As Brian Rudman points out today (NZ Herald) Justice Minister Amy Adams’ rejection of a Commission of Enquiry into the nasty business at the Christchurch Civic Creche all those years ago appears to have gone unnoticed with all the excitement of recent days. You might feel that the long weekend has been to blame but I have to say that if only the media could have got over their obsession with pony tail pulling it might have been better brought to our attention.
For those not familiar with the case, Peter Ellis was jailed for ten years in the early nineteen nineties on a number of sexual offending charges. Apparently Ellis and his teacher colleagues were paedophile satanists and we know that for sure because of the children’s evidence. We all know that preschoolers do not lie.
The innocent little mites, dropped off to kindy by unsuspecting parents, were subjected to what can only be described as sexual sadism that verged on the worst excesses of medieval torture.
There were a number of underground tunnels in the crèche basement, at least one of which led to a graveyard, and another to a suite of rooms in one of the city’s upmarket hotels.
Their teacher tormenters often peed on the children, and sometimes pooed on them as well. Imagine that!
They were pushed through trapdoors into dungeons and left there for hours. They were half cooked in hot ovens. They were buried in coffins.
Burning paper was pushed up their bottoms. Parts of their anatomy were wrenched from their bodies with pliers. Pins were pushed through penises.
They were left for hours in cages that had been hung from the ceiling in the main playroom by Peter's mother. Yes, even his mother was in on it!
One four year old was on one occasion forced to help with the murder of a baby.
I must be totally truthful and say that despite the daily persecution sessions no actual signs of injury were ever found on the children but as far as I’m concerned that only proves how terrifyingly efficient these South Island Sorcerers were.
I admit that it’s odd that the parents of the boy who was the subject of the ritual slaughter never ever reported him missing. Doesn’t that merely demonstrate how petrified they were of the vengeance of the group though? I know I wouldn’t have wanted to cross a malevolent mob like that. In fact I’m surprised they were ever employed in the first place. It’s a disgrace!
And we should be very, very concerned. In this context I could not help but note Claire Robinson’s comment on Sunday’s Q&A programme during the discussion about closer trade relations with Saudi Arabia. She was rightly anxious about the possible ramifications of cosying up to a society `that still imprisons people for sorcery’ ….. and there were murmurs of approval for this observation of hers from the other panel members. I did so want to re-assure her that if and when the social complications of the prospective trade deals come to pass we might not notice as much as she thinks. We imprisoned Ellis for sorcery as long ago as 1993 after all.