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Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: December 23rd. 2002
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Mitchell, Wedge and the San Diego County Sheriff's Association
Very often police chaplains will get involved in "occult crime training." Often the individual has no formal police training, being a local minister seconded by the church to fulfil this role. Sometimes these individuals receive honorary ranks while so employed, which can give the erroneous impression to outsiders that they have some special police training when in fact they do not.
One such chaplain is Chaplain Norman E Mitchell of the Cumberland County (NC) Sherriff's Department. While so employed Mitchell enjoys the rank of Lieutenant. He is also a pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Reverend Mitchell is also associated to the Youth For Christ organization in the Fayetteville. Mitchell authored a manual for occult crime investigators entitled: Hidden Practices, which was published by the Fayetteville Youth For Christ. In it Mitchell calls himself "Lt Norman E Mitchell." However, in all of the other articles that I have in my possession in which Mitchell appears, he is either referred to as "Reverend" or "Chaplain" Mitchell.
Mitchell travelled the southern US lecturing on Satanism. Local mental health organizations, school boards, and the University of North Florida have all sponsored Mitchell lectures. Mitchell has lectured with: Reverend David Benoit (founder of Glory Ministries in Auburn, Washington, in 1978 and graduate of Liberty Bible College), Dr Harold Willmington (vice president of Liberty Bible Center and dean of Liberty Home Bible Institute), and Reverend Dr Ralph Richardson (president of Carolina Bible College).
Mitchell's manual Hidden Practices begins by saying:
"95% of individuals who become involved in the Occult practices, eventually remove themselves and go on with their lives. The 5% who become involved, remain in these practices and these are the ones Law Enforcement Agencies are most concerned with. Much of our information is gathered through informants who are seeing strange signs and symbols and hearing individuals talk. Concrete information is documented through personal interviews with known participants who have left or who are trying to leave certain Occultic groups, and actual photographs of vandalism, areas of gatherings and paraphernalia... It has been estimated, (only an estimate due to lack of documentation,) that an average of fifty thousand children a year are being used as sacrifices within the Occult groups.(sic)"(1)
Mitchell cites no authorities to corroborate his percentages. He even admits his "lack of documentation" to verify his claims. Although Mitchell does not identify the source of the estimate of the number of sacrifices, we know from earlier in this series that this originated with Dr. Al Carlisle, and we know that this statistic had no foundation in reality. Note how Mitchell lists two categories of evidence:
- Information which is "documented through personal interviews with known participants"
Aren't these two really the same thing? Later in this chapter you will see who these "known participants" really are, and realize that they aren't really known at all.
When one looks in Hidden Practices for the photographs that Mitchell mentions one finds one picture of the "Night Stalker" (Richard Ramirez) and several photos of heavy metal graffiti on various walls. The only other photos are in an article from the Charlotte (NC) Observer concerning the homicide of Robert Mayse.(2) His wife Lori hired several people, Hobert Adams, Estil Ward and Kimberly Bueckles, to murder Robert and conceal the body. Many allegations were made by Estil's brother and Lori's mother that Estil was involved in Satanism. None of these allegations were ever conclusively proven. The State Bureau of Investigation received tips that Robert's body was buried in a Satanic ritual site in Catawba County, NC. SBI agents went to the aforementioned crude stone circle to search for it. The circle, formed of 40 small stones and five bigger ones, was on property owned by a former wife of Estil. The SBI agents found some mould under the five larger stones and some carvings on the nearby trees, but no body. In fact the body was never found, but these suspects were convicted none the less, since there was other significant evidence and other witnesses. Hardly compelling evidence of rampant Satanic criminality.
Mitchell goes on to say that "The 'Occult' refers to hidden practices, things dealing with the supernatural, communication with the dead and supernatural powers other than God, Himself..."(3) Mitchell then provides several quotes about the supernatural from Colin Wilson's book The Occult, then lists activities that Mitchell attributes to "The Church of Satan," including all of the usual stuff about sacrifices and sex. Interestingly, Mitchell divides the Church of Satan into three categories: Adults, Adults and Adolescents, and Adolescents(4), a classification that I have not encountered elsewhere.
You don't have to go any further than page 2 to find Mitchell's views on Witchcraft. He begins by quoting Colin Wilson from his book The Occult:
"Why do we always think of witches as women? The word applies to both men and women; but the idea of a man with magic powers conjures up a picture of a wizard or warlock. The word 'witch' arouses visions of women on broomsticks, stirring pots with toads, or offering homage to the Devil".(5)
This is, of course, stereotypical Hollywood witch stuff, and Mitchell makes no mention anywhere in his book that he is aware of a religion like Wicca. Indeed, he does not mention Witchcraft again, lumping everything under the title of "the Occult." Mitchell obviously believes that Witchcraft is merely a magical practice which, along with "astrology, horoscopes, voodoo, tarot cards,... ouija boards, etc, are all part of and steps to deeper practices."(6)
Next, Mitchell lists "Ritual Paraphernalia". In it he lists several unusual definitions:
- In a manner typical of manuals of this sort, Mitchell defines altars as slabs of stone with naked females on them. He then goes on to say: "If a female is performing the ritual alone, no woman need be used for the altar."(7)
NOTE: I discussed this in an earlier part to this article. Pagan rituals don't require naked women on their altars.
- Mitchell states that "In Satanism the Pentagram is inverted to accommodate the head of the goat, also to deny the Holy Trinity. The Hebraic figures around the outer circle of the symbol spell out 'Leviathan', meaning the serpent of the watery abyss and identified with Satan. The symbol is placed on the wall above the altar."(8)
NOTE: What Mitchell is describing here is the symbol of Anton LaVey's church of Satan. There is no illustration or drawing accompanying this definition. However, the cover of Hidden Practices depicts an inverted pentagram with a goat's head superimposed upon it, surrounded by four other symbols (inverted crucifix, "666", an anarchy symbol, and a peculiar symbol labelled "symbol of a sexual ritual") and two names: Natas (Satan spelled backwards) and Beelzebub. There are no Hebraic characters in it. An article from the Fayetteville Observer(9), which Mitchell includes later in the manual, explains where this diagram came from. The diagram was found in a clearing in the woods at a Girl Scout's Camp at Carver's Falls, North Carolina, and was apparently examined by Mitchell. A similar diagram is found later in Mitchell's book in his list of symbols.(10) This one does have crudely drawn characters surrounding it, but they do not appear to be Hebraic. This one, unlike the first, has the names "Lilith" and "Samael."
Now it is a common practice in Ceremonial magic to write Hebrew names in the outer area of a ritual circle, but the names used vary depending upon the system involved and the intended purpose of the ritual. Pentagrams, as we have seen, are used in many contexts, most of which do not involve any other symbols or written characters. Leviathan is a Hebrew name (LVIThN), referring to a serpent or dragon. Leviathan is mentioned in Isiah 27:1: "In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea." This explains why Mitchell identifies Leviathan as a "serpent of the watery abyss." However, in Ceremonial magick Leviathan appears as other things: In the Book of the Sacred Writings of Abramelin the Mage, Leviathan is one of the four "superior princes," along with Lucifer, Satan and Belial, as well as a name that appears on the first line of a double acrostic square used to cause a spirit to appear in the form of a bird. Leviathan is a demon mentioned by Grillot De Givry in his Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy. Leviathan is described as one of the four crown princes of Hell, related to water and the West, in Anton LeVay's Satanic Bible. None of these texts refer to Leviathan as a serpent.
Lilith was a Hebrew version of the earlier Sumerian Goddess Lilitu ("night hag"), a storm goddess who brought nightmares. "LILH", a Hebrew term, means "night" or "darkness." In early Hebrew legend, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. Lilith, like Leviathan, appears in several grimoires. According to Eliphas Levi, Lilith was the leader of the Gamaliel. Lilith is described as the prince of the succubae in Alexis De Terreneuve de Thym's autobiography Farfadets, ou tous le demons ne sont pas l'autre monde. Lilith is one of the Infernal names listed in Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible. Lilith appears in astrology too: She is an asteroid used by some in horoscopes, as well as a planet hypothesized as being beyond the orbit of Pluto.
Samael is an angel that appears in many different grimoires, including the Theosophia Pneumatica, the Lemegeton, Eliphas Levi's Transcendental Magic, and Barrett's The Magus. Samael is nowhere identified with Satan or the Devil.
- Mitchell states that candles "represent to Light of Satan (sic)."(11)
NOTE: Don't Churches use candles too?
- Mitchell's manual includes this odd notation: "Wine/Urine/Blood: All mixed together as a stimulating fluid or each separate. According to whatever is pleasing to the mouth and taste."(12)
NOTE: This is Inquisitional nonsense.
Mitchell next lists a profile of teenage Satanism that lists all of the characteristics that one finds in BADD's list, though Mitchell does not name BADD as the source. This is followed by four sentences on Voodoo and five on Santeria, hardly what one would call an exhaustive description of these two religions, and probably indicative of Mitchell's total knowledge of them. This is followed by the ubiquitous and inaccurate calendar found in Calvary Chapel's America's Best Kept Secret, that I examined earlier in this series. This is followed by 7 pages of signs and symbols, which lists all of the same symbols and definitions that we found in the Pennsylvania BCI bulletin that we discussed in an earlier part of this article.
Next we find an article from Insight's 11 January 1988 issue on "Satanic survivor" Cassandra Hoyer.(13) This contains quotes by Kathy Snowden (Hoyer's therapist), Lieutenant Larry Jones, Robert "Jerry" Simandl, Dr. Catherine Gould, Patricia Pulling, Dr Gregory Simpson, Maury Terry, and Dr Norman Holden. Most of these individuals I discuss elsewhere in this series. Holden is a physician and psychiatrist at the Westbrook Psychiatric Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. The article states: "Holden, a practising Christian, feels that participation in Christian rituals- especially the taking of Communion- can be therapeutic."(14) Here it is again: Psychiatry from a Christian perspective. Simpson is a paediatrician at Carson Hall Medical in Carson, California. Simpson published an paper attacking the occult which he circulated to medical professionals in Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles in 1988.(15)
This is followed by two articles by Carl Raschke: one is Eternity magazine's October 1988 issue: "A Growing Darkness: Satanism in America." The other is about teen murderer Theron Pete Roland: "Portrait of a Young Satanist." You'll recall Raschke from an earlier article in this series. Following this we find an editorial from the same magazine by James Boice entitled "Satanism and Evil: There is No Middle Ground." Boice is the editor of Eternity, radio speaker of the "Bible Study Hour," and pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
Next we find a list of "Symptoms of Ritualistic and Sexual Abuse", credited to Believe the Children, but actually the ubiquitous list produced by Dr. Catherine Gould. This is followed by a brief paper from Dale Griffis, entitled "The use of Body painting." Neither Mitchell nor Griffis identify the source of this paper, which is written by someone with an obvious aversion to anything Christian. The symbols included in it seem to have been borrowed from a number of sources, including the New Age and Native Indian beliefs. Next we find a page borrowed from Anna Riva's pamphlet on Witchcraft, depicting the Theban alphabet.
Mitchell's manual includes two articles from the October 1985 Police Product News: "Who Are The Cults?"(16) and "Cults: Organized, Armed and Protected by the First Amendment."(17) I don't know exactly why Mitchell included these, since neither discusses Satanism at all. In fact they both mention a number of Christian cults.
Mitchell's manual also includes an article from the Rocky Mountain News entitled "Cults Benefit from the Disbelief Expert Says,"(18) the expert in this case being Ken Wooden, whom I discuss elsewhere in this series.
Mitchell includes several articles that feature himself as an alleged expert in Satanic crime in his manual. All are from the Fayetteville times. They are obviously presented as proof of Satanic activity, but on closer inspection, they are anything but. The first, "The Signs of Satan,"(19) is pure supposition. In it the author, Pat Resse, states that "Police have no hard evidence to support rumours of sexual orgies and animal sacrifice among alleged devil worshippers..."(20) Reese quotes Will Brown, associate superintendent for secondary education in the area as saying that "there apparently were no activities being held on school property"(21) and that he didn't "know of any real acts at school that could be connected to devil worship... But we hear a lot of talk".(22) What "evidence" is produced by Reese is some graffiti and some "rumours" (to use his own word). Reese has a ninth grader telling him hearsay about Satanic rituals. Reese has a teenager that he claims he cannot name "because she fears retribution"(23) stating that she has heard that some boys slit the throat of a dog and drank its blood. Several similar stories are cited, each of them by anonymous persons referred to as "reliable informants." Reese reports that a "very reputable woman" (again, no name given) told him that several students had stayed away form school because they had allegedly been threatened by other youngsters who were Satanists. Reese quotes the Police Chief, John Hodges, as saying that his department had received numerous reports of Satanism, resulting in several stakeouts, but then quotes the Chief as admitting that "we never found any meetings."(24) Reese cites a sexual abuse case involving Thomas Clampett and Dale Gordon as proof of Satanic activity. These two were found guilty of sexually molesting eight children. Reese points to the fact that Clampett lured several of these children to his home by inviting them to play Dungeons and Dragons as proof of his being a Satanist. While this is certainly the sort of tactic that a paedophile may use, it is hardly indicative of Satanism. Another case cited by Reese involves two soldiers, Jeffrey Myers and Mark Thompson, who murdered a Cumberland County couple. Reese's "evidence" of Satanism in this case is that both suspects dressed as Ninjas and collected martial arts paraphernalia. Again, activity which is actually unrelated to Satanism.
The next article by Reese, "Police say Problem is a Serious One" is about the same, except that it throws in comments by Agent Bill Berlin of the North Carolina Justice Academy (a subscriber to Larry Jones's "File 18" newsletter) and Constable Jim Brown of the Red Deer (Alberta) RCMP. Brown is a fundamentalist Christian lay preacher who has gone about doing public lectures on Satanic Conspiracies and has been warned by his RCMP superiors to cease and desist. Obviously the "police [saying] that this problem is a serious one" here are all believers like Mitchell, many of them fundamentalist Christians. At the end Reese quotes another believer, Dale Griffis, as saying "To the average citizen [Satanists] cause problems primarily with graffiti, malicious destruction of property and sometimes with animal mutilations."(25) Reese is suggesting that this is because the public isn't really aware of what is going on, but the truth is that the public has this perception because that is all that is really happening.
The final Reese article is entitled "Satan Worship Has Deep Roots."(26) Reese quotes Pulling (again), Mitchell (again) and Kathy Snowden (Hoyer's therapist, remember?). More of the same by more believers in Satanic Ritual Abuse.
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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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