Glasgow SRA (alleged)

A major case alleging multiple crimes of child sexual abuse as committed in the context of witchcraft is to be tried at Glasgow High Court in September 2023.
This article is to note the distinctive and unmistakable elements of Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) alleged in this case – allegations which, if true, mark this not as a case of CSA (child sexual abuse) or paedophilia but rather more accurately as a case of SRA.
There is simple CSA and then there is SRA; the two should not be confused. SRA always includes CSA, but child sexual abuse is only one criminal element in SRA.  The full horror and extremity of any genuine SRA case exceeds even the serious evil that is a standalone CSA crime.
Whenever SRA is found to be the reality of what is happening, we fail in our duty to help victims and hinder perpetrators if we don’t call it for what it is. If it’s SRA, we should say so.
To misrepresent SRA as something else – such as ‘paedophilia’ – does a disservice to the vital cause of combatting SRA.  (And it is similarly unhelpful when people exaggerate an instance of CSA into full-blown SRA when the facts do not merit any such conclusion.)
This Glasgow case is of interest to those who seek to expose and oppose SRA, as well as for others who would prefer to keep it covered up. Moreover, given the nature of the allegations, it is a high-profile case which is bound to draw major public and press interest at trial.
The history in Britain of the criminal prosecution of SRA cases, and also of press standards in reporting or commenting upon SRA, is not particularly good.  Of all occult-based crime only a tiny fraction is ever considered by the courts, and despite the fact of the existence of several documented and undisputed cases of SRA in Britain, to this day there remains a perverse popular myth – often pushed by mainstream media – that SRA does not exist.
Since the 1980s there have been several successful criminal prosecutions in England and Wales in which the crimes of the persons convicted were clearly and publicly set out at trial in their full and proper context – namely that of SRA (or witchcraft).  Furthermore, the essential facts of the SRA in those criminal convictions were reported by the press.  There is therefore no basis in fact for asserting that SRA does not exist.  On the contrary, there is ample publicly available absolute proof as to the reality of SRA in Britain today.
And to the aforesaid convictions we may add the many public testimonies of SRA survivors and former Satanists alive today, as well as consider the substantial evidence for the practice of SRA (or witchcraft) which may be found in contemporary culture and literature, and also in reliable historical sources.
The plain facts are such that those who would mythologise SRA are without a leg to stand on – just like holocaust deniers – yet deny it they do.  Such people have a hidden agenda contrary to truth, justice and the welfare of children.
The recent history in the UK of widespread ignorance and denial of SRA motivates this note about this particular case of abuse alleged between 2010 and 2020 in Glasgow.  Are we entitled to refer to this case as one of [alleged] SRA or not?  Furthermore, if indeed this case does merit an SRA classification, are there sensible and specific limits which apply to the allegations in this case – including by virtue of omission – and which would be helpful in defining the boundaries of common-sense factual reporting and interpretation in this case?
Alleged SRA cases have an unfortunate habit of attracting wild speculation along the lines of how far or how high things must go, giving rise to sheer fantasies circulating online which sadly poison and discredit the actual facts of cases in the minds of sober-minded sceptics.  Such silly talk inhibits the fight against SRA.  So, is this particular case a case of [alleged] SRA or not? And if it is, are there any sensible and related points of which we ought to take note?  These are the questions I seek to answer here.
Given that this matter has not yet come to trial, I make no comment here in regard to the veracity or otherwise of any of the allegations – or to the veracity of anything which may be asserted as evidence (either way) in this case.  It would be quite wrong to do so – not to mention unlawful.
This article is concerned only with understanding whether or not the allegations may be fairly described as characteristic of SRA, and in the process to quantify and qualify the probable implications of the allegations vis-a-vis just how far they might reasonably go, if anywhere, beyond Glasgow.
The reporting of occult subjects by mainstream media is frequently poor.  This is partly because of a general decline in the quality of British journalism in recent years – serious, reliable in-depth reporting is often hard to find nowadays – and also because of widespread ignorance of the occult, and especially of SRA.
Despite the seriousness and prevalence of SRA in the UK today, SRA remains a niche subject and many journalists, police officers and lawyers are quite oblivious to it.  Many have never heard of SRA at all, and of those that have, many are naturally sceptical about a subject so horrific and so far removed from the experience of ordinary decent people that those who deny its existence have an easy time suggesting that because SRA is so horrific it cannot be true because such things are ‘beyond belief’.
SRA is not a myth.  SRA really does happen.  SRA is a fact.  But British society suffers a widespread mainstream cultural ignorance of SRA coupled with the determined promotion of the myth that SRA doesn’t exist by those who don’t want the truth to come to light.
It is therefore of vital importance that SRA is correctly identified as SRA when genuine cases of SRA come to public awareness, and also that such genuine cases are not sensationalised or exaggerated to their detriment.
Without further ado, let’s consider the Glasgow case for its SRA potential.
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By Richard Carvath                                                                                    13 November 2022





The eleven defendants – seven men and four women – in the Glasgow case who are still alive are:
Iain Paul Owens
Elaine Ellen Lannery
Lesley Williams
Paul Brannan
Marianne Gallagher
Scott Forbes
Mark Carr
John Clark
Barry Watson
Richard Robert Gachagan
Leona Laing.
The indictment also accuses five other persons by name, all of whom are dead.  The defendants were arrested in October 2020.  Of the five deceased, two died the year before the defendants’ arrest in October 2020, and three have died since being arrested and charged in this case.
Douglas Forfar Gachagan (b. 1972, Glasgow) died in Glasgow in 2019 at the age of 46.  Mr Gachagan was the older brother of defendant Richard Gachagan (b. 1977, Glasgow).
James William McLean (b. 1965, Glasgow) died in Glasgow on Saturday 29 June 2019 at the age of 53.
The three who died after being charged in this case are Robert Brown, Maureen McLellan (aka Maureen Goudie) and Steven McHendrie.
Robert Brown, 51, was found dead in Glasgow on Thursday 12 November 2020.
Maureen McLellan (b. 1971, Glasgow) was found dead in Glasgow, aged 50, on Thursday 13 May 2021.
Steven William McHendrie (b. 1966, Glasgow) died, aged 55, on Wednesday 19 January 2022.
Mary Lannery – the mother of defendant Elaine Lannery (b. 1984, Glasgow) – was not a defendant in this case but died earlier this year.  Mary Lannery (nee Rodger) married Miss Lannery’s father George Lannery in Glasgow (on Friday 12 March 1976), divorced in Glasgow in 2003, and died in 2022 aged 72.
The Glasgow case was last in court on 31 October 2022.  The case is scheduled for an eight-week trial at Glasgow High Court beginning in September 2023.  A preliminary hearing is set for January 2023.  All eleven defendants deny all charges against them.
A 14-page indictment details 43 separate charges in regard to the [alleged] abuse of several children between January 2010 and March 2020 at various Glasgow addresses.
The eleven defendants face a broad range of charges; many charges apply to various subsets of defendants – i.e. not all charges apply to all defendants.  Some charges apply to all eleven defendants.
The [alleged] victims are all children.
The indictment includes [alleged] crimes of child neglect, violent physical assault, sexual assault, rape and attempted murder.
Moreover, the indictment carries various drugs charges.
All eleven defendants are said to have forced children to “call on spirits and demons” with a Ouija board and seances.
All eleven are said to have involved the children in “witchcraft”.
All eleven are said to have worn cloaks and devil horns.
All eleven are said to have participated in the killing of dogs, and of forcing children to kill dogs with knives.
All eleven are said to have been involved in the rape on various occasions of one girl, and of forcing her to consume alcohol and illegal drugs.  The girl is said to have been ten when this [alleged] abuse began.
The indictment refers to “witchcraft … wands … spells”.
Owens and Lannery are charged with neglecting children, and the indictment asserts they made a young boy to “courier controlled drugs”.
One charge states that Owens and Lannery threatened to send a girl to Turkiye with a male stranger.
According to the indictment, children were forced to consume alcohol, illegal drugs and pet food.
The indictment also asserts a boy was forced to stab a bird to death.
Furthermore, a girl is said to have been assaulted with a black plastic bag over her head.
It is alleged a boy was assaulted, his head and body submerged in liquid in a bath; it is said that the boy was told the liquid was blood.
In the charge of attempted murder of a young girl, it is said the girl was hanged by her clothing on a wall, and that she was trapped inside cupboards and a fridge freezer, microwave and oven.
The indictment also states that a boy was forced to have sex with a toddler while another child was forced to record a video of the abuse.
It would be totally incorrect to characterise this case as one of [alleged] child sex abuse by ‘paedophiles’.  To speak of ‘paedophiles’ is to grossly distort the nature and context of the allegations.
This case is not one of [alleged] paedophilia, extreme paedophilia or sadistic paedophilia – none of these labels are correct.  Nor is this a case of ‘paedophiles’ who dress up and just pretend to be witches.
The allegations in this Glasgow case undoubtedly merit classification as SRA.
It is Satanist Ritual Abuse which is alleged in this case.
SRA typically involves the repeated sadistic torture – by any means (physical, psychological and sexual) – over time (typically months and years) of mostly child victims, and many or most instances of such torture happens in the context of occult rituals which usually take place in a secret group setting.
There is no such thing as ‘mild’ SRA.  All SRA activity is extremely evil.  Having said that, we could reasonably categorise the meetings of SRA groups, or the SRA groups themselves, into a ‘standard’ or ‘higher’ level of SRA, according to whether or not there is ritual human sacrifice and cannibalism.
All groups engaged in SRA will rape and torture their victims in the context of occult rituals (e.g. chanting to invoke a demon).  Furthermore, all SRA groups practise animal sacrifice from time to time (typically dogs or other small animals, or birds).  The rape and torture of children and the sacrifice of animals are what we might call ‘standard’ SRA.
Beyond ‘standard’ SRA, there is only ritual human sacrifice – serial murder – usually followed by the consumption of some of the victims’ flesh and blood.  (Corpses are usually incinerated afterwards.)  Human sacrifice – preferably of children – is the highest ritual act possible within Satanism (or witchcraft).
However, by its very nature, ‘higher’ level SRA is more demanding of its followers than ‘standard’ SRA.  To source a regular supply of victims for human sacrifice, year after year, and to dispose of the corpses afterwards – but without ever being caught or even arousing suspicion – is, needless to say, an altogether different scale of challenge than to source and dispose of birds or dogs.
To practise such ‘higher’ level SRA requires a high degree of organisation, esoteric expert skills, absolute secrecy, absolute trust amongst the coven, and the right buildings, money and contacts.
‘Standard’ SRA is hardly undemanding, of course – requiring as it does that the coven do whatever it takes to ensure victims’ silence – but it is not so extremely demanding as ‘higher’ level SRA.  To sacrifice dogs is an easier and far less risky proposition than to pursue serial ritual murder.
Prima facie, in this Glasgow case, the allegations publicly reported so far (by the press) suggest the occurrence of ‘standard’ SRA if true.  ‘Higher’ level SRA cannot be ruled out, but the extant allegations amount to ‘standard’ SRA.
By definition, a ‘standard’ level SRA group never engaging in ‘higher’ level SRA is not going to qualify for entry to the higher echelons within national or international Satanism; moreover, ‘standard’ Satanists may be ignorant as to the identity and location of any ‘higher’ Satanist, unable without assistance to proceed to ‘higher’ level by themselves, and may wait in vain to be headhunted and recruited by a ‘higher’ level SRA group.
The allegations (as reported) in the Glasgow case do not include any mention of, for example: group rituals in outdoor locations, graveyards, church buildings, stately homes or high value properties; persons of high social or professional status; any non-Scottish person; chanting (whether in English or some other language); elaborate or sophisticated rituals; very large gatherings (i.e. several covens meeting together); group orgies; bestiality; a high priest or priestess figure; an altar; a ceremonial dagger; occult books; thrones; skulls; idols; cages; chains; hooks; coffins; tunnels; cellars; snakes; human sacrifice; abortions; cannibalism.
A basic, crude form of SRA is what is alleged in this Glasgow case.  By comparison to the ‘higher level’ SRA of high-ranking Satanists, the range of [alleged] physical, sexual and psychological abuse activities is limited, and again, in regard to [alleged] ritual, the scope of the rituals appears to be quite limited.
The references in the indictment to wands, spells, seances and Ouija undoubtedly belong to the practise of witchcraft and the occult – but they are not indicative of ‘higher level’ Satanist ritual.
In my analysis, the allegations in the Glasgow case suggest (1) a coven of witches practising a basic form of SRA; (2) a single coven, limited to the Glasgow area; (3) a coven probably not belonging to any large network of covens; (4) a coven almost certainly without knowledge of, access to or contact with ‘higher level’ Satanists.
It’s possible [if the allegations are true] that we have here a coven of mostly first-generation ‘beginner’ witches, including some persons of low educational attainment, and persons with alcohol and drug problems.
I could be wrong, of course, but this is my assessment of the allegations.  One thing that is beyond doubt though is this: these allegations definitely do qualify as SRA allegations.
Nota bene: [If the allegations are true] I do not rule out the possibility that persons in this case may have some higher-level Satanist affiliation or status; however, on presently available information, I am not aware of any obvious indication that this may be so.  Whilst I do not exclude the possibility of a connection to higher-level Satanism in this case, prima facie this case presents as ‘low hanging fruit’ in regard to what appears to be a small group of persons limited to the Glasgow area.  Put another way, I can neither confirm nor deny higher-level Satanism in this case.
On a separate but related issue, [if the allegations are true] it is quite possible that the reality here is one of low hanging fruit in terms specifically of Satanism, but of a higher-level significance in terms generally of organised crime (e.g. trafficking of drugs).  If this is so, there is the possibility that, for example, a group that may be local only and ‘standard’ level only in terms of Satanism/SRA is concurrently of regional/national scope and medium/high-level status in terms of the illegal drugs/vice trade.
Please note also that not all persons identifying as witches/Satanists or who engage in occult rituals/activities necessarily commit crime in the process; many do commit criminal offences – but not all.  However, morally and spiritually, all forms of the occult are evil and harmful, and should be avoided. The occult has nothing good to offer, but the Bible gives us the Good News of Jesus.