Satanic Panic Mini-Gallery

Devil Daddy is Here
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As for those therapy-derived illustrations of Satanic abuse, here's one from Yager's desk: an illustration coaxed from a 10-year-old Texan boy about his "devil daddy's" ritual abuses. Here's a telling quote from the original 1990 photo caption: "Getting the children to do the drawings is a painstaking and demanding job requiring skilled observation. The drawings, often very precise, are not, however, used as legal evidence."

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.