American Hysteria explores moral panics, conspiracy theories, urban legends, and how fantastical thinking has shaped our culture from the Puritans to the present. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying, sometimes heartfelt, host Chelsey Weber-Smith tells the strangest stories from American history that have created the reality we share, or maybe more accurately, the reality we don't.
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After the Church of Satan formed in 1966, rural America exploded with rumors of sacrifices and aborted fetus, goat children and blood rites. But it wasn’t until Papa Warnke, an ex-High Priest of Satanism, stepped up and confirmed that yes, Satan is living among us, that the Satanic Panic began to solidify.Episode 9 covers the life and rise of the devil's funnyman, Mike Warnke! He was a Christian stand up comedian who made audiences laugh while spreading the word of God. His act consisted of family friendly giggles then the story of past, his life as a high priest of Satan. His claims included war hero turned junkie turned head of a satanic cult. But as his celebrity status increased so did suspicions regarding his past. A Christian magazine journalist uncovered the truth. Join us as we discus how Satan infiltrated rock-n-roll by living through The Beatles album art. Also, corporate america is turned on it's head when a rumor started that claimed the president of Proctor & Gamble gives a large portion of his earnings to the Church of Satan.