Damballah is a spirit in the Voodoo tradition and one of the strongest element of the Loa. Damballah is usually represented in the form of a snake and is invoked in many Voodoo rituals. Damballah is one of the spirits invoked by Charles Lee Ray, as part of the Rite of Transference. Damballah was also an alias used by the character Carl van Molder in the 1971 film Isle of the Snake People. Also spelled, Damballa.
(See Also: Amulets of Damballah; Loa; Voodoo)
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Deputies are law enforcement officers working for an agency headed by a sheriff. They are sometimes referred to by the title sheriff's deputy, deputy sheriff, sheriff's police, or sheriff's officer, and are so-titled because they are deputized by the sheriff and charged with performing all the duties prescribed to the sheriff by that state's law. In some states a sheriff may not be a sworn peace officer, but merely an elected civilian official lacking police powers who oversees the department and its sworn peace officers. Law enforcement officers working for such departments may be subdivided, sometimes titled general deputy and special deputy.
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A detective is an investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person. The latter may be known as private investigators (P.I.s or "Private I's", hence the play-on-words, "Private Eyes"). Informally, and primarily in fiction, a detective is any licensed or unlicensed person who solves crimes, including historical crimes, or looks into records. In some police departments, a detective position is often appointed, rather than a position achieved by passing a written test. Prospective British police detectives must have completed at least two years as a uniformed officer before applying to join the Criminal Investigation Department. UK Police must also pass the National Investigators' Examination in order to progress on to subsequent stages of the Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme in order to qualify as a Detective.
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A developer is someone who is charged with putting together the concept behind a television program. These individuals usually receive executive producer and writing credits on the show and may sometimes even direct episodes. Executive producers who are developers of a program are also referred to as showrunners. Some series showrunners, who are no longer active executive producers on a show may be credited as supervising producers.
(See Also: Creator)
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Doctor refers to any individual who has graduated from a college or university with a doctorate. In most instances, these individuals specialize in the medical field, but some literary scholars may also possess doctorates and hold the title of doctor. Many scientists, also refer to themselves as doctors, though in the case of certain "mad scientists", this is likely used as an honorific as many of these individuals have been stripped of their license to practice medicine.
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A doll is an object that represents a baby or other human being. While dolls have traditionally been toys for children, they are also collected by adults, for their nostalgic value, beauty, historical importance or financial value. It is not uncommon for a doll maker or someone knowledgeable in the dark arts to find a way to animate a doll for personal gain. Sometimes such dolls are bonded with the spirit of a demon or a deceased individual and may act independently of their maker. Examples of such dolls include the creations of "pupper master" Andre Toulon, vaudeville ventriloquist Mary Shaw and criminal occultist Charles Lee Ray, better known by his nickname, Chucky.
(See Also: Killer Dolls; Killer Dolls/Gallery)
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A dream is a succession of images, sounds or emotions that the mind experiences during sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is known as oneirology.
(See Also: Nightmare)
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Drowning is the act of submerging a living being beneath the surface level of a body of liquid, usually water, or some other fluid to the point of suffocation. Prolonged drowning experiences are often fatal, but even partial drowning may result in severe brain damage depending upon the physical health of the individual being drowned and the duration of time in which they are submerged.
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DS RS is a site-specific acronym which stands for Dark Shadows Revival Series. Used as a descriptor on certain page titles, it refers to the 1991 Dark Shadows television series. The program was based on the original Dark Shadows series which aired from 1966 to 1971. The show is often referred to as "The Revival Series".
(See Also: Dark Shadows)
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