Archive for January, 2018
January 28, 2018
Frank Fuster’s defenders, undeterred by the mountains of evidence against him (see the entire ch. 5 of The Witch-Hunt Narrative), continue to make false statements about his convictions (plural) for child sexual abuse. The most recent example is Mark Pendergrast’s claim that Frank Fuster’s conviction for lewd and lascivious conduct was wrongful because Fuster “passed two lie detector tests, but the jury was never told” (Memory Warp, p. 213). Pendergrast, who holds himself out as an “independent scholar,” provided no citation for this claim. In an earlier publication, however, he attributed this assertion to nothing more than an interview with Frank Fuster himself.
But there is no evidence in the court file that Fuster ever took a lie detector test or tried to get one entered at trial, where he declined to take the stand. The only test results in the court file are the MMPI tests that found him to be “compulsive and paranoid” with a “strong need to see himself as extremely virtuous.”
Moreover, a careful examination of court records in Fuster’s 1985 case demonstrates that Frank Fuster is a compulsive liar. Take his 1969 arrest for shooting man to death after a minor traffic accident, all witnessed by a off-duty police officer. Fuster pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in that case. But in the Country Walk case, he testified “when I was twenty years old, couple of months before becoming New York City police officer, I’m accused of being a murderer.” He also claimed that the off-duty officer “set him up.”
But Fuster was not training to be a police officer; he was a salesman at the Minx Fur Company! As his parole report indicates: “much of the information [Fuster] provides differs from that available” in court records. “It does not appear that he accepts full responsibility for killing the victim.” (See pp. 339-341 of The Witch-Hunt Narrative for details and citations). Indeed, Fuster testified at his Parole Revocation Hearing in 1985 that his manslaughter conviction was actually “a crime that did not take place.”
There is much more. Fuster actually testified in the Country Walk case that there was no day care center in his house, even though there clearly was. He claimed not to own masks that were found in his home and that adults had seen him wear. This is the man who Mark Pendergrast accepts at face value. One wonders whether Pendergrast knew some of these facts and chose to ignore them, or whether he never did the research in the first place.
January 24, 2018
The sentencing hearing is over and 169 victims of Larry Nassar’s provided heart-wrenching testimony about the effects of sexual abuse. These brave women proved much more than that Larry Nassar was a serial sex offender. Their testimony also speaks volumes about how sexual abuse is disclosed: slowly, in bits and pieces, and often long after the abuse occurred. Some of these women had never told anyone, others had tried to tell someone and were called lairs, and others only slowly realized that what was had been done to them was abusive.
The experience of these women disproves the frequent assertion by Dr. Maggie Bruck that delayed disclosures are suspect and that true abuse is disclosed quickly and completely. (See Cheit, pp. 394-400, for a fully-documented discussion of the Marzolf case, where Dr. Bruck made this claim, even though there was an adult witness to the abuse.) Under Dr. Bruck’s view, any child who does not disclose everything quickly and fully is somehow suspect. Every single victim of Larry Nassar would be dismissed by that way of thinking.
It is not surprising that defendants are willing to pay for such testimony. What is surprising is that someone offering such baseless assertions qualifies as an expert on the topic.