Indictment: The McMartin Trial

Synopsis: Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged sexual molestation and abuse of children at their well-regarded preschool. Publicity-seeking attorney Danny Davis initially defends the McMartins for selfish reasons, but he slowly begins to believe that they are innocent. Davis has his work cut out for him, however, since the media have demonized the family, and prosecuting lawyer Lael Rubin is a tough opponent.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Mick Jackson
Production: Ixtlan
  Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations.
131 min

(children shouting, laughing) (distant singing) (door opens) Woman:

Manhattan Beach

Police Department, crime report: 0067-99. D.R. number: 85-01713. Reporting officer

Detective J. Hoag. Date of Report: 8-12-83. Person filing complaint:

Judy Ann Johnson, Mrs. Report follows: Mrs. Johnson came

to the police station approximately 10:30 a.m.

with her son, Malcolm, age two and a half years, and filed a complaint

charging Child Sexual Abuse. Reporting officer conducted

an interview with the child

and with his mother. Mrs. Johnson alleges

that her son has been molested while attending preschool

in Manhattan Beach. Complainant reported

that her son named

Raymond Charles Buckey... Subject walking

from parking lot on campus. (children shouting) Man:

Passed a group

of 12 schoolchildren, six to eight years of age. Subject stopped

and watched children playing. Subject was alone

and talked to nobody. TV announcer:

The Eyewitness News Team. From the desert to the sea

to all of Southern California, a good evening.

Here's the latest at 6:00. In a case which

has been described as one of the most

bizarre and shocking ever to involve young children. Reporter Wayne Satz

is now able to bring you this extraordinary,

exclusive story. Wayne. Tonight's story comes

out of the mouths of over 60 children, some of them as young

as two years of age. They have allegedly

been keeping a grotesque secret. The secret is they were

being sexually molested,

(phone rings) and made to appear

in pornographic films. The children were all

attending this preschool...

Yeah. Man on phone:

Hi, it's Kelly.

Are you watching this? Man:

I'm watching it.

Call me when it's over. Satz:

What makes their statements

even more extraordinary and shocking is that the owner

of this preschool is 76-year-old

Virginia McMartin, Manhattan Beach's

most honored citizen. In fact,

this home video was shot...

Hey, baby. the Chamber

of Commerce...

Hey. Virginia McMartin

the highest award... Watch this.

Sweaty. Watch this.

...the Rose and Scroll. Man:

Here, here, here.

Look at this. Look. Watch. To me, there isn't anything

that can equal the smile and love of a small child. Forgive me, I go on and on

when I get started on my favorite subject:

children. Satz:

But last year the mother

of one of the students, Judy Johnson, noticed her

two-and-a-half-year-old son was having a redness

on his bottom

and having nightmares. She accused Virginia McMartin's

25-year-old grandson,

Raymond Buckey, seen here in this home movie

at the school's

Halloween parade. Ray Buckey.

The Manhattan Beach Police

sent letters to parents whose children had attended

the McMartin Preschool, asking them to question

their children about

possible cases of sodomy, oral copulation...

This is the most

sickening thing. Yeah, and guess who

their lawyer wants to take

this case off his hands? Danny, no.

Not these people. The children all replied

that nothing had happened. That was until the district

attorney took the children to this nationally recognized

therapist on child abuse, Kee McFarlane, of C.I.I.,

the Children's Institute

International. She drew forth horrifying

stories of molestation from literally hundreds

of children based

on play therapy session which she videotaped. I don't think the depth

of terror that can be put into a child

should be underestimated. I've been working this field

for 13 years, and I haven't seen a situation

that compares to this. It's simply horrifying. They said the teachers mutilated

animals at their school... Oh, God, the poor babies. ...their parents

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Abby Mann

Abby Mann (December 1, 1927 – March 25, 2008) was an American film writer and producer. more…

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