Satanic Panic

A timeline of the Satanic Panic in my lifetime. I noticed a spate of podcasts about it and wondered who was copying whom, and why the topic was popular again. Podcast dates are in bold.

  • March 2020 - 20k Hertz - Satanic Panic - record backmasking
  • January 2020 - Gimlet Media’s “Conviction” podcast: American Panic
  • January 2020 - Lisa Bryn Rundle - CBC podcast “Uncover”, Season 6: “Satanic Panic” (Martensville, Saskatoon)
  • October 2019 - Stuff You Should Know replays “Satanic Panic”
  • September 2019 - Satanic Panic, the movie
  • April 2019 - Cameron Styles and Hannah Waterbury “The Satanic Panic” podcast
  • April 2019 - Penny Lane “Hail Satan”, documentary
  • November 2018 - Chelsey Weber-Smith - “American Hysteria” podcast
  • October 2017 - Q starts the Pizzagate conspiracy rumor
  • August 2017 - Stuff You Should Know - “How Satanism Works”
  • August 2017 - Sarah Hughes - “American Monsters: Tabloid Media and the Satanic Panic, 1970–2000”
  • June 2017 - Bethania Palma - Couple Exonerated in ‘Satanic Panic’ Child Ritual Abuse Case
  • June 2017 - Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore files a motion to dismiss the Kellers case
  • October 2016 - Aja Romano- The history of Satanic Panic in the US — and why it’s not over yet
  • September 2016 - “Exorcist” TV show, Fox
  • January 2016 - Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant “Stuff You Should Know” podcast - they say they lived through this. - working off the Slate article
  • September 2015 - Dan Shewan - Conviction of Things Not Seen: The Uniquely American Myth of Satanic Cults
  • August 2015 - Richard Beck - We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s
  • July 2015 - TIME - The Evolution of Modern Satanism in the United States
  • June 2015 - Robert Lamb - “How Satanic Panic Worked”
  • April 2015 - Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick - “Stuff To Blow Your Mind” podcast, “Satanic Panic”
  • January 2014 - Linda Rodriguez McRobbie - The Real Victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse
  • December 2013 - Richard Noll - When Psychiatry Battled the Devil
  • 2013 - PAUL: The Secret Story of Olympia’s Satanic Sheriff (Vimeo - Thurston County case
  • March 2009 - Jordan Smith - “Believing the Children”, Austin Chronicle - Keller case
  • December 2007 - first edit in Wikipedia
  • 2001 - Debbie Nathan, Michael Snedeker - Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt
  • December 1997 - Last issue of Dissociation
  • 1996 - Mike Snedeker gets cases overturned
  • 1995 - “The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults”, training video
  • 1994 - Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse
  • 1994 - National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect report noting no evidence of SRA
  • 1994 - DSM-IV removes the Multiple Personality Disorders, demoting it to dissociative identity disorder
  • 1994 - Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham, The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse
  • 1993 - Ms “Elizabeth Rose” - “Surviving the Unbelievable” - Gloria Steinem worked to help convict the McMartin suspects
  • 1993 - West Memphis Three case
  • June 1993 - Vanity Fair - Leslie Bennetts - “Nightmares on Main Street”
  • October 1992 - Self “The Terrible Truth”
  • 1992 - Keller case
  • 1992 - Joan Baez - “Play Me Backwards”
  • March 1992 - False Memory Syndrome Foundation
  • 1991 - Laurel Rose Willson (Lauren Stratford) - Satan’s Underground - hoax, also witness in McMartin case
  • 1991 - A Thousand Acres
  • 1991 - 20/20 airs a live Roman Catholic exorcism (YouTube) (NY Times)
  • 1990 - Judas Priest trial
  • 1990 - Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy: A Child’s Book About Satanic Ritual Abuse, Multnomah Press
  • October 1989 - preliminary report of an investigation by Supervisory Special Agent Ken Lanning from the FBI Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico
  • July 1989 - “Cook Report: The Devil’s Work”
  • 1989 - Sally Jesse Raphael has two shows on SRA
  • 1989 - Oprah Winfrey hosts Laurel Rose Willson and Michelle Smith on her show
  • 1989 - Unlocking the Secrets of Your Childhood Mind
  • 1989 - Hell’s Bells: The Dangers of Rock ‘N’ Roll - documentary film by Eric Holmberg
  • 1988 - The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (induced memories)
  • 1988 - Thurston County ritual abuse case
  • 1988 - Geraldo Rivera show, “Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground” (whole show) (Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  • 1987 - DSM-III-R, with extensive revisions for dissociative disorders
  • 1984-1990 - First Accusations in the McMartin Preschool case
  • 1986 - SRA classes taught by International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation
  • November 1986 - Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes - interviews on the McMartin case
  • 1986 - The Devil Rides Out
  • 1985 - Warnke on 20/20
  • December 1983 - International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation Annual Conference
  • June 1983 - Jacob Aranza - Backward Masking Unmasked: Backward Satanic Messages of Rock and Roll Exposed
  • 1982 - Kern County case (36 convictions, 34 overturned) - prosecution and support used Michelle Remembers as training
  • 1980 - DSM III includes “dissociative disorders”
  • 1980 - Lawrence Pazder, Michelle Smith Michelle Remembers - first book on Satanic Ritualized Abuse (Pazder later marries his patient, Michelle) based on West African secret societies. Padzer works as a consultant on the McMartin PreSchool case.
  • 1978 - Jonestown mass suicide
  • 1977 - Son of Sam murders
  • December 1973 - Exorcist, the movie
  • June 19, 1972 - TIME Magazine - “The Occult Revival”, “A Substitute Religion”
  • 1972 - LaVey publishes Satanic Rituals
  • 1972 - Hal Lindsey - Satan Is Alive and Well On Planet Earth
  • 1972 - Mike Warnke - The Satan Seller - hoax
  • June 1971 - William Peter Blatty, Exorcist, the book
  • 1969 - Manson murders
  • 1969 - LaVey publishes The Satanic Bible
  • 1968 - Rosemary’s Baby
  • 1966 - Anton LaVey starts The Church of Satan (San Francisco)

Things of Dubious Connections

  • “A Place Called Dagon” - H.P. Lovecraft
  • Pamela Klein - trainer
  • Jerry Simandl, Chicago Police - trainer
  • Children’s Institute International
  • Manhattan Ranch Pre-School

Other References