With Halloween just two days away, the LKL blog asked Dr. Katherine Ramsland of Investigation Discovery’s “American Occult” 5 Questions about the not so spooky, but rather, very scary real life killers and their link to ritualistic dark subcultures.
Ghosts and ghouls have nothing on these satanic worshipping killers. Read below to find out more!
LKL BLOG: Your show “American Occult” deals with strange rituals, kidnappings, and other mysteries, do these occurrences increase around Halloween?
Dr. Ramsland: They don’t increase so much, but they certainly get more visibility around Halloween because people are very aware about dark things, there are a lot of T.V. programs and what not that focus on Halloween, but typically people who are attracted to this kind of thing are doing it at anytime of the year.
LKL BLOG: What’s scarier to you – the supernatural, such as ghosts, or real-life folks involved in underground cults?
Dr. Ramsland: Well definitely the real life things because ghosts aren’t really that scary to me. I’ve been in many haunted houses and what not and ghosts don’t hurt you and keep you prisoner and torture you and things like that the way people can do. The kinds of things people think up to do to others is to me so creepily inventive and that’s what fascinates me and that’s really what is scary. People are really capable of doing some of the things we portray in the program.
LKL BLOG: How common are these subcultures?
Dr. Ramsland: Well, it’s hard to say because so many of them operate in secret. Only when someone gets arrested or somebody turns in the others do we find out about them. It’s hard to put a number on it. I wouldn’t say they are common, but I would say they could pop up really literally anywhere in the country.
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