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"Mystic Tours Fail After Church Intervention". Brighton & Hove Leader, 1 June 89. Canon Dominic Walker complains to Brighton Councils tourism committee concerning plans for mystic tours around Brighton. Plans dropped. "Minister warns of local Black Magic coven". Bridgwater Mercury, 20 June 1989. Darrill Dowden, a Pentecostal Minister, states that he is convinced Bridgwater is a centre of Satanism & Black Magic. No evidence presented. One might note that Bridgwater is a stones throw from Glastonbury, the centre of much exoteric esotericism. "Churches fear influence of the Occult". The Oxford Times, 16 June 1989. Christians protest at plans of "the Occult society" to set up offices in Abingdon. One might note that "the Occult society", run by one David Hussey, late of the "Church of Occult Science" (Hastings & Lewisham Circa 1982), never existed in any meaningful sense, and charged something like 35 pounds to join. The story continues, flatly stating that Occultism is a per-se bad thing. No evidence offered to back this assertion. "Cult child Abuse". The Journal, 29 June 1989. Report states that a conference of child abuse experts were told by Mr Jeff Hopkins that "children of all ages were being physically and sexually abused in a new black magic cult". Report also states social workers were facing "increasing violence" from devil-worshippers. No evidence presented in report. "Town Chiefs hit at Witchcraft claim". Western Daily Press, 21 June 1989. Bridgwater notables deny Darrill Downdens' allegations. Darrill sticks to his guns, but produces no evidence. "Devil-Worship warning" The Scotsman, 29 June 1989. More reports from the York Conference on Child abuse. Jeff still isn't reported as producing evidence that links Occultism to child abuse. "Satanism Victim Catches Aids" Western Daily Press, 29 June 1989. Apparently a "terrified victim of devil worshipping" believes he caught AIDS during a satanic ritual. Maureen & Reachout is quoted concerning "a man" who was a recruiter for satanists. Reachout helpline announced, 0745 343360. Unverifiable evidence cited. "Banned Devil film gets OK". The Sun, 30 June 1989. Central decide to allow the Cook Special Report "the Devils' Work" to be transmitted. "Shock Fears of `satanic' child abuse". Yorkshire Evening Press, 30 June 1989. More on Jeff, Mr Neil Patrick, social services principle officer "could not recall instances of satanic rituals involving children". "Don't mess with Satan". Adscene [Free Sheet], Canterbury. 9 June 1989. Tom Poulson announces the "Christian Response to the Occult" while "recalling" several cases where an interest in Occultism led to breakdown and mental depression. Reachouts' help line number quoted. "Priestess Conducts Pagan Wedding" Jersey Evening Post, 24 June 1989. Story summed up in headline. "Bailiff `appalled' by pagan weddings". Jersey Evening Post, 26 June 1989. Sir Peter Crill and various others sound off about the obvious evil involved. The Jersey branch of the Evangelical Alliance get their oar in and seem shocked by what they call "an open rejection of Christianity". "Satan Magazine mans West HQ". Western Daily Press, 27 June 1989. The man who runs Ganymede, an Occult magazine devoted to male sexuality, is "exposed" by the WDP. I have read more meaty exposures in the Church Times. "Occult threat to the Young". Bridgwater Mercury, 27 June 1989. Audrey Harper speaks... Mrs Harper is a born again christian and used to be a black witch, she says. Story concerns her lecture "Doorway to Danger", which reveals that Occultism is filled with Satanists who maintain membership by maintaining drug dependency. Audrey reveals connection with Reachout. "Child Sex Cult craze terrorises workers". Northern Echo, 29 June 1989. More about Jeff. "Black Magic". Adscene [Free Sheet], Maidstone, 16 June 1989. A pigs' head was found nailed to the church gate of St. Michaels', East Peckham. Oh well, there's always one.... "Occult leads to problems". Adscene [Free Sheet], Maidstone, 16 June 1989. Roger Billings, and 47 others from All Saints' Church, Waghorn Street, Chatham write to say that Occultism is a per-se bad thing. The evidence they produce is in the form of Deuteronomy Chapter 18, Verses 10-13. Letters Page. Bridgwater Mercury, 27 June 1989. Two readers complain about Darrill. "Playing with Fire". [Editorial]. Jersey Evening Post, 27 June 1989. Occultism is an awful thing, if you play with fire you're going to get burnt etc etc. "Murder Charge". The Observer, 2? June 1989. Liberias' defence minister Maj. General Grey Allison, his wife and seven other people are charged with a murder and using the organs of the victim in a black magic ritual. "Christians to march against Occult shop". Western Mail, 13 July 1989. Blackwood Christians decide to protest in strength against the Occult societies' plan to start up an Occult business in Blackwood. A pity that nobody had researched the matter and found that there was no chance of anything that required finance happening. "Network to help child victims of devil cults". The Scotsman, 17 July 1989. Reachout, through Maureen Davies, makes the usual allegations of child abuse in Occultism. Cites "20 or so horrific cases", of which one might add the NSPCC have no knowledge, and don't know where the figure originated. The Roger Cook Programme, the Devils' Work is cited in the article as up and coming proof. Eight "safe houses" set up by Reachout. "Helpline for child victims of the Occult". Scotland on Sunday, 16 July 1989. More from Reachout, including the allegation of the 14 year old made pregnant 4 times, only to have the baby aborted after 5 1/2 months and eaten. "HelpLine set to highlight plight of Occult victims". Yorkshire Post, 17 July 1989. Essentially the same story as printed by Scotland on Sunday, 16 July 1989). "Thousand march over Occult Plan". South Wales Echo, 17 July 1989. About a thousand Christians march through Blackwood, protesting about another Occult society plan to set up a business. "Children of devil helped to freedom". Northern Echo, 17 July 1989. Occult experts say 20 or so cases of child abuse related to Occultism have come to light in the past year. Story originates from the Evangelical Alliance and Reachout Trust, and includes the "they eat babies" allegation. No evidence produced by these unnamed "experts". "Alert on Occult child Abuse". Birmingham Evening Mail, 18 July 1989. Story carries usual allegation of Child Abuse, and the "20 or so cases". Includes a quote from Dr Alan Gilmour, Director of the NSPCC. He Said: "The information about this type of abuse is very limited but it is becoming increasingly clear that this is a very real area of concern". I am looking at a letter from the NSPCC, that flatly states that the NSPCC has no knowledge of the "20 or so cases", and has no idea where the figure originates. Three guesses... "Church Was on Satanic Plan". Western Mail, 17 July 1989. More about the march through Blackwood. "Christian Crusade at `Satanic' threat". South Wales Argus, 17 July 1989. More about the march through Blackwood. "Onward Christian Soldiers" [Editorial] South Wales Argus, 17 July 1989. The Occult is a threat to the young, etc. Praises the sincere, if underinformed, march through Blackwood. "Vicar goes to war on `Satanists"'. South Wales Argus, 12 July 1989. The Rev. Brian Walters, Anglican priest in Mynyddisiwyn goes public and attacks Occultists for weakening the moral fabric of society. "they emphasise spiritual activity of the worst possible kind". "Help for Satans' Child victims". Wales on Sunday, 16 July 1989. More stories from Reachout. No evidence and nothing new. "City Black Magic Ring". Evening Post, Nottingham, 14 July 1989. Child abuse case under investigation by Detective Superintendent Bob Davy. "An element of Satanism was involved". "Black magic fear for young". Telegraph & Argus, Bradford, 18 July 1989. The "20 cases", the NSPCC quote. No evidence. "Witchcraft `rife' in county". Eastern Daily Press, 18 July 1989. Apparently witchcraft and Satanism are thriving in Norfolk, says Gordon Eagling, county spokesman for the Reachout Trust. Help line number given, 01 337 9716. "Satanic abuse threats grow". Baptist Times, 20 July 1989. Profile of Maureen Davies and the Reachout Trust. Usual allegations, no evidence. "NSPCC at war with the devil ritualists". Evening News & Star, Carlisle, 18 July 1989. Story suggests that the NSPCC know about 20 cases of ritual abuse. They don't. "My terror among Gwent Satanists". South Wales Argus, 20 July 1989. "Jane" tells all about her [very dull] experiences while dabbling in the Occult. No checkable evidence in story. "Probe reveals Occult mystery". South Wales Argus, 19 July 1989. The SWA finally twigs that the Occult Society doesn't exist in any meaningful sense. "Vicar Warns of Occult Danger". Evening Leader, Clwyd, ?? July 1989. The Rev. Clive Southerton, vicar of Prestatyn attacks Occultism but says "we cannot go witch hunting". "Black Magic fears over missing cats". Daily Record, Glasgow, 31 July 1989. First children, now animals. Perhaps W.C. Fields was right... "Devil worship drug warning over children". Kidderminster Times, 27 July 1989. Reachout announces plans to cover the Wyre Forest area. Maureen Davies claims that "numerous police investigations" were taking place throughout the country. Kidderminster police and social services say, something to the effect of "not here there ain't". New help line numbers announced 0384 378265 & 021 4289 8687. "Why the occult still keeps us spellbound". The Daily Mail, 9 August 1989. Feature article by the Rev. Peter Mullen, vicar of Tockwith, Yorkshire. Article reviews the case of Peter McKenzie, who the day before got 15 years for raping and indecently assaulting 13 young girls. Mullen flatly states that occultism is a bad thing that in many cases leads to psychiatric conditions. Dr Stuart Checkly, a consultant at the Maudsley hospital is cited in the article as having "many" patients whose condition is directly attributable to occult activity. ORCRO asked an fact checking agency to check the facts. At the time of going to press Dr Checkley hasn't replied, despite being offered a consultancy fee. "Dabbling in occult Slammed". The Citizen, Glouceter, 1 August 1989. Psychic fair in Gloucester, and "all dabbling in the occult" is condemned as "dangerous" by Mr Dave Bennett, area press officer for the Methodist Church. "Satanic rituals blighting lives of the young". Baptist Times, 10 August 1989. Maureen Davies claims that over the past year she has helped 15 children abused in Satanic rituals. She then goes on about mail order occult suppliers, mentioning no names (but shall we guess who she means). Allegations made that occultists are involved in pornography and drug dealing. No evidence or cases cited. "Occult plan dies after prayer". The Baptist Times, 10 August 1989. Apparently the Occult Societies' plan to open a shop in Blackwood was stopped by prayer. "Librarians warn of Occult dangers". The Christian Herald, 12 August 1989. Warnings of the occult overtones found in many childrens books. "Black Magic link to Killing". Daily Mirror, 15 August 1989. It seems that the police are investigating the possibility of a black magic link to the killing of Brian and Ursula Randall, and the serious injury of Sarah Randall. No quotes from the police, no evidence. "Sect performed ritual slaughter on waterfront claims preacher". North Kent Weekly News [Free Sheet], 20 July 1989. The Rev. Bill Coveney, Pentecostal Minister of Springfield claims Gravesend is a centre of operations by occult organisations. His views were echoed by Canon Jim Fry, rural dean of Gravesham. Allegations of possession, evil influences, ritual sacrifice of a goat. No names, dates or places. Letters to the Editor. "Christians don't always know best". South Wales Argus, 11 August 1989. Letter from self professed satanist "Laylah North", who wonders why all the accounts of satanic practice that filter out to the media through Reachout, are accounts of "Traditional Satanism". She suggests that certain Christian bodies are attempting to recruit through fear, and that the Bible isn't an argument. She requests facts and not "because I say so's". "`Fanatics' in fire attack". Yorkshire Evening Post, 14 August 1989. Report of the arson attack on the Sorcerers' Apprentice. Chris says words to effect that "the fundamentalists did it", and blamed the Cook Report "the devils' work" for whipping up hysteria against occultism in general, and him in particular. The arsonists broke in through a security grill, and security glass, piled books on witchcraft and Crowley up, and set them on fire.


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