The Bjugn-case is a mysterious Norwegian child abuse case that disturbed the whole of the country Norway, but eventually ran out without any person pronounced guilty and sentenced. Based on the facts is obvious that no sexual abuse in the common sense happened. But still something serious possibly happened with the children before the case, something committed by other instances than those accused, but was not sexual abuse as one thinks about it. In the following this possible solution to the case is explained.
GEOGRAPHICAL AND CULTURAL BACKGROUND
Bjugn is an isolated rural comunity with a town situated at the mid west coast of Norway. This history happened in 1994, in a period where Norwegian media and authorities were running intensive information campain about child abuse, a campain that far exeeded the limits of gross and exaggerated propaganda regarding the frequency of sexual abuse, what can be defined as sexual abue, symptoms of sexual abuse and the consequences of abuse.
Before the history took place there was therefore a high sensibility in the Norwegian population about any symnptom that could suggest child sexual abuse. People tended to interprete anything unusual with a andult as symptoms of him or her being an abuser. Anything unusual with a child tended to be interpreted as symptoms of being victim of sexual abue, regardless of this unusual was something positive or negative.
THE BJUGN CASE AS IT EVOLVED
The ordeal initiated by some children attending a specific kindergarten, Botnegård kindergarten, began showing fear of being in the kindergarten and other places in the community where children often were brought for various purposes. They also showed signs of fear of being naked and about bodily procedures of all kind, like mdical procedures. At the onset, the fear was not connected to any specific person.
Some of the parents, began their own investigations, mainly by performing their own interrogation of the children and posing suggestive questions regarding specific persons working in the kindergarten, and what they did to the children. Soon the attention of both the children and the parents were directed towards a male assistant in the kindergarten. The children told a lot about other persons, especially persons of authority in the community, but those others were ignored in the first place.
The children could tell bizarre, but fairly consistant histories about things done to them and things they witnessed. In those histories the accused assistant and others took them into a special room in the kindergarten, The Blue Room, or drove them to other places in the community. There a group of persons subjected then to frightening bodily and menal ordeals. In the stories the assistant played more a role as a person thet brought the children to those places than an active participant in the ordeals.
Allthough the histories were so bizarre that they hardly could be peossible ad told, the histories were remarkably consistant.
In the subsequent development more children were added and extensive investigations were initiated by the social services, the health services, the police and by the parents themselves.
As the investiagtion went on several other suspected persons were added, especially persons with a role in the community services, and even the sherrif in the comune was added as as suspect.
But the material revealed from interrogations of the children and the involved adults had some major problems.
The histories of the children did not look like histories of classical sexual abuse.
The children told they had been naked and taken picture of, one gets the impression that the picture taking was done in a very standarized way, not the way one takes pictures in a sexual setting.
The children told that they had been lain naked in cribs, and also there taken picture of, but sgain one gets the impression that this was a standardized action following some algoritm.
One got descriptions of the use of something that they were made to call penises, and that these things were inserted into the body of the children, but the children always described the actions of these things more like actions of technical equipment. especially endoscopic equipment, and not human body parts.
They told about men that did something ritualistic with penises, including emptying some slime from the penises in buckets, but the description did not fit very well with any sexual action, and they told about the penises as if they were not a part of a human body, but something separate. The described actions resemble someone preparing some medical technical equipment before use, someone emptying such equipment for probes taken from the body of someone, or flushing the instruments clean after use.
The children told about being stung with needles, being touched in their bottom, and their genitals being spread open, but again things they told about sounded more like some standardized medical procedure than anything else.
Eventually they managed to get a couple of the children say they had been subjected to intercource, but it was doubtful if they undertood what they was made to tell about.
The children told about violence against children at a secret place, but one never found any indication that the children ever had been subjected to violence. It seemed more that they had witnessed something they interpreted as violence against children.
The children also told about bizarre violence and sacrifices of animals, and of naked people doing bizarre ritualistic sexual actions with themselves. They also told about sexual actions with sheep.
The places described were mostly totally different from the house of the assistant or others accused. In some stories his house figured, but the description of the interior fid not match. No private houses or farms were ever found that could fit the stories. But some official buildings, including the health center, figured in the stories, but this clue was ignored.
The timeframes of the histories did not correspond to the time the accused persons had access to the children or had the possibility of abusing any children.
Throughout lengthy and exhaustive interrogations subjected to the children, the histories remained the same, only more details were added.
The police and social services tried in any means to manipulate the children to twist the stories into something that could sound like classical sexual abuse, but did not succeed, except for a couple they managed to tell about something that was interpreted as intercouce.
Doctors that examined the intimate areas of the children did however find changes that they interpreted as signs of sexual abuse.
Eventually there were a trial of only the kindergarten assistant, but the inconsistencies of the stories with the practical opportunities he could have had to do those acts, as well as the total lack of technical proof connected to the accused person, made him to be pronounced not guilty.
WHAT IS THEN THE SOLUTION TO THE BJUGN RIDDLE
It is obvious that no sexual abuse in ordinary sene had been done, and that the kindergarten assistent was not guilty in any crime. But still, the symptoms of the children, and their bizarre, but conistant stories suggest that something serious and secret had been going on with the children. But what is the most probable solution to that riddle?
The solution that makes most sense is that some secret medical and psychological project had used several children in the community as guinea pigs. Before the experiments the children was drugged into a state that make them easy to manipulate and to make it difficult for them to remember the experimentation.
During these experiments one examined them through their body openings with endoscopic instruments, which children explained by saying that one used penises on them.
Probes were taken from various places of their body with syringes or needles.
One part of the experiments were measurements of body sizes and shapes, and photography with the children placeed in standardized positions, including positions with legs and the intimate areas spread.
They were probably also subjected to psychological and neurological tests where bizarre actions were staged by means of dolls, backdrops and audiovisual technology, and their reflexes, psychological reactions and culturally based reactions were monitored.
The most bizarre details in the stories, were produced as a result of these tests, of fantacies based on the general propaganda in the society regarding abuse, and by the suggestions from the investigative staff during the interrogation.
One possibly brought the children from the kindergarten to special laboratories in the surrounding areas equipped for the task. This could partly be done without the knowledge of the parents, or on the pretence that the child was brought for some medical exam or pedagogical fieldtrip.
Such happenings is fairly frequent happenings in Norwegian kindergartens and schools, and Norwegion parents are generally socialized to accept explanations given and not ask further questions.
But the ordeals could also have happened when children were brought by parents to health centers or hospitals for some other exam which involved sedation or general anesthesia. Then the staff used the opportunity also to do these secret tasks.
They probably gave the children some kind of sedation at some point, passibly already in the kindergarten so that the children got easy to handle and so that they should not remember anything. Still it is impossible to hinder them totally from remembering, with the result that they remembered the details of the ordeals in a partial, distorted and bizzare way.
The staff in the kindergarten did probably not participate in these actions, except thay they probably assambled the children, possibly brught them alomg in a car and delivered them to those responsible for the projects. The kindergarten assitent did probably not know what was done with the children, but thought they were brought for som ordinary medical exams, psychological tests or pedagogical fieldtrips. Other employees in the kindergarten possible knew more, but probably not many details.
The projects was probably arranged by medical companies, health institutions, secret services or even by the Norwegian Child Protective system. The purpoes could have been pure physiological and psychological research, test of new medications, experiments of brainwashing techiques, investigation of people's and families habits, microbial specimen taking and harvesting of tissue from the body of the childre. Ironically, the purpose could even be secret screening of the children for sexual or physical abuse by means of physical examinations and pychological tests.