From: Charles Nemo on 1:123/15
To: Michelle Hass
Re: Satanic Conspiracy Myth
Thanks for posting the L.A. Times article. Robert D. Hicks, a criminal-
justice analyst who advises Virginia law enforcement agencies, has just
authored a new book entitled "In Pursuit of Satan--The Police and the Occult".
It is available from Prometheus Books, 700 East Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY
14215. I don't recall the price. It is more than 400 pages and extensively
footnoted. Conclusion? No proof of anything like a conspiracy or even much
if any real Satanic crime. Urban myths and rebellious teenagers, as well as
mistaken interpretations of perfectly normal events (such as animal remains)
and a few psychos who pick up on people's fears, account for everything. The
kinds of people who propagate the myths are sometimes innocent do-gooders, who
have often been mislead by overzealous fundies, dishonest cult seminar hosts
out to make a buck, and sad mental cases (e.g., with multiple personality
Robert Hicks also contributed to an excellent book published several years ago
entitled "Satanism in America--How the Devil Got Much More Than His Due".
It's available from Gaia Press, P.O. Box 466, El Cerrito, CA 94530-0466.