SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE HYSTERIA
A NATION HOODWINKED: THE POWER OF MORAL PANIC PART III This blog series contains content that is not suitable for children. If that’s you, go outside and run around and enjoy your youth.
Satan Sleuths : Once Scoffed at by Peers, Police Experts in Occult Crime Now Are Frighteningly in Demand
At the time, police officer Sandi Gallant recalled, maybe even she didn’t truly comprehend the dark lure of the occult. The year was 1981. The case was eerie, weird in a grotesque, spooky kind of way. Even for San Francisco, where cops are not easily surprised by sensational crimes.
Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a TIME contributor, and author of several books, including The War Against Boys….
A moral panic is a feeling of fear spread among many people that some evil threatens the well-being of society. A Dictionary of Sociology defines a moral panic as “the process of arousing social concern over an issue – usually the work of moral entrepreneurs and the mass media”.
Believe the Children was an advocacy organization formed by the parents involved in the McMartin preschool trial to promote the idea that allegations of satanic ritual abuse were factual and not a moral panic as is believed by most scholars.
Several documented murders have been committed by individuals involved in one way or another in satanism or the occult. In some of these murders, the perpetrator has even introduced elements of the occult (e.g., satanic symbols at crime scene). Does that automatically make these satanic murders?