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October 19, 1988 | TAMARA JONES, Times Staff Writer
The moon, just out, hung over the Ozarks like a pale opal. Soon families would be saying grace over Sunday dinner; children would be clamoring to turn on the Christmas lights. It was time to go home. But in the darkening woods, four teen-agers lingered, enjoying the rush they always felt when they killed something. A kitten lay crumpled nearby. Sharing some unspoken secret, the boys exchanged furtive glances in the fading light. They were growing edgy.
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December 27, 2002 | From Associated Press
Prosecutors here have opened an investigation into whether the "Harry Potter" series of children's books incites religious hatred, an official said. The investigation was started at the request of a Moscow woman who was upset by the novels, said Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for the Moscow city prosecutor's office. Petrenko gave no further details on the complaint.
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February 16, 1992 | TERRY PRISTIN, Terry Pristin is a Times staff writer. and
Wearing feathers in her hair, spike heels and a strapless evening gown, Marianne Williamson, New Age guru of the hour, is seated on a hotel ballroom stage in Marina del Rey, shoulder to shoulder with unmarried soap opera actors and other eligible and glamorous singles. Amid much banter and giggling, they will be "auctioned off" by talk-show host Cyndy Garvey and producer-director Garry Marshall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1998 | JOHN POPE
Fortunetellers and other occult-related businesses will need permits to operate in Westminster, the City Council has decided. In 1997, police began investigating fortunetelling services advertised in Vietnamese-language newspapers. According to city reports, officers found that many were operating from homes without any business permits. In addition, officials said, several prospective operators of such businesses have asked about setting up shop in the city.
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October 20, 1988 | TAMARA JONES, Times Staff Writer
The "action"--as student body president Jim Hardy now calls the bludgeoning death of Steven Newberry--began to unfold with a casual conversation among seven classmates one September afternoon. Jim and his best friends, Pete Roland and Ron Clements, were there, and the talk, as usual, was about killing. But this time, it wasn't just the twisted fantasies of tough teen-agers fixated on drugs, acid rock and violence. This time, it would be self-fulfilling prophesy.
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May 17, 1992 | BARRY SIEGEL, Barry Siegel is a Times national correspondent. "Shades of Gray," a collection of his articles, was published by Bantam Books in March. and
AT FIRST, THOSE FEW WHO PASSED BY were not even certain what they were seeing. A trapper, checking his lines in the remote sand dunes just south of the Minidoka County Landfill, not far from the rural southeast Idaho hamlet of Rupert, thought he glimpsed a burned monkey when he peered inside the round metal cylinder. Days later, a group of teen-agers out four-wheeling dismissed it as junk--a washing machine tub--blown over from the landfill.
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March 22, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 11-year-old girl told a Superior Court jury Thursday that she was sexually abused by her grandmother and made to drink human blood during satanic rituals in a secret cave. Dressed in a pink flowered jumpsuit, the blond, cherubic girl testified that at the age of 2 she was taken in a limousine with both her grandparents while her grandfather, now deceased, picked up prostitutes. When she was about 4 years old, she said, "I was forced to drink blood out of a glass and eat human flesh."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
Long on efforts to shock but short on ads, Geraldo Rivera's NBC special on Satanism went to ratings heaven, national audience estimates from A.C. Nielsen Co. showed Wednesday. "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground" won its two-hour time period Tuesday night with a 21.9 rating and a 33 share of audience--meaning it was seen in about 19.8 million homes, one-third of the number that were watching TV between 8 and 10 p.m.
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March 22, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In testimony reminiscent of a horror novel, a woman and her 11-year-old daughter told a Superior Court jury Thursday that they had been tortured, sexually abused and forced to drink human blood during satanic rituals in secret caves. The woman, 48, who claims to have developed at least 10 personalities as a result of the abuse, and her 35-year-old sister, have filed a civil lawsuit in Superior Court in Orange County against their 76-year-old mother.
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May 18, 1997 | Paul Lieberman, Paul Lieberman is a Times editor whose last magazine article was about Zen golf
I must ask for patience, first from those of you who would rush right to the seance in which we speak to Bernard Lafferty, the Billion Dollar Butler, from beyond the grave. Patience, please. Two other nights with spirits come first, one at the doorstep of the great Valentino, the other with Miss Elizabeth Taylor seated in the front row. * I ask for patience, too, from those of you who would scoff at this whole seance business. I understand, I really do.
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May 18, 1997 | Paul Lieberman, Paul Lieberman is a Times editor whose last magazine article was about Zen golf
I must ask for patience, first from those of you who would rush right to the seance in which we speak to Bernard Lafferty, the Billion Dollar Butler, from beyond the grave. Patience, please. Two other nights with spirits come first, one at the doorstep of the great Valentino, the other with Miss Elizabeth Taylor seated in the front row. * I ask for patience, too, from those of you who would scoff at this whole seance business. I understand, I really do.
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March 4, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mess up this story and you'll pay, an inner voice warned. Someone will be laying on a curse, conjuring up an evil spirit. Poking pins in a reporter doll. After all, who suffers if you pooh-pooh voodoo? You do. Anyone who has ever seen a zombie movie knows that. So maybe it was a mistake to paraphrase singer Keely Smith the other day when Westwood's top voodoo expert stuck out his hand and introduced himself. "So, how long has 'That Old Black Magic' had you in its spell?" Donald J.
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March 2, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mess up this story and you'll pay, an inner voice warned. Someone will be laying on a curse, conjuring up an evil spirit. Poking pins in a reporter doll. After all, who suffers if you pooh-pooh voodoo? You do. Anyone who has ever seen a zombie movie knows that. So maybe it was a mistake to paraphrase singer Keely Smith the other day when Westwood's top voodoo expert stuck out his hand and introduced himself. "So, how long has 'That Old Black Magic' had you in its spell?" Donald J.
NEWS
August 8, 1993 | LAUREN LIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They have visions that come true. They know what you're about to say before you say it. A convention of channelers, perhaps? A roomful of Shirley MacLaines in a parallel universe? Nuh-uh. Just a surprising number of otherwise regular people--hairdressers, office managers, travel agents, CEOs--who routinely describe brushes with the paranormal worthy of a segment on "Unsolved Mysteries." Like the self-made woman who claims to have visited heaven. Twice.
NEWS
February 5, 1993 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II sought common ground with believers in voodoo Thursday, suggesting they would not betray their traditional faith by converting to Christianity. On the second day of his 10th African pilgrimage, the Pope held a dramatic and emotional meeting with priests of the vodun , as the ancestral gods are known in the Fon language. The Catholic church seeks to maintain a dialogue with voodoo followers but frowns on superstitious practices.
NEWS
January 5, 1993
The more exotic prophets on these pages consult stones from the Nile or visualize colors to look ahead. Here are some of the more standard practitioners: Astrologer: Believes that the sun, moon, planets and stars influence what happens on Earth. Consults circular charts called horoscopes or birth charts to determine the position of heavenly bodies at a certain time--usually at birth.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1992 | TERRY PRISTIN
Greta Garbo was a follower of Krishnamurti, the late Indian philosopher who spent part of his time in Ojai, and it may have been his influence that caused her to abandon her movie career. Eastern mysticism also held a fascination for Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood. After meeting a psychic who predicted the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mae West developed a deep interest in metaphysics and would invite friends to her house for demonstrations of ESP. Jayne Mansfield and Sammy Davis Jr.
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October 19, 1988 | TAMARA JONES, Times Staff Writer
"Look inside and you will see, the words are cutting deep inside my brain." That line, from "Crash Course in Brain Surgery," a song by Metallica, one of the most popular groups in the heavy metal music movement, goes to the core of divisive debate among mental health experts, academics, juvenile authorities, the clergy and worried parents: Does violent music spawn violent kids?
NEWS
November 26, 1992 | COLIN McENROE, THE HARTFORD COURANT
You want scary? When Deborah Crowley was about 16, she began messing around with a Ouija board somebody had picked up at a dime store. She and her friends asked the board questions and found themselves apparently in touch with a male spirit who entertained romantic impulses toward Crowley. What a riot. But Crowley started having some peculiar experiences. She felt something touch her when nothing was there.
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September 28, 1992 | MARK EHRMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sign in the Maplewood Hotel says: "Please no readings, seances or healings in the hotel lobby. Thank you." Such measures would hardly be deemed necessary anywhere else, but in this tiny hamlet in southwestern New York state, communing with the spirit world is so commonplace that some areas apparently have to be reserved exclusively for interaction between the living. Founded in 1879 by liberal-minded social reformers known as "Free-Thinkers"--Susan B.
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