Lieutenant Larry Jones |
Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: August 5th. 2002
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March 1991 Part 2: "Gathering Useful Details Through Ques tioning: A baby was sacrificed by my uncle at the ritual".
Jones spends a great deal of this issue discussing the kinds of questions and the questioning techniques to use to investigate "ritualistic crime." The approach is, basically, that if you ask enough questions you'll eventually find some evidence. He ignores the fact that if there isn't any to begin with, then no amount of questions can change this.
In this issue Jones recommends the book Spellbound, a work of fiction by Deanie Francis Mills, which is about "a sceptical detective, a female ritualized abuse survivor, and her still active satanic coven." Jones believes that it more or less accurately portrays reality. His only complaints are that in the story the "survivor's" disclosures are made too quickly and that the "survivor" uses "moderate profanity" too much. It is rather sad that Jones is using a work of fiction to try to prove his argu ments. But that is all he has, since he cannot find evidence of it elsewhere.
June 1991 Part 3: "Safehousing: Can you find me a safe place? They're trying to kill me!"
Jones tries to compare the International Satanic Conspiracy that he perceives to the Nazi regime of World War Two. He tries to convince the reader that they should help set up "safehouses" in much the same manner as the French Resistance in World War Two to help hide victims of "Satanic abuse." Jones discusses the relative merits of hiding in hotels or motels, "public shelter homes" or psychological treatment centres. Ironically, in relation to the last, he cautions the reader:
"Don't believe the advertisements distributed by some psych hospitals and therapists who promote themselves as cult/occult treatment specialists. C.C.I.N. believes that this can be a tactic to attract survivors, pump them for the details in their memories of abuse, and backtrack to destroy damaging evidence, or, re-introduce programming to bring the survivor under cult control once again. The counsellors and hospitals that we trust go about the treatment of ritual abuse survivors in a low key manner..."
Indeed? We've seen the therapists that Jones recommends on television shows like Oprah Winfrey and Geraldo Rivera. A number of them appeared in Geraldo's awful two hour special "Exposing Satan's Underground". They also travel about the country lecturing to others about the Satanic conspiracy that they think is out there. This is hardly being "low key." Too often we have seen therapists with hidden agendas harass patients for memories of abuse that the therapist is convinced are there, inventing evidence or coming up with complicated arguments to explain away the lack of it, and introducing programming of their own (carefully renamed "deprogramming" or some such to make it seem somehow different).
Jones claims that the "psychological treatment profession" was slow to "wake up to the reality of cult/ritual abuse than was law enforcement." I must say that the law enforcement community has "woken up to the reality" all right: Most of them have written it off as a hoax. Certain elements of the "psychological treatment profession" are now where the hysteria remains strongest, since they insist that they don't have to prove the veracity of the disclosures, "they just have to believe."
Such arguments are common place in File 18, but Jones is simply deluding himself. I was amused to note that two issues later Jones had to announce that a Satanism symposium planned by the Light House Project, a fundamentalist Christian ministry heavily supported by C.C.I.N. Inc in the last year, was cancelled due to "insufficient advance registrations."
Jones recommends Raschke's book Painted Black, which I will discuss later in this series. Raschke's arguments were similar to those put forward by Jones. Also like Jones, Raschke tends to attack at length any who criticize his arguments. Like Jones, Raschke relies heavily on sensational newspaper clippings as "evidence." Jones' arguments, like Raschke's, are unsupported by facts.
In the same issue of File 18 is the following article, "Faggot Witch Camp":
"Last summer a group calling itself 'F.W.C.' held its inaugural gathering. Between August 26-30 this summer, some state park in Southern Wisconsin will provide a meeting place for forty carefully screened males to '... the exploration of faggot witch spirituality...' The poster, which was apparently distributed by a seven-man planning committee and was found in an allegedly occult/lesbian book store, lists as the goals of this year's F.W.C.: '...defining 'faggot witch' as a gay man who finds spiritual and political dimensions in his sexuality, a queer man who combines paganism, faggotry, and earth centered values... What we...want at F.W.C. are other gay men who are ready to define themselves as faggot witches and willing to honor the boundary we've set around drugs and alcohol...' (Note: the flyer prohibits the use of drugs or alcohol at F.W.C. out of respect to those who are recovering from addiction). Questions asked on the mandatory written application include the topics of: past experiences as a faggot, witch, in group rituals, as a solitary practitioner, the applicant's personal definition of magic, and how personal sexuality, spirituality and politics are connected/interrelated. This group's focus seems to be on attracting carefully screened homosexual males and creating a group agenda based on witchcraft ritual, sexuality and politics".
It seems that Jones included this article because he is trying to cast aspersions on Witchcraft by linking it with a gay group, Jones obviously being anti gay. He seems to be overlooking the fact that this group is seemingly taking a great deal of care to select only suitable members and is excluding drugs and alcohol, which Jones usually suggests is an inseparable part of Witchcraft.
Jones finishes by once again attacking the FBI, because they "refused to include ritual motivation as a category (or even a motivating factor)" in their new "Incident Based Reporting" program. The reason for this is simple. The FBI's research has revealed that ritual does not motivate crime. Sometimes criminals use ritual, but it is not the factor motivating their criminality. Jones' piece is entitled "Only Statisticians Lie!" This clearly illustrates Jones attitude to any one who tries to confuse him with facts that refute his arguments: It isn't what he wants to hear, therefore it must be a lie.
August 1991 Part 4: "Fear As A Controlling Factor: Fear is powerful, whether based on fact or imagination!"
Jones tries to convince his readers in this instalment that the reason that there aren't more "survivors" coming forward and that any of their stories are believed when they do is because the Satanists use various forms of violence, fear and intimidation to silence their victims. He relies heavily on excerpts from Friesen's book Uncovering the Mystery of MPD to do this. Jones tries to convince us that Multiple Personality Disorder is a widespread symptom of this. In fact, MPD is not as widespread as Jones thinks. Dissociation is not as common a form of defence mechanism as Jones would like you to believe.
October 1991 Part 5: Theresa I: Code of Silence
December 1991 Part 6: Theresa II: Opposites and Deception
These two issues were largely based on the alleged disclosures of a female only identified as "Theresa". I won't bother boring you with the story, as it is simply a rehash of the same old stuff of the Michelle Remembers genre. It is liberally sprinkled with Biblical quotations and Christian hype.
In Issue 91-5 Jones recommends Randall N. Baer's book Inside the New Age Nightmare. Baer is a former naturopathic doctor who wrote some books on crystals before he turned to fundamentalist Christianity.
In this issue of File 18 Jones makes his intentions crystal clear with the following statement: "One of the most powerful enemy 'governments' in the world is trying to destroy every good, right, and wholesome thing in our lives. The hierarchy of the occult intends to replace our present freedoms, creativity and humanity with pain, bondage, and servitude. Their plan is rigid and unchanging, except in the myriad of applications on the central theme- enslavement. Shouldn't we be mounting aggressive warfare against such an awesome and insidious foe?"
Jones follows this with an article entitled "Surviving Survivors" by Margo Hamilton. Hamilton is the director of radio- evangelist Bob Larson's "Compassion Connection" phone line. Like Jones's article, Hamilton's tries to convince the reader with the disclosures of unidentified "survivors." Like most fundamentalists engaged in this sort of work, she repeatedly refers to what she is doing as "spiritual warfare." Hamilton says that what she is doing is "commanded by Christ." In this article Hamilton also states: "I am not a counsellor, by degree or profession. As the director of Compassion Connection, Bob Larson has encouraged me to meet with professionals and participate in seminars for lay counsellors."
If Hamilton has no counselling training, then what is she doing directing a crisis line? Hamilton is an alleged survivor herself. Far too often we see "survivors" with no psychological training setting themselves up as "lay therapists."
Jones announces in the 91-6 issue of his File 18 newsletter that he has started a "Litigation Fund":
"One of the strongest ritual abuse cases seen by law enforcement investigators yet did not make it to criminal prosecution. The victims and their family have contacted a private attorney in a neighbouring state who is convinced that justice has not been served and that civil litigation against the perpetrators is a viable option. He is willing to proceed with the case for a minimal retainer and expenses. this could be a landmark case, but the family is destitute. They need our help!"
Unable to ram any of his nonsense through the criminal courts, Jones proposes to tie up the civil courts with lawsuits instead. Jones does not give us any details whatsoever about the case and does not identify the attorney involved, so we have no way of knowing if this attorney really thinks he has a chance or is simply an ambulance chaser looking to make a fast buck at the "victim's" expense.
In the 91-6 issue Jones brings back Maureen Davies of Reachout Trust for an encore. Jones relies heavily on her materials.
Davies' article is entitled "The Art of SRA Interviews" and is truly bizarre. Davies states: "There are some 'givens' if you are face to face with a real satanist [emphasis in original]... The subject will:
1. Belong to an Order.
2. Have been dedicated to a god.
3. Have a 'working name'.
4. Be involved in blood rites."
Many Wiccans I know can be classified under the first two and nearly every Wiccan I know has a working name. It is interesting that Davies says that Satanists are "dedicated to a god" rather than "dedicated to a specific god (ie. Satan)." This is because Davies does not differentiate between Pagan religions and Satanism.
Davies then gives the File 18 reader a list of questions that she figures that you should ask any suspected Satanists that you should come across. The list includes questions like:
"What gods do you serve? It is important to know the gods so you will then know the assignments and functions of the satanist. They will usually have made covenants with more than three gods."
"How were you recruited?" Davies believes that to join a religion other than Christianity, you must have been recruited or brainwashed in some way.
"What is your commission?" By this Davies means "assignment" or "job description" within the supposed Satanic group.
"Where is your personal Book of Shadows? There are three books of shadows. The first is a basic introduction to witchcraft. This is not of great significance. The second is their own personal diary of all the curses and rituals and names of people they have been involved with while in the group. The third is the group's personal diary of its activities with all the names and interconnections listed. The satanist MUST give this information if they want to feel free of the group's power. [emphasis in original]" This is very convenient. If a person being interrogated actually had a "book of shadows" and handed it over, you must keep hounding them because there must be more.
"How many trinities or triangles trap you? (sic) ...These are the controls the group has on persons trying to leave, including: spiritual, material, and political threats and fears." This is pure speculation on Davies' part.
"Where is your human bone? After the sacrifice of a child, usually their own, they will be given one of its bones to keep. They believe this bone has power. The way they tap into this power is by placing the bone in their anus." This would almost sound comical if it weren't for the fact that Davies thinks that Wiccans really do this too. This is another invention of Davies.
"What are your astral numbers? All members will have astral numbers so they can be called back to the group at any time." How? On their astral cellular phones?
"What is your astral security (sic)? ...Supernatural controls which may enable the group to summon the person to rituals through astral travel." This looks like an attempt by Davies to create links between individuals where none can be found.
"Are you attending the meetings astrally?" This is an extension of the previous question and the scariest one of the lot. Astral evidence was admitted in the Salem Witch trials. In other words, if the accused had a solid alibi, proving that they were some place else at the time of the alleged incident, the court simply claimed that they had engaged in astral travel and had been in two places at once. Obviously Davies would like to see this kind of "evidence" reinstated in the court system.
Shades of the Maleus Malificarum! It sounds as if Davies learned her trade from the "Witchfinder General" Matthew Hopkins, doesn't it?
It so happens that in this same issue Jones resumes his direct attack on Wicca. He announces that Christian Awareness Fellowship has discovered that a joint public ritual was held September 21, 1991, by the Tucson Area Wiccan Network, Phoenix Area Network and University of Arizona Student Pagans. Jones announces that "The ritual apparently observed the sabbat called Mabon, a celebration of 'sexuality, a part of nature'." Apparently Jones does not think that sexuality should be a part of nature. Jones is also scandalized that at the sealing ceremony for the biosphere project there were Crow Indian and Tibetan Buddhist rites. Jones states: "The Biosphere souvenir book contained prayers to Gaia (the mother earth goddess) and at least some of the Biosphere employees are believed to be involved in occultism." Perhaps Jones would rather have had a "Jesus sphere" or something.
Jones also attacks the Mormon Church in his newsletter. Jones claims that a large number of members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints (Mormons) are engaging in Satanic and ritual abuse practices, which is not true.
One amusing thing in this issue is that Jones recommends Robert J. Lifton's 1961 book Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism. Specifically, Jones reproduces Lifton's 8 criteria to determine if a group is a cult. I liked it too and the amusing thing is if Jones could be objective for a moment and apply these 8 criteria to C.C.I.N. Inc, he would find that C.C.I.N. Inc is a cult!
February 1992 Part 7: 'Contemporary Wisdom' and Other Seduc tions: "Throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater, SATANspeak, Denial, Apathy, and other pitfalls facing the occult investigator."
This first issue of File 18 for '92 is prefaced with "(C) 1992 Larry M. Jones". Since this issue all of the File 18 newsletters have borne this copyright. I don't know what brought about this change, but it is certainly a clear indication that the newsletter is primarily Jones' work.
In this issue Jones tries to compare the international Satanic Conspiracy that he sees everywhere to the AIDS epidemic. He claims that we are all in denial and that is why we don't believe his claims. He once again attacks Ken Lanning of the FBI, as well as the Wiccan community, as follows:
"Next the SATANSpeak publishing houses went into high gear. Self-appointed 'resource and study groups' with exalted names pontificated that all this talk about a satanic crime conspiracy was an 'urban myth'. Ken Lanning from the FBI, with a number of co-labourers, published books and articles explaining how preposterous were the allegations... and the 'allegators!' They conveniently dismissed even adjudicated cases as isolated incidents, not indicative of a wide-spread problem. They choked on the term 'satan', yet vomited reams of 'SATANSpeak'. When a public official like Lanning becomes the darling of occult writers and acknowledged practitioners (ORCRO Magazine in England, Ms. Laurie Cabot, the Official Witch of Massachusetts, and CultWatch Response, a neo-pagan counterpoint publication, to name just a few), we must pause to wonder...?"
Yes, we must. "Self-appointed 'resource and study group' with [an] exalted name [pontificating]" is a pretty good description of C.C.I.N. Inc, when you come right down to it. I fully endorse Lanning's findings, since, unlike Jones', they are based on facts, not wishful thinking.
Jones spends a lot of time in this issue describing what is known of the Jeffrey Dahmer homicide case. Dahmer was certainly a serial killer. Jones figures that this makes him a Satanist as well. Jones ends up endorsing William Schnoebelen's book: WICCA: Satan's Little White Lie, which I debunked earlier in this series.
April 1992 Part 8: An Introduction to the 'Shadow World' of the Supernatural!
Jones begins this issue by recommending Richard Tackman of D.O.V.E. Ministries as a resource on occult/ritualistic crime, because, in Jones' words, "he employs only one source of authority during direct encounters with the denizens of the 'other world', that is, the imparted authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth." Tackman was formerly a graphic artist and gave this up to work full time with "survivors." I fail to see how a career in graphic art (or just being a Christian for that matter) prepares a person for a career in counselling/psychology or makes one an expert in "occult/ritualistic crime."
The article written by Tackman that follows, entitled "The Reasons For Rituals", clearly demonstrates that my reservations about his qualifications are well founded. Tackman starts by making the assumption that all ritual is religious. Of course, this is just not so. There are cultural, social, sexual and many other types of ritual, many of which have nothing to do with religion at all. Tackman goes on to spout the usual nonsense about Ouija board use causing Satanism, etc. Tackman then states:
"Besides seeking power to control people, another reason for rituals is to satisfy the lusts of the flesh. Orgies are usually included, as well as drug use, alcohol, and many types of fantasy inventions. Some covens are steeped in fantasy role behaviour. They may adopt the dress and mannerisms of the Elizabethan court, portray medieval warriors right out of Dungeons and Dragons, or may appear in corporate attire. Some adopt paramilitary fantasies. Other covens utilize the traditional religious robes, while some don't bother to change out of street clothes. Their variety is unlimited. Often the modes of worship are as bizarre as the imagination of man can devise".
Tackman appears to be referring to the Society for Creative Anachronism (S.C.A.) here, which is not a religious group, but a bunch of history buffs. Tackman seems to think that dressing up should be illegal. It also seems that Tackman has adopted Pulling's line about Fantasy Role Playing Games being Satanic. It gets worse though. Tackman later states:
"[Satanists] sometimes take rituals from other religions and incorporate them into rituals for Satan. We have dealt with people who have been involved with sweat lodges, long houses, kivas, temples, and other sacred places used to worship Native gods. In some instances, Indians and Satanists have joined together to worship 'the dark god of this world'. Although unconfirmed, we have heard reports of similar events in the Middle East and Southeast Asia."
It is hardly surprising that once again we see a so called expert citing unidentified and unconfirmed sources as proof. Tackman continues by saying:
"In some cases Satanists report being able to see demons, communicate with them, and learn from them. Demons are able to teach individuals 'craft ways' and secret mysteries of satanic works. (You should recognize the parallels with the popular resurgence of channelling today). Sometimes, communications from one coven to another are handled by these demonic spirits. [emphasis in original]"
June 1992 Part 9: Approaching the Salad Bar of Justice, or Knowing When the System is Being Driven onto the Rocks
In this issue of File 18, Jones dwells on the case of Alisha Jahn Owen and Paul Bonacci in Douglas County, Nebraska. Owen made allegations that she was a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of a Nebraska district court judge, the chief of police of Omaha and the manager of the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union. Her friend Bonacci testified for her. The court discovered that they were both lying and charged them with 8 counts of perjury, sentencing her to 9 to 27 years in prison.
Jones is really upset about this finding. He figures that everything that they alleged must be true, and that they should have been believed by the court. One after another of the cases that Jones believes in are going down the tubes, and rightfully so. Jones finds this very hard to take.
Next Jones does something truly amazing. He correctly identifies all of the problems that I have with his arguments and lists them in point form. Then he dismisses them all, labelling them "Bias 1 through 7". This is a new twist: Any facts which disprove what Jones is saying aren't really facts, according to Jones they are just "biases."
This leads Jones into an attack on Ken Lanning (again). Jones rejects Lanning's work, comparing it to the work of Pat Pulling, Robert "Jerry" Simandl, and Ted Gunderson, whose work Jones admires (ie.: they say want he wants to hear).
Clearly Jones has nothing new to say. He just keeps dreaming up new ways to say the same old things. He seems to think that if he keeps on arguing long enough, people will start to believe him. For the most part exactly the opposite is occurring in police circles. Jones is therefore turning to any one else who will listen to try to further his campaign against non-Christian religion. Unfortunately, some people hear him and believe him.
As you can see, Lt. Jones is disseminating fundamentalist Christian propaganda under the guise of information on "ritualistic crime." To borrow his quote from earlier in this chapter, he is "working tirelessly behind the scenes to complete [his] agenda. If you are asleep, deluded, deceived, distracted, or disinterested, [he faces] little resistance. [This] is going on all year!"
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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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