Friday, August 29, 2008

Pediatricians, Lawyers, and Pedophiles; Oh My!

Tangentially related to the Ayres case:

Local talk show host Bernie Ward (KGO810 AM Radio in San Francisco) was sentenced yesterday to 7 years in prison for child pornography charges.

There’s a story with some interesting quotes on the KGO news site.

Dr. Colleen Halloran, Bernie Ward’s wife (AND PEDIATRICIAN for crying out loud) apparently blew a good deal of hot air complaining that the Feds had screwed up Iraq, the economy, and gas prices, but THEY managed destroy Bernie’s family… Hmmmm... You don’t think your SICK and Twisted husband had something to do with destroying your family?

And what’s with with all of these WORTHLESS pediatricians supporting child molesters anyway? ARRRRGGGHHH… I’d think twice about sending my kid to that twit.

Anyhow… all of this probably seems familiar to many of us. I think we’re all expecting to continue hearing exactly this same sort of filthy excrement pouring out of Solveig’s mouth.

Also of note: Doron Weinberg, Bernie Ward's attorney, is also william ayres’ attorney: In reading his quote, it appears that Weinberg thinks that the laws are all wrong, and should not punish people who like to watch kids getting molested. What a peach! (On the other hand, at least he's not doing his clients much good...)

There’s a more detailed article about what Bernie did over at SFGate.

And make sure you read the KGO news blog about this too.

Personally, I think they should execute the pervs, and give the light jail sentences that they're handing out to the enablers that seem to surround these creeps.
TAGS: Dr. William Hamilton Ayres, MD Solveig Ayres William H. Ayres pedophile child molester president American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry San Mateo County Children and Families First Commission Peninsula Psychiatric Associates

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A"Professional's" Opinion

We have another live one:

Dr. Lawrence Diller, MD., longtime behavioral/developmental pediatrician and family therapist in Walnut Creek gives us his professional opinion about politics, and about his pal, Mel Levine, doctor and accused child molester. He throws in William Ayres for good measure. His statements are subtle, and he tries to show an air of neutrality, but just open your eyes, and read what he's really saying. His comments will help clarify, if there's any doubt left after reading his main article.

It's over here (Thanks again to all of you astute readers for pointing this link out to me! I fancy myself a pretty good googler, but you guys all keep scoring all the hits!):

As a side note: I just realized that I've read at least two of this guy's books, and thought he was pretty darned level-headed.

How ironic that his blog entry is titled: "There Are No Heroes" and his first line reads: "Are there no heroes? Can you count on anyone these days without the distinct possibility that they will let you down in the future?"

With professionals like this, who needs, well... who needs professionals?

Don't linger too long; it will leave a bad aftertaste!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Having a rough month?

Well, this is just a quick note, while I'm working on a larger posting.

I've been having a fairly tough month this month, (nightmares, poor coping behaviors, etc..) in dealing with my feelings about the ayres crap, and I wasn't sure why, and while I was replying to an email, I think I may have realized what set me off:

All of this news about Russia and Georgia have really brought back some of the tensions I remember having as a kid during the last part of the escalation of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. This was right at the time that I was being sent to ayres. I KNOW that at the time I was very worried about the world coming to an end. When the news about Russia/Georgia/NATO started breaking, The first thing I thought of was "Maybe we're going to nuke it out after all..." but since then I've hardly paid attention to the details, but I HAVE been VERY MUCH MORE pissed about ayres since then. I think September 11th may have been the triggering onset of the downfall for me for much the same reason.

Or maybe I'm just nutty.

Anyhow.. having a tough time with with the blog lately. I'm going to set comments to unmoderated for awhile, so you can just post away while I work on my next entry. Be civil please. When I get back to look at it, I'm going to just delete the stuff I don't like, without any warning or explanation. Possibly even posts that I DO like. Hopefully I won't offend anyone too much. Behave and you'll be fine.

EDIT: Please also see the NEW post below, it includes an email that I received from a former ayres patient.

About the "Etta Bryant Molester Defense"

I recently received an email in response to my posting on Etta Bryant's defense of Ayres. and to those that seem to accept that excuse:

He quite clearly takes exception with the idea that Ayres' "medical exams" were necessary.

This letter is from a man who says that it's OK to use his full name. I'm actually not going to print his full name name. If he INSISTS, I'll go for it and put his full name here! I'm just going to call him "Dave" for now.

Hello Deep Sounding

I was a patient of Ayers (can't call him a doctor) in 73/74 and there was some inappropriate behavior involved. I was going to testify in the original civil trial when they settled at the last minute. I just want to comment on the excuse that physicals involving the genitals are necessary. I was recommended to Ayers by my father who was my pediatrician. Even if it may be normal to check out some physical characteristics in a regular patient of a non-medical family, what is the excuse to do it to someone who obviously is getting regular physicals from a prominent and qualified professional. Ayers is guilty as hell and I would let anyone know who wants to. Anyone still defending him obviously does not care what he has done to others.

Thank You for Your Time

Sunday, August 17, 2008

An Advocate for former Ayres Patients!

In my efforts to put articles on this blog, I have neglected to mention someone:

There is one person who clearly stands out as a voluntary advocate for the former "patients" of Ayres in this case. Probably they don't get much chance to say thank you, as they're probably dealing with quite a bit of pain.

Victoria Balfour has worked hard to bring all of the info about Ayres forward!

Someone just forwarded me a link to this article about her efforts. As it happens, it's also a very good article with some of the background info about William Hamilton Ayres, his career, and what he has done to children over the years.

Go to SFGate and read the article before you read all of the other stuff here!

I've also put a permanent link to it on the right hand "Career Milestones" box. Just click on "Great Background Article!"

Saturday, August 16, 2008

On Solveig Ayres (Part 1)

Well, I was working on a posting about Solveig Ayres, the wife of William Hamilton Ayres, when I came across some postings on the San Mateo Daily Journal website about Solveig’s postings on an art website. So I decided to speed up this posting, and I’ll post more later. I’ll talk about the art blog posting in a bit, and re-post them here incase they disappear from there as well, but first let me talk about why Solveig is even an issue here:

Why would I want to post about Solveig Ayres, when she has done nothing, as far as we know? Here’s what’s bugging me about her: I keep hearing stories (from people who I happen to believe) that say that she is generally rude to Ayres' victims and the families of those victims when they are doing nothing but showing up in court to follow the case. I can understand “standing by your man,” but there’s no good reason to be rude to victims, especially if you're taking the “I’m innocent” high road.

Also it’s very odd, as you’ll see in her postings to the art blog, that she very much seems to Freudian slip with regard to her feelings about her husband, William H. Ayres. It’s also odd behavior, I think, to be flitting about in public circles with apparently no care at all, when very serious charges are leveled against your husband. Perhaps a more mature, reserved behavior would be more advisable. (Gee, what am I saying here? Go for it... Keep acting like a socialite twit, one or two more slip-ups like this, and you'll have as good as testified AGAINST your husband...) Well enough about my feelings about this for now.

Here is some background for these postings:
Apparently, Solveig went with Ayres or some pals or something to some art festival in Ashland, Oregon on the week of August 3rd, 2008, and saw some plays. When she got back she commented on the plays as posted below. While you’re reading this, keep in mind that William Ayres is a fat pig, and you will see why it’s important to keep that in mind:

The original site that this was posted on :
(I’m not sure what happened to post number 8, by the way… It may have been deleted by the Johnny Jeter guy who reposted to

Originally From and lifeted from

5.. Just spent a lovely 5 days in Ashland. All the plays I attended made me think, at least a little. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner was the most intriguing to fathom. I was struck with an insight and came to this sight looking to see if anyone else thought this. I thought of the truly obese people I know. Most of them allow themselves to get in this condition because they aren’t happy with what life has dealt them. They allow themselves to indulge in overeating in order to counter the dissatisfaction. They often seem placid and good natured, but eventually they may face their discontent. They withdraw internally and balloon up and totally withdraw. Minnie floats so high that she can no longer tend to the people who (as she says)“bring her down.” When she has succeeded in getting her husband and sister to take responsibility for themselves, she can completely withdraw and attend to her own thoughts and move on to where she is unreachable. Where does she go? Maybe she dies. Maybe she goes mad. or, in this case, maybe she just mystically disappears.
Thanks for the opportunity to put my thoughts in writing.
Solveig Ayres
Comment by Solveig Ayres — August 4, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

6…. and that’s what makes a ball game! Thanks, Solveig and Marc, for your insights about “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.” If the point is to provoke thought, the playwright has succeeded. One thing we ask our artists to do for us is to create metaphors for us. Often those metaphors are open-ended, and they take each of us into different interesting places, based on our own experiences and how we interpret the “signs” the artist has given us. As the parent of 14- and 10-year-old boys, I like the idea of just floating off into space and disappearing for a spell!
Comment by Bob Hicks — August 5, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

7. Bob,“As the parent of 14 and 10 year old boys”, you probably should NOT be hanging about with Solveig Ayres and her husband William Hamilton Ayres. Just google “William Hamilton Ayres” and you’ll see where I’m coming from.
By the way, one has to wonder if Solveig is refering to her own rather portly husband, when she says that they seem “placid and good natured, but eventually they may face their discontent.”
Food for thought… as it were….
Comment by Jerry Fletcher — August 11, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

8.. I will help you out, Jerry Fletcher.
Here is one of many articles on the arrest of Solveig’s husband Dr. William Ayres, from the Los Angeles Times:

Bob Hicks: You mentioned your 14 year old son’s doctor. One fervently hopes that it wasn’t Dr. Ayres !
I too was struck by Mrs. Ayres’ description of obese people who aren’t happy with what life has dealt them. She could be describing her own hefty husband, whose entire adult life has been a sham. Perhaps Solveig’s subconscious does know the truth about her husband after all…

Comment by Diana — August 11, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

10. I don’t believe this is exactly a forum to use to accusations which have been leveled against my husband and which are not true. What you’re witnessing is a modern day witch hunt.. And my husband’s weight, which he would agree is “rather portly” cannot compare with the ballooning up of Minnie in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I have had a couple of friends who are approaching being as big as Minnie and my observations are
based on that. However, I’ve said what I have to say about this year’s Shakespeare in Ashland.

Comment by Solveig Ayres — August 11, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

11. Solveig:
It is precisely the forum to use to speak out against the atrocities that you continue to support. The accusations are TRUE. You have no right to claim that they are not true, you WERE NOT THERE.

But you don’t care about the children that were hurt by your husband, or even about the fact that your husband is in jeopardy… you are concerned about your observations about Minnie in “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.”

Wow… denial is running deep this year.

And yes… this is a witch hunt… and unfortunately for many, the witches are real….

Comment by Gunther Balboa — August 11, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

12. A “modern day witch hunt”…hmm. Sounds like something the “good doctor’s” lawyer would say. Why am I getting the feeling that Solveig’s heart really, really isn’t into defending her husband anymore ? Why do I get the feeling that her defenses are crumbling ?

Solveig, surely you saw last week on the front page of the New York Times that a very prominent, nationally known pediatrician by the name of Dr. Mel Levine has been accused by 43 men of doing the very same thing to them that your husband did to vulnerable little boys ? Go to the New York Times home page and put in his name. Levine and your husband were in Boston together. Do you happen to know whether they ever crossed paths ? Because, as you will note, their cases are shockingly similar.

I think it’s great that you’re having doubts about your husband. It must take all of your willpower to defend him. I think you know what the truth is though, and we think you should go to the police with your suspicions that you have had about your husband for years. And take Dr. Etta Bryant too, who was told about the abuse before your husband was arrested. Also, take your friend Thea, who was also told by the mother of a victim about the abuse.
One gets the sense that you’ve been beaten down and controlled over the years. You seem like an intelligent woman, and it’s time to stand up for yourself and speak the truth !

Comment by Jackson — August 12, 2008 @ 2:51 am

Friday, August 8, 2008

Dr. Etta Bryant defends Child Molester ayres

Here is an interesting letter posted to the Oakland Tribune in May 3, 2006 by (presumably) Dr. Etta Bryant, defending William Ayres. This was posted AFTER a cival lawsuit against Ayres, which was settled and sealed, but BEFORE his criminal arrest.

I've copied it below in case they delete it:

I AM APPALLED at the harsh and damaging tone of your front-page article (Wednesday, April 26) regarding one of this county's most prominent physicians and citizens, Dr. William Ayres.

As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in the San Mateo County community for 32 years, I feel compelled to respond. I have known Dr. Ayres personally for over 40 years. His moral substance is impeccable.

I have had the privilege of being taught by him in my child psychiatric residency training, as have many generations of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the Bay Area and across the country.

Related Results As a colleague for over 30 years, I know his superb clinical work with disturbed and troubled adolescents. He has been a relentless advocate for excellence in all psychiatric services for children and youth, nationwide. He holds himself to those highest standards.

Dr. Ayres cannot respond to your article, but I can. Not only is he unable to respond for legal reasons, but basic tenets of psychiatric medical practice prohibit the violation of confidentiality between doctor and patient (i.e., disclosing the content of an office visit, examination, or therapy session).

So while each of the men quoted in your article reported that Dr. Ayres examined their genitalia, only one of them mentioned that it was one part of a physical examination, and a portion of the initial psychiatric and neurologic evaluation. Dr. Ayres taught and practiced in those years with the precept "You are a physician first, and a psychiatrist second."

Many child psychiatrists did perform, at that time, complete physical exams as part of the initial evaluation of their patients In fact, some child psychiatrists had their initial training in pediatrics, as did Dr. Ayres.

There are many, many adults in our community who were helped in their adolescent years by Dr. William Ayres.

These individuals may not speak up because of the stigma associated (still) with receiving psychiatric care.

I deeply regret that a more balanced account of this tragic story was not presented in your article.

Etta C. Bryant, M.D.

San Mateo

It's not too late to help lock this guy up:

Do you have information that will help put this guy away? Are you a victim, or do you have important information that can help lead to a good solid conviction?

If so, contact:

Detective Rick Decker at
The San Mateo Police Department


Melissa McKowan at
The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Psych Watch Blog - Lots of posts about psychiatrists

Psych Watch: Child psychiatrist trial postponed

This website has MANY links to news stories about Psychiatrists and Psychologists who are behaving very badly. I wonder if sick and twisted people gravitate to this profession?

About posting comments to this blog.

I have three simple pieces of advice to give you (READ THEM, then see below for detail for each):

1. Post important new info to "the usual" places AS WELL AS HERE!
2. Make sure you know if you're posting anonymously or not!
3. If you need to send me email for attachments, please read my posting on sending me email!

1. Why post to other places as well?
This is an anonymous blog. It is hosted for free by a BIG corporate entity (Google). There are various reasons that this blog could go down, and all of the information could be gone, most of the reasons I can think of will be out of my control. Recovery of the info would be slow. (But, yeah, I'm working on backups tonight.)

Conversation here is NOT dynamic, at least for now. I am moderating the comments, so they don't post until I get a chance to get off my butt and look at what is waiting. This means that you won't get the sometimes instant replies to your post like you do in a public unmoderated forum. Less sniping, but slower flow of info... (Am I the best person to be moderating your comments? Nope, probably not, but what are you going to do?)

Visibility. Other people who are just finding out about this crud are probably not looking here first.

2. What's the deal with posting anonymously?
OK If you're concerned about who's going to know that you're posting read this part carefully please! Once the cat's out of the bag, it's not going to go anywhere near that bag again!

NOTE: This is about replies to comments, NOT sending email... Go here for that... whole nother discussion...

When you reply to a comment on this forum, you either log in with one of the various methods, or you select the anonymous button. Once you submit your post, I either post it, or I deny it. If I post it, it goes out AS IS.

If you have logged in with your google ID or another method, IT WILL SHOW, unless you select the anonymous button!
I can not change your comment, or edit out your ID.
I CAN DELETE your comment after the fact if you request it, but it could be a while before I even see that you've made that request, and by then it may be indexed by every search engine under the sun.

SO PLEASE Make sure you are selecting correctly when posting comments, if it's an important issue for you.

3 Sending me an email, rather than adding a comment to a posting?

How to contact me via email

OK, so how do you email me to send me info/hate mail, etc?
You might want to send me email so that I can get attachments to post, like pictures, court transcripts, coupons for a Chevy's restaurant, etc... Maybe you want to just say hi, or maybe you have a good idea for a new post, and it just doesn't fit as a comment for another post.

Send it to the following email: DeepSounding AT

Some notes about this: You should assume that I'm going to post whatever you send to me, and may publish who I got it from, if you don't explicitly ask me not to!

I'll use my best discretion, and I'm pretty reasonable. It will probably work like this:

If you tell me not to use your name, I won't, but if you're sending me sketchy info, I probably won't post it or bother to reply. If you're sending usable info, I'll attribute it to Anonymous or something.

If you tell me to use your name, I probably will.

If you don't tell me either way, I'll assume you're using a non-traceable name/email, and will use my discretion. Clever or funny names will probably get you credited in this case.

Special case: Hate mail:
Probably I'll ignore altogether, but I may publish it if it's funny. In that case, I'll probably post your name regardless of whether you tell me to or not. If you send particularly bad hate mail or death threats, I'll probably publish your email address too in full email format so that spambots will find your address, as well as posting whatever other personal info I can find about you. Don't spice it up just for glory to get me to post, I'll probably just post your email address in a hidden list so that the spambots find you, but people won't even notice you. (Don't say I didn't warn you!)

One more note on my email address: I don't check it 10,000 times a day, so if it's urgent, call 911 or something.

Let me repeat that in a another way: There's no guarantee that I'm going to be speedy about checking my email. From time to time, it will be more than 24 hours between checks, so don't be offended if I don't reply right away. And by the way, posting here and checking my email are NOT occurring at the same time right now, so you might see a post, but no email reply for awhile.TAGS: Dr. William Hamilton Ayres Solveig Ayres Solveig Troxel pedophile child molester arrested charges president American Academy of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryAACAP San Mateo County Children and Families First Commission child psychiatrist psychologist Judge Marta Diaz Peninsula Psychiatric Associates Ronnie Sue Leith Etta Bryant Piero Cerruti Howard Hoffman Joanna Perry Jeffrey Weiner Hugh Ridlehuber Mike Callagy Melissa McKowan Rick Decker

Career Milestones

Here are some of Dr. William H. Ayres, MD's illustrious career milestones (index to lots of news articles).

Great Background Article!
Another Good Background Article
Ayres' California Medical License

2003: Ayres Sued - Confidential Settlement
04/06/2007: Arrested
04/12/2007: Prohibited from practicing.
04/13/2007: In Jail Again.
07/24/2008: Trial in January 09

William Ayres: Unmitigated Gall

10/14/2008: Pre-Trial Hearing
01/05/2009: Trial