I make a big deal out of this and all the other gaps in Dr. Ford’s memory of the event precisely because her memories are so selective. I don’t believe anyone actually remembers details of events from 30+ years ago. So her assertions about such long ago events should not be accepted uncritically even if she sincerely believes them. The fact that she can’t remember how she got there or got home over 8 miles away may be hiding an inconsistency in her story. Perhaps she did not run out of the house as she testified, but stayed at the party and got a ride home with someone else later. Perhaps she called her parents and they picked her up at the house. Another inconsistency is that she claims to be inside a locked bathroom and that the music is loud in the next room and downstairs but she can somehow hear the two boys laughing. Her story sounds like a dream sequence: she is suddenly there, things happen, she runs away, and wakes up. The mind can play tricks and create false memories, putting different faces on people, mixing different events. The key point is that sincerity does not equate to accuracy.

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