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When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. This series contains descriptions of adult subject matter, including details of sexual abuse and trauma. It may not be suitable for everyone, discretion is advised.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 297 Ratings

When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. This series contains descriptions of adult subject matter, including details of sexual abuse and trauma. It may not be suitable for everyone, discretion is advised.

    Preview: How To Outrun A Panic

    Preview: How To Outrun A Panic

    The final episode of Conviction: American Panic comes out next week.

    • 1 min
    Preview: Believe The Children (Season 2)

    Preview: Believe The Children (Season 2)

    Listen to this preview of Conviction: American Panic.

    • 2 min
    Episode 1: Meet the Quinneys (Season 2)

    Episode 1: Meet the Quinneys (Season 2)

    In 1989, nine-year-old John Quinney accused his father Melvin of being a satanic cult leader and abusing him in satanic rituals. His father vehemently denied the charges. It was a case that tore their family apart. But what none of them knew was that they were just one of dozens of families going through the same nightmare.

    • 24 min
    Introducing Conviction Season 2: American Panic

    Introducing Conviction Season 2: American Panic

    When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history.
    Conviction: American Panic premieres February 25.

    • 1 min
    No Angels | S1 Ep7

    No Angels | S1 Ep7

    Pedro’s trial date finally arrives, and Manny sets out on another quest. Will he finally push the envelope too far? 

    • 42 min
    Right Past the Sun | S1 Ep6

    Right Past the Sun | S1 Ep6

    Manny takes some big risks that could get Pedro’s case dismissed—or could get Pedro into even deeper trouble.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
297 Ratings

297 Ratings

BattyWendy ,

Wonderful podcast!

Very interesting and compelling podcast that is well researched. Just know that to listen to episodes beyond Episode 1 you must go to Spotify (which is free so no problem). Thank you for this podcast.

growgoodnessgirl ,

Great story

This podcast rolls out like a great mystery novel. Great music too!

verysadperson7 ,

Extremely compelling

Y’all got me crying at the last episode. Super compelling podcast, marathoned it in a day.

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