Mike Warnke was a Christian comedian who, in 1972, published The Satan Seller. In his “biography,” he described his long-haired protagonist beginning an as orphan and rises to the mantle of leader of a drug-dealing Satanic coven in California, engaging in wild orgies and an infamous Black Mass scene along the way.
“After the Invocation of Satan, I listened intently to the Offertory, where the members offered their souls to Lord Satan.
“‘Now!’ I suddenly shouted. … I drew an upside-down star on the girl’s stomach, with the freshly spilled blood. From the weird utterances that now came from her mouth, I knew we were being graced by the presence of one of the denizens of hell.
“On more than one occasion, I regret to admit, we participated in ritual sexual abuse that even involved rape. Most of the time I was too doped up to perform sexually, but I would watch these lust rituals with great desire.” – The Satan Seller, Mike Warnke
The Satan Seller by Mike Warnke
Among his most outlandish claims included:
– Satanists kill over two million people in the United States yearly
– Warnke was the High Priest of a Satanic coven of over 1,500 members (a number that, in reality, was exaggerated from its original 13)
– Warnke “found God,” left Satanism, and became a decorated war hero in Vietnam
Warnke, as a result of his new-found fame, profited off of the mass sale of his Christian comedy albums and started charities, which he embezzled from relentlessly. His fear-mongering tactics are almost singularly responsible for the Satanic Panic of the 80’s to come.
Warnke’s allegations were finally thoroughly dis-proven in a 1991 article by Cornerstone Magazine in which all 20,000 of his deceitful claims are debunked.
Mike Warnke’s life in comparison to his “biography” is described in detail on this website.