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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On Episode 4, The Satanic Panic is rising and gaining notice from law enforcement officials. Hannah discusses her favorite "who done it" case from 1988, the murder suicide of Tommy Sullivan and his mother. The police treat this as an open and shut crime committed by a 14 year old boy that was mixed up in Satanic forces. Was it that simple or was there more going on?Facing catch-fire rumors of Satanic cults, law enforcement officials across America tried their hardest to adapt to the situation at hand. Unfortunately their methods and ideology were a little too gung-ho, and their earnest attempts to quell the fire only added fuel.