THE DICKENS/CHILD SEX WITCH-HUNT: HOW AND WHY IT HAPPENED.
THE SCENE IN THE U.S.A: The idea that the falling number of Christians
attending church meant a decline in humanitarian values caused the
concept of the Moral Majority to arise in the U.S.A. Opportunist TV
evangelists such as Swaggart and Bakker caught the mood of the White
Americans and revivalism became big business during 1985/6. The
result of this was a continuous process of outdoing between competing
churches. One TV church would launch a campaign upon which to exert
its will,usually backed by a sickening overdose of self-righteousness
until another TV ministry discovered a campaign which caught the
public's imagination more. Religious fervour became very fashionable.
The correct formula for just such a campaign was discovered by a U.S.
TV chat-show host named Geraldo Rivera. RITUAL SEXUAL ABUSE OF
CHILDREN. It was DYNAMITE. Any scum who perpetrated such crimes could
be dealt with with the maximum prejudice and the minimum guilt and the
direct link with religion was tailor made for the TV ministries.
THE SET-UP: On the sidelines a key person in hyping this formula in
conjunction with Rivera was Sandi Gallant of the Intelligence Division
of the San Francisco Police Department. Gallant's interest was both
professional and religious. Applying her police after-incident
training to the imagined problem of Ritual Child Sexual Abuse (RCSA)
she found a ready made professional audience willing to listen to her
as spokesperson for the SFPD and she conducted numerous lectures at
professional events with titles such as "Conference on Day Care
Centers and Satanic Cult Sexual Exploitation of Children". In these
lectures Gallant makes many ridiculous, contradictory and patently
unproveable statements of opinion which as a trained professional in
the SFPD she knew were inadmissible as evidence.
It is from many of her statements that the legends about satanic
child abuse have grown. I cite some examples. " ..in the last few
years indications of witchcraft and Satanism have begun to surface.
Satanic symbols have recently appeared on billboards, on school walls,
and on rock albums" ....rumours about animal mutilation and human
sacrifice began circulating ... However during the next four years,
investigators never were able to prove that any of the rumoured
homicides had occurred. ....Today these stores are not only more
widespread but also more bizarre. YOUNG CHILDREN throughout the
country DESCRIBE either participating in or observing homicides of
other young children or adults inconnection with ritualistic
Gallant's brand of self-righteous, inciting pap continues with this
extract from another lecture she gave. ."...the practice of Satanism
centers on defamation of Christianity. Satanism is the antithesis of
Christianity."... "because Satanists believe that the power of spirits
could become unruly they often call upon the Christain God to protect
them from these spirits. This is why children victimised by cults MAY
MENTION GOD WHEN DESCRIBING SATANIC WORSHIP. ...." At this point the
'facts' of the fundamentalists are embryonic but such pronouncements
from a 'respected member of the SFPD' make headline news and in
repetition and duplication the lies become allegations and the
allegations become accepted facts.
Typical of Gallant's self-contradiction, heresay and paranoia is the
following anecdote "...Some experts say that once every seven years a
human sacrifice can be practiced within the satanic cult. It is
unclear whether or not the Feast of The Beast is real. However,
according to one account from a source who was actually involed a
young girl was raised in a satanic group and was married to her father
when she was 13 .. she believed that during her 28th year she would be
sacrificed to satan ...the girl left the group but she had been
programmed to believe that even if she was no longer with the group
then she would have to commit suicide during that year. The young
woman was moved out of State, underwent extensive psychotherapy and
did survive her 28th year . However last year she committed suicide. "
The intent of Gallant was to incite professionals and Christian
members of the public to become self-appointed 'investigators' into
the occult by adapting and using expertise which she had learned at
her job at the SFPD. Accordingly she compounded her obnoxious
lectures with Activist Packs which comprised files of information
about the occult so that the paranoid 'investigators' could more
readily identify a ritual killing which the police with their
professional talents might mistake for a regular homicide. INFORMATION
FROM THESE ACTIVIST PACKS IS REPRODUCED AND DISTRIBUTED IN THE U.K. BY
MARUEEN DAVIES OF REACHOUT a person instrumental in corelating
fundamentalists, allegations and media opportunity.
The Activist Packs are the worst kind of black magic and contain
amongst other things:
A DICTIONARY OF OCCULT SYMBOLS (which include sufficiently ambiguous
and hastily drawn sumbols and assorted squiggly marks to enable any
homicide incident to be immediately elevated to ritual killing status
by a fervent and misguided 'investigator').
AN OCCULT-SATANISM ACTIVITY PROFILE comprising TWENTY pages of
check-lists which are supposed to indicate the liklihood of
ritualistic killings or abuse. When I tell you that the warped minds
of the people who structured these profiles (using the help and advice
of Sandi Gallant) includes as indicators of Occult/Satanic activity
'Gypsies'; 'Druids'; Punk Rock Music; Heavy Metal music; Unusual
drawings or symbols on walls; the use of parchment; the ABSENCE of
blood on the ground; Robes- especially black, white & scarlet;
Jewellery OR THE ABSENCE OF JEWELLERY; Graph paper for fantasy games;
Dice' Little metal or pweter figurines of a mythological natture;
Tattoos of naked ladies with knives; Tattoos of swastikas; Poster of
mythological beings; Nightmarish pictures and Posters of a sexual
nature; POSTERS OF HEAVY METAL/PUNK ROCK STARS and Paraphernalia
related to or associated with the Martial arts etc. etc. you will be
able to see that this Activity Profile is simply a modern version of
the Witch Pricker and just as one could always find a blemish on any
naked body there is enough choice in the profile to incriminate every
young person in the U.S.A. and Europe of Satanic involvement.
Under a separate sheet marked PROCEDURES FOR INVESTIGATING A
RITUALISTIC CRIME SCENE the paranoia gets worse. "If a fire ring is
present dig down three feet and collect the earth. "... Do NOT enter
perimeter unless advised to do so. DO NOT ENTER THE CIRCLE UNLESS
ENTIRE PERIMETER & ANY VANTAGE POINTS OF OBSERVATION ARE SECURE. LOOK
FOR SYMETRICALLY PLACED ROCKS, BONES, FEATHERS OR PENNIES."..."Check
refrigerators for bottles prossibly small vials of what might apear to
be blood. CHECK FREEZERS FOR BODY PARTS OF ANIMALS." ( Only
vegetarians are going to get away with this one). This despicable
sheet ends up by advising the 'investigator' to "If there are any
stange items that appear which have not been listed on the search
warrant make special notations and look particularly for student
compositionbooks, essays, poetry and hand made drawings." Remind
yourself that this is not a joke. At the bottom this obnoxious sheet
is emblazined "COMPILED BY A.D.D. INC FROM INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.
To enable the erstwhile 'investigator' to further locate examples of
'ritual killings and satanic abuse' the '12 year old's Private
Investigator's kit' includes AN OCCULT DIARY which gives all the
major and many minor occult festivals throughout the year; just so the
'investigator' can keep watch at the 'right' times. Topping out this
barrel of dross comes a discourse in the SYMPTOMS OF RITUALISTIC AND
SEXUAL ABUSE. This 3 page document actually reveals the week points in
the Xtian fantasy but these zombies are so constipated with their own
prejudices that they can't see they have pulled the rug from under
themselves. Some selected quotes shown below reveal all. Disclosure
is the euphamism for the interaction between psychotherapist and the
suspected victim of abuse where suggestions are given to the child in
play and otherwise when their response is calculated to reveal what
really went on. The idea is that if you ask a child a straightforward
question they will not answer honestly or be unable to answer
honestly. The logic that they will then answer honestly upon indirect
questioning defeats my reasoning.
"Prior to actually Disclosing symptoms are rarely present or at the
best subtly present, in a majority of children.... It appears to be
much more difficult to identify children who have been ritualistically
abused as opposed to those who have been sexually or physically
abused. Children who have been identified as victims of ritualised
abuse were usually being screened initially because 'traditional
sexual or physical abuse was suspected. Ritualised abuse WAS NOT A
CONSIDERATION . IT WAS ONLY AFTER THE DISCLOSURE PROCESS BEGAN THAT
THE CHILDREN STARTED ACTING OUT AND TALKING ABOUT BIZARRE ACTIVITIES.
.." In otherwords it was only after the children had been flagged by
the psychotherapist and given hints about things connected with
ritualistic child sex abuse that they began to fantisise about it.
It is common knowledge amongst psychotherapists who deal with children
that the greatest problem is that children are conditioned into
wanting to PLEASE adults and say what is required of them, rather than
relating their own experiences or opinions. This suspicion is borne
out by the rest of this prenicious document which lists as 'SYMPTOMS
SPECIFIC TO RITUAL OR SATANIC ABUSE: the following:
"...Constant Discussion of Urine or Feces at the Dinner
Table"..."Inability to toilet train a child...". "Bowel Movements
outside the Toilet". "Asking if they (the child) will die"...."Numbers
or letters written backwards" and "A fear of Ants or insects"..." All
these 'abnormalities' are considered by any sane human being as par
for the course with a 'naughty' child but the final item on the list
is too subversive to produce anything but distain for the sickly sweet
do-gooders of Christian Fundamentalism. "DURING DISCLOSURE: Victims
may make references to television characters as real people (THIS IS
BECAUSE PERPETRATORS TAKE ON NAMES LIKE "BARNEY FLINTSONE" SO CHILD'S
DISCLOURSE WILL BE DISMISSED AS TELEVISION-INSPIRED FANTASIES". The
evil of these people is now only becoming apparent. Self-fulfilling
prophecy of this nature is downright vicious and a crime against
Gallant's attempt to inflict upon the U.K. the same extremes of
suppression foisted upon the U.S.A. SUCCEEDED. For in being able to
produce a 'workmanlike' chunk of information IN WHICH SHE HAS FAITH
AND wich SOUNDS authentic (if you don't know much about occultism) and
being able to back this up by 'PROVEN VACTS FROM A U.S.A INTELLIGENCE
OFFICER' Davies was able to link together the Christian fundamentalist
network in the U.K. and manipulate the media throughout the whole of
1988 and 1989. Whether or not you believe that this was a planned
conspiracy or a subconscious one is irelevant to the material results
which is that totally untrue accusations were used as a device by
bigots to work against another religious belief and the allegations
were supported by the media for their own purposes. Those actions
breached the United Nations delcaration of Human Rights on numerous
THIS IS HOW THE CALENDER OF PERSECUTION UNFOLDED.
OCTOBER 30 1987: Dianne Core, founder of the Childwatch Group lambasts
Halloween in the Grimsby Evening Telegraph. Although no outright
accusations about child-abuse linked to witchcraft are made the
embryonic allegations are fielded in epithets such as ' a leading
campaigner against child abuse gave a grim warning that youngester
taking aprt in trick or treat adventurs could find themselves victims
of sex perverts.'
JANUARY 3 1988: Sunday Sport reports "EVIL - Satanic Guides are sold
to kids". A picture of Geoffrey Dickens accompanies the article which
goes on to accuse the S.A. of selling devil worship kits to innocent
youngsters. Dickens says 'we must crack down on the pedlars of evil'.
"We are living in a mad society when perverted cults which worship the
devil can freely publish guides on how to dabble in the occult. The
Home Office must Act."
JANUARY 1988: The Colchester Evening Gazette publishes picture of
'Satan's Cop' Sandi Gallant as she poses in bomber jacket against a
wall of graffitti proclaiming "SATAN LIVES". " 666"" and a showing a
crucifix with Black Sabbath written on it. "They call her Satan's Cop,
ten years ago fellow officers laughed when she said the Devil was on
the rampage. Now, thousands of demon related crimes later they listen
when she says 1989 could be a particularly bad year for Satanic crime,
not only in the U.S.A. but also in Britain" GALLANT AND HER EMISSARIES
KNEW EXACTLY THE TYPE OF SCAREMONGERING WHICH WAS TO BE INFLICTED
UPON THE U.K. BECAUSE THEY HAD ALREADY SUCCEEDED IN COMMANDING THE
U.S.A. POPULATION WITH THE SAME HYSTERIA THE YEAR PREVIOUSLY. The
article continues with Gallant alleging that a 15 year old shot his 10
year old brother on Candlemass last year. He said the devil made him
do it". The rabid idea that the biggest lies and distortions incite
the greatest bigots continues and is soon to become all too familiar.
"Figures vary but the most conservative place the number of devil
worshippers in America at more than FOUR MILLION. Last year TEN
THOUSAND pre-teen American children were involved in crimes which
included sacrificing animals and other demonic cult activities. There
are more than 200 unsolved ritual murders in the U.S. for 1988.
...there could be as many as 500,000 ACTIVE SATANIST CULTS in Britain
alone." Other similarly ridiculous quotes in the article come from
Geoffry Dickens and Kevin Logan proving beyond doubt that both Dickens
& Logan had cross-connections with the Stateside witchunt and knew of
what had happened there.
FEBRUARY 6 1988: The Weekly News reports on 14 year old Thomas
Sullivan a U.S.A. schoolboy who after writing a paper on Hinduism
began to read 'occult books'. "The lad was brought up amongst good,
God-fearing folk in Jefferson but within weeks he had become obsessed
by the forces of darkness". After getting a 'B' grad for his paper
Sullivan stabbed his mother to death during an argument and then set
fire to the house afterwards killing himself by slashing his wrists.
This terrible tragedy, obviously caused by the pressures of school and
adolescence is then whipped into the usual hysteria about SATANISM to
support the fundamentalist's claims.
FEBRUARY 1988: Chat magazine indulges in a bought of
self-righteousness titled SATANS CHILDREN and includes an interview
with Audrey Harper who is only shown in silhouette and is given the
pseudonym of Anna Dixon. Audrey Harper is a Christian fundamentalist
who travels the country lecturing to evangelical audiences about her
supposed past links with witchcraft. She begins to make her obnoxious
and disgusting allegations which she will later repeat and enlarge
upon at length but at this point in the campaign she is more subtle
and no direct claims of child-murder is included. The usual lies,
distortions and mistruths are peddled. The article uses the Father and
Four Daughters sex-abuse case tried during July 1987 as an example of
what can happen and grossly distorts the evidence given during the
trial. The report does not include other pertinent information which
was disclosed during the trial such as (a) The father was Dominican
(b) The 'Black Magic' was a form of ethnic voodoo and had nothing to
do with devil-worship or Witchcraft/Paganism. (c) A detective on the
case said in court that he thought the man used black magic as a sham
to influence the girls. This perversion of the truth will be shown to
hallmark ALL the distortions and lies perpetrated by the
fundamentalists in this campaign
MARCH 14 1988: Telegraph reports that Dianne Core & her Childwatch
'agents' are to travel to Tyneside to 'pursue leads in that area' "WE
ARE NOW INVOLVED IN INVESTIGATING A MORE FAR-RANGING SITUATION
INVOLVING BLACK MAGIC ALL OVER THE COUNTRY " Core says.
MARCH 15: 1988: The Northern Echo prints two connected articles which
throw a great deal of light upon what is to happen during the next 12
months. One piece is by Tony Metcalf and concerns the relenting and
conversion of STEPHEN MORGAN a self-professed Chaos magician after
being caught grave-robbing. Morgan had already freed himself from the
fundamentalist movement in which his relatives were involved, before
he turned to occultism but now, in line with a 2 year prison sentence
he "recommitted his life to Jesus Christ; he was terribly upset and
asked me for forgiveness said Pastor Darrill Dowden a Newton Aycliffe
Pentacostalist who visited Morgan who was sentenced to two years.'
Morgan, had been very 'pushy' in his occult contacts which had spanned
a two year period he was certainly not 'lead'. He had even started up
his own magical order ITOV to teach other occultists. In the article
Morgan says "The subtler areas of the Black Arts are fascinating.
People Don;t understand the powers of darkness and how it can drag you
down." What a GOOD excuse the occoult is for one's lack of
responsibility, eh? Alongside this article was one written by MARTIN
SHIPTON . Shipton was the person who did a hatchet job on Margaret
Bruce and had done some reporting about LEE & JANET JAMES when their
occult supply business went bankrupt in 1986 owing over 100 clients
money. Their predicament was also covered by John Merry. In this
article Shipton again interviews Lee & Janet James who are now giving
him detailed behind-the-scenes information on how black magicians and
Satanists go about their work. In a statement oh so reminiscent of a
fundamentalist compulsion Janet James says "People of all ages join
covens for what they think is harmless fun - they soon learn
different. Music and incense laced with drugs are used to numb their
senses and before long they find they are dancing in the nude and
become sucked in for slave-labour obeying the awful rituals of devil
worshippers." The link between the Northern Echo and Sundsy Sun group
of newspapers, and Dianne Core is forged more and more as the
situation progresses as you will see . There is no doubt in my mind
that Dianne Core's trip to Co Durham was in order to interview either
or all of these people and cross-pollinate information from John Merry
& Shipton to further pursue their paranoia about child-sex abuse and
MARCH 15 1988: Bradford Telegraph & Argus reports that Core says that
one recruited the innocent youngsters are drugged and force into
sordid sex acts with Devil Worshippers. Core makes reference to 3 boys
under 11 being "snatched from a coven after being subjected to the
most bestial sexual acts" She continues the interview with "We are
following up leads from our many informants." The article continued "
Mrs Core said HER ORGANISATION WAS FULLY GEARED UP FOR A YEAR-LONG
PURGE AGAINST DEVIL WORSHIPPERS who sought to sexually exploit
children. Core reveals her intention to use the fundamentalist
devices in the U.S.A. to 'purge' occultism and is well aware that the
orchestrated onslaught of combined Xtian militia will take a year or
so to impliment and take full effect. The claims and strategy she is
using is a copybook pattern of those used in America by the
fundamentalists there and replicate virtually step-by-step attitudes
and strategy from the Occult Activity Fact Files of Sandi Gallant and
her friends in the U.S.A..
MARCH 16 & 18 1988: Hull Daily Mail reports that local Vicar Rev
Michael Vernon voices fears after Childwatch founder Dianne Core
claimed that 8 year olds were being forced into satanic rituals, but
Core never produces facts to prove her assertions.
MARCH 24 1988: Dianne Core invites in an ex-FBI agent (Ted Gunderson?
- see APRIL 9 1989 later) and a US child psychologist to 'deprogram'
youngsters supposedly caught in 'black magic' ring. Obtains front page
publicity from Hull Star. In the article reference is made to Kevin
Logan's survey of 300 Blackburn children forging the link between Core
and Logan. More about Logan's ridiculous survey later.
MARCH 25 1988: Northern Echo (John Merry's Paper) carries letter from
a ROB & ANITA PENNEL of Darlington which says that young people must
be warned not to get involved with Satanism following the several
anti-occult articles the Echo has printed. "I intend to write post
haste to the Home Secretary to get the witchcraft laws repealed. Like
The Homosexuality Act of 1968 it unleashed a whirlwind covered with a
cloak of respectability. ...this Act needs to be changed as it is the
very foundation of decaying standards in our youth. ..The police have
been warned about youths increasingly involved with the occult and
because they do not understand such things they thought it was a big
joke. Let me warn people it is no joke, stay clear." The clearly
fundamentalist right-wing approach is evident in the Pennell's letter.
MARCH 1988: Beth Gurevitch a self-styled 'white witch' joins with
Diane Core to compile a sensational black magic report to put before
MPs says Hull Star. Details from this dossier are to be discussed
during a commons debate called by Geoffrey Dickens MP. Article says"
report gives background information on many 'very dreadful cases' and
details of black magic rites, contact magazine shops regalia and
paraphernalia. Much of this information has been supplied by white
witch Beth Gurevitch'. IN fact Gurevitch is a Tarot Reader and
'psychic counsellor' and has no connection with mainstream occultism.
The Blind leading the Blind.
MARCH 13 1988: Sunday Sport includes an interview with Audrey Harper
in full spate. Her repetitive obnoxious allegations about sexual
abuse rape murder and drugs makes good reading for Sunday Sport
people. Now Audrey is more brazen about her experiences, less coy.
What has been happening behind the scenes? The connection between The
Sunday Sport and Dickens on anything to do with occult and child-abuse
has already been well-forged. Does this article denote a link between
Dickens and Harper? We shall see.
APRIL 7 1988: Beth Gurevitch is reported as performing 'exorcism
ceremony' on 3 people in Hull. She says" Satanism is on the increase
and people are being pulled into it.... The cult of Satanism
spreading....one time I would get one call a year for help, now it's
one a week.. the threat of satanism is very real indeed...' In fact
Gurevitch has only ever performed one ceremony of this type. THIS it
and it failed miserably. Dr Keith Hearne, a psychotherapist, who
works out of Hull University and who has written a number of books on
his researches into lucid dreaming and occult phenomena knew the three
people who were 'exorcised' and was aware of the situation behind the
event which he considered to be both a shambles and unneccessary.
Gurevitch's attempt to 'exorcise' these three people succeeded only in
giving credence to the fundamentalists claims that Satanism was rife
in the Humberside area and that involvement in the occult was
APRIL 15 1988: Hull Star reports SATANS PERVERTS MAY BE UNMASKED and
reveals that the Childwatch Dossier will be presented before
parliament earlier that day.
APRIL 15: 1988: Dickens speaks in The Commons: "Will the Leader of the
House set aside time for a debate on the workings of the Fraudulent
Mediums Act 1951 which repealed the Witchcraft act 1735. IT IS COMMON
KNOWLEDGE IN THIS HOUSE THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH AND
CONVICTED OF OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED IN WITCHCRAFT
INITIATION CEREMONIES We need a chance to discuss the workings of
Witchcraft AND HOW IT CAN BE CONTROLLED IN THIS COUNTRY." ........ The
WITCHUNT has begun. The hysteria to be generated will be unheard of in
modern times and will reveal the extent to which the 'burn the witch'
syndrome is still with us.
APRIL 16 1988: The Northern Echo (Merry's paper) reports that Dicken's
Dossier which, it is is promised, will soon be sent to the Home
Secretary now includes a letter from a Darlington couple by the name
of Rob & Anita Pennell of Darlington who have asked for Dickens'
advice. (SEE March 25). It now becomes clear of what kind of
'evidence' Dicken's Dossier consists. Gurevitch's end-of-the-pier
antics and prejudices and ignorance coupled with information from
biased and prejudiced fundamentalists. Later this year the Reverend
Kevin Logan publishes his book "OCCULT & PAGANISM- a manifesto for
Christian Action" which, in its foreward, states that much of the
information contained in his book was given directly to Dickens to
form part of the Dossier. The much acclaimed dossier is held as proof
of the allegations by Dickens & Core and their ilk but WILL NEVER be
presented to the Home Secretary because all it contains is rabid
heresay and obvious religious prejudices by biased 'witnesses'.
APRIL 19 1988: LBC Radio hold controversial phone-in on occult and
paedophilary following Dickens outbursts in parliament. Self styled
black witch Brian Leftwich 23, states that he knew of people who had
carried out human sacrifices. Big spread across national newspapers
APRIL 20 1988: : Telegraph reports police swoop on London Broadcasting
Corporation's HQ during the programme following Leftwich's claims and
their investigation concludes that Leftwich had NO first hand
knowledge of human sacrifices and his information was hearsay.
APRIL 20: 1988 Despite the police denial of Leftwich's outburst the
Hull Daily Mail runs front page headline "SATANIST BACKS CHILDWATCH
CONCERN" "Self confessed black witch, Brian Leftwich denounced the
worst forms of satanic rituals in a radio programme in London last
night. He spoke out in support of the Childwatch campaign against the
menace of drawing children into black magic rings." Leftwich is quoted
as saying ' Humberside based anti-child abuse group Childwatch was
right to warn children against being lured into evil rituals.' What
kind of thing is this for a Black Witch to say, how would Leftwich
know of Childwatch? Is Lethbridge another Harper; a Christian plant?
APRIL 22 1988: Daily Mirror reports "CHILD ABUSE TESTS ARE AS BAD AS
WITCHCRAFT' The Marietta Higgs-Cleveland Child Abuse Affair is said to
have been due to ' A MODERN VERSION OF WITCHCRAFT INVOLVING THE
INVENTION OF TELL TALE SIGNS". What the newspaper meant was not
WITCHCRAFT but a WITCHUNT and even whilst the editor was pontificating
about how this state of affairs was allowed to happen the hysteria
fuelled by the fundamentalists was gaining momentum in other areas
aided and abetted by the media itself. The 'Tel tale Signs' euphemism
was never so true.
APRIL 28 1988: Bradford Telegraph and Argus carries interview with
Dickens who claimed that he would soon hand over a full dossier to
the Home Office detailing cases. This dossier was NEVER received by
the Home Office. Dickens continues to speak of Witchcraft and Satanism
as being synonymous in the press even though he has elsewhere agreed
to the distinction between Neo Pagans and Satanism when in the company
of argumentative Neo Pagans. When short of argument it is easy to
confuse the issue.
APRIL 28 1988: Without warning I am besieged by reporters reporters
about Dickens' latest statement in the House which specifically
singled out The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The local paper carried banner
headlines "LEEDS FIRM MENTIONED IN HOUSE OF COMMONS" and went on to
report Dickens' statement verbatim "There was a shop in Leeds which
was the Flashmail order centre of the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Nearby
was another shop called Astonishing Books. Both shop was were under
the Same Control. The Shops specialised in books on witchcraft Black
Magic Satanic Rituals and other occult practices. False Altar Images
such as a Phoenician Goddess statuettes and a Satan skull ring were
among the objects on sale. The Growth of this business and other such
shops reinforced his warning that Britain could SOON FOLLOW THE PATH
OF THE U.S.A. Dickens claimed to have spoken to parents who said their
children had been assaulted in situations associated with the occult.
Dickens repeats his overall condemnation of Witchcraft " It was
common knowledge that many people convicted of offences against
children had been involved in witchcraft initiation ceremonies". WHOSE
common knowledge is this?
APRIL 28 1988: Radio Aire, local independent radio broadcast a
verbatim recording of Dickens statement in the House of Commons and an
interview with Dianne Core about Dickens' accusations concerning the
S.A. "Shops like this should be stopped" Core says.
APRIL 28 1988: Having never met or seen Dianne Core I decide to
telephone her and put her right. I reach her on her car phone. I
explain that she has it wrong and that she obviously doesn't
understand occultism. She prattles on about the dangers of Ouija
Boards. I begin to suspect she is a fundamentalist. I tell her quite
clearly and categorically that all genuine witches would as much like
to rid the country of these paedophiles as she would and I offer that
if at any time she needs any help or advise or any explanation or
background information on any technique or style of magick or group or
anything at all then she should contact me so that I and my friends
throughout the U.K. can help her all we can. She replies that THE COOK
REPORT is now planning a programme on child-abuse and witchcraft for
screening in the summer of 1989. This sounds like a threat. She
takes down my telephone number but does not contact me again. In
later circumstances she even refuses to answer my letters.
APRIL 28 1988: I write to Dickens stating that the S.A. is a bona fide
business and that we are not doing anything which is illegal.
Furthermore we are open to any investigation he may care to instigate.
I tell him about wholesomeness of genuine Paganism and warn him that
he is starting a witch hunt. I challenge him to an on-air debate over
local radio (arranged in advance) and ask him to come to my shop and
point out those items he thinks unacceptable and I will explain away
his fears. He does not reply. IN fact, although he does reply to some
other pagans who write him letters, he refuses point blank to answer
three of mine, including one from my solicitor, yet still continues to
make accusations and defamatory remarks about the S.A.
MAY 1988: The 21st Century Christian magazine carries an article on
Childwatch. "The organisation's founder Dianne Core, A COMMITTED
CHRISTIAN , claims she has uncovered a case where 3 young boys were
submitted to a terrifying ordeal as part of a Black Magick ceremony."
If we didn't already know it this is proof of Core's vested interest
in slamming the occult over and above any possible risk that children
may run in occult involvement. The campaign hinges on child-sex abuse
but in reality it is a HOLY WAR.
MAY 10 1988 : Spiritualists in Hull take out a solus display
advertisement under Religious Notices in the Hull Daily Mail
distancing themselves from any connection with Witchcraft & Satanism,
presumably to avoid the intense prejudice which has been stirred up by
M.G. Wood the editor.
MAY 13 1988: Central Television's WEEKEND programme is broadcast
including a debate on Witchcraft related child abuse. Present is David
Austen; Geoffrey Dickens; Dot Griffiths and Beth Gurevitch. During
the programme neither Gurevitch nor Dickens makes any mention of the
fact that they are known to each other. Instead Gurevitch produces a
doll of Dickens with pins in it. This considerably antagonises the
audience and effectively undermines any genuine case the other
occultists desire to put forward about the validity of Neo Paganism.
Yet we already know that Gurevitch has been instrumental in
fabricating evidence on various aspects of the occult in order for
Dickens to compile his dossier. In fact an interview with Dickens in
the April 24 Grimsby Evening Telegraph underlined that ' Mr Dickens
who received much of his information on black witchcraft from North
Humberside white witch Beth Gurevitch and said that disgusting
ceremonies were being held in which children were being sexually
abused by Satanists'. Just WHAT skullduggery is going on here?
MAY 16 1988: My MP agrees to talk with Dickens and tries several times
to see him but Dickens is always 'unobtainable'.
MAY 20 1988: Editorial in Hull Daily Mail concerns the local and
national uproar about witches and child molestation allegations (
which the editor accepts as proven) and then Wood goes on to again
commend Brian Leftwich for revealing the facts about Human Sacrifice
on LBC radio. Is this man living in a world of his own? Does he not
know that Lethbridge's evidence was a lie?
JUNE 16 1988: Leeds Weekly newspaper runs special 'Advertising
Feature' which is a pull out 4 page leaflet paid for by the City
Church Leeds exampling how great it is to be Xtian and giving contact
addresses for people who are troubled. Amongst the shining examples is
Dr Kingsley Reid a Leeds JP who recommends the Bible as a sure cure to
all his patients. Who isn't ready to get on the bandwagon? Yet M.G.
Wood the editor of the Hull Daily Mail subsequently refuses an
advertisement for a pagan meeting which was intended for publication
under religious notices because 'paganism is not a religion'.
JULY 1 1988: My MP eventually collars Dickens. He writes: 'frankly he
seems to not know a great deal about your business but he is convinced
that what he calls a list of sales items HAS BEEN COMPLAINED ABOUT BY
VARIOUS PEOPLE. ' How are we to value the statements of a man who is
prepared to defame a 15 year old bona fide business under cover of
parliamentary privilege simply on the opinions of a third party
without checking whether the inforamtion was factual or pertinent?
AUGUST 3 1988: Dickens thirst for publicity for his campaign knows no
bounds. He claims, following the disappearance of 15 year old Lee
Boxell that runaway children are being murdered at satanic rituals.
Police searching for Lee Boxell become angry and say " He's spouting
nonsense. Lee's parents are worried to death and if they read Mr
Dicken's nonsense it will not help them. All is fair in Holy Wars.
AUGUST 17 1988: The Sport has two page article 'SAVE MY BABY FROM
SATAN' and includes what are to become familiar quotes from Dianne
Core and Geoffrey Dickens, and Kevin Logan who reveals his own U.S.A.
fundamentalist connections by saying "In the U.S.A. police forces hold
teach-ins on the occult and they are very open on these matters" He
was referring, of course, to Sandi Gallant's campaign and the
resultant Activity Profile/Data fact-file. In the same article
Dickens announces that his 'dossier' naming 'perverted members of a
sinister Satan Cult' HAS GONE MISSING ON ITS WAY TO THE HOUSE OF
COMMONS. "The sensational Document was passed to CHILDWATCH supremo
Dianne Core by a terrified defector from the mysterious O.T.O. whose
depraved rituals end in unbridled black magic orgies of sex and
violence". Core sent the dossier to Dickens but ' the package whose
full contents could have blown British society apart' - never arrived.
Not only are we supposed to believe that such valuable information was
sent through the post without registering or recording the package but
that Dicken's Dossier became iretrievably lost in the post. We are
expected to believe that no-one thought of making a copy of any part
of such valuable information before it was sent as a safeguard against
loss and that the people who originally donated the information had
also not kept copies and are, furthermore, completely unable to
re-construct the data. How CONVENIENT for Core & Dickens. Now the
existence of the dossier cannot be DISPROVED and like Harper's
rantings they are free to refer to it as FACT. Throughout the whole
child-abuse/witchcraft bogey the fundamentalists make more use of
mystery than the occult does.
AUGUST 24 1988: Hull Daily Mail reports that Dickens' claims his life
is being threatened by vengeful satanists but that he pledges to carry
on the fight against black magic rituals and is building up yet
another file to present to the Home Secretary. "Evidence is growing of
witchcraft & crimes against children" Dickens says but has in 13
months NEVER presented any evidence.
SEPTEMBER 15 1988: Hull Star carries front page article about three
Satanic obscene telephone calls to Dianne Core under the banner
heading "SATANISTS IN HATE CAMPAIGN". I wonder how 3 telephone calls
can be construed as a hate campaign but on the wave of public
indignation and emotion her campaign has so far generated she reveals
more of her motives. "..I am determined to smash the groups who have
been involved. ...CHILDREN ARE BORN IN GODS NAME AND IN GODS NAME THEY
MUST BE PROTECTED. Including Jews? Moslems? Buddhists? Hindus?
SEPTEMBER 18 1988: Daily Telegraph reports that members of the Beacon
Christian Fellowship in Elgin have been banned from preaching in the
street by the local council because they were relating terrible
stories about how an 8 year old girl had been raped and abused for
devil worship to passing children and adults. The 'FACTS' are now
common currency. Without ONE SHRED OF EVIDENCE THE FUNDAMENTALISTS
HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HIJACK MEDIA ATTENTION AND THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS
AND MANIPULATE BOTH TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE OCCULT.
SEPTEMBER 19 1988: Dickens featured in Daily Telegraph article;
'BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE BEING SACRIFICED TO THE DEVIL IN
WITCHCRAFT RITUALS ALL OVER BRITAIN. with witchcraft sacrifice
nothing is ever found....I AM BUILDING UP A DOSSIER WHICH WILL PROVIDE
CONCRETE PROOF on the evils of Satanism. Then you can rest assured I
will go to the police' Dickens is fiddling the same old tune, yet
again. The proof of my allegations is that there is no proof, he says
but suffer me another 20 column inches and I will promise to provide
some before too long. I reiterate. NO DOSSIER WAS EVER PRESENTED FOR
OFFICIAL OR PUBLIC GAZE. How long do we have to wait before a promise
SEPTEMBER 19 1988: Radio 4's TODAY programme carries interview with
Reverend Kevin Logan who made the now usual fundamentalist statements
about child sacrifice. When cornered by the interviewer Logan said
that there had been ritual murders on Pendle Hill. Knowing this
statement to be false I write to The Chief Constable of Lancaster and
ask him to investigate. He responds "The REverend Logan has been seen
by two officers and has explained that the one particular case of
satanistic murder, in which he described the locality as 'here' did in
fact occur in the Midlands in 1986." The case was against one Paul
Bostock of Leicester who was 21 and the link with the occult was
UNPROVEN. ANOTHER VIRTUAL LIE by a fundamentalist in a position of
responsibility whose testimony is likely to be accepted at face value
by the naeve. Kevin Logan is no stranger to exaggeration and
contortion. He made headlines during 1986 by publishing the results
of a questionnaire he conducted with 300 schoolchildren. The outcome
was that 87% of these children PROFESSED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH
THE OCCOULT. Nobody cared to enquire further. Had they done so they
would have seen that the questionnaire qualified as being 'occult'
fantasy games and horror movies. What teenager DOESN'T play fantasy
games and watch horror movies? And so these people manipulate the
population with their absurdities.
SEPTEMBER 21 1988: SHE magazine publishes most deplorable article by
Bill Williamson , (the then new assistant editor). The four Page
article is the most horrendous and absurd pack of lies and distortion
about Witchcraft. This article is the one that most occultists
remember for its audacious uncorroborated allegations and it includes
characters which are all too familiar including: Geoffrey Dickens;
John Merry; Dianne Core; Audrey Harper; Kevin Logan; Doreen Irvine.
In a reference to her Stateside contacts Core is quoted as saying
"FLUSHED OUT OF AMERICA a great many paedophiles have now joined
covens in my area". How does she know this? Where is her proof?
Again she reveals that she is conversant with the witchunt in the
U.S.A. The SHE article ends with a reader offer of a SHE campaign pack
against Witchcraft. This is unbelievable even by fundamentalist
standards. WHY DOESN'T SOMEBODY ASK FOR SOME HARD FACTS.
SEPTEMBER 21 Radio Leeds hope to set up a phone-in interview with
Dickens and me over the SHE article. I heartily agree and cannot wait
until I can get to grips with Dickens. At the studio later that
morning I am told that Dickens does not wish to speak with me and
instead Bob Williamson (who wrote the article) will be on the line. I
tear into Williamson and totally and utterly undermine his arguments
showing the article to be 100% hearsay. He blabbers and excuses but is
left with egg on face. "Why didn't you ratify the fundamentalist
allegations by talking to Witches? I ask. "Why didn't you come and
talk to me"? "Why should I come and talk to YOU? Williamson retorts.
"Because I helped with the background information and contacts which
enabled she to write a genuine article on Neo Paganism less than a
year ago.....how detailed was your research if you didn't even check
your OWN files..the answer is that you DIDN'T DO ANY REAL RESEARCH you
just accepted their lies at face value? I countered.
Hundreds of pagans write to SHE complaining and from the response it
soon becomes obvious that SHE have miscalculated. Point of interest:
When I write to the editor of SHE magazine some months later with the
Home Office statement that Dickens has failed to produced the much
acclaimed dossier and that the Home Office do not have any evidence to
support his allegations the editor of SHE replies that she's SORRY and
that Bill Williamson is no longer part of the She editorial team. "It
seems to me that the best thing to do would be to make redress when we
next tackle the subject..." Everyone is always 'sorry' when they are
eventually made to listen to the Truth but by then it is too late and
the fundamentalist campaign have been given boosts and support which
cannot be reclaimed/denuded.
OCTOBER 1988 : Rydale (North Yorkshire) Christian organiser and nine
other Christians who run a local Christian Coffee Shop meeting house
write to local schools and call for a ban on celebration of Halloween
in the classroom. THIS REQUEST IS HEEDED. The Xtians are winning hands
OCTOBER 8 1988: James Whale TV Show goes out with a phone-in at which
Dicken's is present. He puts foot in mouth over S.A. and I, sat at
home at 1.30.am. am put on phone and question Dickens. In the filmed
interview (recorded previously at the S.A. ) I STATE CLEARLY THAT WE
DO NOT AND HAVE NOT EVER SOLD TO PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OF
AGE and that people who term themselves occultists are not involved in
sexual molestation of children. (Dickens already KNOWS that we have
this voluntary age restriction as both my solicitor and I have already
written and told him of it) I challenge Dickens to present his FACTS.
He bumbles. I accuse him of not having any facts to present. Dickens
loses his temper "Your kind are a Menace.". "You are an absolute
Menace". Dickens refers to the Nottinghamshire sex-offence trial
which he says is his specimen trial. "You want proof, you wait until
the Nottinghamshire trial, then you'll get your proof." In the
finality 8 of the 11 people arraigned were found guilty of
child-molestation but the occult connection was not proven. The
policeman who brought the case to court, Sergeant Beeton, said
afterwards "ALTHOUGH CONNECTION WITH THE OCCULT WAS A FEATURE OF THE
CASE THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE ALLEGATION
OCTOBER 17 1988: The Independent runs article supporting Maureen
Davies' REACHOUT accusations about the occult. Including interview
with the Mother who claims her son became possessed through occult
involvement. Also contains supportive 'expert' advice from Dr Stuart
Checkley (psychiatrist) and Dr Russell Blacker (psychiatrist) - both
believed fundamentalist. Also included is information from Dickens and
one Ian Thain (another self-confessed conversion from Witchcraft - "I
saw demons" ) and Roger Forster leader of HEARTBEAT who claimed to
have seen FIFTEEN HUNDRED cases "There are rites which include
sexually abusing little children". The conclusion of the article is:
Halloween is not just harmless fun for children; black magic games can
turn into terror and child abuse.
OCTOBER 19 1988: THE SPORT trashpaper prints defamatory article about
S.A. with headline. "BAN THIS EVIL DEATH BOOK STORMS MP". Article
misrepresents chapter on re-incarnation in Liber Null as persuading
children to commit suicide. MP quoted in article is Dickens WHO NOW
KNOWS FULL WELL THAT WE DO NOT SELL TO CHILDREN BUT HE STILL SUPPORTS
THE DEFAMATORY PREMISE OF THE ARTICLE. My solicitor writes a letter
pointing this out and threatening that if he continues to perpetrate
this lie we will sue.
OCTOBER 28 1988: Expecting an arranged visit from BBC NEWS film crew
at 1.30. At 1.20 car draws up and camera crew gets out. They
photograph outside of shop and then come in and ask if they can take a
few shots. Thinking these people are BBC crew with prior agreement I
let them in. Just then BBC crew turns up and I find out I have been
allowing ITN to film my business without knowing where or how the clip
was to be used. Such subterfuge will soon become common currency with
the media in their anti-occult campaigns.
OCTOBER 30 1988: ITN film of S.A. was used in Sunday 2.00 am news as
a backdrop to the most incredibly hysterical comments and allegations
by fundamentalists including interviews with Dianne Core and the
Cheshire Mother whose son tried to stab her. Her son was diagnosed by
a fundamentalist psychiatrist as possessed by the devil. The true
story is that the Social Services did not think there was any need for
a psychiatric report and the mother admitted that she INSISTED upon
one. When the psychiatric report came through its conclusions did not
support her views and so she termed the report worthless. Later ,
after contacting Maureen Davis' REACHOUT Trust she was directed to a
fundamentalist psychiatrist who believes that possession by the devil
is a certainty in some psychiatric cases. Only then did the mother
become satisfied. She had found THE EXCUSE which she needed to
explain her son's behaviour to onlookers; an excuse which absolved her
from any blame. The article also includes contributions from Kevin
Logan and Maureen Davies. The whole premise of the piece was that it
was easy for children to obtain occult items and books. Nobody seems
to care that my shop which was used as an example in this piece HAS
NEVER KNOWINGLY SOLD OCCULT ITEMS TO UNDER 18s DURING 15 YEARS IN
BUSINESS AND THIS FACT CAN BE PROVED.
OCTOBER 31 1988: After telephoning I.B.A. and being met with
middle-management procrastination I telephone ITN direct and complain.
They waffle and say that they can't find the item in their computer
but will take my number and get back to me. They don't so later in
the day I telephone my solicitor to ask him to send an official letter
to ITN. demanding a copy of the tape and their comments. First he
telephones them. They agree to let him have a copy if he applies by
letter. He does so.
OCTOBER 31 1988: Daily Express carries account of warnings by Dianne
Core against children becoming involved in the Occult. "Halloween is a
major date within the occult calendar.... and there is every danger of
them being abused by paedophiles". Dickens is quoted in the same
article" Most Halloween parties are just fun and games but have been
used to entice youngsters in to the occult. Satanism is a dangerous
menace which is quickly spreading" Also in the same article were
quotes by Rev Kevin Logan. Again the three campaigners are all
connected Core - Dickens, Logan. Passing information and journalists
between them the fundamentalists have everything their own way. NOT
ONE journalist considers asking a Witch for the opposite view. Those
who perhaps intend to do so are simply introduced to people like
Audrey Harper who because she claims she WAS a witch (a ludicrous
claim, she has been questioned during numerous tv programmes and
displays a total ignorance about genuine occultism ) fits the bill and
the conspiracy of lies continues.
OCTOBER 31 1988: 7.am Today programme broadcasts an interview with me
about Halloween plus opposing views from anti-halloween Christians.
Another interview with me is broadcast by Radio Leeds and is very
lighthearted and entertaining. BBC World Service broadcast with
Leonara James is a bit reserved but she does well at representing
genuine witchcraft with a rabid Fundamentalist at her heels.
NOVEMBER 1 1988: BBC Six O Clock News screens interview with me at
S.A. recorded earlier. Typically my offering is countermanded by the
usual fundamentalist accusations and fantasies. The Christian lobby
gained at least 75% more airtime than the occult lobby to put their
case across but at least I get to say that there are less people who
sexual abuse children involved in occultism than there are in any
other field of human endeavour.
NOVEMBER 4 1988: Guardian reports in article on Dukakis and the
controversy over repetitive and well-organised incursions by religious
based anti-abortionist groups at political rallies in the States and
includes an interview with a Raymond Chen a student at Berkley
university and a member of the radical CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST which
lead the fight against the film Last Temptation of Christ in the
U.S.A.. ( TODAY newspaper had already reported that Christian Fanatics
had injured 10 people by torching a multi-screen cinema in Paris which
was showing the Last Temptation of Christ. ) Doug Bradley 28, who
works on a Middle East research project says that as a Christian he
deliberately chose Berkeley because of its radical politics and the
chance to spread Gods word through the CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST. The
Campus Crusade for Christ is represented in this country by a Mrs Mop
of a lady called Doreen Irvine who is an Audrey Harper alledge-alike
and who was involved in the SHE magazine article. She also attends
lectures and evangelical meetings throughout the U.K. repeatingher
obnoxious stories of how she was a WITCH QUEEN and found salvation
NOVEMBER 15 1988: November 15 edition of The American fundamentalist
newspaper The New Federalist headed CHILDWATCH GROUP WARNS OF SATANIST
THREAT. The article is comprised of information gained during an
interview with Dianne Core. Amongst the usual Christian Propaganda
from Childwatch the New Federalist also defames the Pagan
Anti-defamation League and mentions me "One individual highlighted ...
is Chris Bray of Leeds, Runs the Sorcerer's Apprentice shop, the
self-professed "largest Witchcraft shop in the Northern Hemisphere'
with 40,000 customers from 66 countries...." The New Federalist also
goes on to say that "Bray participated in a conference on the Devil
held in Turin Italy on Oct 17-21." I have never been to Turin in my
life, let alone headed a convention on the Devil, but what do facts
matter when these lies are published in the U.S.A. where they have no
NOVEMBER 22 1988: Hull Daily Mail prints small 1" x single column
piece which concerns Alvin Wilkinson of Hull who has been remanded
accused of indecently assaulting an 8 year old boy. Wilkinson is an
evangelist who ran "Helpful Christians" group which was instrumental
in gaining and supporting publicity against the occult in liason with
the Hull Daily Mail. The HDM ran two very large quarter page spreads
when Wilkinson's accusations of children at risk through Ouija Boards
and Halloween were made during October. M.G.Wood, the editor who was
prepared to print Lethbridge's lies; Gurevitch's claims and Core's
allegations in headline type can only find a 1" space to record the
remand of another Christian on child-molestation charges. Why spoil a
good bought of hysteria with facts? In point of fact during the 12
month campaign against occultism the anti-occultists have not been
able to produce even ONE prosecution of a sexual offender who
definitely was an occultist but I have cuttings revealing that during
the same period over two dozen people who definitely were Vicars were
successfully prosecuted for child sex offences.
DECEMBER 1 1988: 9.30am Border Television screens The Time and The
Place hosted by Michael Scott, on paedophilary and the occult. The
bandwagon of fundamentalists are there again : Merry; Maureen Davis;
Logan; Audrey Harper ect;. 95% of the audience are anti-occult and
the programme was totally hysterical. Only two occultists present;
Brandolani and Ralph Bogart. Merry accuses Bogart of paedophilary.
Bogart is pilloried. Very stupid person this. Brandolani makes mess up
of her contribution and is walked all over. Very dangerous situation
this. The fury of the fundamentalists loses all reason and their
vicious hate nearly turns into physical assault on Bogart. If some
self-possessed fundamentalist had began to chant 'burn the witch' we
could have easily had a murder on screen.
DECEMBER 2 1988: Daily Mirror carries picture of Bogart and banner
headlines; DR SATAN exposed as sex attacker. "It was only weeks ago
that the Mirror warned of the growing menace of satanism in Britain."
the newspaper proudly declares.
DECEMBER 4 1988: Sunday Sun's front page headline declares OUR MAN
EXPOSES CHILD MOLESTER ON LIVE TV SHOW. Text continues that John Merry
who works for Sunday Sun had interview with Bogart prior to Border TV
Time & Place Show. Exposes Bogart after promising discretion following
interview. In same issue the Peter Munro column actually has the
headline "ITS TIME FOR A WITCH HUNT". Amongst further hysterical
statements comes " there is ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT that horrible things
involving children are going on behind the closed doors of these foul
cult gatherings. "WE HAVE GOT TO BELIEVE IT, THESE DISGUSTING AND
HARMFUL RITUALS are frighteningly widespread. They have got to be
stopped." MUNRO'S COLUMN MENTIONS THAT THE COOK REPORT INVESTIGATIVE
PROGRAM HAS A BROADCAST CONCERNING CHILD ABUSE AND THE OCCULT PLANNED
FOR APRIL 1989.
DECEMBER 6 1988: THE POST newspaper carries front page headline POLICE
QUIZ TV WITCH. This story taken from Time and Place programme where
Christian Fundamentalist Audrey Harper claimed she was at one time a
witch and witnessed a child having its throat cut.
DECEMBER 6 1988: I write to Brian Hayes Chief Inspector Surrey
Constabulary who are investigating Harper's claims. I mention that
these claims have been investigated before and ask whether they will
caution Harper about wasting police time or incitement to breach of
the peace? I concurrently write to the Home Office and lodge a
complaint about Harper's sensational and inciting allegations and tell
them that I have written to Brian Hayes. Hayes replies that she
Harper's allegations are being looked into but that when the results
are forthcoming he will not inform me in any case. So Harper
continues to make absolutely horrid accusations and the public
question themselves whether they could be true or not. If they are
lies, they conclude, the police would have stopped her. But her
allegations ARE LIES and the police do not intend to stop her.
DECEMBER 7 1988: I write letter to Dianne Core asking her if she will
answer some pertinent questions. That is she has nothing to hide then
she will do so. Ask about her Church connections and the interview she
gave to The New Federalist when she claimed 4,000 children are
sacrificed each year in the U.K. . She does not reply.
DECEMBER 7 1988: The Post morning newspaper has printed a follow up to
Audrey Harper expose headed SLAVE OF THE DEVIL and concerns one 13
year old boy supposedly victimised by satanists. Core and Dickens
again make the same disgusting allegations. Photographs accompanying
article include picture of one journalist Simon Schofield who holds
aloft a Lamp of Thoth; Techniques of High Magic book, A ceramic Skull
and a wax doll. This journalist posed as customer to shop December 6.
Spent #59.50. Manager sussed him but Schofield said they were for a
friend in Harrogate. When asked by the manager he confirmed that she
was already an established customer. Article contains one paragraph on
S.A. The evil paraphernalia of Witchcraft is openly on sale at a shop
were devil worship is a roaring trade." Dickens is also interviewed
for this article. He says " Paedophiles are infiltrating the Craft, as
it is known, ... MANY PEOPLE MIGHT THINK THESE COVENS ARE MADE UP OF
SLIGHTLY DOTTY PANTOMIME CHARACTERS WITH POINTED HATS AND BROOMSTICKS
BUT THEY ARE DEADLY SERIOUS, VERY SINISTER AND A DANGER TO CHILDREN. "
So much for those who trusted that Dickens would discriminate between
devil worship and Witchcraft. BUT WE DO NOT SELL ITEMS TO PEOPLE
UNDER THE AGE OF 18 AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT ANY OF THE
FUNDAMENTALIST'S ACCUSATIONS. Is anybody listening out there?
DECEMBER 6 1988: The Post again prints details of Audrey Harper's
allegations. Knowing that she has already made similar accusations
throughout this year we find her response revealing when she was
asked why she confessed on the Time & Place show; "I just found myself
telling the presenter...I'm glad that I did this problem has got to
come out". It's a scam, man.
DECEMBER 8 1988: Before it goes bankrupt the Post continues its
campaign with an article BAN THESE EVIL GAMES including quotes from
Maureen Davies and Kevin Logan. Logan compares fantasy games, ouija
boards & tarot cards with drugs and again lambasts Dungeons & Dragons.
Maureen Davies claims that children were able to buy magazines
offering a contact service for covens in a large newsagents' chain.
She has not checked her facts, the magazine referred to did not accept
advertisements from people under the age of 18.
DECEMBER 15 1988: Having had no reply to my earlier letter to Dianne
Core (DEC 7:) I now write to David Hall Chief Constable of Humberside
Constabulary and ask him to enquire into Dianne Core's claims (in the
New Federalist article) that 4,000 child sacrifices occur each year in
the U.K.. He writes back that "..it is inappropriate for me to comment
on any issues raised by this report unless they affect my own Force
area and are supported by evidence." I reply that if 4,000 children
were sacrificed each year in the U.K. the law of averages states that
some of these crimes would be committed in Humberside and therefore
ARE his business but the Chief Constable does not write back.
JANUARY 2 1989: Today newspaper reports MP BLASTS DIAL A DEMON which
refers to a telephone game linked with the horro video 976 evil.
Included in the article is an interview with Maureen Davies of the
REACHOUT trust ' which rescues youngstert from bizarre and Satanic
cults'. Davies says "We would like these film-makers to spend a few
days with us, studying young people whose lives have been shattered by
dabbling in the supernatural. We will now mount a major campaign to
force closure of this horrifying line." The line was eventually axed
FEBRUARY 26 1989: Sunday Telegraph reports DEVIL WORSHIP LINKED TO
CHILD SEX ABUSE. IN an article by Elaine Fogg based upon an interview
with JUDITH DAWSON, principal professional officer for child
protection with Nottinghamshire Social Services,the journalist reveals
that she (Judith Dawson) is planning a conference of child-care
agencies to investigate the incidence of child sex-abuse cases linked
with devil worship. It is revealed that Dawson was involved in the
same child-abuse prosecution which Dickens and Core had both earlier
referred to. But the Detective Sergeant in charge of the Case (Alan
Beeton) said that although ritual abuse " was a feature of some of the
allegations . BUT WE HAVE NOT FOUND ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT IT
TOOK PLACE'. Further Beeton commented ". the family did dress up. On
at least one occasion family members dressed up in witches costumes
for a Halloween party." So the great specimen trial which Dickens had
hoped would bring positive evidence about the link with witchcraft and
child abuse fizzled out into being the usual Christian anti-witchcraft
paranoia. I immediately wrote a letter to both the Home Office AND
Mr White the Director of Nottinghamshire social Services pointing out
that such a conference as the one his social worker (Judith Dawson )
was proposing would amount to institutionalised religious prejudice
and put at risk hundreds of young pagan families who although they
were loving parents might be split up by the establishment if
professional social workers adopted 'symptoms' of ritual sex abuse
resulting from the twisted minds of fundamentalists. His reply ran
"I am in receipt of your letter of March 10. The press report to
which you refer was totally inaccurate. There are no plans to hold a
conference of the type you describe", and indeed, none was ever held;
in Nottingham at least.
MARCH 7 1989: At last after many months of continuous letter writing I
managed to obtain a definitive statement from the Home Office. Perhaps
the Nottinghamshire development had precipitated some action. The H.O.
had been particularly inactive to my 12 other letters. This statement
is MOST welcome, it reads
"Firstly, as you point out, according to press reports, Mr Geoffrey
Dickens MP has sent the Home Secretary a dossier of child abuse cases
allegedly connected with witchcraft. However, THIS HAS NOT BEEN
RECEIVED AND THE HOME OFFICE HAS NO OTHER EVIDENCE THAT THERE IS A
PROBLEM OF THE KIND MR DICKENS DESCRIBES. The Government is satisfied
that the existing law on child abuse would be sufficient to deal with
any offences against children which might be connected with
There we have it; Dickens Witchunt was a tissue of allegations without
any factual evidence to support them. However, now that the lies and
deceit have been injected into the consciousness of the public their
untruths have become reality in their minds and the wave of
persecution cannot be halted and the damage done may be irrecoverable.
MARCH 16 1989: Dianne Core's new Agony Aunt column in the Hull Daily
Star includes a letter from someone complaining that their 13 year old
son is playing with a ouija board. Core says. ' remove the object
immediately Ouija boards are dangerous and should not be used at
all.. some children have had to have treatment for shock. Please get
rid of this awful game NOW.'. WHICH CHILDREN? WHEN?
MARCH 19 1989: John Merry writes a typically mostly fabricated
anti-occult story in the Sunday Sun newspaper based on an interview
with a couple of idiots who claim to run a group with the rather
unimaginative name of the Order of the Black Dog. Their heinous crimes
include biting heads of pigeons and lashing women with whips. In the
text Merry is lauded by his editor as a 'campaigning journalist' who
exposed Bogart and who has been invited to address a ROYAL SOCIETY OF
MEDICINE conference with more than 150 prominent child pyschiatrists.
The conference is looking at the problems created by occult activity.
Also at the conference will be, surprise surprise, Dianne Core and
Maureen Davis. Subsequently my investigations revealed that the
conference WAS NOT ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE but in
fact was organised by the REACHOUT organisation IN RENTED ROOMS AT THE
RSM. When I contacted the RSM about this obvious misuse of the kudos
and authority of the RSM the Club Manager refused point blank to
reveal who had rented the room and hung up. Further questions levelled
at the Head of Psychiatry at the RSM produced vehement and absolute
response calculated to distance the RSM from any such conference WHICH
THE RSM CONSIDERED UNNECCESSARY.
MARCH 21 1989: Dianne Core, normally very reserved and low-key when
making statements in the U.K. Again shows that she is willing to
'roust' in the U.S.A. (remember her '4,000 children sacrificed per
year' interview with the New Federalist? ) and sends a blatantly
self-promotional Western Union Mailgram to Michael Aquino at the
Temple of Set.
" I Dianne Core, founder of childwatch from Great Britain hereby, this
Day March 21, 1989 IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD Challenge YOU Michael
Aquino Head of the Temple of Set, one of the most insidiously vicious
Satanic Institutions in the U.S.A. to debate me. ...I hold you
personally responsible for the hideous abuse of our children's
minds...."etc. Strange that Core thought it fitting to challenge
Aquino to a debate on TV in the U.S.A. and that his non-compliance
brought pointed fingers of guilt from the fundamentalists but Dickens,
who is still in close contact with her over anti-occult strategy)
refused ON TWO OCCASIONS to enter into debate with me in the U.K. and
that was considered good policy. Of course her offer to 'debate' did
co-coincide with an expenses paid visit to the U.S.A. to speak to the
Christian based Martin Luther King Foundation committee on Human
Rights about child-sex abuse.
MARCH 23 1989: The Early Times (a 'quality' format non-sectarian
newspaper aimed at schoolchildren ) carries a report on the evils of
fantasy games. The REACHOUT trust blames Dungeons & Dragons for
Michael Ryan's Hungerford massacre in 1987 because he played DD
through the mail.
MARCH 30 1989: Hull Star newspaper featurs Dianne Core's Agony Aunt
column again. Her first letter is from a mother about a son who is
'addicted' to heavy metal music. "I went to my son's bedroom and ws
horrified when I looked at the words on these records. The lyrics
consist of death, rape, murder, ripping babies to bits and Satan
Worship. I would like to ban my son from listening to this filth. How
do I go about it? Dianne says "In America some children have been
very badly affected by Heavy Metal. Kids have needed counselling.
Others have become violent and suicidal." Again Core reveals her links
with the U.S.A. fundamentalists and her support for barmy Xtian
allegations for in her New Federalist interview she states. "The rock
groups work subliminaly. Heavy rock groups are based on Satanic
beliefs, if you play the records backwards there are Satanic
messages." I write and ask WHICH pop groups; WHICH records and WHAT
do the satanic messages say? But Dianne Core does not reply either in
forward or reverse.
MARCH 30 1989: Hull Daily Mail reports on Core's recent visit to the
U.S.A. Core has returned from a 10 day fact-finding mission in America
and described it as "heart-rending". "If we don't address ourselves
to the problem soon it will get as bad as it is over there". " I HAVE
LEARNED WE MUST COMMUNICATE MORE IN THIS COUNTRY BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL
AND VOLUNTARY SERVICES" This is a clue to the second stage of the
fundamentalist strategy. Co-operation between 'voluntary' (i.e.
Christian fundamentalist busy bodies) organisations and professionals
(child day care; psychiatrists; counsellors, police etc) is the
clearly scheduled next stage of the fundamentalist campaign.
Maureen Davis' REACHOUT trust revealed this strategy in her partly
illiterate monograph SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE which is sent out with other
Reachout literature and which intends to muster the fundamentalist
agitators. In this document Davies gave four ascending courses of
action which her ilk planned to take as long ago as 1987.
"(1) Expost it through public media and professional agencies.
(2) Organise a national contact point
(3) Conferences with all agencies to expose and give case studies
must be held.
(4) Encourage the police and social workers to be alert to the
As you can see stages 1,2 and 3 had already been successfully
inaugaurated during the year.
The article on Core's tour to East Coast USA cities continued: 'She
was invited by the Luther King Human Rights Commission and they have a
asked her to return and lecture on the West Coast later this year.
"People over there are despeate to find ways of dealing with abuse;
many wanted to set up Childwatches in their own communities. The
article continues that Mrs Core is going to Munich in April to discuss
the possibility of opening a Childwatch centre there.
APRIL 1 1989: Bella Magazine produces a by now familiar article on
Satanistic linked sex-abuse with the usual queue of characters. Logan;
Harper; Davies; Dickens; Core; et al. We discover that Dickens is yet
again 'preparing a report to present to the Home Secretary' and the
article continues revealing that the journalist Laurie Mansbridge has
suckered in to all the usual tales; " This week the Royal Society of
Medicine have organised a special conference on Child Abuse and The
Occult." Have they really? "There are 40,000 to 100,000 Satanists
active in Britain" Again the allegations, totally unsupported by any
facts whatsoever, are paraded and the public again confuse
Witchcraft/Paganism with Satanism and Devil Worship.
APRIL 8 1989: Yet another woman, now safe in the hands of Jesus,
claims to have suffered abominations when she was a witch. The
Cambridge Town Crier, like most of the press in this country it would
seem, is willing to publish any sensational allegation without
recourse to fact or substantiation. The allegations have a resounding
ring of deja-vu. "Deborah is not willing to divulge her age or her
identity"..(well now I can see why she might not want to make such
astounding criminal allegations and reveal her name in case the police
turn up and ask for proof but what is to stop her saying how old she
is?) ...." Deborah says she can recognise people involved with the
occult by a 'dark shadow' over their face".(Mr Gorbechev watch out)..
Deborah was whipped by her father for refusing to eat human flesh
exhumed from a local graveyard she continues"..."Babies born into the
coven are not registered and can be used for sacrifice". " Deborah
says reading horoscopes, playing Dungeons & Dragons and participating
in spiritual healing are inroads into black magic." It becomes
obvious that these people either have Sandi Gallant's Black Magick
Activity Profile fact file or it is a bad case of 'monkey see - monkey
do' resulting from the continuous barrage of sensational publicity
which the masses are currently lapping up.
APRIL 9 1989: The Sunday Sport carries 'exclusive' "I SKINNED MY BABY
FOR SATAN" headline over an unconnected picture of two new-born and
crinkly Siamese twins with the caption 'pickled...sacrifices' Yet
ANOTHER , born again supposed ex-witch parades her obnoxious tales.
This one , Jackquie Balodis isn't even British, but her claims are
substantiated by Ted Gunderson , former Los Angeles bureau head of the
FBI "I've talked to hundreds of people across the U.S.A. with similar
stories and I just had to believe it".( WHY? Does the FBI always act
on heresay or are it's agents trained to move on facts? Could this be
the same 'FBI AGENT' whom Dianne Core hosted in March 1988?) Needless
to say Jacquie Balodis now runs a Christian group called Overcomers
Anonymous which helps people who are 'wrapped up in cults' and, the
article carefully adds, her 24 year old daughter is safe because
Jacquie had no compulsion whatsoever to skin her.
APRIL 13 1989: The epidemic of those willing to now claim, after being
saved by Jesus, that they were witches and can tell the most horrible
stories, is gaining momentum. Milton Keynes Citizen reports that Betty
Weltz (a member of the local Pentecostal Covenant Fellowship lead by
Andy Forbes) says "The power source witches have, whether white or
black, is directly from Satans Kingdom". Yes folks God will love you
all the more if you lie without reserve in his name and for his
Kingdom for all things are permissible when fighting Satan.
APRIL 14 1989: Daily Mail again hype the Satanic connection with
information from their man in New York concerning the Mexican Drug
ring which allegedly involved human sacrifice. Nothing whatsoever to
do with Satanism of course but what does that matter. In the 1920s the
Chicago villains used to give their enemies concrete boots, now Drug
barons chop 'em up in little pieces and burn them. Only the hysterical
wave of anti-witchcraft mania can link the two and the convenience of
Sandi-Gallants mega-reason fact-file for ascribing a ritual killing
lets hard-pressed cops off the hook and gets the public involved and
APRIL 18 1989: We learn that Trust House Forte, the owners of the
largest chain of hotels and exhibition halls in the U.K. have made a
corporate decision to ban further psychic fayres or occult exhibitions
on their properties following the anti-occult propaganda and
fundamentalist protests at fayres throughout the country. Is it a
co-incidence that David Austen (TOS agent in the U.K.) works as a Chef
for Trust House Forte?
APRIL 23: BBC RADIO broadcast their SUNDAY programme which includes a
piece about witchcraft related child-abuse based mostly on an
interview with Maureen Davies of the REACHOUT trust. The usual lies
are paraded and there is no counter-argument or attempt to question
the allegations. I write and complain to the producer. Eventually I
receive a reply which gives as an excuse the fact that BBC 4 could
find no-one to represent Paganism. Considering that Maureen Davies has
boasted that her fact-file contains details of all the occult groups
and satanic organisations in the country this is something of a weak
APRIL 25 1989: The fundamentalists are winning the propaganda war
hands down. Any newspaper will print tripe which previous to the
Witchunt would have been ignored. The Edinburgh Evening News prints an
article "DABBLING IN EVIL" Charles R. Strohmer , the president of the
Paisley branch of the evangelical THERE IS HOPE movement claims he
used to be a professional astrologer in the U.S.A. and he was brought
to Astrology through the advice of Ouija Boards yawn, yawn, yawn.
APRIL 27 1989: Hull Star reports that CHILDWATCH IS TO GO
INTERNATIONAL and remarks that 'Several German Churches have agreed to
finance the operation' and that Dianne Core will return to SAN
FRANSISCO (Sandi-Gallant's stomping ground) to sit on a panel made up
mainly of medical experts to discuss the question of child-abuse in
that city. Core says " I manage to cope somehow. I don't know how I
do - by the grace of God I think".
MAY 2: 1989: A customer (Mr X) calls into our retail shop at
approximately 10.30 but is seen to be acting suspiciously. The Manager
questions him and he admits to being a Journalist who works for a
Keighley newspaper but says that he is collecting some items for a
friend. He mentions Dave Austen's name. As none of the items are
controversial the manager completes the sale and Mr X leaves.
MAY 3: 1989 S.A. Opens early as usual but during preparatory work in
the shop the manager notices three men are sat on a park bench on the
opposite side of the road to our shop and one of them is Mr X. We
observe that one of the men has a video camera partially concealed
under a blue blousson jacket. I called the police. Police Sergeant
89 arrived at 8.50.a.m. After talking to the three men the policeman
was tricked into introducing Mr X to me whereupon Mr X tried to obtain
an interview there and then. When this failed the 3 men agreed to go
and on that basis the policeman also left. As soon as the sergeant had
disappeared the film-crew set up the camera on a tripod on the
pavement opposite my shop and appeared to be filming through the
upstairs windows using a powerful telephoto lens. Within the space of
15 minutes three further cars had arrived with two other camera crews
and Roger Cook and several other people. Camera Crews were set up in
front, at the side and at the rear of the building and were
successively pointed up through the first-floor windows and into the
ground-floor shop area. A large crowd began to form. I telephoned the
police again. This time the sergeant and another police constable
arrived within a few minutes and as soon as they had been admitted
through the front door of the shop Roger Cook and one of the film crew
positioned themselves immediately outside the front door blocking the
entrance so that customers could not gain entry and taking shots of
items in the windows and through the windows. The continued and
flagrant persistence of the Central TV people was so beligerant that
it was obvious that I would be unable to conduct business at all that
day. To do otherwise would be to put at risk of harassment members of
staff and clients. I had no alternative but to close the business and
the police escorted us out of the rear of the premises. The three film
crews had already stationed themselves there and to protect my staff
we had to exit the building wearing masks and under police protection.
Roger Cook made some garbled and offensive allegations but these were
not answered. Then the cars containing myself and my staff sped away.
MAY 3 1989: Daily Star carries front page headlines "GO TO HELL"
accompanied by a picture of Michael Aquino arriving in the U.K. from
America. The Star complains that the 'fiend' has been brought to the
U.K. by Roger Cook , all expenses paid, to appear in his Cook Report
on Witchcraft & Child Abuse and that he is 'under investigation for
allegedly having sex with a two year old girl'. Also within the
article is a picture of Dianne Core who says "It is horrendous that
Roger Cook brought him into this country when we are fighting to keep
him out" The piece continues, Mrs Core is also angry because she
helped Cook research his programme which aims to expose the link
between Satanism and the sexual abuse of children."
MAY 4 1989: Fred Harrison does hatchet job in Daily Mirror on Michael
Aquino (TOS praemonstrator) with allegations of Aquino being
investigated for child abuse. The piece is built around; Guess Who?
Rev Kev Logan, that's who. Incensed Aquino writes a public letter to
the Daily Mirror explaining that the allegatons of child abuse were
from the camp chaplain at the US army base at which Aquino is
stationed. The allegedly abused child was in fact the daughter of the
camp chaplain and the 'identity parade' was a set up when Aquino was
tricked into walking into a room with some subjectively involved
'witnesses' and the 2 year old child was prompted to point at Aquino.
Aquino immediately called in the San Fransisco Police department and
had the child medically examined and proved to be a virgin. The SFPD
dropped charges and Aquino is currently court-martialing the chaplain.
MAY 3 1989: Jimmy Rocket a client of the S.A. from the U.S.A. with
connections in a U.N. Mission receives a reply from The Home Office to
further underline the completely bogus nature of the Dickens Witchunt.
The Home Office letter reads " THE HOME OFFICE HAS NO EVIDENCE OF ANY
LINK BETWEEN CHILD ABUSE AND WITCHCRAFT ...There are no plans to
return to medieaval laws against sorcery." HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE
TO ANNOUNCE THE TRUTH IN THIS COUNTRY?
MAY 5 1989 : The Daily Mirror reports that Kevin Logan had exorcised a
group of young children (some even below school age) behind closed
doors in his Blackburn church in front of cameras for The Cook Report.
Logan said "Some of these youngsters have been victims of child abuse
and Satanism is at the root." My opinion is that such behaviour is
itself an abuse of children and shows the extent to which the media
and these fundamentalists are prepared to go in order to court
publicity and fame.
MAY 7 1989: The Sunday Mirror carries interview with Dr Lynne Drummond
(psychiatrist) about Michael Aquinos arrival from the U.S.A.. "This
man will definitely petrify any one who is in fear of being
possessed." Drummond says that many of her patients had their
condition sparked by the horror films the Omen and The Exorcist.
"Sometimes it is possession by the Devil". Is it not time that the
BMA ruled against such ridiculous outbursts from their professionals
we ask? If a short man with a funny haircut can be considered to
personify evil even before he opens his mouth what hope is there for
people who really do need psychiatric help?
MAY 9 1989: I write to Dianne Core and ask her to confirm whether or
not Christian Fundamentalist literature was being distributed with
Childwatch literature. She responds with a handwritten note ' I am in
receipt of your letter and a reply will be forthcoming from our
solicitors, God Bless,'. I haven't heard from her since.
MAY 14 1989: "WE HUNT DOWN THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLES" . News of the World
runs story on Austen and several other members of the Temple of Set.
Allegations and downright fantasy are mixed in a cocktail which
implicates three of the TOS members in child-abuse. Three lose their
jobs and one is sent a bomb through the post which is disconnected but
has a note attached "the next time you won't hear the bang".
MAY 17 1989: "PLIGHT OF THE DEVIL CHILDREN" Western Daily Press print
another load of codswallop from Audrey Harper under 'innocent young
victims of sex abuse in Britain's New Wave Satanism.' In this article
we learn that Harper was a former Barnado's Girl. Also interviewed in
the article are Guess Who? Maureen Davies; Dianne Core. The article
is illustrated with a photograph of a standing robed figure reading
from a book and holding a sword at the shoulder of a hooded kneeling
figure. The very same photograph which was used by John Merry in his
article for Bella Magazine about Lee & Janet James. Within the spate
of publicity supporting these horrendous allegations it should be
noted that NOT ONE of these newspapers has bothered to ask for PROOF.
The reason why is obvious; why spoil a good story with facts.
MAY 18 1989 The Home Office acknowledges receipt of their copy of THE
OCCULT CENSUS RESULTS ' which has been read with interest' and filed
for future reference.
MAY 18 1898: The Daily Mirror disregards Aquino's letter and publishes
a follow on article linking Satanism with child abuse and featuring
another twisted story of heresay about a young boy whilst again
repeating the libelous allegations of child abuse made against Aquino
by fundamentalists. The article written by FRED HARRISON Includes the
by now well known claims and quotes from Core but she goes on to
complain that she has been gagged by Humberside Social Services who
have applied for court orders to stop anyone from pressing the boy
about occult connections. The Social Services obviously realise that
whatever the boy has suffered in the way of sexual abuse any further
use of his case by the fundamentalists might become abuse to him
personally. Included in this awful write-up is some really flimsy
piece of fabrication concerning how an amusement arcade in a decrepit
Humberside Coastal resort is used as a meeting place. A photograph of
the amusement arcade is shown.
MAY 21 1989: The Hack Fred Harrison again continues to hype his
support for witchcraft related child-abuse allegations in the Sunday
Mirror with another conglomeration of heresay including interviews
with Maureen Davies Reverend Robert Law "There is no doubt that
satanic worship takes place all over Britain today...I have spoken to
doctors, police officers and social workers who have investigated this
evil practice aand the evidence is CLEARLY there." Then Harrison goes
on to reveal that 'Samantha' the alleged 13 year old victim of satanic
child abuse was raped to produce foetuses which were aborted and she
was subsequently made to eat the foetuses. This only came to light
after her mother discovered her burying one of them and called in the
police. The gullibility of these people is amazing. I mean, what was
the girl going to say; it's my first but please don't send my
boyfriend to prison' or 'this bastard has ruined my life I want him
nailed to the floor' ? This kind of 'foetuses for sacrifice'
allegation is now epidemic because such allegations cannot be
disproven, whereas allegations of murder of a person with a registered
birth can be validated.. The Crown prosecution service dropped
charges of rape in this case and the prosecution never got to court.
There is ALWAYS a fuller and more obvious explanation to all of these
horror stories but ignorance allows the hysteria to magnify. Another
of Harrisons examples is the story of how a couples baby was allegedly
chosen ,for no logical reason, to be used in a satanic sacrifice. The
police were sent a letter telling them this and so they visit the
family who are frightened out of their wits. Shortly afterwards a John
Burgen pentecostal minister turns up; he had 'heard about the
sacrifice threat independently" and stayed the night to save the baby
for Jesus. HOW did he hear about the planned sacrifice independently?
MAY 21 1989: The Sunday Sport trashpaper has double page spread of
interview with David Austen and background details about the Cook
Report. We learn that Cook " exposes an entire family who practise
witchcraft coupled with sordid sex acts." This is a reference to the
Nottinghamshire case and reveals that Cook was prepared to use
discredited evidence in his report. We learn that the Cook Report has
been temporarily shelved but that the cook Reports horrific Satan
special will STILL be shown but at a later time and that Cook is
'furious' over it being banned.
MAY 22 1989: Telegraph reports in TWO SENTENCES that a 56 year old
Halesowen Magistrate was remanded charged (along with another man)
with procuring males under age 21 to commit acts of gross indecency.
Consider what space would have been used if an occultist had been
arraigned? BUT AN OCCULTIST HAS NOT, NOT IN OVER 12 MONTHS WHICH IS WY
THE LIES CONTINUE.
MAY 24 1989: Daily Star reports "KIDS SAW BABY BEING SACRIFICED TO
SATAN' and reveals that Nottinghamshire SOCIAL WORKERS say that the
corrupted kids were forced into cannibalism and subjected to
terrifying rituals by the sect. The sickening catalogue of child abuse
has been compiled by two investigators who claim they and their
families have been threatened. 'DETECTIVES IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE HAVE
INVESTIGATED THESE CLAIMST TWICE BUT SAY THAT THEY CAN'T BACK THEM UP'
One of the social workers is JUDITH DAWSON (remember that name see
earlier). She and her colleague CHRISTINE JOHNSTONE the Social
Worker's Team Leader say the youngsters, witnessed. a 'goat-man'
sacrificing a baby born after a cesarian. A boy being crucified on a
cross with pins through his hands and feet.A man strangling a sheep
with his bare hands and passing its blood around in a bizarre
communion and the discarding of dead babies bodies in polythene bags.
The children some under eight,gave this evidence by DRAWING PCITURES
of ghouls and witches and a man carrying a goat horns into a darkened
room to select the night's victim. In the 15th Century they used to
burn witches after tricking their pre-teen offspring into
incriminating them. Things don't change much do they.
MAY 26 1989: The Hornsea Gazette investigating the allegations
concerning the amusement arcade featured in The Daily Mirror's report
carries an article which includes a denial by the police that any such
connection existed. They say "ANY ALLEGATIONS OF BLACK MAGIC IN THE
HUMBERSIDE POLICE AREA HAVE BEEN THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED. IF THERE IS
ANY BLACK MAGICK WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT IT". This rather pulls the rug
from under Core's 13 month campaign but nobody else takes up the
statement. The article also mentions that The Cook Report
stormtroopered their way into the amusement arcade shortly before the
Daily Mail report was printed, much to the astonishment of the
innocent owner and that the owner has threatened legal action if Cook
includes details of his business.
MAY 31 1989: Daily telegraph reports "CHILD SEX OFFENDER SACKED AS
BMA'S ADVISER ON ABUSE" in a two column piece which reveals that John
Hopkins the assistant secretary to the BMA committee dealing with
child care and child abuse had been jailed for child sex offences
during NOVEMBER of 1988. AMAZING Hopkins had been prosecuted and
sentenced during a period of intense media activity about spurious
allegations of occult-related child abuse whilst a real case like this
was swept under the carpet. No wonder the RSM didn't want to talk
about such controversial issues after the REACHOUT conference.
JUNE 23 1989: Daily Star reports SATAN SQUAD full page article about a
Los Angeles Detective sergeant Randy Emon who is intent on replicating
the attention Sandi Gallant has achieved with the press. Now, the
Child-sex abuse bogey has played itself out somewhat and the new
buzz-word is OCCULT CRIME. Emon, revealing his fundamentalist
background says "Satan is not the type to come quietly" and "I have
friends praying for me all the time". Later Emon says of a patch of
bad luck whiche he attributed to some kind of satanic curse. "I only
got over it by praying". THE EPHASIS HAS CHANGED; The fundamentalits
have pretty well exhausted the media interest in witchcraft and
child-abuse the next step is OCCULT CRIME. It will be interesting to
see if the fundamentalist propgaganda machinery is as effective in
this area in the U.K. as it is in the U.S.A. and whether the media
will recognise their devices the second time around.