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Remembering Satan

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  32 reviews
In 1988 Ericka 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 "recovere...more
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Published April 27th 2011 by Vintage (first published 1994)
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Steve Duffy
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, th...more
Laura Gurrin
Very disturbing book about one of the many child-abuse-Satan-cult delusions, this one taking place in Olympia, WA. A local deputy sheriff is accused by his grown children of years of systematic and ritual abuse, everything from simple sexual abuse, to torture, forced abortion, and murder of babies. These accusations spread to include other members of the family, and of the community, and imply a secret Satanic cult operating for years under the noses of everyone in the city. Perhaps the most sho...more
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.


Wright's ability to set the stage for his action in vivid, engaging terms is unrivaled in the w...more
*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....more
Matt Goldberg
An interesting book about psychology, and reading this after The Looming Tower and Going Clear, I have a clear picture of Wright's interesting belief. Remembering Satan was definitely a page turner since the truth was so mercurial, and how confirmation bias and sympathy stopped the detectives from thinking critically about the presence of a satanic cult.

I will also say that Wright makes a bold movie (and not one I'm sure I entirely agree with) by asserting that Ericka and Julie Ingram has a Freu...more
Liam Guilar
If you confess to the crime you don't remember committing, and the accusation is so horrible you can't believe you did it, it will help you to remember what you did.

Not some French surrealist film or an Outtake from '1984', but interview technique in a real investigation in the late 1980s. The case here is mired in assumptions about "Repressed Memory Syndrome" and a paranoid rabid fear in certain sections of the community of widespread Satanic Cults, fueled by amateur psychology ("you don't reme...more
This is a single story of the damage that the repressed memory movement created. I say a single story, but there were many lives ruined by the case profiled in these pages. The most startling aspect of this story is the ease of which the person that was accused (by his daughters) was convinced that he must have been guilty and that he had also repressed all memory of it. A cautionary tale of what a slippery slope it can be to suspend critical thinking and logic. Once a thread starts to fray, it...more
Atrocious editorial mistake, affirmed in the epliogue:

"In some cases, lengthy interviews have been compressed to be made more succinct, although, I believe, with no loss of context. If material is excerpted within a statement, the abridgment is indicated by an ellipsis. It is a convention of journalism ... "


Otherwise, the only widely available account of the Paul Ingram case in Olympia, WA, 1988.
A fascinating look at the Satanic panic of the 80's and 90's.

Our society seems prone to these hysterias. Witch trials, hidden Communist cells, the "gay agenda," weapons of mass destruction, Al Qaeda sleeper cells, President Obama as a Kenyan socialist determined to destroy America, the threat of sharia law.

A fascinating, horrifying, stupefying look at the consequences of "recovered" memories and the Satanic ritual child abuse scare on one family. A pretty light-weight take on the topic, but engagingly presented and delivered in Wright's typically cautious, even-handed style.
Fantastic true-crime story (or is it really a 'true' crime?) about the whole Satanic ritual abuse phenomenon in the 80's. A gripping story and a fascinating look at the fallibility of human memory.
I grabbed this book off my shelf of hard copy books that I haven't read yet because it was only 200 pages in length, so a quick read. If it had been only about the investigation and not full of details about Freud and his research into repressed memory, then it might have been a bit more interesting, albeit shorter still. This investigation took place back in the late 80's and I could only hope that such a travesty of justice could not happen in the current justice system. To think that investig...more
A simply fascinating account of a family caught up in some kind of mass psychosis ... A modern day version of the Salem witch trials and the devils of loudon .. Gripping!
Riveting and fascinating look at a case at the height of the Satanic-Ritual Abuse mania/hoax that swept the nation in the '80s and early '90s. Could not put it down.
I read this in college for a class on Trauma and Testimony. Really quite an interesting exploration into the world of false memories.
Susanne Guirakhoo
interesting and disturbing how suggestion can alter memory - or what is thought to be a memory
Nov 04, 2007 Jone rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True Crime Buffs
This is a very short story about a man who was accused by his daughters of sexaully abusing them after they attended a Cristian camp and a woman speaker "saw" the abuse. The reality was that while Ingram wasn't the father of the year, he was not an abuser.

Eventually much of the police force, Ingram's wife and the rest of his children were pulled into this madness - made worse by Ingram's right wing pastor who used psuedo psycology to convince Ingram these things really happened, he just had to...more
Jill Crosby
An in-depth look at a child abuse case which became the benchmark "Salem Witch Trial" case of the late 20th century. Wright offers concise accounts of transcripts & interviews with the accused & their accusers, and provides background into the psychological phenomenon of "recovered Memory syndrome." Interesting in its implications and caveats.
I was waffling around on how to rate this book because there were definitely good things about it. I wouldn't say I learned nothing and I don't regret reading, but overall... nah. Which like, that's what the 2 rating exists for why am I waffling. Sigh I guess I'm just disappointed because I really wanted this book to be good. The frenzy of satanic abuse accusations in the 80s and 90s have been a subject of fascination for me for a long time and since I really liked the author's book about scient...more
Jess Parr-whalley
An utterly infuriating but fascinating look at one of the Satanic Panic cases of the 80's. The book was written in '91 so there isn't a lot of resolution or "what happened next" when it comes to those involved. It is more of a timeline of the case being built against Paul Ingram, his wife and several law enforcement officers as well as the bizarre admissions that were given after what resemble hypnosis sessions given by the investigators and religious figures.
The author includes a chapter on res...more
This book is the story of a set of accusations of molestation directed to a religious police officer by his two daughters, who argue that their family was actually part of a satanic cult. Somehow, the officer accepts these accusations, through recovering memories of such events, but later refutes, arguing that actually none of these really happened. It is a well-researched book, with no analysis of the events, but it may be interesting for looking into the ways modernity gives birth to, or shape...more
Case study of a false confession after revelation of "recovered" memories.
Lily OnTheLam
I read this book because I had read Lawrence Wright's recent book on Scientology and appreciated both his writing style, as well as the level of research. However this book I believe he wrote 20 years earlier and it shows. The subject matter is incredulous so to just throw the story at the readers without some sort of leveling component made it a hard read.
Interesting only because it took place in Olympia in the mid-80's. The investigation of this abuse case became all-consuming for detectives involved in the case.
one of the most tragic books ive ever read. its terrifying because its so real; how fragile memories can be and the power of false memories.
Not terribly interesting. I was hoping for more. It is actually a really sad story, but you don't get emotionally connected to anyone.
Isaac Rodriguez
Scary and interesting look into a family suspected of Satanism during its grip on America in the 1980's.
It flowed more like a story than a textbook and was easy to read.
Disturbing, but captivating. Reads like a long New Yorker article.
Wonderful treatment of a complex story.
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Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. He is a graduate of Tulane University, and for two years taught at the American University in Cairo in Egypt.

Wright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas, Texas) in 1965 and, in 2009...more
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