Instructor: Dawn Perlmutter, Ph.D. & Tony Kail Course length: 32 hours
New curriculum now includes Human Trafficking Investigations
This updated course is a comprehensive workshop designed to provide crime scene analysts, law enforcement professionals, and other investigators with an extensive understanding of crime scenes containing symbolic and unfamiliar evidence. Investigators will be introduced to the types of crimes most often associated with occult activity, crime scene clues, investigation strategies, and an overview of active groups. Crime scenes, forensic and symbolic evidence involving the ritual practices of Satanism, Santeria, Voodoo, Palo Mayombe, and the Goth, Vampire, and Fetish Scenes will be presented. New to the course is a block of instruction dealing with ritualistic practices of human traffickers. Crime scene and autopsy images will demonstrate forensic and symbolic evidence specific to particular groups. Case studies include ritual sexual abuse, animal sacrifice, ritual homicides and human trafficking.
The portion of the course covering ritual homicides will provide the student with an extensive understanding of homicides involving symbolic evidence and trauma. Attendees will be introduced to a variety of unfamiliar injuries, excessive mutilation, unusual trauma, and symbolic crime scene evidence. Uncommon ceremonies, rites of passage, and initiations specific to particular groups will be described. Attendees will also be educated on a variety of unusual activities such as cutting, branding, blood drinking, and body mutilation. The significance of magical and occult ideologies as a motivation for ritual murders is described. The prevalence of child victims and juvenile perpetrators is addressed. Distinctions between counter forensic measures and ideological motivations for disfigurement and dismemberment are described in detail. Crime scene and autopsy images will demonstrate forensic and symbolic evidence specific to particular groups. Numerous case studies will be presented.
The block of instruction that covers human trafficking provides the attendee with an overview of human traffickers, sex traffickers, and pedophiles and their use of various types of tattoos, symbols, emojis, codes, and terms to recognize one another, to distinguish their sexual and age preferences and to advertise services. This training includes pedophile political activist movements, designated holidays, the glorification of pedophilia in art and literature and the academic defense of pedophilia. Other identifiers of child sex trafficking such as the selling and distributing of child sex dolls and robots will be presented. This session will prepare the attendee to recognize symbols, atypical evidence, and paraphernalia found at crime scenes, during the execution of search warrants, and digital evidence (such as social media) examinations.
This workshop includes a half-day practical exercise where students will be exposed to actual ritualistic activity or realistic recreations so they can investigate a scenario to its logical conclusion. Students will also take part in a tour of commercial businesses, such as “botanicas,” where accoutrements and paraphernalia used by ritualistic groups are bought and sold. (Based on geographic availability.)