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Texas Continues ‘Satanic Panic’ Exonerations

by Cathy Brown
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Courts in Texas are nonetheless transferring via the ocean of people that have been charged, convicted and imprisoned underneath false accusations stemming from the “satanic panic” of the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, Paul Flahive reports for NPR. That work final week included the dismissal of the case towards one 75-year-old, Melvin Quinney, who misplaced his kids to foster care and eight years of his life to jail on account of a now-recanted testimony that alleged he was the chief of a satanic, child-murdering cult.

The case towards Quinney, like many “satanic panic” instances, adopted what we now perceive to be coerced testimony formed partly by a misguided therapist. Many years later, courts in Texas and others have formally acknowledged that the crimes many have been convicted of merely by no means occurred. “Satanic ritual youngster abuse,” usually evidenced by controversial and now-debunked “recovered reminiscence therapies,” was credulously believed to be spreading throughout the nation by many state and federal businesses all through the top of the final century.

A brand new documentary on the topic, “Satan Wants You,” debuted final month at SXSW. The movie recounts the story of the girl and psychiatrist behind the now-discredited recovered reminiscence memoir “Michelle Remembers.”

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