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  • Summary

  • John Safran has fallen in with the wrong crowd, again. He has spent months among sorcerers, satanists, and exorcists and he's spilling the beans in a new podcast.

    Forget gentle white witches and tarot card readers. John packs his bag and fearlessly heads off to places where black magic leads not only to exorcisms but... murder. He flies to the US and investigates a gang who murdered a teenage girl for disturbing their satanic shrine. He sails to remote islands in Vanuatu, where laws have been passed to quash witchcraft and contravening them can lead to a public hanging or exile. Back in his hometown of Melbourne, he spends time with a Muslim professional who, convinced she is possessed by spirits, seeks an Islamic exorcism.

    John discovers that a belief in Black Magic can hold people together, and tear people apart. But why, in this world of science and rationality, are so many around the world still fearful of dark spirit realms? And what are police and psychologists meant to do to rein all this in?

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  • Nov 18 2019

    John travels to Los Angeles in pursuit of MS-13, a dangerous transnational street gang rumoured to have Satanic roots. He’s determined to find out whether their dark origin story is true and if, to this day, the gang kills in the name of the Devil.

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  • Nov 18 2019

    John flies to Texas to take a closer look at a Satanically motivated gang murder in Houston. The police found a Satanic shrine and everything! John is taken to the evidence room of the Houston Police Department to better understand the disturbing details of the incident.

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    28 mins
  • Nov 18 2019

    In the US, Occult practises were hidden away in dark attics. So John heads to a Pacific Island nation where spirits and sorcery play a far greater role in society - even being recognised by the Constitution. In Vanuatu, John meets the family of two accused sorcerers who were killed by an angry mob. Can John find out what really happened, when no one is willing to talk?

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    32 mins

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Hail Satan and Murder Teenagers!

Like a cheap ozito drill from Bunnings boreing through my ear canal, John Safran's voice drills a signature style of gonzo journalism into my sheltered life leaving me with the associated brain damage one would expect when engaging in these cheap thrills. There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours, do yourself a favour and let him mush your mind.

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What is the audio-book version of "unputdownable"?

Whatever that word is, that is what this podcast was. Funny, clever amd all the rest. Loved it.

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He has returned!

I've always been a big fan of Safran, and this series didn't dissapoint.
I tried to ration the episodes out to make them last longer. I failed.

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John Safran you've done it again.

His talent for finding stories is only matched by how listenable he is. Who would have predicted that a whinging guy from St Kilda would give a great explanation on Satan worship in US gangs.

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Great listen.

Content and delivery kept me engaged the entire time. I'm also not a saffron fan, so that's saying something.

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Interesting subject matter, excellent sound design

This was such a great podcast. excellently produced and sound design is really immersive and subtle.
Its pretty spooky and interesting to hear the way the occult has entered the lives of people across the world. listening to the final ep I've got chills!

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Absorbs you , and takes you on a journey.

Safran is a great story teller, the topics are a bit dark, but Safran sprinkles his trademark humour in the mix, anyone familiar with his previous works will expect.

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a not unpleasant way to spend some eartime

love john safran. have loved his other things more. this review requires fifteen words to submit.

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facinating

loved all the stories from around the world, very interesting insights and great depth, looking into cases and cultures

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Yeah loved it - thanks John!

John has a great Aussie sense of humour - spent all this time to get back at Richard Dawkins for an unfinished scrabble game.

A great story & jounrey of how important belief is. How it is people's opinions on reality - rather than what exactly that reality is itself - that is important.
John shows how we twist reality to fit our understanding. American tweets, gang killings, Vanuatu communities, Melbourne, and even John himself.

Especially Richard Dawkins

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  • 15-11-2020

Very Interesting

This was surprisingly very good. I liked that each story was different and touched on unique incidents of the occult. This leaves you with a lot to ponder and some sort of better understanding of these practices. If there were more stories in the future, I'll be downloading them.

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  • Alex
  • 03-01-2022

Need more!

Gave me Race Relations/JS vs God vibes in the best way. Short, punchy & interesting episodes that made me google and YouTube facts after listening. Only wish there were unabridged versions or continuing episodes. 3rd or 4th listen through btw.

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  • 02-12-2019

Interesting

Found it interesti g but wished for more facts detail etc Narrator easy to listen to

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  • 20-11-2019

Really not much of a story.

Just generally poor. Two or three interviews which can't have taken much more 30 minutes each and not really about the occult.

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  • 07-12-2019

Awesome

This helped me through a long plane journey and was so interesting I stayed awake!

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  • Mark
  • 25-02-2020

great listen for the curious mind

passed my afternoon at work quick it interesting and got me thinking.highly recommended in fact it's worth a second listen

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  • 13-02-2020

interesting subject!

Some great content. found the story lacked direction at times, but was interesting.
I liked the narrators voice, which reminded me of Ron Jonson. However I did not know if he was being serious or joking at times but enjoyed the delivery of the story all the same.
That said it was a great listen, really enjoyed it.

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