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Article ID: 4814
Age Group: Adult
Posted: December 9th. 2002
Police Who Believe 
by Kerr Cuhulain
In October 1990 Griffis was a speaker to an audience of about 50 people at a "cult awareness week" lecture organized by the Jewish Students Union at the University of Toronto. The Globe and Mail reported:
"[Griffis] said that many of his friends among Ontario police officers are increasingly concerned about cults and crime. The Satan-worshipping Process Church is known to have a cell in Ontario, he said. 'More and more, [police] officers are finding satanic symbols left at the scenes of crimes,'... He said statistics are hard to come by because the subject is still being researched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's behavioural science experts. However, he said, the following is known: A study of 200 serial murders since 1960 shows that in 50 of them, there was some involvement of cults or religious belief; In three Ohio counties about 500 cultists have been identified; About 70 per cent of those who join white witchcraft groups are women."(6)
Griffis is wrong. The behavioural science experts of the FBI had already completed their investigation. Long before Griffis made this speech, Ken Lanning of the FBI Behavioural Sciences Section had issued his report clearly stating that there was no international Satanic conspiracy out there and urging investigators like Griffis not to buy into this nonsense. Statistics were not as hard to come by as Griffis is suggesting here, unless what he really means is statistics that prove that he is right.
As I mentioned earlier, Griffis gave testimony as an expert witness in the Arkansas Supreme Court trial in the Echols-Baldwin case. In his testimony Griffis makes several revealing remarks. I've broken up what was one more or less continuous narrative into portions as it progresses in order to analyse it for you:
- "I do not derive all my living from going around spreading Satanic panic..."(7)
NOTE: There's a revealing statement for you.
- "...there was a full moon and there was the absence of evidence of blood at the scene, I would have an opinion as to whether or not the murder of the 3 boys were occult inspired or the occult is involved. It is my opinion that they were using the trappings of occultism during this event..."(8)
NOTE: Note how Griffis is using the term "occult" as a generic term here and "occultism" as if it described a religion. By doing this Griffis suggests that all groups that he considers "occult" have similar practices and rituals, which is not the case. Watch how he continues to refer to "occultism" as a religion throughout the following testimony.
- "...By stating 'the trappings of occultism' I mean you have got dates, time of the moon phase, you have the removal of blood. Occultists when we are discussing this in general like any other religious groups have certain holidays that they worship. Walpurgisnacht is on April 30th and it is based at the changing of the seasons. Beltane is on May 1st and it is a fire festival. Generally that is a holiday. In occultism it is used by both Pagan and Satanic beliefs..."(9)
NOTE: The homicides happened 4 days after May 1, but Griffis seems determined to try to draw a connection to Beltaine and Walpurgisnacht. There was a full moon on the day of the homicides, May 5.
- "...The occult is like an esoteric secret science religion. There are different types to it..."(10)
NOTE: Note how Griffis is trying to reinforce the idea that "occultism" is a religion by labelling it "esoteric secret science religion."
- "...There's Paganism, which is white Witchcraft, there's Satanism, which is black Witchcraft. Some shamanism has been put in there which is Indian folklore occultism..."(11)
NOTE: Here Griffis is suggesting that Satanism is "black Witchcraft." Note how he lumps all Pagan religions under the title "white Witchcraft." Note how Griffis describes shamanism as "Indian folklore occultism." Shamanistic practices may be found world wide.
- "...They go back in the area of Paganism prior to Christianity. The manner in which the children were tied, has an effect. They were tied in a display fashion in which their ankles were tied to their wrists, exposing their genitalia, and they would either put them on their face or on their back. The types of injuries have significance because predominantly there was the removal of sex organs. Some books on occultism will talk about sex organs, removing the testicles for the semen, a group called Crytos."(12)
NOTE: I don't know where Griffis is getting the name of this "Crytos" group, but I haven't been able to find it, nor "books on occultism" that talk about removing sex organs that weren't written by Satanic conspiracy theory supporters. It is my understanding that semen is a product of several glands (prostrate and bulbourethral) which collects in special sacs near the prostrate gland and is not produced until the male has reached puberty. So there would have been no semen to collect from the testes obtained in this fashion. It would have been several years before any of the victims had reached puberty.
- "...Torture is not done by occult cults. There is a difference between traditional cult groups and occult cult groups. Traditional occultists follow rules set out by various prescribed manuals for services. An occult cult group usually follows that of the leader, and it could be anything. In occult cults they make their own rules..."(13)
NOTE: This flies in the face of Griffis insistence on their being a religion or family of religions he calls "occultic." If each "occult cult" follows the peculiar dictates of their own charismatic leader, and make up their own rules as they go along, how can Griffis claim that there is any uniformity?
- "...There is significance in water because usually water is there to wash up with. In some cases in traditional occult groups it is there to do baptism just as well as in Christianity..."(14)
NOTE: The water on the altar in Wiccan ritual is not for washing in. In this context Griffis is obviously suggesting that it is needed to wash off sacrificial blood. To the Wiccan, water represents one of the five elements that make up the world. That is why it is placed on a Wiccan altar. Note how Griffis is assuming that all "occult" groups perform baptisms. There are no baptisms in Pagan beliefs such as Wicca or Asatru.
- "...The significance of the sucking of blood is that blood is the life force. Usually they prefer to have a child that is very young, and the younger, the more innocent, the better the life force. I'm not sure if there is any significance to the absence of evidence of blood at the scene. In occultism they will take it, store it, bathe in it or drink it. The drinking of the blood was supposed to give power and transference of life force..."
NOTE: This is Inquisitional nonsense of the sort we have seen again and again in this series in books like Michelle Remembers.
- "...In occultism there is significance to the right and left side. In Satanism, they usually take the midline of the body and they will refer to the right hand path as that for Christianity and the left hand path would be for Satanism..."(15)
NOTE: A number of other self appointed experts, like Jerry Simandl, claim that right is good and left is evil to a Satanist. Griffis isn't the only person to make claims that Satanists will divide the body into halves: We saw an example of this sort of thing in the fraudulent book Michelle Remembers. Griffis or his source appear to have adapted this concept from an idea that was popularized by the founder of Theosophy, H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891 CE). Blavatsky borrowed the idea from Tantrism, a form of Yoga from India. In Tantrism the female was positioned to the right of the male for Mantra and Mudra ceremonies. For erotic ceremonies she was positioned to the left of the male. Blavatsky felt ritual sex of any form to be perverse, so she used the term "left hand path" to describe magickal systems that she disapproved of and "right hand path" to describe those that she sanctioned. Blavatsky may also have been influenced by Inquisitional folklore about left handed people. The demonologists of the Inquisition taught that people who were left handed (in other words, different from the norm) were Witches. Ultimately, through popular usage, the term "left hand path" later came to be a term for evil or black magic. Griffis has obviously bought into this urban legend.
- "...In actual practice there are attempts to classify the persons who are involved in occultism into different categories to the extent of which they are practising occult behaviour. In cases where there is suspected criminal activity we would look at the various levels or classification. For example, we could have a follower, a leader, a traditional member or a victim. Traditional members would be somebody who belongs to a Satanic church which is recognized in the state where they have filed corporate papers or following traditional Satanic beliefs such as the American Church of Satan founded by Anton LaVey. LaVey established Walpurgisnacht in 1966. I am familiar with the books that he has written such as the Satanic Bible, the Satanic Ritual Book (sic) and The Complete Witch. They are black witchcraft. There are self styled Satanists. Different types of groups which would start out with an experimenter, usually one who practices alone in an unorganized manner, a self-styled occultists and we are talking here only in the field of Satanism. This person has some kind of problems in life and they use the trappings of occultism to get along. Then we have an occult cult group, and this has a little charismatic leader and some followers. Sometimes they have a name and sometimes they don't. They also use the trappings of occultism..."(16)
NOTE: The only persons dividing up "occultism" into strange classifications like this are "experts" like Griffis.
- "...Then you have a traditional church that uses the traditional books on occultism. The ones using the trappings have a particular type of dress, jewelry or body markings. I have personally observed people wearing black fingernails, having their hair painted black, wearing black T-shirts, black dungarees, and that type of thing..."(17)
NOTE: This is a fairly good description of the average Goth. Goths aren't Satanic. Griffis doesn't specify what these "traditional books on occultism" are, unless he is inferring that they are the three books by Anton LaVey that he listed earlier.
You can see here that Griffis is building on the myths circulated by other Satanic conspiracy theory supporters. He is taking a little knowledge and extrapolating for all he is worth. Griffis is trying very hard to stuff Pagan religions into classifications of his own making. He isn't the only police officer out there who has tried to do this.
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