Two Of The Last Victims Of The Satanic Abuse Panic Freed From Prison

pentagramThink that witch hunts ended several centuries ago? Slate on the “Satanic Panic” that engulfed parts of the United States in the 1980s and 90s:

Among the atrocities that Frances and Dan Keller were supposed to have committed while running a day care center: drowning and dismembering babies in front of the children; transporting the children to Mexico to be sexually abused by the Mexican army; putting the children into a pool with sharks that ate babies; putting blood in the children’s Kool-Aid; exhuming bodies at a cemetery, forcing children to carry the bones.

It was frankly unbelievable—except a Texas jury did believe the Kellers had committed at least some of these acts. In 1992, the Kellers were each sentenced to 48 years in prison.

After multiple appeal efforts and 21 years in prison, the Kellers are finally free. Their release may also finally mark the end to one of the strangest, widest-reaching, and most damaging moral panics in America’s history: the satanic ritual abuse panic of the 1980s and 1990s.

The panic began in earnest with the McMartin Preschool trial, an investigation that began 30 years ago. The owners of a California preschool and several teachers were accused of molesting a 2½-year-old boy; before it was over, hundreds of children, usually after lengthy sessions with coercive therapists, came forward to say that they, too, had been taken to a church to watch the beheading of a baby, then forced to drink its blood or flown by plane to random cities for sexual abuse, or countless other bizarre stories.

While that investigation and trial unfolded, other cases surfaced. As televangelists prayed for deliverance from Satan’s scourge, talk show “experts” claimed that every imaginable form of abuse was happening on a massive scale in America and that networks of Satanists had infiltrated schools, the police, and local government. Geraldo Rivera claimed in a televised 1987 special report that more than a million Satanists were plying their evil trade in America right at the very moment. (He has since apologized.) In 1989, Oprah Winfrey interviewed Michelle Smith and another woman who claimed to have recovered memories of being abused by a satanic cult; Sally Jesse Raphael, not to be outdone, ran two shows on the subject.

8 Comments on "Two Of The Last Victims Of The Satanic Abuse Panic Freed From Prison"

  1. oneeyedking | Jan 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm |

    You seriously didn’t do anything except talk shit you reference no facts other than reports of satanic activities. Maybe put together some evidence next time if you are concerned about enlightenment on the subject. Don’t discredit victims of crazy ass abuse though what the fuck is the point?! Unless you are a Satanist???

    • jasonpaulhayes | Jan 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm |

      This article is filled with facts, statistics and doesn’t come even remotely near blaming the victims of abuse. This is loosely covering evidence of many cases where pagans, witches, occultists and satanists were targeted for abuse and framed for crimes.

      The McMartin Preschool Trial being the case where life shattering false memories were planted into the minds of hundreds of children intentionally and ritualistically by perverted right wing bigots… to get false evidence on their chosen enemies and persecute them.

  2. PrimateZero | Jan 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm |

    You obviously know nothing of the trumped up charges and hysterical claims about so called “Satanist” during the eighties. I suggest you and that dickhead “oneeyedking” do a Google search of “satanic panic”. It might give you a clue as to what this little article is about.
    Then maybe…just maybe you won’t come across as too much of an assholes. Unless you’re a fundamentalists wackjob ???

    • American Cannibal | Jan 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm |

      Yeah, all that is true. But the satanic panic also gave us bizarre 80’s horror movies, so it’s not like America wasn’t entertained. Nice use of the word dickhead, btw.

  3. jasonpaulhayes | Jan 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm |

    Shame upon you for your ignorance.

  4. Kevin Worthy | Oct 12, 2014 at 3:27 am |

    The point is that “odd”does not equal murderous demented psychopathic. In fact, most psychopaths do not look particularly “odd”

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