Investigator's guide to allegations of 'ritual' child abuse

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US Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation



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National Center
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Analysis of Violent Crime


Investigator's Guide to Allegations of "Ritual" Child Abuse

January 1992

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NCAVC FBI ACADEMY Quantico, Va. (703) 640 6131

NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE ANALYSIS OF VIOLENT CRIME
800-63-4097

INVESTIGATOR'S GUIDE TO ALLEGATIONS OF "RITUAL" CHILD ABUSE

 

January 1992

 

Kenneth V. Lanning
Supervisory Special Agent

 

Behavioral Science Unit
National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI Academy
Quantico, Virginia 22135

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The author would like to thank Cynthia J. Lent, Technical Information Specialist, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, and Park Elliott Dietz, M.D., Threat Assessment Group, Inc., for their assistance and guidance in the preparation of this book.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Acknowledgements
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    i
  2. Table of Contents
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    iii
  3. I.
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    1
  4. II.
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    3
    1. "Stranger Danger"
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      3
    2. Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse
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      4
    3. Return to "Stranger Danger"
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      4
    4. The Acquaintance Molester
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      5
    5. Satanism: A "New" Form of "Stranger Danger"
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      5
  5. III.
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    7
  6. IV.
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    9
    1. What is Ritual?
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      10
    2. What is "Ritual" Child Abuse?
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      11
    3. What Makes a Crime Satanic, Occult, or Ritualistic?
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      12
  7. V.
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    15
    1. Dynamics of Cases
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      15
    2. Characteristics of Multidimensional Child Sex. Rings
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      16
    3. Scenarios
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      17
    4. Why Are Victims Alleging Things that Do Not Seem to Be True?
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      18
  8. VI.
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    21
    1. Pathological Distortion
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      21
    2. Traumatic Memory
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      22
    3. Normal Childhood Fears and Fantasy
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      22
    4. Misperception, Confusion, and Trickery
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      23
    5. Overzealous Intervenors
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      23
    6. Urban Legends
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      23
    7. Combination
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      24
  9. VII.
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    25
  10. VIII.
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    29
  11. IX.
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    33
  12. X.
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    39
  13. XI.
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    41
  14. XII.
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    43

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).