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Guilt by Episemectomy?

Episemectomy: The process of surgically removing specific episodic and/or semantic memories

By Cathy holmesPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Photo by Milad Fakurian on Unsplash

Mental health treatment has come a long way in the decades since neurosurgeons developed a means to resect memories.

Advances in MRI technology have allowed for pinpoint isolation and excision of specific traumatic memories in the hippocampus, providing PTSD patients instant and permanent relief that no other treatment could.

Unfortunately, rumours existed the technology had found its way into the underbelly of society. Neurosurgeons, lured either by promise of riches or threat of violence, operated on unwilling participants.

Witnesses were said to have had their memories erased by cartels. Oligarchs had their enemies silenced. Even corrupt politicians were said to be involved. But, as rumor is just rumor until it’s fact, nobody had ever been convicted of the yet unnamed crime and no suspect had ever used it as a successful defense.


Jude trembled as he sat in the prisoner’s box awaiting the judge’s decision. His lawyer had retrieved him from his cell with news the time had come.

He still couldn’t recall the events of July 7th. He was seen on camera in the area. He remembered being there. But that’s the last thing he knew of that day, until the moment police crashed through his door and found the weapon and bloodied shirt in his closet.

As he awaited his sentence for a murder he was sure he didn’t commit, Jude knew he was as much a victim as the dead man he’d never met.

Unfortunately for Jude, evidence showed otherwise.


About the Creator

Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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  • Daphsam17 days ago

    Wow that was so interesting! Great storyline!

  • Grz Colm25 days ago

    Fascinating! A cool micro. Well done Cathy!

  • Veronica Coldironabout a month ago

    That's a spooky thought! I could see you writing a good mystery/suspense novel based on this!

  • Until the severance can become undone. Of course, by then the powers that be will have come up with another way to silence those witnesses against them.

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    This is chilling and the basis for a movie I'm sure. Can Abigail spend the night and sleep with me after reading this? 😱😱😱

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    I though I had commented on this yesterday, just opened my laptop to find it still open on this page! Great story!

  • Wow 😮 Great Story, and now everyone is thinking about this topic 👀

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    I've always wondered if this was possible and how nice it would be if it was especially for PTSD patients. But after reading your story, I feel it's better that this ain't possible. Yet. Hopefully we'll be long dead before this takes over the world. Loved your story!

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago


  • Mark Gagnonabout a month ago

    There are several sci-fi stories based on this premise. Imagine how it would change the world if it were true.

  • Gerald Holmesabout a month ago

    Very well done. Excellent entry to the challenge.

  • Celia in Underlandabout a month ago

    This is terrifying, Brillitnaly done but utterly scary!🤍

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    I'm sure that's exactly how it would unfold! Great job, my friend!

  • J. S. Wadeabout a month ago

    You patent this and you will be rich. Great word and story. 🥰

  • JBazabout a month ago

    scary reality, I like how you brought this to light and then had the ending dangling. waiting. Nicely done

  • Andrei Z.about a month ago

    The merits and perils of our society's progress. Anything conceived to serve good purposes can be turned inside out and used for ugly evil deeds. No matter all the advances in technology/ science/ etc.etc, we stay as human as ever with all our little nasty flaws. Cheers to that!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Creative & impressive!!! Love this!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Kristen Balyeatabout a month ago

    Ohhhh, good one! I thought this was an educational article at first! I was like, omg, how have I not heard of this before (neuroscience fangirl here:)). Great word/work, Cathy!

  • Mother Combsabout a month ago

    ❤I thought it was a real word till I seen the subtitle, lol Great work

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