A Victim Who Never Was
Mail On Sunday 21.10.90
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Many of the original stories of witches, devils and Satanic rituals
originated from a boy, whom we shall call Derek.
He was taken into care in December 1986, when he was just three.
A few months later, he woke screaming in the might and told his foster
mother he had been dreaming about a baby who he said he had seen being
tortured. He said the baby's name was Gemma.
The foster mother told the story to another mother who was looking
after a child from the same extended family. Would she know about
Yes, it turned out she did. But the boy had made a mistake. Gemma was
not a baby. She was a school friend.
Subsequently, as other children were taken into care, they were
questioned about Gemma. During questioning, Gemma was described
alternately as a baby, a young child, an 11 year old and an adult.
She had white skin and she had brown. She lived in three different
houses. But all the child witnesses agreed on one point. gemma was
tortured and abused. She was one of the worst sufferers.
Social workers believed the variations could be explained by the
trauma their young witnesses had suffered.
The police - contrary to what Team 4 later alleged - were not
They threw every available resource into finding Gemma.
Registries, school and medical records were painstakingly searched.
The Home Office's powerful Holmes Computer - established for major
investigations such as the Yorkshire Ripper - was programmed to scan
for similarities and common denominators in the children's stories.
After weeks of intense investigation, the police were left with only
one possible conclusion. Gemma did not exist.
Yet "Baby Gemma, surname unknown" - never found and known by the
police to exist - is still listed on Team 4's At Risk Register.
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