Masons kill people for sacrifices

Ritual violence: does it really exist?

They are up to mischief deep in secret. In the evening they are still friendly family people, at night the violence begins. They torture children and adults, make them docile, “program” them for certain behaviors. They rape, torture, kill, and make animal and human sacrifices. When their victims can no longer bear the pain, the tormented split off parts of their personality so that a new person in their head takes over the suffering. The perpetrators are not easily identifiable. They lead a normal life, have ordinary jobs, belong to all classes of society. The influence of these satanic violent cults extends to prominent circles, to Hollywood and to the political and economic elites around the world. Their actions are hushed up to the law enforcement authorities. Anyone who talks dies from a staged accident behind which the satan cult is behind. We are talking about "ritual violence". Books, television documentaries and entire congresses are increasingly concerned with this phenomenon. But whether this form of abuse even exists is highly controversial.

"Understanding the incomprehensible" is the title of a new book by the Christian therapist Daniela Splettstößer-Pache - and what the author writes about is actually incomprehensible. According to the book cover, it should be about "violence and abuse in Christian circles". But anyone who expects to deal with the well-known church abuse scandals is wrong. Because the larger part of the book is occupied by ritual violence and the most severe forms of abuse associated with it. In contrast to other publications, the author mainly addresses Christian circles in which hardly anyone would suspect satanic violence. Splettstößer-Pache carefully takes the reader by the hand and warns each time a chapter follows that describes the abuse in a particularly clear manner. She doesn't want to overwhelm anyone. Especially not those who have experienced abuse themselves.

Well connected group

If all forms of abuse come together and there is an “ideological superstructure”, it is ritual violence. “Ritual abuse mostly happens in networks of perpetrators that reach into all areas of society and unfortunately also into our Christian communities. Rites are carried out in the sense of ceremonies, which cannot be surpassed in abomination. ”It is a fact for the therapist that there is ritual abuse. She categorically rejects the fact that it could be otherwise. In the Third Reich, many people could not have imagined that Jews would be murdered en masse, she writes. Today this is a known fact - and at some point society will look just as much at the hushed up topic of "ritual violence". Ritual violence on a par with the Holocaust: That is the volume with which the author promotes her thesis.

"I limit myself to information that is known in specialist circles and has been confirmed several times independently of one another across countries," writes Splettstößer-Pache about ritual violence - and thus misleads the reader. Because only a well-networked group of therapists assumes that ritual violence exists on the claimed scale. Many media, however, seem to be largely unreservedly following the thesis.

The department for sects and ideology at the diocese of Münster plays a special role. There have been conferences on the subject of ritual violence there for years. In the beginning, these conferences were about whether there were any large networks of ritual violence that infiltrated society, according to Andreas Hahn, representative for sectarian and ideological issues at the Evangelical Church of Westphalia. In fact, numerous psychotherapists reported in studies of patients who claimed to have been victims of ritual violence. Andreas Hahn is familiar with the scene, he took part in such a conference in 2016. Today the people of Münster no longer doubted that there was ritual violence on a large scale, writes Hahn in the material service of the Evangelical Central Office for Weltanschauungsfragen (EZW). Discussions are no longer possible anyway, since people who are allegedly affected by ritual violence are also involved in the design of the program. Instead, Hahn experienced "massive conspiracy thinking", also among trauma therapists: "Until I was leaked a list of ritual violent criminals who would form a network in a big city."

In his article Hahn identifies a “solid circle” of convinced people: “They know each other and repeatedly quote each other in the relevant publications.” It is very much about “dissociative identity disorders”, also known as “multiple personality disorders”. Above all, the work of the psychotherapist Michaela Huber has its say over and over again. According to this, in many cases ritual violence is responsible for splitting off parts of the personality. With clever “programming”, perpetrators could ensure that victims cannot remember the suffering, not even the fact that they lack a memory. In fact, if a victim doubts this, therapists would take it as evidence that "the perpetrators are mind-controlling."

Conspiracy theories as an explanation

Doubts are very justified. Mainly for one reason: apart from the reports of the victims - who were psychologically highly conspicuous - there are no indications that their statements are true. No traces of blood, no corpses, nothing. Where the criminal police or the public prosecutor's office investigated, Hahn said, there were no results.

Of course, proponents of the thesis of mass ritual violence also have an explanation for this - but without any reliable reference: the perpetrator networks stretched into the authorities, who then hushed up the scandals. Daniela Splettstößer-Pache's book “Understanding the Incredible” also contains several such conspiracy theories. The author writes that “it has long been known that high-ranking levels of public life are also involved” - to write only one page later about “unfinished knowledge” and “that I cannot provide any legally usable evidence”.

Splettstößer-Pache also suspects that the #MeToo campaign against sexual abuse is “clear evidence of ritual violence among individual celebrities”. However, these “quickly disappeared” from the “public media”. In a footnote it becomes clear which alleged scandal she means: the so-called "Pizzagate", a story of lies invented during the Trump election campaign, according to which influential celebrities, even Bill and Hillary Clinton, are part of an international network of pedo criminals. The ring operates from the cellar of the pizzeria “Comet Ping Pong” in Washington. After a campaign by conspiracy portals, a man attacked the pizzeria with an assault rifle in order to free the children allegedly held there. He didn't find any children there - nor a cellar.

Another example: "If you have a deeper understanding of the structure of the executive cults, you will quickly find that there are close links to the prostitution, music and drama industries, human trafficking, politics and Satanism." Evidence for Admittedly, the author does not deliver this grave accusation.

Don't distrust victims

But even if these conspiracy theories are not supported by anything, one question remains: How can it be that many patients, especially those with dissociative personality disorder, consistently report experiences of satanic abuse if there is no police information about it? The cult representative Hahn assumes, among other things, the "false memory" thesis. Accordingly, false memories can be “induced”, that is, implanted, in the patient. This can be done - intentionally or unintentionally - by the therapist, but also by the patients themselves. In doing so, they are guided by the clichés of satanic cults or communities such as the Freemasons, as they know them from popular books or films. In fact, there are several studies in this area that suggest that such memories can arise in the mind. For the therapist Splettstößer-Pache and other colleagues, however, “false memory” is nothing more than propaganda by sex offenders who want to protect themselves.

Of course, it would be wrong to generally distrust victims of extreme violence. This has been the case for far too long in the area of ​​sexual abuse in the church - and elsewhere - most recently in the Lügde abuse case, in which crucial information was ignored. But in contrast to the alleged ritual orgies of violence, there is solid evidence in these cases: video recordings, perpetrators, crime scenes, chat transcripts.

The police are very careful to avoid the mistake of false suspicion. Andreas Hahn also reports on this: When the police made statements about ritual violence, it was noticeable "that the investigating authorities always emphasized, despite the lack of evidence, that this does not mean that nothing has happened". This reference is correct "with a view to sensitive police work", "but it plays into the hands of the conspiracy theorists".

Protection against abuse must become a matter of course

In the book by Splettstößer-Pache, a spiritual component is mixed in with these conspiracy theories. Sometimes she writes of overly legal church congregations, then of spiritual pressure and abuse to ritual violence, which is also widespread among Christians. When reading, it is often not clear whether it is about theological doctrinal disputes, misguided upbringing or criminal abuse.

Nevertheless, the author addresses important areas in which much more needs to be done in the Christian area. Protection against abuse - and how to deal with it correctly - must become an indisputable matter of course for communities. Because of course there is abuse among Christians too: spiritual, violent, sexualized. Anyone who thinks that something like this cannot happen in church parishes is denying the sinfulness and susceptibility of people, which ranges from simple parishioners to senior management. However, conspiracy theories do not help.