Watch the Video Used to Train Police in Dealing with Satanic Sacrifice and Occult Crimes

Watch the Real Video Used to Train Police in Dealing with Satanic Sacrifice and Occult Crimes

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These days we don’t blink if we see a pentagram spray-painted in a local park, but there was a time when suburban America was absolutely terrified of satanic cults. Occult rituals became primetime topics as news stations broadcast reports of stolen babies, ritual sacrifice, and sexual abuse done under the command of evil cults worshipping the devil himself.

Satanic Panic was big business in the late 80s and early 90s, spawning hundreds of books, videos, and television specials aimed at instilling fear of the occult into soccer moms across the country, and it worked. In fact, it worked so well that law enforcement agencies everywhere began to investigate typical teenage graffiti as evidence of a satanic presence.



The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults is one of these videos, and it’s a hell of a watch, if you’ll pardon the pun. Featuring “occult experts” with mullets that would put Billy Ray Cyrus to shame, interviews with alleged victims of satanic rituals, and dusty old men who dare to ponder how far America’s freedom of religion should extend, the 73-minute VHS tape is a glimpse into the Satanic Panic era that’s as frightening as it is hilarious.

You can watch the whole video below, and if you watch it to the end, you’ll be treated with a cringe-inducing clip of a woman in a bikini being preened over by a weird old dude demonstrating a ritual sacrifice, complete with dotted lines showing where to slice and dice your victims.

While it’s easy to laugh at the cheesy, alarmist, and obviously over-the-top assumptions in the video, it’s important to remember that this was actually used to train police. Videos like this resulted in countless metal-heads, goth kids, and occult enthusiasts becoming unfairly singled out as suspects in crimes they didn’t commit. It happened once, and it could happen again.

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Never trust the man with the mullet…

Keep in mind that much of this was based on total misinformation. In 1982, Christian comedian Mike Warnke set off a wave of paranoia when he published his book, “The Satan Seller. He claimed to have been a former Satanist high priest, and detailed the ritual orgies, spells, sacrifices of people’s pets, writing his name in the Devil’s Book in blood, the secret illuminati who rule the world, etc. It was all lies to sell books and records, but Evangelical and Protestant Christians lapped it up as Gospel truth. It seemed there must be a devil behind every bush, with… Read more »

This must be the video the “Satanic Expert” in the West Memphis Three trial watched.

Yes, some of the things in the video look kind of ridiculous to even believers and especially crazy to non believers but there are satanic cults out there people. There are gatherings and rituals although, someone who is not a part of it wouldn’t even begin to know where to look. It’s in plain sight folks. We’re are now a generation that has been desensitized to look deeper into subjects such as this. I agree that the reaction to anything occult in the late 80’s and early 90’s was over the top. Think though, we now live and grow in… Read more »

I was in high school in a small rural town back then time. I was an outspoken atheist, Heavy Metal fan, and avid Dungeons and Dragons gamer. Pretty much the target of the hysteria. I remember it well.

Since 15 the stigma of Rock, black shirts and a real Ouija board, along of many books and magazines has haunted me as a Satanic evil being. At least in Mexico, authorities never took anything of this seriously.
But many of schoolmates avoided me like mange.

the son of Sam David Berkowitz claimed to be just a hit man for the Process cult which is Satanic cult

Only in White Suburban America USA…

THIS IS SICK. I never dreamed this existed !

The music during the title slide and topic headers reminds me of the kind of music that used to play during certain late-night TV “phone service” commercials back in the 80’s……

Uhhhh yeah Joe Dirt, I know before I get possessed by Satan, I always throw on my Nascar bikini