Stop Child Abuse

Here is a timeline of some of the major events that are relevant to this discussion. We hope this will let you put the timing of what happened into perspective.



Source of Information


Walter Breen first convicted for child molestation

New York Probation Dept;
Walter's 1989 sentencing report


SeaCon--the first "fannish" scandal involving Walter Breen

Breendoggle fanzines


Second fannish scandal--Walter having sex with 10-year-old [Victim X]

Breendoggle & Breenagain fanzines

Marion knew of and defended Walter's behavior

MZB's depositions

Marion & Walter get married

MZB's depositions


Stephen Goldin met various Greyhaven members at SCA events


Stephen Goldin, Mary Mason & Ken Smith move to Northern California (Sacramento); Mary joins Westercon 38 committee

Jul. 1985
Con 38

Mary & Ken meet Walter Breen for the first time; Breen spends much of the Con chasing Ken ("babysitting to help Mary out," as he put it)

Court record
Walter's confession

Oct. 1985

Ken invited to visit Walter's house. Mary checks with Elisabeth Waters, Tracy Blackstone, MZB, Diana Paxson & Don Studebaker about safety, etc. They all say it's okay.

Nov. 1985

Ken travels to Berkeley to spend weekend at Walter's & to attend a Greyhaven event. Molested for the first time.

Walter's confession


Ken and Walter see each other several times a year--mostly at sf conventions we all attended. Walter continued to molest Ken and also found his next victim (Johnny Doe 5) at con

Walter's confession

Jul. 1989

Moira tells her psychiatrist that Walter is molesting Ken. Ken tells police of molestation when questioned.


Out of concern for Ken, Mary resigns as Chair of SF in '93 bid committee

Walter arrested, pleads guilty

Oct. 1989

Walter sentenced to 3 years probation

Nov. 1989

Mary first files suit on Ken's behalf

Xmas 1989

Walter visits and begins molesting his next victim, Johnny Doe 5


Walter arrested for molesting Johnny Doe 5; eventually dies in prison while serving his sentence


Ken turns 21 and hires a new attorney for his case, Chritopher Dolan. Ken agrees to let details of his case be made public. Since Ken is now of legal age, Mary's name is dropped from the suit as guardian ad litem.

MZB & Elizabeth Waters added as defendants for negligence

MZB & Waters countersue Mary, claiming she knew about the molestation all along


Depositions taken in the case

Aug. 1999

Settlement reached in favor of Ken & entered in court. Countersuit by MZB & Lisa Waters against Mary is dropped permanently.

Aug. 18

Stephen reserves this Web site for publishing these details

Sept. 25,

MZB dies of heart attack


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