skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 120714 Find in a Library
Title: Satanic, Occult, Ritualistic Crime: A Law Enforcement Perspective
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:56  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:62,64,67,68,70,72,77,78,80,82,84
Author(s): K V Lanning
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Law enforcement officers should avoid overreacting to satanic and occult activity in their communities and should recognize that their focus should be on legal definition of a crime rather than on the group spiritual framework within which it is committed.
Abstract: Thus, they should recognize that satanic cults have no more law enforcement significance than many other potentially destructive cults, despite the hysteria often shown by anti-satanists. Although police should have a basic knowledge about satanism and the occult, they should critically evaluate the information often disseminated in conference presentations and be cautious in discussing the subject with community groups. Conference presentations and other discussions often use the terms ritualistic, occult, and satanic interchangeably and are strongly influenced by the presenter's personal religious beliefs. In addition, they often overlook the responsibility of the police to respect people's rights to engage in noncriminal teaching, rituals, or other activities.
Main Term(s): Religiously motivated violence
Index Term(s): Cults; Police responsibilities; Religious freedom
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.