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Article ID: 8458
Age Group: Adult
Posted: May 15th. 2004
About Policing the Shadows
by Kerr Cuhulain
The March 2004 issue of Law Enforcement Technology magazine features an article by Ronnie Garret: Policing the Shadows. Garrett's article is supposed to be on how to investigate "ritualistic crime". (note: Ronnie Garrett, the author of the article, is the Editor in Chief of Law Enforcement Technology Magazine). Sadly, it is yet another attempt to sell the idea that Satanic/Ritualistic crime is rampant and that anyone not Christian is a part of it. It is carefully written to disguise some of the agendas of the people mentioned in it, but it is pretty clear that it is written from the standpoint that police should be Christian guardians of society's morality.
Garrett's article begins by stating a complaint that we've heard all too often over the years from "occult experts" such as this: "... some law enforcement officers do not believe ritualistic crimes occur." In an attempt to make his point, Garrett quotes Mark Rizzo, who he identifies as the "chief of behavioral sciences" for the "National Gang Crime Research Center, Peotone, IL" who is "also a member of FREEdom Flyer Ministries" which Garrett describes as a "criminal justice chaplaincy agency" with 500 members in 40 states. Rizzo complains that this attitude is a mistake, complaining that "in the 60s, 70s and 80s local law enforcement lived in the same denial about gangs."
Having made this sweeping claim you'd think that Garrett's article would be full of statistics and case studies to prove that this is so. Not so. This article cites no statistics whatsoever and only two case examples as "proof" of the widespread problem that they tell us exists.
One of these two cases involves three fans of the heavy metal band Slayer who formed their own band, Hatred. Elyse Pahler was strangled and then stabbed 15 times by the three members of Hatred: Jacob Delasmutt, Joseph Fiorella, and Royce Casey. These three drug users allegedly kidnapped Pahler and sacrificed her in an attempt to make their band more successful. Casey later confessed this to a Christian pastor, leading to the location of Pahler's body 8 months after the crime. All three pleaded guilty and are now in prison doing 25 years to life. Pahler's family later sued Slayer, claiming that it was their music that inspired this vicious act. A judge threw the suit out of court in January 2001. Garrett's article doesn't give you all of these details. He makes no mention of Slayer and he doesn't mention the outcome of the trial or the lawsuit.
The other is a homicide committed fifteen years ago by unidentified "outlaw motorcycle gang members" who killed a man and then allegedly drew a pentagram on the body with wax. No names or details are provided to allow you to verify this claim. This doesn't prevent Garrett from extrapolating from these two examples to make statements like this:
- Garrett refers to occult crime suspects committing burglaries, stating that "Suspects involved in ritualism may also defile the residence, throw up graffiti or start a fire". No statistics or evidence is presented to prove this.
- "Members of these groups often remove specific body parts, such as the anus, heart, tongue, eyes, ears, and human fingers." You'll recognize the last item from the fraudulent stories of Mike Warnke, who I've discussed in detail earlier in my Witch Hunts series. Again, no proof is offered.
Despite the lack of evidence or statistics, Garrett makes the following all encompassing claim concerning ritualistic crime: "We have children practicing it. We have gangs practicing it. We have serial offenders practicing it. And now, we have Satanists and witches practicing it."
Garrett goes on to present a prediction by Dale Yeager of Seraph, Inc. Yeager trains law enforcement officers to investigate "ritualistic crime" for Seraph, Inc., which specializes in security consulting and training (Seraph is a reference to the angels known as the Seraphim, which is a clue to their religious orientation). Yeager believes that ritualistic crime will increase over the next decade. Yeager claims that ritualistic crime "only accounts for 5% of all crimes committed." That's a lot of crime. No argument or evidence is produced to justify making such a claim.
Garrett also quotes Dawn Perlmutter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art and Philosophy at the Cheney University of Pennsylvania, author of Investigating Religious Terrorism and Ritualistic Crimes. "Even when a crime is recognized as ritualistic," Perlmutter claims, "investigators often focus solely on the forensic evidence and overlook the act's ritualistic overtones." "When officers know what to look for," Yeager later tells us, "It's amazing what they discover. It is surprising what is cast away when they are not trained to look for these things." We've seen statements of this sort from "occult experts" over and over again throughout my Witch Hunts series of articles. The only way that these "experts" can create the illusion that there is a major problem with Satanic crime is to teach other law enforcement officers to use these "expert's" interpretation of the evidence.
In a section with the title "How Can You Monitor Cult Activity?" Garrett advises the reader: "Before a crime is committed, experts recommend local law enforcement assess the subcultural groups in their jurisdictions. By gathering intelligence on these groups, officers ensure they won't be caught off guard when ritualistic crimes occur." "Ignoring the crime's ritualistic nature is the worst thing law enforcement can do", Garrett warns us, "You're applying rational thinking to magical thinking and it doesn't add up. You can't apply common logic to these crimes. These people are thinking magically, which has its own logic."
What does Garrett mean when he uses the expression "these people" and "subcultural groups"? Garrett makes this clear in the following statement in his article in which he lumps several unconnected things together: "The internet enables people to quickly obtain information on satanism, witchcraft, potions, cannibalism, vampirism and so on." He adds to this by quoting Yeager: "That's critical when you're trying to recruit people." Garrett uses Perlmutter to reinforce this theme of occult recruiting: "A spiritual void may also be to blame", Perlmutter tells us, "They are seeking confirmation, respect, something that's missing in their lives. These groups know exactly what to say to reel them in... "
Later in the article Garrett claims that "The trappings of the cult might help a pedophile lure kids to his or her web. A disenfranchised youth might use the trappings of the cult to appear powerful or to gain control over his environment and other people." He follows this with a lame disclaimer in an attempt to make this article look objective and reasonable: "But not everyone involved in witchcraft, paganism, satanism, etc. commits crimes." This statement is so vague one could replace the religions mentioned here with the name of any other religion and it would read as true. Turn this around: We can certainly cite numerous cases in the media lately concerning Christian clergy that were pedophiles. The Residential School scandals in Canada come to mind. It would be more accurate and more ethical to say that the vast majority of Pagans and Wiccans are law abiding, as are most Christians. But statements like that obviously don't suit the agenda of the people named in Garrett's article.
The full credentials of the individuals that Garrett quotes are downplayed or omitted to cover their hidden agenda from the reader. For example: From Garrett's brief bio of Mark W. Rizzo you'd get the impression that he was a gang expert who just happened to be a police chaplain. On the NGCRC web site listing Rizzo as a law enforcement presenter, Rizzo lists his credentials as follows:
"... field representative for the American Jail Association... Board Member of the International Association of Ethics Trainers... served as a Deputy Sheriff in Pennsylvania... Administrative Aide for the Cook County Sheriff in Chicago... teaches Criminal Justice and Behavioral Science as an adjunct professor at several colleges, various police training institutions, and the National F.B.I. Academy... B.A. in Theology, M.S. in Criminal Justice, and Juris doctorate... certified trainer with the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers."
The truth is Mark W. Rizzo is the C.E.O., President, Trustee and founder of FREEdom Flyer Ministries. That's not a typo: Rizzo capitalizes the first four letters as I have here. Rizzo founded this organization in 1987, its purpose being to install his sort of Christian chaplains "into law enforcement, police, courts, correctional institutions, and branches of legislative government throughout the United States and in six foreign countries." FREEdom Flyer Ministries claims membership in the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association, the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, the National Sheriff's Association, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Correctional Officers. ). The mission statement of FREEdom Flyer Ministries makes his purpose very clear:
"To see the people of the Criminal Justice Systems of the world come to a knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus. To discipline converts and re-establish their families. To see the new converts serving our Lord Jesus Christ through a local, New Testament church. To reconcile and re-establish proper Biblical Jurisprudence. To teach principles of good government and law enforcement."
In other words these people intend to engage in the very recruiting activities that Garrett is so quick to accuse "subcultural groups" of engaging in.
The Board of Directors of FREEdom Flyer Ministries includes: Rev. James Frisby (Secretary), Pastor Kevin Kennedy (Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas), and Pastor Ron Peterson (Pastor, Bible Baptist Church, Terre Haute, IA). Regional Directors and "Deputation Team" members include: David and Virginia Waaland (Supervising Chaplain, Cook County Jail, Chicago) and Gary and Toni Throgmorton (Director of Law Enforcement Ministries. FREEdom Flyer Ministries offers the following programs: Criminal Justice Chaplaincy Training, Victim's Assistance Program, One Church- One Parolee©, Blue and White Sunday©, Right Start- Right Step, Bible Study, One Inmate- One Church© and Ministry of Hope©. Their chaplaincy course schedule includes the claim that it's course will provide "certification" in "Witchcraft and the Occult".
Rizzo gets a lot of exposure. He was a presenter at the 2003 Sixth International Gang Specialist Training Conference in Chicago. He gave the following courses:
- "New Age Club Drugs and Gangs": Rizzo's co-presenter was Robert Mulvaney of the Michigan Department of Corrections.
- "Criminal Profiling: Why the Profiler's Failed- the D.C. Sniper Case": Rizzo's co-presenters were Todd D. Negola, Psy.D, Chief Psychologist, Federal Correction Institution, Loretto, and Det. Tony Avendorph, Prince George County Police Department, Maryland.
- "Conducting a Psychological Autopsy"
- "Violent Criminal Profiling": Mulvaney is Rizzo's co-presenter again for this course.
- "Advanced Issues: Hostage Negotiations and Profiling Hostage Takers, aka 'Suicide by Cop'"
- "Islam/Terrorism and its Integration into Organized Crime Groups"
- "Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons"
To give you an idea of the focus of this conference, let's look at some other presenters there. Another presenter at this conference was Dr. Dan Feaster, Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center in Wisconsin. Feaster is the author of the manual "Youth in Destructive Groups: Cults, Gangs, Teenage Satanism, and Hate Groups. Feaster offered these courses:
á "Teenage Satanism, Goth and the Occult"
á "Magic, Mind Reading, and Critical Thinking Skills": "Learn how magic can be used to deceive people or teach people critical thinking skills" the course description tells us, "Participants will gain an understanding of magic and mind reading and how they can be used in deception."
Another was Gordon McLean, Director of the Juvenile Justice Ministry of Metro Chicago Youth for Christ, whose courses bore the titles:
á "Impacting Gang Kids With a Christian Based Message and Program, YES, it Works! Here's How".
á "Getting the Community Involved: Telling the Story of Your Gang Prevention/Intervention Program."
Still another presenter at this conference was Delano Dilkey, Director of National Youth Violence Consultants (NYVC), Rock Island, IL. Dilkey's lectures included:
- "What Lies Beneath the Rock? Hate!" In the course description it is claimed that "75% of the assailants in the multiple school shooting incidents in previous years were associated with a hate group or occultic group".
- "Criminal Occult Groups, Satanism, and the Goth Culture": The course description claims that "youth... have been caught up in the Satanic web" and that there is "an overlap between Satanic dabbling and ordinary street gang membership activities". Gilkey claims that his workshop will "explore youth involved in the Occult and the Goth movement... You will also gain knowledge on the correlation between occult groups and hate groups."
Garrett's article is as poorly researched as most articles of this genre. What little supposed "ritualistic crime" information it does attempt to impart is hopelessly simplistic and full of errors. Here are some excerpts from Garrett's article as examples:
- "January 1 is often referred to as a Druid's Feast..." Only by ill informed experts like this. This idea is copied straight out of David Balsiger's awful Witchcraft/Satanism Ritual Calendar, which came out in 1988. Actually the Druids recognize the Celtic New Years day, which occurs on October 31. It was the Romans who honoured the Goddess Fortuna on January 1. This is the source of the Western New Years day, dating back to 153 BCE. Pagan religions such as Wicca celebrate Samhain (October 31) as New Years, ignoring January 1 entirely. Satanists don't celebrate on January 1 either.
- "... February 2 is considered Witches Sabbat Day." It is true that February 2 is a Greater Sabbat called Imbolc in the Wiccan calendar. By including it here Garrett is inferring that it is a date on which ritualistic crimes occur and implying that Wiccans commit such crimes. This is absurd.
- "Spring and summer solstices also carry some significance to various groups." Yet Garrett makes no effort to explain what significance or to identify these groups. Garrett demonstrates his complete ignorance of anything occult with this statement: There is no such thing as a Spring solstice. If he had made an effort to research this before making such statements, he would have learned that the Spring equinox (Eostre or Ostara) and Summer solstice (Litha) are both Sabbats on the Wiccan calendar, and that neither has anything to do with ritualistic crime or Satanism.
Throughout his article Garrett repeatedly mentions the pentagram, referring to it as a ritualistic symbol and making no effort to differentiate between a Wiccan pentagram (upright) and a Satanic one (inverted). Garrett includes one diagram with a list of symbols typically found in such articles. In the center of this diagram we find a representation of the inverted pentagram symbol of Anton LaVey's Church of Satan. A candle has been drawn at each of the five points of this symbol. Around this are drawn five symbols:
- "Symbol of Sexual Ritual": This is a variation of the nonsense about "coven markers" that first surfaced (as a mislabeled anarchy symbol) in Mary Ann Herold's A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement. "Trail markers" are listed as "Identifiers of Occult Relations" in Alford's Occult Crimes Investigations. Lou Sloat's Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual lists ritual markers in an untitled list of symbols attributed to Satanism. Detective Rimer's "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'" warns the investigator to "Look for painted rocks, symmetrically placed rocks, bones, feathers, or symbols that would indicate traps. Do not touch any substance at a ritual site without wearing gloves. Poison is often used during ritual ceremonies." I've never seen any Pagan using traps or poison in rituals in over 35 years of Wiccan practice all over North America.
- "Symbol of Anarchy": The letter "A" within a circle is a symbol often described by Christian "experts" as an "anarchy symbol" or an "anti-justice symbol". Early in the Witch Hunts series I showed you how it appeared in Michael Warnke's book in Schemes of Satan. John Frattarola included it in his awful America's Best Kept Secret. Ultimately the anarchy symbol made it into police manuals such as Dubois's Occult Crime, and Johnston's The Edge of Evil.
- "Inverted Cross."
- "666- Sign of Satan". 
- "Beelzebub- Name for Satan".
- "Natas- Satan Spelled Backwards".
The only other illustration in the article is of a statue modeled on the drawing of "Baphomet" that appears in Eliphas Levi's Transcendental Magic, which any serious student of "the occult" knows is not a Satanic (or ritualistic) symbol.
In other words it is really Garrett who is trying to "reel us in". He and his ilk are trying to turn law enforcement into religious enforcement. He is trying to use his position in the law enforcement community to disseminate misinformation calculated to advance his agenda. This is the very activity that he suggests that we engage in. Garrett concludes his article: "It is important to know what is going on in the shadows of its community." I agree wholeheartedly. That's what my article about Garrett and his sources is all about.
Garrett, Ronnie. (March 2004). Policing the Shadows
, Law Enforcement Magazine.
Garrett, Ronnie. (March 2004). Policing the Shadows
, Law Enforcement Magazine
 Sloat, Lou. (Date unknown). Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 28. 
Rimer, Don. "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'" http://www.ogia.net/oklahoma%20gang%20investigators'%20association/occult/htm
Garrett, Ronnie. (March 2004). Policing the Shadows
, Law Enforcement Magazine
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