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Remembering Satan

av Lawrence Wright

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In 1988 Ericka and Julie Ingram began making a series of accusations of sexual abuse against their father, Paul Ingram, who was a respected deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington. At first the accusations were confined to molestations in their childhood, but they grew to include torture and rape as recently as the month before. At a time when reported incidents of "recovered memories" had become widespread, these accusations were not unusual. What captured national attention in this case is that, under questioning, Ingram appeared to remember participating in bizarre satanic rites involving his whole family and other members of the sheriff's department. Remembering Satan is a lucid, measured, yet absolutely riveting inquest into a case that destroyed a family, engulfed a small town, and captivated an America obsessed by rumors of a satanic underground. As it follows the increasingly bizarre accusations and confessions, the claims and counterclaims of police, FBI investigators, and mental health professionals. Remembering Satan gives us what is at once a psychological detective story and a domestic tragedy about what happens when modern science is subsumed by our most archaic fears.… (mer)
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Disturbing and insightful. In addition to being well written and clear, Remembering Satan is a cautionary tale regarding our ability to succumb to self-deception false confession. Moral panic is a powerful force that, if unchecked, can tear clean through societal norms. ( )
  drbrand | Jun 8, 2020 |
Really disturbing book about the mechanics behind a modern day witch-hunt. The alleged crimes are repulsive in the extreme, but the way in which some of those accused were brainwashed into accepting them may be even more so. ( )
  DF1158 | Oct 20, 2019 |
Fascinating read. Terrifying read though. It's hard to believe that this took place and ruined this family completely. But should we move to questioning a victim and not believing it actually happened? That's not the right way to go either. But maybe a little critical thinking wouldn't hurt either. It amazed me that all these adults were convinced that they committed these horrible acts and were devil worshipers by the power of suggestion alone. "I don't remember doing it, but I must have if someone said I did...." Unbelievable.... ( )
  bookwormteri | May 27, 2015 |
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1994 edition: Remembering Satan / Lawrence Wright; Dutch translation (1994) has title: In de ban van satan : Over ritueel seksueel misbruik en de mysteries van het geheugen
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In 1988 Ericka and Julie Ingram began making a series of accusations of sexual abuse against their father, Paul Ingram, who was a respected deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington. At first the accusations were confined to molestations in their childhood, but they grew to include torture and rape as recently as the month before. At a time when reported incidents of "recovered memories" had become widespread, these accusations were not unusual. What captured national attention in this case is that, under questioning, Ingram appeared to remember participating in bizarre satanic rites involving his whole family and other members of the sheriff's department. Remembering Satan is a lucid, measured, yet absolutely riveting inquest into a case that destroyed a family, engulfed a small town, and captivated an America obsessed by rumors of a satanic underground. As it follows the increasingly bizarre accusations and confessions, the claims and counterclaims of police, FBI investigators, and mental health professionals. Remembering Satan gives us what is at once a psychological detective story and a domestic tragedy about what happens when modern science is subsumed by our most archaic fears.

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