The Two Faces of Judy Byington

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In her recent book, “Twenty-Two Faces”, Judy Byington makes numerous extraordinary claims about concepts such as divine intervention, multiple personalities, recovered memories, levitation, and extrasensory perception.

Any one of such claims should make a person ask for solid evidence, of which it seems Judy Byington has none, except her word.

Can we trust her word?  Let’s see…

On her website, she makes a claim of a more prosaic nature:

Since 2006, Byington has acted as a consultant on satanic crime for the Utah Attorney General’s office of Special Investigations.

I decided to do a fact-check, and contacted the Utah Attorney General’s office on 28 October 2012, asking if that statement is true.

I received this statement from one of the Utah AG’s office’s attorneys on 30 October 2012

 The site says Byington has acted as a consultant on satanic crime for the Utah AG’s Office since 2006.  The Utah AG has not had any consultants on satanic crime since 2006 or any time, and certainly has not used Byington in any capacity including as a consultant, ever.

(I know the name of the attorney, but will not publish it, as there is a confidentiality clause in the footer of the email.)

I posted that statement in a review of “Twenty-Two Faces” at Amazon.

Judy Byington’s comment under that and other reviews was basically, “Don’t believe my current book? Read my next book.”

On 27 November 2012 Judy Byington wrote this on Amazon:

Another lie repeated over and over is that I have not been a consultant to the Utah AG office. If one is so concerned about that they will have to wait and read my next book, “Saints, Sinners and Satan.” It goes into specific detail and includes copy of a 1994 support letter about that relationshp written by Utah Lieutenant Attorney General Reed Richards. He penned the letter after my 4 hour consult with him on 8 satanic covens the Utah AG office are following. I continue those consults with them today.

On 29 November 2012 I contacted the Utah AG office about Judy Byington’s comment above.  On 30 November 2012 this was the reply:

 Orphia,  Byington’s statement is a lie.  She may have talked to Reed Richards in 1994.  He has not been in our office since January, 2001.  Byington does not consult with the Utah AG’s Office on any subject.  I am the division chief of the Children’s Justice Division in the AG’s office.  My division prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse.  If Byington had any relationship with our office, I would be the contact person and I would know of her involvement.  I know with complete confidence that she does not have a  relationship with our office either formally or informally.

Craig Barlow

Division Chief

(There was no confidentiality clause on that email.)

Why should we believe Judy Byington’s word that the extraordinary claims in “Twenty-Two Faces” are true, when she has been proved to lie about worldly matters?

As I was writing this, I noticed Judy Byington’s first comment on my review has been edited today, 2 December 2012.

Screencap for posterity:

So, she’s had “no contact” with Mr Barlow, but she’s spoken to him?  Which is it, Ms Byington?  Is this a lie, or just more sloppy writing?

 Note: Judy Byington has no comment on the fact that Division Chief Craig Barlow denies that she is currently a consultant for the Utah Attorney General’s office.  She offers no proof that she is currently working with them.

15 comments

  1. doug
    douglas

    Great job following up on these claims with the Attorney General’s Office. I notice another discrepancy in Byington’s story as well. In another Amazon comment she claimed that she had an eight hour consultation with Reed Richards. Now it’s a four hour “discussion”. She really can’t seem to get her story straight on any level.

  2. Roma Hart

    I love the way Judy says : “Mr. Barlow also admitted that he did not know”.
    That’s hysterical !
    Judy is deliberately and incorrectly using the word “admitted” instead of the word “said” as if we were all to believe that Barlow was making some type of confession. Does Judy think we are fooled by her twisted use of grammar and vocabulary ?
    So are we supposed to believe that she actually did speak with Mr.Barlow at all ? Based on what, her word ? Fat chance.

  3. Jeff Roadtoad Nesmith

    Just noticed her response to some others in the discussion. How many times does she claim certain people are “agents of Satan”? I mean, yipes! Is she that unhinged?

  4. altus

    Here’s yet another rotting nut in her narrative:

    “I continue those consults with them today.”

    http://www.freezepage.com/1354467630NUGTQOVOYW

    And who, pray tell, is “them”? The AG’s office says she does not consult with “them”. Does she consult then with her her ever shifting memories of the mysterious “thems”? (Note how, as Doug pointed out, 8 hours became 4, overnight.) Or perhaps some neighbors, with no current ties to the AG, who phone each other up, trade whoopers and then call that a “consult”? I await her further clarification with bated breath, as this has been quite a trip, thus far. Byington/Weindorf snaked her way into and onto UT media, in part, by claiming a current connection to the UT AG’s office in her Tate press release. Thanks Orphia, for the clarification. Great work, my skeptic sister.

  5. Plain Speaker

    Yes, very good work Orphia – thank you!

    Byington’s November 27 posting on Amazon, which you refer to, also contains this nonsensical misinformation:

    “Another lie repeated is that the master mind-control programmer, Dr. Greenbaum who tortured Jenny, does not exist. In 1992 Dr. Corydon Hammond discussed results of his 8 year study on ISSTD clients. 75% described being mind-controlled by Greenbaum. See Hammond’s Greenbaum Speech on the internet given at a Washington D.C. psychiatric conference”.

    To begin – Hammond doesn’t say anything about an “8 year study of ISSTD clients”, in the Greenbaum Speech. Here’s what he really said:
    “Then I decided to do a survey. From the ISSMP&D [International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation] folks, I picked out about a dozen and a half therapists that I thought were seeing more ritual abuse than anyone else around, and I started surveying them.”
    “Those therapists said, “You’re asking questions I don’t know the answers to. You’re asking more specific questions than I’ve ever asked my patients.” Many of those same therapists said, “Let me ask those questions, and I’ll get back to you with the answer.” Many of them not only got back with answers, but said, “You’ve got to talk to this patient or these two patients.” As a result, I ended up doing hundreds of dollars worth of telephone interviewing”.

    That’s all he says, in that speech, about surveying ISSTD clients – that he chose 15 ISSTD therapists to ‘survey’, and spent hundreds of dollars on phone interviews. He doesn’t say anything about conducting a proper, formal research study, or how long his informal surveying of 15 therapists went on. In any case, Hammond couldn’t possibly have presented “the results of an 8 year study” on ritual abuse/mind control claimants at that 1992 conference – because the conference at which he first became aware that other therapists had such claimants as clients was less than 8 years prior to 1992.

    I’d like to hear more details about this “8 major satanic covens” fantasy, personally…

  6. Stormy

    If sources alone, cause the author to make dozens of misrepresentations – it’s sickening to consider what a total mind &#*$ that Hill must have endured during the author’s 20 years of “researching” her.

  7. Jeanette Bartha

    When a “therapist” uses a patient for study or as the protagonist in a book that they are receiving royalties from that said therapist should be disciplined. As ever, the need for the AMA & APA’sa to get off their golden bums shines brighter than ever.

    • doug
      douglas

      Hello Vickie — No, she is not. She has been without a license for around 10 years. She runs the Trauma Research Center,Inc. where she herself offers Skype sessions. There is plenty that stinks in Byington’s narrative. I have a review of her book, 22 Faces, in the current issue of the magazine Skeptical Inquirer (Jan/Feb 2013). Thanks…

    • Orphia Nay
      Orphia Nay

      Vicki, her licence expired in 2000. She says at Amazon she’s not Jenny Hill’s therapist, but in 22 Faces, she says she’s Jenny’s “sometimes-therapist”. What was I saying about two faces?

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