Hell Minus One
A memoir by Anne A Johnson Davis


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Anne's Story of Deliverance
From Satanic Ritual Abuse
and her Journey to Freedom

Anne A Johnson Davis, author of Hell Minus One, passed away at her home July 29, 2010. Anne's story of triumph over evil, and how that triumph applied to everyday life, was unforgettable.

When Anne A Johnson Davis was just three years old, her mother and stepfather began to physically, sexually and mentally abuse her—in the name of Satan. Until she ran away from home at 17, her parents and other cult members subjected her to satanic ritual abuse, a criminally inhumane and bizarre form of devil worship. In the middle of the night, Anne would be drugged and forced to endure hours of ritualistic torture as a symbolic sacrifice.


The horrors Anne experienced, the astounding miracles that helped her to survive, and the heal-or-die choices she made as an adult to triumph over her tragic past, are revealed in her new book Hell Minus One: My Story of Deliverance From Satanic Ritual Abuse and My Journey to Freedom.

Hell Minus One is different from other previously published memoirs by victims of satanic ritual abuse. Instead of distressing, heart-breaking accounts without collaborative or corroborative evidence, Anne's parents confessed their atrocities—both in writing and verbally—to clergymen, and to detectives from the Utah Attorney General's Office. Anne's suppressed memories, which erupted when she was in her mid-30s, were fully substantiated by her mother and stepfather.


Hell Minus One is an unforgettable and moving story that takes the reader to more than just the depths of human depravity. After Anne learned the horrible and heartbreaking truth about her childhood, she embarked on an amazing inner journey of healing—and forgiveness. She knew she had to forgive her tormentors, or they would own her—and define who she is—for the rest of her life. The steps she took to heal and forgive, and to commit herself to a new life of love and purpose, are inspirational and legendary. Her commitment to own and define her own life inspires readers to see their own challenges in a new light.

A mother of two sons and a foster son, Anne lives in Utah and has committed the rest of her life to share a captivating message of light and hope—a message of empowerment. She hopes that her new book, and speaking publicly about “Powering Through Adversity,” will help others who have been abused or are struggling with life challenges.


The book's foreword was written by Lt. Detective Matt Jacobson, who was the lead investigator with the Utah Attorney General's Office on Anne's case in 1995. In April 1995, Anne was interviewed by KTVX Channel 4 News and The Deseret News in Salt Lake City for stories regarding a then newly released three-year study by the Utah AG's Office about ritual abuse. In those news accounts, Anne's identity was concealed as she explained some of the horrors of her childhood. In Hell Minus One, Anne publicly blows the door open on who she is and tells her story openly for the first time.



Hell Minus One cover

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Anne has availed herself
to the Master Potter
and transformation by fire...







Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is bitter potion by which the
physician within you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink
his remedy in silence and tranquility:

For his hand, though heavy and hard,
is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn
your lips, has been fashioned of the clay
which the Potter has moistened with His
own sacred tears.

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

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