During the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, there were over 12,000 cases of unsubstantiated satanic sexual ritual abuse
It started in 1980, with the publication of a “memoir” called Michelle Remember written by a Canadian psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder about his patient (and future wife) Michelle Smith. Pazder used recovered memory therapy for over 600 hours of sessions with Smith. She “remembered” abuse starting at the hand of her mother at around age five. Later, she recounted tales of sexual and satanic ritual abuse by the Church of Satan, and then it turned into an elite group of powerful men and women who had children kidnapped for sexual favors, pornography, ritualistic abuse, and human sacrifice. The basis of these claims are now the underpinnings of the QAnon conspiracy.
Pazder toured with Michelle and did talks about how to spot satanic ritual abuse. He was a consultant on many cases including the McMartin preschool trial. Pazder even traveled to the Vatican with his allegations.
Much of the book was discredited. None of the allegations in the book lined up with real-life dates and timelines. “ During the rites, Smith was allegedly tortured, locked in cages, sexually assaulted, forced to take part in various rituals, witnessed several murders, and was rubbed with the blood and body parts of various killed babies and adults.”
McMartin Preschool Trial started with allegations in 1983. It results in hundreds of accusations of satanic sexual abuse at the hands of the daycare. The investigation lasted for four years from 1983-1987 and the trial lasted for three years from 1987-1990. After a thorough investigative process, the McMartin trial became the most expensive criminal case in American history and resulted in ZERO convictions. By 1990 ALL charges were dropped.
The allegations when a preschool mom reported that her son had been sodomized by her ex-husband and a teacher at the daycare named Ray Buckley. The mother had no proof except her child was having painful bowel movements. She also accused the school of forcing the kids to have sex with animals.
Buckley was arrested and questioned but not charged because of lack of evidence.
The mom who initially started the accusations was later hospitalized and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and died of complications of alcoholism in 1996.
Hundreds of children were interviewed and 360 children were flagged for sexual abuse. Of those 360, only 41 actually testified in the trial.
The interviewing process of the children was highly discredited because the interviewers basically fed information to the kids with “scenarios” vs facts.
Some of the claims included sexual abuse, flying witches, rides in air balloons to undisclosed sites, underground tunnels that led to ritual rooms and satanic orgies. Chuck Norris was considered part of this elite satanic church and identified as an abuser.
During the time of the allegations, she was not diagnosed yet. So she claims her taken seriously. A letter was sent to the 200 families who had kids at the daycare. The letter read:
“September 8, 1983
This Department is conducting a criminal investigation involving child molestation (288 P.C.) Ray Buckey, an employee of Virginia McMartin’s Pre-School, was arrested September 7, 1983 by this Department.
The following procedure is obviously an unpleasant one, but to protect the rights of your children as well as the rights of the accused, this inquiry is necessary for a complete investigation.
Records indicate that your child has been or is currently a student at the pre-school. We are asking your assistance in this continuing investigation. Please question your child to see if he or she has been a witness to any crime or if he or she has been a victim. Our investigation indicates that possible criminal acts include: oral sex, fondling of genitals, buttock or chest area, and sodomy, possibly committed under the pretense of “taking the child’s temperature.” Also photos may have been taken of children without their clothing. Any information from your child regarding having ever observed Ray Buckey to leave a classroom alone with a child during any nap period, or if they have ever observed Ray Buckey tie up a child, is important.
Please complete the enclosed information form and return it to this Department in the enclosed stamped return envelope as soon as possible. We will contact you if circumstances dictate same.
We ask you to please keep this investigation strictly confidential because of the nature of the charges and the highly emotional effect it could have on our community. Please do not discuss this investigation with anyone outside your immediate family. Do not contact or discuss the investigation with Raymond Buckey, any member of the accused defendant’s family, or employees connected with the McMartin Pre-School.
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO INDICATED THAT THE MANAGEMENT OF VIRGINIA MCMARTIN’S PRE-SCHOOL HAD ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THIS SITUATION AND NO DETRIMENTAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN DISCOVERED DURING THIS INVESTIGATION. ALSO, NO OTHER EMPLOYEE IN THE SCHOOL IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ANY CRIMINAL ACT.”
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Satanic Panic instructional videos for law enforcement
Satanic Panic podcast from Uncover playlist:
Vox Article About Satanic Panic and QAnon
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