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If you are a survivor, please be careful in reading the information compiled here. It is impossible to give information on ritual abuse, and about people's opinions about ritual abuse, in a way that is not upsetting and/or triggering. Only you know how much is wise to read, and how much information you can absorb at one time.

Ritual Abuse: History and Analysis

Angebert, J, M. (1984) The Occult and the third Reich. Macmillan.

Anon. (1992) The mystery of the carefully crafted hoax. The Nebraska Leadership Conference, PO Box 30165, Lincoln NB 69503.

Bainbridge, William S.. (1978) Satan's power: A deviant psychotherapy cult. University of California Press: Berkeley, CA.
NOTE: On the Process (called "the Power" by Bainbridge). The Process, an English group, incorporated on US soil in January 1968. This book contains chapters describing Charles Manson's link to the Process.

Blood, Linda Osborne. (1994) The new satanists. Warner: NY, NY
NOTE: Contains information about the history of Satanism, details of documented ritual abuse cases, and information about current Satanic groups and organizations. Also documents the arrest and investigation of Lt. Col. Aquino for his alleged rape and occult ritual abuse of children who attended the Army day-care center in Presidio, CA. There are descriptions of similar investigations into alleged ritual abuse at other military day-care centers.

Cavendish, R. (l967) The black arts. Wideview/Perigree (The Putnam Publishing Group): NY, NY.
NOTE: A readable and complete scholarly history of numerology, the Cabala, alchemy, and satanism, with a clear explanation of satanic theology.

Cohn, N. (1993) Europe's inner demons: The demonization of Christians in medieval Christendom. Pimlico: London, UK

Cook, C. (1991) Understanding ritual abuse through a study of thirty-three ritual abuse survivors from thirteen different states. Privately printed, Ritual Abuse Project, Sacramento, CA.
NOTE: A summary of a honors thesis describing experiences of adult ritual abuse survivors.

Crowther, P. (1985) Lid off the cauldron. S. Weiser.

Daraul, Arkon.,(1961) A History of secret societies. Citadel Press: NJ.'

de Camp, John W. (1991). The Franklin cover-up: Child abuse, satanism and murder in Nebraska. A.W.T.: P.O. Box 85461, Lincoln, NE 68501.
NOTE: Documents evidence of relationships between banking, covert military operations, drug smuggling, child prostitution, child pornography and allegations of ritual child abuse.

Fewster, Gerald. ed. (1990) In the shadow of Satan: The ritual abuse of children.University of Calgary Press: Calgary.
NOTE: 1) Special issue of Journal of Child and Youth Care. 2) Includes bibliographical reference

Greaves, George B. "Alternative hypotheses regarding claims of satanic cult activity: A critical analysis." pp. 45-72. In Out of darkness: Exploring satanism and ritual abuse. (Sakheim, David K. and Devine, Susan, Eds.) (1992) Lexington Books/Macmillan.: NY, NY.
SUMMARY: At present the most common area for discussion about satanic cults is the reality of their existence; opinions vary from total acceptance to total disbelief. This chapter presents overview of the issues involved in this debate, a useful typology of the positions taken by experts in the fields, and a helpful integration of these seemingly divergent perspectives. Topics include: conceptual confusion in SCS (satanic cult survivor) reports; SCS productions as clinical data; the principle heuristic hypotheses; the nihilistic hypotheses; the apologist hypotheses.

Greven, Philip (1991). Spare the child: The religious roots of punishment and the psychological impact of physical abuse. Knopf.

Hechler, David. (1988). The battle and the backlash: The child sexual abuse war. Lexington Books: Lexington, MA and Toronto.
NOTE: Explores the evolution of backlash organizations , with reference to many well-known cases of child sexual abuse.

Johnston, J. (1989) The edge of evil: The rise of satanism in North America. Word Publishing: Dallas, TX

Kahner, L. (1988.) Cults that kill: Probing the world of occult crime. Random House.
Kendrick, Martyn (1988) Anatomy of a nightmare: The failure of society in dealing with child abuse. Macmillan and Gage Publishers: Toronto.
NOTE: Account of a major ritual child abuse investigation in Canada.

King, Francis. (1976). Satan and swastika. Mayflower: London.

Langone, Michael D. and Blood, Linda O.(1990.) Satanism and occult-related violence: What you should know. American Family Foundation: Weston, MA
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Events stimulating public concern -- Law enforcement findings -- Growing public awareness -- Reports from helping professionals -- Historical background -- Modern satanism -- Folk religions -- Prevalence -- Why do people get involved in satanism? -- Recruitment tactics -- Effects and signs of satanic involvement -- Teenagers forming cults -- How does satanic involvement affect people? -- What can families do? -- Educate yourself -- Communicate effectively -- Be patient and set a hierarchy of goals -- Exercise authority when appropriate -- Know when to seek professional help -- Suggestions for mental health professionals -- Working with deeply involved satanists -- Ritualistic abuse -- Adult survivors -- Legal issues -- Conclusions -- References -- Resource organizations.
SUMMARY: This report's perspective is that of the mental health professional. Our goals are to review the existing literature pertinent to satanism and to offer suggestions to parents and helping professionals concerned about people, especially youth, involved in satanism. This report provides a balanced overview of the problems posed by the recent upsurge of satanism and occult-related violence in the United States.

Levanda, Peter. (1995) Unholy Alliance: A history of Nazi invovlement with the occult. Avon: NY, NY.
NOTE: A study of occultism within the Nazi organization.

Lifton, Robert Jay. (1986) The Nazi doctors.

Lockwood, C. (1993) Other altars: Roots and realities of cultic and satanic ritual abuse and multiple personality disorder. Compcare: Minneapolis, MN

Los Angeles County Commission for Women. Ritual abuse: Definitions, glossary, the use of mind control. Available from: Ritual Abuse Task Force, 383 Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
NOTE: Small, concise booklet, often cited.

Marron, Kevin (1988). Ritual abuse: Canada's most infamous trial on child abuse. McClelland-Bantam and Seal: Toronto.
NOTE: Analysis of a case in Hamilton, Ontario. Two children accused their parents of ritual abuse; the parents were tried and convicted.

Masello, Robert. (1996) Raising hell: A concise history of the black arts -- and those who dared to practice them. Berkley Pub. Group: NY, NY.

Masters, Anthony, (1978) The devil's dominion: The complete story of hell and satanism in the modern world.Putnam: NY, NY.

Mead, J., and Balch, G. (1987) Child abuse and the church. HDL Publishing Co.

Michelet, Jules, (1992) Satanism and witchcraft: The classic study of medieval superstition: translated by A.R. Allinson. Carol Pub: NY, NY.

Morris, David B. (1991) The culture of pain. University of California Press: Berkeley, CA.

Nevius, John Livingston. (1968) Demon possession. Pref. by Merrill F. Unger. [8th ed.] Kregel Publications: Grand Rapids, MI.
NOTE: First ed. published in 1895 under title: Demon possession and allied themes. F. H. Revell Company: Chicago, IL.

Newton, Toyne, Walker, Charles, and Brown, Alan. (1987) The demonic connection: An investigation into satanism in England and the international black magic conspiracy . Poole: NY, NY. also Blandford Press: NY, NY. Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Pub. Co.

Parkin, D, Ed. (1985) The anthropology of evil. Oxford.

Patterson, Earl S. (1987) Satanism: The group and the loss of self. Fatick Press: Meriden, CN.

Reoder, Thomas. (1995) Psychiatrists: The men behind Hitler: The architects of horror. translated from the German Menner hinter Hitler. Freedom Pub: Los Angeles, CA.

Rhodes, Henry Taylor Fowkes. (1968) The satanic mass: A criminological study. Jarrolds: London.

Ryder, Daniel (1994). Cover-up of the century: Satanic ritual crime and conspiracy. Ryder Publishing: 225 CrossRoads, Blvd., #415, Carmel, CA 93923.
NOTE: A revised and expanded version of is now available. The book shows the reality of satanic ritual abuse, cult networking, exposes on a worldwide satanic cult, and information on clandestine government mind control experimentation. Cites cases where satanic ritual abuse victims' bodies have been found, ritual abuse convictions have been successful, and exposes official cover-ups.

Sakheim, D.K. (1992) Out of darkness: Exploring satanism and ritual abuse. Lexington Books/Macmillan: NY, NY
TABLE OF CONTENTS: The history of satanic religions -- Satanic beliefs and practices -- Alternative hypotheses regarding claims of satanic cult activity: A critical analysis -- Child forensic evaluation and claims of ritual abuse or satanic activity: A critical analysis -- A law-enforcement perspective on allegations of ritual abuse -- Psychological testing and ritual abuse -- Ritual abuse: The experiences of five families -- Constructivist self-development theory: A theoretical model of psychological adaptation to severe trauma -- Diagnosis and treatment of ritually abused children -- Recognition and treatment of survivors reporting ritual abuse -- Bound by the boundaries: Therapy issues in work with individuals exposed to severe trauma
SUMMARY: A balanced presentation of the phenomena of patients reporting satanic ritual abuse. The descriptions of satanic symbols and rituals is purposely vague and general so there won't be accusations of planting memories or contamination. Furthermore, therapists are cautioned about the use of leading questions. The book is intended as a guide for therapists who encounter clients reporting ritual abuse. Includes a history of satanic religions; a forensic guide to dealing with claims of ritual abuse; a theoretical model of psychological adaptation to severe trauma, and diagnosis and treatment of ritually abused children.

Sklar, D (1977) The Nazis and the occult. Dorset Press: NY, NY. (Formerly titled Gods and beasts.)

Tate, Tim (1991). Children for the devil: Ritual abuse and satanic crime. Methuen: London, UK
NOTE: Documents contemporary cases of ritual child abuse in Europe, and presents an historical discussion of occult beliefs and practices.

Terry, M. (1987) The ultimate evil: An investigation into a dangerous satanic cult. Bantam Books: NY, NY.

 

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