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Article ID: 4749
Age Group: Adult
Posted: October 21st. 2002
Satan's Fantasies 
by Kerr Cuhulain
The next excerpts Pulling has taken from the article "Into the Unknown", in Readers Digest (author not identified):
"For their Sabbats, or meetings, witches needed such items as candles. When the worshippers go to the offering, they hold in their hands black candles which are given to them by the Devil."
"Witches have a most treacherous manner of applying their poison, for having their hands smeared with it, they take hold of a man's garment (sic)."
"From unsavoury caldron brews the witch might manufacture lethal poisons and enchanted potions and ointment."
"According to lore, witches were often served by familiars- imps or minor demons in the form of such small animals as cats, dogs, ferrets, rats and toads- which helped in spell casting and ran all manner of errands."
This is folklore right out of the Inquisitional accounts and has no basis in reality. Such allegations were made by individuals being tortured by the Office of the Inquisition and who were therefore willing to say anything to end the pain. Again, not a valid source book on Witchcraft.
Next Pulling pulls quotes from J. B. Russell's History of Witchcraft:
"The witch standing within her protective circle, summons the Devil and her Familiars, the spirits of evil."
If you read Russell's History of Witchcraft you discover that this sentence is in fact the original caption of a medieval illustration that appears in Professor Russell's book, not a statement by Russell himself. In fact, J. B. Russell's excellent book conclusively proves that modern Wicca has nothing to do with Satanism. History of Witchcraft is a good historical account of the history of Satanism and Witchcraft. Pulling is appears to be deliberately taking this sentence out of context to twist the meaning to fit her own agenda.
Pulling also quotes Colin Wilson's book The Occult:
"Frazer then goes on to tell stories of chinese weretigers, werecats and even were-crocodiles, making it clear that each part of the world has its own variation on the theme. Common to many stories is the notion that transformation occurs only at the time of the full moon (the White Goddess again) that if the hands or feet are amputated, its powers are permanently lost. In some accounts, there seems to be a certain confusion as to whether the were-creature (wolf, cat, hare) is a demon or simply a witch."
Wilson is referring here to The Golden Bough: A Study In Magick and Religion. This was a book of folklore and myths collected by Sir James George Frazer and first printed in 1922. It is an interesting collection of myths and folklore that proves that such myths can be found worldwide. I'm not so sure that this is what Pulling meant us to take from this quote.
Pulling quotes more Inquisitional material from C. L. Alderman's Witchcraft in America:
"In other forms, Satan might take the shape of almost any creature, most often a cat or a goat. In order to work their devilish arts, witches had to have familiars, through which they obtained their power from the devil."
"Witches worked their devilry in many ways, especially by putting enchantments or spells upon their victims."
The ways in which Pulling and her organization attempt to achieve her goals are admirably summed up in a 37 page report by Michael A. Stackpole entitled "The Pulling Report."(9) To summarize, Stackpole's investigation revealed that:
- "On a radio broadcast over KFYI in the fall of 1987, Pat Pulling was billed as 'a private investigator for the past six years.'"(10) In fact she earned her investigator's license October 6, 1987 after taking a 48 hour private investigator's course. If her career had been 6 years old in 1987 it would have predated her son's June 9, 1982 suicide by at least 6 months. Also, it is hard to justify calling oneself a "private investigator" when all that you've done is take a 48 hour crash course.
- "As the head of Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons, Mrs. Pulling has exercised an interesting editorial approach in producing documents. Most of her material is cut and pasted from newspaper articles".(11) Stackpole found several instances where Pulling had edited some of the newspaper clippings that she had cut and pasted to alter their meaning. An example has already been cited earlier in this article. As Stackpole puts it: "Editing newspaper accounts to alter their content is by no means legitimate and in the case of copyrighted material, is actually illegal".(12) Stackpole also found that "More generally Mrs. Pulling continues to report cases as being game related, even after follow-up articles or letters by parents disavow any connection between a crime or suicide and a game".(13)
- Many of the statistics quoted by Pulling do not stand up to the most cursory examination. For example: "In January of 1988 Pat Pulling stated, in a Style Weekly article she 'conservatively estimates that about 8 percent of the Richmond [VA] area population is involved with Satanic worship at some level.' A Richmond News Leader article of April 7, 1989 notes that this would be roughly 56,000 people, 'more than the number of United Methodists in the Richmond area and nearly the entire population of Hanover County'."(14) This obviously makes no sense to most people, but is a good indication of how deeply seated the Satanic Conspiracy paranoia is in her own agenda.
- Pulling's knowledge of current Fantasy Role Playing Games is dated and inaccurate. Stackpole found that in her book The Devil's Web she listed thirteen games as fantasy role playing games. Of these thirteen, five were "out of print,"(15) five were in "serious decline,"(16) two were not role playing games at all ("Nuclear Escalation," a card game, and "The Court of Ardor," an adventure for the Middle Earth Role Playing Game, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy Lord of the Rings, a fact that Pulling seems unaware of), and one had been renamed. All of the games named by Pulling in her book (copyright 1989) were created prior to 1983. Pulling does not name any game created since then. She is citing games which are not even in print anymore. She labels games as being fantasy role playing games when, in fact, they are card or board games.
As already mentioned, Pulling is the author of a book entitled The Devil's Web (copyright 1989). Her co-author is Kathy Cawthon. The book begins with a forward by Maury Terry, a journalist whom I will discuss elsewhere in this series. Terry makes the following statement, setting the tone for the entire book:
"...concurrently, 'adult survivors'- victims of generational satanic worship-are coming forward to relate their stories of horror, abuse and degradation suffered at the hands of parents, grandparents, and other relatives who were members of witchcraft or satanic groups that have been in existence for upwards of fifty years, in some instances."(17)
As we've seen time and time again in this series, the majority of these people aren't really survivors at all.
The Devil's Web begins with Pat Pulling's account of her son Bink Pulling's suicide in 1982. Pulling describes how she and her family arrived home to find Bink's body on the lawn in front of the house, and the shock she experienced as this came as such a surprise. She also describes the subsequent events that led her and her husband to found Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons.
Chapter one deals with the Matamoros incident. Pulling states that she was invited to inspect the crime scene in Matamoros by Sergeant Liz Merrill, a police friend from Austin, Texas. Pulling includes several pictures of herself on the site in her book. Pulling states that she had suspicions all along that Kilroy [one of the victims] was used as a Satanic sacrifice, and claims that the subsequent events at Matamoros proved her suspicion, a very safe statement to make after the fact. The problem with Pulling's statement is that Matamoros was an example of a variation on Palo Mayombe, an Afro-American spirit religion which has nothing to do with Satanism.
Pulling continues to demonstrate her lack of expertise in the following statements:
"I had heard rumours and uncorroborated statements from inmates (including Henry Lee Lucas, the reputed serial killer) concerning ritualistic killings that allegedly had occurred in that area just across the United States border into Mexico.
"I remembered, Lucas, had tried to convince state and federal authorities, three to four years ago, that if they would investigate, they would find bodies buried near Matamoros. The authorities were understandably sceptical. However, Lucas had pinpointed on a map several locations in Mexico where ritual sacrifices were taking place and desperately tried to convince them to investigate... Interestingly, the bodies were found on or near the ranch that Lucas had pinpointed for authorities several years before..."(18)
Later, on page 15, Pulling provides contradictory evidence by quoting Texas Attorney General Jim Maddox as saying: "I would say the leader of this cult has been in this particular area for about nine months." How could Lucas have spoken about sacrifices in Matamoros years ago, when they only occurred up to nine months ago on this site? You'll note that Pulling admits in her statement that the allegations of Lucas et al were "rumours and uncorroborated statements," which explains why the authorities didn't act on them.
Chapter Two is "Teenagers-A Target For Devil Worshippers." In this chapter Pulling relates the story of a girl she assigns the pseudonym of "Jill," whose parents allegedly brought the girl to Pulling for counselling. "Jill" claimed to have been sexually abused by a family member, and to have joined the "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" crowd as a result of these assaults. She claims that ultimately she was lured into a cult which was heavily into kinky sex and drug usage and to have been photographed by these people in various sex acts. "Jill" then goes on to describe Satanic rituals in which human sacrifice is reported. Pulling claims that these allegations were reported to the police. Pulling then states:
"Some will say that Jill made up the entire story, but solid police work provided verification of the places and people she described, and the details of the rest of her statements were substantial enough to convince seasoned interrogators that her story was not born in her imagination. Additionally, the specifics regarding rituals are not known by most persona unless they have a thoroughly grounded occult education. Simply put, Jill could not have made them up. Nothing existed in her background that could have provided her with the kind of information she revealed."(19)
Typically, Pulling does not identify the agency, the investigators or say whether the police succeeded in arresting anyone as a result of these allegations. Nor does Pulling provide any "evidence" other than "Jill's" story. If these allegations were reported to the police, why doesn't Pulling identify "Jill"? Wouldn't this have been a perfect case to prove Pulling's theories if it was true? The truth is that "Jill" could quite easily have made such allegations up. Others already have on several occasions. We have seen good examples of such inventions in Michelle Remembers, Wicca: Satan's Little White Lie, The Satan Seller, Satan's Underground, and BADD's own literature, not to mention numerous public appearances by "adult survivors of ritual abuse," all of which would have provided all kinds of ideas for such a story. Such information is readily available.
Chapter three is "Widespread Teen Occult Activity." In it Pulling defines four categories of Satanists:
1) "Religious Satanists" like LaVey and Aquino;
2) "Dabblers" who are primarily teens;
3) "Self Styled" Satanists like Manson and Lake; and
4) "Generational Satanists" who are supposedly responsible for ritualistic child abuse and "breeders" of children for sacrifice.
Pulling sees the Dabblers as the most active and dangerous and declares that the vast majority of the crimes that have been prosecuted have been done by teens in this class:
"Those who once ignored the category of dabblers now agree that this group is not only vulnerable to great danger but capable of causing untold emotional and physical harm to others. In fact, the greatest amount of documentation now on file and the greatest number of criminal cases that have gone to court and been adjudicated have involved teenage occult dabblers in devil worship."(20)
It is true that most of the cases of Satanic criminality have involved teenagers. What Pulling doesn't tell you is that the type of crime such teens usually commit is vandalism. This is certainly a nuisance, but it is not a major threat to society, and it doesn't corroborate Pulling's suggestions that teens are committing widespread acts of homicide. This also tells us that it isn't likely to be an international conspiracy. If it was we'd be seeing more adults being arrested.
In chapter four, "The Satanic Network," Pulling attacks a Richmond News Leader article from April 6, 1989: "Experts Say Tales Are Bunk: Rumors Abound But Nothing Proves That Cults Exist." This excellent article by Rex Sprinston attacks the credibility of Pulling, her associate Richmond Police Department Lieutenant Haake, and others, pointing out several obvious errors and inconsistencies in Pulling's statements about "occult crime". Pulling states:
"The Richmond News Leader recently carried the headline 'Experts Say Tales are Bunk: Rumors Abound But Nothing Proves The Cults Exist.'
"The reporter had gone to a great deal of trouble to find a number of 'authorities' who would support the angle of this article.
"Additionally, a member of the Intelligence Division of the Richmond Police Department and I were interviewed.
"The two part series quoted a number of people who have set themselves up as experts on the subject of occult activity and used these quotes to argue the statements made by the police officer and me.
"The reporter failed to mention, however, that one of his naysaying sources is a former member of the Church of Satan whose current level of involvement is unknown.
"Another source has been 'investigating' this subject for less that a year, and his 'research' consists of little more than reading a smattering of articles and books'."(21)
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