In this era of “fake news” allegations, They Must Be Monsters is a refreshing addition to the realm of real news in that it reveals the untold story of the hysteria that engulfed the McMartin Preschool sexual abuse investigation.

Authors Matthew LeRoy and Deric Haddad, by disclosing previously unpublished evidence in the case, offer an important and timeless lesson—that this should never happen again.

Where the law-enforcement and criminal-justice professionals got caught up in the emotion, paranoia, and ego-driven need to be at the forefront of a highly publicized case, LeRoy and Haddad follow an objective, rational path in laying out and exposing the outrageous allegations for what they were.