Author: Marlena Perez
In the 1980’s there was a huge moral scare called the” Satanic Panic” where everyone thought that devil worshippers were hidden everywhere and in everything discretely trying to turn children into demon lovers, do awful things with or to them. Published in 1980, the book Michelle Remembers is typically given the credit for starting the panic because it linked satanic rituals to the abuse of children, but there was never any evidence of abuse by cults. False narratives created a foundation in the minds of Christians for the inner workings of Satanism and that their children would be swayed by Satan.
People were ready for a full panic over the occult when James Dallas
Egbert “disappeared” from his dorm room at MSU in 1979, people
were convinced his mind was altered by the game Dungeons & Dragons that he
had a psychotic break and ran away under the school to role play a game until
he died. A detective stated James was “depressed” and went into the tunnels to commit suicide.
Dungeons and Dragons did not have anything to do with James’s disappearance or
death. But over the top Christians kept the idea that the game made him carry
out supernatural rituals.
Rossen, Jake, Mental Floss, 14 May 2021, https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/642372/satanic-panic-history-1980s Accessed on 26 October 2022
Links for further
. “Satanic Panic” Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanic_panic This article from Wikipedia gives so much information about the Satanic Panic.
Romano, Aja. “The Satanic Panic Never Really Ended.” Vox, 31 March 2021. Satanic Panic’s long history — and why it never really ended — explained - Vox The Vox is an online magazine, and this article is written Aja Romano explaining the history of the Satanic Panic. The purpose of this article is to inform the readers about the different cases of the satanic panic and what it is. It also speaks about how heavy it was around back then but people think it went away just because it is now shown in different more modern ways. This source is unique because it goes through historically different cases of the panic. This source is relevant because is has modern issues of the satanic panic and lets us know that it us still around today. As written in The Satanic Panic Never Really Ended written by Aja Romano this article is aimed at people who are interested in the history of the Satanic Panic.
Zadrozny, Brandy. “Satanic panic is making a comeback, fueled by QAnon believers and GOP influencers” NBC News 14 September 2022 https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/satanic-panic-making-comeback-fueled-qanon-believers-gop-influencers-rcna38795 This website is a news channel that streams on TV and writes news articles, this article is written by Brandy Zadrozny, most of this article is based in Utah. The purpose of this source is to be reliable and let us know how the satanic panic is not over. This article is informing us about politicians that have to do with the panic, David Leavitt, who had to deny and fight that he did not murder or cannibalize children. The source is unique because this was written directly about one person, and he was a politician. This source of the NBC is relevant because it was written only a month ago, this is a good source because it is a popular subject with conspiracy theories and politicians. As posted in NBC News this article is aimed at people who believe in conspiracy theories and are interested in learning about the satanic panic.