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Sunday, January 25, 2004

Cot death caper: biggest miscarriage of justice factory in the world?

I last touched on the matter on December 11, in the light of the English Court of Appeal decision [1] in the case of Angela Cannings.

It now appears (Observer today) that British ministers were warned as early as 1996 that the voodoo science of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP) was creating miscarriages of justice.

There is not merely the problem (bad enough, in all conscience) of women convicted of murder on account of the mumbo-jumbo of witch-doctor extraordinaire, Sir Roy Meadow [2]. But also of thousands of children snatched away from their parents on his say-so and fostered - adopted, some of them - in other families.

And the credulity in this charlatan is not limited, it seems, to Britain: in many parts of the world, his mantra - Meadow's Law [3] - was the object of ridiculous genuflection, as by a rabble of blacked-up extras rolling their eyes before some cheap native's magic trick in a 1930s Tarzan movie.

In the total sum of human misery he has inflicted, directly and indirectly, Meadow is certainly in the class of recent suicide Harold Shipman. Perhaps approaching that of other medical men whose mention would tend to infringe Godwin's Law...

  1. Full text of the judgements.

  2. Is his an honour that can be withdrawn? Surely, if it can be, it should be.

  3. One sudden infant death is a tragedy, two is suspicious and three is murder, unless proven otherwise.

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