WHY I DON'T BELIEVE THE "SURVIVORS" OF OCCULT GROUPS.
by Rowan Moonstone
Recently on this echo, several people have taken Pagans to
task for naysaying the Christian sources dealing with former
practitioners of various occult disciplines. I have researched this
area thoroughly for the past five years. I've bought or read all
the Christian books on the subject that I can get my hands on. I
have over 1,000 clippings in the files dealing with this subject,
I've got over 100 audio tapes and 20 videotapes on this subject,
and I've got reams of Christian literature, and police training
material to draw from. In addition to this, I grew up as a Southern
Baptist and was a Sunday School teacher at the age of 16. I know
whereof I speak when it comes to Christian sources.
I've also been a Witch for nigh on to 8 years now, and have
networked with other Pagans all across the country, attended
festivals in various states, and subscribed to many Pagan
publications both in this country and abroad. I've read many many
books on modern and ancient Pagan religions, and can furnish a
complete bibliography for anyone that's interested.
After a concentrated search through this material, I must
conclude that most of the allegations of the "survivors" are
fabricated and insupportable. In the rest of this report, I will
give documented reasons why I believe this to be true.
6-17-82 -Province Victoria Bulletin - "A misunderstanding appeared
to be the root of a satanic scare in Victoria this weekend, police
sources said Wednesday. Police, hospitals and human resources
ministry workers had gone on the alert following a report that a
satanic group was planning Tuesday to sacrifice a human baby. The
report came through the child abuse prevention HELP line in
Vancouver. Victoria police said they had traced the source of the
report to a church group in Vancouver. The group apparently had
heard rumors of a rise in satanic activities in Victoria and had
prayed that no atrocities would occur. Somehow someone interpreted
that to mean that a sacrifice was actually planned, police said.
That was the report that got to the HELP line. However, Tuesday
passed peacefully with no evidence of any satanic activity. "
5-4-86 - New York Times-" Derry Knight told an astonishing story
about his membership in a secret Satanic cult called the Sons of
Lucifer and his heroic efforts to take over the leadership of the
cult to free himself and 2,000 members from the coils of the devil.
As he told it, it was an incrediblely dangerous mortal struggle he
was waging against the most evil forces in the universe,
personified by some prominent politicians, including Viscount
Whitelaw, the deputy Prime Minister, who were, he said, the secret
masters of Britain's Satanic orders ... In little more than a year,
before Mr. Knight's activities aroused the suspicions of Bishop
Eric Kemp of Chichester, who called in the police fraud squad, the
support group contributed at least $313,000 to the anti-Satanism
struggle. A jury that convicted Mr. Knight April 25 of 19 counts
of fraud heard that much of the money raised by Mr. Baker had been
spent by his supposedly struggling friend on call girls, fast cars,
and a life of dissipation."
January 1988 New York Folklore "Satanism, Where are the
folklorists? by Phillips Stevens, Jr. p 12 ( Mr. Stevens is
referring to a murder of a 13-year =old girl in this incident)
"While preparing me for the taping of some commentary to be aired
locally following the National Geraldo Rivera TV special on Satanic
cults on October 25, 1988, an investigative reporter for a Buffalo
TV station was discussing That incident [the murder]. There were
13 people at that party, he said, the murdered girl being the 13th.
Since the murder, six of the party goers had committed
suicide.....I noted that it was strange that six suicides with such
a factor in common had not been reported in the news; how did he
know the details? The mother of the most recent suicide had told
him. ...I advised him to wait and check out the facts before airing
this story; he called me a few days later saying no, the other
suicides could not be confirmed."
1-19-89 Joplin Missouri Globe News (front page) - "Jasper County
Sheriff Bill Pierce said he had no figures available on how much
time and money that department has spent investigating claims. He
cited a November case as an example of the fruitless searches that
have been undertaken because of claims eventually fount to be
false. ...a Blytheville, Ark. woman told authorities there she had
watched satanic cultists cut the stomach of an infant, pour
gasoline on the baby, and set it on fire....After agreeing to take
a polygraph examination, the woman admitted the story was false.
She told deputies she made the false accusations to get attention."
3=6=89 - Houston Chronicle - "A Houston -area woman who claims to
be a former satanic priestess and has told audiences she witnessed
the ritualistic murder of an 8-year-old Tomball girl has left law
enforcement officers frustrated in their attempts to investigate
her allegations. 'We have no homicide to link it to. Why she would
make those claims and then be hesitant to talk with authorities is
reason to question her motives,' Harris County Assistant D.A. Casey
(Undated. From sometime this past summer) Austin American
Statesman -"A 21-year-old Dallas woman who claimed to have
kidnapped and subjected to Satanic propaganda is being sought by
Austin police who accuse her of making the story up to hide the
birth of a child."
7-27-89 - Shelton-Mason (Wa) County Journal - " Pierce County
Deputy Ed Troyer said he and other law -enforcement officers know
the informant who was supposed to have given former FBi agent Ted
Gunderson information about victims of Satanic cults buried in
Mason County ... about 90 percent of what the individual has told
law-enforcement officers during the past 15 years has been untrue."
Add to these accounts the following facts:
1. Many "former occultists" such as Jerry Reider and "Doc" Marquis
have appeared in seminars and on national television and claimed
to have been members of cults which practiced human sacrifice.
These people claim that they were actively a part of human
sacrifice. Human sacrifice is murder....there is NO statute of
limitations on murder. These folks have confessed to murder. Why
are they still on the streets? Surely they know who was in the
group with them. Surely they know where the bodies are buried!!!
Let's see some proof and get the murderers off the street!!!
2. The "Survivors and the Breeders" NEVER give names, dates,
towns, or anything else that could be used to track down the "evil
3. When police have tried to track down bodies that children in
daycare cases have alleged to have seen buried, their efforts have
come up negative. Some of the sites have obviously not been
disturbed in YEARS!!!
4. Careful veterinary examination of animal carcasses believed to
have been mutilated have proven the "mutilation" to be the work of
5. "Occult crime" is a MULTI THOUSAND dollar a year business. I
can document this if you like from the prices of videos, books,
newsletters, seminars, etc, but I think you get the idea.
So, there you have it, NO bodies, NO proof, and NO conspiracy. In
this country, one is innocent UNTIL PROVEN guilty. The burden of
proof is on the accuser. I'm still waiting.
If anyone wants to see the entire articles that these quotes were taken
from, send a SASSASE with 3 stamps to P. O. Box 1842, Colorado Springs,