Warning Signs of Satanic Behavior. Training video for police, 1990
I just read about the Satanic scare of the 80’s/90’s and it’s one of the most baffling things.
Most media scares take a real issue and exaggerate the hell out of it. But literally none of the Satanic stuff was happening, anywhere, to anyone. Yet everyone, including the police, took it seriously for years.
When I was in 7th grade, circa 1989, a student killed himself and reportedly drew a pentagram on his suicide note. That day, a rumor went around my small town that satanists were planning to attack the school, and also that the FBI was going to land helicopters and arrest them all. 99 percent of the students cleared out, leaving just a handful of us to face down the satanic menace on our own.
It was Thurberesque, and for months afterward we were treated to seminars and videos like this. I’d like to say I was totally skeptical the whole time, but the truth is that the idea of a satanist conspiracy was too awesome to disbelieve.