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All the Lies They Did Not Tell

By: Pablo Trincia,Elettra Pauletto - translator
Narrated by: Adam Barr
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Summary

The accusations. The suspicions. The devastating impact. This is the true story of the Devils of the Bassa Modenese—the most notorious Satanic Panic investigation in the history of Italy.

In 1997 a six-year-old boy questioned by authorities relayed disturbing stories of abuse. The more he talked, the more people were implicated in his shocking revelations. And he was only the first child to come forward.

Within a year, fifteen more children with similar tales were transferred out of the Bassa region of Italy to protected locations. Their parents were accused of belonging to a satanic sect that performed sex rituals under the aegis of beloved local priest Don Giorgio Govoni. With each child’s confession, the network of monsters grew. Families were torn apart. Lives were forever destroyed—and some ended—as allegations of kidnapping, torture, sacrifice, and murder escalated beyond comprehension.

But what was really happening in the Bassa Modenese?

In this gripping account of the Satanic Panic of the 1990s, investigative journalist Pablo Trincia returns to the scene of the crimes to find the answer. And the truth he uncovers is as terrifying as the lies.

©2019 Giulio Einaudi editore s.p.a., Turin (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2022 by Elettra Pauletto.

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“A difficult read but an eye-opening story best suited for die-hard true-crime fans.”Kirkus Reviews

“In this harrowing account…Trincia lets the facts speak for themselves. True crime fans won’t want to miss this engrossing tale of mass hysteria and a massive failure of the Italian court system.”Publishers Weekly 

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Gripping and thrilling true crime

I loved the book from very beginning.Truely gripping and interesting. The job author have done to get to Dario and others is unbelievable. I feel like Phenomenal hysteria of satanic panic was explained and satisfying for us readers.Hard to believe things like this happened in almost XIX century but authors touched the evil itself.Bravo

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Could have been great

The book was really boring. I couldn’t get into it. I usually try to give the books 3 full chapters to give it a chance. I gave this one almost till the end and I just couldn’t get into it at all. The story seems interesting.

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  • 08-08-22

Disturbing

This was a disturbing read. The author makes you feel the injustice and the horrors that everyone went through.