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Article ID: 4820
Age Group: Adult
Posted: December 23rd. 2002
Police Who Believe 
by Kerr Cuhulain
The next two articles in Mitchell's manual describe how Mitchell made a two hour presentation on Satanism to the Cumberland County Board of Education.(27) As this manual is an indication of the sort of "information" Mitchell was disseminating at this presentation, then the Board of Education was probably regaled with hysterical reports of Satanic Ritual Abuse, with little evidence to back it up.
This is followed by the article by Bob Urban of the Charlotte (NC) Observer that I mentioned earlier in this discussion of Mitchell, regarding the Mayes homicide case.
Finally we find an article dated 26 November 1988, author unknown, entitled "Satan Worship to be Studied in Local Meeting" announcing one of Mitchell's lectures with associates Benoit, Richardson and Willmington, whom I mentioned earlier.
In summary, Mitchell's manual is very short on facts and corroborative evidence while being extensively padded with borrowed lists and sensational newspaper articles, many of which boost Mitchell. It is vague and would have little practical value to any serious police investigator. It would seem that we have here another individual who believes that their membership in the clergy of a Christian church qualifies them as an "instant expert" on religiously motivated crime.
The San Diego County Deputy Sheriff's Association, under president E.F. "Skip" Murphy, has produced a manual entitled Gangs, Groups, Cults: An Informational Aid To Understanding. The chairman for this manual project was Clyde Rinkes. Rinkes has been recommended by Larry Jones's "File 18" newsletter and has done research for another "occult crime" manual for the California Police Officer's Association. Two other members of the manual project were Chuck Palomino and Teri Hartley. Others who are contributors to this manual are:
- Dr Gayland Hurst, Sc.D., D.R.F., based in Odessa, Texas. Hurst is the author of Cults, Sects, and Deviant Movements, The Cult: A New Police Problem and Masses and Rituals. He was a File 18 subscriber and a resource for the WATCH Network.
- Dr Patricia Holliday, a clinical psychologist with a practice in Rancho Bernardo, California, who works with "victims of ritual abuse."
- Deputy Dave Gaerin, whom I identified earlier in this series as being the person who started the "W.I.C.C.A. Letters" myth.
- Jacquie Balodis, director/founder of "Overcomers Victorious" in Garden Grove, California, who claims to have been a "breeder" in a Satanic group who eventually converted to fundamentalist Christianity. You'll recall that she was quoted in Calvary Chapel's America's Best Kept Secret. Balodis has appeared on several Geraldo Rivera programs, a transcript of one of them appearing in part in this San Diego CS Association manual (interestingly, the authors of the manual have spelled her name wrong in the text, calling her "Jackie Belotus").
- Vickie Myers, who claims that her children were ritually abused by Satanists.
- Beverley Wilder, founder of a Crisis Center somewhere in California (not specified in the manual).
- Corporal Kurt Jackson, whose name has appeared frequently earlier in this series.
- Catherine Gould, PhD, whom I will discuss in an later article.
- John Frattarola, author of the aforementioned America's Best Kept Secret. An excerpt from this "Special Edition" is reprinted in this manual.
A number of the individuals that appear in the bibliography of this manual have been examined by me elsewhere this series: John Frattarola, the U.S.C.C.C.N., Mike Warnke, and Tom Wedge. The following authors are also included in the bibliography of this manual:
- Steve Daniels, author of Satanism, Ritualism and the Serial Murderer. Daniels is a probation officer for the Wisconsin Bureau of Community Corrections. He was a File 18 subscriber and is highly recommended by CCIN Inc. Daniels is a contributor to U.S.C.C.C.N. reports.
- Dr James C Dobson, host of the fundamentalist Christian talk show Focus on the Family.
- Leslie Floberg, president of Believe the Children.
- Ted Gunderson, a former FBI agent who is now a private consultant for "occult crime." Gunderson has appeared on several Geraldo Rivera shows and uses Doc Marquis (of all people) as a resource. He is a friend of Ryan Quade Emerson. Gunderson is on the advisory council of T.R.A.A.N.S., which I will discuss in a later article on therapists, and is associated to British Satanic Ritual Abuse myth disseminator Diane Core.
- Philip G Kaplan, an active member of the N.C.S.C.I.A./U.S.C.C.C.N. This bibliography lists him as an author of a book entitled "N.C.S.C.I.A.", which is his organization and not a book, suggesting that the authors are listing something in their bibliography that they know nothing about.
- Dr Paul King of the Charter Lakeside Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, a child psychologist who is often listed by Satanic Ritual Abuse myth supporters as an expert on Heavy Metal rock music. Another U.S.C.C.C.N. resource.
- Larry Nelson, a research consultant for Warnke Ministries, that we looked at closely in an earlier article in this series. Nelson was a subscriber and contributor to "File 18" and a lecturer for CCIN Inc. The bibliography lists 6 tracts authored by Nelson for Warnke Ministries in 1986.
- Derald Skinner, editor of the aforementioned "Passport Magazine Special Edition," America's Best Kept Secret.
In a list at the end of the manual entitled "Further Reading on the Cult and Occult", the San Diego CS Association recommends confirmed fraud "Dr" Rebecca Brown, whom we discussed earlier. This list also recommends:
- Dusty Sklar, author of Gods and Beasts: The Nazis and the Occult, which was quoted in the aforementioned America's Best Kept Secret.
- Martin Ebon, former administrative secretary of the Parapsychology Foundation, now a fundamentalist Christian. He has authored the books The Satan Trap, The World's Weirdest Cults, Dangers of the Occult, The Occult Temptation, Psychic Warfare: Threat or Illusion and Witchcraft Today. Many fundamentalist Christians use him as a resource.
- John Symonds, author of The Great Beast: The Life and Magic of Aleister Crowley. Symonds was also quoted by Frattarola in America's Best Kept Secret.
The groups portion of this manual is the part dealing with "occult and cult" crime. This is the portion that I am most concerned about. It starts with a section entitled "Occultism" by Teri Hartley. This section is basically a glossary of terms, many of them being names of obscure forms of divination. Hartley's fundamentalist Christian beliefs are easy to read in the definitions that she uses. Some of the definitions that I have a problem with in Hartley's list are as follows:
- Magic- Hartley quotes the American Heritage Dictionary's definition of magic: "any mysterious and overpowering quality that lends singular distinction and enchantment."(28) She concludes that "One way to distinguish between magic and religion is to make the following distinction: 'Religion is social or moral, and magic is antisocial or immoral'."(29)
NOTE: Obviously Hartley doesnn't consider some religions other than Christianity to be religions at all.
- Demons- Hartley obviously believes in demons, stating that "Demons try to prevent man from entering the world of God by tempting man to sin."(30) Hartley lists characteristics of demon possession as:
"1) change of personality;
"2) physical changes- preternatural strength, epileptic convulsions, catatonic symptoms, anaesthesia to pain, changed voice;
"3) mental changes- understanding unknown languages, preternatural knowledge, psychic and occult powers; and
"4) spiritual changes- reaction to and fear of Christ, blasphemy with regret, affected by prayer".(31)
This seems to be straight out of some "Psychiatry from a Christian Perspective" manual.
- Witchcraft- Hartley defines this as follows: "The term witchcraft and sorcery are commonly interchanged. However, there is a hair line distinction between the two. Though both do harm, a sorcerer is motivated by ill will, whereas a spirit possession causes a witch to do harm. Societies tend to approve of witches more than sorcerers. A 'white' witch can fight the evil caused by a sorcerer. The meaning of the term 'witchcraft' has changed through the centuries. Nowadays a person professing to be a witch usually belongs to an ancient religion that is the counter-religion to Christianity... A society that believes in witches is more easily controlled...".(32)
NOTE: This is an interesting theory: Hartley is saying that Witches do harm because they are possessed by demons. Wicca, which is obviously the "ancient religion" that Hartley is referring to here, is not a "counter-religion to Christianity." The only counter religion to Christianity is Satanism, which as we have already seen, is an entirely different religion to Wicca.
- Lauma- Hartley states that this is "a fairy who lived in the forest near water or stones."(33) She continues: "By the middle ages, lauma came to mean one who could bewitch a person; lauminet meant 'to practice witchcraft'."(34) The only occurrence of a word even similar to "Lauma" in my studies is "Lama," who was one of the angels of the fifth heaven ruling in the west on Tuesday in Barrett's The Magus.
After Hartley's glossary there is a one page section by Clyde Rinkes: "Cults." In this Rinkes makes a very telling statement:
"During the research and gathering of material for the manual, especially in the area of the cults, there were times when leads and information just seemed to evaporate. This was especially true regarding anything to do with satanic cults. People who claimed membership were often secretive and hesitant to provide any information about their practices. Often, as one staff member found, the individual who claimed membership in a cult was less informed than the staff member."(35)
I could offer an explanation for this phenomena noted by Rinkes: Most of the leads and information that they have received are obviously false. I too have noted that those claiming to be survivors of Satanic Ritual Abuse or former high priests were evasive and hesitant when pressed to provide details of their alleged past histories. This is simply because they were making it up and I was asking them things that they hadn't considered when they invented their story. Furthermore, the reason the San Diego CS staff members probably know more about the subject than the so called "cult members" is because it is the staff members who are, in fact, creating the whole myth and are now looking for some facts to substantiate it.
Rinkes expands upon his views in the next section, entitled "Satanic Cults." This section Rinkes has set up in a question and answer format, supposedly giving answers to the questions that he is most often asked. Rinkes states that:
"It is difficult to say whether there has been an actual rise in cult activity, or a rise in the awareness and reporting of cult activity. I CAN say there has been a rise in satanic cult activity with regards to ritualistic child abuse".(36)
Rinkes provides no statistics to substantiate this claim. Later Rinkes gives the following question and answer:
"Q: Are there 'pockets' of devil worshippers and witch covens in San Diego county?
A: There is enough circumstantial evidence to indicate the existence of both devil worshippers and witch covens."(37)
Note that Rinkes admits here that his "evidence" is only circumstantial at best. I would agree with Rinkes that there has been a rise in the reporting and awareness of cult activity. But his comment about there being "enough circumstantial evidence to indicate the existence of... witch covens" is ludicrous. Rinkes could have located Wiccan groups by looking in the Yellow Pages or on the internet. They're not that difficult to find in California, which is home to several national Wiccan organizations, such as the Covenant of the Goddess and the Bay Area Pagan Assemblies. This being the case, I wonders why Rinkes hasn't checked them out to find out that Wiccans aren't Satanic?
The next page includes section: "Interview with a Satanist." There is a note with this half page section which states: "This interview was done by a San Diego Deputy Sheriff in the downtown jail. The man he interviewed was a self-proclaimed satanist."(38) In typical fashion, they neither identify the "satanist" (giving only the initial "G") nor the interviewer (giving only his initials: "DK"), preventing corroboration. The "interview" reads as follows:
"DK: How long have you been involved in Satanism?
"G: About 20 years.
"DK: How old were you when you started?
"G: About 17 or 18.
"DK: Who got you involved?
"G: A girlfriend.
"DK: You said earlier that your girlfriend or her aunt was a black witch.
"G: Yes, a black witch.
"DK: You had met the aunt then?
"G: I had known the aunt for a long time, but I didn't know that she was into this.
"DK: Was she into it for money, or was she into it for... was she in business as a black witch, or was she just involved?
"G: She was involved in a witch coven... but she didn't express it in public. It wasn't public knowledge.
"DK: When did you really get into it?
"G: When I said Satan 'I wanted this', and I believed Satan would provide it. I said yeah, this is me.
"DK: What is it about satanism that you liked? You said before you were raised as a Christian?
"G: My people...'the devil gives you rewards now'. were Christians, my father was a preacher (sic). I was raised a Christian. The Christian philosophy is you are good and just rewards will find you. With Satanism, the devil gives you rewards too."(39)
It is interesting that they should call this individual "self-proclaimed" when they seem to be suggesting that he was indoctrinated by someone else. Isn't this a contradiction? I wonder from this interview if the term "black witch" was brought up by the interviewer or if it was a term that the suspect really used himself.
This is followed by an article about sexual offenders written by Gayland Hurst: "The Cult: A New Police Problem." Hurst states:
"The problems involved with the cult explosion is becoming a many-faceted puzzle confronting law enforcement today. Not only is it difficult for us to understand the secret practices of Satanic worship, but there are deeper reasons that go beyond mere lust for power--and the unlimited drugs and narcotics, deviant sexual behaviour that go with it... In the cases of Satanic practices involving deviant sexual behaviour, the investigator forgets the offense was committed by an abnormal person influenced by many strange and complex motivations and, therefore, law enforcement's analysis of the crime and the criminal must be guided by the principles of abnormal sexology... All sex crimes are the result of degeneracy in some form or another (sic)."(40)
Hurst is seriously suggesting here that "unlimited drugs" and "deviant sexual behaviour" go hand in hand with a "lust for power." I can recall many examples of individuals with lusts for wealth and/or power within other religious communities that had nothing to do with drugs (or Satanism, for that matter). Certain Christian televangelists come to mind.
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