“True Detective” Was Inspired by This Extremely Disturbing Case [VIDEO] – town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana involved Satanic rituals, child abuse, and animal sacrifices
October 3, 2014 Comments Off on “True Detective” Was Inspired by This Extremely Disturbing Case [VIDEO] – town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana involved Satanic rituals, child abuse, and animal sacrifices
“True Detective” Was Inspired by This Extremely Disturbing Case [VIDEO]
October 2, 2014 By Ben Lester
While Robert W. Chambers’s novel The King in Yellow directly inspired Nic Pizzolatto’s first critically acclaimed season of True Detective, it was not the only source material used for the show. Ten years ago, a notorious case plagued the town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, that involved Satanic rituals, child abuse, and animal sacrifices.
In an attempt to connect the dots between one of the most gruesome crimes ever committed and HBO’s buzzing anthology series, VICE traveled down to Louisiana and met with the real-life Rust and Marty in the first episode of The Real.
The episode synopsis reads as follows:
Ten years ago, the town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, was traumatized when a local church’s secret Satan worship, ritualized child molestation, and animal sacrifices came to light. Rust Cohle may be a fictional character, and time may not really be a flat circle, but that sounds an awful lot like the events of the first season of HBO’s hit True Detective. In this episode of our brand-new series The Real, we went down to Ponchatoula to meet Stuart Murphy and Tom Tedder, two law enforcement officials who helped put these terrible, true events in Ponchatoula’s rearview mirror.
The Real and Disturbing Story That Inspired ‘True Detective’ (Documentary) Thu 2 Oct 2014
Hosanna Church Ponchatoula, Louisiana Satanic Ritual Case
November 27, 2013 Comments Off on Satanic ritual child sex abuse claims, Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins Admits Rape Attempts
Satanic ritual child sex abuse claims
By JOANNE McCARTHY Nov. 26, 2013
EMBATTLED child sex abuse advocate Liz Mullinar has alarmed supporters with disturbing claims about satanic ritual abuse in response to allegations against her Heal for Life centre.
In a statement yesterday Ms Mullinar claimed 10 per cent of abuse victims at Heal for Life, or more than 500 people, reported being victims of satanic ritual abuse….
Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins Admits Rape Attempts
Sky News 11/26/13
Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has admitted a string of sex offences, including two charges of attempting to rape a baby.
The singer had faced 24 sex-offence charges but pleaded guilty to 11 of them at the last minute, nine of which were unchanged and two of attempted rape of an infant, which were downgraded from actual rape.
The charges included sexually touching a one-year-old and encouraging a mother to abuse her own child during a webcam chat. Watkins also admitted possessing and making child abuse images as well as being behind the plot to rape the child.
Watkins, 36, from Pontypridd, south Wales, insisted he had no memory of what would have been key video evidence at the trial showing him abusing his victim, the court heard.
Prosecuting QC Chris Clee said camcorder footage shot in a London hotel room showed Watkins perform a sex act on the child. Computer analysts found the footage had been uploaded to an online storage facility….
The court also heard details of a plot to turn babies in subservient sex slaves using hard drugs….
EastEnders paedo probe (BBC soap), Game used to pick satanic ritual victim, – Mohlakeng residents march against Satanism, Witch doctor sentenced to death, Ritual Murder in Makeni
April 24, 2013 Comments Off on EastEnders paedo probe (BBC soap), Game used to pick satanic ritual victim, – Mohlakeng residents march against Satanism, Witch doctor sentenced to death, Ritual Murder in Makeni
EastEnders paedo probe
— Staff ‘used TV jobs as cover to groom kids’
— Suspects ‘targeted autograph-hunters at Elstree set’
— Scotland Yard and Herts Police investigating
By STEPHEN MOYES
Published: 24th March 2013
PAEDOPHILES working on EastEnders preyed on under-age fans who hung around the set hoping for autographs, police believe.
A team of officers are investigating a group of “mature adults” thought to have been employed by the BBC soap in the 1980s and ’90s….
The movements of people connected with the show over a period of 20 years in various capacities have been monitored.
An insider said: “Arrests are very likely. This is bigger than anyone imagined.”
A six-member Special Operations unit has been set up to work full-time on the investigation — an indicator of the serious nature of the claims….
It is believed police have taken statements from alleged victims and wish to interview others who may have been preyed on by the paedophile ring….
A BBC spokesman said last night: “The BBC is not aware of this investigation but we take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously. We will be approaching the police to ascertain the details and to offer our full co-operation.” http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4856892/Suspected-EastEnders-paedophiles-investigated.html
Game used to pick satanic ritual victim
April 23 2013 By Sandy Moeketsi
Johannesburg – A game using toilet paper and matchsticks indicated who should be sacrificed in an apparent satanic ritual killing, a Johannesburg court heard on Tuesday.
This was the testimony of Lester Moody, 19, who is serving a prison sentence under a plea bargain reached after he confessed to being part of the killing in October 2011.
“We asked the game if Kirsty should be the prostitute and it said yes,” he told the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
Kirsty Theologo, 18, was doused with petrol and set alight on a hill behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in Julius Street, Johannesburg, in October 2011. She died a week later at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital…. http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/game-used-to-pick-satanic-ritual-victim-1.1505165
Mohlakeng residents march against Satanism
Sunday 21 April 2013 SABC
The community of Mohlakeng on the west rand of Johannesburg has marched against Satanism. Community members joined church leaders to denounce the practice in the area. It follows the murder of a grade 10 pupil there last month.
Lukhanyo Secondary School leaner Keamogetswe Sefularo was believed to have been killed in a Satanic attack.
Sefularo died after she was lured into the veld….
The march also comes amid the trial of three men and a girl accused of killing a teenager by setting her alight in a alleged Satanic ritual.
Harvey Isha, Robin Harwood, Lindon Wagner and Courtney Daniels, who was a minor at the time, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Kirsty Theologo was doused with petrol and set alight on a hill behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in southern Johannesburg. She died later at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/206365804f570c1f9fb49f1e5d06aea0/Mohlakeng-residents-march-against-Satanism-20132104
Witch doctor sentenced to death for beheading 11-year-old boy
By Michelle Duffy Apr 22, 2013
An Indian witch doctor is facing execution for beheading a 11-year-old boy in a sacrificial ritual to a goddess, to ‘improve his fortunes’
The 11 year old child, named Praveen, was beheaded in a sacrificial ritual carried out by the witch doctor in Chhattisgarh, India, who conducted the act, in the belief that it would ‘improve his fortunes.’….
It is a densely religious area of India where black magic is performed for those who wish for such things like greater health and wealth, where money is in short supply, as well as food, sanitation and future prospects for their young. It is common practice in these areas by ‘black magic practitioners’ for human sacrifices to be carried out.
He was confirmed he had been ‘practising witchcraft’ and, according to a police official,
“…was convicted on charges of murder, hiding evidence and giving false information to conceal the offence.””….In the same area of India, in 2010, two more possible child sacrifices had been suspected of taking place involving and two-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl. Their bodies were found in the same state of Chhattisgarh. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/348561
Ritual Murder in Makeni
The criminal Investigation department of Rogbaneh Police station are investigating the mysterious death of one Mabinty Koroma, a student of the Makeni Comprehensive Academy (MCA) which took place on Friday 19th April, while selling locally-made soap along the Teko Sander and Teko Barracks area…..
Now she has been brutally murdered and some of her parts have been removed. This is complete wickedness and we will not forgive the perpetrators for this,” Isatu Koroma, the eldest sister of the deceased said, as she burst into tears, while explaining to Awoko.
The police at Rogbaneh Police station did confirm the report on Monday 22nd April 2013 from the village chief of Pate Bana, Kapr Fallah, in the Bombali district….By Mohamed Kabba http://awoko.org/2013/04/23/ritual-murder-in-makeni/
Zen Groups Distressed by Accusations Against Teacher, Organised abuse and the politics of disbelief, NCRJ Reveals Itself
February 13, 2013 Comments Off on Zen Groups Distressed by Accusations Against Teacher, Organised abuse and the politics of disbelief, NCRJ Reveals Itself
Zen Groups Distressed by Accusations Against Teacher
By MARK OPPENHEIMER and IAN LOVETT
February 11, 2013
Since arriving in Los Angeles from Japan in 1962, the Buddhist teacher Joshu Sasaki, who is 105 years old, has taught thousands of Americans at his two Zen centers in the area and one in New Mexico. He has influenced thousands more enlightenment seekers through a chain of some 30 affiliated Zen centers from the Puget Sound to Princeton to Berlin. And he is known as a Buddhist teacher of Leonard Cohen, the poet and songwriter.
Mr. Sasaki has also, according to an investigation by an independent council of Buddhist leaders, released in January, groped and sexually harassed female students for decades, taking advantage of their loyalty to a famously charismatic roshi, or master….
Such charges have become more frequent in Zen Buddhism. Several other teachers have been accused of misconduct recently, notably Eido Shimano, who in 2010 was asked to resign from the Zen Studies Society in Manhattan over allegations that he had sex with students. Critics and victims have pointed to a Zen culture of secrecy, patriarchy and sexism, and to the quasi-religious worship of the Zen master, who can easily abuse his status.
Disaffected students wrote letters to the board of one of Mr. Sasaki’s Zen centers as early as 1991. Yet it was only last November, when Eshu Martin, a Zen priest who studied under Mr. Sasaki from 1997 to 2008, posted a letter to SweepingZen.com, a popular Web site, that the wider Zen world noticed.
Mr. Martin, now a Zen abbot in Victoria, British Columbia, accused Mr. Sasaki of a “career of misconduct,” from “frequent and repeated non-consensual groping of female students” to “sexually coercive after-hours ‘tea’ meetings, to affairs,” as well as interfering in his students’ marriages. Soon thereafter, the independent “witnessing council” of noted Zen teachers began interviewing 25 current or former students of Mr. Sasaki.
Some former students are now speaking out, including seven interviewed for this article, and their stories provide insight into the culture of Rinzai-ji and the other places where Mr. Sasaki taught. Women say they were encouraged to believe that being touched by Mr. Sasaki was part of their Zen training. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/world/asia/zen-buddhists-roiled-by-accusations-against-teacher.html
Report on Joshu Sasaki Allegations
An independent Council of Buddhist leaders investigated allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Joshu Sasaki, who has taught thousands of American at his two Zen centers in California and New Mexico. Published: February 11, 2013
On Authority by Alan Hozan Senauke with Jan Chozen Bays and Grace Myoan Schireson
When ongoing questions of misuse of sexuality or power unfold in a spiritual community, it is rarely a matter of one person’s actions. Reading through the painful and heartfelt accounts documenting Joshu Sasaki’s sexual relationships with students at Rinzaiji down through the years, we see how, knowingly and unknowingly, the community was drawn into an open secret, and people’s ability to practice the
dharma suffered. Despite individual and collective attempts to address boundaries, repentance, and rectification, these behaviors appear to have continued over more than four decades. We have reports that those who chose to speak out were silenced, exiled, ridiculed, or otherwise punished. Understanding that our practice is to bear what is unbearable and not to turn away from reality, how could this be so? We suggest it has something to do with a view of spiritual authority and “enlightenment” that we in the West have created in the name of Zen. To be fair, this is not just a problem of Zen. It arises in various Buddhist communities, and more widely in other religious
congregations. We are unfortunately susceptible to enthrallment, which is hardly “seeing things as they really are.” http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/02/12/us/Joshu-Sasaki-investigation-report.html
Organised abuse and the politics of disbelief
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Medicine
University of New South Wales
Organised abuse refers to any incident of child sexual abuse in which multiple adults act in a coordinated or premeditated way to sexually abuse multiple children.1 Although it is a relatively infrequent form of sexual abuse, organised abuse has been amongst the most incendiary issues in debates on child sexual abuse over the last thirty years (see Brown, Scheflin et al. 1998; Kitzinger 2004). This paper will explore how organised abuse came to play a central role in conflicts over the signification of child sexual abuse. As narratives of sexual violence have gained increasingly
legitimacy in the public eye, it seems that organised abuse has come to represent a new frontier of disbelief….
During a period in which women and children’s testimony of incest and sexual abuse were gaining an increasingly sympathetic hearing, lobby groups of people accused of child abuse construed and positioned “ritual abuse” as the new frontier of disbelief. The term “ritual abuse” arose from child protection and psychotherapy practice with adults and children disclosing organised abuse, only to be discursively encircled by backlash groups with the rhetoric of “recovered memories”, “false allegations” and “moral panic”. Seeking to recast the debate on child abuse according to an older politics of disbelief, these groups and activists attempted to characterise sexual abuse testimony, as a whole, through the lens of “ritual abuse”:…
It does not take much effort to understand why people accused of child sexual abuse may engage in a vigorous defence of their innocence, nor why they might be joined by professional defence experts that make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year defending them. What does bear explaining is the purchase that their rhetoric found in the media, academia and the broader community. It seems that many Australian journalists and academics held deep seated concerns about the credibility of women and children as reliable witnesses to their own lives. After a period of relatively sympathetic media coverage on sexual violence, organised abuse was used as a frame
through which concerns about women and children’s testimony could be made legitimate again. The impact of this rhetorical strategy on the lives of adults and children with a history of organised abuse has yet to be measured, however, the controversy that has been the hallmark of the politics of disbelief has effectively displaced reasoned consideration of the challenges posed by organised and ritual abuse. It seems that reports of organised abuse can be overlooked, ignored, or displaced onto minority groups, but it is too troubling a subject to approach directly without a framework of disbelief. Over the last thirty years, that framework has been in ready supply, stemming both from the long-standing medico-legal tradition of denial, and from the activism of lobby groups of people accused of sexual abuse.
Proceedings of the 2nd Australian & New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference
19 – 20 June 2008 Sydney, Australia
Presented by the Crime & Justice Research Network and the
Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Network
Edited by Chris Cunneen & Michael Salter
Published by The Crime and Justice Research Network
University of New South Wales
ISBN: 9780646507378 (pdf)
NCRJ Reveals Itself
February 9th, 2013
There was a powerful article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine on January 27 about the devastating effects of child pornography on victims whose images have been spread around the world on the Internet. It is the kind of article that would seem to generate only sympathy and concern for victims. But the “National Center for Reason and Justice” proved otherwise. This…organization used the occasion to question whether real harms occurred and to smear Dr. Joyanna Silberg, one of the therapists named in the article. In a letter to the New York Times, published on the NCRJ website, the president of the organization, defense lawyer Michael Snedeker, claimed that “Joyanna Silberg, the therapist of one young woman in the story, is notorious for advocating the debunked myth of satanic ritual child abuse.” Snedeker also asserted that “obsessive attention paid to victims can paradoxically make their feelings of trauma worse, or even cause them in the first place.” He closed by expressing concern about giving “pseudoscientific, dangerous therapists another gravy train.”
These statements are wrong in every particular. Dr. Silberg is not even the therapist for the woman she mentions in the story! That woman lives in another city. Dr. Silberg merely conducted assesments for the purpose of litigation. Dr. Silberg did not receive a percentage of any legal judgments, nor has she received any payment other than the set fees for conducting an evaluation. The insinuation that she may have engaged in therapy that made the woman worse is beyond false, it is defamatory….It is clear from the article that what Snedeker calls “feelings of trauma” were hardly caused by the therapists in this case. They were caused by the appalling actions of those who took these images and disseminated them. Moreover, Dr. Silberg has never advocated or endorsed anything pertaining to satanic ritual abuse. Instead, she is apparently a target for these smears because she has spoken up for victims of sexual abuse through the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence.