This was a pretty big case. For those unacquainted with this one, here's a snippet from a bookstore reading given by Ms. Pogash that should bring you up to speed.
Seduced by Madness by Carol Pogash
Carol Pogash: Journalist and Author
A California Murder Case Raises Troubling Issues By CAROL POGASH Published: September 18, 2005
ORINDA, Calif., Sept. 15 - Susan Mae Polk was 15 when she visited a therapist, 16 when they had sex, 25 when they married and 44 when she killed him....
Felix Polk was one of those therapists like Lowell Routley and Corydon Hammond who made money off of the kooky satanic panic. Yet, he took it a step further. He made up some disgusting story that his son Adam had been abused by an immense, nationwide satanic cult. We now know those ideas were grotesque works of fiction. My hunch is Felix Polk was a combination of insane with grifting. I'm finding it hard to muster up much sympathy for his demise. I'm not saying he was on a scale of Hitler. But he was a terrible person, no doubt.
The proof of this can be ordered through the California Consortium on Child Abuse. Felix Polk gave a "lecture" at one of their conferences in February, 1988.
I couldn't find much on the other speaker, Joan Christianson. She appears to have been a female version of Neil Brick. The satanic panic created a substantial cottage industry. Many lives were ruined. According to HolySmoke.org:
Survivor Joan Christianson has related her experiences to groups across the country. She "averages about 140 phone calls a month mostly from survivors. That means that in one year, I have received 1,680 phone calls and in the seven years that I have been doing this I have gotten 10,760 phone calls." (Christianson, 1988.)
We can only imagine how many mentally ill people Dr. Lowell Routley and alleged manchurian candidate Neil Brick of Stop Mind Control and Ritual Abuse Today have manipulated into believing such outrageous things as there being widespread satanic ritual abuse and modern MKUltra.
Here are some excerpts from what Dr. Polk shared with the conference audience. One may want to check out this book written by Carlton Smith to find out a bit more about Christianson and tons about the Susan Polk story.
Felix Polk fabricated outright lies about his son. If I wasn't against cursing, wow, I'd be fricken sharing a bunch of expletives right now with you the good readers.
Now this is where things go from exceedingly insane to utterly mind boggling. According to a "journalist" named Virginia McCullough, Ted Gunderson was eventually hired by Susan Polk to be her investigator and legal assistant. Virginia claims she got that info from Valerie Harris. Who is Valerie Harris? It turns out she was an advocate for Ms. Polk and has been on Court-TV. As the Church Lady would ask, "Isn't that special?"
Check out her resume. She worked 18 years for LOCKHEED-MARTIN MISSILES & SPACE, CO.. She's also worked for Ford Aerospace and NASA/AMES RESEARCH CENTER. She wasn't a receptionist either. She was doing some heavy lifting for those places. And now we're supposed to believe she's moved on to a whole different career away from one associated to the military-industrial complex? I wrote her an email. I'd like to see if she can confirm that Gunderson went to "work" for Susan Polk. If so, that's just simply fried.
And again, why wasn't Polk compelled to plead not guilty by reason of insanity? She was clearly messed in the head by Felix. She claimed to be psychic. According to SFGate.com:
Susan Polk had argued during her murder trial that the psychotherapist husband she stabbed to death in 2002 was an Israeli intelligence agent who knew in advance about the Sept. 11 attacks, that she was a psychic and that judges and police were out to get her. Her own son testified that she was delusional and "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs."
(photo available in cache copy)
She was sentenced to 16 years to life. This is an outrage. To repeat, why didn't anyone make sure she pled insanity? Was she just another pawn for dirtbags like Ted Gunderson? She was psychologically molested her whole adult life by some creepy therapist, and now she has to rot in prison for perhaps the rest of her life? And what about all the psychological damage done to her children who are now adults? The number of people seriously damaged by the satanic panic is way up there. And this crap continues to do real damage.
And what the hell is up with all the internet convolution? Jeff Wells is clearly in cahoots with Kate Dixon and Virginia McCullough of the bizarre website called News Making News. He has locked a number of threads at his forum, in which those ladies were clearly in the process of being exposed for their insidious behaviour. All three of them have been posting crap nonsense for years.
Here's one post where Wells kissed their asses. One can look into the Richard Hamlin case and see so many similarities with this Polk one. The appearance of Gunderson. The spreading of satanic panic hogwash. There's this dude named Sid Siemer who has been smeared to no end by these people as being a satanic cultist into the most shocking ritual violence. Is there any proof it's true? No, there's not one sniff of truth to that.
And then there's some fake opposition going on with "Anita Langley" of Black Op Radio fame, who we're supposed to believe is in a battle with NMN. She's related to Michael Riconosciuto by marriage (and internet convolution), and that aspect was covered in a previous blog entry. Rachel Begley is now in their ideological grasp. I sincerely can't prove who's a paid fake from who is a naive conspiracy theory freak. I have my hunches and opinions. The convolution has been spread on very thick over many years. Here Jeff Wells found a way to twist more bull, when one of Polk's defense attorneys she later fired had found his wife murdered in another high profile case. I'm tired trying to piece all this together. I think I have done all I can. I mean, you can lead a horse to water....
Amanda Knox's family discuss emotional and financial toll of murder case
Italian Satanic Panic Destroys Amanda Knox's Life:
48 Hours Mystery - American Girl, Italian Nightmare 04/11/2009
OPEN LETTER TO SUSAN POLK
from Jackie McGauley
And why did Virginia McCullough and disbarred nutjob attorney Kate Dixon, both of News Making News, work for the defense of a scumbag murderer named Phillip Arthur Thompson?