12 episodes

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, 3.1K 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
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

KidBock ,

Absolutely amazing!

Loved every second of this podcast, one of my favorite I’ve ever listen to. Really like the way they tell the story and keep a pretty neutral stance. It makes you feel, I was angry at moments, sad at others. A MUST listen!

lesliediane79 ,

Go listen to it on Spotify

This podcast was fantastic! I downloaded Spotify to listen to the entire season 2 and it was well worth it. I don’t know why people are so upset over something so small as having to listen on Spotify. If you don’t like the app, delete it after you finish the podcast. It’s not a huge deal. It’s free.

VonDutch616 ,

Not Using Spotify

If it’s free there it should be free here.

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