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The Crusade of Lieutenant Larry Jones (part 1)
by Kerr Cuhulain
Beginning in the eighties there was a concerted effort on the part of Satanic conspiracy theorists to recruit law enforcement officers to support their cause. Most police officers didn't involve themselves in this crusade. Many of those who did gave up on it after a while. They couldn't find any evidence to support the theories of the Satanic Conspiracy myth supporters.
There are always a few, however, who cling to a belief no matter what happens. They continue on in the face of mountains of contradictory evidence, struggling to keep fellow officers involved in supporting their cause. Some act as private consultants on "occult crime" in their own time. Others retire from police work to open consulting firms in this subject area.
If I was asked to name the number one police officer supporting the Satanic Conspiracy myth, my answer would have to be Lieutenant Larry Jones of the Boise Police Department. Following the development of the newsletter that Jones publishes is a typical case study in the thought processes of people like him who embrace the Satanic Conspiracy Myth and then try to defend it in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary and increasing questions as to their credibility. Jones attacks anything non-Christian from behind a facade of police respectability.
Jones founded an organization called Cult Crime Impact Network Inc (C.C.I.N. Inc) with the backing of his Trinity Fellowship Church. It was incorporated in the State of Idaho April 14, 1987. The purpose of this organization was to develop a network of police officers to combat the International Satanic Conspiracy that Jones perceives. Over the years Jones has backed nearly every supporter of the Satanic Conspiracy myth, using his newsletter as a forum for their views. He has backed nearly every notable fraudulent "survivor", including "Doctor" Rebecca Brown, Lauren Stratford, Michelle Pazder, Michael Warnke, and many others. Jones is an avid lobbyist for the introduction of State laws on ritualistic and Satanic crime.
C.C.I.N. Inc published a newsletter called "File 18" which Jones used to communicate his ideas to the "faithful". Much of the information in this newsletter was from newspaper clippings sent in to Jones by his subscribers. A sizable portion of each newsletter consisted of lengthy editorials by Jones himself. File 18's first edition came out May 2, 1986 and up until the 89-1 issue the following "confidential" classification paragraph was found at the beginning of each newsletter:
"Confidential: Restricted access information for official law enforcement use only."
When I first obtained a mailing list of File 18's subscribers in March of 1988, I found that it listed numerous subscribers who were Christian ministers or ministries and groups that were not law enforcement agencies at all. Out of 1099 people on the January 1988 mailing list, 51 (4.64%) are not law enforcement personnel. This isn't a large percentage, but the aforementioned disclaimer says that this newsletter is for law enforcement only, so you wouldn't expect to find clergy or other groups on the list. These 51 exceptions to the "law enforcement only rule" were:
This list is a who's who of Satanic Conspiracy myth and Repressed Memory therapy supporters, most of whom are fundamentalist Christians.
- Dr. Lawrence Pazder
- Jim Richards, Impact Ministries
- Mr & Mrs Randolph Michaelson, Palos Verdes Community Church
- Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family
- The Eagles Nest Ministries
- David Balsiger, Writeway Literary Associates
- Dave Hart, Menconi Ministries
- Jim McCarthy, Sanctuary Institute
- Pastor Gordon Byers, Garden Valley , ID
- Mr. & Mrs. Don Howard, The Stronghold
- Mr. & Mrs. Bob Pearcy, SOZO Ministry
- Rita Glancy, Idaho Register Newspaper
- Stan Hoaglun, Greenleaf Friends Academy
- Joyce Weckleman, New Life For Girls, Chicago
- Joe Viera, Shatter the Darkness
- Lyle Rapacki, Crossroads Counselling
- Cheryl Carey, Kent South Bay Center for Counselling
- Bruce Teppin, Focus on the Family
- Rebecca Brown, Chick Publications
- Beverly Gilbert, Motivation Unlimited
- Lauren Stratford, The Confidential Group
- Rosemary Loyacono, B.A.D.D.
- Jayne Schindler, Colorado Eagle Forum
- Pastor Mike Baugher, Parma, ID
- Pastor Henry Aguilera, Trinity Fellowship Church, Boise, ID
- Pastor Jerry Ekhoff, Boise, ID
- Greg Monaco, North Area Youth For Christ, Arlington Heights, IL
- Ed Vecchry, Shatter the Darkness
- Eric Stratton, Calvary Baptist Church, Muskegon, MI
- Judi Pedersen, Believe the Children
- Dennis Yablonski, Believe the Children
- Father Kent Burtner, Positive Action Center
- Sue Joyner, W.A.T.C.H. Network
- Cult Awareness Council, TX
- Pastor Mike Prince, 1st Church of the Nazarene, El Paso, TX
- Pastor E Johnson, Abundant Life Church of Christ, Richmond, VA
- Dale McCulley, Cavalcade Productions
- C. L. Ledford, Delta Airlines
- Pastor Jack Cooke, Bible Baptist Church, Caldwell, ID
- Tom Wedge, fundamentalist author
- Vicky Cougherty, Living Waters Fellowship
- Yvonne Peterson, Exodus
- Dr. Gayland Hurst
- Pastor Bob White, National Call to Prayer
- Kathy Bullock, CBN News
- Pat Pulling, B.A.D.D.
- Jack Roper, Christian Apologetics Research Information Service
- Gordon Gruber, Special Ministries
- Pastor Roy Strayner, Northview Assembly, Boise, ID
- Al Dager, Media Spotlight
- Dorothy Seabolt, Cult Awareness Council
Throughout the 1987 issues of File 18, Jones had been encouraging police agencies to infiltrate legal Wiccan organizations such as "The Witching Well" to try to gather evidence to link them to Satanism. Jones stated that he thought that Wiccan organizations were linked to the "one world government" of Satan that is an integral part of the fundamentalist Christian prophecies about Armageddon. I wrote letters to C.C.I.N. Inc and to the Boise Police Department about this. So did the Witches League for Public Awareness.
Jones acknowledged that he had received these letters of complaint in his 88-2 issue of File 18. In the same issue, Jones printed a "clarification", claiming that the aims of C.C.I.N. Inc were as follows:
"(a) To teach and educate law enforcement officials, special interest groups, and private persons concerning the impact of cult and occult philosophies and motivations on crime and victimization.
"(b) To provide referrals and assistance to persons desiring to escape and flee from occult groups by interfacing with Christian churches and established ministries.
"(c) To provide investigative resources for law enforcement agencies which are investigating crimes involving non- traditional motivations, such as those stemming from cult or occult traditions."
Obviously Jones considered the Christian church to be the alternative to what he considers to be "cult or occult groups." Law enforcement officers aren't supposed to be supporting the views of one religion over another in their work. Police officers aren't out there to uphold the Ten Commandments. Law enforcement officers are there to uphold the law and the Constitution, which guarantee freedom of religion.
Two issues later Jones stated: "...C.C.I.N. is not directly affiliated with or funded by any police agency. Printing, mailing and administrative expenses are totally underwritten by contributions from the readers and others interested in combatting occult crime..." Obviously Jones had come under pressure from the Boise Police Department. Two issues later C.C.I.N. Inc, under pressure from people complaining about the presence of non-law enforcement people on their mailing list, changed their classification paragraph to:
"Confidential: Restricted access information. Not for release to the public, media, or unauthorized persons or groups. Information in this publication is intended to primarily aid law enforcement, and legitimate community professionals who are combatting cult-motivation crimes and assisting survivors."
It could now be clearly seen that Jones' organization was a Christian special interest group.
In the first issue of File 18, Jones quotes Dr Al Carlisle's estimates of the number of ritual homicides per year: 40,000 to 60,000. At this time Dr Carlisle worked in the Utah State Prison System. Carlisle had arrived at these figures by estimating the number of Satanists and multiplying this by the estimated number of times that these Satanists would commit human sacrifices during the calendar year. Carlisle hasn't ever said that he has any proof that this is happening, nor has he make any attempt to study further to see if the homicide statistics supported his estimates. They do not. The FBI reported in that same time period that roughly 20,000 homicides occurred in the US each year. Carlisle expected us to believe that over twice as many homicides are actually occurring and that half of them aren't reported. If this is so then the law enforcement agencies in the US must be incredibly inept. If we assume that the number of people sacrificed is 50,000 people a year, then this number is just slightly less than the total number of Americans killed in Vietnam during the entire Vietnam war. Nearly everyone in the United States over the age of forty knows somebody who died in the Vietnam war, or at least someone who knew someone who died. But it is impossible to find anyone who can prove that their relative or friend was ritually sacrificed by Satanists.
In the next issue of File 18 (July 21, 1986), Jones was already speculating on possible explanations for the lack of bodies to corroborate Carlisle's estimate. Specifically Jones began to espouse the myths about women being breeders for Satanic groups and about abortions being a form of sacrifice. In this same issue, Jones promotes Pat Pulling's Bothered About Dungeons and Dragonsmaterial, claiming that fantasy role playing games cause youth to become involved in Satanism and the occult. Jones includes a short list of definitions, which he attributes to Larry Nelson, who works for Warnke Ministries. Earlier in this series we saw how inaccurate Warnke's list of definitions in his book Schemes of Satan was, so it should come as no surprise to find that Jones' list isn't any better. Here are some examples:
"Familiar: Demonic spirit serving a witch or medium; any animal that spirit inhabits." Familiars are a concept dreamed up by the Inquisitors. It has no place in a newsletter supposedly educating police about modern occult practices.
"Grimoire: Coven's book of spells; may have curses, names signed in blood, etc. Good evidence if you can locate it; will help track a coven's activities." Grimoires are magical texts based on Christian mythology listing spirits that can be contacted and the methods to do so. A Wiccan coven's book of rituals is called the Book of Shadows.
"Magister: Male leader of a coven...Magus: Male witch." Neither of these terms are used by Wiccans.
"Necromancy: Communication with supposed spirits of the dead; probably communication with demons masquerading as the departed person's spirit." No doubt about it, Jones believes in demons.
"White Magic: Magic that is supposedly helpful or beneficial; actually just another shade of black magic." Here is the Christian idea that all magic is demonic again.
"Halloween:...The end and beginning of the witches' year...most likely to include ritual sacrifices to satan; ritual altar in circle faces Northwest." Wiccans don't believe in Satan, they don't practice ritual sacrifice, and their altar is always in the North of the circle, not the Northwest. Nelson has the altar in a different position for each of the eight Sabbats he describes; an interesting concept, but not a common Wiccan practice.
(Continued... Click HERE for page II)
Kerr's Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles A Ennis of the Vancouver Police Department, Youth Services Unit. Ennis, a child abuse investigator for the VPD, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 25 years ago. Kerr is now the spokesperson for Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write three books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing) as well as Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications).
Email Kerr: firstname.lastname@example.org
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