Smyllum Park: SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE & ELECTRIC SHOCK “TREATMENT”

6 DEC 2017

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A woman who lived in a Lanark orphanage from the age of four has told an inquiry she was given electric shock treatment.

The woman, who was giving evidence anonymously, said she was sent to Smyllum Park in 1965.

She told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry she was abused by nuns there.

The woman told the hearing she was tied to a bed and gagged for hours at a time, smothered with a pillow and made to eat her own vomit.

She said she was beaten up almost every day during the years she spent at Smyllum and was given electric shocks through electrodes attached to her head.

She also said she was force-fed, sexually assaulted and put in a box in the ground.

The woman eventually left the home when she was seven and went to another care institution.

Years later the woman told police what happened.

Lady SmithThe inquiry is chaired by High Court judge Lady Smith

The inquiry was also read a statement from another woman who went to Smyllum Park in the 1960s.

She said when she was eight or nine-years-old, she and others were forced to kiss the body of a dead nun laid out on a bed, which she said smelled “awful”.

She said that as her head was being forced down, she spat on the body, before being dragged down the stairs by her by nuns and “thrown in a cupboard”.

The inquiry, now in its second phase, is looking into historical abuse in Scotland’s care institutions.

Smyllum Park, run by the Daughters of Charity Order, closed in 1981.

The public hearing in front of Lady Smith continues. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42252551   https://archive.is/nVZ2X 


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She said before the alleged attack, she and other girls were taken from their dorms at night to a nearby field where Catholic sisters from the “cult-like” home danced in a circle around a tree.

The inquiry heard they were later taken to the back of a candlelit chapel and went downstairs.

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Janie, of primary school age at the time, said: “There was a square slab and everyone sat round.

“I was given a lollipop and told that the devil was coming out.”

She said she was assaulted then taken back outside and “buried alive” in a drain all night.

After she was let out the next morning, she said she was put in a “blood bath” — believed to be filled with coloured dye — as part of a terrifying ritual.

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The witness also told the Edinburgh probe a nun forced her to perform a sex act on a woman at a house near the Lanark orphanage.

She also said she was tied to her bed and beaten and warned not to speak about her ordeal.

And she claimed she was regularly gagged and had her hair cut off.

She only told police about what she had endured years later.

Ex-altar boy breaks down in tears as he tells Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of experiences at Smyllum Park

Janie said: “It was like a cult. We deserve justice. People who abused me should be taken to court and jailed.

“Police say they are old and frail. They forget we were frail as kids and too weak to fight back.

“They’re sitting back and thinking they’ve got away with it.”

Today’s claims, dating back to the 1960s, were heard as part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

The long-running probe before Lady Smith is expected at a later to date to examine claims that the bodies of at least 400 children were buried in an unmarked mass grave near Smyllum Park.

The orphanage, run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, closed in 1981.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1938839/girl-forced-into-satanic-sex-ritual-where-devil-buried-her-alive-at-smyllum/   https://archive.is/XhL50 

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5 Dec  2017

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Inquiry told girl ‘abused by priest’ at Smyllum Park had arm broken by nun  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42252


Dec 3rd 2017

Theresa Tolmie-McGrane gives horrfying account of her life from the age of six at a Catholic orphanage in Lanark.

 

2nd Dec 2017

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A notorious orphanage ‘covered up’ the deaths of children in its care including a boy who was savagely beaten by a nun, an inquiry heard yesterday.

One former resident of Smyllum Park in Lanark said six-year-old Sammy Carr died days after a nun launched a frenzied attack on him, repeatedly kicking him in the head.

In posthumous evidence, another ex-resident said 13-year-old Francis McColl died after a member of staff hit him on the head with a golf club.

Deaths were ‘covered up’ at the institution, run by ‘psychopathic’ nuns who meted out physical and sexual abuse – and even used crucifixes as ‘weapons’.

It emerged earlier this year that at least 400 children from Smyllum are thought to be buried in an unmarked grave at the town’s St Mary’s Cemetery.

He said: ‘It was unfortunate but at that time the sister came around the corner and said, “What’s wrong?”, and I said, “He burned my hand”, and she just grabbed him and started hitting him and punching him.

‘He was on the floor and she was kicking him on his body and his head.

‘I said, “Please sister, please don’t hurt him”. She stopped when I lay on top of him.’

He said he next saw Sammy in the sick room and the inquiry heard the boy was in hospital for around 10 days before he died.

David said he remembered walking past Sammy’s open coffin and assumed that the little boy had been ‘joking’ and pretending to be dead – only realising later that he had been present at Sammy’s funeral.

Francis McColl, playing with cars on the floor, at the nursery of Smyllum Park. The boy died after a member of staff hit him on the head with a golf club

Francis McColl, playing with cars on the floor, at the nursery of Smyllum Park. The boy died after a member of staff hit him on the head with a golf club

The nun who administered the beating later took David to Sammy’s grave.

David said: ‘She just stood here, there was this new plot, she must have said, “Sammy’s there”.’

He told the inquiry that he was filled with ‘rage’ for the rest of his life over his treatment at Smyllum.

This included being sexually abused by a nun – as she told him he was ‘going to hell’.

He told how children who wet the bed were made to stand with the wet sheets around their necks in the morning.

David said Smyllum had been filled with the screams of children, and he suffers recurring nightmares about his time at the orphanage.

But despite his ordeal he later went to college, telling the inquiry: ‘I do not want my life to be worth nothing.’

David was later abused at a home called St Vincent’s, Newcastle, run by the same order.

He said a ‘psychopathic’ nun held a bread knife to his throat – and he ‘genuinely thought he was going to die’.

A notorious orphanage ‘covered up’ the deaths of children in its care including a boy who was savagely beaten by a nun, an inquiry heard yesterday.

One former resident of Smyllum Park in Lanark said six-year-old Sammy Carr died days after a nun launched a frenzied attack on him, repeatedly kicking him in the head.

In posthumous evidence, another ex-resident said 13-year-old Francis McColl died after a member of staff hit him on the head with a golf club.

Deaths were ‘covered up’ at the institution, run by ‘psychopathic’ nuns who meted out physical and sexual abuse – and even used crucifixes as ‘weapons’.

It emerged earlier this year that at least 400 children from Smyllum are thought to be buried in an unmarked grave at the town’s St Mary’s Cemetery.

the unmarked grave where hundreds of the orphans are believed to be buried in Lanark

Smyllum Park was run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul from 1860 to 1981, looking after an estimated 4,400 children since 1930.

One of the campaigners who fought for the launch of the SCAI was a resident at Smyllum Park, and gave evidence before his death in April.

Frank Docherty, who was 74, was a founder of the charity In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS).

In 1954, aged nine, he and his siblings were sent to the home, where he said he suffered abuse including beatings.

His posthumous testimony, read to the inquiry on yesterday, claimed that Francis had died after being hit with a golf club by a ‘psychotic’ staff member – not a nun – who cannot be named for legal reasons.

It has been reported previously that Francis passed away at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary in August in 1961 after battling a ‘left extra plural haemorrhage’ for seven days. He was 13.

Mr Docherty said there were no records of his burial and he had reported it to police before his death, but had heard nothing from them.

It is understood that there are no live investigations into the deaths of Sammy or Francis.

The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul ran the Smyllum Park orphanage, pictured, in Lanark from 1864 until it closed in 1981

The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul ran the Smyllum Park orphanage, pictured, in Lanark from 1864 until it closed in 1981

But Police Scotland said a probe had been carried out which found that Sammy’s death had not involved trauma or criminality.

The Crown Office is now reinvestigating historical child abuse cases.

A Crown Office spokesman said it had instructed Police Scotland to carry out investigations into allegations of abuse at care institutions in Scotland, adding: ‘It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.’

Mr Docherty, who became an alcoholic because of his experience at Smyllum, said he and other Smyllum children were subjected to freezing cold baths, ridiculed for wetting their beds and beaten with a hair-brush.

There were ‘mass punishments’ twice a week when children were beaten with sticks by nuns who ‘controlled by fear’.

Commenting on the staff member who stuck Francis, Mr Docherty said: ‘There were cover-ups for deaths he caused. Children were dying of brain haemorrhages.’

Describing a beating from one sister, Mr Docherty said: ‘I got the biggest doing of my life from a holy nun… I couldn’t believe it was happening to me.’

Prosecutors have said there is no evidence that a crime has been committed at the orphanage in relation to reports of the mass grave.

More than 60 residential institutions, including several top private schools, are being investigated by the inquiry.

Another former resident, named only as Fergie, said she had been admitted to Smyllum in 1959.

The death rate among residents at the home, pictured, was at least 30 deaths per 1,000

The death rate among residents at the home, pictured, was at least 30 deaths per 1,000

She recounted sharing dirty bathwater, being force-fed porridge – and nuns using crucifixes as ‘weapons’.

Fergie said: ‘They would call you “devil’s spawn”, “immoral,”; they would say, “’you’ll be nothing in life”…’

In June, Sister Ellen Flynn, leader of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul in Britain, was asked at the SCAI about alleged abuse at Smyllum.

She said: ‘We accept accusations have been made and we are appalled something like that may have been acceptable, and very sorry, but we cannot confirm there was abuse.’

In opening statements to the inquiry on yesterday, John Scott QC, senior counsel for INCAS, said the name Smyllum will be ‘forever associated with suffering’.

He said: ‘Just how could abuse of such extent and duration occur without knowledge, especially given how closely knit a community the place was?

‘Either people knew because they were involved or they knew and did nothing to stop it or nobody took time to find out what life was like in this showpiece home.

‘The Smyllum way became shorthand for wicked abuse.

‘The Smyllum way did not involve only one or two abusers, it involved many abusers and took place over decades. It seems to have been part of the institutional memory of the place.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5138867/Smyllum-orphanage-covered-child-deaths-inquiry-told.html#ixzz50FnoPec6 https://archive.is/aHUNm


Notorious orphanage ‘covered up’ the deaths of children in its care including a boy who was savagely beaten by a nun, inquiry is told https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/we-heard-him-being-beaten-by-the-nuns-but-when-he-didnt-show-up-the-next-day-we-all-cheered-we-thought-he-had-a-new-family/ https://archive.is/cLQDk

30.11.17

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Young boy sexually abused in bathroom of Lanark orphanage, inquiry hears

A former resident of a Catholic-run orphanage has told an inquiry how he was sexually abused in a bathroom.

The witness, who cannot be named, was under 10 years old when the incident was said to have happened at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, South Lanarkshire.

Speaking at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Thursday, he told how he went to the bathroom where a former resident of the home was.

The witness, now in his late 60s, said: “He took his penis out and told me to play with it.

“We heard someone coming in, two boys laughing. He quickly put it away and told me ‘you tell anyone about this and I’ll get you’.”

The alleged attacker was said to have lived at the home until he was 16 before being given a job there because he had no relations outside.

After the incident, which was said to have taken place in the late 1950s, the witness told how he was too scared to go to the bathroom by himself.

In December 1959 he returned home to his parents before going back to the institution in the spring of 1960.

Having described the care home as “like a concentration camp”, the witness broke down in tears when recalling when his parents told him he would have to return to the home.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15694111.Young_boy_sexually_abused_in_bathroom_of_Lanark_orphanage__inquiry_hears/


A six-year-old boy died 10 days after he was beaten by a nun at an orphanage, a child abuse inquiry has heard.

A witness, who cannot be named, told the inquiry his friend was kicked on the body and head by the Catholic sister.

He was giving evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry which began the second phase of its hearings in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

It is hearing evidence about institutions run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

The man said he was sexually abused by a nun and another member of staff and beaten for bedwetting and not eating his food at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, Lanarkshire.

The witness entered the orphanage in 1959 when he was aged around two, along with three brothers and a sister.

He said that beatings at the institution were routine, and that on one occasion when he was aged around six his friend was beaten after playing with a match and accidentally burning his hand.

He said: “It was unfortunate but at that time the sister came around the corner and said what’s wrong and I said ‘he burned my hand’ and she just grabbed him and started hitting him and punching him.

“He was on the floor and she was kicking him on his body and his head.

“I said ‘please sister, please don’t hurt him’.

“She stopped when I lay on top of him.”

He said he next saw his friend in the sick room and the inquiry heard the boy was in hospital for around 10 days before he died.

A BBC and Sunday Post investigation earlier this year found that at least 400 children from Smyllum Park are thought to be buried in an unmarked grave at the town’s St Mary’s Cemetery.

The orphanage was home to more than 10,000 children between opening in 1864 and closing in 1981.

Prosecutors have said there is no evidence that a crime has been committed at the orphanage in relation to reports of the mass grave.

The witness also told how he was sexually abused by a nun who took him to her room and rubbed his penis with her thumb while talking to him about bedwetting

He also described abuse by a lay female member of staff.

The witness said: “She took me up to the bedrooms to help change the beds.

“She sat on the bed and opened her legs and she had a split in her ski pants and she told me to get my penis out, put it in there and go in and out.

“I cannot remember any penetration.

“She lay back on the bed and just said keep going in and out.”

He told how children who wet the bed were made to stand with the wet sheets round their neck in the morning, and were also hit for bedwetting.

In August 1965 when he was aged around seven the witness said he was moved to St Vincent in Newcastle, which was run by the same order of sisters, and told how he encountered abuse there too.

Colin MacAulay QC, counsel to the inquiry, said: “In your statement you go on to say it was another place run by psychopaths.”

The witness said: “We had to go to the washrooms and I must have said something out of line, she pinned me up against the wall with her forearm with a bread knife to my throat threatening to kill me and I genuinely thought I was going to die then, I was screaming.”

More than 60 residential institutions, including several top private schools, are being investigated by the inquiry, chaired by Lady Smith.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15688619.Boy__six__died_10_days_after_beating_from_nun_at_orphanage__inquiry_hears/

Sept 17th 2017
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16th Sept 2017 ‘I was abused by nuns for a decade’ at Smyllum Park – BBC News

15th Sept 2017 PressReader – Scottish Daily Mail: 2017-09-16 – Priest molested me

12th Sept 2017 The secrets of smyllum park. File on 4 investigates Smyllum Park in Lanark, uncovering new evidence of alleged abuse and raising serious questions about child deaths at the orphanage, before it was closed in 1981. {38mins}

WATCH http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05fhr3y/player

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10th Sept 2017 No truth. No justice. Victims reveal abuse ordeal at Smyllum

15 March 2017 Another abuse survivor at Smyllum has spoken out over 1964 death of Sammy Carr.

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