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Robert Kelly was unjustly convicted on 99 out of 100 child abuse counts and sentenced to twelve consecutive life sentences in 1992. In the longest and most expensive trial in the history of North Carolina, Kelly was alleged to have sexually abused a dozen children at day care centre, Little Rascals, in what has become known as a modern day witch hunt.
Accused of satanic rituals, murdering babies and throwing newborns into schools of sharks, this unbelievable story gathered pace over two years. Based on retrospective memories retrieved under therapy, the prosecution relied on testimony from children aged between 4 and 7 who had been receiving treatment for up to 10 months about crimes alleged to have happened a full two years earlier.
In 1995, the North Carolina Court of Appeals set aside the conviction. His co-defendants, Betsy Kelly, Kathryn Wilson, Willard Scott Privott, Shelly Stone, Darlene Harris, and Robin Byrum were either never convicted or were exonerated as well. CrimeViral online report ‘10 Miscarriages of Justice that Shocked the World #7’