No Sacrificial Virgins Allowed

A brief history of Satanism.

Devil worship in the form of occult rituals and sacrificial virgins is largely a myth. But there is a real-life incarnation of Satanism that’s not unlike other social movements, evolving and splintering over time. The video above traces the modern Church of Satan, which has no particular loyalty to the Prince of Darkness.

Correction, Oct. 23: This video misidentified victims of England’s Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, as victims of Satanists in the ’80s. The images have been replaced.