RUPERT POLICE HEAR CHILD'S TALE OF SATANISM INVOLVING CHILDREN
Monday, September 16, 1991
RUPERT, Idaho Authorities say drawings and descriptions by a child questioned in an abuse investigation indicate the child may have witnessed and been a victim of satanic rites.
''Anytime a 9- or 10-year-old draws pictures like this, a thorough investigation is warranted,'' Dr. Richard Worst, a psychiatrist and medical director at Canyon View Hospital in Twin Falls, said Friday.
''The pictures are very suggestive that the child might have been sexually abused or might have been part of a satanic ritual.''
Worst viewed the drawings at the request of The Times-News in Twin Falls after Rupert Police Chief Paul Fries released copies to the newspaper.
''This is not a typical 10-year-old's drawings,'' the psychiatrist said.''Clenched fists. Turned-down mouths. The helpless posture. This is very scary stuff.''
Fries released the drawings because he fears for the safety of the child, whose name was not disclosed.
''An investigation needs to be done, and if a lot of people say the kid's OK, then maybe I'm wrong,'' the police chief said.
Minidoka County Prosecutor Charles Creason Jr. said state Department of Health and Welfare officials also had seen the drawings the child made in Rupert.
Anne McNevin, regional manager of Family and Children Services for Health and Welfare, said she could not disclose whether the agency had investigated the case.
Creason said the drawings alone provide no evidence of child abuse, but do suggest the child has been through some ''unusual'' events.
''We have to have clear and convincing evidence that the child is being abused,'' he said.
Rupert police obtained the drawings last year. The child drew five pictures for Rupert Police Detective Terry Quinn, who was investigating suspected abuse.
When he had trouble getting the child to talk, Quinn asked the child to draw pictures. The detective was not prepared for what he saw. ''I felt I was way over my head in interviewing the child,'' Quinn said.
Ghostly people, some frowning, others blank-faced, fill the pictures.
One drawing shows people gathered around a table on which someone lies with male genitals exposed. A small figure in front of the table holds what looks like a spear.
Another drawing shows two people on a table, hearts exposed. The two people on the table are smiling. Everyone else looks blank-faced.
A third drawing also shows someone on a table, heart and male genitals exposed. Figures with angry faces stand in the foreground.
After drawing the pictures, the child explained what they showed, Quinn said. Fries provided a transcript of the explanation to The Times-News and the South Idaho Press in Burley.
''They put me on a table with a Bible. The devil is there. They pray to the devil. The devil makes these people hurt me. They hurt me so bad. They hurt me in the private parts. They have hurt me so many times. The devil makes bad people,'' the child said.
''They sacrifice all animals. They even sacrifice babies. Where do they get the babies? I don't know. The babies don't have any clothes on. They just put them on the table and pretty soon the devil makes a fire and they are on fire.... It's sacrifice. It's in the real Bible.''
When asked what sacrifice means, the child replied, ''It means you burn them and pray with the Bible and give them to the devil.''
Worst said he doubted the child could have made up the incidents in the transcript.
The body of an infant was found near Rupert in November 1989. It had been dismembered, disemboweled and set on fire. No report of a missing child was ever received, so authorities have referred to the child as ''Baby X.''http://www.lmtribune.com/archived-story/News/41882/