American Monsters: Tabloid Media and the Satanic Panic, 1970–2000

  title={American Monsters: Tabloid Media and the Satanic Panic, 1970–2000},
  author={Sarah Hughes},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  pages={691 - 719}
  • Sarah Hughes
  • Published 2016
  • History
  • Journal of American Studies
“American Monsters” analyzes the satanic panic, an episode of national hysteria that dominated the media throughout the 1980s. It involved hundreds of accusations that devil-worshipping pedophiles were operating America's white middle-class suburban daycare centers. Communities around the country became embroiled in trials against center owners, the most publicized of which was the McMartin Preschool trial in Manhattan Beach, California, still the longest and most expensive criminal trial in… Expand