America in Crisis: Mind Control/ritual Trauma/battered Woman Syndrome and Family Violence

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America in Crisis: Mind Control/ritual Trauma/battered Woman Syndrome and Family Violence

Brady, B. Marie, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

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).

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