“Michelle Remembers is the biggest piece of nonfiction I’ve ever had,” Congdon told the Washington Post in 1979. “It’s about a little girl whose parents gave her to a Satanic church, where she was made part of the rituals. She buried it all in her subconscious and, when she was grown, a psychiatrist pulled it all back out again, bit by tortured bit.”
In 1980, Michelle Smith and Dr Lawrence Pazder published an account of Smith’s time in therapy. What started as treatment for postpartum depression became, instead, a graphic and generally unbelievable account of Smith’s time as a child in a Satanic cult.