Ross Bay cemetery in Victoria, BC
The Harry Helmcken mausoleum is twenty paces from the spot this picture
In the book, little Michelle is placed inside the mausoleum
as part of a re-birthing ceremony. There's a picture of the mausoleum
in the book, but only the back is shown. Here is the front.
Neither the cemetery nor the Helmcken mausoleum are
in an isolated spot. In fact, the mausoleum is clearly visible from
the sidewalk at the main entrance to Ross Bay.
Graves in Ross Bay marked with cement
curbs -- impossible to lift by hand. The curbs may have looked like
lids to a child, but in fact the curbs go down into the ground.
Many of the graves are marked by curbs of stone or cement
and some have stone, cement or bronze plaques laid into the curbs. The
book Michelle Remembers claims that a woman single-handedly lifted
the top of a grave so the child Michelle could be lowered inside. That's
just not possible. The plaques are too heavy for one person to lift
and the curbs go down into the ground, they are not "lids."
Michelle Remembers sparks a witch hunt
"The satanic investigation began with one child...
who had been interviewed many times (over a ten month period) without
ever mentioning anything about ritual abuse or "bad churches."
But shortly after several Kern County (California) social workers returned
from a training seminar that hyped devil worship as a major element
in child molestation (the discredited "true" story of satanic
abuse, Michelle Remembers, was offered up as training material),
this girl began speaking of it during the now-familiar suggestive interviews
that were standard practice at the time. In short order, other victims
began spouting similar stories, never mentioned in earlier interviews.
The kids were all placed in the same county shelter for abused children,
where they were seen by the same therapist, who firmly believed a huge
satanic conspiracy was afoot in Kern County... The resulting stories
were remarkably similar: Children had been forced to drink blood, to
eat human flesh, to submit sexually to monstrous characters in dark
robes... Eighty-five more adults were ultimately implicated, and more
than sixty children came to be identified as victims, with many taken
from their families... "
-- Excerpt from
Justice by Edward Humes
A Visit to Ross Bay Cemetery
here to visit the official
Ross Bay Cemetery website
Ross Bay Cemetery in the city of Victoria, in the province
of British Columbia, Canada, was created over a hundred and twenty five
years ago (which makes it very old by Western Canadian standards).
According to the book, Michelle Remembers, a satanic
coven met here in the 50's to practice their dark arts.
But as the picture above left clearly shows, the cemetery
is not isolated, but is in a suburban area of Victoria. Some of the
houses in the area clearly date from the turn of the century. One side
of the cemetery faces the bay, the other three sides are surrounded
by retail and residential.
Close up interior view of Helmcken Mausoleum
Victoria's Old Cemetery
Society gives popular tours of Ross Bay Cemetery year round -- the
Hallowe'en tours are especially popular.
The Car Crash That Never Was
In Michelle Remembers, the Victoria satanists go
to no end of fuss and bother to put on a show for little Michelle. One
of their first stunts was to put her in a car with a dead woman, and
crash the car. The book mentions an approximate date and the exact spot
for the crash. For their book, Satan's Silence, authors Debbie
Nathan and Michael Snedeker had a researcher check the Victoria papers
for any and all car crashes during the dates mentioned in Michelle
Remembers. There was no such crash.
Michelle's Family and Family Friends Tell Journalists
Her Story Isn't True
"This book is dangerous"
"I am speaking as a former "ritual abuse
survivor" who has now disavowed all of my "repressed memories".
This book is dangerous. And, I completely disagree with everyone who
says "doesn't matter if it's fact or fiction"? Are you nuts??
People have had their lives ruined over allegations like this. This
book played a major part in my "memories". My advice is that
"ritual abuse survivors" need to find decent therapists."
-- excerpt from reader comments, Amazon website.