Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: The Bogus Christian Memoir Hall of Shame

Literary fraud is an important topic at Swallowing the Camel. Whether it's middle-aged women pretending to be teen boys afflicted with HIV/AIDS (here and here), or James Cameron's BFF letting himself be snowjobbed by a lying WWII vet, or fake Holocaust memoirists, no one gets a free pass when it comes to literary misdeeds. So... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch

Tales from born again devil worshipers, Illuminati agents, and witches Intro Part I: Doreen Irvine, the original "Witch Who Switched" This unassuming English lady was a demon-possessed streetwalker and Queen of All Black Witches in Europe before being saved. Her testimony provided a template for many other accounts of Satanic evildoing. Part II: Mike Warnke... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch Part XVIII: Today’s Former Satanists

The tradition continues.... Jeff Harshbarger Jeff Harshbarger is a South Carolina minister who claims he was a teenage victim of Satanic deception and demonic possession. In 2005 he published an autobiography about his years as a Satanist, From Darkness to Light: How to Rescue Someone You Love From the Occult. His Refuge Ministries educates others... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch Part XVII: More Illuminati Defectors

So far in this series, we have seen two people who claimed they were born into the Illuminati (John Todd, Doc Marquis), two women who claimed they were enslaved by the Illuminati (Cisco Wheeler, Arizona Wilder), one guy who says he joined the Illuminati of his own free will (BIll Schnoebelen), and another guy who... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch Part XVI: Illuminati Slaves (Part I)

The next two former Satanists both claim they were born into the Illuminati and forced, via sophisticated mind control, to take part in Illuminati rituals and government misdeeds. Like Lauren Stratford, both women claim they were victims of Dr. Josef Mengele. Their stories differ markedly from most of the others in this series, as they... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch Part XV: Stephen Dollins

space Stephen Dollins left Satanism for Christ in 1978, becoming a preacher and a crusader against the occult, but it wasn't until the late '90s that he gained prominence as a powerful enemy of Harry Potter and the Tooth Fairy. The following comes from a talk Dollins gave to The Prophecy Club in 1998 or... Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Witch XII: Doc Marquis

space Doc Marquis lecturing for The Prophecy Club, c. 1997 In the mid '80s, an Illuminati defector and former devil worshiper known as Joseph "Doc" Marquis slipped into the niche vacated by John Todd, who was serving time for a rape conviction. Marquis started out as a virtual John Todd clone, but proved to be... Continue Reading →

Other "Former Satanists" of the ’80s

space The two men described below didn't have the same impact as Lauren Stratford or Audrey Harper, but they contributed to the anti-occult hysteria of the late '80s in their own corner of the world, Texas. Ken McBride Ken McBride's only notable appearance on the anti-occult scene was his central role in an obscure straight-to-video... 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 Part VII: Bill Schnoebelen

space So far, most of the ex-witches and former Satanists in this series have either faded into obscurity or died. This is not the case with Bill Schnoebelen. He was one of the very first "Ex-Men" to dominate the Christian conspiracy lecture circuit, beginning in 1984, and he is still with us. He might be... Continue Reading →

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