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The McMartin Preschool, owned by 79 year-old Virginia McMartin and her daughter Peggy McMartin Buckey was the administrator. The preschool was so revered and the McMartin family itself was honored with an award. Nobody was expecting what would happen to this and other daycares, brought on by one woman's belief that her 2 1/2 year old son, Ray Buckey (son of Peggy McMartin Buckey & grandson of Virginia McMartin. Parents were told to confront their children to determine whether or not sexual abuse of any kind had happened while under the care of the McMartin family. Soon, the foundation known as CII (Children's Institute International), had hundreds of children coming forward with accusations of not only sexual abuse, but also with satanic rituals, and slaughtered animals.
The trial itself lasted for five years or so, and prior to that Ray Buckey and his mother Peggy McMartin Buckey were held in jail without bail. By the end of this high-profile case which lasted for seven years, the trial itself cost taxpayers $16 million - and not a single conviction. It was discovered that CII may have been putting ideas or "false memories" into the children for whom no abuse had occurred. There is still some disagreement between the outcome of the trial and what parents claim was horrific abuse suffered at the hand of the McMartin Preschool.