The Prodigal Witch IX: Lauren Stratford

space "Lauren Stratford" on Geraldo's 1988 TV special Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground The late '80s were the golden age of Satanic panic, and it would not be an exaggeration to say that the woman known as Lauren Stratford launched that panic to a whole new level. How Lauren's Story Emerged The key part of... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch: A Thumbnail Sketch of Johanna Michaelsen

space Before we get into the story of Lauren Stratford, let's take a quick look at another woman who had a powerful influence on the Satanic panic of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Without Johanna Michaelsen, Stratford and other "former Satanists" might not have achieved superstardom within the Christian community. As a former New Age... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch Part II: Mike Warnke (part II)

Mike Warnke Part II: The Real Story continued from Mike Warnke Part I Warnke networked widely in the evangelical community, forging ties with the Jesus People, the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship, Pentacostal preachers, Charismatics, and anyone else who unquestioningly accepted his testimony. They adored him. He was real, solid proof that an occult underground... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch Part II: Mike Warnke

  Part I: Mike Warnke's Story In January 1972, televangelist Morris Cerullo introduced a young man named Mike Warnke to the evangelical Christian community. Cerullo had a rare specimen, indeed: A real, live former Satanist who had found Jesus and wanted to share his testimony with the world. And he had the ability to do... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch: Intro

Since the 1960s, the fundamentalist Christian community has been moved and inspired by the testimonies of "Satanists", "witches", and "Illuminati members" who ditched their evil ways to become born again. But are the stories told by these reformed devil-worshipers actually true?In this series we'll look at some of the most famous former witches:Doreen Irvine, the... Continue Reading →

Anti-Occult Nonsense On Stilts: Kurt Koch’s Occult ABC

In the world of anti-occult zealotry, Kurt Koch is something of a legend. A Lutheran pastor in Germany, he traveled the world addressing churches of nearly every denomination for over half a century, and claimed to have counseled about 20,000 people by the late '70s.I was *lucky* enough to score a copy of his most... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: UFO Stuff

Cow-blood transfusions and other achy breaky bullshit Yet again, a series of blurry-ass photos help prove the existence of Bigfoot. This is almost as convincing as the video of a blob-that-could-be-a-spaceship abducting a smudge-that-might've-been-a-cow. How can you go on denying the evidence?! And speaking of alien cow abductions, at least one UFO Casebook forum commenter/alleged... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness: Satanic Nephilim Hybrids

 In lieu of a weirdness roundup, I'm gonna give you one big ol' chunk of weirdness that warped my mind this week. What do you get when you combine Biblical prophecy, Illuminati conspiracy theories, aliens, pop psychology, and teen vampire novels? A serious freaking mess. On the Monday-Tuesday broadcast of Coast to Coast AM, guest... Continue Reading →

Jesus Hoaxes

Holy Blood, Holy Crap: The Da Vinci Code lawsuit and Michael Baigent's The Jesus Papers The Tomb of Jesus and the James Ossuary A Photo of Jesus

The Lady Vanishes Part II: Agatha Christie

Part I is here.The SolutionThe amnesia explanation was too dodgy to convince everyone, and instead of curtailing rumours, it only caused curiosity about the “missing eleven days” to escalate over the years.One curious person was Jared Cade, a young Christie fan and collector from Australia. He had studied the mystery carefully, and in the end... Continue Reading →

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