Supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory are now suggesting that the deaths of eight people last week during the first night of the Astroworld Festival were planned as part of a Satanic ritual.
There is no evidence whatsoever that Satanists were involved in a crowd crush that Houston officials have referred to as a "mass casualty event," but that hasn't stopped QAnon believers from asserting otherwise.
One TikTok video amassed nearly one million views after its creator suggested that the Astroworld stage "is an inverted cross leading to a portal to Hell." And other social media posts claim the deaths were part of a ritualistic Satanic sacrifice.
Satanic Panic conspiracy theories have circulated in conservative circles for quite some time.
The moral panic reached a peak in the 1980s amid unsubstantiated claims that a global Satanic cult comprised of wealthy and powerful elites was abducting young children for sex trafficking and human sacrifices.
These ideas have, however, seen a resurgence thanks in large part to QAnon, whose believers allege Democrats are part of a Satan-worshipping, baby-eating global pedophile ring that conspired against former President Donald Trump during his time in office.
Rapper Travis Scott and Astroworld organizers are currently facing several million-dollar lawsuits charging that the lack of exits, insufficient security and a crowd far beyond festival capacity contributed to the human crush.
Nowhere in these lawsuits is there any evidence or suggestion that Satanists were responsible for the deaths of the eight festival attendees.
These claims have circulated across social media, opening up the conspiracy theory's subscribers to further mockery and criticism.
Although the ludicrousness of QAnon beliefs has inspired considerable derision, last week's headlines, which involved John F. Kennedy Jr. coming back from the dead, seemed to push the limits of credulity.
Last week, QAnon believers descended on the city of Dallas, Texas to await the arrival of JFK Jr.—who died in a plane crash in 1999—on the belief he would reappear and reinstate Donald Trump as President.
When he did not reappear in Dallas at the appointed time, believers began claiming he would appear at a Rolling Stones concert in Dallas that evening.
The failure of JFK Jr. to appear did not stop rally attendees from convincing themselves other dead celebrities had crossed the spiritual realm to join them in calling for former President Trump's reinstatement.
Reporters confirmed QAnon believers were saying they'd seen late comedian Robin Williams and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt among the rally's attendees.