From the nationwide satanic panic in the 1980s to local political cover-ups, shocking kidnappings, unsolved child murders, and scandalous pedophile rings, this book takes you behind the deceptive headlines and, finally, reveals what was going on in Omaha when all hell broke loose. Rich and well-connected members of Omaha’s elite carried out unspeakable acts of abuse and even murder on innocent children. David Shurter was one of those sexually abused survivors forever scarred by the horrible rites performed on him by his own parents and other followers of Satan. It wasn’t until he entered psychotherapy in midlife that long ignored childhood memories came to light, and when he discovered his gruesome nightmares were indeed real. This book, finally, is an expose of the surprising participants and unbelievable horrors involving murder, drugs, lavish parties, pedophiles, suspected government conspiracies, and the Omaha gay scene that cast a dark cloud of suspicion over an unsuspecting city. David Shurter takes you down the rabbit hole.
Trigger warning: rape, murder, sex trafficking, pedophilia, psychological, mental, and physical abuse.
Rabbit Hole is David Shurter’s story of being a satanic ritual abuse survivor. I knew going into this book that it would not be an easy story to read. It took me longer than usual for me to finish this book. There were a lot of hard scenes and topics discussed that honestly blew my mind that this could really be happening in our country to children. These things were really hard for me to grasp that this is not a fictional story, but the truth. There were some horrifying and jaw-dropping scenes that make it hard for me to believe that this is real life and has actually happened to someone. I was quite shaken up and upset about what I had read.
This book did seem to stray from the topic quite a bit. I understand that this was David’s memoir of what he had been through but the title seemed to be misleading. While he did somewhat touch on what he had been through during satanic rituals, it wasn’t the main focus of the book. Honestly, that was what I wanted to learn about. It seemed the majority of the book was discussing the gay scene of Omaha, name dropping big power heads, shamanism, and conspiracy theories. As you could see, the title definitely misled me and I think I would have enjoyed this story a bit more if it had focused more on what the title suggests this book is about.
There was a portion of this book that I just really wasn’t too fond of. David turns to shamanism to deal with his issues and he discusses this in depth. I don’t have a problem with this, but it seemed to take away from the book. I got very bored while reading about this portion of his story, and if I am to be completely honest, his account seemed pretty far-fetched at times. I wish he hadn’t focused so much on this aspect and had focused more on the satanic cult aspect more.
I think this was an important read, but I don’t think this read was for everyone. If you are one who doesn’t mind reading about violence and are interested in the Satanic Panic of the 1980s in Omaha, along with conspiracy theories, this might be a book for you. I am not going to give this book a rating as it is non-fiction and I don’t think I am one to judge someone’s experiences.
Thank you to Netgalley, David Shurter, and the publisher for this review copy in return for an honest review.