On this episode, Mark Pendergrast joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt to talk about the repressed memory epidemic. Mark is an investigative journalist and has written several books on a wide range of topics. His book titled For God, Country, and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It, was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times. Another one of his books Mirror, Mirror: A History Of The Human Love Affair With Reflection, was chosen by Discover Magazine as one of the top science books of the year. He also wrote a controversial book titled, Victims of Memory: Sex Abuse Accusations and Shattered Lives, which will be the main focus of this interview today.
What did we talk about?
- Mark explains why he believes there is a sex abuse hysteria in this country.
- Repressed memory theory originated with Sigmund Freud. Mark shares the history of the controversial practice.
- Was repressed memory therapy used on the victims in the Jerry Sandusky case? Mark reveals what one of the victims shared with him.
- Mark shares why he believes repressed memory is a discredited psychological technique.
Relevant to the show
If you haven’t heard John Ziegler’s three appearances on this show, then you probably do not have a very deep or accurate understanding of what transpired in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal. Please take some time to listen to all three. I promise you will not regret it.
- Listen to Felony Friday Podcast Ep. 008 – Is Jerry Sandusky Innocent? Interview with John Ziegler
- Listen to Felony Friday Podcast Ep. 014 – Could Jerry Sandusky Be Innocent? A 2nd Interview with John Ziegler
- Listen to Felony Friday Ep. 031 – John Ziegler Releases Emails that Shed New Light on Sandusky Penn State Scandal
Check out two recent articles that Mark Pendergrast wrote about the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
- Why Jerry Sandusky May Be Innocent
- The Jerry Sandusky Case: What Really Happened in Penn State’s Locker Room?
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