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Ron Patton | June 13, 2018
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In the 1980s, there was a cultural phenomenon, arising out of nowhere. The so-called events and possible stories connected with this phenomenon and rumors that were linked to it were powerful enough to unite conservative evangelical Protestants with feminists, police investigators, psychologists, conspiracy theorists, social workers, victim advocates, psychic mediums, anti-pornography crusaders, talk-show hosts, aspiring politicians, and the tabloid media.

It was believed that this cultural phenomenon and the hysteria that came with it was powerful enough to have people conspire to throw innocent people in prison on the charge that they have been ritualistically murdering babies who were conceived and born specifically for the purpose of being sacrificed to the devil. Such was the cultural climate in the United States during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s.

Some people believe that much of the Satanic Panic began at the time that Hollywood was focusing on such devilish topics as “Rosemary’s Baby” where a woman is forcibly raped by a coven of Satanic witches and is asked to give up the child to the Devil. The film, “The Exorcist” which some believe is an allegory about society’s backlash against the Hollywood elite and their promiscuous behaviors leading to the demonic possession of a little girl through the use of an Ouija board.



At the time there were most certainly concerns about satanic imagery and ritual used in music and film during that time there was also many upheavals and changes during the 1960s and ‘70s would provide the right amount of future shock to warrant the perfect atmosphere for such Satanic hysteria to play out.

Child-welfare budgets doubled during the 1980s, and then they doubled again in the ’90s, as mandated reporting, determined lobbying, and certain high-profile kidnappings (such as that of Adam Walsh) contributed to a sense that children weren’t safe anywhere in America. In other words, everybody involved in this mess had a direct incentive to inflate the narrative, and nobody felt any motivation to pop what had become a very profitable bubble.

Geraldo Rivera produced a 1987 television special in which he claimed that, according to unnamed “experts,” over one million Satanists were actively engaged in ritual child abuse in the United States.

Claims of Satanic influence in society grew throughout the 1980s. Rock music was said to be subliminally programming teenagers to commit horrible acts, Dungeons and Dragons was alleged to be a gateway to introduce children to Devil worship, and officials were accused of participating in secretive covens across the nation.

An international network of cultists, with membership in the millions, was said to be trafficking both kidnapped children and, when corresponding numbers of missing kids couldn’t be identified, to be secretly breeding children off the grid for ritual abuse and human sacrifice.

Some 30 years after the initial Satanic Panic, certain groups within what could be called the conspiracy fringe have been obsessed with uncovering a massive Satanic pedophile ring in the United States.

As the alleged conspiracy of Pizzagate came to light about a year ago, it appears that more and more pedophile rings are said to being exposed; some of which have allegedly implicated government officials.

If you’re unfamiliar with Pizzagate, it refers to a wide range of email correspondence leaked from the DNC that allegedly unearthed a high-level elitist global pedophile ring in which the U.S. government was involved.

It emerged when WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of emails from the former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, John Podesta, who also served as Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. It’s because of these emails that many claimed John Podesta was a part of these child trafficking rings as well.

There was also some circumstantial linking to an occult practice of spirit cooking and Marina Abramović a well-known occult artist that throws occult soirees for the elite.

In a leaked email between John Podesta, and his brother Tony Podesta, an invitation from Abramović is forwarded. It reads: “I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining?”

The act of spirit cooking involves Abramović using blood, semen and other bodily fluids in what can be called Cakes of Light or cookies that serves as a Eucharist of sorts. It is a way of connecting with the spiritual world, to cook up thoughts. In a video, she is featured writing various statements with blood, such as “with a sharp knife cut deeply into your middle finger eat the pain”.


While Snopes and other fact checking groups tried to downplay the association — what it triggered was a renewed fear of Satanic Panic or occult hysteria.

Abramović claimed in several interviews that what she does is art and has nothing to do with Satanism –although she has been seen on pictures holding goat’s horns which trigger thoughts of the Baphomet – a goat-like character that the Knights Templar allegedly worshiped and an image that Eliphas Levi created for a Book about the occult in 1854.

Since then, conspiracy theorists and world renowned journalists alike have been looking into the topic of occult ritual and Satanic pedophiles and speculating how big this problem could be and who could be involved within these underground rings.

To illustrate how pervasive this is – I am reminded of how I found out about Anthony Bourdain’s death. I woke up to an e-mail alert from a website called “Common Sense Conspiracy” that read “No, Anthony Bourdain was not killed by the Illuminati.” I didn’t even take the time to read the e-mail and went straight to a newsfeed that confirmed his suicide.

Then I was besieged with e-mails telling me that I have to investigate the Bourdain death and that he was in fact about to testify about a satanic pedophile ring linked to the Clintons.

It is no secret that Bourdain was not a fan of Hillary Clinton, and he most certainly was vocal about the abuses of Harvey Weinstein, which I am sure started the conspiracy theory that he was about to reveal a Satanic pedophile ring.

So far there is really no connection to him revealing anything about a pedophile ring but it is suspicious that Bourdain’s girlfriend, Asia Argento is friends with Rose McGowan who was the first outspoken accuser of Harvey Weinstein’s abhorrent sexual activity in Hollywood. There is a rumor going around that Weinstein has connections in ruining people’s lives – Rose McGowan recently was recently indicted on a federal drug charge.

Bourdain was also no fan of politics.

Bourdain tweeted in May a reply to Jeff Hulme about Hillary Clinton and Michael Cohen that said:

“Let’s assume for purposes of discussion that Hillary Rodham Clinton is Satan’s Consort and eats children and puppies whenever possible, in what way is Mickey Cohen, the president’s fixer is not a problem.”

I am sure that these ugly tweets and views on Weinstein did not win him any friends in the dark circles of the political and Hollywood elite. The dark circles that again are allegedly tied to satanic cults.

The internet is all over this topic — as ugly as it gets.

Most people, if they know of the Satanic Panic, know of it due to Satanic Ritual Abuse, a rash of allegations made against daycare centers in the’80s. But there are lots of threads that contribute to Satanic Panic, and they can be seen running through a handful of recent social and cultural events.

For example, there was the wave of clown scares that were seen throughout the country. There was a renewed interest in the devil with the TV series Lucifer, the new TV series based on The Exorcist; and the new TV series based on known Satanist, Jack Parsons.

All of these events feel like they have been lifted straight from this darker era of American culture, when fear of demons and strangers practicing dark occult things seemed to lurk in the heart of every neighborhood.

Meanwhile, there is a new movie that has been released called Hereditary, that appears to be timed to once again fuel the flames of Satanic Panic and ritual abuse.

Without giving away any spoilers the film gives you the feeling that what you are witnessing is a more horrifying vision of Satanic cult infiltration reminiscent of the film, Rosemary’s Baby.

However, in this film, Satan is not the protagonist, but a lesser known demon known as King Paimon. He is lesser known to Christians, but well-known to occultists. He’s only one of 72 demons spoken of by King Solomon. The fact that most regular churchgoers only really know about one Devil, the possibilities for many others are frightening beyond computation.

This is one reason why Hereditary is terrifying – because while the idea of familial satanic abuse is well known – the idea of a cult that pays homage to an unknown demon makes things a bit more horrifying.


King Paimon is one of Lucifer’s most obedient devotees, rules 200 legions of angels, is connected to the tree of death and first appeared in an anonymously written grimoire from the mid-1600s called Lesser Key of Solomon.

The true origin of King Paimon, the demonic force in Hereditary, predates much of Christianity and is one of those demons I talk about that does not flee when Jesus’ name is uttered.

Paimon is actually a Djinn.

The Djinn are supernatural creatures in early Arabian mythology and theology during the Pre-Islamic period. The plural, djini, has been popularized in western cultures as the genie. Genies grant wishes and Paimon grants riches.

Hereditary’s cult worships Paimon as a generational family tradition.

However, there are hints at a bigger picture and the grim tale is chilling and again makes you wonder about whether or not it is metaphor or if it is real.

There is something about the film though that hits you like a cudgel that it is very real – so real that you feel the pain and the sick feeling that something is deeply wrong with the family and the neighborhood.

Ari Aster the first time director of the film describes Hereditary as a ritual where the family and audience are both being led to slaughter.

It does feel that away both emotionally and spiritually.

For me, the film again conjured up memories of Satanic Panic and reinforces the idea that there needs to be some accountability with what we expose children to and how there are suspected Satanic pedophile rings that may be operating in this country and around the world.

The sad thing is that while we are now in a new wave of suspected child abuse, trafficking and other abuses carried out by various syndicates, the 1980’s Satanic Panic also produced a number of people who lied about their abuse in order to seek attention.

A lot of the claims relied on overzealous law enforcement, unsubstantiated statements from children, and above all, coercive and suggestive interrogation by therapists and prosecutors.

Some of the defendants are still serving life sentences for crimes they probably didn’t commit and most likely didn’t even happen in the first place.

However, in 2018, we are seeing a different breed of abuse and obviously a different breed of demons that are being used to conjure darkness from the abyss.

We have been told on various occasions that the gates of hell have opened. There have also been experts in occult studies that have indicated that the Arch of Baal being erected next to the Phallic Needle of Cleopatra in London is symbolic of the key that opens a “gate” in the archway summoning the ancient demonic gods.

We have also been told that various black masses have been performed to conjure various demons from Asmodeus, Abyzou Ahriman Angra Manyu Baal, Moloch and Pazuzu.

It is believed to be significant iconography used in a clandestine ritual.

Satanists have demanded that a statue of Baphomet be placed in the public square.

This poses the question as to what is happening in our culture.

Some say that there is emptiness at the core of our culture.

Church authorities all over the world are saying that our culture has fled from God, from meaning, from purpose, and embraced a soft kind of nihilism; a nihilism that will not call itself nihilism.

It uses other words and slogans to describe itself. “You only live once,” it says. “Live your truth.” People are told that there is only one life, one reality, and it has no meaning aside from what you assign to it.

But what happens when you no longer see meaning? Well, our culture says, if you do not see it then it is not there.

In 1966, emblazoned in bold red letters on a black Time Magazine cover were the words “Is God Dead?” It was a title of an article that sparked criticism in the clergy as it investigated a trend among theologians to write God out of the field of theology. It outlined how increasingly difficult it became for theologians to make God relevant in an increasingly secular society.

The title of the cover was based on what Friedrich Nietzsche had written previously about the madman running through the market place yelling in German “GOD IS DEAD” believing that mankind had lost its way.

The madman also believed that there was a satanic cloud over mankind and that they had rejected their morals.

The magazine cover gained popularity as it was featured in the film, Rosemary’s Baby – a film that parallels the film Hereditary in the fact that there may still be satanic syndicates that lurk like predators waiting to pounce intoxicated with the spirit of the devil or some other demon that breeds the overall malaise of despair in the world today.

Do all these revived elements of Satanic Panic mean we’re seeing a resurgence of the trend? Is it some morbid cycle of synchronicity?

The rise of this bizarre period in US history offers another possible explanation and that is, Satanic Panic never truly went away to begin with.

Written by Ron Patton

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