So, what are the charges against Tom Wilkinson that led Linda Wiegand to launch such a major campaign to remove the children--Ben who was four when the accusations were initially alleged, and also Jon, who was six--from his care? Simply put, Tom Wilkinson is accused of having repeatedly had anal sex with Ben and of having raped Jon. Furthermore, according to what I am reading in these reports, Tom Wilkinson was said to have had a history of being involved with others who are engaged in this kind of behavior. Below is a general overview of what went on in regard to Tom Wilkinson:
In 1989, when Jon was two, he pretended to have violent sexual intercourse with his teddy bear. Around that time Linda Wiegand reported that both boys had and received medical treatment for constant serious bowel movement problems and often had a red ring around their anus. Of course, whether that red ring was diaper rash or related to sexual intercourse with Tom Wilkinson, that would be questionable in my view. In January 1993, Ben told his Vermont pre-school teacher that his father was having sex with him. The children also attempted oral sex with the family dog, a St. Bernard called "Molly"
During an interview in Vermont with Police Detective Bruce Merriam and Social Worker James Adams Ben, stated that he was worried about his Dad "his penis on my penis, tongue in my butt and his penis my mouth." Furthermore, Ben is reported to have said that Tom Wilkinson "pees in his mouth and forces him to drink it, making him sick to his stomach."
In February 1993, investigators in Vermont apparently discovered instructions for the ritual sacrifice of animals encrypted on one of Wilkinson's computer disks. This is a particularly disturbing detail.
Later, in an interview conducted that Fall 1993 at the Harvard Affiliated McClean Hospital in Boston, MA, the hospital report stated that Jon spontaneously advised, "I know why we're here." He continued on, "It's because my dad put his penis in our butts, and the last time he put it in Ben's mouth." Jon drew a picture of Wilkinson threatening him not to talk by saying, "I'll kill you."
Ben reported, "Well, I have these problems. My dad has these problems. He wakes me up in the middle of the night and takes me outside." Ben continued on to describe how his father took him into the backyard and slaughtered a kitten and told him that the same would happen to him if he talked about the abuse. Ben continued on to accuse his Aunt Karen, Tom Wilkinson's sister, of also abusing him sexually. Just around that time, someone killed Molly, the family dog. She was poisoned with acid while outside and returned to the house to homorrhage to death all over the family dining room.
In October 1994, Linda Wiegand took her children to a doctor out west who specializes in treating victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse. She stated that she had spent a lot of time reviewing the boys' testimony and looking at the pictures they had drawn containing blood sacrifice, Tom Wilkinson praying to the devil, etc., and decided that there had to be a lot more going on. Throughout the case there have been accusations that Tom Wilkinson was closely involved with Satan Worship and that he was a member of what is allegedly called the Anthroposophy Society, a pedophile organization. One report I have read states that, at the time the Wiegand case was going on, Wilkinson's bank statements indicate that he made out regular checks to the Anthroposophy Society. True? Not true? There is no way of knowing.
As late as 1996, Ben and Jon were still continuing to testify formally regarding the way in which Tom Wilkinson sexually abused them. At that time, Jon testified that he was sodomized by Wilkinson fifteen times with a knife on the pillow and stated that he saw Wilksonson do the same to Ben. Both children stated that they experienced extensive sexual abuse from Tom Wilkinson and that they were threatened with death if they spoke out about it.
Dr. Stephen Balsam, the childrens' psychiatrist and Dr. Gordon Ahlers, the childrens' pediatrician never recanted their statements that the children were sexually abused, neither did any state agency, to my knowledge.
No other person has stepped forward with evidence that Tom Wilkinson was sexually inappropriate with any other children. How likely is it that Tom Wilkinson, if he were a true pedophile, would limit his activities to these two boys only?