LANNING'S GUIDE TO ALLEGATIONS
OF CHILDHOOD RITUAL ABUSE, PART 12
|Cooper, John Charles, The Black Mask: Satanism in America Today
. Old Tappen, N.J.: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1990.|
Probably the best of the large number of books available primarily in
Christian bookstores and written from the Christian perspective. This one,
however, is written without the hysteria and sensationalism of most.
Recommended for investigators who want information from this perspective.
|Hicks, Robert D., In Pursuit of Satan: The Police and the Occult
Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1991.|
Undoubtedly the best book written to date on the topic of satanism and the
occult from the law enforcement perspective. Robert D. Hicks is a former
police officer who is currently employed as a criminal justice analyst for
the state of Virginia. Must reading for any criminal justice professional
involved in this issue. Unfortunately, in the chapter on "Satanic Abuse of
Children", the author appears to have been overly influenced by extreme
skeptics with minimal or questionable credentials in this area. The book is
easy to read, logical, and highly recommended.
|Richardson, James T.; Best, Joel; & Bromley, David G.; Eds, The
Satanism Scare. NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1991.|
The best book now available on the current controversy over satanism
written from the academic perspective, The editors and many of the chapter
authors are college professors and have written an objective,
well-researched book. One of the great strengths of this book is the fact
that the editors address a variety of the controversial issues from a
variety of disciplines (i.e., sociology, history, folklore, anthropology,
criminal justice). Because of its academic perspective it is sometimes
harder to read but is well worth the effort. The chapter on "Law
Enforcement and the Satanic Crime Connection" contains the results of a
survey of "Cult Cops" and is must reading for law enforcement officers. The
chapter on "Satanism and Child Molestation: Constructing the Ritual Abuse
Scare" was written, however, by a free-lance journalist who seems to take
the position that these cases involve little or no real child abuse.
|Terr, Lenore, Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood.
New York: Harper and Row, 1990.|
An excellent book written by a psychiatrist that provides important
insights into the nature and recallability of early psychic trauma. For me,
Dr. Terr's research and findings in the infamous Chowchilla kidnapping case
shed considerable light on the "ritual" abuse controversy.