Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The 1987 South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Manual on Satanism

In 1987, at the height of America's "Satanic Panic", a training manual was produced by Paul Banner, Senior Criminology Instructor, for the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy which is based in Columbia.

The seminars it was accompanied with were designed to provide officers with an ability to recognize, identify, and investigate criminal activities of Satanic Cults. These one day seminars were offered from July 21, 1987 to at least April 6, 1989 according to notices found in Criminal Justice Chronicle: The Newspaper of The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

Internet searches found that not only was this manual produced but even t-shirts. One of which found its way on Etsy recently:

Here are some examples of the contents of the manual. I have embedded the full manual as a PDF at the bottom of this post.

1 comment:

  1. What I wouldn't give to attend a 1987 seminar on Satanic practices. They didn't have google or wikipedia to help put this together. Some poor librarian got the vapors helping them do this research! Very cool post!