The sexual abuse case against Dan and Fran Keller was one of numerous similar cases of alleged ritual abuse of children that captured national attention in the 1980s and early 1990s. Today, those cases are widely and properly seen as contemporary versions of the Salem witch trials.
The Kellers, who ran a day care in Southeast Austin, have been released from prison 21 years after being convicted of the sexual abuse of children. Fran, 63, was freed Nov. 26; Dan, 72, on Dec. 5. The American-Statesman’s Chuck Lindell has reported that the Kellers’ lawyer, Keith Hampton, and Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg agree the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals should overturn the Kellers’ convictions because a doctor who provided the only physical evidence of abuse in the case has since recanted his testimony.
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