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Blaming 'Witchcraft's Control'

Breaking the Spell: The Hidden Traps of Wicca

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Ed Decker: Saints Alive in Jesus

The Encyclopedia of Satanic Wicca

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Mike Warnke [2]

Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: July 1st. 2002
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Another element peculiar to Warnke's book is in his description of his initiation into the "third level". At the end of the ceremony he is supposedly required to sign his name in his own blood in a register. This isn't that unique, but Warnke then claims that he noticed that some of the signatures on the page had turned green. "Dean" explains to him that those are the signatures of people who changed their minds and wanted to leave the cult. "Dean" tells him that if any member starts thinking about leaving, their signatures turn green to warn the others.

Later Warnke describes a circle being cast by "Dean" for Warnke's supposed third level initiation. "With a ceremonious gesture and incantation, after bowing to the East, Dean swept up the sword, said a blessing, then walked around the altar, trailing the point of the sword on the rough-hewn floor, on which you could see the marks of a dozen other circles where swords had pricked up bits of the wood. Someone followed behind him with chalk. "Anyone familiar with the traditional methods of casting circles as outlined in the grimoires of Occidental ceremonial magic, from which Satanists borrowed some of their ideas about circle casting, would tell you that the circle is always drawn out with the symbols appropriate to the date and purpose of the rite FIRST and traced with the sword during casting AFTER. Warnke has it backwards, a detail that someone who supposedly became a high priest would surely have known.

Next Warnke relates how a female witch took him to her apartment and taught him how to make "potions". She supposedly shows him a "bluish stitch-like line just in front of her ear". She tells him that "An enraged demon clawed me there. They don't like to have to obey you, and if you give them the smallest excuse, they'll turn on you. They're like mad dogs. I couldn't see him, but I felt it, that's for sure. "

Eventually Warnke claims that he started creating his own rituals. He says that he "appropriated some ideas from the Catholic church [as] much of their ritual still impressed me". The silly thing about this is that the Black Mass, variations of which form the basis of all of the Satanic rituals described by Warnke, are a parody of the Catholic Mass. It's hard to imagine how one could add anything more Catholic to a ritual that is entirely based on a Catholic Mass.

Describing another ritual at which he claims he officiated, Warnke says that he "pretended to disembowel" the woman acting as his altar. One of the characteristics of Warnke's book that distinguishes it from later books is that there is a notable absence of the sacrificial stuff involving humans found in later books by people such as Lawrence Pazder and Lauren Stratford. Warnke claims that he introduced the concept of animal sacrifice to the rituals of his Satanic group, which hadn't previously done them. Warnke's first mention of animal sacrifice is a description of how he sacrificed a cat on page 101. He later claims that police officers who were fellow cult members complained to him that his group was leaving too many carcasses of dogs with the blood drained from them lying around. The unnamed officer claims that "reports on this have increased by 500 percent over the past three months. "If this is so, why doesn't Warnke show us where the statistics can be found to corroborate this story?Warnke simply makes a vague reference to "reports in the San Francisco paper" and brags that "the incisions were made as expertly as any surgeon's- a tribute to our movement's students of this art. "Compare this claim to his description of the cat sacrifice already mentioned:"I swung the screaming cat over the smoking cauldron and then over the heart of the girl on the altar. Then, when the sword point touched the cat's belly, I thrust it in. "Disembowelling a screaming, fighting cat held in one hand with an unwieldy sword in the other does not seem to me to be conducive to "expert incisions". In fact it strikes me as being a rather haphazard and messy process.

Warnke states that he went on a mission to recruit followers at a gathering in Victorville. He describes the people there as "flower children" and as "motorcyclists...[having] on the backs of their jackets...symbols indicating at least an appreciation of Satan, if not a worship of him. " This seems to be an oblique description of motorcycle gang members.

Having achieved the notice of his superiors as a result of this trip, Mike supposedly gets sent to Salem, Massachusetts, for a major "Illuminati" conference. The person running the conference is named Briget Bishop and she is identified to Warnke as "an ancestor [of a person] by the same name [who was] hanged there June 10, 1692. "She is further described as "deadly serious about witchcraft, an authority on organization..."Warnke States: "...she had a nail studded door that her witch ancestors had erected. I did not ask her about that seventeenth century Briget Bishop, but in one of our discussions about art, when I mentioned a woodcut depicting a Salem Sabbat, she casually declared that some of the witch hunters of Salem were actually witches too. "There was a Briget Bishop who was one of the 19 persons hanged in Salem during the witch hunts there. But the glaring flaw in Warnke's argument is that it is a very well documented historical fact that NONE of the victims of the Salem incident were witches. Not one. Therefore if this modern "Briget Bishop" really exists (which I doubt), she is a charlatan.

Warnke claims at one point that "The Brotherhood" was a major drug importing operation and that the reason that they weren't caught was because there were Satanic cops helping them out. You would think that now Warnke has allegedly left the cult and become a Christian that he would have reported the names of these officers to the authorities to end this alleged abuse of authority. He has not.

At one point Warnke claims that he demonstrated his "powers of witchcraft" to a friend by casting a "hex" on a bar across the street from the Pine Inn in Crestline, causing it to burn down.

Warnke claims that despite the fact that he had money, power and influence, he kept a job as a cook at a hamburger stand as a "cover". A cover for what?Who is gong to believe that a part time cook at a hamburger stand can afford to be driven around in a limousine as he says he was?In the same paragraph he states that evening he enjoyed a steak dinner at a classy restaurant in Riverside, talking with one of his prospects. Again, who is going to believe that a part time cook in a hamburger stand can afford that?

In The Satan Seller, Warnke states that the cult gave him a furnished apartment full of occult books and two women as servants and love slaves. Dennis Pekus, a friend of Warnke's in both high school and college, reports that it is "a fantasy". Greg Gilbert reports that Warnke's only girlfriend in college was Lois Eckenrod. Warnke had an apartment, but none of Warnke's friends who frequented this apartment ever saw occult books, love slaves or expensive furniture.

It was Warnke who first mentioned the supposed custom of Satanic cult members cutting off their little fingers as a sacrifice to Satan. In fact he claims that he introduced this "custom" to his own rituals, challenging members to cut off their fingers. This is described in two places in this book, but curiously, it never occurs to Warnke to sacrifice HIS finger. In addition, if this finger amputation business was so commonplace, where are all these people running around with a finger missing?

Later in the book Warnke claims that his group snatched a young girl off the street, dragged her to one of their rituals, and raped her. Yet Warnke was never charged with kidnapping, rape or unlawful confinement. He explains this away by having himself encounter the girl a few pages later. The girl forgives him and forgets the whole thing because she has accepted Jesus Christ as her saviour!

Warnke presents a single scar on his arm as evidence of his arm being slashed in Satanic ceremonies. But there are several statements by Warnke in his books that make this hard to believe:

"He found a place near an artery and made an incision there. I jerked violently in pain, but he held my arm tightly with his other hand;he caught the blood in an eyecup and thrust a handkerchief at me to stop the flow..."

"The next step was to get some genuine human blood for our Communion. 'Volunteers!' I barked. 'Up to the altar. 'I picked up the ritual knife while Paul held a chalice ready to receive the blood. 'I'll be first,' I said, extending my wrist to allow Andy to make an inch long slit...We then added wine and desecrated holy water. "

"Eventually, my search led me into the demonic Bedlam of satanism. The three-inch-long scar on my arm testifies to the extremes my involvement with this diabolical religion took. Four times a year- during our special festivals- my fellow satanists would slash my arm with a sacramental knife and drain my blood into our common chalice for ritual communion. The would mix my blood with urine, wine and blood from an animal sacrifice so we could partake together in an oblation to our god-Satan himself!"

The first two excerpts above were the only mention of Warnke's arm being slashed in The Satan Seller. The first supposedly happened at Warnke's "initiation" and the second supposedly occurred at a ritual that Warnke organized. Note how in the second one, written in 1972, blood is mixed with "wine and desecrated holy water. "Nineteen years Warnkeclaims that urine, wine, and blood from an animal sacrifice were mixed with his blood. We are expected to believe that even though Warnke claims to have had his arm cut four times a year for several years, and by different people if the first two paragraphs are to be believed, he only has ONE three inch scar. This is a bit hard to believe, especially since Warnke makes no mention of any special effort being made to cut over the same scar repeatedly in either book.

Warnke really does have a scar on his wrist, but the explanation for it has nothing to do with Satanism. Caroline Alberty, Warnke's second wife, reports that in 1976:

"We were at a motel, and [Mike] said, 'I'll show you how much I love you. 'He took a pocket knife and cut his wrist, and cut mine, and mixed our blood. He said, 'Now we are one. 'He gave himself the name Many Horses-because I was part American Indian. "

In case you had missed it, Warnke definitely believes in demons. Warnke states:

"As members of the Brotherhood, we probably understood demons better than most people, because we used them to accomplish our evil deeds. Demons are Satan's helpers, fallen angels who were expelled with him from heaven. They are an invisible presence. You cannot see them, but you soon know they are there. There are legions of demons. No one knows how many. Perhaps some demonologists could name all the commanders of legions of demons, but the rank-and-file outnumber people!...Demons can inflict disease, can possess men, can possess animals, can oppose spiritual growth, can disseminate false doctrine, can torment people, and can be tormented by people. Demons can talk or can cry with a loud voice, using the tongues and lips of humans. They can tell lies and make people believe lies. They can even preach. They can stand, walk, and seek rest when embodied in a human being. They can tell fortunes, make people strip off their clothes, cause suicides, render a person insane, or cause a body to be bowed in affliction. They can cause jealousy, pride or lust. They can drive a person into despair.

"Demons seek to inhabit human bodies that they might work out their indescribable lusts and evil longings. They will not willingly leave a human body they inhabit. If cast out, they will seek to re-enter the same body, inviting other demons to join them. It is known that as many as two thousand demons inhabited one man. "

We are talking serious paranoia here. Of course, Warnke doesn't identify the source or the man.

Warnke claims that he read that two Satanic cult members were crushed to death by demons because they were standing in the wrong part of the magic circle. He does not identify the book that he read this in. Warnke then says:"I also had to make sure the pentagram was freshly painted on the altar stone every week so there would be no break in the lines forming it. If there was a break, a demon could get out, becoming a wild and unfettered demon. "Anyone who has ever read any of the grimoires of Occidental traditonal magic will tell you that not only are spirits supposedly called to a point outside of the circle, but also that they are called into a triangle drawn on the ground, and constrained to stay there by means of talismans called pentacles (which may have pentagrams inscribed on them). The circle is meant to be a means of protection against the demons, so they aren't supposed to be called into the circle itself.

Later Warnke blames his addictions and behaviour on demons. He describes the way he hurt members of his family: " vainglorious braggadocio in vile words and gestures. I learned later that this was demons work. Unknown to me, the demons I had worked with had entered me and increasingly seized chances to get back at me for the labors that I put them to. "Later in the book he describes how he becomes paranoid and abuses the female servants that he keeps. But as we saw earlier, he not only did not use drugs, but he did not behave in this manner in front of family members and did not have any female servants to abuse.

Warnke claims that eventually the Satanic cult turned against him and expelled him, leaving him penniless. In desperation he joins the Navy, where two fellow servicemen convert him to Christianity. When his girlfriend (later his first wife) sprains her ankle, Warnke believes that it is demons sent by his former Satanic associates that are responsible for it. He tells us that his girlfriend and her companion are followed "by two bats, everywhere they went. "He believes that these and a black cat which hangs around their front gate are demons. Later he describes two demonic attacks in his home which his wife Sue wards off by calling upon the name of Jesus. Later still he describes being thrown out of bed by a demon.

Warnke claims that his first wife's friend Lorrie took it upon herself to spy on "The Brotherhood" and got shot at outside of a warehouse. Warnke claims that this was reported to the police, but makes no mention of the outcome. He claims that a week later he was shot at by a group of cult members armed with a . 22 cruising by in a Cadillac. Warnke states:"I decided not to report it to the police. I did not want them digging into my background. "Why not?He claims that he had turned over a new leaf and begun a life as a law-abiding Christian. Why wouldn't he want to come clean and help the police clear up this criminal cult?After Warnke leaves the cult, he alleges that he received numerous threatening letters from them. However, he later states that he burned them all, conveniently removing the need to produce them as evidence.

Warnke then meets up with Pastor Tim LaHaye. Warnke describes his meeting with LaHaye in his home:

"When he and his wife came to see us in our home, we told them about some of my past experiences with witchcraft, and about the oppression that still followed us. We were hoping he might have some answers for us, or some guidance that might help us oppose the Satanists.

"'I've had some experience along that line myself, Mike,' Pastor LaHaye admitted. 'I've been attacked by witches...'"

Warnke then says that he was sent to Vietnam as a medic. In Vietnam he claims to have returned to alcoholism. Warnke claimes that while there he was forced to execute a Vietnamese civilian suspected of spying by his commanding officer. Warnke claims that he was wounded twice. Yet in his next book, Hitchhiking on Hope Street, Warnke claims to have been wounded five times. The story that Warnke weaves of his exploits in Vietnam give the impression that he was there for a long time:Actually he was a hospital corpsman and in country only six months. When Warnke returned from Vietnam he claims to have been helped back to his faith by evangelist Tim Handley. Warnke identifies Handley as the person who ultimately introduces him to David Balsiger. Warnke states in this book that Balsiger was working on "an extensive research project into the occult. "Balsiger was at this time a media director for evangelist Morris Cerullo and his Melodyland center. Cerullo's organization was instrumental in helping Warnke get out of the Navy in order to go to work for them.

Warnke has the following conversation with Balsiger in his book:

"'The problem is that too many people think witchcraft is fun and games- completely harmless but, it is not!' I told them.

"'That's right Mike,' Dave said. 'We discovered that occult practitioners open themselves to mental derangement, criminal tendencies and possible self destruction or the destruction of other persons. '

"'Yes, you're right,' I said in agreement. 'I saw that first hand when I was involved in the occult. '

"'You know, many witches say that only Satanists and black arts practitioners go off the deep end and kill people or commit other crimes,' Dave added, 'But we researched eleven recent major criminal cases in this country which resulted in thirty nine deaths. Occult practices were directly or indirectly linked to each case. We discovered that these cases were not traceable just to Satanists but were linked to specific occult practices, such as tarot cards, astrology, witchcraft, reincarnation, astral projection, ESP, thought transfer, and mysticism. '

"Well, that certainly debunks the witch's case,' Sue pointed out. 'But which practices are considered occult and which are not?'

"In America, about eighty different occults (sic) are practiced. Some of the more popular ones are those we just mentioned, plus Ouija boards, spiritualism, table tipping, levitation, hypnosis, clairvoyance, numerology, reading tea leaves, phrenology, colorology, water divining, automatic writing, clairaudience, psychokinesis, pendulum healing, crystal gazing, dream analysis, person programming, mind control, fortune telling, materializations, voodoo, palmistry, meditation, white magic, I Ching, telepathy, fetiches, (sic) talismans, seances...'"

Neither Balsiger nor Warnke identify any of these "eleven major cases", so the reader is left to take their word for it. Balsiger then throws out various irrelevant statistics on the popularity of astrology and Ouija boards. Then Balsiger's wife Janie asks him a question:

"'Say, a tenant in our apartment house claims she is a white witch and casts only good spells,' Janie mentioned, 'There's no such thing as a good witch, is there?'

"'No. Many of these labels of white and gray are television terms which have been picked up by witches over the past few years to "sanitize" their practices. They all call on the same spirit force-which is not God!And any supernatural power which is not of God is of Satan. It is that simple. The best known Satanist in the country, Anton LaVey, states that people trying to label themselves as white or gray witches are hiding behind false pride and hypocrisy...'"

It is no secret that Anton LaVey had no use for Wiccans. He publicly stated his disdain for Wiccans on several occasions. LaVey does not consider Wiccans "witches" at all, using the term "witch" himself to refer to followers of his beliefs, borrowing the Christian custom. Balsiger is correct that many Wiccans have picked up the use of the terms "white" and "gray" from the press, using them to try to describe their beliefs in terms more easily understood by the public. Balsiger admits that his basis for labelling things as Satanic is to determine whether they are Christian or not. Everything not Christian is, in his view, Satanic.

Balsiger gives unbelievable figures for the number of people practising what he calls "witchcraft," unless you take into account the way in which he uses the word "witch" as a blanket term as the Inquisitors did. Balsiger states that there are "literally millions" of witches in America, but claims that he cannot give any exact figures because they are "too secretive". He later states:"Furthermore, one witch was quite confident that within twenty-five years the largest religion in the world would be witchcraft. The University of California at Berkely has granted the first degree in sorcery. Occult practitioners in New York City are demanding that civil rights legislation be extended to protect witchcraft as a formal religion. "

There is a grain of truth in Balsiger's assertion that the University of California at Berkeley handed out a degree in "sorcery". It was, in fact, a bachelor of arts degree with a major in magic (not sorcery), granted to Isaac Bonewits, who by the way is not a witch. You can check out Bonewits's theories on magic in his book Real Magic (Creative Arts Book Company, Berkeley, 1970; There is a picture of his degree on the back cover).

Next Balsiger tells us that there is a "rent-a-witch" agency "in Cleveland that will rent witches for parties at a cost of $25 to $200". He goes on to say that "...witchcraft is being taught as an official course or as part of a lecture series in public schools all across the country under a variety of course titles, including the Literature of the Supernatural", which is Balsiger's way of saying that all non-Christian subjects taught in our schools are in his opinion witchcraft courses. Warnke then claims that Balsiger showed him a survey that he had done:

"which indicated more than 50 percent of the nation's public schools had introduced students to witchcraft in one form or another...It all started around 1970, and very few parents have objected to the courses or even know they are being taught, because they don't take an interest in what's happening in the schoolroom anymore. We found these courses in junior and senior high school as well as colleges. And it is bound to get worse..."

Of course, neither Warnke nor Balsiger describe how the survey was done, where it was conducted, or any other details to corroborate their assertions. The only course that they identify is the "Literature of the Supernatural" course, so we have to take their word for it that the other courses to which they refer really do involve witchcraft.

Balsiger demonstrates that he, like Warnke, believes in demons, stating his belief that new age mediums are actually channelling demons, not the spirits of departed souls. He then states:

"...40 to 50 percent of those undergoing treatment for various neuroses in and out of mental institutions have dabbled in the occult, and it never occurs to most psychiatrists to ask about this, nor would they know how to deal with it if they did ask. That's because it's a spiritual problem, and only a Christian psychiatrist would be able to cope with it successfully..."

No clue is given as to where Balsiger obtained these statistics. Note how Balsiger believes that only Christian psychiatrists are capable of dealing with the problem he perceives.

Warnke next tells Balsiger that he got rid of his peace symbol after he found Jesus. Balsiger remarks:"The peace symbol, even worn by many Christians today, has a very long history. It was used on Hitler's Nazi death notices and as part of the official inscription on the gravestones of Nazi officers of the SS, the leaders of which, incidentally, were Satanists. During the Middle Ages as well as today, it has been the favourite sign of the Satanists. In Austria and Italy during ancient times, it meant evil and death. It is also known as Nero's cross, because when Peter was crucified, he asked to be crucified upside down...Nero is said to have granted the request and constructed a cross like the peace symbol. Since that time it has been known as the symbol of the antichrist, and in 70 A. D. it was the signet carried by the Romans who ravished Jerusalem. "

The difficulty with this account is that the peace symbol only dates back to Easter 1958:It was created by well known author Bertrand Russell, who used it as a symbol in a march for nuclear disarmament that took place in Aldermaston, England. The symbol consists of three elements:The semaphore signal for the letter "N" (nuclear) superimposed over the semaphor signal for the letter "D" (disarmament), surrounded by a circle (representing the concept "total"). Thus the completed symbol was supposed to represent "total nuclear disarmament".

Balsiger's confused notion that the Nazi's used this symbol is probably from his misunderstanding of Runic alphabets. There is a letter in the Anglo Saxon and Thames versions of these alphabets which resembles the peace sign without the circle:It represents the letter "K" in our Roman alphabet. The Nazi's did use runes, but not the peace symbol, which wasn't created until several years after the demise of the Third Reich. It is true that the Bible says that Peter was crucified upside down. But the fact is that even modern Biblical scholars now admit that there is very little evidence to corroborate this crucifixion story. No one knows when, where or how St. Peter died. In fact it is uncertain as to whether he was a real person. The "Petrine Passage" in the Gospel of Matthew, an account of Peter's acquisition of the symbolic keys, was inserted in the third century C. E. for political reasons. Christians like Balsiger use this story of Peter's crucifixion in an attempt to re-interpret the peace symbol and the inverted crucifix, rewriting the history to make it suit their purposes. I noted in Warnke's later book Schemes of Satan that he had changed his mind about this definition, stating:"The evidence for true occult use of this symbol is inconsistent, although many believe it to represent an upside-down cross with broken cross-pieces. This symbol does not appear in any of the serious occult literature. "

If we examine the few dates found in The Satan Seller and compare them against dates that we can verify from school and Navy records, you'll find that Warnke's account becomes even less believable. For example, Warnke describes two full moon ceremonies in his book:the night of his initiation into the Satanic cult and the night that he became a high priest. He also states in the book that he became a high priest shortly before Christmas 1965. Reference to an astronomical ephemeris shows that between the time that Warnke started college (September 13, 1965) and Christmas 1965 there were three full moons:October 10, November 8 and December 8. We also know that Warnke joined the Navy on June 2, 1966.

Warnke states in his book that he visited his first Black Mass three weeks before being initiated into the cult at the full moon and that the Black Mass did not occur until about a month after he was fired from his job. Even if Warnke got his job on the first day of school, this seven week period would bring him forward to November 1. Therefore the October 10 full moon is ruled out.

This means that Warnke must have been initiated into the cult on the November 8 full moon and made a high priest on the following full moon December 6, a remarkable feat. Since Warnke states that his first visit to a Black Mass was three weeks before his initiation, this first visit must have occurred about October 18. That means that everything that Warnke claims to have done before he became a high priest must have occurred in just five weeks.

Close examination of The Satan Seller shows that Warnke tries to squeeze an incredible amount of activity into this five week period. He is introduced to marijuana a few days after starting college, a week or so later he starts using it full time and then experiments with a whole series of different drugs, becoming an addict. He states that he got a job to support his habits but got fired a month later. "Dean" invites him to an orgy and some time after that Warnke attends his first Black Mass October 18. If this was true then it allows no time for Warnke to become addicted to all these drugs, never mind develop recognizable symptoms of addiction. It leaves no time for Warnke to have worked at his job. In The Satan Seller Warnke states that after the first orgy he began attending these parties regularly, ran errands for "Dean," ran a major international drug trafficking operation and attended secondary meetings of the cult. If Warnke got his job on the first day of school and got fired after working for a month, then he must have done all of these things in one week. Clearly Warnke's story is impossible.

Yet since writing The Satan Seller, Warnke has claimed to have conducted even more activities in this five week period. In his later book Schemes of Satan, he claims:"Before I became directly involved in Satanism, I was riding my motorcycle across the Texas plains...I had just concluded a successful drug deal in Louisiana...Several days later I was in California, and soon thereafter I took my first steps toward becoming a Satanist High Priest!"

One of the most ridiculous claims that Warnke makes appears in the October 1976 issue of Harmony magazine:

"Now, I'm a strong civil rights advocate. The last time I had been in Alabama was with Dr. Martin Luther King, back in my college days when I went down there on Freedom Rides. The last time I was there was to march in a civil rights demonstration. "

The freedom rides were in 1961, four years before Warnke went to college. Martin Luther King did march to Selma, Alabama, in April of 1965, but at that time Warnke was still a senior in high school.

In another book which appeared in 1972, entitled The Backside of Satan, written by Balsiger and Morris Cerullo, Warnke is quoted by Cerullo as saying that "he saw convicted killer Charles Manson at such a ritual once and that Manson 'thought he was being shortchanged. He favored actually sacrificing the person. 'He described Manson as being a person who 'bugged everybody he was around...'And, he added, 'Manson had bad eyeballs. "Cerullo also claims that Warnke attended a conference in San Francisco in January 1966, stating:"It was here, among other places, that Warnke saw Manson. "Journalist Mike Norris, who is credited by Warnke in the acknowledgements at the beginning of The Satan Seller, also reports that Warnke claimed to have known Charles Manson.

The problem with this claim is that during the entire time that Warnke claimed to have been a Satanist, Charles Manson was incarcerated for 6 years for forgery at the federal penitentiary at McNeil island in Washington State. Manson wasn't released until March 1967, at which time Warnke had been in the Navy for 10 months.

Warnke attempted to obtain affidavits from his friends to corroborate his make believe adventures. He brought manuscript copies of The Satan Seller to high school friends Tim Smith and Jeff Nesmith just before it was published in 1973. He asked them to sign affidavits stating that the events that he described were true. Both of them refused.

Warnke concludes The Satan Seller with the following statements:

"In medieval times and the seventeenth century, the indiscriminate and widespread efforts to purge society of witches by witch hunters did more harm than the few genuine witches who dared to operate during such a reign of terror.

"Unfortunately, the modern liberated society we live in has been so disgusted with the witch hunters of former times, the modern sophisticated person finds it difficult to believe that witches are to be taken seriously today.... Even if witchcraft in the earlier days was innocent, which it was not, lots of occult groups now are fully justifying the fears of modern day witch hunts. Drug pushers and political revolutionists are using devil worship as a way to rake in millions of dollars, weaken the government, and destroy law enforcement. "

Warnke is very quick to condemn the Inquisition here but the information that he is peddling is every bit as fraudulent as that found in the Malleus Maleficarum. Note that Warnke and Balsiger even use the term "witch hunters" to describe their activities in this statement. They accuse the Satanists of raking in money, and of being extremely affluent.

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Kerr Cuhulain

Location: Surrey, British Columbia


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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