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NCJ Number: 149064 Find in a Library
Title: Occult Criminal Investigation
Corporate Author: Glendale Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: Glendale Police Dept
Glendale, CA 91200
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Document: PDF
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This training manual aims to provide police officers with the information needed to become familiar with the terminology, artifacts, and symbols relative to persons involved in crimes of occult origin.
Abstract: Police officers must be aware that the Constitution's First Amendment gives people the freedom to worship God, plants, Satan, or any other symbol. Witchcraft, the Occult, and Satanism are sometimes considered to be synonymous. Individuals interested in deviant pagan and satanic practices are usually male, intelligent, creative, alienated from the family religion, and middle-class or upper-middle- class. They usually have a difficult time relating to peers, have low self-esteem, and may be underachievers. Early phases of involvement with deviant or satanic practices include stress with accompanying anxiety and fear and feelings of inadequacy or loss of control. Signs of active involvement include obsession with fantasy role-playing games, books on magic or witchcraft, the use of objects for spells or rituals, symbolic jewelry, drug abuse, unexplained paranoia or fear of the world, and extreme secrecy. Crime scenes may offer clues to involvement in the occult: mockery of Christian symbols; the use of stolen or vandalized Christian artifacts; unusual drawings; animal mutilations; skulls with or without candles; and rooms draped in black, white, or red. Glossary, drawings and explanations of symbols, list of ritualistic items that should be listed on a search warrant, and suggestions for investigating a ritualistic crime scene.
Main Term(s): Police intelligence operations
Index Term(s): Cults; Cultural influences; Religion; Ritualistic crimes
Note: NCJRS Library original copy is missing pages 45 to the end of the document.
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