Tony Kail / Worldview Consulting

Worldview Consulting, created by Tony Kail, provides law enforcement, health care professionals and public safety agencies with research and training regarding unfamiliar religious groups and practices.

Kail has served as guest lecturer for numerous gang investigative units and law enforcement departments.

He has observed actual ceremonies and rites of passage of occult groups and has conducted interviews with members and clergy of these religions.

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Worldview Consulting provides law enforcement, health care professionals and public safety agencies with research and training regarding unfamiliar religious groups and practices.

The organization was created by Tony M. Kail who is an as author as well as trainer for numerous regional, state and federal agencies. Kail has twenty years experience in research, writing and training on deviant religious groups. He is the author of A Cop’s Guide to Occult Investigations (2003 Paladin Press), Magico-Religious Groups and Ritualistic Activities: A Guide for First Responders (2008 CRC Press) and his latest book Santa Muerte: Mexico’s Mysterious Saint of Death (2010 Lulu Publishing). Kail has experience as a Sheriff’s Deputy, Campus Security Officer and Animal Cruelty Investigator. He has served as a consultant and lecturer for the F.B.I., United States Capitol Police and United States Army.

Kail has performed a number of research projects among members of various magico-religious communities. He has worked with clergy in several Neo-Pagan communities to establish trans-cultural understanding between faith communities and the criminal justice system. He has documented and observed rituals and ceremonies in several Santeria and Voudon houses throughout the U.S. His research among indigenous healers in East Africa has been used in training forensic professionals on the history and cultural development of African religions in the diaspora.

Kail has published several articles appearing in such journals as Law and Order, Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Police Quarterly and The Backup. He is a member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association and the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association for Identification.

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Tony Kail began investigating religious cultures and spiritual folklore among magico-religious groups in 1990. Since then he has interviewed hundreds of practitioners and collected artifacts from around the world. Many of his artifacts and documentaries have been used to train forensic professionals about religious cultures and ritual customs.

He has written for FATE Magazine, Law and Order, Police Quarterly and the Journal of Counterterrorism. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including the History Channel’s UFO Hunters.

Kail is founder of ‘Safe Spiritual Practices’ a humanitarian project dedicated to providing health education programs to indigenous communities of East Africa focusing on ending child exorcisms and violent witch hunts.
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  • A Cop’s Guide To Occult Investigations: Understanding Satanism, Santeria, Wicca, and Other Alternative Religions Tony M. Kail

    Find out how to interpret rituals, develop contacts in the occult community, recognize signs of juveniles dabbling in the occult,conduct an investigation into an occult-related crime and more. See how gangs and hate groups use occult symbolism to empower members and terrify victims and learn to identify ritual tools with the illustrated field guide.

  • Magico-Religious Groups and Ritualistic Activities: A Guide for First Responders

    A woman lays unconscious on the floor surrounded by charcoaled symbols, burning candles, a bowl of viscous red liquid, and an array of dried herbs. Was this a healing ritual gone wrong or just straightforward foul play? Increasingly, first responders must deal with foreign practices and cultures that are often disturbing in their unfamiliarity. Understanding cultural variations and nuances can make the difference between much-needed emergency treatment and the aggravation of an already sensitive situation.

    The first book of its kind, Magico-Religious Groups and Ritualistic Activities: A Guide for First Responders provides a cultural bridge for emergency personnel when interacting with various magico-religious cultures. More than just a litany of artifacts, rituals, and symbols, this valuable book draws from cultural anthropology and religious studies to unearth hidden meanings and place the information in a context relevant for the first responder. It offers crucial keys for improving communication, assessment, and treatment in culturally sensitive situations.

    Beginning with an introduction to the importance of trans-cultural communication, the book devotes subsequent chapters to the common and contrasting elements of several magico-religious groups. It considers the practices of Neo-Paganism, Santeria, Bantu religion (Palo Mayombe), Voodoo, and Curanderismo. The book separates fact from fantasy regarding sacred spaces and dates, ceremonies, group structure, sacred objects, cultural taboos, and beliefs about sickness and healing. It also includes a detailed review of the common herbs used in healing and ritual, as well as a glossary of cultural terms and an index of symbols.

    Promoting functional cultural competency, this book gives public service agencies and emergency responders the tools to properly assess situations, open lines of communication, protect cultural diversity and beliefs and, above all, provide effective emergency treatment.

  • Santa Muerte: Mexico’s Mysterious Saint of Death

    Discover the world of the mysterious ‘saint death’ of Mexico who is being sought by drug smugglers and the Mexican government. Learn about her culture of herbal magic, secret rituals and sacred shrines. Unravel the mystery of this mysterious ‘queen of the night’.


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