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December 31, 1995
The death of Virginia McMartin (Dec. 19) brought back memories of our life in Manhattan Beach. My family lived in the community for 25 years and both our sons attended the McMartin Pre-school. It was a happy time. Mrs. McMartin and her daughter Peggy as well as the other teachers were a caring, dedicated and respected group of teachers. The paranoia that later developed and spread throughout the town was a shameful episode and can only be described as a local McCarthyism, exacerbated by a self-serving district attorney.
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MAGAZINE
November 20, 2005
Congratulations to Debbie Nathan for a succinct article that captures the essence of the McMartin Pre-School case ("I'm Sorry," Oct. 30). More importantly, kudos to Kyle Zirpolo for his honesty and his heartfelt apology. He was a manipulated child who has grown to be a man with a conscience. His children are extremely fortunate to have him as their father. Karen Thatcher Via the Internet Zirpolo's long-delayed apology has prompted me to admit a long-delayed regret. My three children attended McMartin Pre-School, each for several years.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1989
A day of testimony punctuated with outbursts from McMartin Pre-School founder Virginia McMartin, 82, was stricken by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders Friday, and three hours of excerpts from her earlier videotaped testimony was presented to the jury in its place. Pounders said the woman's "contumacious conduct" in his courtroom had come close to forcing him to cite her for contempt and jail her for two days, an action he did not want to take because of her health and her age.
OPINION
December 31, 1995
The death of Virginia McMartin (Dec. 19) brought back memories of our life in Manhattan Beach. My family lived in the community for 25 years and both our sons attended the McMartin Pre-school. It was a happy time. Mrs. McMartin and her daughter Peggy as well as the other teachers were a caring, dedicated and respected group of teachers. The paranoia that later developed and spread throughout the town was a shameful episode and can only be described as a local McCarthyism, exacerbated by a self-serving district attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1995 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Virginia McMartin, founder of the McMartin Pre-school where charges of child molestation sparked the longest and costliest criminal prosecution in U.S. history, has died. She was 88. The feisty McMartin, who attended the lengthy proceedings in her wheelchair, died Sunday night in Torrance after a series of strokes. She was pronounced dead, apparently of heart failure, at Little Company of Mary Hospital shortly after paramedics transported her there from her Torrance home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1985 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
Denied her request to act as her own attorney, an angry and almost tearful Virginia McMartin threatened to not show up in court next week, unless the "sheriffs come and drag me there." The outburst came Friday afternoon after Los Angeles Municipal Judge Aviva K. Bobb denied the 77-year-old woman's request, and ordered McMartin's attorney, Bradley Brunon, to continue to represent her without pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors in the McMartin Pre-School molestation trial introduced new evidence Thursday which they say shows that the mother and grandmother of chief defendant Raymond Buckey knew years before he was arrested that he was a child molester. Prosecutors said the evidence also shows that Buckey had received regular counseling for several years for his "problem."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1989
Virginia McMartin, founder of the McMartin Pre-School, was warned that she may be cited for contempt and sent to jail after she made repeated outbursts while testifying at the molestation and conspiracy trial of her daughter and grandson Thursday. "I am very angry," said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders, after McMartin, 82, began arguing with him and challenging his authority.
NEWS
March 20, 1985
Four defense attorneys in the McMartin Pre-School molestation hearing asked the court to dismiss some of the counts against their clients on the grounds that the statute of limitations has expired.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1987 | From United Press International
The first alleged child victim to testify in the McMartin Pre-School molestation trial repeatedly said Tuesday that she could not recall details about being sexually abused. "I don't remember," the 12-year-old girl replied over and over while being pressed for details about the alleged molestations by defense attorney Dean Gits during her second day on the witness stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1995 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Virginia McMartin, founder of the McMartin Pre-school where charges of child molestation sparked the longest and costliest criminal prosecution in U.S. history, has died. She was 88. The feisty McMartin, who attended the lengthy proceedings in her wheelchair, died Sunday night in Torrance after a series of strokes. She was pronounced dead, apparently of heart failure, at Little Company of Mary Hospital shortly after paramedics transported her there from her Torrance home.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1995 | Howard Rosenberg
Hysteria is no stranger to the United States, witness its ongoing, TV-driven paranoia over violent crime, its internment of its own Japanese citizens in the 1940s and its bomb shelter mania and Red-scare witch hunts of the early Cold War.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | CAROL McGRAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A parent in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case slandered three former teachers when he charged on national television that they participated in satanic rituals and lewd acts at the school, a Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday. But Superior Court Judge G. Keith Wisot awarded the teachers only $1 each, saying that they had not proved that their reputations were damaged or that parent Robert Currie set out to cause them emotional distress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1991
A judge has ruled that three of the original McMartin Preschool molestation defendants are not public figures, a finding that could make it easier for the trio to pursue a libel suit. Virginia McMartin, Peggy McMartin Buckey and Peggy Ann Buckey are suing Robert Currie, whose son attended the Manhattan Beach school run by the McMartin family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court, refusing to get involved in the McMartin preschool molestation case, Monday dismissed a suit which contended that child therapists violated the civil rights of two McMartin family members by publicizing initial reports of sex abuse at the Manhattan Beach school. The justices let stand a state court ruling which deemed child care workers in California absolutely immune from liability for investigating child abuse or reporting evidence to law enforcement authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1990 | RICHARD BEENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three former McMartin Pre-School defendants filed a slander suit Wednesday against a Hermosa Beach man who has gone on the national talk show circuit charging that his son was molested at the school and demanding a retrial. The suit accuses Robert Currie, a former mortgage banker, of making a series of false, malicious and slanderous statements regarding preschool founder Virginia McMartin, her daughter, Peggy McMartin Buckey, and her granddaughter, Peggy Ann Buckey. James H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1991
A judge has ruled that three of the original McMartin Preschool molestation defendants are not public figures, a finding that could make it easier for the trio to pursue a libel suit. Virginia McMartin, Peggy McMartin Buckey and Peggy Ann Buckey are suing Robert Currie, whose son attended the Manhattan Beach school run by the McMartin family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1990
In response to David Shaw's news analysis of the McMartin Pre-School case, Part A, Jan. 19-22: Here's the bias I see in Shaw's stuff: His critiques are built on the premise that the kids' claims were manufactured and that, therefore, any reporter who was "skeptical" about their charges should get kudos. Me, I always figured it was for the judicial system--not reporters--to decide how skeptical or believing to be about the children's allegations. Shaw (with little skepticism)
NEWS
February 1, 1990 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mark Bassett was actually rather pleased when he received a summons to jury duty, his first ever, back in March, 1987. Things had been "kind of hectic" at work and, he says, "I kind of looked at it as a vacation," a couple of weeks sitting in the jury room, maybe a few days on a case.
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