!Read ♸ Remembering Satan ⚖ InEricka And Julie Ingram Began Making A Series Of Accusations Of Sexual Abuse Against Their Father, Paul Ingram, Who Was A Respected Deputy Sheriff In Olympia, Washington At First The Accusations Were Confined To Molestations In Their Childhood, But They Grew To Include Torture And Rape As Recently As The Month Before At A Time When Reported Incidents Of Recovered Memories Had Become Widespread, These Accusations Were Not Unusual What Captured National Attention In This Case Is That, Under Questioning, Ingram Appeared To Remember Participating In Bizarre Satanic Rites Involving His Whole Family And Other Members Of The Sheriff S DepartmentRemembering Satan Is A Lucid, Measured, Yet Absolutely Riveting Inquest Into A Case That Destroyed A Family, Engulfed A Small Town, And Captivated An America Obsessed By Rumors Of A Satanic Underground As It Follows The Increasingly Bizarre Accusations And Confessions, The Claims And Counterclaims Of Police, FBI Investigators, And Mental Health Professionals Remembering Satan Gives Us What Is At Once A Psychological Detective Story And A Domestic Tragedy About What Happens When Modern Science Is Subsumed By Our Most Archaic Fears
Oh man, is this story insane or what.In 1988, salt of the earth deputy sheriff Paul Ingram of Olympia, Washington, is informed by his colleagues that he s been accused by his two daughters of abusing them When confronted with this earth shattering accusation, his response is not to adamantly deny it but to assume that his daughters are telling the truth, even though he has no memory of it When investigators come back a bit later, Ingram has done some soul searching and offers a qualified confession to having sexually abused his daughters, with a play by play of how it would have happened.As the days go by, the accusations expand to span many years and include many other people Ultimately every member of the family save the youngest son and several of Paul s poker buddies will be implicated in what amounts to a mass cult engaging in Satanic ritual abuse In each case, the response of the accused is not the desperate knee jerk denial that you and I would offer, but a shoulder shrug and an inexplicable acceptance that it must be true Within hours, the accused are providing rather detailed recollections of these scenes, which include such degradations as incest, bestiality, coat hanger abortions, and baby sacrifices.You may be asking why mild mannered community paragons would, with little provocation, so quickly accept that they were monstrous child abusers when they have no memory of doing anything of the kind and the incidents apparently number in the hundreds.The answer to that is the psychological concept developed and later abandoned by Freud in the 19th century that came to enjoy a popular resurgence in the 1980s repressed memory Suddenly millions of people became convinced that their depression or anxiety could be traced back to horrific instances of child abuse, usually at the hands of their fathers, that they had buried deep into their subconscious.This idea caught on so hard that every suspect in the Ingram case about a dozen altogether had convinced themselves that they had participated in the elaborate abuse, of which no evidence was ever found Only when the accusations had spread so wide to include the investigators themselves did they realize the whole thing had gone too far.Lawrence Wright has spent his career documenting why people believe the seemingly crazy things they do His masterful exploration into the world of Scientology Going Clear is the most sympathetic treatment that religion will ever receive In this slim but riveting volume, Wright provides a similarly even handed account of a truly terrifying story how two people convinced countless people with decades of experience including the very people they were accusing that their story was true.The consequences are vast despite eventually recanting his confession, Ingram served about a decade in prison His wife divorced him Half the family changed their name More broadly, Wright makes it clear that there are likely hundreds or thousands of people sitting in prison on the basis of confessions accusations attained through recovered memory How comfortable should we be that those people really committed those crimes Thoroughly entertaining just like Going Clear This case is a bit dated from the late 80s 90s but I do remember the strange hysteria of those times from my childhood There was a whole era of radical, idiotic belief in massive amounts of satanic cult activity in the United States All the daytime talk shows covered the topic The medical establishment studied it And this moronic case of lying and brainwashing essentially started it off Ridiculous but so engaging Mysterious and corny Questions memory and certainly puts the whole concept of repressed memories to the sword It s amazing to me that society can get wrapped up in something so stupid Highly entertaining Some spoilers below This was a fascinating book about recovered memory syndrome It s about two girls who accuse their father of horrific sexual abuse and also implicate others, including police officers Their father is deputy sheriff The accusations and trial wreaked havoc on the family and town The most fascinating thing is that the father confesses to the abuse even though he admits he doesn t remember it In fact, others involved also believe the girls accounts over their own memories And no one believes the abuse didn t happen, despite lack of physical evidence.The book leaves little room for doubt The abuse didn t happen The author doesn t try to conceal his opinion even as he attempts to show a balanced portrait of those involved Well, at least, of those accused The one thing I wanted explained was, why Why did these girls invent stories of abuse And did they believe it themselves or not The book insinuates that the older daughter, Erika, was a bit of an attention seeker The younger daughter may have been following her lead But, the truth is, we don t ever find out We learn a good amount about the motives of everyone else involved, but that s still a mystery.Still, this is an amazing book All the dialogue is taken from interviews and testimony It s incredibly real and, of course, very hard to believe this could happen Why would Paul the father confess to crimes he couldn t remember That is tragic.This book,than any other story, has convinced me that memory is fickle And recovered memory is suspect. In Remembering Satan Lawrence Wright, as with his other book I ve read, is able to conjure a time and place that for many of us is fraught with superficial preconceptions, in a fresh new way that illuminates not only the time and place, but broader issues that may bleed into our own times The story of Paul Ingram is honestly the most unbelievable tale I ve ever read This is a true horror story.Notes Wright s ability to set the stage for his action in vivid, engaging terms is unrivaled in the world of nonfiction The interrogations are so intense, not physically, but psychologically, that the cumulative effect of the investigation is horrifying The satanic hysteria of the 80s and early 90s seems like a 400 year old phenomenon but it happened in my childhood, a mass hysteria of epic proportions Ingram s wife Sand has a voice like the salt of the earth characters in a Raymond Carver story, hard, real, and tragic The general revelations about repressed memory are vital to understanding this particular, stunningly extreme case What is never clear is how these girls became so fixated on such heinous and untrue acts. A concise, methodical examination of an utterly bizarre case, in which Wright goes a long way towards answering the question which must be in every reader s mind why would a man voluntarily confess to committing the most heinous crimes against members of his own family, when there is no evidence to suggest he did anything of the sort The answer, teased out in the course of the narrative, seems to lie at the heart of a complex of circumstances the approach of the investigating authorities, the influence of various advocacy groups, primarily though not exclusively religious, on the collection oraccurately, the manufacturing of evidence, the need of the accused to conform with and gain the approval of authority structures, the popular yearning after fundamentalist certainties at a time of cultural and political flux, the widespread misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Freudian theories of repression, the nature of victim status in popular culture these elements and others all came together in the case of Paul Ingram At the conclusion, there are still some questions left unanswered but when it comes to the culpability of Ingram on the charges brought against him, or the truthfulness of the primary witnesses in the case, the reader can have little doubt. I guess this could be classified as true crime except from the looks of things there s nothing true about it Very disturbing and sad recounting of the destruction of a family after two of the daughters accuse the father, and eventually the mother, and brothers, and a handful of other people, of molesting and abusing them as part of a satanic cult Lawrence Wright is a terrific writer and went on to other, superior books The Looming Tower Al Qaeda and the Road to 9 11, Going Clear Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief This doesn t have the sweep those books have, but is well researched and compellingly readable. Excellent Couldn t put it down and was basically on edge and anxious the whole time Why do I read these things Anyway, as I m sure I ve said before, I love an expose of Freudian psychotherapists And the whole thing was a fascinating look at how memory works and how people are so suggestible Plus witch hunt like hysteria My hot topics Also an excellent reminder of how people in authority are not necessarily an authority, so to speak, or even very smart You d think with all the books on this kind of thing, that a cop somewhere would read one and, like, get a clue Sigh Thanks to Louis Theroux for recommending this on his Best True Crime Books list Probably only not getting 5 stars because I am very frugal with them. In the 90s, Paul Ingram s daughters accused him of sexual abuse Their claims become increasingly wild and far fetched satanic conspiracies, cannibalism, bestiality, you name it The craziest part is Ingram after intense interrogation and pressure eventually confesses Remembering Satan deals with the notion of repressed sexual abuse, suggestibility, and recovering memories This wasn t a fun read, not only because of the dreadful subject matter but also because most of the book is excessively descriptive and detailed, and it is only the last chapters that include interesting insights and analysis It was interesting to read this after the author s The Looming Tower He s reaaaally matured as an author and I would like a revised edition of this book At least an updated literature review would be great While it was an interesting, thought provoking book that challenged some of my assumptions, I don t necessarily recommend it unless you re super passionate about the aforementioned topics. at the heart of this account is mass hysteria, a phenomenon that brings warmth to my heart it s a fascinating story and i m only giving it three stars because the ending left something to be desired i think perhaps it was written a little too soon after the events unfolded and therefore lacked a satisfying follow up to what became of everyone involved as well as a broader perspective on how this story fits into american culture wright does a good job providing context for the story but i wish he talkedabout how this story might provide context for other events of mass hysteria.