Patricia Pulling

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Patricia Pulling (30 June 1948 – 18 September 1997) was a crusader against the game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). A licensed private investigator, she was the founder of Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (BADD) and the author of The Devil's Web. She was hired as an expert in gaming for murder trials in Missouri, Oklahoma and North Carolina, and appeared on 60 Minutes, Geraldo, and numerous radio programs such as the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon Show.

Pulling formed BADD after her son Irving (known as Bink, a nickname he allegedly hated) committed suicide on June 9, 1982. Irving was an active D&D player, and she believed his suicide was directly related to the game. The grieving mother first filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her son's high school principal, Robert A. Bracey III, holding him as responsible for what she claimed was a Dungeons & Dragons curse placed upon her son shortly before his death. She also filed suit against the publisher of the game, TSR, Inc.

External links

  • The Pulling Report by Michael A. Stackpole, a critical look at Pulling's activism
  • The Escapist, a gaming advocacy website that addresses the myths and urban legends surrounding role-playing games
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