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A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement Agencies

Mary Jane Herold
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A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement AgenciesMs Herold's little handbook strives to alert police officers to the menace of the occult, though as it largely consists of statements of the obvious, it suggests that the guardians of the law must be even more stupid than is popularly thought.

For example, we learn that the signs of involvement in occult practices include:

  • a systematic use of symbols

  • obsession with fantasy role-playing, heavy black-metal rock groups and bizarre imagery

  • alleged or actual [my emphasis] psychic abilities

  • alleged communications with the dead

Who'd have guessed?

An unwary detective without this book to hand might fail to see the significance of further evidence of the presence of occultism:

  • afflicted effigies like voodoo dolls stuck with pins or otherwise mutilated

  • skulls with or without candles

  • runes

  • dried blood

  • rooms converted into dungeons or torture chambers

But beware, these vile necromancers can look just like anyone else, so the wise cop will learn the subtle signs of their maleficence:

  • tattoos - sexually perverse scenes, symbols [?], elaborate imagery [???], dripping blood

  • shaved head

  • black make-up

The bulk of the book is taken up by what Ms Herold calls "the ABC's [sic] of occultic language" - reproductions of symbols that she says are used to "conjure spirits, cast spells, and aid meditation". As well as the expected pentacles  goat's head, ankh and so on, she includes in her catalogue such innocuous items as an equilateral triangle ("pyramid", she says) and a simple circle. Be careful how how you decorate your child's nursery, lest you unleash dark forces.

More treats are to be found in Herold's occult glossary , in which we learn for example that the Necronomicon is a "potent" and "highly dangerous" book. but she reaches a mighty height with her conclusion, which I quote in full:

As law enforcement officers and agents, you frequently face danger from all kinds of people—drug addicts, pushers, prostitutes, pimps, the emotionally unstable, the mentally deranged—in short, the killers, rapists, and abusers of our society. Now, it is time for you to add occultists, witches, and satanists to your list of armed and dangerous characters.

For example, you might encounter a coven that is protected by an armed sentinel. (Those members with psychic abilities are preferred they can "see" you coming and "know" your intentions.) These devoted guardians will not hesitate to attack an invader, be he an innocent trespasser, adventurous curiosity-seeker, or a peace officer.

Here are some more points to remember:

  1. If a suicidal practitioner thinks you are a threat to his desire to die and reincarnate or resurrect, for example, he/she might very well kill or hurt you in his defense.
  2. Covens (and individual, solitary practitioners) are equipped with knives as ritual and ceremonial tools. Therefore, consider each qroup or individual as armed and potentially dangerous.
  3. You might encounter an occultist who seems to possess "superhuman" strength. Be on guard.
  4. Drug induced occultism, witchcraft, and satanism pose a double threat: the unpredictable effects of the drugs mixed with the deviations of the practices.

In conclusion, it is my hope that the information contained in this guide will prevent not only personal harm to you, but also will serve to preserve and protect the general public. If just one, innocent child is saved from being used as a human sacrifice—if just one, careless adult is spared the agony of physical and psychological destruction—if just one police officer or law enforcement agent returns to his or her family following a confrontation that otherwise would have resulted in injury or death—then my purpose will have been accomplished.

The fact that the news is rarely troubled by stories of ill-prepared police officers being attacked by superhuman suicidal psychics suggests that Herold's words have done their job. Hooray!

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Submitted by Anonymous Wally (not verified) on 28 Mar 2012 - 17:34 Permalink

Does anyone ever notice the common negativity against Christ? Thats what did it for me, especially after losing my home, daughter and mind, finances, and attacks on health etc.
Submitted by Hemanth (not verified) on 07 Sep 2010 - 11:14 Permalink

So THIS is why i have been shot twice for having a bald head and dirty tattoos. It ALL begins to make sense suddenly. At least nobody has ever accused me of shrinking their genitalia.
Submitted by tengri_gim (not verified) on 22 Nov 2009 - 14:06 Permalink

I knew a guy that wanted to become a cop for tampa police department so he could "hunt zombies". I doubt he passed the psych. He ran a bbs. He tryed to explain to me how his grandfather worked for the us government and worked with reviving bodies. And the gas attack in japan was zombie gas thanks to the cia. The shots of people comforting victims were actually agents trained to "strengthening" the zombies. Zombie isometrics? Yeah. Forget taebo. Oh yeah I got a formula for making zombies. But its the same one in the movie serpent and the rainbow. Bummer. Yes, cops are this stupid. In the late 90s they had just issued a advisory that soda cans could be used to smoke marijuana. Its hard to believe people can be this stupid. But they are. They arent just putting on an act. Rock and roll is R&B, the b in R&B is blues. "Satanic" rock music uses petatonic scales from BLUES. Blacks basically invented the electric guitar. The thing about sentinels is true though. The cult of the all seeing eye is based out of tampa. Used to put a pamphlet out: Jesus was a radioactive space alien
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 29 Apr 2009 - 02:00 Permalink

anyone know where i can find this? I found a copy a long time ago and passed it up like a fool. if you have it and are willing to sell, email
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Jan 2009 - 04:21 Permalink

So THIS is why i have been shot twice for having a bald head and dirty tattoos. It ALL begins to make sense suddenly. At least nobody has ever accused me of shrinking their genitalia.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 05 Jul 2008 - 05:54 Permalink

Ironically, by most general definitions of the "occult," Christianity qualifies as occult in many ways.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Aug 2008 - 07:20 Permalink

I think ALL religions qualify lol Jay Mondroe Jr. // CEO Petition Inc.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 27 Dec 2008 - 07:30 Permalink

Jay...One of your most popular petitions at Petition, Inc. is saving Stargate Atlantis. All the Stargate shows are based on occult new age theosophical gnostic religious teachings...e.g. ascension, magic, extraterrestrials, ethereal spirits, ascended masters, Atlantis, symbols, etc. In fact, nearly all science fiction & fantasy stories are creations of new religions by the author acting as a little god, all fitting within the ecclectic occult new age religion that is becoming the world religion of the UN/EU/US & eventually the 666 anti-Christ (which I'm sure you don't believie in...yet). And if one become popular, like Star Wars, it actually creates another flourishing worldwide religion, all pulling people away from Biblical truth.