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Book Title: Cults That Kill: Probing the Underworld of Occult Crime|
The author of the book: Larry Kahaner
Edition: Warner Books Inc (Mm)
The size of the: 6.25 MB
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Date of issue: May 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780446356374
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.2
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Holy penis was this book a one tough cookie to rate, and I am here to tell you why that is.
Cults That Kill was written in late 80's, which I suppose was on the high of frantic satanic and occultist period around America. When everyone was hysteric about it, it was trendy and seemingly a many of the things that happened have been debunked since then.
Satanism and worshiping of Satan came to Finland around 90's or so. The many church burning incidents in other parts of The Northern Star such as in Norway were on top of the news, black metal and satanic music was on everyone's black lips. I knew satanists, and I knew people who were into worshiping of Satan and practicing nature-oriented witchcraft.
I do not know were there any differences between America and Finland, but the satanists I knew were very intellectual thinkers, philosophical creatures that spend their time reading books and living self-centered life (in standards of that specific time) that did not have many taboos and sexuality was freely explored without strings. It was against Christianity foremost, against dogmas and a way to show a rebellious nature that was not under the ruling of authority (parents or governmental).
Worshipers of Satan, however, were different breed. They were very troubled individuals who had a hard knock life behind them, often including drugs and physical abuse of some kind. They were very self-harming and most likely looking justification to do a dirty deed - vandalism of churches, vandalism of cemeteries, violent acts towards other human beings. There was a ritualistic murder that did include cannibalism, a crime that gained some infamous media time, which it still continues to do after so many years.
Well, when something is hip and run on the media 24 hours a day, it is surely attracting attention and am sure there has been this satanic booming at some point of the 80's and 90's, especially in countries that have been deeply religious. Such is the almighty America.
Cults That Kill is a collection of transcripts from recordings Kahaner got by interviewing multiple different authorities and experts of the occult. As such, it is extremely valuable in describing the atmosphere of the late 80's, but it is extremely tiring to read as everything is mixed together.
It gives a good image of how these things were dealt with at the time, and what kind of problems authorities faced in their line of work, and how out of it they were most of the time. It is not always easy to recognize an ordinary murder from a ritualistic one. The benefiting information is mixed with the general atmosphere and beliefs of the hysteric times, and it is a good documentation to explore albeit not necessary completely legit in being mostly about differing opinions, secrecy and hushing.
But, what really downplays Kahaner's effort is the formatting of the Kindle edition. It is an complete mess. Comments, informational pieces, author's own notes are all over the place. There is pages with just one line all the time, sentences cut too short due to this, and there is an awfully lot of spelling mistakes in almost every page. I do not think I have ever come across this messed up formatting than with Cults That Kill.
It is natural it to have a negative impact in devouring all the information and history provided. Something that needs a quick fix, now.
If you are interested on the subject, this is a required read, but I suggest waiting till the Kindle formatting is fixed, or at least surf through the paperback before buying it in order to see if this problem is in both of the printing types.
All that said,
Nah, just fucking with ya'll.
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Read information about the authorI am what some people might call a successful author. I've had published more than 15 non-fiction books under my name, pseudonyms and as a ghost writer. I'm also a journalist and writer.
My first mystery/thriller "USA, Inc." has just been published in eBook and paperback by Bay City Publishers.
Several of my books have won awards and made me semi-famous. I've been on NPR, C-SPAN, CNN, USA Today, CBS, Evening News, Fox TV News, Bloomberg Business News, Voice of America, and my articles have been published by the Washington Post, LA Times and others.
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