Publisher’s Weekly said of
Secret Weapons : Two Sisters' Terrifying True Story of Sex, Spies and Sabotage, “Now in their late
30s, the Hersha sisters claim to have experienced chilling childhoods, recounted here by two Ohio-based investigators Schwarz
(The Hillside Strangler) and former police captain and "ritual abuse expert" Griffis who say they have studied declassified
CIA files and interviewed military personnel in an effort to bolster the Hersha memories. Before the age of seven, the sisters
say, they were inducted into a covert, government-authorized, mind-control program designed to spawn spies and assassins.
During weekends and summers, they were subjected to traumatizing experiments. Cheryl tells of her days as a caged "lab
rat," released to navigate electrified mazes. The two became "psychological captives," programmed to respond
to code words. Following practice in weaponry, martial arts and flight training, altered identities were purportedly introduced.
At 15, Lynn "was made part of a unit that experienced murder," and she assumed the identity of team leader "Lt.
Rick Shaw." As the seductive "Samantha Gooding," Cheryl would paralyze her victims, and she later became the
cocky chopper pilot "Sgt. Thomas O'Neil." Naturally, these two "men," long separated, were destined
to meet: "Cheryl Hersha! It's me, Lynn, your sister. You've got to let me go. You can't shoot me." Credibility
collapses, as improbabilities are piled on inconsistencies, and the truth is buried beneath simplistic, pulp-adventure prose.
In closing, the authors claim that "Their story is true," following with an admission that they found no government
documents about the program or the sisters. An elaborate disclaimer about the "presumed thoughts and imagined words of
the participants" will lead many readers to ponder just how much real events have been fictionalized.”
Dale Griffis, Ph.D, former police captain and internationally known law enforcement
specialist, has trained over 38,000 Federal, state and local law enforcement officers. He also is a respected consultant to
therapists of patients who have experienced child abuse caused by cult, ritual and other violent traumas. Dr. Griffis lives
with his wife in Tiffin, Ohio.
About the Tiffin Police Department
The history of the Police Department
in Tiffin dates back to 1832 when Harry Brish became Tiffin's first Marshal but the records are unclear on if he was elected,
appointed, what his duties were, the scope of his authority, or his working relationship with the elected Sheriff. During
its formative years, Tiffin as other towns struggled to maintain law and order. Although Marshal Brish may have functioned
as Marshal, and there was an elected Sheriff, most of the area Law Enforcement was controlled by vigilante-type groups. The
Clinton Protective Society was organized in 1846 and the ranks of its membership swelled until 1886, when three hundred and
forty-four were part of the band.
Responsible and influential citizens of
Tiffin were aware that an orderly transition from vigilante law to government law was required for the establishment of a
stable law enforcement agency necessary for the growth of a prosperous and progressive community. In 1851 S.H. Kissinger was
the first recorded Marshal elected in Tiffin (which is comparable to today's Chief of Police) and the first Police Department
By 1915, the Tiffin Police Department had
a vehicle which was driven by Motorcop, Heilman. The department had a total man power of twelve patrolmen, which were paid
an average of $1,000 per year. Locally and nationally there was restlessness (war being imminent between the U.S.A. and Germany)
and economic strain was noted. In 1916 tempers were flaring and at times the influence of the prohibition advocates were being
felt. November 17th, 1916, Chief Myers was arrested and charged with being drunk by Patrolman Brayman. Chief Myers countered
by saying that he was going hunting. Motorcop Heilman was appointed Acting Chief of Police. December 6th, 1916, Chief Myers
was suspended officially by the Civil Service Commission. He fought the case, but left the department March 1917.
Today the Chief of Police is assisted by
1 Captain, 3 Lieutenants, 5 Sergeants, 21 Officers, Civilian Clerks, Civilian Dispatchers, and a Police Auxiliary. The equipment
consists of 8 patrol cars, 2 detective cars, a D.A.R.E. car, a K9 car, Mobile Data in-car computers, Computer Aided Dispatch,
E-911, in car State LEADS checks, video surveillance and other new technologies.