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NCJ Number: 140554 Find in a Library
Title: Satanic Cult Awareness
Author(s): G W Hurst; R L Marsh
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 49
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This training manual is the result of compiling information from investigations of Satanic worship and links among drug use, deviant sexual behavior, and occult behavior.
Abstract: Abnormal sex offenses involving cult worship are not always recognized. The basic ingredients may be fire, slashing, beating, and stabbing, all of which are listed as other police offenses. Only through proper training can police officers understand and recognize regular sex offenses and those associated with cult behaviors. In any case, however, occult sex crimes are difficult to prove. The victim is frequently dead or confused through fear and/or shock. Law enforcement must conduct a thorough, comprehensive investigation, with special emphasis on searching the crime scene and locating evidence. The training manual contains information resources for law enforcement departments to assist in investigating crimes suspected of having cult or Satanic influence. Consideration is given to cult member recruitment and initiation, types of abuse and torture, the Church of Satan, festivals, witchcraft, and masses and rituals. Indications of Satanic practices among teenagers are noted, along with investigative suggestions for law enforcement. Letters, symbols, and phrases associated with witchcraft are also identified.
Main Term(s): Cults
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation; Drug use; Juvenile offenders; Religion; Sex offenses; Sexual behavior
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