JD Sword, the Satanic Skeptic, examines the historical case of Gilles de Rais, the Marshal of France and hero of the Hundred Year’s War who fought alongside Joan of Arc, but was later accused of having murdered over one hundred children and offering them as sacrifices to the demon Barron to restore his squandered fortune. Was Gilles de Rais one of history’s worst serial killers, or the victim of a conspiracy to seize the land of the richest man in France? https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/a-sheep-in-wolfs-clothing-was-gilles-de-rais-one-of-historys-worst-child-killers/
On this episode, the Satanic Skeptic revisits an article he wrote for Skeptical Inquirer back in 2021, investigating a video in the tabloid, The Sun, allegedly showing a ghost manipulating a lamp in the haunted former home of both Katharine Hepburn and Boris Karloff! Devil in the Details Episode 19 Hepburn’s Poltergeist
On this episode, the Satanic Skeptic examines the safety and efficacy of abortifacients—herbs taken to induce miscarriage—as well as a “Woman’s DIY Guide” to herbal abortions circulating on social media. While the use and interest of abortifacients is nothing new, the recent threat of the United States Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade has the potential to create conditions whereby more women may turn to these herbs when they no longer have access to adequate medical care. How effective and dangerous are these herbs? Listen to Episode 16 on Apple Podcasts.
On this episode, the Satanic Skeptic, JD Sword, examines the musical myth that the Catholic Church banned what’s known as the tritone during the Middle Ages for being “Diabolus in Musica”. High Priest Peter Gilmore and others provide historical context and a technical explanation of the tritone and its usage. Is there any truth to this myth and what relationship does the tritone have to rock and heavy metal music? The Devil in the Details Podcast—Episode 15: Diabolus in Musica Skeptical Inquirer Article
In his latest article for Skeptical Inquirer the Satanic Skeptic, JD Sword, examines the claim by Tennessee pastor Greg Locke that a demon revealed the names (and one address) of six “witches” who had infiltrated his congregation and made some of the faithful sick. Sword relates Locke’s accusations to centuries of witchcraft hysteria and contemporary accounts of violence against accused witches. Click here to read: Pastor Claims Demon Revealed Identities of Six “Witches”
On the latest full episode of his podcast, The Devil in the Details, the “Satanic Skeptic” JD Sword examines ritual magic; specifically, the question of whether or not there is reason to believe ritual magic works by way of human will influencing the physical world, or, does ritual magic work on the individual as self-transformative psychodrama? Sword provides a review of several parapsychological works and research as well as the scientific objections to psi phenomena, offering his own opinion and inviting listeners to draw their own conclusions. Listen on Apple Podcasts On this mini episode, the Satanic Skeptic reviews the […]
It may seem like the internet conspiracy theory known as QAnon originated with the 2016 election of Donald Trump, but actually, the origins of Pizzagate and QAnon go back much further. JD Sword, the Satanic Skeptic, explores the era known as the Satanic Panic, how skeptics and Satanists fought against misinformation back then, and how those insights inform the ongoing struggle for reason and critical-thinking today. JD is a columnist for Skeptical Inquirer focusing on demonic topics.