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from Brad Hicks: Meant to post this as a news item a week ago, just got caught up (and that only by taking a morning off of work): The police departements of Overland, MO and St. Ann, MO (two of the St. Louis suburbs) recently held a seminar for "concerned citizens." One of the two spokesmen, Sgt. Jim Mantle of St. Ann, told the press before- hand that he would be "dispelling rumors" about the danger of Satanism and the occult. Two officers spoke at the meeting. The first one, Sgt. Tom Schulte of Overland, MO was somewhat reasonable, for someone who admits that his life's work is "fighting evil." He spoke primarily about grafitti and vandalism in the Overland area which contained Satanic markings such as the Mark of the Beast, pentagrams, etc. The other officer, Sgt. Jim Mantle, went completely off the handle. He "dispelled rumors" by repeating them over and over again, then following with "but so far it's unconfirmed." Over an hour of anti-occult hate and fear. Two quotes, both close paraphrases because we haven't yet gotten a recording: "I think this is going to be the problem that convinces everyone, once and for all, that we have got to bring some form of Christian religion back into the public schools," and "I warn you, there's a spiritual War coming up very soon between the Christianity and these Satanic cults, and you better start thinking about where you'll be then." (A reporter I discussed this with afterwards replied, "At the bar--but I might show up to take a few pictures for the paper.") And of course, he "dispelled rumors" by saying that "next time they might come for you!" The most amusing rumors had to do with published reports that all of world-wide Satanism is run from a back room at The Alchemist's Shop, an occult shop in Overland, and that the world-wide headquarters of Witchcraft is in Florissant, Missouri. (I wonder if they're talking about me? I live the next municipality over from Florissant, and use a Florissant P.O. box.) Don Wildegrube, of CAW fame, has tried in the past to talk some sense into this guy. I warned him it would be futile; it was. Don told Mantle that you generally can't get into a Wiccan coven unless you're 18 or older, but (says Mantle) "a 16-year-old kid showed me on his computer how to dial the phone number and join the WICCA, so I knew right then that he was lying and I didn't believe a word he said." That's right: according to Mantle, to join the WICCA you have to call WeirdBase. Bet you didn't know I was running the whole thing, did you? (Neither did I.) And yes, he does capitalize WICCA because he does believe in the Seven WICCA Letters. He told people that he had proof that the WICCA exists; he waved around a few Church and School of Wicca pamphlets and a flyer for a Magical Weekend workshop sponsored by Coven of Uraeus, which he described as a "national meeting of the WICCA." He didn't, by the way, JUST trample the FIRST Amendement. He also encouraged heavy surveillance of suspected occultists. He asked people if they were going to let these people "hide behind their 'rights'". He went on about this subject so long that at least one Christian in the room got up and read him the riot act. He boasted that police had the Aquino residence in South St. Louis under heavy surveillance. He also boasted that he had a friend who was in San Francisco "when they raided two Satanic churches and rounded up over 50 of them," and bragged that his friend was bringing him real photos of human sacrifice and sexual abuse victims which were seized there. He admitted that "he didn't know this was true, but he believed it." OTO folk take notice. ********************

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