Movie fails to mention use of discredited repressed memory therapy to boost witness claims. McQueary shower incident also misrepresented according to Pendergrast book.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - April 10, 2018 -- While Al Pacino performs a stellar impersonation of the late great Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, the script writers took a lot of license with the story resulting in a fictionalized version of events. The movie perpetuated dated narratives that have since evolved and even been discredited. The writers completely ignored the fact nearly all the witness testimony was based on repressed memory therapy or leading interrogation techniques. They also perpetuated an incorrect account of the McQueary shower incident which was pivotal to the prosecution. If only they had first read Mark Pendergrast's book, "The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment."
About the Book:
Everyone knows the story of Jerry Sandusky, the serial pedophile, the Monster. But what if that story is wrong? What if the former Penn State football coach and founder of the Second Mile is an innocent man convicted in the midst of a moral panic fed by the sensationalistic media, police trawling, and memory-warping psychotherapy? The Most Hated Man in America reads like a true crime psychological thriller and is required reading for everyone from criminologists to sports fans.
"If potential readers are convinced that Jerry Sandusky is guilty, they need to read The Most Hated Man in America. This meticulously researched, provocative, and wonderfully written book by Mark Pendergrast, an enormously important contributor to the repressed memory debate, will certainly make them see another side. Maybe they will think twice."
-- Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, author, The Myth of Repressed Memory and other books.
"The Most Hated Man in America tells a truly remarkable story. In all the media coverage the Sandusky case has received, it's amazing that no one else has noticed or written about so many of these things, including all the 'memories' that were retrieved through therapy and litigation. One would think that the sheer insanity of so much of this will have to eventually come out."
--Richard A. Leo, Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology, University of San Francisco, author, Police Interrogation and American Justice and The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four
"Virtually everybody knows with certainty that Jerry Sandusky is a serial child molester. He was, after all, found guilty by a jury of his peers. But what if what we think we know about Sandusky is at least in some ways incorrect? Regardless of their ultimate conclusions, readers will find The Most Hated Man in America to be thoughtful and provocative, addressing questions that deserve to be asked in a just society."
--Fred S. Berlin, M.D., Ph.D. Director, The Johns Hopkins Sexual Behavior Consultation Unit, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
About the Author:
Independent scholar and science writer Mark Pendergrast is the author of many critically acclaimed, deeply researched works of non-fiction, including Memory Warp, The Repressed Memory Epidemic, Victims of Memory, Uncommon Grounds, Inside the Outbreaks, Mirror Mirror, and For God, Country and Coca-Cola, among others. He lives in Vermont and can be reached through his website.
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