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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  1. Michael Edwards

    07/19/2016 at 1:13 PM

    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 Satanists ready to steal your child or pet. Daycare center owners were falsely accused of ritual abuse, people looked for secret symbols, etc. The police also believed these fabrications — hence the video.

  2. Myrna Janssen

    07/19/2016 at 11:43 PM

    THIS IS SICK. I never dreamed this existed !

  3. Kathleen Wilson

    07/20/2016 at 12:09 AM

    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……

  4. Jessica Knapik

    07/20/2016 at 5:08 AM

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

  5. Matt Bacon

    07/20/2016 at 6:25 AM

    Never trust the man with the mullet…

  6. Ang Toth

    07/20/2016 at 12:28 PM

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

  7. Matt

    07/26/2016 at 9:56 AM

    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.

  8. Ray

    07/26/2016 at 10:38 AM

    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.

  9. evan

    07/26/2016 at 12:13 PM

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

  10. Wilson10031

    07/27/2016 at 11:09 AM

    Only in White Suburban America USA…

  11. JRodriguez

    08/01/2016 at 6:02 PM

    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 a world that sits on the complete opposite extreme; were Lucifer is a humane, humorous and somewhat heroic character in a popular t.v. show, pop culture has embraced embracing Satanic symbolism from throwing up the hand sign that represents Satan’s horns (which can also seen being used by government officials, actors etc. Huuuum, peculiar isn’t it?) to popular music industry icons (not just Heavy Metal folks, Rap too) having lyrics pertaining directly to Satan and admitting to being one of his followers among many to the fashion industry where buying a t-shirt, hat or necklace with an inverted cross (another of Satan’s autographs if you will) is cool to do now. Clearly the years and hysteria of “Satanic Panic” have done the beast well. Without it, those with the specific agenda to groom us (the generations growing up right after this happened) would have never been able to make Satanism and anything having to do with the culture acceptable in this “Nation under God” but Persephone (Goddess of Death) on one of our government buildings. Also, I want to make clear that I am not talking about Wicca because the focus of that religion is the worship nature and for all intents and purposes has no “Devil”; nature is both good and bad. Also, not all pentagrams symbolize Satan only the inverted pentagram does. When inverted one can see the two points of the star as horns, the two on each side the ears and the one point at the bottom being the beard. It is a simpler version of the Baphomet, which Does symbolize Satan. So while goth, emo and other subcultures may be unfairly shunned and stuffed into the “Satanic Worshiper” label, they’re not it, not even close. The real deal, the one’s who do worship the epitome of evil are inconspicuous. They, like their lord are wolves in puppy costumes. They don’t advertise and could be anyone from your dentist, doctor, judge. that sweet old lady that bakes cookies for every kid in the neighborhood and could even be that nice gentleman that helps her cross the street. When thinking about the subject one cannot afford to forget two things (1) Lucifer was and still is an angel, he is just fallen from heaven (ie. An evil angel) and (2) The greatest trick he ever pulled off on the world is that he doesn’t exist.
    And no, I am not a pushy “all I talk about is God” “holier than thou” hardcore bible thumping Christian. I am a Christian though and something weird is going on when suddenly I live in a culture where there is no “Right & Wrong” only different shades of evil: greed, hypocrisy, lust over love, etc. there is no Devil society. But then again, you don’t have to be a fireman to smell smoke and I don’t have to go to church every Sunday to know that we are slowly kindling the flames of our hand basket straight to hell.

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