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After reading this chapter you should be able to do the following:

  • discuss the impact of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution upon the investigation of possible Occult related crime
  • define the terms “Cult Cops” and “Ghostbusters” and their evolutionary impact upon the investigation of possible Occult related crime
  • explain the impact that “Satanic Panic” and the “CSI Effect” upon these types of investigations
  • describe the characteristics of individuals involved in negative or dangerous types of Occult behaviors
  • discuss the factors involved in the identification and investigation of a possible Cult, Occult, Alternative Belief Crime Scene
  • discuss the possible barriers to effective law enforcement involvement in Occult, Satanic, and Alternative Belief System Crime


This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Handbook for Detectives on June 2015, available online:

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The Detective's Handbook



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