Satan's Fantasies |
Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: October 21st. 2002
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The Richmond Police Department member that Pulling refers to here is Lieutenant Lawrence E Haake. Isn't it interesting how people like Pulling or Raschke who attack their critics always accuse them of doing the things that they are so obviously doing themselves? It is very interesting that Pulling does not list the persons that she is attacking in this article here, who are, in fact, far more qualified than Pulling is. The list includes:
- Ken Lanning, then the FBI's chief expert on sex crimes at their academy in Quantico, Virginia.
- Arthur Lyons, a journalist who has studied the Satanic phenomenon for over two decades. Lyons wrote a definitive history of Satanism in a book entitled Satan Wants You. This is probably the person that Pulling is claiming to be a former member of the Church of Satan. Lyons has never been a member of Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, but knew LaVey for many years before LaVey died, has interviewed La Vey in person and had been invited to witness ceremonies by LaVey in the process of gathering material for his books on the subject.
- Dr. Jeffrey Victor, a sociologist at Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY, who is recognized as an expert on urban legends.
- Robert Hicks, who holds a Master's Degree in anthropology, and is a Criminal Justice Analyst for the Department of Criminal Justice Services for the State of Virginia.
- Dr. Shawn Carlson, a physicist at Berkeley who is a member of the Committee for Scientific Evaluation of Religion who studied the current hysteria about Satanic cults. Carlson and his associate Gerald LaRue, Ph.D, an Emeritus professor of Religion at USC, wrote an excellent book debunking the Satanic conspiracy myth entitled Satanism in America.
- Dr. Marc Galanter, A New York Psychiatrist and editor of a recent American Psychiatric Association book on cults.
- Dr. Martin T. Orne, a nationally known University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist and psychologist.
- Dr. David G. Bromley, a Virginia Commonwealth University sociologist specializing in cults and myths.
- Dr. Park Dietz, a Newport Beach, CA, forensic psychiatrist and former University of Virginia faculty member.
These individuals are hardly "a number of people who have set themselves up as experts on the subject of occult activity." These are recognized experts not self appointed experts like Pulling. Compared to the credentials of these people Pulling's credentials are a laughable.
Pulling then gives a lengthy excerpt from what she alleges to be a government report on Satanic cult activities within the US prison system. It is supposedly signed and dated April 10, 1975. Pulling claims that it arrived on her desk in a plain brown wrapper. Pulling states:
"In this report a total of 16 different people from eight states were mentioned who allegedly had participated together in ritual activities. Additionally, four other individuals who were not named in the report corroborated (according to an investigator) similar events and indicated knowledge of an occult meeting that would be held in a Midwestern state; they also named the city mentioned by the two subjects. These unnamed individuals even referenced to the '10 year cycle' when discussing human sacrifices.
"Far too much information in this report had been verified by reliable sources (including law enforcement officials) to be considered mere coincidence or fictitious. Our office has attempted to contact people close to this investigation, but we have been given precious little information."(22)
We have indeed. Once again Pulling does not identify the author of this "report," nor does she identify the "reliable sources" that verified it. Pulling hints that she has a lot of information but doesn't reveal it to the reader. The reader is expected to accept Pulling's word for this. In light of the nature of the other "information" revealed to us by Pulling, this does not seem to me to be a wise idea.
Chapter five of Pulling's book is "Child Abuse and the Occult." In this chapter, Pulling describes the story of Cassandra Hoyer, who alleges that she is an adult survivor of ritual abuse. Pulling doesn't tell you that the police investigated Hoyer's claims and found no evidence to support them. When asked if he believed Hoyer's stories, Leslie J. Parrish, the Goochland County investigator who looked into Hoyer's claims said "I'm a little iffy on it."(23) This is only one of several court cases that Pulling refers to, all of which have little or nothing to do with ritualistic abuse.
Chapter Six, "Fantasy Role Playing Games," discusses the "evils" of Fantasy Role Playing Games and how they can supposedly drive an unsuspecting teen over the edge to murder, rape and suicide. Pulling describes the Darren Lee Molitor murder case in St. Louis in which she alleges that "D & D" was the cause. The police, however, found no such connection. The press quoted county detectives as saying that "there was 'no connection' between the strangulation of Miss Towey and a game called Dungeons and Dragons in which players pretend to be various characters acting out roles in fantasy adventures."(24) A Detective Ventimiglia was quoted as saying: "Socially, they got together for the game, but it has nothing to do with the murder. It's just a game that they play with each other. It's not a physical game. It's a mental game..."(25) Pulling states: "I was disturbed by these quotations...it appeared that the investigating officers know little or nothing about the game they were discussing."(26) It is ironic that Pulling is criticizing trained investigators here for their lack of knowledge about "D & D," especially in light of the fact that she obviously knows so little about it herself.
Pulling was upset that the police didn't agree with her pet theories, but as pointed out earlier, she is hardly qualified to be judging their level of knowledge of Fantasy Role Playing Games. As mentioned earlier in this article, Pulling went on to use this case and the earlier statements by Molitor to support her allegations, despite the fact that Molitor has since recanted.
Chapter Seven, "Heavy Metal and Black Metal Music," is simply a rehash of the material commonly found in books of this sort, alleging that rock and roll music causes Satanism in teenagers. Since I will be covering this subject in another article in this series, I will not comment on it further here.
Chapter eight, "Other Forms of Entertainment Violence" talks about movies, television, and aggression studies, resembling the material put out by individuals such as Phil Phillips, whom I will discuss later in this article. Much of this material probably came from Pulling's associate Thomas Radecki.
Appendix A, "History of the Occult", goes into a fairly accurate account of the Inquisition. Yet Pulling contradicts herself in this appendix once again. First Pulling says:
"The most significant fact, however, is that the great majority of witchcraft confessions were extracted under horrible tortures. Many of the accused reportedly confessed after learning that they would be hung to death before being burned, a marginally better alternative to being burned alive as were those who refused to admit to the practice of Witchcraft."(27)
Later Pulling says:
"To fully understand the modern occultic practices and the dangers they hold for children and teenagers, it is important to note that a great many of the confessed witches and sorcerers (as the men were called) admitted to hurting children with curses of illness and death, and others were suspected of having intercourse with demons and even Satan himself which relations were believed to result in the birth of monstrous children who required the flesh of other children for survival. These stories resulted from the convictions of the earliest pedophiles (child molesters) and child murderers."(28)
On the one hand Pulling is correctly calling into question the credibility of such Inquisitional accounts, given the manner in which they were obtained. Then she turns around and expects us to believe them. Pulling cannot have it both ways.
The last sections of Pulling's book are filled with "Crime Scene Clues," "Forensic Aspects of Ritual Crime," "Case Problems," "Signs and Symbols" and a glossary, which is simply reproduced from the other manuals that BADD produces and are as inaccurate as similar lists by others that we have already discussed.
Michael Stackpole summed up his findings on Pulling as follows:
"...she has been shown to manufacture evidence by editing newspaper accounts. She has reprinted material without having any understanding of its content. She has created documents that, if used as she intends them, generate incompetent or misleading intelligence reports for law enforcement. She claims expertise where she has none, then makes no attempt to stay current with a field in which she claims that expertise. Her 'investigations' consist of little more that reprinting newspaper articles or having chats with confused and scared young men in prison for serious crimes. She attaches cosmic significance to trivial or incorrect information, then extrapolates from it. When caught in an error, she rationalizes it by saying she's being 'conservative'."(29)
Pulling and her organization are a poor source of information on Fantasy Role Playing Games and an even poorer source of information on religions. Pulling has appointed herself as an expert in areas of which she obviously has little understanding. Pulling is obviously willing to go to great lengths to pin the blame for her son's suicide on Fantasy Role Playing Games and has sworn to put an end to them. In effect she has created her own fantasy role playing game, in which she is the lone crusader fighting imaginary enemies. In the process she is providing others like her an opportunity to avoiding facing their family problems and blame everything on a game.
The second thing most often cited by Satanic conspiracy supporters as an occult indoctrination tool is children's cartoons and toys. The approach taken by the fundamentalist ministers who believe this is to convince the public that these cartoons are exposing children to non-Christian influences. Because these ministers consider anything non-Christian to be Satanic, or at least Satanically inspired, they apply the label Satanic to these cartoons. Many people find their claims to be outlandish. But other people take these minister's claims and adapt them to their own purposes, making their own claims to the public that sound more believable. They set themselves up as experts and lecture to police about their beliefs that society's problems were caused by inappropriate toys or television shows. It is not until we trace these things back to their sources that we find out that the basic premise on which the whole presentation relies is flawed.
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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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