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Thread: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    I have oddly fond memories of that time. I was probably in 4th or 5th grade when the scare hit our suburb of Houston. My friends and I found the body of a dog that appeared to have been cut open and had its organs removed. In retrospect I realize it was just a dead dog that had bust open to decay and the release of gasses, but we spent two weeks researching it and playing the Hardy Boys.

    In the end we deduced that our science teacher was a secret Satanist and had committed the dirty dead.

    Good times.
    You are not going to leave it at that will you? What did the Hardy Boys do against the newly deduced Satanist teacher that was sacrificing dog body parts to the devil?

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    Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Generally, no. Pretty much, if there was a rumor or public accusation that there was Satanic activity going on in your midst from the 60s onward, it was folklore and not really based in reality. This includes Europe and the united states. There have been few actual incidents where people believe they are ritualizing Satan and performing abhorrent ceremonies that involve sacrifice and so forth. The only real development is that people interested in the occult took seriously notions that the Catholics and Protestants worked up in treatises centuries beforehand (which had before that time didn't really exist and we're dismissed by the Church prior to the 14th century).
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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    I remember those days well. I wore my hair long and lived on a street in California where many of my neighbors were in law enforcement (there's actually more gossip not necessary to this telling).

    One day my Daughter (at age 12) was riding her skate board along the canal behind one of the LEO's houses when she was accosted by two boys. They stole her sun glasses, but fled after she started screaming loudly. She came home and told me about the incident.

    A week later, I'm working 2 hours away from home, staying in a motel, when my wife (at the time) shows up at the motel with both kids in tow. She's obviously distraught. She looks me in the eye and asks me if I have been sexually molesting our daughter. A couple of detectives had gone to my daughter's school, pulled her out of class, and questioned her on this subject.

    I looked my wife in the eye and said "no". My daughter said that she had tried to explain it to Mom, but Mom wanted to hear it from me.

    LEO had misunderstood what my daughter was screaming at the boys and thought that she was screaming my name. Not 'Dad', but my first name.

    I might take a trip back there some day. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Einzige View Post
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    No, and I think a lot of people owe a lot of other people whose lives have been ruined a collective apology.
    Perhaps but part of it relates to the sexual exploitation of minors which is of real concern even today.

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    You are not going to leave it at that will you? What did the Hardy Boys do against the newly deduced Satanist teacher that was sacrificing dog body parts to the devil?
    Alas, around that time we found a huge collection of Playboy magazines in someone's garbage. Our attention was sufficiently diverted.

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Perhaps but part of it relates to the sexual exploitation of minors which is of real concern even today.
    I'd say - seeing as how it's happening quite frequently. . .no faux claims of Satanism needed.
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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    A lot of people whose lives have been ruined? That's a stretch. Have an example of someone who was falsely accused, etc?
    Tell that to the McMartin's or to Dale Akiki. Along with the others mentioned above. There were a lot of peoples lives turned upside down over this hysteria.

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    Alas, around that time we found a huge collection of Playboy magazines in someone's garbage. Our attention was sufficiently diverted.
    And you never thought that they were put there in purpose did you!?

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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Einzige View Post
    No, and I think a lot of people owe a lot of other people whose lives have been ruined a collective apology.
    Good luck with that.
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    Re: Was the "Satanic panic" of the 1980s/early 1990s a legitimate concern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Einzige View Post
    After having spent years or decades in prison and thousands in legal costs.
    And not just in prison but in prison as satanic child molesters.

    Not fun.
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