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Throughout the 1980s, Satanic cults were widely believed to be preying on children — torturing and terrorizing them as part of dark rituals. Across North America, there were hundreds of false allegations, scores of unjust criminal trials and countless lives torn apart. But never any real proof. By the early 90s, the panic reached the tiny Prairie town of Martensville, Saskatchewan. And nearly 30 years later, the people touched by it all are still picking up the pieces. So what happened? And ...
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Satanic Panic Survivor

Kristopher Pasi Hoeksema

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Remember when people were told by the news in the 80s that there were Satanic cults everywhere? That's OK if you don't. Kristopher Irizarry-Hoeksema (aka Gato Toninas) does. When his adoptive mother, (aka Police Station Polly of 2020 viral Karen fame), became a born-again Christian, he was dragged into the heart of the Satanic Panic which was driving the growing Christian evangelical movement. With the Satanic Panic Survivor, listeners not only revisit the OG Satanic Panic of the 1980s, the ...
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It was the biggest gold discovery in history...until it wasn’t. In 1995, Canadian mining company Bre-X announced to the world it had found a significant amount of gold deep in the jungles of Indonesia. Stock prices soared as investors worldwide fought to stake their claim. But when Bre-X’s chief geologist mysteriously fell from a helicopter over th…
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Wherein The Satanic Panic Survivor, Kristopher Irizarry-Hoeksema, creates a timeline for the 1980s Satanic Panic and makes comparisons to the emergent (or revived) Satanic Panic. Kristopher discusses how the Satanic Panic was used to recruit Americans into the emergent 'Born Again' Christan Evangelical movement. Kristopher also discusses how the Mo…
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Throughout the 1980s, Satanic cults were widely believed to be preying on children — torturing and terrorizing them as part of dark rituals. Across North America, there were hundreds of false allegations, scores of unjust criminal trials and countless lives torn apart. But never any real proof. By the early 90s, the panic reached the tiny Prairie t…
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By June 1992, nine people face nearly 180 charges related to the sexual abuse of children who have attended a home daycare in Martensville. Journalist Dan Zakreski revisits the sites of the story that dominated everyone's attention, including a ‘Devil Church,’ and reflects on his own role in spreading the story. Then, we meet a young mother searchi…
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Far from healed, the Martensville Nightmare remains an open wound for those who lived through it. And yet for the rest of us, the history is all but lost — a symbol of the broader failure across the board to face the effects of the Satanic Panic head on or to learn its lessons. But, some surprising good did emerge out of all the pain.…
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