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01-18-11, 04:10 AM #1
Ritual-crime, occults on rise nationwide
NEWPORT NEWS — — If you think vampires are figments of television and novels, think again.
Thanks to HBO's hit vampire television series, "True Blood," and the Twilight series of novels and movies that center on teenage vampires, law enforcement agencies nationwide are seeing an upswing in ritual and occult-related crimes, said Don Rimer, a retired Virginia Beach police officer and an international expert on occult crime.
More than 100 people — mostly police officers from across Hampton Roads and central Virginia — turned out for Rimer's seminar Saturday about how occults can impact teenagers. The presentation, sponsored by the Newport News Police Department, also helped educate officers about the influences that satanic, gothic, and vampire groups can have on teens.
"Occult crime happens all over the world and it's growing," said Rimer.
Holly McPherson, spokeswoman for the Newport News Police Department, said she wasn't aware of any occult-related crimes in that city.
Rimer, who consults with police departments, said the last major investigation he assisted with on the Peninsula was in September 2007 in which Jonathan Barron – a self-proclaimed vampire – was kidnapped from Huntington Park by acquaintances he met through a Norfolk store that caters to Wiccan and pagan activities.
Barron was taken to Colonial National Historic Park in York County where he was beaten, stabbed, had his hair set on fire and was injected with silver thermal compound and Barbicide disinfectant through a marinade needle. He also was hit by a car before being left for dead.
Barron survived and four people, including a man who was described as a werewolf in court, pled guilty to felonies and are in prison for their respective roles in the assault.
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01-18-11, 10:51 PM #2
If anyone has any questions about neo-paganism, there are a few of us on here who will happily and honestly answer questions. I can safely say Wicca and standard pagan practices proscribe bloodshed to the point that a lot of practitioners are vegetarian if not vegan. The first tenet of faith is typically "Harm none" which includes the practitioner themselves.
I'll leave it up to the reader to decide if vampires and werewolves are real or delusions based on fantasy. The article also says ""Fantasy role-playing like Dungeons and Dragons … and vampire gaming are alive and well," said Rimer. "There are people who take gaming to another level, one that results in deaths and suicides. In the world of gaming, there is evil."" There are also people who go off the deep end after listening to music (darn that rock and roll anyhow!) or just plain off their meds. The way this article goes on it's like they're trying to say that D&D causes mental health issues.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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