Early this morning the Skagit Valley Herald posted a new and very informative article about yesterday’s testimony which I added to yesterday’s post.
Today, August 15, 2013, saw one of the 2 eldest sons of the Williams on the stand. Kiro TV has the story. Jacob Williams (18) might have given the most condemning testimony so far. Jacob testified that his parents told him to lie to police about hitting his adopted siblings and not to talk about spankings, the closet or the shower room. If I understand the situation correctly, they raised these children under Pearls’ teachings and taught them to never lie. They taught them to love and obey God and that liars go to Hell. They told them that they were following God’s directives to spank them in order to train them to be good Christians. They taught them to obey without question. Then they told them to lie to police. Thankfully, the children were able to sort out right from wrong and disobeyed their parents in order to obey God. They told the police the truth and testified the truth in court.
Update: Gina Cole of the Skagit Valley Herald has posted this story about this day’s proceedings. As usual, this story can be triggering and is not for the faint of heart.
I should also mention that this story also talks a bit about clinical psychologist Katherine Porterfield’s testimony about how she came to the conclusion that the Williams children were tortured.