Three elderly brothers are currently facing charges of possessing child pornography after police found thousands of pornographic images and writings in the north Seattle home. The brothers, Edwin Emery, age 79; Thomas Emery, age 80; and Charles Emery, age 82 have been living in the same house for the past fifty years. According to court statements by investigating officers, the house “can only be described as a substantial hoarder home” that detectives reported as being “difficult to walk through as every square inch was covered with items.” The pornographic collection is believed to have taken "a lifetime to accumulate" and appears related to abuse of family members as well as Charles Emery's former job at Seattle Children's Hospital. Police are also investigating a possible link to cases involving missing children though there is still no evidence linking the brothers to suspected homicides.
Along with the photographs, police also found extremely graphic writings describing various sexual acts involving children. According to Seattle Police Captain Mike Edwards, the writings "detail not only some of the sexual abuse, the interest in young female children, but in addition to that very graphic descriptions of harming and doing very disgusting things to children as well." In an interview with local news, Shepherd’s Counseling Services Executive Director Janice Palm suggests that the Emery brothers may well be responsible for recent disappearances of children. “It is very possible that homicide is involved here. " she said. We know these things happen and they don’t come to light. Then they keep happening,” said Palm. “Perpetrators that act out this much for that long are really capable of anything. There’s a detachment from reality and a detachment from any moral sense of what is right and wrong.”
Police are currently trying to identify the young girls in the photographs and videos and are asking potential victims to come forward. As Janice Palm suggests however, many victims of abuse may prefer not to talk about their experiences or to seek help. “They feel so ashamed and so bad they’re not likely to come forward,” she said. While most of the abuse victims were likely family members, the full extent of the abuse that occurred may never be known for certain.