America in crisis: Mind control/ritual trauma/battered woman syndrome and family violence

Brady, B Marie

Mind Control/Ritual Trauma/Battered Woman Syndrome And Family Violence

This paper describes actual accounts of current events falling within the areas of satanic ritual abuse, mind control, and Battered Woman Syndrome, as defined by the American Psychological Association. The article was first written to describe actual cases of satanic ritual abuse activity under investigation in Keokuk, Iowa in 1997. Since that time, numerous additional school shootings, ritual abuse, and child ritual abuse scenarios have occurred in Iowa, making the article even more timely.

The paper defines and expands on some of the more detailed information necessary to identify and clarify the cult abuse movement within the scope of domestic abuse and family violence. The paper is presented as a framework, providing basic introductory information and case examples of the cult activity, ritual abuse, and Battered Woman Syndrome. The identification of post-trauma disorders, such as Battered Woman Syndrome and ritual abuse, are provided because some victims are predisposed to further and more sophisticated abuse. A case study specific to Iowa is presented, along with similar national and international cases in the areas of satanic and ritual abuse, mind control, and family violence. The paper is coordinated with past and current FBI and counterintelligence investigations.


Over the past decade there has been substantial evidence that individuals suffering from stress disorders, such as Battered Woman Syndrome, Post Vietnam War Syndrome, Ritual Trauma Disorder, Rape Trauma, and other sub-categories of Psychological Trauma Syndromes, are being intentionally used in the process of mind control (Anson, Ofra, & Sagy, Sifra, 1995; Boulette, T. R. & Andersen, S. M. 1985; Downs, D. A. 1996; and Earle, A. S. 1997). The abuse process seems circular, in that trauma may be originally introduced to create the fertile ground for further mind control. To better explore the expanded possibility for such abuse and mental manipulation, a search of some of the more recent information from professional journal articles and court cases, along with a brief history of the cult phenomenon, will be examined. The goal of the paper is to increase general knowledge that such abuse exists and that additional advocates for victims are needed to further prevent victimization of new targets.

Briefly, the theory presented is that intentional and/or unintentional manipulation of psychological trauma victims is occurring in the United States and worldwide. The victims appear to be primarily women and children. In addition, it is possible that this is not a mere collection of helter skelter accidents in violent outbreaks, but, possibly a more organized accessing and creating of abused persons for later manipulation and programming upon demand. To better understand and determine if this abuse of the family structure exists and is evolving, a number of examples of cult activity will be presented within the context of trauma and psychological abuse.

The findings section of the paper will highlight points of interest on these issues. Finally, a conclusion will be offered with argument as to a possible link between cults, mental manipulation, and mind control. That women and children are the primary targets within the family does not exclude similar abuse of males on a smaller scale.


On October 1, 1997, a 16-year-old Pearl, Mississippi, High School student stabbed his mother with a butcher knife at their home, then shot nine students at his high school (Katz, 1997). On October 7, 1997, a fatal, self-inflicted gun shot wound by a Keokuk, Iowa, youth was followed by similar attempts and drug overdoses in what was found to be a possible suicide satanic cult (Iutzi, 1997, 1999).

On October 17 1997, a 15-year-old Japanese boy in Tokyo, Japan, was convicted of beheading a boy, as well as killing and assaulting three younger children (Staff, 1997).On October 2, 1997, a 17-year-old Jewish teen from Maryland and another teen were accused of burning and dismembering a fellow teenager in a vacant house in the Washington, DC suburb of Montgomery County, Maryland (Katz, 1997). At Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, a teen claims he participated in a `vampire cult’ where he and his fellow cultists self-mutilate and drink each other’s blood (McKenney, 1997). In addition, five teens from Eustris, Florida, who were charged in December 1996 with the murder of one of the cultist’s parents, were found to be part of an underground secret cult. Both the Chicago Tribune and the Houston Chronicle covered the self-proclaimed `vampire cult’ that led to the death of the parent of the 15-year-old girl, who stated “you could only have great sex after a blood drink,” then followed with “degrading sex orgies” and murder (McKenney, 1997).

Like the Florida youths, the Keokuk, Iowa, young people were found to be part of a “satanic cult” and a self-proclaimed “death cult.” Now, three years later, a current investigation in Keokuk, Iowa, involves the drugging and intoxication of children, ages 12 to 18 years, by the director of a youth center. The director photographed the children stripping and placed the photographs on the Internet (Iutzi, 1999, 2000).

Experts on such cults, David Price and Dr. Reisman of Cornerstone, an Indianola, Iowa, research group, investigated the Keokuk, Iowa, and Mississippi deaths. They found both groups writing “blood journals” along with more formalized ritual activity consistent with satanic and death cults (Price tapes, 1997). The Cornerstone organization had earlier confrontations during investigations and presentations with the formalized WICCA movement at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa in the early 1990’s. The student newspaper reported on July 3, 1997, the two “Modern American Wiccans,” Jim Gerard and his wife Kirsten Faisal, participate in the “religion” along with working for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Story County Community Life organization in Ames, Iowa (Erikson, 1997).


When we think of mind control we are reminded of some sinister conspiratorial cloak and dagger scenario of the CIA or the Manchurian Candidate. However, such control is not the fantasy of movies or the methods of an antiquated form of intelligence activity. Mind control is the standard of abuse in relationships and is considered merely a variation to the battering phenomenon. Brainwashing or mind control are techniques used by the male (or female) or political cults, against the victims, in this case women, which result in debilitating effects. Such techniques include social isolation and provocation of fear; alternating kindness with threat to create disequilibrium; and the induction of guilt, self-blame, dependency, and learned helplessness (Boulette, 1997).

“Cultic” systems are used, such as prohibition against free expression or dissent, an omnipotent master demanding self sacrifice, social isolation, threat of harm, confusion and guilt, and “love” contingent on actions, lying, and limiting of options (Boulette, 1997). The dominant techniques of abuse are implemented by what are known as the “Three D’s” of Abuse: Debility, Dependency, and Dread. By use of the “Three Ds,” chronically battered persons and victims of rape experience paralyzing fear, terror, constant anxiety, apprehension, vigilance, feelings of impending doom, which result in panic disorder, major recurring depression, dysthemic disorder, and somatization disorder, in addition to physical trauma (American Psychiatric Association, 1980). Similar to the cults, this form of battering and spousal mind control are totalistic in nature and lead to pathological and degrading interactions, which are normally progressive in degree of abuse.

Diane Brady investigated an example of this form of “cultic” manipulation. In 1968 David Berg believed himself the Old Testament King David. He formed the Children of God in California. He preached sexual promiscuity and free love and used female members to seduce men. Children were video taped dancing nude, and in what appeared to be, sexual contact with their fathers. No charges were pressed against the group at the time, but it remains under constant observation by federal police agents (Brady, 34).

Ritual child abuse has been examined by experts such as Sylvia Gillote at the Ritual Trauma, Child Abuse, and Mind Control Conference and Counter Terrorism Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, October 1, 1997. The conference was supported and partially funded by the National Police Officers’ Association, in addition to the military counter intelligence and counter terrorism agencies This conference ran concurrent to the Mississippi and Iowa incidents. In addition to expounding upon more specific details of this form of abuse, ritual child abuse laws passed in Illinois in January 1993 were examined for relevance to other states.

Ritual child abuse is found to have existed for centuries in connection with ancient pagan rituals. Only within the last few decades have more formalized definitions and consideration evolved in connection with law enforcement investigations. The Los Angeles County Commission for Women, Ritual Abuse Task Force, defines ritual abuse as “a brutal form of abuse… consisting of the use of rituals” (Noblitt, 1997). Elements of ritual abuse include multiple victims and perpetrators, very severe physical and sexual abuse, drugging and mind control for indoctrination, further control, and terrorism. One of the most disturbing aspects of this form of abuse of children is the public and legal disbelief in the sadistic exploitation of children.

The overwhelming effects of the severe repetitive trauma cannot be underestimated in analyzing the intentional abuse of people. Dr. W. B. Tollefson and Dr. Charles L. Whitfield (1994, 1995, 1997) presented evidence of over 6,000 child and adult victims suffering from such traumatic experiences. of these persons, 16 to 78% had experienced partial to total amnesia in relation to the traumatic experience. Based on the overwhelming evidence of trauma amnesia among children of sexual assault or abuse, clinicians have determined it is best to process traumatic memory shortly after the incident with a network of support. Immediate processing of the trauma did not require memory lapse as a coping mechanism (Whitfield, 1997).

Consideration of Battered Woman Svndrome with the ritual abuse syndromes also initiates a love/hate duality in the creating of conflict. The physical and psychological abuse includes demeaning and humiliating degradation to threats of murder, slaps, assaults with weapons, and suicide. Consistent with previous studies, violence begins at the onset of the relationship and becames progressively more violent. Verbal abuse presaged physical abuse. Women initially modified their actions to cease the abuse and they hid the abuse from others creating “invisible violence.” This was felt to be a “face saving” strategy to maintain their own sense of selfidentity (Lempert, 1996).


The introduction of this paper included various concepts of mind control ritual trauma, and the battered woman syndrome within the context of family violence. The definitions of these syndromes have been united under the umbrella of psychological trauma of a very severe nature. The similarities in victims response to such severe trauma have been found in the research to be more extreme the younger the onset of the abuse.

The use of very sophisticated mind altering techniques and drugs was discussed in some depth as these related to ritual abuse, mind control, and the battered woman syndrome. The probable use of such techniques in recruitment of youth cited in the background section of the satanic ritual cults is of most significance, especially in light of the current use of the First Amendment Rights to protect their recruitment of children.

The potential for abuse of these victims becomes a multidisciplinary concern. Within the context of family violence, the potential for suicide, familial murders, and compounded domestic abuse remains the focus of this paper. The goal is to educate the public to the reality of the dangers of limited knowledge. It is a further goal of the paper that once aware of the various forms of this complex abuse activity within the family, additional advocates will emerge in defense of children and adults held hostage at the hands of these very sophisticated and heinous abusers. A more detailed account of incidents and substantive information may be found in the original research document by Marie Brady, Mind Control/Ritual Trauma/Battered Woman Syndrome and Family Violence (Unpublished Paper, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, December 1, 1997).


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Doctoral Candidate Department of Family & Consumer Sciences Education & Studies Iowa State University

Copyright American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2000

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