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He Said, She S.A.I.D. It is a parent’s worst nightmare. The police bursting into your suburban home, accosting you in bed, arresting you, and hauling you off to jail. All while your 10-year-old son watches from the shadows in terror. Bruce McLaughlin lived through this nightmare in May of 1998. He was booked that night on charges of abusing his children—falsely accused by hi He Said, She S.A.I.D. It is a parent’s worst nightmare. The police bursting into your suburban home, accosting you in bed, arresting you, and hauling you off to jail. All while your 10-year-old son watches from the shadows in terror. Bruce McLaughlin lived through this nightmare in May of 1998. He was booked that night on charges of abusing his children—falsely accused by his wife amid an emotionally charged divorce that had already permanently shattered and scarred their family. In this first-hand account of the months and years that followed that night, Bruce shares his confusion, fear, rage, and indignation as he was booked, tried, convicted, and jailed for an abhorrent crime he did not commit. Even as an attorney, Bruce found himself ill-prepared for the challenges he faced in proving his innocence, restoring his reputation, and rebuilding a life. Bruce McLaughlin’s story is a cautionary tale for any parent contemplating divorce. “More than 80% of abuse accusations leveled amid divorce proceedings,” he warns, “prove to be false.” Now an advocate for those falsely accused, Bruce’s experiences, insights, and advice are required reading for any parent contemplating divorce. “You have to go into the process prepared and with your eyes wide open. I did neither.”


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He Said, She S.A.I.D. It is a parent’s worst nightmare. The police bursting into your suburban home, accosting you in bed, arresting you, and hauling you off to jail. All while your 10-year-old son watches from the shadows in terror. Bruce McLaughlin lived through this nightmare in May of 1998. He was booked that night on charges of abusing his children—falsely accused by hi He Said, She S.A.I.D. It is a parent’s worst nightmare. The police bursting into your suburban home, accosting you in bed, arresting you, and hauling you off to jail. All while your 10-year-old son watches from the shadows in terror. Bruce McLaughlin lived through this nightmare in May of 1998. He was booked that night on charges of abusing his children—falsely accused by his wife amid an emotionally charged divorce that had already permanently shattered and scarred their family. In this first-hand account of the months and years that followed that night, Bruce shares his confusion, fear, rage, and indignation as he was booked, tried, convicted, and jailed for an abhorrent crime he did not commit. Even as an attorney, Bruce found himself ill-prepared for the challenges he faced in proving his innocence, restoring his reputation, and rebuilding a life. Bruce McLaughlin’s story is a cautionary tale for any parent contemplating divorce. “More than 80% of abuse accusations leveled amid divorce proceedings,” he warns, “prove to be false.” Now an advocate for those falsely accused, Bruce’s experiences, insights, and advice are required reading for any parent contemplating divorce. “You have to go into the process prepared and with your eyes wide open. I did neither.”

6 review for He Said. She S.A.I.D

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsie

    WOW! The cover says “Part memoir. Part thriller. Part horror story.” That is not a lie! This true story was so unbelievable, it would be impossible to make this nightmare up. With every page turn, there is another corner with something lurking behind it, as well as another battle that Bruce has to fight uphill with only the weapon of his knowledge of law and the other side of the justice system fighting him every step of the way. Bruce seemed to have it all. Wife, three beautiful children, his ow WOW! The cover says “Part memoir. Part thriller. Part horror story.” That is not a lie! This true story was so unbelievable, it would be impossible to make this nightmare up. With every page turn, there is another corner with something lurking behind it, as well as another battle that Bruce has to fight uphill with only the weapon of his knowledge of law and the other side of the justice system fighting him every step of the way. Bruce seemed to have it all. Wife, three beautiful children, his own law practice, the perfect house, in the perfect community and yet a nightmare was hovering in the background just waiting to strike. He is ripped from sleep one night with shouting and the bursting of his front door as police file in with a warrant for his arrest. He is shaken and flabbergasted, and cannot even begin to imagine what he could have done to be shamed like this in front of his child. Police acting like he is the worse human being they have come into contact with. This begins his journey through the other side of the justice system where he said, versus she said plays the only role for evidence in court. Bruce, a lawyer himself and all too familiar with law, court, defendants, judges and the judicial system is in for a lesson of how broken the justice system really is. His wife accused him of unthinkable acts and abuse against his own children. She had everyone convinced and on her side, that Bruce was this horrible father that put on a good face for everyone else, but was someone completely different behind closed doors. This is his story of fighting the justice system, his wife and the lies his children were made to believe all while behind bars with one accusation after another being hurled at him, and knowing he was an innocent man. Everything he had worked for ripped from him with lies from manipulation of the one person he loved and would do anything for. With each little win he would get, there would be some sort of retribution and push back that would then remove him not just the one step back, but ten. I highly suggest this memoir to anyone who is a lover of crime, court, trials or hardships. It is unbelievable how Bruce had the faith and hope to continue to push on to prove his innocence even when it seemed everyone had turned their back on him, and believed the lies that were spread, even his children. This story really shows the other side of the justice system. What jail and prison can be like. The hardships those who are innocent have to go through – if they even can get anyone to just for a second believe they are innocent. This also sadly shows how corrupt and broken our system can also be, and why there are lots who do not believe in it. I want to thank the author for kindly sending me a copy to read and review. This fits right along with the other memoirs that I have read; The Glass Castle, To the Moon and Back and Have You Seen These Children? He did an amazing job writing his story, and I also liked that he included actual court documents in the Exhibits section at the end. This story took me back to my days as a correctional officer in a prison, and how often inmates would claim they were innocent, and because 98% claim that they are set up, framed, or whatever other excuse they have come to believe, it is hard to believe the 1-2% that really are innocent. That is a battle all of its own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Garber

    This is the true story of a man who went through hell. His soon to be ex-wife falsely accused him of sexual abusing his children. Truth Time. I was expecting the author to deny any wrong doing of any kind and put all the blame on his ex-wife. Usually in nasty divorces, each party blames the other for everything. I have to give props to the author though. Although he didn’t sexually abuse his children in any way, he does admit to smaller wrongdoings on his part that didn’t help the situation. Noth This is the true story of a man who went through hell. His soon to be ex-wife falsely accused him of sexual abusing his children. Truth Time. I was expecting the author to deny any wrong doing of any kind and put all the blame on his ex-wife. Usually in nasty divorces, each party blames the other for everything. I have to give props to the author though. Although he didn’t sexually abuse his children in any way, he does admit to smaller wrongdoings on his part that didn’t help the situation. Nothing he did single handedly caused the false allegations. However he doesn’t pretend like he was perfect either. I applaud Bruce for that. The front of the book states: part memoir, part thriller, part horror story. While this is really full memoir, the author just wants us to know that the book is full of horror. It is. I was shocked so many times but what happened, I just couldn’t believe it sometimes! What this poor man and his kids went through is atrocious. Even though Bruce went through a lot, including jail time, doubt by his family and distance from his children, he made something good come out of it. He is advocating for others who have dealt with sexual allegations in divorce. Apparently, although most kids who accuse someone of sexual abuse are telling the truth, there are cases in nasty divorces of false allegations. It’s hard to believe how this could happen. Reading this book will answer those questions. The book is 400 pages with smallish font. I normally prefer books that are shorter and struggle with longer books. However the book was captivating and shocking. I couldn’t put it down and read it in 2 days. If anyone is dealing with false sexual abuse allegations or knows someone who is, you must read this book. If you are getting ready for a divorce that you think might be nasty, read this book. If you don’t understand how a child could falsely accuse a parent of abuse, read this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liliyana Shadowlyn

    As I'm sitting here writing this, my stomach is still twisting. This was an absolutely gut-wrenching story that made my skin crawl. I cannot imagine living through this. Although it was difficult to read, (although well written), I think it's an important read. The last bit of the blurb is, I think, the most important. In an ideal world, no one would have to endure what Bruce and his children did. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world, and it's important that anyone looking to divorce be pr As I'm sitting here writing this, my stomach is still twisting. This was an absolutely gut-wrenching story that made my skin crawl. I cannot imagine living through this. Although it was difficult to read, (although well written), I think it's an important read. The last bit of the blurb is, I think, the most important. In an ideal world, no one would have to endure what Bruce and his children did. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world, and it's important that anyone looking to divorce be prepared to fight for themselves. Highly recommend, although you may need to read this in small chunks as it can be emotionally overwhelming.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Meikrantz

    A terrifying look at one man’s nightmare reveals how broken our justice system is.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi Urbano

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bruce McLaughlin

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