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Article ID: 4813
Age Group: Adult
Posted: December 9th. 2002
Police Who Believe 
by Kerr Cuhulain
Earlier in this series I detailed the efforts of Larry Jones of the Boise PD to spread information about Satanic criminality to the public. Jones is just one of many police officers out there setting themselves up as experts to satisfy the demand from Christian congregations for information on the Satanic conspiracies that they've been told about. Many police officers have come forward to meet this demand. Unfortunately many of them are simply disseminating hysterical nonsense.
One of the most well known former police officers presenting himself as an "expert" on Satanism is Dale Griffis. Griffis served as a police officer for 26 years, retiring as a captain from the Tiffin (Ohio) PD. During the later part of his career he supervised a regional information sharing system, worked on mental health boards and worked with the local hospital lay board.
One he had retired Griffis went back to school and got 4 degrees from 3 colleges. Later he got his PhD from the "north campus" of Columbia Pacific University, writing a doctorate paper entitled "Mind Control Cults and Their Effects on the Objectives of Law Enforcement."
This "north campus" was a diploma mill that was run by Dr. Les Carr, whose property was briefly home to an this illegal campus of the Columbia Pacific University, a correspondence school based in San Rafael, California. Carr co-founded Columbia Pacific to offer non-residential educational programs up to the PhD level. The state attorney general's office shut Carr's Columbia Pacific campus down, made them pay civil penalties, and return tuition fees. Deputy Attorney General Asher Rubin described Columbia Pacific as "a diploma mill which had been preying on California consumers for too many years."(1) The suit launched by the state names Columbia Pacific as offering "totally worthless [degrees]... to enrich its unprincipled promoters."(2)
Following his retirement Griffis spent a four weeks with the police departments in Los Angeles and San Francisco researching "cults, occult and nontraditional groups."(3) Griffis states that he "tried to be proselytized by these groups, to see how they worked, see what their sales pitch was. I went to the American Church of Satan but I was not a member. I went to where they held their meetings and looked at how their rooms were set up. I went to their book stores. At that time I didn't know what a book of shadows was. Learned from the street what the different groups was. I also interviewed people involved in this activity."(4)
Four weeks of hanging around book stores and chatting with people is slim research to build a claim of expertise in any field. Note how Griffis is telling us that he "went to where [the Satanists] held their meetings" and "looked at how their rooms were set up." In other words Griffis never actually witnessed a Satanic meeting, he just saw the rooms where they were held. His comment about going "to their book stores" suggests that the Church of Satan has several. Nadramia, an administrator for the LaVey's Church of Satan states:
"That is utter nonsense, which has no validity. We've never had a book store, and the only 'meetings' were held at the home of Anton LaVey in the very early years of our organization (1966-8), and these stopped rather quickly. Since he didn't come onto the scene until the 'Satanic Panic' years, he certainly never visited such places."(5)
Probably what Griffis meant is that he went to a number of metaphysical books stores in the area. By putting it in this manner Griffis suggests that all such stores are Satanic. His comment about a "book of shadows" suggests that this is a Satanic document, which it is not. A Book of Shadows is a personal journal of ritual and practice used by Wiccans, not by Satanists.
Griffis took his degrees and set himself up as a consultant on "occult related crime" to law enforcement agencies and other organizations. Griffis appeared as an "expert" on Satanism on Geraldo Rivera's two hour special on Satanism, Exposing Satan's Underground. He also gave "expert" testimony in the Robin Hood Hill murders trial of Baldwin and Echols (more on this later).
Griffis distributed a 50 question survey questionnaire in 1989, trying to gather evidence to substantiate rumours spread about by those promoting the Satanic Conspiracy myth. Griffis seems to get most of his intelligence from newspaper and magazine articles.
A large package of materials from a lecture that Griffis gave in April 1989 reveals much of what Griffis believes, how he pictures himself, and how he tries to sell his theories.
The first thing in Griffis' package was a number of lists, as follows:
- "Satanism Related Crime in the Popular Media". This is a list of articles, several featuring Griffis. This seems to be a list of articles which Griffis believes to be representative of the Satanic problems that he perceives. All of the articles are pro-Satanic conspiracy theory.
- "Satanism: Authors, Experts, Survivors, Professionals, Police Members, Cult Leaders, Etc.": Griffis lists names of people that he has found in magazine and newspaper articles. There is no indication that he has corresponded with any of them. One of the largest descriptions in the list is next to his own name. Griffis calls himself "Retired Police Captain, expert on Satanism oriented crime." Some of the "experts" that he lists in the list are:
- Catherine Gould, a California therapist that treats people she believes to be survivors of Satanic Ritual Abuse.
- Phil Phillips, the evangelical crusader against children's cartoons and toys that I discussed in an earlier article in this series.
- Pat Pulling, the founder of BADD that believes that Fantasy Role Playing Games lead people into Satanism and suicide.
- Joan Robie, Phillips co-author.
- Robert "Jerry" Simandl, a Chicago cop who we will discuss in a later installment of this article.
- Maury Terry, author of author of The Ultimate Evil, which I will discuss elsewhere in this series.
- Tom Wedge, author of The Satan Hunter.
- Ken Wooden, author of Child Lures.
- "Convicted or Alleged Perpetrators of Satanism/Occult Oriented Crimes.": This lists 58 cases. 27 of these are listed as convictions and one, the case of Brad, Roy, Mary and Rita Nokes in Bakersfield, CA, is listed as "dismissed." I fail to see how Griffis can justify listing a case which has been dismissed by the courts as proof of Satanic activity. How can Griffis justify listing 31 cases where the accused is not yet proven guilty as proof of his allegations? The second column lists the incident as either "D&D", "Odinism", "Satanism", "Witchcraft", or "Ritual Abuse", followed by one of the following crimes:
- murder and/or conspiracy to commit murder30 cases
- ritual abuse and/or molestation11 cases
- trespass9 cases
- drugs4 cases
- suicide3 cases
- vandalism2 cases
- grave robbing2 cases
- cannibalism1 case
Note how Griffis lists suicide as a crime.
Most of these cases involve single suspects. However, Griffis has listed several Satanism cases involving multiple suspects, grouping the suspects under one entry. But in the cases of "Witchcraft" listed by Griffis there are four separate entries, all for "molestation," which are actually all part of the same case. This is the only case in which he does this. I can only speculate as to why. Perhaps he is trying to pad the Witchcraft portion of the list to try to make it look at first glance as if there are more cases than there is in reality in this category. This "Witchcraft" case is the case of Linda Kierce, Larry Kirkland, Mardy "Bluestar" Hunt and Robert "Redhawk" Hunt of Tifton, Georgia. It is most interesting that the data for this list is listed, as before, as having been obtained from newspaper articles and magazines.
- "Murder Victims and Suicides." 20 victims are listed, 16 of them homicide victims. 4 are suicide victims, including "D&D" victims Pulling, Loyacono and Egbert and "rock lyrics" victim John McCollum. 5 of the murder victims were killed by Charles Manson et al.
- "Partial Listing of Crimes and Other Incidents Linked to Satanism, Occultism, and D&D". All 57 incidents listed are from newspapers except for some excerpts from Maury Terry's inaccurate book The Ultimate Evil and the Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons Handbook (itself mostly a collection of newspaper articles selectively edited by Pat Pulling). ALL but 17 allege Satanic practices, the remainder being D&D related crimes.
- "Books and Scholarly Journals." This odd mixture of books is Griffis' bibliography. A few of the books listed are good, such as Lyon's excellent book Satan Wants You. Most can hardly be called "scholarly." It does tell us whose ideas Griffis has been exposed to. The rest of the list includes a book by Christian author L. Hart entitled Satan's Music Exposed, all of Anton LaVey's books, Maury Terry's The Ultimate Evil, publications from Jack Roper's Christian Apologetics Research and Information Service (CARIS), and three well known hoaxes: the Necronomicon, Mike Warnke's The Satan Seller and Michelle Remembers
- Griffis handed out Catherine Gould's list of "Symptoms Characterizing Satanic Ritual Abuse Not Usually Seen In Sexual Abuse Cases- Preschool Age Children."
- Griffis handed out a fairly standard list of occult symbols as interpreted by Fundamentalist Christians plus some new "symbols" provided to him by an alleged nine year old "survivor of generational occultism and ritual abuse" whose initials are "JS."
Some of the other materials handed out by Griffis at his lecture included:
- "The Investigation of Fantasy Role Playing Games in Adolescent Suicides/Murders." This is a pitch for an attached "youth evaluation report" form by BADD and the National Coalition on TV violence which I discussed in an earlier article in this series. It asks silly questions such as did the individual smoke cigarettes and does the person watch Science fiction movies.
- An extremely paranoid lecture transcript by Alan W. Scheflin, professor of law at Santa Clara School of Law, entitled "The Terrors of Trance," dated August 14, 1988. It contains very little in the way of proof or facts and lots of innuendos. Scheflin makes many vague references to top secret CIA documents, which Scheflin would not likely have access to in the first place. It basically seeks to prove that anyone can be made into a willing zombie through hypnosis. It seems to me that the sort of person who should be making statements about the effects of hypnosis should be a trained psychotherapist rather than a lawyer.
- A list entitled "Types of Groups" which lists religions with no explanatory preamble as follows: "Self help or psychological, Psychological, Money, Island, Eastern Mystic, Terrorist, New Age, D.R.C. (destructive religious cult), Neo Paganism (white witchcraft), Black witchcraft (devil worship)."
NOTE: What on earth is an "Island Group"? A "Money Group"? Why should we be concerned about the average New Age or Eastern Mystic group? Griffis doesn't say. Neo Paganism is a term used by experts to describe a whole family of religions, only one of which is (erroneously) referred to as "white witchcraft." Devil worship is not "black witchcraft." It isn't Witchcraft at all.
- Griffis handed out a list of terms "used by occultic groups." It is a long list and not worth repeating in its entirety here. Suffice it to say that many of his definitions were incorrect. His definitions for the following terms were the worst on a poor list:
- Altar: "Often depicted as a naked lady between two black candles."
NOTE: Only by Satanic conspiracy myth supporters. While this may be correct for Satanists, it doesn't apply to Ceremonial Magicians or Pagans.
An altar is a table, stone, or other surface used in rituals on which the ritual tools are placed. Originally it was thought that this derived from the Latin word "altus" ("high"), but this is no longer generally accepted. This word first appeared in Old English around 1000 CE. It came from the Latin "altaria" and "altare", which in turn came from the Sanskrit "alata-m" ("firebrand"). Its root word is the Indo-European "al" ("burn"). This is in reference to the candles or offerings found burning on an altar. In John Dee's Enochian system of magic the altar was called the "holy table" or "table of practice." The altar used by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is black, symbolizing their intention to separate the Philosophic Gold from Matter, whose symbol is the black dragon. The Golden Dawn used the symbol of the Altar of Burnt Offering to represent the Qlippoth or Evil. In Wiccan ritual the altar is normally situated slightly north of the center of the circle. None of these groups require naked women to lay on their altars during ritual. It is in Satanic ritual as described by Anton LaVey, that a nude woman is placed upon the altar, which is situated in the west. Ordinarily she lies with her head toward the south and her feet toward the north.
- Midsummer: "The Feast of Beltane."
NOTE: I showed you earlier that Midsummer (June 21) is not the festival of Beltaine, which occurs April 30.
- Polymastia: "The presence of more than two breast on a woman. The sign of a witch."
NOTE: Here is that Inquisitional nonsense again. I showed you earlier in this series that this is a rare physiological condition that has no connection to the beliefs of the person exhibiting it.
- Red Book: "A roster of those present at a witches sabbat."
NOTE: More Inquisitional nonsense.
- Veneficia: "A witch who uses poisons in magic spells."
NOTE: I showed you earlier in this series that this is a term which means "poisoner", not "Witch."
- Griffis handed out an article from the "New American" of January 17, 1986, stating that listening to rock and roll music leads a person into drugs and violence. There is absolutely no convincing evidence that this is so. The article is by Christian writer Rob Lamp, "musician, record producer and music director at Great Commission Church in Silver Spring, MD. Also editor of the 'Rock Music Update Newsletter' and the book: Inside Rock."
- A pamphlet by Griffis entitled Law Enforcement Primer on Cults. This lists Griffis' parental guidelines for the prevention of deceptive recruitment. At one point Griffis states: "Watch for... unusual interest in books... on witchcraft." This handbook recommends the following organizations, all disseminators of the Satanic Conspiracy myth, as resources: American Family Foundation, Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (BADD), Believe the Children, Interfaith Coalition of Concern About Cults, New Age Monitor, Parents Music Resource Center, and Back In Control Center.
- A booklet: Investigative Suggestions for Law Enforcement. In this Griffis makes a very positive statement: "Note that many traditional 'white' witchcraft and satanic cults are legitimate, sometimes even helpful, to police in occult criminal investigations. Many are eager to give information on those cults engaged in criminal activity, because they are giving them a 'bad name'. Be able to differentiate between such groups in your area."
- A handout, "Colors," which lists some colours and the days or situations that they are associated with. The list is followed by 3 paragraphs in which it states: "While some items that are used have relationship to known occult traditions it is being found that those groups which are presently violating laws and causing the most problems to law enforcement differ from the norm and carry out the designs of the leader of the group. You are best to keep an open mind and not be caught up in factions of what we call the group or what group we are associating with until all the players are known... Don't read into the data more than is present and roll each rock over slowly... My concern and interest is to help those kids who get caught up in the trappings of occultism without where they are heading... I have talked with neo-Pagans and they to (sic) are concerned."
- Finally, Griffis handed out another bibliography dated September 1988 which unfortunately includes the books of the following authors as "valuable resource material": Ted Patrick, Maury Terry, Harry Wright, Constance Cumby, Dave Hunt, Tom Wedge, Hal Lindsey, Johanna Michaelsen, Lauren Stratford, Mary Ann Herold and Anton LeVay.
(Continued... Click HERE for page II)
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