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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Hannah and Cameron start this episode off with the story of Pati Burgus. Pat went to see a doctor named Bennett Braun after experiencing signs of depression and fatigue after having children. He quickly convinced her that she was part of a violent Croatian bloodline that worshiped the devil. She was suppressing her memories of abuse as a coping mechanism. Pati luckily stopped following Brauns orders and realized that nothing he told her could possibly be true. Crazy right? But even crazier is the fact that he is still peddling these ideas in 2019. How can these ideas of memory regression and false allegations of Satanic Ritual Abuse still be around today? Now what? Where does the psychiatric world stand on False Memories? And what happened to all those gosh danged Satanic Cults?We answer these questions and look to the future on the final episode of The Satanic Panic.