They are back, the dangerous Satanists who influence politics and society in the background.
In a glorified enemy image of liberals, leftists, homosexuals and eco-ideologists, they often can't be missing. Or have they never been absent? As a successful mixture of Satan, sex and violence, the "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 of trauma therapists promote horror scenarios? How do we factually clarify instead of spreading panic?
Renowned criminal psychologist Lydia Benecke is the author of books such as Psychopaths: The Psychology of Female Evil (2018) and appears on true-crime series such as Aktenzeichen XY...ungelöst! (ZDF) and Unsolved and Unforgotten (Sat1 Gold).
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