapy’ that help them believe their own lies and thus make them look much more credible in what they say.

Moreover, in the process of this ‘therapy’ the false accounts of some events may grow so detailed, elaborate and colorful, that the end result will impress the viewers even more.  Salvador Dali once famously said about it:

  • “The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.”

Indeed, the colorful and graphic lie that “he made him stand on all four and licked his anus” will strike your memory much harder than the boring truth that the above simply never happened. If nothing happened there is nothing to describe, so a simple “no” will never replace a colorful fantasy produced by a liar, especially if certain techniques helped him to make his lie look believable.

The recent article in Business Insider says that this brilliance alone “could help explain why we are so quick to believe false accounts of something that happened.”

Elizabeth F. Loftus, researcher and professor of cognitive psychology and human memory says that our memory can be easily distorted and this happens to all of us on a daily basis.

“It’s pretty easy to distort memories for the details of what they actually saw by supplying them with suggestive information,” Loftus told Business Insider. “But then later we began to ask just how far could you go with people. Could you implant entire false memories into the minds of people for things that never happened?”

The answer was yes. Loftus and other researchers such as Julia Shaw have successfully planted memories into the minds of otherwise healthy people. For example, in one study, 70% of subjects were made to believe they had committed a crime such as theft, assault, or assault with a weapon, simply by using memory-retrieval techniques in interviews.

Well, telling a lie about others is a common phenomenon alas, but telling a lie about yourself and admitting to committing an assault with a weapon though you never did it?? This is something unheard of, but nevertheless it is this far that certain “memory-retrieving techniques” can take you.

And the most disturbing thing about these techniques is that according to Dr. Loftus there is no way you would be able to tell that the resulting memory is false just by listening to the false account.

Nowadays, it is quite well understood that false confessions happen under intense interrogation for crimes, like murder. This is what a lot of people think happen in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” for instance.

Loftus said that unless you have reason to suspect somebody’s memory is distorted, then there’s no way you would be able to tell they are recounting a false memory just by listening to them.

So the biggest trouble with false memories is that firstly, they tend to be much more colorful and richer in detail than real memories, and secondly, by just listening to them there is no way you would be able to tell that they are false.

Scientists have long noticed this phenomenon and this is why the retrieved/repressed memories are not accepted as evidence in court and are not covered by medical insurance – this kind of “therapy” has already led to the creation of so many false memories that almost everyone now shuns it like the plague.

Now, what does the recovering memory therapy have to do with our two guys Robson and Safechuck? After all Robson specifically said that his story was not about repressed memory, didn’t he?

In Safechuck’s case the fact that this technique was used on his mind may be assumed as fact almost by default. He claims that he didn’t know about his “abuse” until he watched Robson on TV with Matt Lauer on May 16, 2012. Several days later he went to Dr. Lindsay Merrill and it took her just 13,5 hours in 4 sessions to make a ground-breaking discovery that the many years of Safechuck’s psychological problems had been due to his “child sexual trauma” he realized only now.

As to Robson, it seems that he is much better versed on the subject, because when Matt Lauer asked him about the alleged abuse the very first thing Robson said was that this wasn’t the case of repressed memory.

You will agree that beginning your story of abuse with a statement denying repressed memory is absolutely unnatural for a genuine survivor (compare it with Corey Feldman’s interviews, for example), so it shows that Robson studied the subject inside out and knowing that repressed/recovered memories are not credible, he assured the viewers in advance that this was not his case.

Wade Robson speaks to Matt Lauer on Today show, May 16, 2013

Matt Lauer: What happened?

Wade Robson: First of all I want to clear up that this is not the case of repressed memory.

Matt Lauer: It has been reported in the press….

Wade Robson: I never forgot one moment of what Michael did to me.

Repressed or not repressed, what Robson did not tell you is that the insight-oriented therapy, mentioned in his complaint as a starting point for the realization of his “abuse”, is not much different from the process of recovering memories and is simply another word for a similar technique.

The insight therapy also faces a ton of criticism, and exactly for invoking the so-called ‘placebo insights’ which is simply the polite scientific word for false memories.

Please don’t regard the subject of false memories as my attempt to justify Robson and Safechuck.

Whether you see them as simple liars or liars assisted by some form of therapy, we should be equipped at least with the basic knowledge of what this insight therapy is all about, just in case some howbrow pundits come on stage and tell us how ‘valid’ these psychological findings are.

HOW IT WORKS

Insight therapy is known under many different names as it springs from at least four schools of psychotherapy. This diversity shouldn’t surprise anyone as unlike mathematics psychology is not a definite science and its findings depend on method and interpretation.

Contradictions between researchers may be so big that even Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, the key figures in psychology and psychiatry who were once good friends, eventually grew so apart that never talked to each other till the end of their lives.

Many consider insight-oriented therapy junk science, but some think that this method helps “to explore the deepest layers of the unconscious to discover some early, often salient experiences that lead to the current anxiety, stress and discomfort.”

In the opinion of these therapists the patient may have the memory of the events that are the root of his present discomfort, but they are buried so deep in his subconscious that it is the role of the therapist to retrieve them from there and thus heal the client.

There is a belief that your problems and general discomforts are rooted in something that is occurring inside you, but about which you do not yet know. The primary method of therapy becomes making the unconscious conscious. In this manner you become free of the heretofore unknown blockages that prevent you from your best level of functioning. http://drsoleary.com/InsightOriented.htm

Insight is described as an “a-ha” or “light bulb” moment when the patient comes to realize the problem in this earlier life that resulted in his present distress. The therapist helps the client to arrive at the insightful moment – attention please – by asking him guiding questions and giving him verbal prompts.

During each session, the individual receiving counseling will recall situations from his or her life. Through guiding questions and verbal prompts, the therapist helps the client to come to “a-ha” or “light bulb” moments in which insight to problems is gained.

https://cadywellness.com/insight-oriented-psychotherapy-mental-health-treatment/

Wade Robson claims that his “a-ha” moment came on May 8, 2012 when he suddenly realized that he had been “abused” by Jackson. And as the standard rules of this therapy tell us he must have come to that englightening moment through “guiding questions and verbal prompts” according to therapists’ own account.

From their experience therapists have determined that the time required by a client to reach those insights typically takes at least 2 years in sessions.

This is the first surprise for us as Wade Robson’s complaint says that he started his insight therapy in mid-April 2012, the sessions took place twice a week (later once a week) and approximately three weeks later, on May 8, 2012 he already arrived at his “insight” about Jackson.

 

This means that by that time Robson arrived at his “a-ha” moment he had had only three weeks in 5-6 therapy sessions though the usual period should be no less than two years.

How come he made it so early?

Robson and his therapist will give you an explanation, only I am not sure that it will sound satisfactory to us.

A more rapid process can take place if there isone major focus for the therapy rather than the more traditional psychoanalytic practice of allowing the client to associate freely and discuss unconnected issues. In brief therapy, the central focus is developed during the initial evaluation process, occurring during the first session or two.”

In brief therapy, the therapist is expected to be fairly active in keeping the session focused on the main issue. Having a clear focus makes it possible to do interpretive work in a relatively short time because the therapist only addresses the circumscribed problem area.” https://psychcentral.com/lib/psychodynamictherapy/

In other words if the client (or therapist) has a clear focus on Michael Jackson from the very start of it, the therapist will ask leading questions and give the client verbal prompts only as regards Jackson – and the process of reaching an insight and producing more and more elaborate details during this “memory evolvement” process will go much faster.

Suppose Robson comes to a therapist and says he knows Michael Jackson, and the therapist, well informed by the media about the allegations, immediately starts asking leading questions and verbally prompts the client if and how he was molested by MJ – in this case reaching the necessary “insights” will go much quicker in comparison with a case when the client was no friends with Jackson. This is what the therapists call “having a clear focus” and “doing interpretive work in a relatively short time.” 🙂

Of course the “insights” will arrive even faster if a client like Robson or Safechuck comes to a therapist with a ready lie and clear intention to develop it further – then it will be a matter of several sessions only to work it to perfection (and obtain the necessary certificate of merit for filing a lawsuit against the alleged perpetrator or his Estate).

Whether first or second, both reasons will do to explain how Robson and Safechuck reached their “insights” about Jackson so quickly, in 3 weeks or so, despite the usual two long years and hundreds of sessions typically required for this kind of therapy.

FALSE MEMORIES

Scientists are polite people and will never discredit the efforts of their colleagues by calling their findings false and labeling them junk science.  So when Dr. David A. Jopling of York University says that “insight therapy can generate illusions, deceptions and deceptive misunderstandings that only mimic the truth” in plain language it will mean that this therapy produces false memories and lies.

Dr. Jopling has given to this phenomenon the neutral term of “placebo” insights (here is the full text in Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 57(1), 19–36 (2001).

the insight-oriented psychotherapies are highly susceptible to generating placebo insights, that is, illusions, deceptions, and adaptive self-misunderstandings that convincingly mimic veridical insight but have no genuine explanatory power. The insight-oriented psychotherapies also are highly susceptible to generating therapeutic artefacts that appear to confirm the insights acquired by clients.

The “artifact” point is interesting as it shows that during the therapy the client can get relief from his false memories or produce artefacts like dreams about the events that never happened which may convince him and the therapist that they are on the right track.

Dr. Jopling explains that even if the client is convinced that his insight is authentic, it is absolutely no proof that this is the case.

First, the mere acquisition of insight is not a guarantee that the insight is true. This is the case even if the acquisition of insight is the culmination of months of hard work and struggle.

Second, the client’s level of conviction about the validity and authenticity of a newly won insight is not a guarantee that the insight is true. The client may be deeply convinced about an insight that is in fact psychologically and historically false.

The intensity of the experience is often enough to convince clients that the truth has finally been achieved—but this is clearly an unworkable criterion of truth: Intense feelings also can be generated by illusions and importantly false beliefs that mimic genuine insight.

The above is another interesting point – so even if the client’s experience is intense and he is tearful when he thinks he has reached his “insight” it still doesn’t mean that the insight is true. It can be false, illusionary and deceptive even if the client is sure of its authenticity and the therapist believes him looking at the intensity of his feeling.

Third, the therapist’s conviction about the authenticity of the client’s explorations, and the truth-value of the client’s insight, is not a guarantee of the truth of the insight.

Fourth, the occurrence of therapeutic change following the acquisition of insight is not a guarantee of the insight’s truth. One of the factors common to all forms of psychotherapy is that clients are supplied with a coherent rationale that explains their problems and provides a method of treatment.

The point about the client being relieved of his discomfort is also important. Usually such relief serves as a signal that the therapy was productive and the client is healed, which makes the therapist think that the root of the problem is found and truth has been reached. However according to Dr. Jopling a false belief can produce exactly the same result as a coherent (but false) rationale can also explain the client’s problem and may be even effective for his healing.

In general the insight-oriented therapy very often results in explanatory fictions and self-deceptions. Dr. Jopling likens this therapy to placebo sugar pills that have no therapeutic value but still relieve the discomfort due to belief in the method.

Placebo insights are explanatory fictions and therapy-induced self-deceptions that convincingly mimic bona fide insights. They are constituted by observations and explanations that appear to be authentic, but in fact they have no more explanatory power and descriptive validity than psychological sugar pills.

I use the generic term placebo insights to describe the range of therapeutically induced pseudo-insights, self-deceptions, explanatory fictions, and adaptive self-misunderstandings that clients in the insight-oriented psychotherapies mistakenly interpret as valid forms of self-knowledge and insight.

Such self-deceptions and downright fabrications are sometimes even deliberately induced in clients’ minds by their therapists – all in the name of healing the patient of course.

“More recently, Pierre Janet used therapeutic deception, explanatory fictions, and the psychological equivalent of sugar pills to great effect, curing his patients by fabricating stories about their condition and persuading them to believe that they were true. His therapeutic methods included hypnosis, suggestion, “monoideism,” moral education, guided imagery, and the deliberate manipulation and reconstruction of the patient’s memories (Ellenberger, 1970).

Dr. Jopling explains a very interesting phenomenon – self-deception and generally ‘life-lies’ often provide people with psychological crutches without which many of them would not be able to function normally. Numerous studies show that illusion, deception, oversimplification and even falsification are recognized as life-enhancing virtures that help to survive.

Oh, so this must be the reason why so many people don’t want to know the truth in general and about Michael Jackson in particular. Any reconsideration of what was hammered into their heads is akin to a life catastrophe for them, the collapse of their imaginary but comfortable world, sustained only by those ‘psychological crutches’ without which it cannot stand.

For some people oversimplification, persistence in blind stupidity and living in illusion are much more preferable than harsh reality and truth, and Dr. Jopling says that this is a common phenomenon.

…illusion, deception, blind stupidity, oversimplification, and falsification are recognized as life-enhancing virtues.  The plays of Henrik Ibsen (1884/1961) and Eugene O’Neill (1946) illustrate how existence for the average person is tolerable only with a veil of comforting and self-serving illusions that filter out the harsher elements of life. 

The plays of Ibsen and O’Neill focus upon a recurrent theme: When pipe dreams and life-lies are burst, in the name of an honest confrontation with reality, tragedy and despair inevitably follow.

So some prefer to live in illusion rather than face the truth because confronting reality will bring them only despair and humiliation.

For Robson for example, it is much more comfortable to blame Michael Jackson for the downfall of his career than agree that he is simply burned out and his creativity has reached a zero point.

Similarly, Safechuck feels much more relieved if the therapist explains to him that his life-long psychological problems were the result of a horrendous (though fictional) childhood sexual trauma and not the fact that he didn’t live up to his mother’s big expectations that he would one day make a brilliant career in Hollywood.

Dr. Jopling concludes that insight-oriented therapy works not because it attains the truth, but because it reestablishes for a client a more comfortable contact with reality, even despite the fact that it may be fictionalized.

If placebo insights can be said to “work” for clients, they do not work for the reasons that clients and therapists think they work, that is, because they get at the truth, and because they supply accurate explanations of the client’s target disorders and psychological make-up.

Rather, they work to the extent that they bring about a more fictionalized contact with reality, including the reality of the self.

Placebo insights help clients feel that they are more in touch with themselves than they would otherwise have had occasion to be, even if there is a clear sense in which they are significantly less in touch with themselves than they believe themselves to be.

As regards the details of the insight-oriented method, everybody of course remembers Robson constantly talking about the way his memory “evolved” – though no one understands what it means.

Dr. Jopling explains how this evolvement takes place.  The client and his therapist fall into a sort of a loop where the client’s relief upon reaching his first false insight confirms to the therapist that they are on the right track and through guiding questions and more false interpretations continues to form in the client’s mind more and more deceptive insights.

this leads to a downward spiral. Under the influence of false or inexact interpretations, leading questions, and subtle cues, clients will make false discoveries, and will come to formulate for themselves false insights on the basis of evidentiary and interpretive criteria that have been progressively weakened by continued exposure to the pressures of the therapeutic situation and the therapist’s theoretical orientation.

As a result of this downward spiral the succession of self-deceptive insights leaves the patient with a conviction that he has finally arrived at the truth. And this conviction looks genuine to him, the therapist and all others because this is not a crude lie but is something much more subtle than that.

Just as therapeutic suggestion is considerably more subtle than crude persuasion, so placebo insights are considerably more subtle than simple-minded falsehoods or fanciful fictions.

The power of therapeutic suggestion is so high that the victims of insight-oriented therapy begin seeing dreams conforming to their new false beliefs and think that they have always thought what they discovered only recently. As a result their whole mind frame changes and this memory mess may alter their actual selves.

Dr. Jopling explains:

It would be a mistake to think that the acquisition of placebo insights leaves clients unchanged in all but their beliefs about themselves and their disorders. Placebo insights are not without psychological and behavioral consequences. They are not false in the way that false beliefs about states of affairs in the world are false.

False beliefs about the chemical composition of a brick of gold, for example, do not alter the gold itself or the kinds of evidence it yields. By contrast, importantly false beliefs about one’s own psychology, behavior, or life history have the potential to alter one’s actual self.

One of the more philosophically interesting instances of change occurs when the treatment methods to which clients are subjected in the insight-oriented psychotherapies generate some of the very psychological and behavioral facts that the clients interpret as having existed prior to the intervention of the therapy.

These are cases of “therapeutic conformability.” A simple example of therapeutic conformability occurs in Freudian dream analysis. Clients who have been sufficiently exposed to the treatment methods and therapeutic expectations of dream analysis begin to produce dreams that fit the models and expectations of the very dream analysis they are undergoing.

This is not an uncommon phenomenon. The dreams, which appear to clients to be spontaneous and naturally produced, are in actuality therapy-induced artefacts that would not have occurred without exposure to the treatment methods of the therapy.

This is how the vicious circle is formed. The first false memory – say, of abuse – is accepted as truth and forms the basis for producing more and more elaborate but unrealistic details. The client is inspired by the therapist’s leading questions and prompts, and the therapist is inspired by the ‘progress’ of his client. And all of it results in the client’s so solid belief in his fictitious childhood abuse that he begins seeing dreams about it in its most vivid detail.

Great, isn’t it?

Dr. Jopling likens the clients of such therapy to explorers in a strange land whose every step forward alters the landscape they are exploring.

The metaphor of insight-oriented psychotherapy as a kind of mirror of the soul, or as a kind of archaeology, is therefore misleading. Clients are less like archaeologists of the soul and more like explorers in a strange land whose every step forward alters the landscape which they are exploring.

Clients sometimes track the truth in their explorations, and sometimes hit upon the truth. In some cases, this is an accidental occurrence that has no significant causal connection to the therapy. Some insights may have elements of both truth and falsity. Whatever insights clients acquire in psychotherapy are a kind of cognitive window dressing, even if, subjectively, clients are convinced of their depth and value.

In the end, clients in the talking cures can never know with certainty to what extent their newly acquired insights are therapeutic artefacts or bona fide acquisitions.

Of course the above memory mess would be true for Robson and Safechuck only in case they were real victims of prolonged insight-oriented therapy and believed in those false insights themselves, however it looks like they are simply cold manipulators who fabricated their stories in the hope to get hundreds of millions dollars from the MJ Estate.

But what this therapy could help them do was adding the necessary authentic touch to their narration, because the method itself stimulates imagination, induces fantasy, helps to acquire the role of a victim and test it during the therapy, and gives a chance to freely fantasize on the subject – especially when assisted by the therapist’s leading questions and verbal prompts that would only be limited by the therapist’s imagination and his own experience.

And this will take us to the personal experience of one of the therapists, the one who dealt with Wade Robson and who this whole business started with.

THE DOCTORS

Robson mentioned three doctors in his papers. One was Dr. Cameron, a cognitive psychologist who helped him in March 2011 and whom he didn’t reveal anything about the alleged abuse.

The second one was an acclaimed psychiatrist, Dr. David Arredondo who provided him with a certificate of merit for filing the complaint in May 2013. Diane Dimond introduced him as follows:

“The filing indicates that Robson has been a patient of Dr. David Arrendondo, a Harvard-educated child psychiatrist who has written extensively on the effects of sexual abuse on children and the resulting depression and anxiety of adults.”

As usual for Dimond this is not correct – Robson wasn’t Dr. Arrendondo’s patient and visited him just once, prior to filing the claim and after a period of insight therapy he underwent under the guidance of another doctor, who is number three on our list.

Dr. Arrendondo’s duty was a one-time job – to evaluate Robson’s condition after the therapy and give a certificate of merit for whatever he described and claimed as a result of that therapy.

Dr. Arrendondo’s job was to evaluate Robson after the therapy

Then who was doctor #3 on Robson’s list?

Robson’s documents, the unredacted variant of which is for some reason available to a website of Michael Jackson haters, say that Robson underwent his insight-oriented psychotherapy with Dr. Shaw.

Dr. Larry Shaw lives in Los Angeles and is practicing in the South Californian area.

Surprisingly Dr. Shaw’s website doesn’t say a single word about him being a specialist in insight-oriented therapy.

His specialties include Somatic Experiencing (“feelings are communicated to the mind through sensations in the body”, so in theory body sensations can probably heal the mind), EMDR (study of eye movement) and relational psychotherapy (talk therapy about interrelations). And there isn’t a single word about insight-oriented therapy which conveys to us at least one fact – that Dr. Larry Shaw is apparently not trained for this kind of work.

Dr. Larry Shaw, screenshot from his website

Larry is a Los Angeles based, licensed psychotherapist, with a PhD in clinical psychology. His specialty is working with adults traumatized as children. He integrates Somatic Experiencing, EMDR and relational psychotherapy. [ ]

Dr. Shaw has been featured in national and local newspapers and television, such as Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, Cable Health News and The NBC nightly news. Larry enjoys giving his time as a disaster mental health worker responding to local and national disasters with various volunteer organizations. He has been an avid surfer for 45 years, as well as a practicing Buddhist since his early 20’s. Larry has recently discovered the physical and emotional benefits of his own yoga practice.
http://www.drlarryshaw.com

The Hollywood reporter says that Dr. Larry Shaw is a go-to therapist for Hollywood personalities who work in high pressure jobs, feel washed out and think that they don’t live up to their families’ expectations. Their article quotes  Dr. Shaw saying:

“Everyone I’ve worked with, they all want to get out of the business. They’re at the top of their game and they’re miserable. One guy called it the golden handcuff. Another guy I worked with said when he was in Cannes, he was looking down on the red carpet and thinking, “I just feel so alone. Why am I here and why am I doing this? This has no meaning.”

Well, Wade Robson also felt washed out and needed a good pretext to get out of the business.

He had been working since age 5 or 6 with the Australian Johnny Young’s Talent group dancing fourteen times a week (the fact mentioned in this post about his childhood in Australia) and had no Saturdays or Sundays according to his own mother (listen to this interview of Joey Robson).

And when they came to the US, Los Angeles gave them an equally rough time according to the NY Times:

Mrs. Robson’s goal has been to propel her youngest son to fame.

“I knew if he was to fulfill his potential, it had to be in the United States,”Mrs. Robson said. In Los Angeles, Mr. Robson’s talent was put to the test.

“We had rough times,” Mrs. Robson said. “Sometimes we only had a few cents to our name. It was a lot of weight on Wade’s shoulders. He became our full support by the time he was ten, mainly doing commercials.”

The above of course contradicts Robson’s present story that he was always under Michael Jackson’s protective wing, but at the moment our focus is on Robson’s hard work under the pressure of his mother which was indeed hard, so no wonder that by the age of 30 he was completely burned out.

The job that eventually brought him to a breakdown was most probably his failure with the Cirque du Soleil Criss Angel show called “Believe” which was an embarrassing flop and not only because of Criss Angel’s poor performance but also due to the dances directed by Robson being unimpressive and strange (for proof you can google the viewers’ comments on the show).

Wade Robson was actually so afraid that he would fail again that he even called terrifying the opportunity he thought he had of directing the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson tribute show.

“I’m starting on Cirque Du Soliel Michael Jackson show, so it’s the equivalent of the Beatles Love Show they have..the Elvis show…but for Michael which is exciting, and terrifying all at the same time because it’s such a huge responsibility, but that is why I took it on.

Michael was such a huge part of my career and life. We were friends for 20 years before he passed since I was seven. So it’s an opportunity for me to give back a little bit to his legacy…it’s such a big part of his legacy and to make sure as much as I can that it’s done right and that it really represents his essence… so that’s kinda a really big undertaking…”  – Wade Robson, July 2011.

So on the one hand he badly wanted that job, but on the other hand was terrified that he would fail it.

And this was evidently his real anxiety problem with which he approached Dr. Larry Shaw in mid-April 2012. However whether intentionally or not, his therapy quickly shifted to the ‘main focus’ of his fictional abuse by Michael Jackson which he either initiated himself, or the therapist guided him into, driven by his own imagination and experience.

Considering that the ideas Robson is presenting now are pure pedophilia (“it was consensual love and not abuse”) it is essential to know of Dr. Larry Shaw’s own experience as a child and what leading questions and verbal prompts he could approach Robson with.

LARRY SHAW

When Dr. Shaw was a kid he had a miserable but memorable childhood.

Sheila Weller of the Vanity Fair called him one of Malibu’s Lost Boys in her big article of August 2006, where she described the wild days and nights he and his two friends spent on the beach with their guru and legendary surfer Mickey Dora.

Miki Dora and his band of boys were inseparable – they were his Sancho Panzas and they called him their Pied Piper. In German legend Pied Piper is a piper who rid the towners of rats by luring them away with his music and then, when he was not paid for his services, lured away their children to the mountain where they disappeared.

The Vanity Fair article describes the lifestyle of lost Malibu boys as “an underground culture of big waves and wild times, which ended in a blaze of Hollywood decadence, drugs, and death”. The main characters of the story are three 16-year-old Beverly Hills boys from broken, but well-off families —Mike Nader, Duane King, and Larry Shaw. Their guru, Miki Dora is described by the author as “a dark prince of the beach: a great surfer and a beguiling sociopath.”

Mickey was 10 years older than his teenage friends and he taught them to surf, steal, live fast, and possibly introduced them to drugs and much more.

The boys copied his every gesture. Who but Miki could have taught them to glide not just over the waves but also over their baroquely unhappy home lives? “We were a group of lost boys,” says Larry Shaw.

Larry lived alone, subsisting on Swanson’s TV dinners. His mother, Kathryn “Kay” Trapheagan, a stormy fifth-generation Californian, had married Nate Shaw (born Nate Schwartz), a rich clothing magnate who drove a yellow Rolls-Royce with a gold-plated dashboard, after romancing his son. (There was a lingering question as to which man was really Larry’s father.)

After Larry’s golden childhood in the largest house in Malibu Colony, with a staff of six, the family’s fortunes plummeted. Following an angry divorce, Larry and his mother shared a series of one-room rentals. From the age of eight, the boy took care of the histrionic, perpetually inebriated woman. He would grab the steering wheel when Kay passed out while driving. He would wipe her hair with napkins when her forehead fell onto her dinner plate. He called an ambulance the time she slit her wrists, the time she took too much phenobarbital, and the time she removed a pierced earring by yanking it right through her earlobe.

One night Kay started gagging when she was eating, and Larry ran for a doctor, who, before pronouncing her dead, opened her mouth, removed a piece of steak from her windpipe, and told the sobbing boy, “Just so you know, kid, for the next time: this is how you can save someone’s life.”

By that time Miki Dora had already been a legend. He was everything that a surfer ought to be: he was tanned, good-looking, elegant, charismatic and he was trouble.

Already a legend in 1961, Miki Dora has been canonized. “Surfing hedonist who became a hero to a generation of beach bums” read his London Times obituary. Miki Dora, the Black Knight of Malibu,” read one review of Dora Lives, the 2005 coffee-table book which describes Miki as “everything that a surfer ought to be: he was tanned, he was good-looking, and he was trouble.

What set Dora apart from the other top Malibu was his charisma. First of all, he was elegant. “He was into the dance.” His balletic, feline grace on the waves earned him the nickname “da Cat.” Mike Nader calls him “the Cary Grant of surfers.”

And there was his provocatively unplaceable sexuality. In that homophobic time and place, Miki was at once extremely macho and undeniably effeminate. Many surfers thought he was not interested in women—or struggling with suppressed gayness. “His body language was feminine: his wrist action, his long fingers, the way he put his hands on his hips—it was a little bit fey,” says a woman who had a two-year relationship with him in the mid-60s, and who asks to be identified by her first name only, Jacqueline. She describes him as having been so sexually ineffectual and disinterested as to be “a eunuch.”

The adoration the boys had for their mentor was such that if Miki stole money from them this loss was worn by them as a badge of honor. He lived the life of freedom they wanted, the life where there was no school, no job, no families, just surf.

Miki lived by scamming. Working as a host at Frascati restaurant and as a parking attendant at the then brand-new Beverly Hilton hotel in 1955 were just about the last real jobs anyone remembers him having. He made the patently tacky petty theft a symbol of bravado and status envy.

“Mike, Duane, and I competed with each other to be ripped off by Miki—‘Miki stole my wax!’ ‘Yeah? Well, Miki stole my money!’—it was a badge of honor,” says Larry Shaw, today a psychologist who works with trauma victims. “We were a band of brothers—vulnerable, damaged boys—and Miki was our Pied Piper,” says Mike Nader, whose long, successful TV acting career was twice interrupted by substance abuse.

Duane King, who is now a banker in Santa Monica, sums up: “Miki had the freedom we wanted: no school, no job, no relationships, just surf. We paid for his food and gas because we wanted him to keep going. If he could beat the system that was ‘honest work,’ then maybe we could beat the one that was our families.”

The only girl in their boy community was a petite 15-year old Kathy Kohner who managed to enter their close circle by asking them to teach her surfing and bringing them free sandwiches as a bribe.

Meanwhile for Larry Shaw surfing and friends on the beach became his only solace. His mother was dead and father had a new family, so he preferred to squat in someone else’s apartment.

Meanwhile, Larry Shaw was escaping the stress of babysitting his volatile mother by wave-riding in Hermosa. After he saw her choke to death, surfing became his only solace. Refusing to move to his father’s house in Palm Springs, Larry squatted in an apartment from which he could hitchhike to the ocean.

The first time newcomer Larry went to Malibu [he] was blown away. “Malibu was a counterculture before the counterculture,” he says. “Those Beatnik athletes! And there was Miki, this man who’d mastered the sport, who’d mastered the ocean, this Fagin-like character who was 10 years older than us but was just as adolescent as we were.” Miki was living in a small apartment in Brentwood, and these boys from the rich kids’ school were in awe that he’d turned his anger into a quixotic sword. Only Brian Wilson—whose household, while broken, was stable—saw him as a cheesy scammer. The other three became his Sancho Panzas.

The lost boys were taught to steal, cheat and do whatever their guru led them into.

Every weekend the boys would get the addresses of Beverly Hills parents’ parties, and off they’d drive from the beach. “Miki would get in his car in his surf trunks—he didn’t even shower,” Larry recalls.

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Miki Dora

“He’d park on the street in front of the party. He’d look at the people going in and figure out the dress code. He’d reach into the back of his car for the right outfit—maybe a stolen tuxedo, maybe a sports jacket. He’d change … not in the back of the car, but right there on the sidewalk! He could get away with it because he was so good-looking and his stance was so regal.”

Once inside a party, Larry says, “Miki might do his ‘And who are you, my lovely dahlink?’ routine with the women before heading for the loot,” but that ruse quickly bored him.

He’d head for the bedroom where the women had tossed their purses. “Miki was a cat burglar,” Mike says bluntly. “He’d go through every purse, take every wallet.”

“After the parties,” Duane says, “we’d be driving off and he’d have a shit-eating grin on his face … and pull out a piece of jewelry. He knew that we were living vicariously through him. The more people loved how he got away with things, the more things he tried to get away with.”

Dora probably burglarized dozens of parties over a number of years, with scarcely a police report. He liked to cut it close. Jacqueline adds, “Whenever I see Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief replayed on TV, I look at Cary Grant and think, If Miki had more savvy, that’s what he would have been. Miki did it the Miki way, with his band of boys.”

Miki’s apprentices learned from him how to search canyon crevices for where surfers hid their wallets. Miki taught one of them how to steal a car, and he used their parents’ charge accounts.

He showed up at Larry’s father’s Palm Springs house just in time to “borrow” the hotel keys of Beverly High teenagers arriving for spring break with their parents and charge expensive meals for himself to their rooms.

Sometimes when he went to kids’ houses, he’d unload all the food from the family freezer. “He did it all for a simple reason: freedom,” says Duane. “Every guy on that beach wanted to do nothing but surf all day, but only Miki had found a way to do it.”

In the mid-60s, as drugs came in and surfing merged with Hollywood, the beach scene grew more sophisticated. A gay interior designer had parties featuring LSD in his beachfront bungalow, which Mike Nader sometimes attended while he was working on a movie career.

At these bashes he often had to dodge his mother, Minette, who was going for increasingly voguish drugs and would eventually shoot heroin. The interior designer’s parties were considered edgy. “One afternoon it was all gorgeous women,” Mike says. “Then I realized they were lesbians.”

Jane Fonda and her husband, Roger Vadim, would sometimes have the new group the Byrds perform at their posh beach parties. The surfers liked to go to Ciro’s, the club on the Sunset Strip —and dance in the free-floating style pioneered by a dancer and sculptor named Vito Paulekas. The new dancing was as sensual as the waves.

There was a new guy at State Beach that summer of ‘65, a U.C.L.A. film-school student named Jim Morrison.. During one party at the designer’s house, Morrison, on acid, started to gleefully, methodically tattoo his girlfriend’s bare skin with a lit cigarette, but Nader confronted him and tried to talk him out of it. Another night, there was a head-on collision on Pacific Coast Highway right outside the house, and surfers in woodies were killed and injured. During one live performance, Morrison would use his acid-enhanced witnessing of that accident in an improvised lyric for his hoary “The End.”

There were other changes that year. [One of the girls] died of a heroin overdose. Duane King went to U.S.C., and Larry Shaw became a Buddhist. Larry eventually got a Ph.D. in psychology, and his patients now include some of the top names in the movie business, as well as survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Mike Nader made his way to New York and, like his mother, dabbled in heroin. His good friend Joe Zimmelman, another Beverly High surfer, often did heroin with another close friend, a vulnerable, hungry, un-pretty singer who would share the same fate as Morrison: Janis Joplin.

Miki Dora

As for Miki Dora, the scams he had so gloriously gotten away with began to close in on him in the mid-70s, but he continued to outrun them. He fled the U.S. in 1974, after violating his parole in a non-jail-time guilty plea for writing bad checks. While on an overseas whirl of capers and surfing, he doctored a credit card and went on a two-year spending spree. Caught re-entering the country in 1981, he was convicted and did three months in federal prison. When he died—at 67, in January 2002—of cancer discovered in a late stage, the Los Angeles Times gave him a longer obituary than it grants many famous solid citizens, two-thirds of a page.

Coming upon news of their guru’s death, Duane King called the other two lost boys. No one was surprised. They knew Miki would get off the wave just before he got old. The man knew about youth. After all, he had snatched the three of them from the jaws of family pain and helped them live a Technicolor dream of wet and wild and rebellious adventure.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2006/08/malibu-surf-scene-200608

The impression I get of Larry Shaw’s teenage years and his association with guru Miki Dora is that it is the blueprint for what Wade Robson is now fantasizing about Michael Jackson.

Larry Shaw’s vivid memory of Miki Dora could easily inspire him to guide Robson into his “insights” about Jackson through prompts from his own turbulent and wild past, his adoration of his hero and whatever other experience the love for his mentor could involve in his case.

Whether true or not about Miki, but the portrait of him emerging from this article is highly reminiscent of the way the media portrays Jackson, so when you read of an “effeminate elegant” man who was “into the dance” and had a “provocatively unplaceable sexuality”, was “ineffectual” with women, had a “band of boys” with no girls allowed, “knew about youth”, was “as adolescent as they were”, was a magnet for kids from broken homes who gave them all the freedom they wanted with “no school, no relationships and no job”, and got away with his misbehavior for so long – when you read all that you don’t even know who they are talking about, because this is the picture the media always portrays of Michael Jackson, though for him most of the above would be totally untrue.

In fact, in a roundabout way the article may indeed be speaking about Jackson because for some people it is necessary to establish a pattern and show that prior to MJ similar behavior was noted about Miki Dora (which does not necessarily mean that their account of Dora is true).

And look at all those hints dropped by the author here and there… Does the author suggest that the story of Miki Dora and his band of boys has something unsavory to it? Do these hints point to the secrets the three boys, now grown-ups, revealed or implied to the author about their friendship with Dora? And if there is indeed some seedy background to it, what leading questions and verbal prompts could Dr. Larry Shaw offer to Robson that turned his tale into so sordid a pedophilia narration?

PSYCHEDELICS

The author says that out of the three boys lost on the beach at least two were into heroin – the habit they took well into their adulthood. Larry Shaw is not mentioned, but it is difficult to imagine that he as a troubled boy who lived all alone in a squat could avoid taking drugs, being an inseparable part of the band.

And the fact that all of them were obviously into drugs reminds us of one more feature of the insight-oriented therapy – the horrifying fact that this therapy often involves the use of psychedelics.

Here is one of the papers by Lester Grinspoon a researcher from Harvard, and Rick Doblin representing ‘Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies’ who claim that psychedelics like LSD, amphetamine, etc. facilitate the process of acquiring insights and can serve as their catalyst.

The researchers even sound like they are recommending this practice to “improve the quality of understanding between the healthcare professional and patient.”

Psychedelics as catalysts of insight-oriented psychotherapy

by Lester Grinspoon, M.D. and Rick Doblin

Some evidence suggests that the process of insight-oriented psychotherapy can be improved by the use of drugs, which can be described as psychedelic drugs (meaning “mind-manifesting”). Psychedelic substances, such as amphetamine MDMA, can be used in psychotherapy to reinforce and enhance the relationship between the healthcare professional and his or her client (or patient). Such substances can be used to better manage abreaction and catharsisand improve the quality of understanding between the healthcare professional and patient.

Numerous clinical papers on the effectiveness of psychedelics in Insight-Oriented drug therapy have been published. These psychedelics were used to treat a wide variety of psychological issues, including “alcoholism, obsessional neurosis, and sociopathy“. A major reason for the clinical interest in psychedelic drugs for psychoanalysis was the belief of some experimental subjects that the experience of using psychedelic medication reduced their feelings of guilt and made them less depressed and anxious and more self-accepting, tolerant, and alert. This sense of comfort and release of confounding factors have been found to cause nominal increases in patients ability to rationally handle their situations. https://ru.scribd.com/document/344525869/Psychedelics-as-Catalysts-of-Insight-Oriented-Psychotherapy

At this point I am really lost for words. Harvard researchers recommend psychedelics to healthcare professionals as a means to make their patients reach those memory insights? And what will they get as a result?

Of course if their only goal is healing people from some horrible and persistent trauma, the use of psychedelics may probably be acceptable, but when it comes to obtaining true memory of the events and using it as evidence against an innocent man the use of psychedelics is absolutely out of the question. It is absolutely no means to reach for the truth … however there is no guarantee that it wasn’t used on the two guys who are telling their lurid stories about Michael Jackson now.

Can anyone here imagine what kind of “insights” may be derived from people’s memories as a result of using LSD and Amphetamine in addition to leading questions and verbal prompts from a doctor like Dr. Larry Shaw who experienced in his childhood only God knows what?!

Even if Robson and Safechuck weren’t liars, all of the above could result in so big a bundle of crooked memories, that they could lead even unwilling people to lie about their fictional molestation.

In fact, when you come to think of it, there are way too many mind-bending substances in this whole business of “victims” who made their accusations against Michael Jackson.

Jordan Chandler is known to have changed his story after the so-called Sodium Amytal “truth serum” was unnecessarily used on him by his father under the pretext of pulling his tooth.

Evan Chandler also gave Michael Jackson shots in his buttocks of a drug called Toradol, under the effect of which he questioned Michael whether he was gay or not. And this is what Evan said, while in reality it could be a narcotic drug which Evan continuously supplied to his Hollywood patients (according to Carrie Fisher) and under its effect Evan could easily interrogate Michael about his friendship with his son. However even if he did, that drug-induced interrogation produced no result.

James Safechuck also went to a therapist who just after 13,5 hours of therapy discovered “abuse” as the root of his anxiety and his all other problems. And we have no idea what drugs he is taking, what substances were used during his therapy and what effect they had on his psyche.

And now it is Wade Robson with his “insights” and a possible use of psychedelics during his so-called therapy.

The simple maths will tell you that there are too many psychedelic drugs per accuser in this strange case of allegations against Michael Jackson.

IS THERE A WAY OUT?

Now what are we supposed to do with this psychedelic insight-oriented mess on our hands?

If a qualified expert like Dr. David Jopling (for example) is not allowed to review Robson’s and Safechuck’s medical records, something can still be done on our side.

For example, Dr. Jopling says that to be able to differentiate the false memory from a true one we need to pay attention to the way the insight therapy client makes his descriptions – if they lack clarity, sound too complex and abide in technical terminology, this is the first red flag.

 “Placebo insights are characterized by a certain level of psychological complexity; and they are influenced by the therapist’s technical terminology.»

So wherever you notice that both guys entangle themselves in technical terminology this is where the devil is.

I did notice some, and here is just one example from Robson’s deposition that sounds technical – “remove the emotional and perspective repression of it all”, “compartmentalized for 22 years”, ” memories evolved”, etc.

Robson's deposition- they evolved 1

excerpt from Robson’s deposition December 12, 2016

Another obvious conclusion is that the normal memory of a person will not contain mutually contradictory events. The two guys’ stories abide in examples of such contradictions however this may be the result of their innumerable lies and inability to build a more or less coherent story out of the too many false stories they told.

Another promising direction is finding such details in their narration that they could not see or hear for the simple reason that these details never existed. The example is Michael’s condo in Wilshire boulevard where Robson said the alleged abuse took place in MJ’s bed, though Michael’s personal maid Blanca Francia testified at the 2005 trial that the condo in Wilshire blvd (Westford) did not have any beds in principle. The condo in Century City was fully furnished, but not the Westford condo, and this is why the whole Robson family had to sleep there on the floor the first time they came to the US – in individual sleeping bags. If at least one bed had been in that condo there is no doubt that Michael would have surely given it to his women guests.

Small details like that may not convince the general public, but it doesn’t matter because the public doesn’t care and never looks into details (to its own detriment).

But strange as it might seem these grains of truth may be helpful to bring Robson and Safechuck to their senses. When they see that their lies burst like soap bubbles one after another, there may come a time when they will prefer to discard their stories altogether and shift all the blame to their “insight-oriented therapy” to save their faces and last scraps of reputations – of course if anything remains of them by that time.

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  1. March 16, 2019 4:57 pm

    And here is a rare find made by “Mean Machine” – a video of German psychologist and psychotherapist Dieter Speck speaking about Michael Jackson’s psychological profile.

    German psychologist and psycho-therapist Dieter Speck analyzes Michael’s psychological profile in 2004, after Martin Bashir’s conniving TV special about the artist. Dieter Speck was the coauthor in 1997 of a book titled “Sexueller Missbrauch – die Einsamkeit der Öpfer und die Hilflosigkeit der Justiz” – Sexual abuse – The loneliness of the victims and the helplessness of the justice system.

    Dieter Speck:
    “Nobody was by his side, nobody consoled him and this is the deepest wound in his heart that he tries to heal by giving to children what he himself didn’t experience.”

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  2. April 8, 2019 5:23 pm

    I appreciate all of your in depth articles here at Vindicating Michael. I have had some insights as I do research and follow the timelines and events since 1985 when Michael first purchased the ATV catalog. It’s interesting that David Geffen has been in the background of every story since then up until now. The film about his buddy Harvey Weinstein’ “Untouchable” being ignored at Sundance.
    The timeline of Wade Robson’s claim is just too obvious. May 1, 2013 at the same time of the AEG/ Katherine Jackson case, where in opening statements, Marvin Putnum stated things were going to get ugly. The connections between AEG’s lawyer Marvin Putnum and his wife Keri Putnum to HBO and now Sundance.
    I suspect Wade and Jimmy’s short trips to the therapists offices were financed by AEG to be another distraction and attempt to destroy Michael Jackson’s reputation. All they needed was the report from their “Insight Oriented Therapists”. Their so called memories have fallen apart when tested against timelines. It is interesting that their monetary claim was the same as Katherine Jackson’s claim against AEG.
    Since WR and JS lawsuits were dismissed due to statue of limitations, for one thing, The only way around that is if they found that “They didn’t know it was abuse. ” This is the new story they have told in Leaving Neverland. This is obviously another extortion attempt.
    The more I research, the sicker I feel at the unconscionable power plays and greed at work here. They are taking full advantage at the lack of laws protecting the deceased, to say whatever they want and have no consequences.
    I really appreciate all of your research and hard work. These articles have been so insightful and helpful trying to find some meaning in the insanity of these times. It is deja vu from 93/4 and 2003/5. They won’t stop until Michael’s legacy is erased from history. But that will never happen. He has an army that has risen in his place. And his art and good works will last forever.

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  3. April 9, 2019 5:47 pm

    “I suspect Wade and Jimmy’s short trips to the therapists offices were financed by AEG to be another distraction and attempt to destroy Michael Jackson’s reputation.” – peacelover 3721

    Initially I also suspected AEG and the only factor that prevented me from making a definitive conclusion was that AEG are not that dumb to make themselves so open a target right at the beginning of the trial. And when I saw the picture cited by David Geffen’s friend as an illustration of his usual modus operandi, I realized that AEG was (most probably) also used in this grand game against Jackson.

    I mean this picture:

    Or its variation which portrays as God the main operator who is manipulating other people like puppets:

    Or this clip of a God-like figure manipulating another person’s life from his office on the Moon – from the 1998 film “Truman show” which according to the director and script-writer themselves is based on the life and fate of Michael Jackson. This God-like creature explains, “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented. It’s as simple as that.”

    Indeed it is as simple as that. If you come to think of it everything we observe now is falling into Geffen’s usual modus operandi which is masterminding the project but staying behind the scenes:
    • Financing the lawsuits of two liars (Finaldi is not the one to work pro bono for several years and on two cases simultaneously).
    • Financing the two guys’ appeals (which is a separate costly business).
    • Manipulating the media who are afraid of Geffen like hares of a wolf (journalists themselves speak about the amount of pressure and intimidation they endure if they dare criticize Geffen).
    • Financing the so-called “documentary” where Dan Reed apparently had an almost unlimited budget.
    • Multiple connections with the film industry (Sundance) and media (Oprah Winfrey and others).
    • Boundless opportunities for promoting Dan Reed’s film.
    • The same boundless opportunities for hushing up other potentially big events (the documentary about Harvey Weinstein and child abuse lawsuit against Bryan Singer), etc. etc.

    And certainly Geffen has absolutely nothing to do with it (except that private screening of “Leaving Neverland” on his yacht with Oprah Winfrey, of course).

    To me the situation is absolutely clear, and I’ve already written about it in this comment: https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/leaving-neverland-transcript-the-first-half-hour-of-lies-and-distortion/comment-page-1/#comment-126402

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  4. Jason permalink
    April 10, 2019 9:09 am

    Hello !
    Are you now a news about Jim Clémente a “FBI’s agent” who saying Michael was guilty ?

    Thank you !

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  5. April 11, 2019 4:26 pm

    “Are you now a news about Jim Clémente a “FBI’s agent” who saying Michael was guilty ?” -Jason

    If I decipher your message correctly you probably mean this tweet:

    To be frank I was of a better opinion of (former) FBI agents.

    1) “Do U know what was there B4 the current train station was built?”
    Yes, we know it. There was nothing there. Just a hill. Here is a photo provided by Mike Smallcombe.

    2) “Do U know whether the abuse went on longer than he remembered?”
    So Jim Celemne is telling us that he knows about Safechuck’s abuse better than Safechuck himself? Safechuck’s lawsuit claims it stopped in 1992, the train station was built in 1994 and by then Michael was already married to LMP and didn’t even live at Neverland. But Jim Clemente knows better? Then why doesn’t he rewrite Safechuck’s lawsuit in accordance with his own vision of Safechuck’s abuse? No need to bother about “victims” and proving anything – just leave the case to professionals to build it up.

    3) “This doesn’t undo the facts of the case.” – If Jim Clemente regards as “fact” Safechuck’s sad voice and weird look when he speaks of “sex” on the second floor of the train station in late 80s, then even the documents proving that the station was built only in 1994 will not change anything for him.

    In short, if you still didn’t understand it – people like Jim Clemente are a danger to the society, especially when they are in law enforcement.

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  6. April 11, 2019 4:54 pm

    #MeToo-gagged media silent as holes emerge in Michael Jackson abuse documentary
    Published time: 8 Apr, 2019 20:03

    Weeks after an explosive documentary detailing shocking allegations of child abuse by the late Michael Jackson made instant headlines, holes have appeared in the narrative of the abusers — but the US media has gone silent.
    The four-hour-long ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary by filmmaker Dan Reed offered detailed accounts of sexual abuse and garnered massive amounts of media attention when it aired across the US and UK in March.

    Jackson’s two accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, instantly became part of the #MeToo generation and few journalists questioned their stories or probed any further.

    ALSO ON RT.COM
    Michael Jackson abuse debate reignited: No room for defense in the #MeToo era?

    But in late March, Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe raised concerns over a key date in the documentary. While Safechuck alleged he was abused in the train station at Jackson’s Neverland, it turns out that construction of the train station didn’t begin until the end of 1993, and it did not open until 1994 — two years after Safechuck said the abuse ended at age 14.

    Smallcombe even tweeted images of construction permits for the train station on Twitter to prove his case. Responding to Smallcombe’s unearthed documents, director Reed appeared to admit that the dates in his documentary were wrong, before quickly backtracking and insisting that there was “no clash of dates.”

    Mike Smallcombe
    In the last couple of hours I’ve been given access to the Santa Barbara County construction permits for the Neverland train station by my source – approved Sept 2, 1993
    3:02 PM – Mar 30, 2019

    One month after the documentary produced a major media storm, there seems to be little interest from the US media in the new information — or Reed’s response to allegations that Safechuck could be lying.

    Other holes have been picked in the narrative, too, including one involving Safechuck’s mother, who claimed to have celebrated Jackson’s death four years before her son said he realized he had been abused.

    A string of other details which seemingly don’t add up were compiled by Mediate reporter John Ziegler, who has questioned why the new information has not “gained any traction” in the US, despite being picked up by at least three major outlets in the UK. The Daily Mail, the Sun and the Mirror, along with multiple smaller outlets, have all written about Smallcombe’s concerns over the documentary.

    Media in Australia and Canada have also reported on the documentary’s discrepancies, but remarkably little interest has been shown by major US outlets.

    Mike Smallcombe
    I’ve arrived at the BBC studios in Cornwall – less than 15 minutes until I’m live on Aussie breakfast programme @sunriseon7 to talk about the evidence which has discredited the Leaving Neverland MJ allegations #sunrise

    Mike Smallcombe
    Tonight at 22:45 BST I’ll be live on Australian breakfast programme @sunriseon7 to discuss the evidence which discredits the Leaving Neverland allegations against Michael Jackson, and the rather odd and deflective reaction of the director.
    12:32 AM – Apr 8, 2019

    Why? Ziegler suspects the lack of media interest could be down to the “radically altered rules” for how allegations of abuse are evaluated in the #MeToo era.
    https://www.rt.com/usa/455920-michael-jackson-documentary-media/

    I am torn to see it happen. Never could I imagine that our media would become instrumental in promoting the truth about Michael Jackson. And it surprises me that they haven’t made more out of it. However this may be only the beginning.
    It is an incredible sight to see how the smear campaign against Jackson in the US media backfires against themselves, especially considering that they are doing it with their own hands. An incredible sight.

    Marvelous are your works, O Lord.

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