The fellsacre day school case back in the 80’s was a child molestation case. gerald Amirault, his mother and sister were accused of raping children at the family’s daycare school in Malden Mass. The children allegations were that they were taken to a magic room for sex play. raped with a 2 foot bucher knife and other acts of sodomy by a “bad clown” naked children tied to trees in view of a highway.
There was not one sherd of physical evidence to support the allegations. Not one parent noticed any unusual behavior in their children.
There were no witnesses to the alleged acts of abuse.
Not one student ever claimed to be abused until the child therapist arrived.
The Amirault family had been running the school for 18 yrs. and there was not one case of child molestation against the family.
In the most outrageous miscarriage of justice in mass. since the Salem witch trials Gerald Amirault was convicted of raping annd assulting six girls and three boys and sentenced to 30 to 40 yrs. in prison. the following year Violet and cheryl were convicted of raping and assulting 3 girls and a boy and were sentenced to 8 to 20 yrs.
The children in this case denied being abused all along and the police and therapist refused to believe them saythat in these cases “no” can mean “yes”‘
In this case the police told the parents what questions to ask the children. This case is now being used in law schools as how not to interview children in this type of case. Amiraults mother and sister were released after serving 8 yrs in prison for crimes that never occurred.
In july of 2001 the mass. parol board voted unaimously to grant Amirault clemency. middelsex district attorney Martha Coakley put on a full court press to keep Amirault in prison to simply further her political ambitions. Amiraults clemency was denied.
thanks to Martha , Amirault spent another 3yrs. in prison
Not until the Wall st. Journal started to take a look into the case and did an investigation of their own did this case get looked at again.
Gerald Amirault was paroled. 3yrs. later.