During the late 1960s stories of satanic cults and abuse became common. These tales included mutilation of animals and humans under the full moon at places dedicated to Satan. The stories featured robes, candles, knives, alters and other Satanic accoutrements. Prominent news and entertainment figures reported the stories as fact. The Satanic stories became so numerous the FBI formed a task force to investigate satanic cults and abuse.
Satanic activity is thought to have occurred through the ages. It’s common for groups outside the norm to be accused of practicing satanic rituals. Any group could direct these allegations toward anyone they wanted to demonize.
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LaVey sued for libel and won the case. The settlement required references to LaVey and the Church of Satan be removed from Michelle Remembers.
Pazder became a star of Satanic abuse and featured on Oprah Winfrey, Gerald Rivera and other television investigations. Criminal investigators asked for his opinion on investigations where they thought Satanic rituals had taken place.
Assertions in Michelle Remembers couldn’t be backed up. Smith claimed to have missed school on specific days, but witnesses and school records contradict these statements, and police reports didn’t support her statements where she said the police were involved. None of the investigations backed up what she said. One of the investigators said her story contained material similar to that in the fictional book, The Exorcist. Her supporters claimed everyone she mentions was in the cult and worked together to cover it up. Even though there wasn’t real proof, satanism reports became rampant.
Criminal cases involving Satanic Cults became common. Satanic experts gave testimony to prove that the defendants were involved in cults. Some were convicted, others weren’t.
The McMartin Preschool was one of the most well-known cases, and started with Judy Johnson in 1983. She claimed her son had been molested by her ex-husband and a McMartin preschool employee. Police sent a form letter to parents of children in the preschool to warn them of the allegations. The news media heard about the letter, published the story, and parents demanded justice. Police interviewed children that attended the preschool. The McMartin stories grew and became more elaborate to include movie stars and public officials being involved in the abuse. Some accounts of the children, such as people floating in and out of windows, became so absurd that prosecutors didn’t include them in the trial. Law enforcement used backhoes to dig up the grounds searching for nonexistent tunnels used in the rites. They found nothing.
The trial was the longest and most expensive in U. S. history. The trial went from 1987 to 1990. It ended in acquittal. The person that instigated the investigation, Judy Johnson, died before the trial. She was an alcoholic and diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. Investigations after the trial indicated those that interviewed the children encouraged fanciful stories and encouraged them to make accusations. Instructors use these interviews to instruct as to how not to question children.
It’s common with RSA cases for accusers to allege that everyone is involved. The whole school, family, law enforcement, military and...