They are back, the dangerous Satanists who influence politics and society in the background.
In a transfigured image of the enemy consisting of liberals, leftists, homosexuals and eco-ideologists, they often cannot be absent. Or have they never left? As a successful mixture of Satan, sex and violence, "Satanic Panic" provides a pattern of media attention, at least since the 1960s, which works as a conspiracy myth again and again. Should we be afraid?
Do sensational journalism and a suggestive scene from trauma therapists promote horror scenarios? How do we factually clear up instead of spreading panic?
The well-known criminal psychologist Lydia Benecke is the author of books like Psychopathinnen: The Psychology of Female Evil (2018), and in true-crime series it seems like case number XY...unsolved! (ZDF) and Unresolved and Unforgotten (Sat1 Gold).
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Satanic Panic - Halloween Special
Satan's return as a conspiracy myth?
Geist Heidelberg Lecture