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Article ID: 4748
Age Group: Adult
Posted: October 21st. 2002
Satan's Fantasies 
by Kerr Cuhulain
One of the two things most often cited by Satanic conspiracy supporters as occult indoctrination tools are Fantasy Role Playing Games(FRPGs). People have created entire organizations and ministries out of their lobbying and proselytizing efforts in relation to this subject.
Those who tell us that Fantasy Role Playing Games turn people to criminality, anti social activity and suicide often present us with statistics that at first sound impressive. For example, Pat Pulling's organization Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (BADD), in their Law Enforcement Primer on Fantasy Role Playing Games, which came out in 1985, lists forty one cases of suicide, homicide or serious crimes that Pulling claims are directly linked to Fantasy Role Playing Games. This sounds like a lot of cases, but you must consider that at that time there were 6.5 million copies of the game Dungeons and Dragons alone in circulation. This means that at least this many people were playing the game. Therefore only .00062% of those playing Dungeons and Dragons are getting involved in this kind of activity. Actually a number of the cases listed on BADD's list have no proven connection to Fantasy Role Playing Games at all, so the actual number is even lower. This is far less than the normal incidence of mental illness within our society. For example, 1% of the population has Schizophrenia. In other words we do not have a major problem here. What these statistics tell us is that if those few people that have trouble with separating fantasy from reality get a hold of a Fantasy Role Playing Game, they might have a problem with it.
Another way of looking at this is to consider another fantasy game which is far older than Dungeons and Dragons. If Dungeons & Dragons turns people into Satanists and sorcerers, then you'd expect the game Monopoly to turn people into slum lords.
Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons is one of the most active disseminators of misinformation about Satanism in the US. The founder, director and moving force behind BADD is Pat Pulling, who founded this organization in Richmond, Virginia, in 1983 and incorporated it in 1984. BADD is recommended as a resource by the following supporters of Satanic conspiracy theories: Cult Crime Impact Network, Inc, WATCH Network, Dale Griffis, Reachout Trust, the International Cult Education Program (a joint project between the Cult Awareness Network and the American Family Foundation), The Ritual Abuse Awareness Network Society, the Religion Analysis Service, Carl Raschke, the Calvary Chapel of West Covina/North American Conferences (discussed earlier in this series), and Thomas Radecki (who we will get back to later in this article).
BADD has sponsored seminars on "ritualistic crime" since its foundation. Speakers at these seminars have included many individuals who are supporters of the Satanic conspiracy myth.
Pulling has made many TV appearances, including "Geraldo Rivera," "60 Minutes," "Entertainment Tonight," "Larry King Live," "The 700 Club," and "Town Meeting." Pulling has lectured on Satanic crime all over the country. She has testified as an "expert" in fantasy role playing games for murder trials in Missouri, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. The first trial that she testified at was the murder trial of Darren Lee Molitor in 1984 (whom we will come back to a bit later). Pulling also testified as an expert witness in the Sean Sellers homicide trial.
Pulling has authored several BADD training manuals, such as A Law Enforcement Primer on Fantasy Role Playing Games, a 40 page booklet which gives claims to give comparisons from the Dungeons & Dragons manuals to "actual books on the occult,"(1) a 60 page booklet entitled Witchcraft or Satanism?, a 19 page booklet entitled What is Ritual Abuse?, and a pamphlet entitled Teen Devil Worship, A Deadly Fad?
Pulling began her crusade against the fantasy role playing game "Dungeons and Dragons" (commonly referred to as "D & D") after the death of her son Bink Pulling on June 9, 1982. Bink committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest with a handgun. Pat Pulling blames the fantasy role playing game "Dungeons and Dragons" for her son's death, a game that he played as a part of a gifted students program at school. In interviews such as on Geraldo Rivera's television show and in her book The Devil's Web, Pat now claims that Bink was fine until he became involved in "D & D." Pulling claims that she had no warning of this impending tragedy. In fact, she seems to be making quite an effort to prove this. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that Bink was severely disturbed long before the suicide took place, and that Pat was aware of it.
In Pulling's booklet, A Law Enforcement Primer on Fantasy Role Playing Games, Pulling reprinted the August 13, 1983 "Washington Post" article regarding her son's death. The original article is 20 column inches long, but only 14 inches appear in Pulling's A Law Enforcement Primer on Fantasy Role Playing Games. In the section of the article which Pulling deleted the following statement by one of Bink's former classmates appeared:
"'He had a lot of problems any way that weren't associated with the game' said Victoria Rockecharlie, another classmate of Pulling's in the Talented and Gifted program."
Why was this particular piece omitted by Pulling? It obviously points to problems that preceded his suicide that were common knowledge amongst his associates.
There is more. Pat Pulling subsequently sued Robert A. Bracey, III, the principal of her son's school, since it was at this school that Bink had played "D & D." In the course of this trial her attorney, Peter W. D. Wright, made the following statement:
"...I don't believe that the Court can go forward today and rule on a Plea of Sovereign Immunity until such a time as we have had an opportunity to put before the Court evidence of insurance coverage, evidence as to what role Dr. Bracey played in this game being played in the school and what acts did he not do perhaps that should have been done to prevent the game being played because of the knowledge that they have had of this youngster's undergoing severe emotional distress prior to his actually taking his life."(2)
Thus Pulling's own lawyer is suggesting that Bink Pulling had emotional problems that were common knowledge. The lawsuit was thrown out of court October 26, 1983, a fact that you won't find in any of Pulling's publications.
Then there is this interesting observation made by researcher Michael Stackpole:
"The apparent confusion over what Mrs. Pulling did or did not know about her son's emotional state gets stranger. Though she continues to present herself as taken completely by surprise at her son's death in BADD publications, in The Devil's Web and on national television programs, Mrs. Pulling herself offers a different picture to law enforcement officials. During a seminar given at the North Colorado/South Wyoming Detective Association 9-12 September 86 and as reported in a seminar 'synopsis' by Larry Jones, [the editor of the File 18 newsletter] she said her son had been displaying 'lycanthropic' tendencies like running around in the backyard barking. Furthermore, according to Jones' transcription: '[Bink Pulling] growled, screamed, walked on all fours, and clawed the ground. Nineteen rabbits raised by the Pullings were found torn to pieces in the last three weeks of his life, although stray dogs were never seen. A cat was found disembowelled with a knife. The internal torment which led to his death was plain, yet he had been a normally-well-adjusted, gifted young man only a few months before.'"(3)
It seems amazing in light of these facts about the three weeks before Bink took his life that he was not taken for professional help by Pulling. Obviously others had seen problems, why not his mother? This is a very common theme in claims of this sort. The parents often claim that their offspring were completely normal prior to their son or daughter committing some atrocity or taking their own life. Yet when the investigator looks closely into the background of the persons involved it is often found that there were deep seated problems that were ignored or unrecognized. Often the young person is doing all manner of bizarre things that were a clear call for attention and or help, but nothing is done to address the problem. Finally the problem explodes into some horrific act that no one can ignore, but by then the opportunity to help has passed. Even after the facts are presented many of these parents continue in a state of denial.
It seems that Pulling has created an organization to try to prove to the world that she wasn't responsible in any way for her son's suicide. I can sympathize with her and understand her grief, but this dysfunctional behaviour is causing problems for many innocent individuals. That she did not realize that she could have done anything before Bink's suicide is perhaps believable. That she is going about the country encouraging the sort of hysteria that we are about to examine is alarming.
Pulling uses several individuals as resources for her manuals. One is Cassandra Hoyer, who alleges that she is a survivor of a Satanic cult that was grooming her to be a High Priestess. Another is Darren Lee Molitor, a convicted murderer who strangled Mary Towey in a "Friday the 13th Joke." Pulling says that she testified at his trial as an "expert" witness on fantasy role playing games. In fact she gave testimony off the record which the jurors were not allowed to hear. Molitor wrote a letter to Pulling which she still uses to endorse her work. It appears at the beginning of A Law Enforcement Primer on Fantasy Role Playing Games. But now Molitor no longer appears to be supporting her and has since recanted his earlier stand.
Another of Pulling's resources is an organization called "Radical Teens for Christ." This organization is recommended at the end of Pulling's book The Devil's Web, without any explanations as to whose organization it is. Radical Teens for Christ is the prison ministry of Sean Sellers, a convicted murderer on death row who has been diagnosed as a sociopath. Sellers killed a convenience store clerk and, six months later, his sleeping parents. After his conviction, Sellers "converted" to fundamentalist Christianity and claimed to have been a Satanist. Sellers claimed that the convenience store robbery in which he murdered the clerk was a Satanic ritual. If so it is the only case of such a ritual on record.
Another individual supported by Pulling is Dr. Thomas Radecki, the founder of the National Coalition of Television Violence (NATV) based in Champaign, Illinois. Radecki is a University of Illinois psychiatrist. Radecki is Pulling's prime ally. Radecki denies that NATV has any ideological bias. However, Radecki himself has authored an article entitled "Christ, Forgiveness, Pardon and Trust." Radecki was a scheduled speaker at the Glorieta Baptist Conference "Summit on Satanism" in October 1990 and has appeared on evangelist Bob Larson's radio show "Talkback" to criticize Saturday morning cartoons as being contrary to the teachings of Christ.
Pulling summed up her beliefs to reporter Karen Cox, stating: "Our young people today are being taught that violence is natural, even desirable. They are being initiated into the occult arts of witchcraft and satanism...And this is being done through a seemingly harmless, intelligently creative game known as 'Dungeons and Dragons'."(4) Pulling goes on to say: "...This game definitely incorporates the philosophy of satanism and satanic worship. All players must pledge allegiance to one or more deities, many of which come directly from the occult world. They are taught how to perform human sacrifice."(5)
Even a cursory examination of Dungeons and Dragons will show that while it is based on some ancient mythology and medieval magical folklore, it has nothing to do with Satanism and does not offer instruction in human sacrifice.
Pulling describes the purpose of BADD as follows: "We are concerned with violent forms of entertainment such as: violent occult related rock music, role-playing games that utilize occult mythology and the worship of occult gods in role playing situations like Dungeons and Dragons, Teen satanism involving murder and suicide, and pornography as it is affecting adolescent behaviour and reshaping attitudes and values in a negative manner."(6)
Pulling's manual What is Ritual Abuse? begins with definitions of Ritual Abuse by:
- Christian author Ken Wooden. Wooden defines ritual abuse as "A bizarre, systematic, continuing abuse, which is mental, physical and sexually abusive of children for the purpose of implanting evil and giving a form of sacrifice to a form or deity."(7)
- Dr. Lawrence Pazder, the Catholic psychiatrist whose book Michelle Remembers I debunked in an earlier article in this series. Pazder defines ritual abuse as "Repeated physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual assaults combined with a systematic use of symbols, ceremonies and machinations designed and orchestrated to attain malevolent effects (to turn the victim against self, society and God)."(8)
Both of these definitions are created by people who are basing them on the unsubstantiated stories of self-appointed survivors. One wonders how they can justify using such fantasy as a basis for a psychological definition. It should be based on demonstrated, provable, scientific facts, not on what they want to believe is true.
The Primer consists mainly of newspaper articles describing cases involving "D & D". Most of these articles have since been refuted in the press, a fact that Pulling does not bring to your attention. The manual concludes with a resource list naming the BADD resources already mentioned above.
At a lecture in April 1989, Dale Griffis (a retired Tiffin Ohio police Captain who has now set up a consulting service on "occult crime") handed out a package entitled "The Investigation of Fantasy Role Playing Games in Adolescent Suicides/Murders," which had been prepared by Pulling. This was a pitch for a "youth evaluation report" form by BADD and the National Coalition on TV Violence which was attached to it. This is supposed to be an investigator's checklist and had the following bizarre features:
- It asks: "Did the individual use drugs?" and then includes cigarettes and alcohol in this category. While it is true that both of these could be considered drugs and/or addictive substances, one wonders if Pulling is suggesting that smoking cigarettes or drinking beer causes a person to get involved in Satanism?
- It asks if the individual listens to rock music or played "D & D." Most of the people who do either or both of these activities do not turn into Satanists.
- It asked: "Was the individual a fan or interested in Fantasy movies involving a violent and/or occult/mythological theme such as Gremlins, Indiana Jones, Cujo, the Shining, or considered to by a Science Fiction Fan?" It appears as if Pulling is suggesting that reading Science Fiction makes one into a Satanist.
- And, of course, the old standards: "Was the individual involved in the occult/witchcraft/satan worship?"
- It asks: "Did the individual have, use or was involved in any of the following: ouija boards, seances, tarot cards, astrology, esp, MTV (music television), war games". None of these activities are indicators that a person is involved in Satanism.
The worst of the manuals that I have collected from BADD is their 40 page booklet which allegedly compares text from "D & D" game manuals with books alleged to be "actual books on the occult." It has a section entitled "Religion" which includes the following statements:
"Dungeon and Dragons teaches occult forms of religion... Witchcraft is a religion. In the greater Sacramento California area, there are some 1,000 practising witches and over 10,000 in the US alone. They are divided into covens. Several of the covens are recognized by the State of Calif. as bonified (sic) religions and have been given tax status as churches.
"The coven leaders have the same position, according to the state (CA) and the IRS, as any pastor of a regular church. In addition to witchcraft, other occult forms of religion taught in D&D include VOODOO, Black magic and satan worship [sic, emphasis in original]."
This clearly demonstrates that Pulling is aware of the fact that Wicca is a recognized legal religion. But the fact that she mentions this here is entirely irrelevant to her assertion that "D & D" teaches Witchcraft, Voodoo, black magic and Satanism. Anyone who has studied any of the literature concerning these subjects will see that both Wicca and Voodoo are unrelated to Dungeons and Dragons. Pulling suggests that D&D should be banned from schools because it teaches religion. In fact, there is nothing religious about Dungeons and Dragons.
Pulling then quotes from several different books, often out of context. First she quotes Peter Haining from The Necromancers:
"Blood sacrifices-usually in England of cocks, though occasionally goats-do take place, while human sacrifices are not unknown, there may be a good reason to believe that some persons who disappear may be victims of cults which go to extremes."
"Blood pacts are still made, the blood being drawn from the arms, thighs or necks of the participants. After that, animals or birds are sacrificed on the alter (sic) steps-the members drinking the blood and in some cases even eating the raw flesh of the victim."
"Yet the lighted candle which every Grandmaster disguised as a black he-goat (Satan) wore between his horns on the great Witches Sabbat."
Haining wrote anthologies such as The Satanists that offered selected readings from notable works of fiction on Satanism. All of this stuff was drawn either from such works of fiction or from the works of Montague Summers, who based his works on the fevered imaginings of the Inquisitors in such books as the Malleus Malificarum. The point is that Pulling is saying that D & D's rituals are drawn from actual books about witchcraft but in fact she obviously has never read any real books on the subject. The books to which compares D & D, are works of fiction, novels. These do not necessarily contain facts. They more often contain concepts that arose from the fertile imagination of a creative author. That Pulling is drawing parallels between D & D and this sort of resource is troublesome.
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