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Re: Witness Anonymity

From: James Easton <pulsar@compuserve.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 22:08:54 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 11:40:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Witness Anonymity

Clearing down some archive CompuServe material, I notice that on the
MUFON forum, Joe Stefula once addressed the subject of royalties from
"Witnessed" and wrote of Linda Cortile:

"I have copies of her telephone calls to Rich Butler in which she
stated she gets 50% of all money made by Hopkins on her story".

If that should be inaccurate, hopefully Linda will correct Joe's
claim.


The question of witness anonymity should be straightforward, but seems
to be more complex when an alleged abuse victim and perhaps the nature
of the abuse itself, acquires something of a celebrity status.

This may be mutually exclusive and detrimental to those who genuinely
believe themselves to be such victims.


I also note that Joe Stefula mentioned, "Linda was selling her picture
with lips impressions on the bottom".

If true, it might be argued that is tantamount to kissing the sympathy
vote goodbye, particularly if in the first instance the story is
perceived by many to be somewhat more dramatised than traumatised.


In stark contrast, I'm reminded of Henry, who I met three years
running at an annual UFO conference. Henry had a story to tell, but
would always stop short of actually telling it. "I've been up in the
light", he would reluctantly confide. Even that seemed a painful
exercise.

Henry was a plumber from Glasgow, where men are men and sheep are
eternally grateful.

You just don't get abducted by aliens in Glasgow. Not if you've any
sense.


As I was born and bred in Glasgow, Henry and I shared a lot of
stories, laughs and not a few pints. Under normal circumstances, that
would have sufficed. "I know what it's like. I've been on the slab",
was all Henry would confess in his weakest moments.

Henry told me that had been his last conference. He had returned in
search of an explanation, but was going home to throw out all his UFO
books and magazines.

"There are no answers for me here", he said, with customary sincerity.



James.
E-mail: pulsar@compuserve.com


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