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Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory Paperback – April 25, 1995
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"This is a cautionary tale of immense value, told with rare intelligence, restraint and compassion. Remembering Satan catapults Wright to the front rank of American journalists." -- Newsweek
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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.
- ASIN : 0679755829
- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (April 25, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780679755821
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679755821
- Item Weight : 8.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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A disturbing book about supposed family sexual abuse involving a Satanic cult. The Ingram family and the investigators must be the stupidest people on the planet to have believed these "memories" of abuse were real. And if Satan was involved, he was right there in the evil Julie (and the family's minister). She and Erika destroyed their own family with their malicious lies. They are a parent's worst nightmare! I don't believe there was any repression or hysteria--IMO, Julie knew she was lying all along and possibly made Erika believe these lies. I believe she did it for attention, power, and for the thrill of it all. I feel sorry for the victims who were falsely accused and drawn into her malevolent web. Their lives were ruined. I wonder if she feels any remorse for these lies, but I wouldn't be surprised if she's incapable of that.
Satanic hysteria at the time or not, it amazes me that the investigators didn't see through this utter nonsense! The stories and embellishments just keep growing and didn't add up, and there was zero evidence.
Overall, the book started out good, but I found this book to be very upsetting. It was dry and repetitive and seemed to go on forever. It doesn't take too long to realize how ridiculous the girls' stories were.
If it hadn't destroyed so many lives, the entire concept of ritual abuse would be hilarious -- serious injuries that vanish without scarring, huge conspiracies involving prominent community members, dozens of murders without a body ever being discovered.
I feel deeply for Ingram's daughters, who come across as unhappy and genuinely disturbed by what they think they remember. But it's hard to have much sympathy for the law enforcement officials who were so willing to believe the impossible and destroyed multiple lives in the process. This is a disturbing story and Wright does it justice.
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The first is how willing people are to form instant opinions based on shallow thinking and thereafter try to make their prejudices stick. Thus it was that this deputy sheriff got hounded..
The second, and more disturbing is how the book attacks the very process of recovering memories. To be a counsellor who uncovers abuse memories in victims is to live a dangerous career, attacked and undermined by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation.
S*** happens, and we have to use best judgement.
The book was well written and fairly well researched, and I am sanguine about it.