Nuns running death camps, Bodies of hundreds of children ‘buried in mass grave’ at Scottish orphanage run by nuns. Over 400 children are thought to have been found in an unmarked section of St Mary's Cemetery in Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark, Scotland. Again something straight out of another horror movie has presented itself in real life, and many people don’t know what to think about this new discovery. To make matters worse, the children’s bodies were discovered in one single, unmarked mass grave. It has been suggested by some that many of the children were Irish, while not proven, I will pursue this on another blog post, if and when the facts become available. For years, horrific stories have circulated about Scotland’s Smyllum Park Orphanage, which took in 11,600 disadvantaged children between 1864 and 1981. Former residents spoke about vicious beatings, routine humiliations, sexual abuse and rape, but a few Survivors spoke about murder of a few of the children through neglect and beatings. Most of the children succumbed to illnesses like tuberculosis, flu and scarlet fever. But Andi Lavery, founder of the advocacy group White Flowers Alba, told many international newspapers that he read through the death certificates, and saw that “many” listed malnutrition and blunt trauma to the head as causes of death. “Why should they be dying from starvation?” Lavery asked. “Why should they be dying from treatable infections? Why should they be dying from beatings?” WHY?
And from The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul;-
"We wish to again make clear that, as Daughters of Charity, our values are totally against any form of abuse and thus, we offer our most sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone who suffered any form of abuse whilst in our care."
After an internal enquiry by the Holy Nuns, The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul said “they could find no evidence of child abuse”. The same Order of Nuns The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, which ran the Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanarkshire, Scotland has previously acknowledged that only 158 children were buried in compartments at a nearby cemetery. But research carried out by BBC Radio 4’s File programme and the Sunday Post Newspaper, both had trawl through more than 15,000 official records, to reveal that hundreds of children died at Smyllum and not the 158 the Nuns lied about, in fact 402 so far has been found and the search is ongoing, the number will surely rise.
The deceitful Nuns told investigators that there were only 158 children’s bodies in the mass grave, hoping that the gravediggers wouldn’t dig deeper, the gravediggers stumbled on to the few hundred more children buried even deeper, beneath the top grave of the 158 known children buried there. The wily Nuns became ambiguous in their answers as questions and documents became available, repeatedly telling the investigators that only 158 children’s bodies were buried in the mass grave. Something more, headstones and crosses mark the graves of the Nuns and Staff Members buried nearby but no stone or memorial has ever recorded the names of the lost children. The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, said that abuse allegations of dead babies and children were a "mystery" with "no evidence" of mistreatment. Burial records given to Survivors by Smyllum bosses suggested 120 children had been buried at St Mary's but relatives believed the figure was too low. The latest Scottish official figures come after 402 death certificates listing Smyllum as the place of death or normal residence were found in the Orphanage Archives. The untruthful Nuns in the face of overwhelming new evidence, still denied that there were more children’s bodies hidden beneath the known mass grave, calling the 244 more discovered children’s bodies, “a mystery” …
Sister Ellen Flynn - the head of the British province of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul - said there was no evidence the accusations were true. “The first view is that we are extremely saddened that accusations were made,” Flynn said. “We are very apologetic, but in our records we can find no evidence or anything that substantiates the allegations.” Sr Flynn said she had spoken to surviving Nuns from the school, none of whom had witnessed any abuse taking place. Sister Ellen Flynn - “I would not expect Holy Sisters to behave in that way. Some of it may have been the product of the time, but I would be very reluctant to think any of ours Sisters carried out any of the activities I have read because it’s cruel.” Sister Ellen Flynn also conceded that it was "a possibility" that abuse had taken place but they wouldn't accept that it had actually happened, citing a lack of contemporary evidence in their archives. Sister Ellen Flynn, went on, "We are extremely saddened that those accusations have been made. We are shocked at the thought... and are very apologetic. Sister Flynn also said that all the allegations were untrue. Sister Ellen Flynn, also said there were only158 children buried at St. Mary’s cemetery, when asked- she didn’t know where all the other bodies of the other children came from.
In spite of years of lying, The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, continue to lie to this day, as they try to hide the thousands of child deaths in their Religious Institutions, as they has done in Ireland with the discovery of 796 babies found, flushed into a Septic Tank, in the town of Tuam in County Galway, in Ireland. The Order of Nuns there, were The Bon Secours Sisters, who upon the discovery told the the Irish People and the world that the babies dumped into the Septic Tank, were famine babies from 1845, but forensic science proved that the babies were flushed into the Septic Tank were from 1926 -to 1964 when the Nuns ran the Mother and Baby Home. I’m sorry but you cannot accept anything the Religious Orders or the Catholic Church say, sadly that’s a fact, and history has shown us that.
A burial plot, containing the bodies of a number of children, was uncovered originally by Frank Docherty and Jim Kane, two former residents of Smyllum Orphanage, now deceased, in 2003. The pair wanted to uncover the secrets behind the place where they said many former residents had suffered and died.
No details are recorded of the children's lives, apart from their names, date of birth and when they died. Causes of death include accidents and diseases such as tuberculosis, flu and scarlet fever, a third of the children who died were under the age of 5, many died of malnutrition and blunt traumas to the head. The research was carried out by Janet Bishop, of the Association of Scottish Genealogists And Researchers in the Archives.
Again The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul said;-
"We wish to again make clear that, as Daughters of Charity, our values are totally against any form of abuse and thus, we offer our most sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone who suffered any form of abuse whilst in our care.”
Janet Bishop, of the Association of Scottish Genealogists And Researchers In Archives, is still going through the 15,000 death certificates which have recently been discovered.
The morally corrupt Scottish Catholic Church, reneging on their responsibilities with their statement, telling the newspaper “The National Newspaper of Scotland”;- “we never had any responsibility for or ability to place children in (church) care - “that has always been and remains a matter for the statutory authorities who placed children in (church) care and were subsequently responsible for their welfare. These authorities alone can comment on the outcome of some of their placements and the standard of care expected.”
Archbishop Mario Conti, Scotland’s most senior Catholic churchman, said- he,(Archbishop Mario Conti) accusing Survivors “of being seekers not of justice but of “pots of gold”. Ringed against any Survivor are the Catholic Church Hierarchy, the asylums’ Insurers, who insist that there must be no admission of liability, and a sceptical hauteur that flourishes across the political and legal establishment.
“ to those who abuse, the sin is yours, the crime is yours, and the shame is yours. To those who protect the perpetrators: blaming the victims only masks the evil within, making you as guilty as those who abuse. Stand up for the innocent or go down with the rest”.- Flora Jessop
Recently Pope Francis praised the Bishops for what he called their “generous commitment to bring healing to victims” and he expressed sympathy for “how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you.”
Yet by its actions, the church’s “commitment to bring healing” has seemed far from generous. And it seemed perverse to address the Bishops’ “pain” when the real suffering has been borne by vulnerable children. As Wittgenstein said- “Silence tells no lies, silence does not deceive”.
The Religious Order, The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul which ran Smyllum Orphanage in Scotland where hundreds of children are believed to have died also ran Ireland’s largest Mother and Baby Home, St Patrick’s, Mother and Baby Home on the Navan Road in Dublin, Ireland — where thousands of babies and children died and are dumped in mass grave, in and around this red brick, victorian monstrosity. Officially, more than 660 infants and children died there between April 1923 and March 1930, according to State Inspection reports, but many medical experts think that figure of dead children is far too low. A further total of 119 out of 240 children in the home died in 1925. This was attributed at the time to a measles epidemic. And further more, 111 of 263 children died in 1927.
In 2011, it was revealed that another 400 dead babies, from St Patrick’s, Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, in which the Nuns who ran the Mother and Baby Home, The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, claim they didn’t know anything about, or were not sure what happened, but sold in a private sale the 400 dead baby bodies anyway, for £1,000 Irish punts a piece, at the time, to St Kevin’s Hospital. The 400 dead babies were sold to the nearby Hospital, St Kevin’s which was the largest university teaching hospital in Dublin at the time, now called St. James's Hospital. The 400 dead babies from St. Patrick’s, Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, in reality the 400 babies were subjected to vaccine trials by established international medical companies, and this was what caused their deaths. The vaccine trials in Ireland were headed up by some of the country’s most eminent medical professionals. This is why the 400 baby bodies were sold to St. Kevin’s Hospital, Dublin. The Anatomical Committee of Irish Medical Schools said- that “today such practices would be unacceptable” and a joint statement from the Departments of Health and Children said they “deeply regretted” these “outdated practices”. The medical drug trial itself was published in the ‘British Medical Journal’ in 1962. The final paragraph of it reads:
“We are indebted to the medical officers in charge of the children’s homes. . . for permission to carry out this investigation on infants under their care.”
“A spokesman for GSK (GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Company )– formerly Wellcome – said:
‘The activities that have been described to us date back over 70 years and, if true, are clearly very distressing.”
“Dr Saunders, a doctor of the Wellcome Foundation at the time was very happy with the vaccine trials and wrote;-
“the results confirm the results obtained by Wellcome with guinea pigs”.
The hospital St Kevin’s was run by another group of Religious Nuns were the 400 dead babies were sold and used in dissections for medical students and medical universities of Ireland without the consent of their mothers, all this was kept secret or conveniently forgotten and any and all documentation was destroyed by the Holy Nuns. The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The Nuns got away with lying about the sale for over 40 years, never acknowledging the evil deed of selling the 400 dead babies for profit. Even when the story came out in 2011, all they said was it was another era, and we have no documentation in our archives.
In the year of 1942 alone, 57 babies were sent to UCD, 34 more to the Royal College of Surgeons and another 27 to Trinity College Dublin, 35 were sent to UCG, according to Official Irish Inspectors, but again many medical experts think that official figures given are far to low. The same Nuns, The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul refused to keep to many records on their dead babies, but altered, or more conveniently disappeared, evidence and documentation, but a handsome profit was to be made by the greedy Nuns, who couldn’t feed the babies but instead sold the murdered and undernourished babies. Again I must quote Wittgenstein- “What we do not speak about we passover in silence”.
So expect something similar in Smyllum Orphanage in Scotland and any other Orphanage run by any of the Religious Orders either in Scotland or anywhere in the world, there will be much more then the 402 baby bodies recovered so far, you can be sure, you can never take or accept the word of the Nuns or the Roman Catholic Church when it comes to babies or children in its care. Owen Felix O'Neill
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017