|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©2003|
|You may doubt that Satanism is alive and well in America, but law enforcement officers know better. So why are so few crimes with links to Satanism prosecuted?|
When Satanist high priest Anton LaVey heralded our modern era as “the Age of Satan” he was apparently not far from the truth. Today books on Satanism have sold in the millions. LaVey’s first book, The Satanic Bible, has sold over 750,000 copies; and apparently, it frequently turns up in police investigations of occult crime.
Since The Satanic Bible was published in 1969, Satan worship has increased dramatically. Many park rangers encounter satanic sites so frequently they may no longer report them. Satanism is producing problems in many American communities. Several major cities on the West Coast have aired special segments dealing with Satanism. For example, Channel 7 Eyewitness News in Los Angeles, California, ran a week-long special devoted to the topic in February 1986. It documented the increase of Satanism, the secrecy, the desecration of churches, ritual animal sacrifices, etc. Satanic graffiti included “Hail, Satan” and “Kill all the Christians.” Satanists were interviewed who stated their beliefs. One man (who had carved 666 on his arm) stated: “This says I believe in Satan, worship Satan, believe that he is master, that he is lord.”
Another Satanist replied that the reason for his involvement was “strength and power and everything else that goes along with it: drugs, women, money, violence.” Both were members of a gang called “the Stoners” and were interviewed from the California Youth Authority in Chino where they were wards of the state. A connection was noted between devil worship and heavy metal rock music; indeed, there are apparently hundreds of heavy metal/ “Stoner” gangs with various degrees of involvement in Satanism.
A number of murders related to Satanism were also cited. One former Satanist admitted on camera to murdering his father and to the attempted murder of his mother when he was 17. His story began early in the fourth grade with an interest in the occult which developed into an interest in Satan. Richard Frederickson, the Orange County assistant district attorney, noted a gruesome local fact. Where one or more parents were murdered by their children, “Of those 6-8 cases there is probably 5 that have had some sort of overtones of Satanism.”
Incredibly, in spite of the obvious evils of Satanism, there are actually respected scholars today who laud its alleged “social benefits”!
The Cable News Network reported on August 25, 1985, that a family found to be involved in making snuff films had allegedly murdered children in the process. They were suspected of involvement in Satanism and ritual murder and had been arrested on child molesting charges three years earlier.
It is a lack of evidence in satanic crime which is the greatest problem law enforcement agencies face (see Occult Criminality below). Without hard evidence, police are powerless. Yet, the highly secretive nature of serious Satanism means that all evidence of a crime is carefully disposed of. Thus, when the police or TV news reporters usually conclude, “We found no evidence of a satanic crime,” the public tends to think no crime was ever committed. But anyone who has studied Satanism knows that crimes are being committed, for criminal activity is inherently compatible with Satanism—and much other paganism.
High school teacher Joy Childress is one wounded survivor of Satanism who tries to warn others:
Detective Sandi Gallant of the Intelligence Division of the San Francisco Police Department is among the most respected of police officers who investigate occult crime. She observes, “With organized groups, it is very deliberate that we were not finding any evidence of criminal activity. They’re much too careful and hide their tracks very well.”
Lack of evidence and public denials by Satanists may fool some people, but it will never change the nature of serious Satanism itself, which is inherently anti-moral and dedicated to the promulgation of evil. Having said this, we must observe that Satanism and Satanic practices may vary by group.
A number of problems surround the relationship between occult activity and homicide. (Larry Kahaner’s Cults That Kill: Probing the Underworld of Occult Crime is essential reading here.)
In several cases where alleged Satanism, ritual killing, and other crimes were involved, the Chicago Tribune (July 29, 1985) illustrated a number of the problems discussed above:
Of course, it is a big world with lots of places to hide bodies. Perhaps the estimated 25,000 to 50,000 children who disappear off the face of the earth each year might account for some of them.
Most of the one-and-a-half to two million children who disappear are found. But many are kidnapped by child molesters and Satanists who use them in pornographic films, occult rituals, and/or “snuff” films. Robert Simandl is a 20-year veteran of the Chicago police department and a leading authority on crime and Satanism. He is one of many who thinks there is an international network of Satanists responsible for selling drugs, child pornography, and other crimes.
Up to 50,000 children are never found and never accounted for—children who, presumably, never wanted to be lost in the first place. One can only wonder what may have happened to them. We know for a fact what happened to some: “Each year between 2,500 and 5,000 unidentified children are found slain, and many are thought to be the victims of child abductors.”