Looking Back at the ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 80s

Looking Back at the ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 80s

During the 1980s, Americans absolutely lost their minds–and not just over legwarmers and acid-washed denim. The so-called Satanic Panic swept the nation with lurid tabloid stories of ritual abuse and repressed memories. What really happened? And why were so many people convinced that satanic cults were running rampant in the …

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The Real Chupacabra Revealed

The Real Chupacabra Revealed

Chupacabra–literally “goat-sucker”–is a cryptid that hails from Latin America. From Puerto Rico to Mexico, the beast is said to attack livestock and drain the blood from the carcasses of goats and other farm animals. The legend emerged in the 1990s in Puerto Rico. A trail of dead animals, intact but …

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The Real Truth About Lizzie Borden

The Real Truth About Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden is perhaps the most famous female murderer in history. But the legend of her gruesome crimes–and the subsequent haunting of her family home–has evolved over the years. Truth is wrapped up with myth–and, to be honest, a fair amount of misogyny. Lizzie Borden’s Odd Life Here’s what we …

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Killer Cults, Zombies, and Satanic Soldiers

Killer Cults, Zombies, and Satanic Soldiers

What a month it’s been, my friends. As we draw a line under July 2020, I’ve got one thing on my mind: killer cults. Two news stories this month demonstrated what happens when dangerous occult beliefs collide with cold-blooded killers. Here’s what happened. Idaho Cult Mom Believed Kids Were ‘Zombies’ …

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New Photo Appears to Show Loch Ness Monster

New Photo Appears to Show Loch Ness Monster

First the Pentagon essentially confirmed that UFOs exist. Now we have our clearest picture ever of the Loch Ness Monster. 2020 has been a heck of a ride–and it’s only halfway done. We’ve written a lot about lake monsters on Lurking Beyond. There’s something so iconic about these legends, which …

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Bizarre Occult Obsession

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Bizarre Occult Obsession

How is it possible that the creator of the most famous rational mind in all of literature also believed in ghosts, fairies, and ancient Egyptian curses? Sherlock Holmes debunked supernatural phenomenon, such as the legend of the spectral beast in “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Yet Conan Doyle was an …

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