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Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend Paperback – April 19, 1993
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Victor follows the panic from a number of angles; religious, sociologic, folkloric, and so on. For each he presents a balanced case that seeks not to ridicule anyone who "bought into" the stories of widespread Satanism, but simply to understand why they did so. He also shows how some people (psychologists, police, and so on) actually thrived on the notoriety they achieved in their capacity as "witch hunter" and sought to keep the panic alive in order to further their own agendas.
Excellent reading, and a book that shows the danger of blindly believing rumors and unverified conspiracy tales.
As for the facts, for one, the cat impaled on the stake was a prank by some stupid rich kids who were not satanists. And they didn't kill it. It was found road kill.
The "Jamestown Satanists" were not the Manson Family. The "Jamestown Satanists" were bored wannabe punk rockers on welfare passing the time in a very very boring town....People who didn't have the life skills to move elsewhere. They still live there. And several of them took classes from Jeffrey Victor, before dropping out of JCC.
I hung out with those people. I left the state because even those people bored me, and they were slightly more entertaining than most other people in Chautauqua County. If Dungeons and Dragons had been invented then, they would have played that instead of playing Satanists. There was no true satanic scene in Jamestown.
Most "satanists" are just Catholics with poor potty training who want to shock their parents.
"Chautauqua" is said to be Native American for either "bag tied in the middle" (the shape of the lake) or "place where one was lost" or "place of death". These all fit. The whole county probably IS a cursed Indian burial ground. But breeding ground for Satanists? Nope.Read more ›
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I just got hold of a second hand copy of this book, and it really shows how dated it is. I found it poorly researched and inaccurate, plus it seemed to be saying that all those... Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Anonymous
Victor has a tendency to put the word "expert" in quotes to discredit specialists in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by Mikhayla
If this guy isn't a satanist with an agenda, he is clueless. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. Ignorance is not bliss.Published on December 22, 2011 by J. Boyd
With ruthless research and a strong base of facts, he exposes the Satanism scare that swept the country between the 80's and 90's as a masquerade for the hard right, who are found... Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Franklin Newman
It was good that the Satanic Cult hysteria of the 1980s was brought to light in book form but he fills this book with boring and in my opinion incorrect sociological explanations... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Cwn_Annwn
It is frustrating that we still don't have the definitive work on the Satanism scare of roughly 1980-1995. It's a big story. It was a gigantic urban legend, and a costly one. Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by subclone3433
The 1980s and 1990s were a frightening time in America. A seeming wave of child kidnappings had swept the land. Read morePublished on January 5, 2006 by Jean E. Pouliot
Jeffery Victor methodically dissects the overblown hysteria-ridden Satanic panic with clear writing, documented facts, and the right touch of humor. Read morePublished on August 26, 2004 by LauraHC
This is one of the few books published that deals honestly with the whole satanic ritual abuse/cult crime hysteria, and does so in some detail. Read morePublished on January 20, 2003 by foreverknitefan