Satanic Panic Mini-Gallery

Murder in the Name of
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Here we see convicted murderer Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker" responsible for a string of 13 murders between 1984 and 1985. At his first court appearance, Ramirez raised a pentagram-etched hand and yelled "Hail Satan," punctuating Satanic elements in his crimes while also providing a solid, mainstream example of a Satanic killer of the media to feast upon.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.