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Cults That Kill: Probing the Underworld of Occult Crime Paperback – May 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books Inc (Mm) (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446356379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446356374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Interviews here with police officers, psychiatrists and others in the field make it clear that there exist in the U.S. all sorts of cults that are involved not only in bizarre ceremonies and the ritual sacrifice of animals but also in child sexual abuse and perhaps even murder. Kahaner ( On the Line ) draws distinctions between satanism and witchcraft and shows how such Latin American phenomena as Santeria (perverted worship of the saints) and Brujeria (a mix of ancient Aztec practices and Catholicism) are allied. But, most disturbing, apart from the reports of children involved in ritual practices, are the testimonies of adults who joined in such incidents in their youth and have been scarred by their involuntary participation. This is a revealing study that will prove shocking to readers. Photos not seen by PW.
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More About the Author

I am an award winning journalist and the author of eight books including "Competitive Intelligence," considered the landmark work on the subject. My books have been translated into six languages and have been chosen as Book-of-the-Month selections. I have written for the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The European, The Village Voice, Popular Science and many other publications.
I was a Washington staff correspondent for Business Week Magazine and covered military affairs for Knight-Ridder newspapers at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer where my beat was Fort Benning, the infantry training center.
My awards include the 2005 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for a feature on transportation security, the Associated Press Public Service Award for an investigation into unsafe working conditions in Georgia textile mills and the American Society of Business Publication Editors Regional Gold Award for a feature on the dangerous state of U.S. roads.
I have appeared on national TV and radio shows including CNN's Larry King Live!, Evening Magazine, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, G. Gordon Liddy Show, BBC World Service, CBS Evening News and local TV and radio stations in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York City, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami and other cities.
I am also is a licensed private investigator and founder of KANE Associates International, Inc., a company that specializes in intelligence matters for corporate clients.

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Its certainly creepy and the book puts you on edge a bit.
RoseMary
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this subject, or just looking for something different to read about.
"deadsugar"
The information does come together in a way that cannot be refuted by anyone capable of common sense.
Cathleen M. Walker

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen M. Walker VINE VOICE on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is it. This is the book that documents and backs up a lot of the other information I have been sharing up to now... It may be difficult to create the hard evidence that would hold up in a court of law. Ritual and cult abuse are designed that way. The information does come together in a way that cannot be refuted by anyone capable of common sense. These things are happening, they are happening now, and they are getting worse. The only thing this book leaves out are the political connections of those involved. My web site and the links it includes does not. Be cautious. The information in this book is very triggering, and if you have any of it in your background or think you do there will be feelings. If you don't think you do, it will far easier, and safer, (for you anyway) to dismiss the entire thing out of hand. In the short run, that is. In the long run, we all have to pay attention to the phenomenon and the history of ritual and cult abuse...before it's too late for any of us.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "deadsugar" on December 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book about 9 months ago for a research paper that I did on the negative effects of Satanism on American society. I remember being very engrossed in the book. It was well written and clearly explained all of the reasons people like that are out there, what they are "looking" for, and the rituals that Satanists partake in. This book definetely shows that many years of research were put into it to write and that Mr. Kahaner is good at what he does. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this subject, or just looking for something different to read about.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Trinchillo on September 13, 2005
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This book was very good. It didn't go over urban legends, but instead described the evolution of Occult Crime teams through their first hand accounts of the crimes that prompted the creation of the teams. Very informative, and also gives interesting details that differentiate between occult oriented lunatics, dangerous Satanic groups, more benign groups (both satanic and pagan), and using the occult as a cover for simple sex or insanity motivated crimes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RoseMary on August 28, 2011
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This book is an intense collection of interviews pertaining to cult crimes. Police detectives, psychics, witnesses, and victims of cult crimes all give their insight into the cult fanaticism that began to develop in the 60's/70's. At that point in time, little was known about satanic cults and their rituals. A lot of this book explores how several courageous police detectives were willing to put their reputations on the line in order to prove that this stuff and these groups actually existed. The book explores several aspects of cult crime (satanism, santeria, etc.), and discuses real cult related murders, crimes, and rituals. Its certainly creepy and the book puts you on edge a bit. For anyone interested in this subject matter i would highly recommend this book. Its definitely a staple in my library and is referenced often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura17 on April 8, 2014
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And I'm not saying this because I think it is fiction .I know all too well we are surrounded by "the stupid"..I'm just used to more technical books, so you get to read the detective's point of view. It's maybe a little outdated, because now we see Satanism being flaunted by stars on our television.
You get to see "the stupids" and their practices from a historical perspective. One thing that helped me tremendously was the Santeria tattoos and where to find them.
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