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Old 08-29-2019, 11:07 PM   #16
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Obvious answer is "the occult", as many pointed out.

Another thing that often wasn't worthy of much thought was "Drug Deal Gone Wrong", which was in some cases a bit like their way of saying: What happened? Hell if we know!
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The panic of satanic cults was frequent. But it gives you a good history of the thinking mentality of the time and how powerful it was.

In the cases involving the Maples and LaDonna Morrow's mom, they used the panic to their advantage. All they had to do was tell a judge their daughters were in a cult and they were instantly believed, and their daughters then stripped of their children for investigations despite not talking to any of the parties involved first.

The murders of Shane Stewart and Sally McNelly is something that cannot be written off in the satanic panic category. You have the cult, you have a reliable witness to the cult and their rituals from Sally's friend Helen who accompanied her once. You have both Shane and Sally leaving the cult when their fellow members decided to start taking part in criminal activities - with the duo even turning a gun over to the police that a cult member had given them. You have Sally's frantic telephone call to Helen where she said she was worried these people were going to try and kill her and you have the witness sighting of Sally and Shane arguing with a group of people about "not going back to you." Not long after, they were both dead from shotgun blasts. If they were killed by anyone else, it would have to be the biggest coincidence in the world.

And make no mistake. That cult was a bunch of a freaks. Lifetime cut out the part of the interview with Sally's mother mentioning talking to another parent that had witnessed some of the kids celebrating over the fact that they caught a demon in a bottle.
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