“Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults”: Recognizing satanists and bad mullets in the park

By on July 27, 2015

There was panic in Detroit, just before midnight, when an estimated 700 ticket-holding satanists, weekend revelers and curious scenesters attended at a sold-out top secret event in an undisclosed industrial building in downtown Detroit, where they watched the unveiling of a 9-foot, 2,000-pound statue of the goat-headed statue Baphomet. Despite protesters, death threats, and a torrential downpour, those in attendance were quite pleased to be on hand when the statue was revealed, the crowded cheered and also chanted “Hail Satan!”

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We’re wondering if members of local Detroit law enforcement were prepared and how many actually took the time to watch and study “Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults,” but before we get to that, let’s first have a look at the news report from Detroit this weekend:

You can see how it might have been helpful to the police to take some time to review this 1994 VHS tape hosted by be-sweatered cop/pastor Gordon Coulter, and Eric Pryor, a mulleted former Satanist, current Christian, who provide helpful information about satanism, including how to recognize evidence that may be found at crime scenes by satanists.

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There’s a lot of good information to be found in these clips, so we recommend you share this link with any law enforcement officials in your immediate family (and watch the entire film below if you have the time).

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For instance, in this clip below, Pryor takes us to the park to look for signs of Devil worship and animal sacrifice. As he tells us, “There’s two different communities that use this park. One is the pagan, or occultic, community, and the other, of course, is the homosexual community. Interestingly enough, they go hand-in-hand.”

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“The colors they’ll use will be white, red, and black,” our guide later tells us, leading the cameraman up a path. “Those are the dominant colors of, uh, the Satanic movement. And basically — well, okay, over here, see? Here you go. This is what I’m talking about. Okay, what you’re looking at right here is called “voodoo Veve.‘” Our favorite moment came when Pryro “discovers” the word “Shemhemforash” has been spray-painted on a wall.

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This tape certainly falls under the spell, er… heading of what Lisa Fancher referred to as the “Satanic Panic” that was created by daytime TV hosts and their unvetted guests back in the 80s, claiming to have been part of Satanic cults, which we mentioned here in this previous Night Flight post about Lisa Fancher and John Roeker’s forthcoming documentary Satan Goes To Hollywood.

Read about the Baphomet unveiling at VICE.

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Ultimately, the Satanic Temple hopes to have the statue placed permanently next to a sculpture of the Ten Commandments monument now in place near a state courthouse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or outside Arkansas’ Statehouse in Little Rock, where a Ten Commandments monument also is planned.

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.