Fox News confronts
Scott Peterson "cult" column
by Jen Shroder
12/23/04 Permission to repost already given
On Bill OíReilly, 12/23, Tony Snow interviewed Criminal Defense
Attorney David Oblon about the Peterson's defense (listen
to clip). Snow discusses my column, "In Lone Defense of Scott
Peterson" posted at
Geragosí website. Snow said, "You talk
about something thatís circumstantial, I mean these are people who are
now trying to come up with a theory that, as far as I can tell, has no
proof attached to it either, does it?"
Snow, I am not trying to come up with a theory to save Peterson. I
am outraged that the media fails to cover thousands of missing women
children in California, such as
Evelyn Hernandez (24)
who went missing seven months before Laci Peterson and was also due to
give birth. Evelynís upper torso washed up near where Laciís did, and
her adorable five year old son who was with her IS STILL MISSING,
along with her infant. WHERE is the media?
I am irritated that "cult" ritual slayings are covered up, and I
know first hand of a case that was, which included sexual violence and
a goat skull, among other sordid details.
In Modesto, apparently James Brazelton, a deputy district attorney
tried to cover up cult involvement in the Gerald Cruz slayings, in
which two cult members are sentenced to death and another two
sentenced to life in prison. (This same Brazelton became district
attorney and oversaw the Peterson case). The Sacramento Bee reported
that diaries and letters by group members "made reference to
desecrating graves, forced sodomy and beatings for disobedience, and
even murder, according to Ramon Magana of Modesto, who called the
writings "chilling." (1)
The Sacramento Bee also reported a former group member of the cult
asked not to be identified and "shook visibly and wept when asked
about the group. She said when she distanced herself, members
threatened her and her loved ones, and she is certain that remnants of
the group continue to lurk in the area."
After watching a ritual slaying, how many of us would be brave
enough to come forward and testify? VERY FEW. How hard is it for me to
write this column? Trust me, itís hard. Iíve faced down many threats
over Islam in public education and other groups, but this stretches
me. How many other columnists or journalists would like to confront
cult activities in California? Or the more than 10,000 missing people
in one year in California?
Whatever happened to the former reserve police officer who told
authorities he saw Laci Peterson being shoved into a brown van by
several men on or around the same day she vanished? What would happen
if he was effectively threatened and refused to testify? The jury
would never hear about it and with the gag order on Geragos, would we?
Diane Jackson told the police she saw three men that "appeared to be
up to no good" in front of the Peterson home in a dark colored van,
but according to the San Mateo Daily, (2) the prosecutors later hired
an unqualified hypnotist to interview Jackson, possibly causing the
testimony to be disallowed, along with testimony of another witness
hypnotized by the same person.
There was a van found and examined. Just because it turned out to
be a dead end doesnít dismiss the accounts. (Iím sure there IS more
than one brown van in Modesto).
There are far too many unanswered questions and as the SacBee
wrote, with all the gag orders, information is hard to find. But the
possibility of cult rituals is not something to laugh about.
As other current grizzly stories surface about pregnant women being
butchered for their babies, I ask myself what is the point of bringing
this to the publicís attention? Are we supposed to go on witch hunts?
Certainly not! Can we do anything to stop cult slayings? I canít imagine how, I
believe many of these perpetrators are in high levels of government
and politics, which would explain the irrational hatred of everything
most Americans consider holy in public education and the media. (By
sheer coincidence, did you know that in 1994, the 9th
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that schools can require our children
to pretend they are witches and sorcerers, create chants and read
signs of the Zodiac? Brown v. Woodland, 27 F.3d, the case that Judge
Phyllis Hamilton quoted when she ruled children could be required to
recite prayers by heart to Allah, "become Muslim" and fast for Ramadan,
see pdf court document).
So what can we do about ritual slayings? Ask for new legislation
that the public is to know when and how ritual slayings occur.
Only a small percentage of them leave recoverable evidence, but we,
the people, need to know when they are found. City officials don't
want their cities stigmatized. There is a whole host of political
reasons not to inform the public, but we need to know. Authorities
should be mandated to inform the media and the media mandated to
As for me trying to "come up with a theory for Peterson," Tony, I
donít even like Peterson! But it's not good when the media labels cult
activities as "cockamamie" theories, laugh at them and hush them up.
Ritual slayings DO happen, they are serious, just ask the family of
Sharon Tate, wife of Roman Polanski who directed "Rosemaryís Baby," a
film with a negative presentation of Satanic cults. When Tate and
their party were then butchered by the Manson family, Susan Atkins said she
was sorry that they didnít have time to cut out Tateís baby like they
Oh yeah, Iíll sleep real good tonight.
I wrote previously that I would not write about Satanic cults again, but Satanists have already declared there will be no pity on
me. Oh well. Nothing will happen to me that God doesnít allow. Iíll
just pretend I didnít see Matthew 23:34
To live is Christ, to die is gain.
See Related Columns:
Lone Defense of Scott Peterson
Research shows the satanist defense
should not have been ignored
Satanists, Guilty "Cultists" and Scott Peterson
Peterson conviction a travesty
Justice4Scott.com website, for extensive details