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Article ID: 4811
Age Group: Adult
Posted: December 2nd. 2002
Misdirected Cops 
by Kerr Cuhulain
The CBI QD Examiner's Occult Guide states that Witches and Satanists celebrate personal birthdays as holy days. This is a Satanic practice started by Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, but is unheard of in Wiccan and Pagan religion.
Finally the CBI QD Examiner's Occult Guide lists 13 "moons" after the title "Lunar Almanac 85," each with the name of a different Goddess, but offering no explanation or definition. It appears that the authors of the CBI Guide got a hold of a 1985 calendar divided into 13 lunar months (or moons) instead of the 12 months that most people are familiar with. There are 13 full moons in a year. Some Pagan traditions reckon their years in 13 moons rather than in 12 months. If the authors of the CBI Guide know this they certainly fail to adequately get this idea across to their readers.
The lists of "definitions" on page 4 and "terms" on page 35 of the CBI QD Examiner's Occult Guide contradict one another and other parts of the guide. Some of the definitions are either incorrect or incomplete. Here are some examples:
- "Sabbat: A seasonal assembly of witches in honor of the Goddess is known as the Sabbat."(10) In the CBI manual's list of terms they call it: "A High feast day and gathering of witches."(11) But, in their definitions list they call it a "Seasonal assembly of witches in honor of the archfiend."(12)
NOTE: The first two definitions are essentially correct but the third is not. Wiccans (Witches) do not worship Satan, nor any "archfiend."
- "Cathari: From the term cat whose posterior they kiss in whose form Satan appears to them."(13)
NOTE: Here is the same nonsense about the Cathari that Raschke was giving us in his book Painted Black, which we discussed earlier in this series.
- "Chaldeans: Generic name for adepts in the Black Arts."(14)
NOTE: Earlier in this series I pointed out that the Chaldeans were a Christian sect, not adepts in the Black arts.
- "Circle": The CBI QD Examiner's Occult Guide describes a circle as being "Drawn on the ground to enforce demons to appear" in their definitions list. In their terms list it is described as being "Drawn on the ground at times with salt 8 feet in diameter. To enforce demons to appear (sic)."
NOTE: Occidental ceremonial magicians and Satanists (who both use Judaic and Christian symbolism and mythology in their rituals) do not use circles drawn on the ground to enforce demons to appear. They use the circle as a magical protection against the demons or spirits which they believe may appear.
Incidentally ceremonial magicians and Satanists do not refer to calling on demons as "enforcing demons to appear." It is called "evoking." When ceremonial magicians "ask angels to appear" it is called "invoking." The fact that the authors of this CBI guide do not use these terms indicates that they have never seen a grimoire.
Wiccans do not use the ceremonial systems used by the previous two groups and do not believe in demons or angels, so they don't "enforce demons to appear" or "evoke." Wiccans use their ritual circles to worship in and to keep the energy that they raise inside. Also ritual circles used by solitaries in both ceremonial magic and in Wicca are traditionally considered to be 9 feet, not 8 feet, in diameter.
- "Pagan: A person who is not a Christian. One who has no religion"(15) in the definitions list. The Guide then contradicts this in the terms list by defining it as "Non Christian believer in old Gods."
NOTE: As I have pointed out repeatedly in this series, the word Pagan comes from the Latin "paganus", meaning "country dweller," and that it was ultimately used by Christians as an insult directed at non-Christians.
- "Polymastia": The CBI QD Examiner's Occult Guide defines this as "the sign of a witch."(16)
NOTE: This is straight out of Inquisitional manuals such as the Malleus Malificarum, which listed what were claimed to be characteristics which would identify a "witch." Polymastia means "the presence of more than two breasts." The demonologists of the Inquisition believed that female witches had an extra nipple to feed a "familiar" animal. In practice they pointed out any wart, growth or mole as "proof." True polymastia in the physiological sense is quite rare, affecting less than 2% of the population. Having polymastia is not a sign that you are a member of any particular belief; It is simply a physiological condition. It is surprising that investigators of this sort would take such Inquisitional folk tales seriously.
The QD Examiner's Occult Guide devotes 24 pages to signs and symbols (13 lists). These are extremely repetitious and could easily be condensed down to 6 pages by eliminating the duplication alone. Many of them are inaccurate. For example, they list the Hexagram, Yin Yang symbol and Swastika as "Satanic symbols." Yet the hexagram is the "Star of David" which is universally understood to be a Judaic symbol. The Yin Yang is a well known symbol representing the balance of energies in Eastern religions. The swastika, long before it was adopted by the Nazi party in Germany, was a common symbol of the turning seasons in tribal religions all over the world, an example being many American Aboriginal religions. Another symbol on their list of "Satanic symbols" is an inverted pentagram, which they label the "Key of Solomon." Earlier in this article I showed you Anderson's misinterpretation of this term. At least Anderson recognized that it involved a book, though he didn't know how many. Here the authors of the CBI guide use it completely out of context. An upright pentagram (one point upwards) was a very old Judaic symbol, sometimes referred to as the Seal of Solomon.
Like Anderson's manual, the QD Examiner's Occult Guide lists the "Zoso" symbol with a similar definition to Anderson's on page 18, 30 and 33: "Symbol for three headed dog- protector of gateway to hell, nickname of Jimmy Page."
Where did these individuals get their information? There isn't any bibliography like Anderson's manual in the CBI QD Examiner's Occult Guide but they do list several books as resources on "ritual abuse." Three of them involve fraudulent survivors that we discuss elsewhere in this series. Another is Maury Terry's The Ultimate Evil, which is full of inaccuracies and will also be discussed elsewhere. In other words, like Anderson, they let some other people who presented themselves as "experts" do their research for them and parroted the inaccuracies they obtained, removing them from their original context and lending these falsehoods their authority, an authority that such falsehoods do not deserve.
It isn't always less than thorough research that leads to such inaccuracy. Many people, indoctrinated in Christian religious beliefs, believe in Satan and become so afraid of him that their fear makes it impossible for them to even consider reading anything not written by another Christian. A good example of this an article entitled "The Occult Investigation Explosion", written by Baldwin Park (CA) Police Sergeant Randall Emon.
Emon presented himself as an "expert" in the field of "Satanic Crime" investigation. In "The Occult Investigation Explosion," Emon states:
"My initial involvement in occult research was in August, 1985, when the Night Stalker was terrorizing local communities. Night after night, our department was inundated with frightened callers reporting a sighting of the suspect. I recall one particular informant who specifically told me that the Night Stalker was a Satanist. At the time I didn't think much of his comments. Then I heard of a book written by Mike Warnke, a former Satanist. It was his book The Satan Seller that initially captured my interest and propelled me on a journey that I will never forget."(17)
The Satan Seller is the sensational book in which Warnke claims to have been a Satanic priest which I discussed earlier in this series. Warnke's claims have since been investigated by Cornerstone Magazine (a conservative Christian magazine with a reputation for unmasking frauds) and Warnke was found to have made it all up. In 1985, however, Warnke's story was as yet unchallenged.
Emon claimes that shortly after the "Night Stalker" was captured a woman in the congregation of his church was possessed by a demon during Sunday service. This "demon" was supposedly scared off by the ministers, who prayed over her. Emon was so impressed by this incident that he went out and read some more books on Satanism by Walter Martin, Josh McDowell, Don Stewart, Dr Kurt Koch and Johanna Michaelson, all of whom we will discuss elsewhere in this series. Emon states: "I became so obsessed with researching the occult that I neglected my family, job and even the Bible. I was reading about 90% occult related material and 10% Biblical, even though I told myself I was keeping a balance between the two. I guess I convinced myself that by reading only Christian books, I was safe."(18)
Emon then tells us how his family car was rear ended by a pickup truck a few weeks later and how his family was plagued by a series of illnesses. Emon states:
"One frightening night, I was awakened about 3 AM from a very sound sleep by a cold, evil presence... I realized many of the events which had occurred over the past several months, along with my present terror, were not mere chance, but the work of Satan and his demons striving to discourage my research... I confidently commanded the demon to leave in the name of Jesus. Instantly I felt the room become warm and my heart return to its normal beat. Within minutes I was asleep."(19)
Emon seems to have pictured himself as having been personally chosen by Jehovah for his work. Emon states:
"During the initial stages of research, I was assisted by several Christian pastors who supported me with their prudent wisdom and guidance. Two of these pastors had been praying for God to raise up a person in law enforcement to assist in exposing Satanic crimes. God answered their prayers in a manner which glorified Himself fully. With the prayerful support of my wife, friends, and local church body, I began a slow methodical pattern of research by gathering photographs, books, records, and other occult paraphernalia both on and off the job. I interviewed former and current occultists, bringing all of the information together in a homemade slide presentation which I entitled: 'The Occult and the Bible.'"(20)
A few weeks before Easter 1986, Emon was given a copy of LaVey's Satanic Bible for his research. Emon states: "I placed it in storage with the other things. Immediately the friction in our family intensified. My wife and I bickered over topics of no importance."(21) Emon and his wife decided that his occult library and his artifacts were to blame. Emon states that when he and his wife went to his garage to move the material his "wife's arms began to itch. A red rash appeared as we watched. We left the garage and almost immediately the rash disappeared."(22) Emon later had the materials removed to an office in his church. He states: "Once I removed these materials from my home, I felt the oppression leave."(23)
Another indication of Emon's fear is found on page 6 of his article:
"Deuteronomy 7:24 says: 'Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. This, I thought, referred to pornographic material and the like, but as I found out, the application is much more widespread. I was under the false impression that just because I was using this material for research I would encounter no problems... I know of only one Christian researcher who stores this type of material at home without difficulties. We must recognize that God is omnipotent; if He allows a Christian to retain this material, it will be for His glory."(24)
This professional police officer becomes even more paranoid and superstitious. In November 1986 Emon was scheduled to appear on a Southern California TV program. The evening before the show, Emon claims that a pentagram appeared in this living room carpet. After stamping on it and vacuuming it with no results he took the following action, and I quote: "I decided to pray over the carpet and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me. I took olive oil and anointed the carpet... and it finally disappeared."(25) Emon does not record if he ever got the oil stain out of his carpet.
Emon reports that in July 1986 both of his sons were "attacked by a demonic force."(26) Once again he saved the day by praying over them. His description of the symptoms gives me the impression that they had the flu.
One can see from all this that Emon considered any materials on anything other than Biblical subjects to be in the same category as radioactive waste. He believed that the only thing keeping him safe was his prayers. In his words: "Anyone involved in this sort of ministry is in deep spiritual warfare where prayer is a vital supply line that must not be broken... God has delivered my family and me through an abundance of difficulties, including sickness before almost every seminar that I have given".(27) Emon actively discouraged non Christians from studying "occult subjects." Emon states: "Anyone who is not a Christian and desires to study the occult should refrain from any in-depth research. It is important for that person to understand the nature of the adversary and the absolute necessity in submitting his life totally to Christ. The potential for occultic oppression against those who are not Christians is very great."(28) This an argument that many use to discourage any investigation into their claims.
I am happy to report that in Volume 20, Issue 97 of the Christian "Cornerstone Magazine," Emon publicly made a complete U turn. He stated:
"I and many others have been the unwitting perpetrators of fostering a conspiracy theory without having factual substantiated evidence. I believe that [incorrect disclosure technique] had been instrumental in creating this hysteria... The bottom line is that there is just no evidence to support a Satanic Conspiracy Theory... I got the impression that this stuff was widespread everywhere but I couldn't find any evidence... there is zero evidence that there is a multigenerational satanic conspiracy... What I originally stated was that this is the Crime of the Nineties... What I should have said is that this is the scam of the Nineties."
I applaud Randy's courage in standing up and admitting this. There are many others out there who have yet to figure this out. I am sure that most of them, like Emon, are very sincere and believed that there actually was a large, active Satanic conspiracy out there. Unfortunately the information that they received was incorrect.
What happens when people take this kind of sensational and inaccurate information and try to apply it? Earlier in this series we saw the case of Margaret Louise Herget. Here are some other notable examples:
In March 1990, Doug Campbell, an environmental scientist for the Public Service Company of New Mexico, found an enormous geometric pattern of old tires on West Mesa in the Albuquerque area. The design included 3 hexagons, each with a seven tire dot in the center, connected by lines of tires 5 feet apart. The design measured 400 feet across and used 450 tires.
Officer Paul Montoya, an Albuquerque police officer who lectures to local high school students on Satanism and Witchcraft, heard about this enormous pattern and announced to the Associated Press: "I'd guess it was witchcraft-a wicca group rather than Satanism. And I'd stay away from there, if there are any people around. They'll hurt you."(29)
Associated Press also spoke with Robin Gile, an Albuquerque symbolism consultant helping companies create logos. He "agreed the triangulated hexagons were a witchcraft symbol, associated with moon worship, but disagreed that followers of such a cult would be violent".(30) Associated Press then spoke with Phillip Wing, a promoter of psychic fairs, who called it "a very powerful and spiritual symbol."(31)
When news of this "tirehenge" was made public, several people immediately contacted the press and announced that this "witchcraft" site was in fact a playing field laid out in 1981 for a game called "Terf", invented by Glen Shockley. In fact, the name "Terf" was spelled out in leftover tires beside this pattern, had anyone taken the time to look. The three team game is played with a big foam ball. "You catch the ball in the air as a pass from anybody or you can stop. You have 10 seconds in order to figure out if you want to run with it or whether you want to pass it to some other individual, or possible take a shot at a goal,"(32) according to Shockley. The first game was in 1981 and the last in 1984 or 85. The first three teams represented the Police Department, the Fire Department and Parks and Recreation Department. In 1981 the mayor at the time, David Rusk, kicked off the second period. Rusk stated that reports that this playing field had something to do with witchcraft had given him "the best laugh I've had in a long time."(33)
Obviously neither Montoya, Gile, nor Wing are as "expert" as they claim to be. Why Associated Press never thought to ask a Wiccan what they thought of this pattern is anyone's guess.
Early in December 1987, a bighorn ram at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson was found shot to death and decapitated. The perpetrators had taken the head with them. Papers such as the Arizona Daily Star reported that "among the motives being considered was satanic cult activities."(34) On December 22, 1987, police arrested two survivalists with links to white supremacy groups, not Satanism, for this incident. Both were known poachers and had planned to sell the mounted head as a trophy.(35)
In 1982 a person phoned a tip to a child abuse Help Line in Vancouver, BC, suggesting that a child would be kidnapped from a Victoria hospital for a Satanic sacrifice. This started an intensive police investigation and cost the hospitals extra money for increased security. Eventually the tip was traced by Victoria Police Department back to a church group in Vancouver. The group had prayed that such a thing would not happen but one of their congregation took this to mean that this sacrifice would actually take place and called the "tip" in. Countless hours of investigative time were wasted and hospitals tricked into spending hundreds of dollars on unnecessary security measures.
In 1986 in Greenfield, Tennessee, reports of widespread Satanic activity kept the police busy for weeks. Stories that children may be kidnapped, of animal sacrifice, of teenagers drinking blood, of infants being sacrificed on Halloween and of demons chasing school buses were reported. The police found nothing. Police Chief Jim Blackman stated to the press: "I think some of the teenagers are keeping it going for a joke. But some of the jokes are pretty gruesome."(36)
In December 1987 a Carl Junction, MO, teenager by the name of Steven Newberry was murdered by three teenagers dabbling in Satanism: Theron Roland, James Hardy and Ronald Clements. All three are now serving life sentences. The Satanic conspiracy people came out in full force, claiming that activity of this sort was commonplace in their area. The local Joplin Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff's Departments were swamped with reports of Satanic activity. But they didn't find any.
Joplin Police Lt. Dave McCracken reports that his department investigated "two incidents reported on national television that we determined to be fabricated."(37) One of the incidents was described by a man who appeared on a Geraldo Rivera television special. "We disproved the facts he had given on the show"(38) McCracken told the press. McCracken also investigated the claims of another Geraldo Rivera guest who claimed that he had witnessed ritual sacrifices and claimed that police officers do not investigate Satanic activity because they are either cult members or are bribed. Jasper County Prosecutor David Dally reports that this man's allegations proved to be false and that his motivation for making the claims was that he was mentally ill.(39)
Dally's office also investigated the claims of a woman who appeared on a local TV show to describe the Satanic sacrifice of a child. When contacted by Dally's investigators she agreed to meet with them to show them where these alleged activities occurred, but failed to show up for the meeting. They also questioned several people that she implicated, giving the suspects polygraph tests. They determined to their satisfaction that this lady's allegations were groundless. Sites where animals sacrifices were supposed to have taken place were checked out and no evidence of such activity was uncovered.
Jasper County Sheriff Bill Pierce said that in November 1988 a Blytheville, Arkansas, woman alleged that she had seen Satanic cult members cut open an infant, pour gas on it and set it on fire. The Sheriff's department searched the area for evidence, turning up nothing. They then made a 700 mile round trip to question the woman. After she agreed to take a polygraph the woman admitted that the story was false.(40)
Around Halloween of 1988 the Jasper County Sheriff's Department received 40 calls alleging Satanic activity in the county, resulting in searches of sites at Sarcoxie, Jasper and Missouri Southern State College, according to former Sheriff Leland Boatwright. All of these were unfounded.(41)
How much is this all costing the taxpayer? We've already seen examples of how much this hysteria has cost, but here is another: As of September 1993, the Utah task force charged with the criminal investigation of Satanic Conspiracy Crimes had spent $250,000 and found nothing. All but a handful of cases have been disproved or set aside for lack of evidence. (42)
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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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