Many websites tell shocking stories of witch covens and Satanic groups that engage in human sacrifice. We hear of "breeders," women whose special mission is to become pregnant so that they can give birth to babies who are sacrificed to Satan. The group members drink blood, or blood mixed with urine and feces.
At least one of these wild horror stories has been thoroughly debunked. It was exposed as being a huge lie. Mike Warnke wrote a book in 1972 entitled The Satan Seller. It became a Christian best-seller. It is the autobiographical story of a boy who went to live with relatives when his mother died. When he was in college, Warnke says, he joined a secret Satanic group near Redlands, California, and eventually became their leader. He says he had authority over 1500 members. The cult provided him with a lavish apartment, furniture, money, and women. When he fell out of favor, the group slipped some LSD into his drink and dumped him, naked, at the entrance to a hospital. He later became a Christian.
The problem is that the story is a complete lie. He was exposed by an article in Cornerstone, a Christian magazine, in 1998 (Cornerstone ceased publication in 2003). Warnke made it all up so that he'd look like a big tough Christian with a dark past. Mike Warnke is in fact a serial adulterer and the adultery was committed AFTER he was saved.
The real problem with these lurid stories about some massive worldwide Satanic conspiracy is that, well, there's no real reason to believe them. And Kenneth V. Lanning, Supervisory Special Agent of the Behavioral Science Unit of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, issued a comprehensive report in 1992 that indicated that "Satanic ritual abuse" is simply non-existent.
I don't mean to be rude, but sometimes the willingness of a person to believe this kind of nonsense tells us more about the person than it does about the allegations themselves. Why would you believe such a story? Why would you want to believe such a story?
Now does this mean that ALL such witch/Satan/occult stories are false? Well ... the answer seems to be yes. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. God gave you a brain because he wanted you to use it. Paul said (Col. 2:8), "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy." I say that neither should you allow yourself to be taken in by liars who enjoy telling tall tales. Don't believe things just because you WANT to believe them. Believe them because they're true. John 8:32.