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Article ID: 4800
Age Group: Adult
Posted: November 18th. 2002
by Kerr Cuhulain
One of the most common fundamental errors made by those investigators or therapists wishing to obtain information on "the occult" is that they frequently accept the word of anyone who introduces themselves using the title "Detective", "Doctor" or "Minister" without making any attempt to check the background of the individual. Society has taught us to respect these titles and there seems to be an assumption that people would not dare to use such a title unless they had truly earned it. Nothing could be further from the truth. All of these titles can be obtained through mail order businesses for a few dollars. People in law enforcement and related fields seem to be particularly lax sometimes in checking up on the credentials of individuals who introduce themselves with such titles and provide impressive sounding resumes.
A good example of this is Lyle J. Rapacki. On first glance, Lyle Rapacki's credentials seem impressive. Here is how Rapacki lists his qualifications in his book Satanism: The Not So New Problem:
"Lyle J. Rapacki is nationally recognized for his work in the field of exposing satanism and occult related crimes; and for his intelligence briefings and consultations to members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities. With training and experience as a sworn police officer and a background in political intelligence and analysis, Lyle understands the difficult and sensitive world of investigations.
"Mr Rapacki also received post-graduate education, degrees and credentials in the discipline of medical psychology. His private practice receives patients who have suffered exposure to the occult and satanism which has lead to his involvement in over 150 deliverances and numerous calls for consultation from parents, as well as professionals in the fields of law enforcement, education and the judiciary. His consultations on the occult stretch from coast to coast, and he is considered a leading authority on deviant movement groups which mask as religious organizations.
"Lyle is a member of the faculty of the Arizona Supreme Court Continuing Education Division, and is under consideration for faculty status with several law enforcement academies in the nation. He has addressed several national conferences, and has received recognition for his work from several professional journals and associations. Mr Rapacki has authored articles on the occult and has distributed nationally, cassette tapes on the New Age Movement and Satanism."(1)
I have one of Rapacki's information packages(2) and a copy of Rapacki's "occult training manual Satanism: The Not So New Problem, which was released in 1988. In this literature Rapacki claims to have been involved in between 200-250 occult related criminal cases since he started nine years ago and says that he worked as "a commissioned peace officer" in Arizona for four years.(3)
Using these credentials Rapacki has accomplished the following, according to a "Synopsis on Presentations"(4) written by him in an application to conduct a seminar for the Alaska Department of Corrections:
- 75 two day in-service training sessions for police or law enforcement agencies;
- 2 regional 3 day seminars at police academies;
- Formal intelligence briefings to the Northeast Law Enforcement Officer's Association and the Rocky Mountain Police Officer's Conference;
- 3 one day courses for departments of corrections in different states;
- A 4 hour presentation to the National Judge's Conference in April 1988 as well as additional judicial seminars;
- 3 training sessions with mental health facilities;
- 3 briefings to national law firms and 3 appearances as an expert witness in trials with "occult overtones", including the Kemp homicide trial in Lawton, OK;
- Assisted the states of Texas and Pennsylvania in drafting ritual child abuse and occult crime legislation; and
- Numerous presentations to church and public groups.
Sounds as if "Mr Lyle Rapacki, MDiv, MA, NCC" is pretty impressive? If this list of speaking engagements is accurate, then obviously many people thought so. The problem is that NONE OF HIS QUALIFICATIONS ARE REAL. Let's take each of his qualifications and show you what I mean:
First of all, you'll note that Rapacki uses the letters "MA" after his name on his manual and on his hand outs. In 1989 Rapacki made application to instruct a course to the Alaska Department of Corrections(5). He indicated on his application form:
- That he had obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at Northern Arizona University. Rapacki also stated under oath at the Kemp homicide trial(6) that he had a Master's Degree in Psychology. Northern Arizona University agrees that he attended their institution full time between June 69 and December 77, majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. Rapcki obtained a Bachelor of Science. He re-entered this university from September 82 to September 84, but dropped out without notice, without graduating, and without receiving a degree. They have no record of Rapacki ever obtaining a Masters degree of any sort there.
- That he had obtained a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree from "Trinity Bible College". When an investigator making background checks for Lyn Freeman, a Criminal Justice Planner for Alaska Department of Corrections, asked Rapacki where this college was located, he named this college as "Trinity Theological College" and said that it was in Indiana, but stated that he could not remember what city it was in.(7) Curious that you could go to a college for several years and not remember where it was located. A thorough check of EVERY college with Trinity as a part of its name has revealed that NOT ONE of them HAS EVER heard of Rapacki and that NO college by the name Trinity exists in Indiana.(8)
Rapacki claims that he has "post graduate education, degrees and credentials in the field of medical psychology"(9). The State of Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners says that he does not.(10) In fact, in order to receive such credentials, he would have to have at least a PhD, which he does not even claim to have. Because of this, by using the term "medical psychology" in his book without credentials, he is breaking the law.
Rapacki has claimed that he is an ordained minister of the Episcopalian Faith.(11) Yet he was never ordained in any Christian denomination.
Rapacki claims faculty status with the Arizona Supreme Court.(12) Jim Hustad of the Arizona Supreme Court reports that Rapacki was once a speaker in a court sponsored "Gearing Up for Success" program and was issued for this occasion only a "faculty" name tag.(13) Not only was Mr Rapacki NOT a faculty member, but the Arizona Supreme Court was eventually forced to enjoin him from claiming that he was.(14) This did not deter Rapacki, whose manual was handed out at the aforementioned presentation to Alaska Corrections officers, still containing this claim.
In his testimony as an "expert witness" at the Kemp homicide trial in Oklahoma, Rapacki swore under oath that he had been a salaried Deputy Sheriff in Flagstaff Arizona.(15) Fred C. Smith, First Assistant District Attorney in Comanche County, Oklahoma, where this trial took place, has this to say:
"During March 1989 I had occasion to prosecute a first degree murder case in the District Court of Comanche County, Lawton, Oklahoma. The style of the case being "The State of Oklahoma vs. Steven Anthony Kemp" CRF-88-153. During the trial of that case the defence presented an expert witness, Lyle Rapacki. During his testimony Mr. Rapacki swore under oath that he was at one time a Deputy Sheriff, in Flagstaff, Arizona, had a Master Degree in Psychology and had dedicated himself to years of investigating Satanic and Occult related crimes...Detective Darrel Dawkins, of the Lawton Police Department, having visited Flagstaff, Arizona, during a vacation was acquainted with Officer Bill Trimble of the Flagstaff Sheriff's Department. Detective Dawkins contacted Officer Trimble, who was very familiar with Mr. Rapacki and his career with that office. Officer Trimble was kind enough to teletype certain information to us regarding Mr. Rapacki and provide other insights to his career as a law enforcement officer. Due to the fact that we were in the midst of a trial we relied on the information presented to us by Officer Trimble, however, it has not been confirmed with any state wide law enforcement organization or certifying body. The information provided by Officer Trimble was that Mr. Rapacki had never been a certified Sheriff's Deputy, contrary to his testimony and had in fact served only as a Reserve Officer. Further, he advised that Mr. Rapacki's employment as a Reserve Officer was not a salaried position, also contrary to his testimony, and that Mr. Rapacki was managing an apartment complex to support his family. He further advised that Mr. Rapacki was terminated as a Reserve Deputy as a result of Mr. Rapacki wearing his Reserve Deputy uniform while attempting to collect past due rents from the apartment complex which he managed. Officer Trimble advised this information could be confirmed by his office or the Arizona Law Enforcement Activity Council (ALEAC)...Mr. Rapacki's testimony is available for transcription and can be ordered from Certified Court Report, Lori Bishop, Comanche County courthouse, 6th & D Avenue, Lawton, Oklahoma, 73501."(16)
It is interesting to note that in Rapacki's application to lecture to the Alaska Department of Corrections, which was made after the Kemp trial, Rapacki confirms Smith's report by listing himself as a Reserve Sergeant in the Flagstaff (Arizona) PD between 1975 and 1978, and not a Deputy Sheriff.(17)
Rapacki claims to be running a counselling service, yet the Arizona Business Licensing Board states that neither the city nor the county of Flagstaff have any record of him having a business license, which is required for the sale of books and/or giving counselling.(18) In fact, "INTEL", the name Rapacki uses for his organization, is the licensed business name of a computer corporation in Arizona, and the use of that name by Rapacki is illegal, as Intel has a copyright on it.(19)
Clarice Attaway Allen, the lawyer that recommended Rapacki as an expert witness for the Kemp trial, has this to say about Rapacki:
"I have known Mr. Lyle Rapacki...through letters, telephone conversations and appearing on the same program with him at approximately four separate seminars. He represented to me through letters, telephone conversations and a resume that he was an active counsellor or therapist for individuals who had come in contact with satanic cult activity, that he was a member of the faculty of the Supreme Court of Arizona, that he had been an active duty police officer in Flagstaff, Arizona, and that he was an ordained minister of the Episcopalian faith. I later found that none of these facts were true. In fact, I found to my horror after recommending him as an expert in a murder trial, that he had lied to the jury about his police officer's status. When the local police involved in that murder trial checked out those facts, they discredited him on the witness stand by supplying the information to the jury that he had never been an active duty police officer but had, in fact, been terminated from auxiliary status after violating one of the police department's rules..."(20)
Even if a person did not realize that Rapacki's credentials were false, one only has to examine what he says to determine that something is out of place. In the same Affidavit by Clarice Attaway Allen we find a good example of the quality of Rapacki's "information":
"...In January, 1989, Lyle Rapacki and I appeared on the same program regarding satanic related crimes at the January meeting of Sugarland Republican Women's Club in Sugarland, Texas.
"Mr. Rapacki, as part of his presentation played an audio tape of a conversation between himself and a 17 year old girl by the name of Sarah. Before the tape was played for the audience, he stated that Sarah had been killed by a satanic coven as a sacrifice on Halloween, 1988.
"Approximately a week or two after that appearance and his statement, Mr. Rapacki called me at home in Texarkana, Texas and told me that he had lied to the audience about Sarah's death. He further stated that she was still alive and that he had been contacted by Sarah's lawyer about his playing the tape after he had been instructed by her parents to destroy it in October, 1988. He was concerned about getting sued for breach of confidentiality between therapist and client. He went on to excuse his lying about Sarah's death by saying that he only did so after members of the audience began to ask questions that he felt might lead to her identity.
"However, that excuse, too, is a lie because his presentation was video taped and it clearly shows that he stated she had been sacrificed before any questions were ever asked from the audience.
"Mr. Rapacki also stated that he 'told God that if the lie were discovered, he would go back and make amends and get it all straightened out'.
"I reminded him that since the tape was played live on the air over the radio, his efforts would never be able to undo the damage he had done. I suggested that he get himself a good lawyer in Arizona since he had breached the therapist/client confidentiality by not destroying the tape and instead had played it on a radio broadcast. I have not heard from Mr. Rapacki since that date.
"However, I have been informed by Brandon Faulx, a Marketing Director of a hospital in Long Beach, California, that she was forced to cancel an appearance by Mr. Rapacki as the keynote speaker for a seminar after she found that his reputation for lack of credibility was so wide spread in Southern California. This problem with Mr. Rapacki reportedly cost the hospital around $60,000 in advertising that the marketing director had done prior to the cancellation of Mr. Rapacki's appearance."(21)
Allen's affidavit is corroborated by Samantha Smith, a Christian writer and researcher for a fundamentalist Christian newsletter called "The Eagle Forum." Smith describes a presentation by Rapacki at the Republican Women's Club in Houston:
"...His presentation is fairly monotonous and exaggerated and the highlight appears to be the [audio tape of the young girl in which she] spills her guts to him about her ritual abuse situation. The girl, he claims, was sacrificed on Halloween and he therefore takes the liberty to play the tape publicly. However, the girl was at that time and still is very much alive and well. Rapacki knew that fact. He has since received letters from the girl's attorney demanding he cease and desist from his unconscionable lies and behaviour. He has not..."(22)
Smith reports that Rapacki made the taped interview with this girl October 16, 1988, whose parent agreed to this when Rapacki represented himself as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court faculty and assured the parent that it would be used for his personal use and not used publicly. She then reports that Rapacki played his tape on "Talk Back", the Christian radio show of evangelist Bob Larson, June 14, 1989. Smith continues:
"Unfortunately, Bob Larson also erred in that he claimed "Sally" (not her real name) was rehabilitated with his own show and personnel and himself. She was rehabilitated, but not with the help of either Bob Larson or Rapacki and never at any time was she the "devil's daughter". She was in fact already a believer in Christ as a young child."(23)
What about the presentation that Freeman and others were concerned about, the one that Rapacki made the application for? This was sponsored by the Alaska Peace Officers For Christ and attendance was restricted to individuals in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Parole-Probation and related fields. Registration at the door cost $30 per person.
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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, 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 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).
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