Satana was born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaido, Japan. Her father was a silent movie actor of Japanese and Filipino descent, and her mother was a circus performer of American-Indian (Cheyenne) and Scots-Irish background. After the end of World War II and a stint in the Manzanar internment camp in Lone Pine, California, she and her family moved to Chicago. Walking home from school just before her 10th birthday she was reportedly gang raped by five men. According to Satana, her attackers were never prosecuted and it was rumored that the judge had been paid off.
She tells how this prompted her to learn martial arts, such as aikido and karate. Over the next 15 years, she tracked down each rapist and exacted revenge. "I made a vow to myself that I would someday, somehow get even with all of them", she said years later. “They never knew who I was until I told them.”