Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

space Leah Haley was by far one of the most interesting alien abductees on the scene today. She has a couple of firsts to her credit: She was the first to write a children's book designed to help kids view their alien abductions as positive, edifying experiences, and she was the first to claim she... Continue Reading →

What’s the Deal with Troy Davis?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the case of Troy Davis, the Georgia man convicted of killing off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. Davis received a death sentence, which was carried out late on the night of September 21, after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution. Many are convinced... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch XIV: Linda Blood

Seriously, hell hath no fury... Linda Blood is quite different from all the former Satanists we've seen so far. She actually was involved (very briefly) with an organized Satanic church, the Temple of Set (ToS), and after leaving it she did not become a born again Christian. She frankly admits that her time as a... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch XI: Audrey Harper

space When Satanic panic spread to the UK, Audrey Harper become England's version of Lauren Stratford: A real, live "former Satanic witch" who could help the righteous root out other dangerous devil worshipers. Insanity in the UK In the '80s and '90s, a woman named Audrey Harper made many appearances on behalf of the Christian... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch IX: Lauren Stratford Part III

continued from Part II Out of the Frying Pan, Into Another Frying Pan In the summer of 1997 a new face appeared at a support group called the Child Holocaust Survivors Group of Los Angeles. Laura Grabowski didn't share much about her background at first (she was even reluctant to identify her country of origin,... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch IX: Lauren Stratford Part II

continued from Part I Unearthing the Underground In 1989, Christian authors Bob and Gretchen Passantino teamed up with Jon Trott, one of the Cornerstone magazine writers who would expose Mike Warnke's deceptions in 1991, to investigate the story told in Satan's Underground. They had been alerted to possible problems with Lauren Stratford's testimony by another... Continue Reading →

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 Part III: John Todd (Part II)

space John Todd as a character in the Jack Chick comic Spellbound? continued from Part I The Big Time In August 1973, Todd married Sharon Garver. He was preaching and performing faith healings on the road, having been fired from the Christian coffeehouse for allegedly hitting on teenage girls. This was the year that Todd... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch Part III: John Todd

Part I The only positive thing I can say about the late John Todd is that he makes everyone else in this series look pretty good by comparison. At the height of his fame as a "former witch" he was also a sexual predator, a military imposter, and a practicing witch who used several aliases.... Continue Reading →

The Man Who Slew Leviathan in a Hotel Bathtub

And the other morons who slew innocent children Today my brother brought to my attention a site called Fundies Say the Darndest Things, which - as you can guess - is a compendium of quotes culled from Christian fundamentalist forums, blogs, and whatnot. I normally avoid this kind of thing. I've had many fundie friends... Continue Reading →

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