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In 2009, Bill Bowen released a trailer for a documentary film he was producing exposing the corruption within Child Protection Services across the United States. The film is called Innocence Destroyed. Bill Bowen died unexpectedly the next year, in 2010, reportedly from a heart attack, before he was able to finish the film.
The segments that were completed are now on YouTube, in three different videos. See below.
WARNING: Videos contain graphic content not suitable for children! For adults only.
Here is some information about Bill Bowen, including some quotes directly attributed to him, that we were able to find on the Internet.
About Bill Bowen
Bill Bowen was a former firefighter and federal investigator. He was also known for exposing the New York City Fire Department in a book, Radio Silence F.D.N.Y. The Betrayal of New York’s Bravest, which he coauthored with Battalion Chief John Joyce. The book describes how 125 New York City firefighters and numerous civilians lost their lives on 9/11 due to problems with their two-way radios.
While he had many irons in the fire, his top priority was finishing Innocence Destroyed as well as helping people initiate class action lawsuits against Child Protective Services agencies in all fifty states. (Source: Daniel Weaver – Albany CPS and Family Court Examiner, September 10, 2010.)
Why Bill Bowen Started the Innocence Destroyed Film Project
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT! NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
The following alleged quotes from Bill Bowen are from LukesArmy.com:
Four years ago I was approached by a father who was in the process of losing his children through a Termination of Parental Rights case against him, brought by the Department of Human Services in Klamath Falls, OR. He told me the official, certified transcript of his hearing had been altered to reflect admissions never made and evidence and testimony never given.
I honestly did not believe him, but agreed to look into the matter a little bit. What I found was like reading a horror story, the worst one I had ever read. His certified transcript had been changed from the original audio recordings made in the courtroom. Not one of the well over one thousand alterations in that transcript favored the parents. The changes made only favored CPS and those transcripts had been sent to the Court of Appeals in Salem, OR by the father’s indigent, court appointed attorney.
I took my findings and a lot of evidence to that attorney who refused to address it with the appeals court. Somehow, when the appeals court found out they gave that attorney four extra months to get and present that evidence but cautioned the attorney they only wanted to hear about the altered transcripts and no other issues. That attorney argued everything under the sun, weakly, when he submitted his new brief, EXCEPT for the altered transcripts and the court said they had no choice but to refuse to overturn the lower court.
It turns out the Office of Public Defender Services has a general counsel. His secretary has some relatives that wanted to adopt some blonde haired, blue eyed children and this fathers kids were that and extremely beautiful. Those three children were given to the family of the secretary and the judge, Roxanne Osborn by name, allowed them to be adopted before the appeals court ruled. The state then argued that it was too late and so sorry and that couple lost their three children.
By the way, the crime the father had been charged with was drinking two beers after he had been told he was off probation and it was admitted he was told that. Then the probation department revoked his probation and called it threat of harm and their three children were given to parents who were not even certified or in line to adopt. I was outraged, as was the local senator I took this case to and DHS/CPS thumbed their nose at that senator and just continued on.
I decided to investigate what appeared to be a criminal organization to me and that trafficked in the lives of children.
I found workers from inside CPS that would talk to me and I heard the worst stories you could imagine. I talked to state senators who told me each of them had on average 15 letters complaining about CPS abuses. I learned of the murder of little Adriana Cram, who was taken from her mother because the mother could not afford the special medicine for her daughter that prevented the little girl’s brain from drying out, which would cause her to become retarded.
I also have hair samples taken from the child’s grave in Mexico where she was tortured and murdered by the people CPS placed her with and those hair samples show that child never received the very medicine CPS took her away from her mom for not being able to afford. That little innocence girl, had bruises, cuts, and burns over most of her body when her body was examined after she was murdered. Not mentioned in my film but discovered during her autopsy was the fact that little four year old girl had callouses on her vagina.
She was four years old. She was tortured daily, she was being slowly starved, she was being sexually abused and was being kicked all over her tiny body by the man who wore pointed toed cowboy boots. Complaints were called back to the United States and repeatedly ignored by the trolls and ghouls that worked at CPS, known as DHS, in Oregon.
She was a US citizen sent by CPS to live and be tortured in a foreign country where it would be difficult for anybody to report the abuse they could see she was being forced to undergo. She was a special needs child, in CPS lingo, meaning she was worth over $6,000 per month to CPS in Oregon in federal funds. CPS Oregon continued drawing that $6,000 plus per month long after that child was dead.
CPS never sent the people they placed that child with in Mexico the $400 per month they promised them for taking the child off their hands. The woman involved in the murder says that was one reason her husband was so mad and he took it out on little Adriana.
Further investigating CPS I learned about Daniael Kelly, who was 12 years old in Philadelphia, PA and she had cerebral palsy and how she was strapped to the floor on a mattress and left starving there without ever changing her bed clothes or picking up after she made the inevitable mess a strapped down person will make and so that little child lived in her own feces.
It was so caked on you can see it in the picture of her one day after she died, in the film, Innocence Destroyed. That child was placed in the care of her unbalanced biological mother who started torturing that little girl the day she received her. She took the curtains off the windows and Danieal laid there in heated room in Philadelphia with no curtains or air conditioning, in the middle of the summer. The mother encouraged other children to go into that room and torture and tease little Daniael.
What you won’t see in the film is that the workers and supervisors with CPS on this case deserved to go to prison because since they hadn’t visited her in almost six months while she was being tortured and murdered, when they learned she had died, the caseworker and the supervisor of CPS there got together and signed and notarized documents that they had visited and inspected Danieal just two weeks before she died and they saw no visible signs of abuse.
Look at the picture of little Daniael again in the second part of the film and see if anybody could have thought that child was okay two weeks before her tiny body gave out and she died? Also not widely known is the fact that when the police investigated the CPS caseworker they found a box under that worker’s desk full of candy and chip wrappers and underneath those at the bottom were 7 letters from people begging CPS to go out and investigate the fact that little Daniael was being tortured. All of those letters were unopened. While that worker snacked on chips and candy, Daniael Kelly was starving to death and her sheets were becoming interwoven with her skin and muscle.
I learned about five year old Logan Marr an absolutely beautiful little child. Her foster mom used to duct tape her to the bed so she didn’t have to deal with her. Then one day that foster mom wanted to watch her favorite cooking show so she duct tapped little Logan into a high chair in the basement so she wouldn’t have to hear her cry. Logan died from asphyxiation. Why didn’t CPS investigate or do anything about this horrible foster mother? What is again not widely known is that the foster mother WAS A CPS CASEWORKER and a rather highly regarded one back in Maine. Just picking up a little extra money taping up kids I guess. No doubt operating in the, “Best interest of the children.”
If you wonder why I am bringing all of this up and making you uncomfortable, the reason is two-fold.
It was the same set of circumstances as I have just described above that set me off to do something about what someone was doing to children in my country. I realized that those few seconds of discomfort I experienced was nothing compared what those children had to have undergone, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day for months and months. While it is true I didn’t know about it back then, that didn’t change the fact that had I looked, had I learned what these horrible monsters were doing to children years before maybe I could have done something to stop it. To me, unawareness was not an excuse I could accept and so, here I sit today writing this, trying to get those who understand what responsibility is to come take some and we can change this.
I decided to dedicate my life to the exposing of one of the worst criminal activities in the history of this country, in my opinion.
This criminal organization specialized in destroying families and children and over a thousand children died due to neglect or are outright murdered every year in this country alone, while in the “protection and control” of CPS. The most active opponent to all of this was former State Senator Nancy Schaefer, GA, who was murdered. THAT she was murdered is not in question, the only question that remains is who murdered her and the official story is very hard to swallow if any of the facts about her assassination are known.
We are looking at a multi-billion dollar industry, with huge amounts of money going to the various states so they don’t change this corrupt system. Drug companies make billions of the full priced non generic drugs they sell to CPS and which are forced on these small children whose biggest upset is that they can’t live with their mommies anymore.
First you take the child away from their parents and when they cry about it you get some unlicensed mental health worker to diagnose that child as being “DEPRESSED.” Gee, ya think? Well, that and the fact that the big man sometimes into their room at night and does horrible things to them and child sexual abuse is a lot more rampant than CPS would ever want anyone to know about.
CPS investigates allegations of the sexual abuse of the children in their care and a finding of substantiated would result in a successful civil action being brought against them by the parents. So, virtually every investigation conducted by CPS into the sexual molestation of children comes back as unfounded, thus saving them millions in lawsuits and after all to CPS workers it is only the molestation of some dirt bag mother’s child, so who really cares? Besides if the child is unhappy they can always just put them on a fistful of anti-depressants and they will shut up. Those drugs don’t help them but they sure shut them up.
Well, at least until that child is 18 and a basket case from taking those drugs and then CPS cuts them off because the child has “timed out” and is no longer worth anything to CPS because they don’t receive any more money per month for that child and now the child has no value. OF course now that messed former CPS child will make a lot of mistakes and their children become CPS bait in the future. Remember over half of those in prison today are former foster children. Wow, what a legacy CPS is creating eh?
What is really needed here is an expanded public awareness of what CPS has degraded into and the sick criminals that run it.
That can be done and to that end I have decided to produce books and films that will bring these horrific crimes and the criminals responsible for them, to light. That is what I do and I do it 7 days a week, about 12 hours per day.
However, Bill Bowen died in 2010, and his work stopped.
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ELMA, Wash. — A 23-year-old man is behind bars after a 12-year-old girl’s mother allegedly spotted the man and the girl in the backseat of a car near her home engaged in a sexual act, with the mother using “physical force” to stop the man from leaving once she confronted him, deputies said.
Early Monday morning, the mother heard the girl leave their home in the 1500 block of Bailey Road in Elma without her parent’s permission, Grays Harbor County sheriff’s deputy Steve Shumate said. The mother reported the girl missing to the Elma Police Department, and later noticed a suspicious 2012 Honda Civic parked just off the road.
From her home, the mother spotted two people in the back seat of the Honda and she walked outside to find it was her daughter and the man, Shumate said. The mother had her daughter “removed” from the car, and a “discussion” occurred between…
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CAN THE FAMILY COURT GET UP TO SPEED ON THE PAST FORTY YEARS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE RESEARCH?/ Lundy Bancroft
Originally posted by our own Lundy Bancroft on his Healing and Hope blog (link below)
Family courts across the continent are continuing to operate largely disconnected from the last four decades of research and clinical writing on incest perpetration, including the stories of survivors. The unfortunate result in many cases that I have researched is that court and court-appointed personnel are basing their decisions on myths and misconceptions that went out long ago, sometimes leading to disastrous results for children and their non-offending parents. Here are some of the key points that family courts are often missing (I use “he” for the suspected perpetrator and “she” for the alleged victim, since this is statistically the most common scenario):
* A child’s relationship with a parent that is sexually abusing her will often have some positive (or at least positive appearing) aspects.
Courts in some cases stop looking carefully at evidence of sexual abuse by a father if they get reports that the child is sometimes happy to see him, is physically affectionate with him, or expresses interest in seeing him. The reality is that incest perpetrators typically develop a bond (though not a healthy one) with their victims through doing favors, giving positive attention, expressing love (and even describing the sexual abuse as proof of that love), and buying gifts. This is extremely confusing for the child and tends to leave her with powerful ambivalent feelings and adds to the difficulty she faces in making the hard decision of whether to disclose his behavior, and then whether to testify against him.
Furthermore, incest perpetrators do profound psychological damage to their victims without being horrible to them all the time. In fact, survivors say that the positive-appearing aspects of their relationships with their fathers made the emotional wounds in many ways deeper and harder to heal from.
I have been involved in a number of cases where court personnel acknowledged that the sexual abuse had occurred or had probably occurred, but then have gone on to state that the child’s relationship with the father has some positive aspects, and therefore is very important to preserve in an extensive form. This conclusion does not follow from the research evidence regarding harm and is specifically contradicted by survivors’ stories; contact between an incest perpetrator and a victim should occur only with highly-trained and vigilant supervision, and should stop any time the victim wishes it to or starts to show significant emotional deterioration following visits.
* It is common for a victim to recant disclosures of sexual abuse some time later, and even more so in cases where she has continued to have unsupervised contact with the suspected perpetrator.
Incest perpetrators are known to control and intimidate the victim in various ways following a disclosure; commonly reported tactics include threatening to harm the child or actually doing so, telling the child that he will go to jail if she doesn’t recant, threatening to harm the mother, telling the child that she will never get to see him (the father) again if she doesn’t recant, promising her purchases, vacations, or other rewards in return for recanting, and promising her that the abuse will stop in return for recanting. Obviously the more extensive access the suspected perpetrator has to the child through visitation, phone calls, texting, and email, or if the child is continuing to live with him, the greater the risk of a forced recantation.
* The suspected perpetrator will make angry, outraged, and hurt-sounding denials in close to 100% of cases. A correctly-accused perpetrator will be very difficult to distinguish by his public behavior, including his behavior at court, from one who is false accused. The perpetrator is often a respected and successful member of the community.
Courts have to rely on the evidence, not on how the suspect presents himself or what his public reputation is like.
* Incest perpetration is almost always surrounded by a other behaviors by the man that violate the child’s boundaries in subtler, less overtly illegal, ways. These behaviors usually begin well before the outright sexual abuse begins, and then continue along side it.
Courts sometimes make the mistake of discounting evidence of boundary violations toward a child “because they don’t rise to the level of sexual abuse.” Such boundary violations need to be taken seriously always, but in a case where there are other indications of sexual abuse — such as a child’s disclosure, for example — such lower level boundary violations should be treated as evidence pointing to the likelihood that the outright sexual abuse being disclosed did in fact take place.
* It is virtually unheard of for children younger than teenagers to make up reports of sexual abuse, and even in teenagers it is very rare.
Mistaken reports of sexual abuse do not come from children making them up. They come from one of the following sources: 1) A statement by the child that was misinterpreted by adults; 2) The child having been manipulated or intimidated into making the false allegation. Proper unbiased investigation makes it possible to find out if one of these two is functioning in a case.
* Most sexual abuse allegations that are brought to the attention of family courts are brought in good faith, not as a “tactic.”
Every large-sample study that has been done has found that true reports of sexual abuse are substantially more common than mistaken ones even when they occur in the context of child custody litigation. Further, the research has found that even most mistaken allegations are brought in good faith, meaning that the parent heard a disclosure or witnessed behaviors that would have worried most responsible parents. And finally, the research shows that sexual abuse allegations that are deliberately false are made equally by fathers and mothers; there is no basis for the belief that women are especially likely to make a false sexual abuse report during litigation.
* Domestic violence perpetrators (specifically, men who batter women), have been found in study after study to commit a far higher rate of incest than non-battering men do.
You can read a review of many studies on the subject in Chapter 4 of my book The Batterer as Parent. When there is persuasive evidence of a history of domestic violence, courts should make sure to investigate sexual abuse disclosures, and reports of lower level (not illegal) boundary violations, by that father with even more care and diligence.
* When a child discloses sexual abuse to a parent (by anyone), the parent needs to believe the child and take every possible step to protect her.
It may seem odd that I have to say this, but it is regrettably common for mothers in family courts to be criticized for believing the child, particularly if other systems such as child protection or the family court have declared that they cannot find enough evidence to restrict the father’s visitation. If a mother persists in believing her child, and tries to explain the different ways in which systems failed to make a properly thorough and unbiased investigation, she may have various negative labels attached to her by court personnel or may be threatened with having the child removed from her even if any other responsible parent in her position would also remain concerned, given the facts of the case.
Everything I wrote above remains true if the child making the disclosure is a boy, by the way.
It is my fervent hope that family courts across the continent will take rapid steps to get themselves in alignment with the research and with the published accounts of survivors. A tremendous number of lives are in the balance.
Police dog trained to detect electronic circuitry finds well concealed memory stick bearing horror images
A man is in custody after a specialist police dog found a memory stick in a tin box hidden in a metal cabinet.
The memory stick was found to contain sickening images of child sexual abuse.
Police in Rhode Island, USA, say they got sniffer dog Thoreau from Connecticut police after the it completed months of training based on detecting gadgets in return for food rewards.
The dog’s handler, Det Adam Houston, said: “If it has a memory card, he’ll sniff it out.” He said the food-based reward system was how the dog ate “every day”.
But experts in Britain are not convinced. They say the reward system is open to abuse.
Maggie Gwynne, of Sniffer Dogs UK and International, said the practice is contrary to UK police training methods.
She said: “Offering a sniffer dog food in exchange for a ‘find’ opens the way for an abuse of the system – if its hungry enough it will take food from anybody, not just its handler and therefore defeats the object of the search.
“I don’t believe this is a field that any UK police dog would be trained in, and I personally have never heard of such a thing,” .
She said sniffer dogs are concerned with the detection of drugs, cash, firearms, explosives, and are used for conflict management and tracking criminals on the run or missing and vulnerable people.
It is unclear whether the dog can distinguish between a memory stick and other electrical equipment likely to be around a suspect’s house, like TV remotes, radios and computers.