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COP’S GUIDE TO OCCULT INVESTIGATIONS
Understanding Satanism, Santeria, Wicca, and Other Alternative Religions
by Tony M. Kail
Learn to separate Hollywood fiction from real-life occult religious practices in this comprehensive law enforcement guide to understanding Wicca; Satanism; Asatru; Afro-Caribbean belief systems such as Voodoo, Santeria and Palo Mayombe; vampire cults; and more.
For 13 years, Tony M. Kail, director of the Center for the Study of Deviant Movements, has studied magico-religious groups and put their beliefs in context for law enforcement agencies faced with rituals, shrines, symbols and ceremonial objects that were beyond their training.
In this book, you’ll learn how to interpret ritual sites, develop contacts in the occult community, identify the objects sacred to each religion, respond to a ritual in progress, recognize signs of juveniles dabbling in the occult, treat discoveries of shrines and offerings, and conduct an investigation into an occult-related crime. This book also examines the growing number of gangs and hate groups that take on the trappings of the occult to empower their members and terrorize their victims. An illustrated field guide helps readers identify commonly used ritual items.
Kail’s knowledge of the inner workings of these sometimes-mysterious sects gives law enforcement officers, educators and anyone with an interest in alternative religious practices an unprecedented look inside a world where few outsiders are welcome. 8 1/2 x 11, softcover, photos, 184 pp.
Tony M. Kail has observed actual ceremonies and rites of passage of several of these occult groups and has conducted interviews with members and clergy of these religions. A former deputy and animal cruelty investigator, he has provided training for several regional, state and federal agencies, including the FBI. Kail serves as adjunct instructor for the Police Sciences Division of Nashville State Technical College.