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Gerald A. "Tooky" Amirault (born March 1, 1954) was convicted in 1986 of molesting and raping eight children at the Fells Acres Day Care Center in Malden, Massachusetts, run by his family. He and his family deny the charges, which supporters regard as a conspicuous example of day care sex abuse hysteria.
He and his wife Patricia, a schoolteacher whom he married in 1977, have three children: Gerrilyn, Katie, and P.J.
Testimony in the cases included stories of Amirault dressed as a clown and raping children with knives, and ritual slaughter of animals. It relied heavily on testimony from young children extracted through long sessions with therapists. The Amiraults insist they were victims of the day care sex abuse hysteria that swept the US in the 1980s.
Many believe Amirault was railroaded, including writer Dorothy Rabinowitz (a member of the Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal), who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2001, partly for her coverage of the case. The case was also the major topic of her book about miscarriages of justice, No Crueler Tyrannies (ISBN 0743228340).
In 2002, then-Acting Governor of Massachusetts Jane Swift refused to commute Amirault's sentence, despite a unanimous vote in favor of his release by the state's parole board. Amirault's case had previously been upheld by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Martha Coakley, Middlesex district attorney, lobbied Swift to keep him in prison and Swift denied Amirault's clemency.
Amirault was released from the Bay State Correctional Center on April 30, 2004, 18 years after his conviction. His sister and mother, Cheryl Amirault LeFave and Violet Amirault, were convicted of related charges in a separate trial, and both released from prison in 1995.
- ↑ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". Pulitzer.org. http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2001-Commentary. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
- ↑ "The Pulitzer Prizes | A Hearing in Boston". Pulitzer.org. 2000-10-31. http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6413. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
- ↑ "Gerald Amirault's Freedom". http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110005023. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
- ↑ Mei Ling Rein (2005). Child abuse: betraying a trust. Detroit: Thomson/Gale. p. 104. ISBN 0-7876-9068-6.
- ↑ "Martha Coakley: Too immoral for Teddy Kennedy's seat". Wnd.com. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=118496. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
- ↑ "Justice, Not So Swift". Thenation.com. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20020318/pollitt. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- ↑ "OpinionJournal - Featured Article". Web.archive.org. http://web.archive.org/web/20050217160518/www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110005141. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
- ↑ "`Tooky' Amirault walks free after 18 years". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 2004-05-01. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/bostonherald/access/626224171.html?dids=626224171:626224171&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=May+1%2C+2004&author=J.M.+LAWRENCE&pub=Boston+Herald&edition=&startpage=007&desc=%60Tooky%27+Amirault+walks+free+after+18+years. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
- "Justice, Not So Swift" -- Article by Katha Pollitt on Swift's refusal to commute Amirault's sentence
- Boston Herald articles on his case.
- Archive of Wall Street Journal articles on this case
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