Case 115

Operation Cathedral

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Case 115

Operation Cathedral

Schoolgirls Allison and Mary had been best friends for years, spending most of their time together at school, soccer practice, and sleepovers.  Mary lived in a modest one-story farmhouse situated on a ranch amongst Greenfield’s rolling hillside. Allison spent the night there often, enjoying the sprawling rural space that provided a contrast to her suburban home. Mary’s father, 36-year-old Ronald Riva, was an unemployed truck driver and former prison officer. He had plenty of spare time to supervise his four young children and their friends, joining them as they played together.

Despite all the fun to be had, Allison would occasionally return home from her visits to Mary Riva’s house moody, grumpy, and overtired. In one instance, her mother Cheryl asked what was wrong and warned Allison she would no longer be allowed to go to Mary’s house if she continued to come home in an irritable mood. Allison simply replied: “It has nothing to do with Mary.”

At around 4:00 pm on April 8 1996, Cheryl was watering the front lawn at her home when she heard the phone ring. She rushed inside to answer it, discovering Mary’s mother Leah was on the other line. As the women’s only connection to one another was through their children, Cheryl knew the call must have something to do with her daughter, 10-year-old Allison.

Leah revealed that she had some extremely difficult news to deliver regarding her husband….

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Milly Raso

Episode edited by Elsha McGill

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

REPORTS:

International police operations against online child pornography – Australian Government

 

VIDEOS:

Operation Cathedral – BBC Panorama

 

ARTICLES:

Girl raped to order on the internet – The Telegraph

This club had its own chairman and treasurer. Its business was child abuse – The Guardian

Fear of jail turned paedophile Gary Salt into ‘supergrass’ – Manchester Evening News

16 indicted on charges of internet pornography – New York Times

Paedophiles’ vast ‘lending library’ – BBC News

Wickedness of Wonderland – BBC News

How police smashed child porn club – CNN World

International team of police raids ‘club’ – Portland Press Herald

Child porn gang face jail – CNN World

Net porn trader denies abuse – BBC News

Internet paedophiles are jailed – Daily Mail

Child pornographers sentenced – BBC News

Wonderland paedophiles are sentenced – ZDNet

Wonderland sentences a ‘joke’ – BBC News

Wonderland club with a sick agenda – The Herald

Tackling online child pornography – BBC News

Internet child sex perverts escape justice – The Telegraph

Renewed hunt for Wonderland victims – BBC News

Pedophile Gavin Smith sentenced for internet torture fantasy – BBC News

Pervert who ran infamous ‘wonderland’ child porn network caught looking at sick images in Old Trafford library – Manchester Evening News

Paedophile used library to download child abuse images – BBC News

Jail for pervert caught with child porn library of 250,000 sick images – Manchester Evening News

130 arrested over internet child porn – The Telegraph

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

Deviate: Live molestation on Internet magnifies trauma – The Sunday Record: Dec 1998

Believe children, not statistics – Leader-Telegram: Feb 1997

Greenfield porn figure found guilty – The Californian: Nov 1996

Protecting kids from pornographers – The Star Press: Dec 1996

City man sentenced for role in porn ring – The Daily Oklahoman: Feb 1998

How terrestrial cops invaded the crime zone of cyberspace – The Age: Sep 1998

Dismay at paedophile sentences – The Guardian: Feb 2001

The Faceless danger on the Internet – The Age: Sept 1998

 

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Schoolgirls Allison and Mary had been best friends for years, spending most of their time together at school, soccer practice, and sleepovers.  Mary lived in a modest one-story farmhouse situated on a ranch amongst Greenfield’s rolling hillside. Allison spent the night there often, enjoying the sprawling rural space that provided a contrast to her suburban home. Mary’s father, 36-year-old Ronald Riva, was an unemployed truck driver and former prison officer. He had plenty of spare time to supervise his four young children and their friends, joining them as they played together.

Despite all the fun to be had, Allison would occasionally return home from her visits to Mary Riva’s house moody, grumpy, and overtired. In one instance, her mother Cheryl asked what was wrong and warned Allison she would no longer be allowed to go to Mary’s house if she continued to come home in an irritable mood. Allison simply replied: “It has nothing to do with Mary.”

At around 4:00 pm on April 8 1996, Cheryl was watering the front lawn at her home when she heard the phone ring. She rushed inside to answer it, discovering Mary’s mother Leah was on the other line. As the women’s only connection to one another was through their children, Cheryl knew the call must have something to do with her daughter, 10-year-old Allison.

Leah revealed that she had some extremely difficult news to deliver regarding her husband….

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Milly Raso

Episode edited by Elsha McGill

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

REPORTS:

International police operations against online child pornography – Australian Government

 

VIDEOS:

Operation Cathedral – BBC Panorama

 

ARTICLES:

Girl raped to order on the internet – The Telegraph

This club had its own chairman and treasurer. Its business was child abuse – The Guardian

Fear of jail turned paedophile Gary Salt into ‘supergrass’ – Manchester Evening News

16 indicted on charges of internet pornography – New York Times

Paedophiles’ vast ‘lending library’ – BBC News

Wickedness of Wonderland – BBC News

How police smashed child porn club – CNN World

International team of police raids ‘club’ – Portland Press Herald

Child porn gang face jail – CNN World

Net porn trader denies abuse – BBC News

Internet paedophiles are jailed – Daily Mail

Child pornographers sentenced – BBC News

Wonderland paedophiles are sentenced – ZDNet

Wonderland sentences a ‘joke’ – BBC News

Wonderland club with a sick agenda – The Herald

Tackling online child pornography – BBC News

Internet child sex perverts escape justice – The Telegraph

Renewed hunt for Wonderland victims – BBC News

Pedophile Gavin Smith sentenced for internet torture fantasy – BBC News

Pervert who ran infamous ‘wonderland’ child porn network caught looking at sick images in Old Trafford library – Manchester Evening News

Paedophile used library to download child abuse images – BBC News

Jail for pervert caught with child porn library of 250,000 sick images – Manchester Evening News

130 arrested over internet child porn – The Telegraph

 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES:

Deviate: Live molestation on Internet magnifies trauma – The Sunday Record: Dec 1998

Believe children, not statistics – Leader-Telegram: Feb 1997

Greenfield porn figure found guilty – The Californian: Nov 1996

Protecting kids from pornographers – The Star Press: Dec 1996

City man sentenced for role in porn ring – The Daily Oklahoman: Feb 1998

How terrestrial cops invaded the crime zone of cyberspace – The Age: Sep 1998

Dismay at paedophile sentences – The Guardian: Feb 2001

The Faceless danger on the Internet – The Age: Sept 1998

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Purple – Get a FREE Purple pillow with a purchase of a mattress when you text ‘casefile’ to 84888

Indochino – Get any premium Indochino suit for AU$569 and FREE shipping with promo code ‘CASEFILE’

Best Fiends – Download Best Fiends for free

Female Criminals – Podcast that examines the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female felons; brought to you by Parcast Network

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