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External Articles | Posted: August 14, 2005

Sordid Science: The Sex Research of Alfred C. Kinsey (The Catholic Standard & Times - Part 3 of 7)


Exclusive Series: Alfred C. Kinsey and American Sex Ed
Part 3 of 7
by Susan Brinkmann
CS&T Correspondent

Some of the most vile sets of statistics came from the infamous Table 34, "Examples of Multiple Orgasm in Pre-Adolescent Males," that appeared in Alfred C. Kinsey's first book. This was the research conducted on children under the age of 13 and presented to the world as proof that erotic arousal was possible in children as young as two months.

"Table 34 was truly grotesque," writes Dr. Judith Reisman in her book, "Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences." "It reported around-the-clock experimental data on infants and young boys. The Kinsey team seemed perfectly at ease when describing the extraordinary data: 'Even the youngest males, as young as two months of age, are capable of such repeated reactions. Typical cases are shown in Table 34. The maximum observed was 26 climaxes in 24 hours (in a 4 year old and a 13 year old) . . .'"

How was this data collected?

When Dr. Judith Reisman asked this question, she received an answer directly from Kinsey team member, Paul Gebhard, who told her that Kinsey's men used "manual and oral techniques" to produce the orgasms.

Prominent pediatricians who reviewed this data confirm that "children, especially the very young, would not willing submit to such abuse." Dr. Lester Caplan, a Baltimore physician and member of the American Board of Pediatrics, confirmed in a letter to this author that children could not have voluntary participated . . ."

Kinsey himself admits that there was no physical evidence of these so-called orgasms, and based his conclusions on the children's reactions. Reisman writes: "Kinsey's books were meant to convince the public that we are all sexual - from womb to tomb - so he had to prove infants were lustful, even if that meant tying them down and labeling their hysterical weeping as orgasm."

But not all of this horrendous testing was done at Indiana University. The larger portion was actually conducted "in the field." Reisman cites Kinsey's first book, which claims that additional "sources of data on pre-adolescent boys came from 'the histories of adult males who had sexual contacts with younger boys, and who, with their adult backgrounds were able to recognize and interpret the boys' experiences. Some of these adults were technically trained persons who have kept diaries or other records . . .'"

Who were these "technically trained persons"?

In an audio-taped interview, Paul Gebhard responded: "Most of it was done by one individual, a man with scientific training, and not a known scientist. The other cases were done by parents at our suggestion and, let's see, then there were some that were done by nursery school personnel."
Probing deeper, Reisman discovered that the "man with scientific training," who conducted the experiments on children that were recorded in Table 34, was known as "Mr. X." For many years, the identity of this man was kept secret, but was later discovered to be Rex King, the serial child rapist responsible for the rape of more than 800 children. Some of these rapes were rendered to Kinsey in graphic detail, which he considered to be "scientific research."

Reisman writes: "Indiana University records confirm that Kinsey did not report Mr. X to authorities. Indeed, for over 50 years the entire Indiana University Kinsey Institute team collaborated in covering up sex crimes perpetrated against children involved in its research."

In an unusually candid telephone interview on November 2, 1992, with Reisman's editor, J. Gordon Muir, M.D., Paul Gebhard confirmed that some of the men on Kinsey's child sexuality team included child molesters who were easily obtained from prisons and pedophile organizations around the world. He explained that the Kinsey Institute would ask the pedophile how many children they had "done it with," what were the ages of the children, and if the pedophile thought the child had come to climax. He also admitted to having personally collaborated in the child abuse inherent in Kinsey's research.

Jonathon Gathorne-Hardy, a Kinsey biographer, received permission from current Kinsey Institute Director, John Bancroft, to read and copy Kinsey's pedophile team reports. These and other findings were recorded in a 1998 British documentary entitled, "Secret History: Kinsey's Pedophiles." England's BBC Radio Times called the film "a deeply unsettling documentary . . . making a strong case that Kinsey cultivated [pedophiles whose crimes] he presented as scientific data."

The Yorkshire documentary uncovered even more shocking revelations about the so-called "trained persons" who participated in Kinsey's experiments. Reisman writes that the film makers located another Kinsey accomplice in Berlin, Dr. Fritz Von Balluseck, the notorious Nazi pedophile who contributed his child abuse data during the twenty year period of 1936 to1956 to Kinsey's research data base.

The Von Balluseck case, which involved the murder of ten year old Loiselotte Has, was tried in Berlin in 1957 and was widely covered by the German press. Von Balluseck was described as "the most important pedophile in the criminal history of Berlin," who had sexually violated hundreds of children over the course of 30 years.

Apparently, Von Balluseck was sending details of his experiences to Kinsey on a regular basis. Letters from Kinsey to Von Ballusek encouraging the Nazi to continue his "research" were found and reviewed by the presiding judge, Dr. Henrich Berger. Berger repeatedly expressed his outrage at Kinsey for not turning Von Ballusek in to the authorities. Not only did Von Balluseck sexually assault his own daughter, the German press reported that he also raped the 11 year old son of a vicar and forced the boy to write down the acts for Kinsey.

The German newspaper, the National Zeitung wrote on May 15, 1957: "Today the court has got four diaries and in these diaries with cynicism and passion, he (Von Balluseck) recorded his crimes against 100 children in the smallest detail. He sent the detail of his experiences regularly to the U.S. sex researcher, Kinsey. The latter was very interested and kept up a regular and lively correspondence with Von Ballusek."

Reisman writes: "Despite Alfred Kinsey's shocking role in this explosive case, the U.S. press was uniformly silent about it." Why?

Yale Zoologist, George A. Baitsell, writing in Yale News, voiced his opinion about how this could have happened: "The abuse inherent in the Kinsey team's methodology has gone largely unheeded by the academic elite, and thousands of world famous doctors, sociologists, sex educators and even ministers . . . anyone whose careers have largely been built around Kinsey."

This series is based on the book by Dr. Judith Reisman, "Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences," available through her web site at