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Posted: December 23rd. 2002

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Police Who Believe [7]

by Kerr Cuhulain

Next is a four page interview of Dr Patricia Holliday by Chuck Palomino and Teri Hartley: "Ritualistic Child Abuse: Facing the Realities of Cults." In this article Holliday admits that she has only worked with one adult alleging ritualistic abuse. She has only ever had 7 other cases, all involving children from very young preschoolers to age 13. Hardly what one would call an extensive background. In it Holliday describes a pattern that will be familiar to the reader, in which the allegations are obtained after years of hypnotherapy. Holliday also states that she believes that things such as Heavy Metal music and fantasy role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons act as "catalysts" to get children involved in the occult. Towards the end of this interview the following exchange takes place between the interviewers and Holliday:

"Question [by Palomino and Hartley]: Well, it seems like it departed from the medieval practice of a religion, which is my understanding of what it was then, and it's come into its own as something else... A development that has been spurred on by things in our everyday life. If you've seen movies like Batman, who is also called Dark Knight,- things of that nature- is that what is actually spurring this on? Or has it just come from some sort of lack of something... and I don't know what... in our current American society? (sic)

"Answer [by Holliday]: It seems as we move toward a more and more religious society, we are going back to those religious values, because the country seems to be moving more and more in that direction. There does seem to be a kind of backlash of some people getting involved in the anti-religious component of society. And, even to the point of, and again referring to the adult woman that I worked with, that some churches are fronts for satanic groups. What will look like a church or Christian organization to us during the day, will nonetheless, be used for satanic worship at night. What better way, if the satanist wanted to desecrate religious implements? And they do. They go in and use the very same symbolic kinds of things that are available. They pour blood over them, pour urine over them, turn them upside down, deface them, anything to show that satan is stronger."(41)

The paranoia here is pretty obvious. Again, we see the word religion being equated solely with Christianity, suggesting that anything else is a "cult." Holliday ends her interview with the statement: "They really think that they're going to be able to have a world organization that will control every government. That's how incredibly bizarre they are." An interesting statement. I can name you many Christian evangelists with exactly the same ambitions for a theocracy.

The next two pages are a collection of excerpts from various sources: "Satanism... It's No Joke..." It starts with excerpts from appearances of Jacquie Balodis on Geraldo Rivera. As I mentioned earlier, the authors have gotten her name wrong, spelling it "Jackie Belotus." Perhaps they were working from an audio tape and had no transcript to get the correct spelling from. In it Jacquie tells her usual story about how her "folks were active Satanists"(42) and how her "mother was a black witch from Germany"(43) and her "father was involved in Satanism and all aspects of organized crime".(44)

Also in this section are quotes from Gaerin and Jackson as follows:

Gaerin: "It is the exact opposite of Christianity, in every way. And, really to understand the motivation behind these people and why they do some of the things that they do, and because some of them are so incredibly cruel and incredibly atrocious, well, it's beyond a lot of people's belief that they're capable of doing these things. So to understand the motivation you have to first understand the reason they do these things is because their doctrine is the exact opposite of what's good. They believe the more evil you are, the better you are. They believe that evil is good".(45)

Jackson: "Gaerin, an expert with extensive research on the satanic, says the religion is best described as the exact opposite of Christianity. In particular, the Catholic religion. 'It was designed to be a blashphmas parady (sic). They will go to the extent of stealing goblets, or candlesticks, or...items off alters (sic) of churches. There are lots of reports of that in our communities here. They will use that particular item in a blasphmas (sic) way. for example, a goblet that is used for communion in a Catholic church would be used to contain human or animal blood. Frequently, they might ask for volunteers or require everyone attending the ceremony to cut themselves and bleed into this cup to further blaspheme. They might urniate (sic) into it as a blasphemous way to the Catholic practice".(46)

Gaerin: "Black satanic witchcraft and white witchcraft, why is it so important to make the distinction between the two?

"White witchcraft has been around for thousands of years. It's been practiced (sic) openly. There is no human sacrifice. They are very open about it and they often become the victims of these people, vigilantes, searching for the satanists.

"'These people have had 2000 years to perfect their methods for secrecy, group deception and everything else. Right now, law enforcement is starting to catch up to them. They are way ahead of us'.

"Officer Jackson says police are seeing a rising tide of satanic activity. 'We do have a problem. We're hearing reports form people coming out of satanism saying that these people are killing people...that they are into cannabalism (sic). They drink the blood, eat the flesh and usually cremate the body. They do not leave any physical evidence.'

"But there is a trail, Jackson says, and it leads in many directions. 'It's everywhere. It's in downtown San Francisco. It's high up on the mountain ranges, it's...downtown Beaumont.'

"He says cases are coming to light where bodies are being recovered where heads have been decapitated, arms, hands or feet removed and incendirated (sic)- torched off'."(47)

Jackson appears to be contradicting himself in the above statement. On the one hand he is saying that the satanists aren't leaving any physical evidence, so it is impossible to prove what they are up to. But at the end he says that mutilated bodies are turning up everywhere (though he does not give any examples).

Next the manual lists LaVey's "Nine Satanic Statements", Gould's aforementioned list of symptoms, and the aforementioned excerpts from America's Best Kept Secret. There is also the standard list of items that, if found, supposedly indicates that the owner is a satanist. As usual, this list is very broad and vague. And there is also one of those lists of "satanic" symbols too. Here are some of the definitions found in it:
  • "Swastika-- In past history this symbol has been used by witches and warlocks as a magic emblem. In recent history, Adolf Hitler took this symbol as his own. This significance is that of power and those displaying it may share the attitude of aryan dominion and power that Hitler expressed".(48)

NOTE: Well, they got the part about Hitler borrowing this symbol right at least.
  • "Triangle-- A sign of Solomon known as an area of protection and representing the earth, sky and water".(49)

NOTE: Obviously the authors have forgotten that Solomon was not a Satanist. The Seal of Solomon is probably what they are referring to here. The Seal of Solomon is variously described in grimoires as a pentagram, a hexagram, not a triangle.
  • "Yin-Yang--Its meanings include all opposites. Male/Female, Night/Day, Black/White and Good/Evil."(50)

NOTE: This symbol is a Far Eastern mythological symbol of polarity and balance, but the authors have interpreted it in their usual Christian (or, to be more precise, Zoroastrian) fashion, that is, to represent opposition, which alters the context considerably.
  • "Pentagram-- This inverted star points downward toward Hell and Satan. It is a popular symbol but has no other meaning than a satanic one."(51)

NOTE: This is totally false, as I've already pointed out. The pentagram has had many meanings in many different cultures over the years, most of which are not satanic. Nor are all pentagrams inverted.
  • "Key of Solomon-- The pentagram is used with a circle surrounding it when any conjuring takes place. The symbol is drawn on the ground, generally with two circles around the pentagram."(52)

NOTE: Obviously what the authors are referring to here is the "Seal of Solomon." Of course, the "Keys of Solomon" (Greater and Lesser) are magical grimoires. Obviously the authors are not aware of this.

The next section is "The Satanic Calendar Explained." It is identical to the one found in America's Best Kept Secret, except that it has a brief addenda at the end listing only five of the eight Wiccan Sabbats.

Next we find a number of newspaper articles featuring CCIN Inc's Larry Jones, Sergeant Randall Emon, Sandy Gallant and Dave Gaerin.(53) Gaerin makes the following statements:
  • "'We're having grave robbings all over,' said Gaerin. 'I went out and looked at three in Alpine last week.' People talk about torchlit processions in the Japatul area, animal mutilations and other satanist-type activity in the East County. Gaerin, without giving details, said he knows of active witches' covens in the area. 'I know there is activity that goes on in almost all areas of the country', said the deputy. "Some of these membership lists would contain the names of prominent people. Under the freedom of religion rights, they have the right to practice the worship of Satan, and law enforcement won't get involved in that. But when satanists start committing crimes in connection with their worship, then it becomes a problem, Gaerin said. 'And that kind of (criminal) activity surrounds this group frequently', said the officer".(54)
  • "...Satanism isn't the forgiving religion most people encounter at their place of worship, said Gaerin. 'Within the framework of the covens, you screw up and you could lose your life, in a very horrible way,' he said. 'Their level of commitment is survival, and it has to be very deep to survive'. It is impossible to separate any discussion of satanism from Christianity because Satan worship is designed to be the exact opposite, said Gaerin."(55)

It is interesting to note that in the same article the county veterinarian, Dr Hubert Johnstone, refuted all of Gaerin's claims.

This part of the manual is illustrated with reproductions of medieval woodcuts from the period of the Inquisition, with captions such as: "The witch and the demon", "Satan in bonds", "Condemned souls carried to their place of punishment" and "The Demon of the Treasure." There is also a photograph of a rock somewhere with an "X" spray painted on it captioned "Satanic cross painted on a rock" and another photo of some graffiti on a wall in Santee, California, depicting an inverted cross and which reads: "He who dwells within this land dwells within the devils hand."

The appalling grammar and/or spelling in this manual is only matched by the appalling ignorance of the authors when it comes to things "occult." It is poorly researched, ill written and very biassed.

Tom Wedge is a "Cult and Occult Consultant," based in Columbus, Ohio. Wedge was a probation officer with the Logan County common Pleas Court Juvenile Division in Ohio. Wedge claims that what caused him to become interested in "occult crime" was when he became aware of a correlation between drug abuse and Satanic worship amongst juveniles. Wedge went on to teach "Criminal Investigation of Occult-Related Crimes" at the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy. Wedge wrote the book The Satan Hunter and has contributed to CCIN Inc's "File 18" newsletter. Wedge is listed as a resource by North American Conferences (Calvary Chapel's front organization, remember?) He has been a speaker at many seminars on "occult crime" and has appeared on Oprah Winfrey's and Geraldo Rivera's shows, including Geraldo's two hour special Exposing Satan's Underground. Wedge also acted as a consultant during taping for a special on Satanism taped by NBC's Connie Chung and Roger Mudd. Wedge is a devout Fundamentalist Christian.

In The Satan Hunter and in his lectures, Wedge quite clearly makes a distinction between Wicca and Satanism. In fact, unlike many lecturers in this area, Wedge is fairly knowledgeable in the areas of Paganism, Santeria, and Brujeria. This does not mean that he is comfortable with non Christian religions. On the contrary, he has stated in his lectures that although Wiccans, Buddhists, Moslems, and other non-Christian beliefs don't involve worship of Satan, he considers their religions Satanically inspired since they are not Biblically based. Wedge is a strong believer in Christian "spiritual warfare" and believes that the United States would have been better off if the only religion practised there was his brand of Christianity. In other words he does not consider non-Christians to be an immediate threat the way that he views Satanists, and does not believe that Pagans engage in criminal activity. But he does believe that non-Christians are "damned" and a bad influence on today's youth.

Wedge seems rather paranoid at times. An associate of mine video taped part of one of his seminars on 17 September 1988 at the Tri State Assembly of God. Wedge saw the video camera and approached him, informing him that this video "had better not turn up in any occult meetings!" My associate stopped the video camera but continued to audio tape. At one point about two or three hours into his presentation Wedge was describing some particularly gruesome events in very graphic terms. A woman with a baby and a teenage girl got up and walked out of the church. Tom immediately gave them his attention, chastising them for leaving "when the going gets tough" and saying: "I hope that they had a good reason for leaving!" Wedge then went on to say that his subject matter required his audience to be strong and urged them to stick it out because it got worse from that point on! In this lecture Wedge also makes several disparaging remarks about occult activity in the home state of Gov Mike Dukakis (this was an election year).

I have a copy of a 152 page manual distributed by Wedge at one of his seminars. Whoever put it together appears to have been unfamiliar with the correct procedure for double sided copying on their photocopier because pages are out of order, being photocopied on to the back of a page belonging elsewhere in the book. Many pages are duplicated, appearing at different places in the manual. Every page is stamped with Wedge's name and Bellfontaine address, and many are also stamped "confidential," though it appears that this "confidential" stamp was on the original page that he copied from. Very little of it appears to be Wedge's material, much of it obviously copied from other sources. Wedge rarely identifies the source of these articles, some of which I recognize and others I did not.

Over fifty pages of this material are devoted to Santeria or to information on criminals who profess to be Santeros. The rest is a mish mash of materials borrowed from several different sources, including:
  • Photocopied papers by Charles Wetli and Rafael Martinez entitled "Santeria: A Magico Religious System of Afro-Cuban Origin"
  • An unattributed excerpt which is actually a reproduction of the section on Satanism from "Religious requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains", the US Department of Defence's chaplains manual (US Government Publication No.008-020-00745-5)
  • 7 pages from an unidentified manual on psychological warfare
  • 7 pages on hex symbols on Pennsylvania barns (which aren't Satanic)
  • A photocopy of a poster advertising a concert by the Heavy Metal band "Suicidal Tendencies"
  • Two pages of technical drawings and specifications for an Ingram M10 machine pistol (why Wedge has included this is anyone's guess)

Wedge also included photocopies of many pictures from his book The Satan Hunter in this manual. Many of them depict eviscerated animals and mutilated human bodies and are presented as evidence of Wedge's claims, but, as usual, no names, dates or locations are supplied with them. Here are some examples of the captions to the pictures that he has included in this manual:
  • Accompanying a photograph of Wedge holding a doll in what appears to be the yard of a house in the background: "Tom Wedge holding a doll that was found at this Satanic ritual sight (sic). The doll was used in sympathetic magic which means that this doll represents the person who has offended a member of the group or coven. The doll was the second case in the same county involving a doll being sacrificed. The other ritual sight (sic) also included an animal sacrifice as well."

NOTE: Of course, sympathetic magic is not exclusively used to do harm to another, as Wedge suggests here. It also appears that Wedge has created a new category of occult crime here: doll sacrifice!
  • Accompanying a photo of a selection of ritual paraphernalia on display: "This is just a small amount of Satanic paraphernalia Tom Wedge puts on display at his seminars. Note the human skull, candles made from animal fat, which the Satanist believes has great power, next only to the fat of a baby melted down and mixed with wax to make candles."

NOTE: Sounds horrifying, but the fact is that no law enforcement agency has ever recovered candles made of "baby fat."
  • Accompanying a photo of a pentagram marked on a floor with some unidentifiable lump lying in the middle of it: "The inverted pentagram that you will find most of the time is of this type. They are very crude and quickly done. The sacrifice is made within the circle. In most cases, but not all, the sacrifice is left. Also the circle is drawn in the same manner, very crude and quickly."

NOTE: If what Wedge says about sacrificed animals being left lying around on pentagrams being commonplace is true, where are all the reports of these findings?

Wedge includes a typewritten page in this manual entitled "sex magic". No author is given so I presume that the author is Wedge. The page reads:

"Much of today's satanism is based, to some extent, on the teachings of Aleister Crowley, a bisexual who started a homosexual "sex magic" group called Ordo Templi Orientis at the turn of the century. The Order of the Golden Dawn is an offshoot of the O.T.O.

"Crowley wrote numerous books on the occult, and his teachings have become the bylaws of modern satanism.

"Crowley's teachings can be summed as: `Good is evil and evil is good', and other infamous quotes include: `Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law', `Thou has no right but to do thy will, do that and no other shall say nay', `man has the right to live by his own will... eat what he will...think what he will... love as he will. Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights...love is the law, love under will.'

"Crowley's so called commandments have been adopted by occultists, who believe Crowly's (sic) teachings give them the liberty to murder, mutilate, and cannibalize anyone or eat anything. This group are following Crowley's teachings, This is a very dangerous group who could very easyly (sic) kill someone and not think a thing about it."

Wedge states that Crowley "started" the O.T.O., which is not true: The O.T.O. was in existence before Crowley joined it, having been founded by a German, Karl Kellner, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Nor is it true that the Order of the Golden dawn is "an offshoot of the O.T.O." It was a separate organization founded upon Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian beliefs, which was founded many years before Crowley joined it, in 1898. You will also note here the creative way in which Wedge has interpreted Crowley's famous phrase: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law. Love under will." Wedge's additions and alterations have completely changed the context of this phrase.

This is not the only place in this manual in which Wedge employs this technique of changing the context. The introductory page to this manual is the following excerpt:

"Ritual Murder: One of California's satanist cults has found a nastily ingenious way to hold a human sacrifice and yet keep within the law. Their satanic chapel is the basement of an old building, where a 6-foot tall crucifix hangs upside down over an altar made of oak, and adorned with weird carvings. Skulls are used as chalices, and the scene is dimly lit by flickering candles. But a naked girl victim who lies upon the altar is actually a realistic, life-sized plastic doll. The doll is hollow, and inside is a plastic bag filled with fake `blood' and `entrails'. In the course of the ritual, the self styled priest of satan gashes the figure open with a knife, and `blood' flows freely, to the accompaniment of wild yells from his congregation, many of whom are young girls. Magic signs are drawn upon the girls bodies in `blood', and the ritual ends with a sexual orgy. THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM, `THE ABCs OF WITCHCRAFT'. One may dismiss this sort of thing as merely childish mumbo jumbo; but what ideas might it suggest to a person precariously (sic) balanced mind, who attended a ritual like this? "

Apart from giving a title (which is actually misspelled) Wedge makes no attempt to identify the source of this excerpt. In fact, Wedge has taken this from Doreen Valiente's book An ABC Of Witchcraft (note the correct title). Wedge has inserted a line, not in the original text of course, which has been capitalized above (by Wedge), giving the impression that the words that follow are his. He hasn't got the spelling right and is missing a word. If you look at page 286 of Valiente's book you will see that, in fact, it is Valiente's comment that follows the sentence inserted by Wedge. This excerpt is only a small part of 4 pages that Valiente, a well known Wiccan, devoted to the subject of "Ritual Murder"in her book, describing how Wiccan ritual doesn't involve such practices and how most reports of such activity attributed to Satanists are rumour. The manner in which Wedge has used this excerpt gives the impression that this so called book "The ABCs of Witchcraft" is a "how to" Satanic book, which it most certainly is not.

Wedge ends his manual with excerpts from Inquisitional witchcraft trials, including lists of questions that the Inquisitors used to ask. The final pages describe the procedure to do a Roman Catholic exorcism.

Basically Wedge's seminar manual is disjointed and full of inaccuracies. Wedge has plagiarized it from a number of sources, often not attributed and often subtly altered to change their context and meaning.






ABOUT...

Kerr Cuhulain


Location: Surrey, British Columbia

Website: http://www.officersofavalon.com

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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