However, in a bizarre turn of events, it is Richard Hamlin who is on trial after his wife Susan Hamlin changed her story.
In the trial, Hamlin says he "kept asking his wife to renounce Satan and confess about a Central Valley cult the attorney said sought to murder him. 'He was saying that he was a primary target for this group,' Pastor Ron Short testified of Richard Hamlin," reported the Mountain Democrat. Why? Because he was a "trophy Christian."
Jurors in the trial also watched a videotape of Hamlin in the El Dorado County sheriff's department describing the situation with his wife Susan, saying that he was afraid that they would not believe his story of a murder plot against him by the Satanic cult.
"Attorney Hamlin, 45, said he delayed contacting the Sheriff's Department and that he wanted his statement "to be like my closing argument in a death penalty murder case. "I knew you guys are going to go, ‘What the fuck are you talking about? Are you on drugs?'" Hamlin told Detective Rich Strasser, according to the Mountain Democrat
In the videotape, Hamlin said his wife has been sexually abused by her father and told the detective about notebooks he had at home which documented recovered memories about the molestation.
Hamlin said "that Susan Hamlin 'wanted to accept Jesus Christ.' He told the detective that a female friend of his wife was trying to get Susan Hamlin into a prostitution ring that operated at a Starbucks," according to the Mountain Democrat.In three days of testimony, Richard Hamlin denied a litany of allegations, including beating and torturing his wife, endangering and brainwashing his children, and forcing her to admit to the murder plot.
According to the Sacramento Bee, "Hamlin also told jurors his vengeful father-in-law, whom he accused of molesting his wife when she was a child, was the architect of the satanic plot.
"Several defense witnesses testified earlier that Susan Hamlin sought them out as childhood friends to find missing "pieces of the puzzle." Other testimony showed she wrote hundreds of pages of journals in a quest for 'repressed memories' and confided in church members that she was a victim of molestation.
The prosecution has rested, and Christian Richard Hamlin still appears to be the scapegoat in this Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) case.
* URI DOWBENKO is the author of "Bushwhacked: Inside Stories of True Conspiracy" and "Hoodwinked: Watching Movies with Eyes Wide Open." He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org His website is UriDowbenko.Com For more information on Dowbenko's articles and samples of chapters from his books Bushwhacked & Hoodwinked"