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"I rarely recommend books. However, this one needs to be put before the public. In Lauren's story lies a tremendous ministry to individuals caught in abuse."
--Hal Lindsey

As a child, Lauren Stratford lived the agony of being trapped between two worlds-the outside world of school, church, and friends, where everything appeared normal, and the inner world of a twisted, satanic nightmare, where mind control, fear, and ritualistic child abuse were her constant companions.

Satan's Underground is Lauren's true story, and it is perhaps the most shocking, terrifying, unforgettable story of satanic manifestations ever told. Readers from coast to coast will be shocked and disturbed by the story told here. But most of all, they will come to care deeply for the many thousands of innocent children who are faced with unspeakable horrors at the hands of modern-day satanists.

WARNING:

The portrayal of evil in the book, though substantially restrained, may be difficult emotionally for some to handle. Reader discretion is advised.

About the Author

A survivor of sexual abuse, satanic ritualistic abuse, and child pornography, Lauren Stratford was asked regularly to advise law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, and parents of abused children on the devastating effects of these atrocities which are difficult to believe but continue to grow in our country. Agencies such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Cult Crime Impact Network, and the National Coalition Against Pornography have used Ms. Stratford's expertise and experience in recognizing satanic ritualistic abuse. A survivor of sexual abuse, satanic ritualistic abuse, and child pornography, Lauren Stratford was asked regularly to advise law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, and parents of abused children on the devastating effects of these atrocities which are difficult to believe but continue to grow in our country. Agencies such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Cult Crime Impact Network, and the National Coalition Against Pornography have used Ms. Stratford's expertise and experience in recognizing satanic ritualistic abuse.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (July 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882898760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882898766
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Folks, do yourselves a favor and type +"Lauren Stratford" +cornerstone into Google's search engine. The very first link you will probably see is one to Cornerstone magazine's website, there you will see an updated expose of this author.
Finding the truth is that easy.
It simply amazes me that I'd already seen this story exposed by Cornerstone around 15 years ago, the book was consequently dropped by her publisher, and she was able to go on to concoct yet another tale (again debunked by Cornerstone - see the link) AND get this old story republished!!
She's a victim of a Satanic cult and NOW a holocaust victim as well!
But the joke's on you, folks. You paid for it...
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The original publisher was harvest house. Now, Pelican Press publishes it and some of her other stuff.
Harvest House, a reputable company with writers of integrity, withdrew the book from publication in January of 1990 when it was exposed as false. I guess that didn't matter to Pelican as much as the fact that over 100,000 copies had been sold when they picked it up.
Y'all, please don't buy this book.
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Since its 1988 publication, this book has twice been revealed as false. In late 1989, Gretchen and Bob Passantino and Jon Trott exposed Lauren Stratford as Laurel Willson in an article in Cornerstone, still available on the web.

By 1998, Willson had morphed into a "Holocaust survivor." Some time earlier, she presented herself as Laura Grabowski to a group of child Holocaust survivors, who accepted her claim to be a Polish Jew, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau and a victim of Dr. Joseph Mengele. She pretended to have been liberated to a Krakow orphanage in 1945 and brought to the United States, where a Gentile couple adopted her at nine or ten. In 1998, her poem "We Are One" appeared on the web. But like the story here, this appears to have been completely untrue.

In 1997, Willson/Stratford contacted Binjamin Wilkomirski with her story. He had published Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood in Europe in 1995. Schocken Books translated and published his story in the U.S. In 1997. Then in 1999, 60 Minutes broadcast a segment on Wilkomirski: He seemed to have been born in Switzerland as Bruno Grosjean, and later adopted and renamed Bruno Dossekker. Also in 1999, Philip Gourevitch wrote on Wilkomirski in The New Yorker, as did Elena Lappin in Granta. All three outfits believed Dossekker/Wilkomirski's story to be false.

Unfortunately for Willson/Stratford, she had already wound herself tightly to the Dossekker/Wilkomirski story: She claimed to be Lauren Grabowski, whom she said had known him in a Krakow orphanage. He, in turn, used Grabowski to corroborate his story. But the respective publications in 2001 and 2002 of
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This book, published in 1988, was shown to be almost entirely fabrication by an investigative report published in 1990 in the Christian magazine Cornerstone (copies of this article have circulated the net). The book was reissued in July 1991 by a different publisher: Pelican Publishing Co., a small Louisiana publisher. This new edition features cover blurbs from such people as Hal Lindsey and Johanna Michaelson (who helped get the book published in the first place, but who I thought accepted the Cornerstone criticisms) and Mike Warnke (whose claims of being a "former Satanist High Priest" have also been shown to be false by Cornerstone).
What is most galling about the new edition of the book, however, is its afterword, by three Los Angeles clinical psychologists, all women sporting either an M.D. or Ph.D. after their names. The two-page afterword does not address *any* of the Cornerstone criticisms, but alludes to them by saying that (paraphrase) "some critics state that this book should not have been published unless every single fact within it could be verified and documented." It goes on to say how unreasonable these critics are, and that numerous other people have reported stories "like" Lauren Stratford's. I suspect that the "some critics" referred to do not exist; that no one has made any such claim about Stratford's book. The Cornerstone criticism thoroughly documented the fact that the book is almost entirely a fabrication by Laurel Wilson (the real name of "Lauren Stratford"), a very disturbed young woman whose story has changed radically over time.
Surely both the publisher and these clinical psychologists must be aware of the details of these criticisms. To go ahead and republish the book is the height of irresponsibility.
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On March 9, 1990, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by Professor Anson Shupe of Indiana-Purdue University, titled 'Pitchmen of the Satan Scare' in which he locates this piece of rubbish within the larger context of anti-Satanic hysteria in this country. It isn't just this book that is false; it is all of them.
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I'm staggered by the number of readers who continue to defend this con-woman. For heaven's sake people, Laurel Rose Wilson (aka Lauren Stratford, aka Laura Grabowski) was exposed by Cornerstone 20 years ago (and to preempt claims that this expose was a secular smear campaign, Cornerstone is a Christian magazine).

After Cornestone's damning description of her long history of mental illness and false abuse allegations, Stratford/Wilson's publisher withdrew her books from the market. However, Wilson was not about to give up on the fame and fortune she had enjoyed, and reinvented herself as a fake Holocaust survivor, Laura Grabowski.

It's hard to say what combination of mental illness, lust for fame, or criminal greed motivated Wilson's exploitation of past victims and present suckers. But every self-deluded Christian who buys her books is essentially funding a campaign of fraud and deception.
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