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1.0 out of 5 stars Badly Researched Potboiler, April 19, 1999
This review is from: The New Satanists (Mass Market Paperback)
Written at the height of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) panic, this is a badly researched, emotionally written potboiler that has been subsequently discredited. Publisher Avon Books is unlikely to release the book, because subsequent legal action by various parties showed the book for the sensationalist, hollow mess that it is.
Blood appeared in the mid 1980s in the anti-cult scene claiming to have been brianwashed by the Temple of Set, a legitimate U.S. based law-abiding new religion. Having studied religious Satanism subcultures for five years (including over 12 000 pages of documents not yet public), her conclusions are not supported by the wider evidence. Her claims of neo-nazism; Holocaust fascination; lack of study of Enlightenment philosophers (John Locke, David Hume); and attacks of anti-semitism against Dr. Stephen Edred Flowers and Dr. Michael Aquino are incorrect when T-S doctrines and literature is actually studied. Blood cites no evidence, no verifiable footnotes, no objective material to support her wild claims. Subsequent to an out-of-court settlement with Dr. Aquino and T-S between Blood and her publishing company (Avon Books), the book was not promoted and has since virtually disappeared from the shelves. Blood omits her own background and reasons for leaving T-S in 1979, or how she got her secondhand and highly distorted information on the organisation.
The rest of Blood's book is filled with information on cases that have little to do with legitimate U.S. religious institutions. She cites Matamaros and other cases that are irrelevant and that were jumbled together in an attempt to show a widespread underground conspiracy. These claims have since been revealed by social theorists, academics, law enforcement officials, and medical practitioners to be delusional fantasies foisted on a public unprepared at the time for the power of hyper-real tabloid television.
Clearly, a book to avoid.
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Initial post: Jan 14, 2012 9:51:40 AM PST
This review is the best piece of disinformation ever.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2013 3:25:42 PM PDT
Amen! They are obviously pulling for the other side!

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 10:12:18 AM PDT
The settlement did not establish the facts. It was an action of avoidance negotiated in a court of law. To rag on Ms Blood for not providing referenced proofs your review has done the same with this hauling out that particular settlement which has attained - in these matters - a near mythic status. The settlement accomplished its intent - to put fear in anyone else who would tell the narrative. Please consult "Cult and Ritual Abuse" by Noblitt & Perskin.

Write another review without carting in that point-of-nothing. Why not discuss the actual accumulated evidence from the Presidio Day Care scandal - evidence that was pushed aside, not for lack of credibility (even of the "street cred" sort) but as a fallout of legal wrangling.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2014 7:10:50 PM PST
Mr. Golay:
Thank you for the interesting response to Alex Burns's putdown of Ms. Bloods work. Would you have any other references to recommend besides Cult and Ritual Abuse please.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2014 3:16:14 PM PDT
Read the two volumes by Noblitt & Noblitt. Pricey but worth it. Then read the authors they give credit to within their chapters. Also go to these two web sites - just Google them - End Ritual Abuse and S.M.A.R.T. Ritual Abuse Pages. Both very trustworthy. I know this well, from experience.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2014 3:15:08 PM PDT
Apologies Mr. Golay. I'm sorry I didn't thank you immediately. Hopefully we'll discuss this topic more in the future.

Be Safe. Much appreciated.
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