And Jeff Fenholt is not the first neo-inquisitionist to give legitimacy to the Salem witch hunt. In Mike Warnke's humorous, hokey, and highly dubious 1972 book The Satan Seller, there is a high ranking female witch (or satanist; Warnke makes no distinction) named Bridget Bishop, who has the same name as the first of the Salem women to be hung for the crime of "witchcraft" in the 1690's hysteria. This is most interesting, as Warnke claims that he did not always use the real names of the people mentioned in the book.
Those who have been following the growth of the myth of "satanic ritual abuse" will be pleased to read that the beginning of the end of this lunacy may be in sight. Earlier this year in Pittsburgh a sixteen-year old girl who had accused her parents and other adults of abusing her in this manner decided not to testify against her parents, resulting in the dismissal of all charges. Prior to this decision her credibility as a witness had severely deteriorated anyway when it was discovered that she could not describe the interiors of the houses where she claimed the abuse took place, or that she could not recognize or identify some of the people she had accused, and that her story had over fifty parallels with The Diaries of Laura Palmer (a book based on the "Twin Peaks" television series, which an adult had recommended to her when she began making her accusations). Also, a mid-July broadcast of the "Sally Jessy Raphael Show" dealt with the topic of "false memory syndrome". It seems that many of the "therapists" who treat these "victims", often turn out to be lacking in any qualifications or credentials and are actually brainwashing their patients into believing they've been victimized. As Ms. Raphael is one of the many so-called "tabloid TV" hosts who have helped spread the "ritual abuse" nonsense in the first place, we are glad to see her take a role in undoing the damage which she and others have done to the occult community's reputation and religious freedoms.
-- from the Whiskey Rebellion Camp Newsletter, Issue 9, Autumn Equinox 1992.