To the Chicago Tribune
about Dr. Bennett Braun and Repressed Memories

David Bloomberg
P.O. Box 20302
Springfield, IL 62708

December 8, 1994

Voice of the People
Chicago Tribune
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

To the Editor:

While reading Greg Beaubien's article, "Second Thoughts" (Nov. 30, Tempo), several questions occurred to me.

In particular, I must wonder if Dr. Braun is actually helping his patients. He admits that "not all of his patients' claims of murder are true," but the article begins with a startling story which is presented as if it is, in fact, true. While Braun apparently does not trust the police, my first response to a story like this is to ask if he has bothered to try to gather evidence: The woman claims she saw her uncle killed by her father, and that she then helped dispose of the body. Has anybody bothered to check if the woman did, indeed have an uncle who disappeared in the correct time frame? Did they check to see if there was a body buried where she claimed it was? Were any of the portions of her "memories" checked out at all?

As the author correctly states, there must be a huge, undetected conspiracy if we believe Braun and his patients. Braun says that we're in trouble if even 10 percent of the claims are true. Since there isn't even evidence for those 10 percent, I find it difficult to figure out how he concludes that there is a "kernel of truth" to this huge satanic conspiracy.

David Bloomberg, Chairman
Rational Examination
Association of Lincoln Land

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