Inspired by the death of Susan Nason and the trials that followed involving Eileen Franklin-Lipsker.
What were you feeling researching this case?
"I am so conflicted over this case! A huge part of me believes that George Franklin was falsely accused and deserves exoneration and that Eileen was taken advantage of. The other part of me worries if in fact this was a real memory."
What questions are you left with?
"Will we ever have research conclude whether repressed memories are real and if there are any methods of recovery? ALSO when the only evidence of said trauma is obtained by recovering repressed memories, how much weight can be put on this testimony legally?"
What are things people should think about after learning about this case?
"Survivors of trauma, particularly sexual assault, are often shamed into silence (directly or indirectly,) so it's important to treat those who are brave enough to come forward with care and respect regardless of where the memory initially comes from. Even if the details ended up being different, there may be something unexpected and equally hoorrific that needs to be explored."
What surprised/shocked you?
"I'm shocked at how quickly his family provided horrific accounts of who George was, and how none of that has been explored independently it seems? I mean some of the accounts by his ex and his own kids were pretty ghastly when viewed totally separate from this case."
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