On June 20, 1992, Fran and Dan Keller were convicted of the sexual assault of a 3-year-old who had been left in their care. Initially, the girl had reported that she had been spanked by Dan Keller while she had been at the daycare center he and his wife ran from their home just outside of Austin, Texas. The girl later changed her report to say that the Kellers had not only sexually abused her but forced her to be involved in strange ceremonies.


The Austin community panicked after hearing claims similar to the McMartin and Kern County child abuse cases. Soon, not only would the Kellers be on trial for sexual assault, but a series of bizarre occurrences which included chopping off the arm of a gorilla from the zoo, sacrificing babies, and flying children to Mexico in order to be abused by the military.

The case would officially usher in the end of the satanic daycare abuse witch hunt that had been occurring within the US at the time, but not before both of the Kellers were handed a 48-year sentence for their alleged crimes against children.

In 2013, the Kellers were released after multiple appeals when the doctor who was able to provide the only physical evidence indicating that the Kellers had been abusing the children had recanted his previous statements and the victim that the case had been centered around claimed that she could not recall having suffered any abuse.


Now, almost 25 years to the day the Kellers were sentenced, they have been officially exonerated by Texas courts. This exoneration will allow both of the Kellers to collect monetary compensation for what has been determined to be a wrongful conviction and are entitled to $80,000 for each year they served.

Today, nearly every accusation tied to the daycare abuse scandals of the 1980s and early 1990s have been thoroughly debunked due to lack of evidence or improper investigation techniques.