Retired detective to discuss occult, ritualistic crimes: A Halloween Eve Lecture

There is limited space for visitors in these seminars. Please contact Jimmie Oxley ( or Dennis Hilliard ( if you wish to attend or if you wish to watch live streaming of the seminar.


A free online lecture by retired Warwick Police Department detective, Ed Pierce will be available one night only tomorrow, Friday, October 31st from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST. Pierce’s lecture, entitled, “Law Enforcement Issues with Non-Traditional Groups” will focus on forensic and clinical aspects of ritual crimes, crimes related to Satanism, and the occurrences of such crimes in New England.

Pierce has more than 40 years experience in forensics and criminal investigations and served several of those years as detective and a polygraphist. Pierce has researched many occult-related crimes including that of “Teen Suicide.”

Dennis Hilliard, director of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory at URI and adjunct professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Pharmacy says of Pierce,

“Ed has an interesting background in law enforcement, and he brings a specialty that is not spoken about in the mainstream media. His specialty is to get into the minds and understand the people who committed the crime, in terms of occult and ritualistic crimes. It’s something that law enforcement officers need to be aware of. If something unusual is in the crime scene, they know how to research it and investigate it.”

The lecture will be available to 60 in-person participants and a limited number of Zoom participants. If interested in attending in-person or the livestream, please contact Jimmie Oxley or Dennis Hillard (e-mail addresses above in red) prior to the lecture.

For those attending in person, the lecture will be held at the University of Rhode Island in the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 140 Flagg Road, Room 100.

If you are unable to attend, please remember to be in prayer over the Halloween/Samhain weekend, as this is a weekend of heightened occult-related crime in the U.S.; and these crimes will no doubt be ramped up even more this year due to the full/blue moon on the 31st as well as the holiday’s close proximity to the U.S. elections.