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Satanic Ritual Abuse and Satanism -part 1

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 20:48:31 -0400
From: "Anon" 
Subject: Satanic Ritual Abuse and Satanism -part 1
Newsgroups: alt.magick

Information compiled by Karen C. Jones
 (Curio Jones)
 Shawn Ellis, Dependent Minor Child, (Franklin County 
 Children Services, Complainant- Appellee, 
 Carla Richardson, Respondent -Appellant). No. 99AP-725, 
 No. 99AP-726; Permanent court commitment of children 
 Overview: The mother and father did not comply 
 with the reunification plans for their children and
 the court stated satanic occult practices were allegedly 
 commonplace: "After being in counseling for over three 
 years, appellant continued to deny what happened to her 
 children and claimed an inability to remember the 
 abuse. There was even testimony that appellant could 
 not recall taking blood and hair from the children as 
 part of satanic rituals."
 April, 2000, Nashville, Tennessee; Motion withdrawn to
 hold State in contempt of court.
 Overview: News articles report that a Federal judge was
 asked to hold the State in contempt of court in February
 2000 for its continued failure to provide court-ordered
 and doctor-prescribed mental health services to a severely
 traumatized 17-year-old victim of rape and occult ritual
 abuse. A State advocacy group ,"Tennessed Justice Center,
 filed a class action lawsuit against the state for failure
 to properly administer the appeals procedure for the
 health care plan enrollees of TennCare, (Tennessee 
 Behavioral Health). The 17 yr. old victim was just one 
 of the people named in the settlement but she was left 
 without proper care until this motion was filed. In 
 April, the state agreed to properly attend to her care. 
 See, "Tenn. Could be in Contempt if Mental Care for Teen 
 Inadequate"; The Commercial Appeal, February 24, 2000; 
 and "Sarah C. to get badly needed care; Knoxville News-
 Sentinel Co. April 18, 2000
 CASE NO. 17-99-1; Status as sexual predator upheld.
 Overview: Man pled guilty several years prior to sexual
 imposition against a child; he appealed the designation
 as a sexual predator. Documents state: "The trial court
 also noted that the presentence investigation report
 indicated alcohol was used, that defendant had threatened
 the victim, and that satanic ceremonies had been used."
 August 11, 1999, Helsinki, Finland. Jarno Sebastian Elg,
 Terhi Johanna Tervashonka, Mika Kristian Riska sentenced
 for ritual murder
 Overview: A court sentenced three alleged satanists,
 including a 17-year-old girl, to prison terms for killing
 a man and injesting some of the body parts. Jarno Sebastian
 Elg, 24, was given a life sentence for killing a 23-year-
 man in November and instigating others to participate in a
 ritual that included torturing the victim and listening to
 heavy-metal music. The Hyvinkaa District Court in southern
 Finland sentenced Terhi Johanna Tervashonka, 17, to
 two years and six months in prison and Mika Kristian Riska,
 21, to two years and eight months in the case. The victim,
 who was not named, suffered prolonged torture and 
 eventually was strangled to death, the court said. It 
 also said the three people convicted ''were strongly 
 influenced by satanism.'' The court declared most of 
 the details of the case secret. See,"Alleged satanists 
 sentenced for murder, cannibalism,"
 Associated Press, August 11, 1999
 August 3, 1999, KIEV - Dmitry Dyomin was sentenced to death
 for murder; his accomplices, Valentin Chelyshev and Alexei
 Andreyev sentenced to 13 and 8 yrs. in jail.
 Overview: The supreme court sentenced to death a man
 convicted of killing a 15-year-old girl whose tongue he
 then boiled and ate. He belonged to a satanic cult and
 with the help of two accomplices had severed the girl's
 head with a kitchen knife. Dyomin later lacquered the skull
 and kept it in his room. Skulls, books on black magic and
 upside-down crucifixes were found during a search of
 Dyomin's house. See AAP NEWSFEED,
 August 4, 1999
 May 1999, FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. Darrel Wayne Harris,
 held for attempted 1st degree murder
 Overview: Pending Case - A 17-year-old has been charged as
 an adult and was scheduled to be arraigned on an attempted
 first-degree murder charge in a stabbing attack that 
 from a satanic ritual, police said. Harris allegedly 
 Robert Menendez four to six times in the throat and back
 with a carving knife after a ritual in which they cut their
 hands to let their blood mingle and chanted lines from a
 satanic book together. As they were chanting on April 21,
 they drew a pentagram in the dirt and Harris told Menendez
 to look down at the symbol. As Mendendez looked down, 
 attacked him with the knife."Somewhere along the line the
 culprit just started to hack him with the knife," said 
Fort Lauderdale Detective Arturo Carbo. "The victim told us 
that the stabbing was not part of the
 ritual and he firmly 
 he was going to die. "Harris and Menendez were part of a
 network of 30 to 40 local young people who are involved in
 satanic activities, Carbo said. Menndez told police he and
 Harris, who have known each other for at least 18 months,
 hung out at local public libraries to use computers to 
 access satanic Web sites and send e-mail to each other. 
 See, "Teen charged as adult in stabbing that took place 
 during satanic ritual," Associated Press, May 28, 1999.
 March 1999, Warsaw, Poland. 19-year-old arrested for cult
 Overview: Pending case: A 19-year-old woman and a
 17-year-old boy were killed during a ritual Satanic mass
 in southern Poland, police said after finding the cut up
 and burned bodies. The two victims were members of a sect
 that staged the black mass in a disused bunker on the
 outskirts of the town of Ruda Slaska, but they did not know
 they were to die. Another teenage cult member who survived
 was taken to the hospital with multiple knife wounds.
 See, "Teenage cult members killed in Satanic mass," Agence 
France Presse, March 4, 1999.
 February 1999, : United States District Court For 
 the District of Nebraska; Paul A. Bonacci vs. 
 Lawrence E. King; 4:CV91-3037; $1 million default 
 judgment awarded. 
 Overview : "Between December 1980 
 and 1988, the complaint alleges, the defendant King 
 continually subjected the plaintiff to repeated sexual 
 assaults, false imprisonments, infliction of extreme 
 emotional distress, organized and directed satanic
 rituals, forced the plaintiff to 'scavenge' for 
 children to be a part of the defendant King's sexual 
 abuse and pornography ring, forced the plaintiff to 
 engage in numerous masochistic orgies with other 
 minor children. The defendant King's default
 has made those allegations true against him. The 
 issue now is the relief to be granted monetarily. The 
 now uncontradicted evidence is that the plaintiff has 
 suffered much. Has has suffered burns, broken fingers, 
 beating of the head and face and other indignities by
 the wrongful actions of the defendant King. In addition 
 to the misery of going through the experiences
 just related over a period of eight years, the plaintiff 
 has suffered the lingering results to the present time. 
 He is a victim of multiple personality disorder, 
 involving as many as fourteen distinct personalities 
 aside from his primary personality. He has given up a 
 desired military career and received threats on his 
 life. He suffers from sleeplessness, has bad dreams, 
 has difficulty in holding a job, is fearful
 that others are following him, fears getting killed, 
 has depressing flashbacks, and is verbally violent on 
 ocassion, all in connection with the multiple personality 
 disorder and caused by the wrongful activities of the 
 defendant King."
 Oct 1999, South Africa, Maeriko Manyike senteced to life
 in prison for ritual murder and mutilation.
 Overview: The perpetrator mutilated a 15-yr-old by and and
 tried to sell his genitals which he had cut off. According
 to a news report: "Ritual or 'muti' murders are common in
 South Africa where people are prepared to pay well for
 potions made of human parts which they believe will bring
 good health or good fortune., See, "Mozambican jailed for
 life in S. Africa for ritual murder," Agence France 
Presse, Oct. 21, 1999
 Sept. 14, 1999, Kitchener, Ontario; Kenneth James McMurray
 pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault.
 Overview: News article reports that McMurray held himself
 out as a leader of a group based on the Wiccan religion.
 He preyed on abused teenagers and required them to engage
 in a series of homosexual acts which he called Mandatory
 Requirements which they would be tested on. He told them
 that they would become better people spiritually if they
 participated in these acts. Some members were afraid of
 McMurray because they thought he had special powers. See,
 "Guelph man admits sex assaults, guilty plea ends 
 hearing for head of Erin cult," Kitchener Waterloo Record,
 Sept. 14, 1999,
 April 1998, South Africa. Naledzani Mabuda and his wife
 Helen Madidida confessed to killing their 23-month-old son.
 Overview: The father, a traditional healer and spiritual
 medium, confessed to ritually killing his son because his
 ancestors had threatened to destroy him if he did not.
 Police found the boy's head, legs, hands and genitals
 buried under various parts of the floor in the couple's
 house. Later searches revealed the toddler's intestines,
 liver and other internal organs from a series of ritual
 "graves" on the nearby mountainside. The couple were
 refused bail after another local traditional leader banned
 them from the village. He testified that the couple had
 committed a crime of the "greatest evil" and that the
 townspeople were terrified. The case was remanded to trial
 for May 4 when a series of sangomas were asked to testify
 about ritual human sacrifices as part of traditional
 African beliefs. "A Sangoma couple in court for 
sacrificing child to ancestors, Africa News Service, April 
15, 1998.
 In January 1998 several of South Africa's witch-doctors,
 or sangomas, claimed that ritual murders and killings
 related to the medicinal quest for body parts had decreased
 by more than 90 percent. The news article reports that
 police estimate that several hundred people, many of them
 children, are killed in South Africa each year for their
 body parts. Female genitals, breasts and placentas are
 used for infertility and good luck, while hands burned
 to ashes and mixed into a paste are seen as a cure for
 strokes, and hearts for heart disease. Blood is given to
 impart vitality and brains for political power and
 business success. However "true sangomas eschew the use
 of body parts, treating physical and mental ailments
 using herbal medicines." See, "Witch-doctors not making a 
killing any more: South African healers say ritual
 murders no longer in vogue." The Ottawa Citizen,
 January 2, 1998
 HAYWARD, Appellant. 327 Ore. 397; 963 P.2d 667; 1998
 Ore. LEXIS 593. Three counts of aggravated murder, one
 count of intentional murder, two counts of felony murder,
 two counts of attempted aggravated murder, one count
 of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree
 kidnapping, one count of first-degree robbery, and
 one count of first-degree burglary and death sentence
 Overview: Four people, three of whom considered themselves
 to be satanists and members of a "Death-Metal" band,
 listened to their Death-Metal music which included
 lyrics to "The Pick-Axe Murders," An Experiment in
 Homicide," "Hammer smashed face," Meat Hook 
Sodomy," "Gutted," and "Living Dissection." They planned 
their crime and went to a Dari Mart store,
 killed a female
 clerk and brutally beat another one. The evidence of
 "Death-metal" music and Satanism was admitted into
 court testimony and was upheld because it partially
 explain the motive for the crime and the motive for the
 degree of brutality used.
 October 1997, Equatorial Guinea. An unnamed individual
 was condemned to death after removing the eyes, tongue,
 ears and genitals of his 10-year-old female victim.
 Overview: Malabo radio reported that 17 ritual murders
 were committed in Equatorial Guinea in August and

 September of 1997, according to official figures. See,
 "Ritual murderer of girl, 10, sentenced to death",
 Agence France Presse, October 3, 1997.Another news
 report cites a Spanish journalist and ethnographer,
 Jose Manuel Novoa, an expert on the country who has
 conducted investigations in Equatorial Guinea since
 1979 and has written two books about cannibalism in
 the region. Novoa claims that anthropophagy (eating
 human flesh) is widespread in the country. He stated,
 "Eating human flesh was a tradition of warriors
 pertaining to the ethnic group of the Fang, which
 lives in Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Gabon and Cameroon they conquered new territories, Fang warriors
 ate parts of their victims to absorb desirable qualities
 such as youth and strength... human organs are eaten
 by members of secret brotherhoods which practice
 sorcery in forests at night. New members are initiated
 in ceremonies which invoke spirits...bodies are
 obtained through murder and robbing them from cemeteries
 ..the secret groups are known as 'evu societies',
 because many Guineans believe the human body to
 contain an organ known as the 'evu.'"... "The human
 brain is known to be highly toxic, for which reason
 the cannibals seek to immunize themselves by ingesting
 potent vegetal poisons in small doses... nevertheless,
 the cannibalism is believed to have led to a disease
 known as the kuru." See, "Cannibalism still common
 in Equatorial Guinea, Spanish expert claims", Deutsche
 Presse-Agentur, April 5, 1998. In April of 1988,
 President Omar Bongo met with leaders of the Catholic,
 Protestant and Moslem communities to discuss possible
 action against imported beliefs and practice. This
 action was taken after an admission by a witchdoctor,
 purporting to belong to a sect based in neighboring
 Equitorial Guinea, that he had eaten six humans,
 including two of his own children, over the past decade.
 The witchdoctor was a railway worker and his followers
 had killed another victim, a teacher who was seeking
 help to solve family problems. See, "Bongo Denounces
 Sects in Wake of Gruesome Cannibalism Tale." Reuters
 (Libreville) April 29, 1988.
 November 1998, Pike County, Ohio. Michael Paul Dillard,
 20, was convicted of felony child endangerment for
 burning a boy during a satanic ritual. He used candle
 wax to burn crosses on the chest, genitals, arms and
 back of the 14-yr.old. Dillard confessed to torturing
 the boy, his 13 yr. old brother and a 12 yr. old friend.
 (Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 13, 1998)
 No. 97-6062; 728 P.2d 515; 809 P.2d 676; 889 P. 2d 895;
 Denial of new trial affirmed.
 Overview: In 1985 - 1986, at the age of 16, Sean Sellers
 killed three people, including his parents. He was
 tried as an adult and given the death sentence. Evidence
 of his satanic belief system was admitted by the defense
 at trial. Sellers appealed in recent years due to new
 evidence that he suffered from multiple personality
 disorder or (DID). Extensive medical documentation was
 submitted to the court indicating that an "alter"
 committed the offenses. The appeal was denied although
 the court was clearly disturbed by the ramifications of
 Sean Seller's mental disorder. Sean was executed on
 Feb. 4, 1999 despite appeals by Amnesty International
 contesting the legal wisdom of executing a man for crimes
 he committed at age 16 and who suffered from a
 psychological disorder like MPD/DID.
 April 28, 1998, LUBUK PAKAM, Indonesia Achmad Suradji,
 47, sentenced to death for murdering 42 women.
 Overview: An Indonesian sorcerer was sentenced to
 death Monday for murdering 42 women as part of a bizarre
 attempt to boost his magical powers. The case first
 came to light in April last year when police, following
 up a missing person's report, found a body buried in a
 sugar cane field near Suradji's house. When they went
 to question the sorcerer, they found women's shoes and
 handbags. Over the next few weeks, a further 41 bodies
 were unearthed close to his village. According to the
 police, Suradji said that he had a dream in 1986 in
 which the ghost of his father had told him to kill a
 total of 70 women and then drink their saliva in order
 to enhance his mystical powers.
 24 Va. App. 707; 485 S.E.2d 162; 1997 Va.App. LEXIS 310,
 Decided. True Finding of child molestation affirmed.
 Overview: A 13 yr. old female minor was found to have
 molested two children in the context of satanic ritual
 ceremony while she was babysitting them. The kids
 reported to their parents and investigators that:
 "...[appellant] had undressed and fondled [one child]
 on these two different occasions, performed oral sodomy,
 had [him] touch her breast and sat on top of [him]
 and quote "hurt his penis." [Appellant] allegedly had
 [the other child] draw a pentagram and circle and told
 [him] this is where to love Satan while she fondled
 his penis. . . [The children's mother] said the boys
 reported that [appellant] talked of Satan's power and
 that she would kill them and their parents if they told
 anyone what happened. This minor's name was submitted
 to the central registry as a founded sexual abuser.
 July 1997, Eddie Lee Sexton v. State of Florida,
 No. 86,132 Trial court imposed the death penalty for
 murder. Remanded back to Court because testimony
 needlessly inflamed the jury. The criminal trial was
 continued until August 1998. After the second trial,
 Eddie Lee Sexton was found guilty and sentenced
 to death again on Nov. 18, 1998.
 Overview: Sexton was convicted and sentenced to death
 for the participation in the murder of his son-in-law.
 The court notes Sexton moved to Florida in 1993 with
 his family and the victim to avoid arrest and prevent
 authorities in Ohio from removing his children from
 the home. His infant grandchild, who was the son of
 the victim and his daughter, died under suspicious
 circumstances. Sexton objected to the testimony of 5
 of his daughters, as cited in the appellate opinion,
 "that he beat them, conducted 'marriage' ceremonies
 with his daughters, had regular sex with them and
 fathered several of their children, encouraged his
 children to have sex with each other, made his sons
 compare their penis sizes and ridiculed them, practiced
 Satanism and engaged in other bizarre conduct,
 threatened his children if they discussed family
 matters with others, trained his children how to kill
 FBI agents, engaged in a standoff with police in Ohio
 shortly before coming to Florida, fled to Florida to
 prevent his children from being taken into custody,
 and directed the killing of his infant grandchild."
 The States proposed motive for the killing was that
 Sexton's son-in-law knew Sexton was the father
 of his own "grandchildren." The prosecution wanted
 prior bad acts admitted to show the control this man
 had over his children. The appeals court thought this
 testimony needlessly inflamed the jury and so ordered
 a new trial. During the second trial, a son, Willie 
 Sexton, said his father convinced him he had Satanic 
 powers and sexually abused him. He also stated that 
 he was tied up to his bed at night when he was a child,
 and the father gave coins to the other children to call
 home if anyone spoke about the abuse. See,
 St. Petersburg Times, September 2, 1998
 March 1998, STATE OF OHIO, Plaintiff-Appellee-vs-ESTELLA 
 SEXTON, Defendant-Appellant CASE NOS: 1996CA00306, 
 DISTRICT, STARK COUNTY 1998 Ohio App. LEXIS 1302, Case No. 
 1995CR00421. Convictions for Complicity to Rape, Felonious 
 Sexual Penetration, Gross Sexual Imposition, Complicity to 
 Gross Sexual Imposition, and child endangerment. Affirmed.
 Overview: This appeal involves the wife of the man
 described in the above case. In April 1992 Machelle,
 one of Mrs. Sexton's daughters, alleged that their
 father was molesting the three oldest daughters. There
 were 12 children in the family. DHS took six of the
 children into custody, but three of the children were
 returned to the mother under an agreement that she would
 keep the children away from the father. "In December of
 1992, Mrs. Sexton fled Ohio with the three children,
 and reunited with Eddie at a hotel in Kentucky. On
 January 14, 1994, appellant and Eddie were arrested
 in Hillsboro County, Florida. The three children were
 returned to the custody of DHS. While living in
 Jackson Township, and in a camper in Hillsboro County,
 Florida, appellant and her husband perpetrated acts
 of sexual, physical, and mental abuse against all of
 the children. While living in Jackson Township, Kim,
 Lana, and Machelle were forced to participate in a
 wedding ceremony with their father. During the ceremony,
 Eddie engaged in a French kiss with the girls.
 Appellant was present, and took pictures of the ceremony."
 .."In the camper in Florida, appellant and Eddie
 gave Kim and Chris little red pills and Nyquil to
 ingest every evening, despite the fact that neither
 had a cold." The mother and father inflicted "shaving
 rituals" on the girls. "On one occasion, Kim did not
 ingest the medicine, and saw appellant fondling Chris'
 penis while he was asleep."..." While living in
 Jackson Township, Lana and Machelle were forced to
 experience a similar shaving ritual. Lana was taken
 to the master bedroom for the purpose of punishment.
 Once inside the room, appellant held Lana down, while
 Eddie shaved her entire body with a razor. While
 shaving her, Eddie cut her leg, put the blood on her
 finger, and made her sign a paper, saying that she
 was selling her soul to the devil."... "Chris received 
beatings from both appellant and Eddie. Eddie would beat
 Chris once or twice a week, while appellant guarded
 the door. The beatings would often leave bruises.
 Appellant and Eddie also punished Chris by having
 him stand against the wall for five to six hours,
 holding a penny against the wall with his nose. During
 this punishment, Chris was not permitted to go to the
 bathroom. At age twelve, Chris was forced to participate
 in weekend parties involving the family members in
 which he was given beer to drink."
 In a previous appellate opinion describing Mrs. Sexton's
 case, Ohio vs. Estella Sexton one of the children at
 that time stated that family members were involved in
 satanic rituals, invoking spirits, and "baby thingies
 and things like that."
 November 1997, India. Dharam Vir arrested for the ritual
 murder of his son.
 Overview: A father chopped off his son's head and offered
 it to the Hindu goddess of destruction, Kali, in a belief
 that a human sacrifice would earn him divine favors.
 He ordered his son to lie on the ground and then beheaded
 him. The police said he murdered his son because he was
 driven by his own religious beliefs. See, "Man beheads
 son in Ritual Murder in India", Agence France Presse,
 November 14, 1997
 Appellee v. CHRISTA GAIL PIKE, Appellant. C.C.A.
 NO. 03C01-9611-CR-00408 KNOX COUNTY HON.
 (First Degree Murder-Death Penalty) ON APPEAL FROM
 COUNTY. Conviction for first degree murder and conspiracy
 to commit first degree murder affirmed. Death penalty 
 Overview: Pike killed another female she felt rivalry with
 and carved a pentagram into her chest. The court found that
 this murder involved torture, and medical experts thought
 the injuries were inflicted when the victim was still 
 A group of "others" were named who helped her but Pike 
didn't give information about them. The pentagram she was
 wearing was admitted as evidence. "A witness stated that
 as the Defendant described hitting Slemmer in the head with
 a piece of asphalt and carving a pentagram in her chest,
 she danced around in a circle, smiling and singing." The
 psychiatrist involved thought there were satanic elements
 to the crime but that Pike was just a "dabbler" in 
satanism. A news article reports a witness stating that Pike
 continually talked about the Satanic bible. See, "Orange
 County woman to die for Tenn. killing," 
THE_NEWS_&_OBSERVER __________
 April 1, 1996 ADOPTION OF QUENTIN & others. SUPREME
 678 N.E.2d 1325; 1997 Mass. LEXIS 104 DISPOSITION:
 Order granting petition to dispense with consent to 
 of three children affirmed.
 Overview: Department of Social Services planned to adopt
 out the parent's children, the parent's appealed and the
 court briefly describes Social Services case for neglect,
 sexual molestation and statements of the children. While
 describing the past history of the father, the court
 writes: "In 1983, the father joined a religious 
organization called Orlo Templi Orientis and studied the so-
 'Satanic Bible.' In January, 1984, he was convicted of
 grave robbing, and sentenced to two months in jail. After
 release, he returned to his transient life-style, 
 between Los Angeles and San Francisco." "The eldest child, 
Ellen, was diagnosed as suffering from posttraumatic
 stress disorder. During an interview with Dr. O'Connell,
 she stated that "her 'Daddy's a witch;' that 'bad witches
 took my picture with no clothes on;' that '[Paul, a
 friend of the father] calls me his girlfriend;' that [Paul]
 took pictures of her with no clothes on; that [Paul] said
 not to tell; that she and her mother were tied up together
 with no clothes on while her father had no clothes on;
 and that the witches 'shared weenies' and tried to touch
 her with their weenies but that she ran away." 
 July 1996, In Interest of P.J.M, 926 S.W.2d 223, Missouri
 Court of Appeals, Termination of Parental Rights Affirmed.
 Overview: This self-described satanic family had been
 in and out of social services for many years. Parental
 Rights were terminated as to three of the children. There
 was constant and severe domestic violence; the father
 continually abused the mother, including using a cattle
 prod to electrically shock her, shot her with a gun, cut
 her with a razor blade and violated her with a baseball
 bat. The mother then claimed she made up the story,
 although physical evidence was discovered, she had a stab
 wound in her side and she was bleeding internally. Both
 parents had been arrested for the rape of a teenager,
 but the witness wouldn't testify so the charges were
 dropped. Both parents had tried to commit suicide and
 were involved in drug usage. The mother admitted to
 sacrificing animals in front of her children and giving
 them drugs to forget the ceremonies. The children also
 stated that this occurred. 
 December 1996, Damien Wayne Echols and Charles Jason 
 v. State of Arkansas, 936 S.W.2d 509, Convictions and
 sentencing for murder affirmed.
 Overview: Echols and Baldwin were jointly tried and
 convicted for killing three 8 yr. old boys. Their
 accomplice, Jessie Misskelley, confessed and implicated
 both Echols and Baldwin in the murders. Misskelley was
 tried separately. In an appellate opinion dated July 17, 
 (902 S.W.2d 781) Echols had previously appealed his case
 but filed a motion specifically waiving all points
 concerning his death sentence. The appellate court ordered
 the case back to the lower court to address Echols 
 to waive an appeal of the death penalty. Echols finally
 decided to appeal his death sentence but the sentence
 was upheld. One jury member received a death threat,
 another had received a threatening phone call during
 the trial. In the courts overview of the sufficiency
 of the evidence arguments, there were detailed descriptions
 of the three victims bodies, including evidence of forced
 sex, they'd been beaten and stabbed, and there were
 injuries to the genital area evidencing forced oral sex.
 There was evidence of castration regarding child victim,
 Christopher Byers. "The skin of the penis had been 
removed, and the scrotal sac and testes were missing."
 When asked by police how he thought the boys had been
 killed, Echols gave them statements not yet publicly
 known. On the witness stand, Echols testified that
 he'd read these facts from the newspaper. When the
 newspapers were shown to him, Echols admitted the
 information he was referring to was not in them and
 he didn't get the information in question from the
 newspaper after all. Two witnesses testified they
 overheard Echols admit he killed the three boys and
 that he was going to kill two more. The state thought
 the killings had been performed in a satanic ritual
 and an expert witness on the occult gave that opinion
 also. Echols admitted to being involved in the occult,
 items in his home included journals that had references
 to "morbid images, spells, and dead children." His
 parents had concerns about his involvement in "devil
 worship". Medical records contained statements by
 Echols about his belief system: "People are in two
 classes, sheeps and wolves, and the wolves eat the
 sheep." He thought he obtained power from drinking
 the blood of others, especially from his sexual
 partners. In regards to whether the field of satanism
 has scientific validity, the court notes: "Echols
 next contends that Dr. Griffis should not have been
 allowed to testify that the murders had the "trappings
 of occultism' because there was no testimony that
 the field of satanism or occultism is generally
 accepted in the scientific community. The argument
 is without merit, as the trial court did not allow
 the evidence to prove that satanism or occultism is
 generally accepted in the scientific community.
 Rather, the trial court admitted the evidence as
 proof of the motive for committing the murders."
 In regards to Jason Baldwin, a witness testified
 that Baldwin spoke of the murders. "He told me he
 dismembered the kids, or I don't know exactly how
 many kids. He just said he dismembered them. He
 sucked the blood from the penis and scrotum and
 put the balls in his mouth."
 April 1996, Jessie Lloyd Misskelley, Jr. v. State
 of Arkansas, 915 S.W.2d, Convictions for first and
 second degree murder affirmed.
 Overview: Companion case to the above. Three 8 yr.
 old boys were brutally murdered, raped, and mutilated
 in Arkansas by Misskelley and two other accomplices
 -- Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin. The case against
 Misskelley was primarily based on his confession
 and supporting circumstantial evidence. "Misskelley
 stated he had been involved in a cult for three months,
 they met in the woods, they engaged in orgies and,
 as an initation rite, the killing and eating of dogs.
 At one cult meeting, he saw a picture that Echols
 had taken of the three boys. Another witness testified
 that she had attended a satanic cult meeting with
 Echols and Misskelley. A doctor offered testimony
 that the type of cuts in one of the victims genital
 area required the use of 'skill and precision.'"
 October 1996, Ohio; Nathan Brooks found guilty of
 the mutilation slaying of his parents and sentenced
 to two consecutive life sentences
 Overview: The 18 yr. old perpetrator decapitated his
 father and his mother was hacked to death. Brooks
 told the officers he used the head in a Black mass
 ritual that he believed would increase his satanic
 powers. He said he had also planned to kill a younger
 brother, but the youngster was visiting a friend.
 See, "Satanic ritual killer sentenced to life,"
 United Press International, October 24, 1996.
 February 1996, Suzanne Hughes v. Department of Social
 Services Arlington County, Court of Appeals of Virginia,
 Termination of Parental Rights Affirmed. Record 
 No. 234594-4
 Overview: A baby was removed from the custody of
 the mother after evidence of abuse. The mother was
 eventually diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder.
 The child was returned to the mother, but after
 further incidents of abuse and neglect she was taken
 into custody again. The mother's counselor testified
 that the mother stated she was involved with a satanic
 cult that killed adults and babies, and they had
 threatened her. She stated she was involved with them
 since she was 7 yrs. old. She reported members of the
 cult abducting and raping her. Under cross-examination,
 the mother was asked about the maternal grandparents
 failure in reporting her own abuse, and the court
 was concerned that she was living at the maternal
 grandfather's home. The trial judge also expressed
 concern over the continued existence of the satanic
 cult, appellant's inability to help the police prosecute
 a member of this cult, appellant's continued residence
 in the same family home where she had been verbally
 and physically abused as a small child, and lack of
 family support that was missing when appellant was an
 abused child. The appellate court found that the
 evidence of appellants participation in the cult
 described was relevant to the proceedings.

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 20:50:54 -0400
From: "Anon" 
Subject: Satanic Ritual Abuse and Satanism- Part 2
Newsgroups: alt.magick

Information compiled by Karen C. Jones
(Curio Jones)
December 1995, Jimmie Lee Penick v. State of Indiana, 
659 N.E.2d, Conviction for murder and enhanced sentence
Overview: Four practitioners of Satanism conspired and 
planned to murder a prospective member of their "Satanic
Church." They were concerned that the victim, William Ault, 
knew about a prior murder. They took him to what he thought
was an initiation..."Ault was asked to lay down on a door,
which was being used as an altar. Keith Lawrence read an
invocation to Satan...Goodwin and the Lawrences also made
cuts on Ault's chest and abdomen in the form of an inverted
cross, as well as other cuts...Penick's own words describe
how the victims chest and abdomen were cut open, how
Goodwin tried to cut out victim's heart before he died, 
and how the victim remained conscious throughout this and 
responded to questions from the defendant." Aggravators
were that Penick dismembered the victims head and hands
and Penick admitted he removed the head to give the skull
to a friend. Penick's defense was that he acted under
the influence of his strong beliefs in satanism but
that he had converted to Christianity while in prison.
November 15 1995, Steven Brian Alvarado v. State of Texas, 
912 S.W.2d 199, Convictions and death sentence affirmed.
Overview: Alvarado killed two people, a mother and son,
during a drug deal. A year or so prior to the murder
Alvarado had been in the hospital. The psychologist
stated he was considered "violent and dangerous and
that he had a full-blown antisocial personality disorder."
. he had "no concern for the rights of others, and
that he admitted selling illegal weapons, abusing and
selling illegal drugs, sexually assaulting a woman,
mutilating human infants in satanic rituals, and
committing numerous other crimes. He was discharged 
after twelve days in the hospital because he was felt 
to be a danger to the other patients and that he was
not suffering from a mental illness that was treatable,
and, therefore under the mental health code had to
be discharged." 
August 1995, Edward Bennett v. State of Nevada, 
901 P.2d 676, Murder conviction affirmed.
Overview: Bennett was sentenced to death for killing
a girl. Writings were seized showing that the murder
was "ritualistic and satanic." Some of these statements 
included: "There's a problem in this country and has
a lot to do with being white. There's too many people
with ugly skin."... "I need to kill somebody or tear
someone apart. I got to satisfy my need, cure this
thirst for blood. So as I make the sacrifice by doing 
it just for you and kill this child, for it is a 
first born, I'm giving you my soul, Satan. Where is
my reward? My thirst for blood is now calm, but it
shall rise again. My power is so strong I need to
cause some death. For Lucifer's inside of me, and I 
don't want to let him out. I look in the mirror, I 
see him in my eyes. I feel his heart beating in my 
chest, and I know it is not mine. For I feel so
privileged for I'm with number one. I'm so f_____ 
powerful and my reigning has just begun as I kill and
kill again. I feel my rewards come on. My power's
growing even greater. I'm so f___ strong for I am
the devil's right-hand man. I carry out his every 
chore. I make this sacrifice in his name, Lucifer
the Great, blood splattered on my face from the
kill I've just done.
NORTH CAROLINA 119 N.C. App. 328; 459 S.E.2d 9;
1995 N.C. App. LEXIS 523 July 5, 1995, Filed.
Convictions for multiple counts of child molestation
Overview: The defendant thought there should be
a mistrial for several reasons, one of which was
witness testimony that he threatened to bomb the
woman's shelter his wife and family were staying
at. Appeals court describes children testimony: "...
Defendant pulled down S's pants and threw her on
the floor and inserted a spoon into her vagina and
moved it around. Defendant took blood that was on
the spoon, put it in a cup and drank it while the 
others were standing around singing with lit
candles."..."S testified that when defendant took
her to the woods behind her grandmother's house
and abused her in front of several people holding 
lit candles, another young girl, A Robinson, 
"started screaming at first and then she jumped up
and she had no clothes on and she started running
and her dad jumped up and started chasing after her
through the woods." One of the children also described
molest by the grandmother. In news articles she's 
named as the co-defendant. A news article relates
that the children testified that Parker raped and
sodomized them in the family's trailer near Saluda
and in nearby woods, often while other people
wearing black pants and white shirts stood around 
chanting. See, "Dad guilty of Abusing children
Sexually, Eight Life Sentences" Greensboro News & 
Record, Feb. 6, 1994
June 1995, Athens, Greece. Satanic Cult leader
Asimakis Katsoulas and 2 other members of his group
were found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering
a 30 year old woman and a 15 year old girl during
occult ceremonies. 
Overview: Katsoulas and his "high priestess"
confessed to leading a 20 member satanic cult,
which had conducted animal and human sacrifices for
three years. The first victim was killed at her
initiation ceremony. Katsoulas claimed he was the
vehicle for "ancient demons." 
LEXIS 6100, Juvenile Court Decision to Grant Permanent 
Custody to DHS Affirmed
Overview: At the age of 5, Heather was taken into
custody by DHS due to physical injuries to her 
genital area. Cumulative testimony proved to the
court that she'd been sexually molested by clear
and convincing evidence, although there wasn't
any obvious perpetrator to hold accountable. The
mother was cited for neglect and was given 18
months reunification services but they did not
alleviate the problems which brought the child into 
custody. Social Services didn't think the mother
could protect the child. The child was prone to
"trance-like" states after unsupervised visits
with the mother and other unusual behavior. 
A treating psychologist and social worker thought
the child had been ritually sexually abused based
on her statements. A trial took place contesting
these matters and the court amended the abuse
complaint, based on clear and convincing evidence, 
to a finding of neglect as well. 
April 1994, In Re: Chrystal and Tasha, Superior
Court of Connecticut, Juvenile Matters, Lexis 1061.
Termination of Parental Rights Affirmed
Overview: Apellate opinion cites that these children
were in several placements over a period of 4 years
after a finding of neglect in juvenile court. The
mother was in and out of prison due to drug usage 
and sales. One of the children had been diagnosed
with multiple personality disorder and had been 
subjected to Satanism. It was not clear whether the 
incidents took place with the biological mother or
in the foster homes the child was in over the years
where allegations of abuse had been confirmed.
Further exploration revealed that the child connected 
terrifying experiences in a ritualistic, abusive
church and sexual abuse with her biological mother. 
Contact with her mother was suspended when the child
began exhibiting negative behaviors after visitations
or after other types of communication. 
March 1994, State of North Carolina v. Patrick S. Figured,
446 S.E.2d 838, Convictions affirmed for first-degree
sexual offenses involving 3 children. 
Overview: Figured had entered an Alford Plea of guilty
to all three charges. The state agreed to dismiss
charges against his girlfriend, Sonja Hill. The DA 
reindicted Sonja Hill and on April 15, 1991 wanted his 
guilty plea set aside on the grounds the DA had 
violated the agreement. The motion was granted. On 
March 9 1992, a grand jury re-indicted Figured
and he was convicted of all charges. A news article
reports that parents of two of these victims filed
a civil suit against Sonja Hill and her mother who
ran the daycare center. The parents alleged that
their children had been forced to participate in 
Satan worship while being abused. The kids spoke 
of having to drink blood, their abusers burned
Bibles and wore masks and capes. Hill and her mother 
did not answered the lawsuit, and a Johnston County 
jury awarded a $10.5 million judgment to the parents  
who didn't believe they'd ever collect the money but 
wanted other people to know that these
acts do occur.
Dec. 1993, Washington D.C, United States. On 
December 27, 1993, U.S. News and World Report cited
that the Justice Dept. was reinvestigating the "Finders
case." The news article mentions that some of the
unresolved questions are allegations that the Finders
Group are linked to the Central Intelligence Agency 
and whether or not the investigation into their activity
had been closed inappropriately.
"The many unanswered questions about the Finders case
now have Democratic Rep. Charlie Rose of North Carolina,
Chairman of the House Administration committee, and
Florida's Rep. Tom Lewis, a Republican, more than a
little exercised. "Could our own government have something 
to do with this Finders organization and turned their
backs on these children? That's what all the evidence
points to," says Lewis, and there's a lot of 
evidence."... "Law enforcement sources say some of the 
Finders are 
listed in the FBI's classified counterintelligence files.
As background, in early Feb. 1987 six children were
taken into custody in Tallahassee, Florida. Two men
were charged with child abuse, but charges were dropped.
The men said the children were "transporting these
children to Mexico and a school for brilliant children" 
Their mothers were located in a group called the Finders. 
At the same time, Washington, D.C., police and U.S.
Customs Service agents raided a duplex apartment building
and a warehouse connected to the group. Customs Reports
cite that among the evidence seized were detailed
instructions on obtaining children for unknown purposes
around the world, child trafficking, instructions to 
keep the above six children moving and how to avoid 
detection, several photographs of nude children that
appeared to "accent" the child's genitals; photographs of 
children involved in animal rituals, an altar,
jars of urine and feces, and a staging area, all of 
which appeared to the Custom's Agents as an 
"indoctrination" center. Custom's agents were told to
drop their investigation because it had become a "CIA 
internal matter" and that is documented in their report.
"Officials of the U.S. Customs Service, called in to
aid in the investigation, said that the material seized
yesterday includes photos showing children involved
in bloodletting ceremonies of animals and one photograph
of a child in chains. Customs officials said they were
looking into whether a child pornography operation was
being conducted." See, "Officials Describe 'Cult Rituals' 
in Child Abuse Case", The Washington Post, Feb. 7, 1987
and, "Through a glass, very darkly: Cops, spies and a
very odd investigation, U.S. News and World Report,
December 27, 1993/January 3, 1994
639 A.2d 462; 1994 Pa. Super. LEXIS 963, Argued March 22, 
Overview: In the judges own words, "These consolidated
appeals are taken from the judgments of sentence imposed
on February 9, 1993. Appellant was found guilty in two
separate trials of more than 150 counts of aggravated
assault, 18 Pa.C.S.  2702; recklessly endangering another
person,  2705; terroristic threats,  2706; endangering
the welfare of children,  4304; corruption of minors, 
 6301; false imprisonment,  2903; simple assault, 
 2701; prohibited offensive weapons,  908; rape,  3121;
statutory rape,  3122; involuntary deviate sexual 
intercourse,  3123; aggravated indecent 
assault,  3125; indecent exposure,  3127; incest,  4302; 
and criminal conspiracy,  903. 
Overview: "These charges arose from the 
horrific sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect 
by appellant, Rickie Jay Gaddis, of his minor children." 
Gaddis was sentenced to 235 years (plus) in prison. The 
appellate court affirmed his sentence but vacated his fine. 
There had been concern he was going to capitalize on his 
crimes by selling a book. The police stated at the time 
the children were subjected by their parents and neighbors
to ritualistic torture that included bloodlettings with
a sword, satanic ceremonies, hot needles under their 
fingernails, sodomy, stretching and tattooing. See, "Pa. 
couple is charged with torturing children; Police say
neighbors also took part in abuse", The Atlanta Journal
and Constitution, November 26, 1991; and "Pennsylvania 
Couple Charged With Brutalizing Their Children," The
Washington Post, November 26, 1991: and "Parents charged 
with Torturing their Children", Associated Press, 
Nov. 25, 1991 __________
November 1992, Austin, Texas; People of Texas v. Frances
and Daniel Keller, Case #924217, Convicted for aggravated 
sexual assault on a child; Sentenced to 48 years. 
Both cases upheld on appeal No. 3-92-603-CR, and
No. 3-92-604-CR on Oct 26, 1994.
Overview: News articles chronicling the trial cited
more than one child thought to be abused at "Fran's
Day Care" in Austin, Texas, operated by the Keller's,
but this particular case cites their conviction of only
one child, while news reports say other charges with
other children are pending. Tears were found in the
child's vagina. Douglas Wayne Perry, the ex-husband 
of one of the two other alleged perpetrators who were
former deputy constables, confessed that he, along 
with the constables and the Kellers, engaged in "beer 
and sex parties, during which several children were 
sexually assaulted by the adults while photographs were
taken." He recanted his confession but then pleaded 
guilty to a charge of indecency with a child. He
confessed to tearing a head off a doll and threatening
the children that if they told, their heads would come
off the same way. The children described ritual acts,
being terrorized in a graveyard, seeing animals killed 
and bodies dug up and mutilated with a chainsaw. 
A 6-yr-old child, who also claimed to be a victim, 
testified on the behalf of the 3 1/2 year old and 
called Fran's Day Care, "Fran's Hate Care." The 
defense lawyers used videos showing some the younger 
child recanting, saying the abuse never happened,
to try to undermine the case. The parents claimed
that one of the perpetrators was flashing threatening
hand signals during the child's testimony. The
defense also stated that the claims were "too 
outlandish to be believed" because the children also
spoke of going on airplane rides and seeing a baby
killed. A child led an investigator to a graveyard
where they found animal bones. Parents of two children,
who said they were abused, have filed a civil suit
holding three people accountable (the three described
above) for not reporting the abuse.  Another mother
said "I put my son in a mental hospital as a result
of this abuse (by the Kellers), and it's only been
through over a year of intensive psychotherapy that
he's begun to partially heal." See, "6-yr-old testifies he 
witnessed abuse of girl", Nov. 24, 1992 , and 
"Kellers found guilty of sexual assault", Nov. 26, 1992, 
Austin American Statesman
October 1992, Earnest v. State, Supreme Court of Georgia, 
422 S.E.2d, Conviction for murder affirmed.
Overview: Earnest was convicted of malice murder. A 
self-described high priest of a satanic cult performed a 
satanic ritual over the female victim. Evidence of Satan 
worship and evidence of the cult's involvement in church 
vandalisms was admissible as evidence as to motive for 
the crime.
September 1992,  Eastland County, Texas. The STATE OF 
Charged and pleaded guilty to "Indecency with a child,
younger than 17 years, committed during the course of 
a ritual." Jury sentence - 99 years.
Overview: A news report [no date yet], cites that
the rituals began with the purchase of a Ouija board.
Items taken as evidence included books covering 
satanic topics, pentagram symbols, candles, daggers 
and wands.
April 1992, In the Matter of the Welfare of J. M. P., 
Lexis 436. Termination of Parental Rights Affirmed.
Overview: By the mother's own admission, her past
included "years of sexual and physical abuse, parental
neglect, early and long-standing addiction to numerous
drugs, serious mental health problems, and involvement
in a satanic cult." Her child was taken into custody 
after two hospitalizations due to overdosing. The
mother was "involved in four incidents, three involving
criminal convictions, which caused harm to children, 
including J.M.P. The mother tried to commit suicide,
and was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
March 1992, Orlando, FL. Margie Wright pleaded no 
contest to three charges of attempted sexual battery
and two charges of attempted lewd acts and was sentenced
to 5 1/2 years in prison. Jim Wright was convicted
of raping and fondling five children.
Overview: Three news articles describing the case
cite that this couple were charged with molesting
children in the context of satanic rituals. The
parents of three of the victims moved residences
and the prosecutor expressed concern because the
children had been threatened by the cult not to
testify. The victim's parents met the Wrights through
their Church. The children reported that they saw 
Wright sacrifice a stray dog, slit its throat and
stomach and remove some entrails. Sheriff's
investigators found the dog's skeleton near the
Wright's trailer. The Wright's molested children
during their "Magic Show." The victims said he
pulled a gun out of a hat and made their underwear 
dissapear. They stated that Jim Wright put a "bad
curse" on them and said "devil words." The children 
described satanic symbols, chalices filled with 
blood and a box containing a corpse. They had
been told not to tell or their parents would be
killed. Maggie Wright testified against her husband
while she pleaded no contest to reduced charges.
See, "Convict's Wife Sentenced for Trying to
Molest Kids", Orlando Sentinel Tribune, May 9, 1992;
"A Family Fears That Satanic Cult will try to
Silence their Sons," Orlando Sentinel Tribune,
August 10, 1991; "Child Abuse Suspect Trades
Testimony for Lesser Charges", Orlando Sentinel
Tribune, January 31, 1992 
January 1992, THE STATE OF WASHINGTON V. Paul Ross Ingram, 
NO. 13613-9-II Division Two, Confession to sexual
molestation and 20 yr. exceptional sentence affirmed.
Overview: Paul Ingram, former Thurston County chief
civil deputy sheriff and 16-year law enforcement
officer, was arrested November 28, 1988 following
allegations of sexual abuse made by his daughters,
then about 18 and 22 years old. Ingram waived his
right to counsel and made incriminating statements.
After six months of further investigation and
interrogation, Ingram was charged by amended information 
with six counts of rape in the third degree, three
counts per daughter covering July through October 1988. 
He tried to withdraw his guilty plea but that was denied.
It's been widely reported (by the officer's involved)
that Ingram also confessed to ritually abusing his
children in the context of satanic ceremony, which
his daughters also claimed took place. Richard Ofshe
of the FMSF tried to talk Ingram out of his confession
by claiming he confessed in a "trance-like" state
and "proved" that by suggesting to Ingram a case 
scenario which very well could have happened. In reality, 
Ofshe's experiment was not proof of "false memories" 
or proof of a false confession, and the court rejected 
these claims. Both Ofshe and Elizabeth Loftus of the 
False Memory Syndrome Foundation also testified at 
Ingram's clemency hearing trying to help obtain his 
release. According to news articles and the Clemency 
Board Transcripts, Ingram's son also attended 
that particular hearing and asked the board to keep
his father in prison, as did other members of the Ingram 
family, which the board did. See, "Felons hope for
a parting gift from Lowry" Seattle Times, Dec. 12, 1996
Feb 1992, San Francisco, California. Michael A. Aquino, 

Plaintiff-Appellant v. Michael P.W. Stone, Secretary 
of the Army, 957 F.2d 139, 768 F.Supp. 529 - Dismissal
of lawsuit affirmed. 
Overview: Michael Aquino, the founder of a Satanist
group, Temple of Set, was a Lt. Col in the Army Active
Reserves. After the Presidio Day Care case he sued
the Army after they "titled" him under an investigatory 
report for indecent acts with a child, sodomy, conspiracy,
kidnapping, and false swearing, and for his dismissal
from the active reserves. The documents state:      
"Aquino contends that evidence collected by the Army 
CID did not justify its creating an investigation report
titled under his name and that those involved with the
investigation were motivated to remove him from the Army
because he is the founder of the Temple of Set, a satanist 
"Aquino filed suit in the district court under the 
Privacy Act, U.S.C 552a(g) to compel the Army to amend
the investigatory report about him and for damages
resulting from his discharge from the service, which he
attributes to the inaccurate records about him.
"{1} In 1990 a continuation board of the Army Reserve 
recommended discontinuing Aquino's service in the Reserve, 
and he was processed  out of the Army."
Aquino was never criminally charged and the Army 
released its report and titled him 3 months after the
criminal statute of limitations ran. Aquino's lawsuit
against the Army was dismissed. 
Sept. 1988, Santa Rosa, Calif. People v. Daryl T. Ball, 
Court No. 14750-C, Pleaded no contest to lewd and 
lascivious acts with 6 child victims. 
Overview: The case involved brutal sexual assault of 
these children in the context of a "devil worship club." 
The two main culprits, Charlotte Thrailkill and Daryl Ball,
were caught and sentenced to prison. The Criminal
Investigative Division of the Army interviewed some
of these same children in their "titling" investigation of 
Michael Aquino of the Temple of Set. (Case above).
This case was described by the prosecutor as involving
multi-victims/perpetrators and ritual abuse, although 
Ball and Thrailkill were the only ones charged. The
prosecutor described the extreme terror the children
experienced and the difficulty for them to testify. 
During the 18 month preliminary hearing, the children 
testified that they were threatened to keep quiet or
the perpetrators would eat their mothers hearts and
make them eat it. They described being given injections
(or were bled), and being tied up. Daryl Ball
threatened witnesses to keep them from testifying.
The children also described being molested while
being filmed with a banner in the background reading 
"Super Duper Child Molest Day."They were forced to
watch the video of their own molest afterwards. A 
plea bargain was struck, reportedly to "spare the 
kids from having to testify" further. A witness 
states the DA was ordered by the judge to accept the 
plea bargain.
**In Sept. 1998, Charlotte Thrailkill was declared
a violent sexual molest predator--the first female 
to have that distinction in California. On the CID
military tapes, the kids described the murders of
both children and adults, chanting, detailed descriptions
of where they were taken, detailed descriptions of
how bodies were disposed of -- although they had 
problems with identifying exact locations -- and
seeing members of the group cannibalize a victim.
No bodies were publicly found.
July 1991, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Jason L. Enders, 
et al, 407 Pa. Superior Ct. 201, Conviction Affirmed.
Overview: Defendants were convicted of false imprisonment 
stemming from their participation in a Satanic cult
ritual. Victim stated he wanted nothing to do with
them but he was forcibly taken to an abandoned barn 
and tied to stakes in the ground over a pentagram 
drawn in the dirt. A satanic ritual was performed
over him. He had a leather collar with nails placed
around his neck. One of the defendants punctured 
his neck by pressing on the nails and placed his fingers
in the victim's blood and then to his lips. He was
released after being warned he'd be killed if he told
anyone. The appellate court stated admitting evidence
of belief in and involvement in satanism at the time
was relevant and probative. Skulls and books were
taken from their homes as evidence.
April 1991, Montana. State of Montana v. Leon Lloyd 
Whitcher, 810 P2d 751, Conviction Affirmed.
Overview: A 30 yr. old self-described "high priest" of a 
satanic cult had sexual intercourse with a 14 yr. old 
without consent. Prior to the assault, he asked her a 
series of questions about initiation into his satanic
cult, whether she wanted "power," and if she'd "obey a high 
priest." He told her to change into a black robe,
lie down, and stare at a pentagram painted on the
ceiling before he assaulted her.
No. WD 40883, 808 S.W.2d 855, STATE OF MISSOURI, 
RESPONDENT, First degree murder conviction affirmed.
Overview: According to Roland, he murdered his friend
after becoming involved in satanism, began using
drugs, and listening to groups like "Megadeth" that
"advocated sexual and physical violence." He began 
hallucinating, practiced self-mutilation, tortured
and killed animals and "chanted" to Satan for power. 
He developed a mentor relationship with another
teen satanist and they both decided to sacrifice 
Steve Newberry by clubbing him to death. Roland 
believed this human sacrifice would "cause Satan 
to appear and give them power." Roland wanted 
the defense expert on the occult to testify about
the effects of Satanism on the mind. The court let
the expert testify to other aspects of the occult 
but didn't feel that he was qualified to testify
on psychiatric aspects of the case.
The People of the State of Illinois, v. Andrew Kokoraleis, 
No. 65229, Supreme Court of Illinois, 547 N.E.2d 202. 
Conviction for murder and death penalty affirmed.
Overview: Four members of a satanic cult, including 
Robin Gecht, were perpetrators in a series of gruesome 
murders, rituals, and acts of cannibalism over a number 
of years. 
"Thomas Kokoraleis told investigators that the room 
had contained an altar, made from a board covered
with red cloth, where cult members cut up animal parts,
and sometimes human parts, for sacrifice. See, "GRUESOME
October 12, 1987  
Dec. 17, 1990, Conviction for first degree murder 
perpetrated by torture affirmed; No. C-92-1523 EFL UNITED
1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19425 - habeas petition denied;
June 1985, San Francisco, Calif., People v. Cliff St. 
226 Cal. App. 3d 289,  
Overview: A body was discovered in San Francisco, 
California on June 15, 1985. "John Doe" had multiple 
stab wounds, genital injuries, and a pentagram had been 
carved into his chest. The court notes that there 
was "substantial evidence" that it was a sadistic, 
ritualistic human sacrifice consisting
of whipping with a chain, slashing the victim's lips, 
dripping wax into the victim's eyes, burning and 
carving the victim's flesh with a knife, multiple 
stabbings, tying the limbs with guitar wire, and 
genital mutilations. The identity of the victim was 
never established. The case was solved when the
police arrested 4 people for disturbing the peace, 
one of whom was a Ricky Hunter. Hunter claimed 
St. Joseph and the others had held him against his 
will and assaulted him; there was talk of satanic 
worship and the other three people had been speaking 
of "sacrificing" him. One of the offenders stated 
he had been present when St. Joseph had "John Doe" 
in his home and he helped St. Joseph dispose of 
the murdered victim descibed above. The court found 
that there was sufficient evidence proving that the 
injuries had been inflicted on the victim while he 
was still alive. The Coroner testified that some 
of the wounds inflicted were consistent with 
sadomasochistic practices, but the Court made a 
point of highlighting that the manner in which 
the victim was murdered, along with inferred intent, 
indicated that this was a ritualistic sacrifice.
February 1990, Utah. STATE of Utah v. Alan B. HADFIELD, 
788 P2d 506 Convictions for sodomy and child molest; 
remanded back to court for evidentiary hearing.
Overview: A. Hadfield was convicted of sodomy and sexual 
abuse of his children after his children testified against
him. He appealed based on claims of "newly discovered
evidence." This was an allegation by a paralegal who 
stated that thetherapist involved in counseling his 
children and others in this Mormon community was the 
common factor in these cases,and inferred that the 
therapist was responsible for the allegations. The 
appellate court remanded the case back to court for an 
evidentiary hearing if the affidavit by the paralegal
had merit. The judge reviewed the information and found 
that there was no evidence to support the claims. 
Alan Hadfield's conviction still stands and he was 
released from probation in 1998. The appellate opinion
cites that at "least fifteen adults and fifteen children 
were identified as participants in various unusual sexual 
activities, including instances of group abuse of children 
by adults. The activities described by the children 
involved satanic ritual, costumes and masks, photography 
equipment, men dressing in women's clothing, and frequent 
episodes of playing with and consuming human excrement. 
A specific instance of abuse related to Dr. Snow by W. and 
described by her at trial for example, involved defendant's 
removing feces from W.'s rectum with a spoon and forcing 
him to play with it." A documentary was made of this case.
April 1989, Harold Glenn Smith v. The State of Texas,
No. B14-86-00659-CR, Lexis 794, Conviction for murder
Overview: A group tricked one of their friends into 
accompanying them to a cemetery where they tortured him. 
A witness testified that Smith compared the planned murder
of his victim with animal sacrifice rituals he had carried
out before. The prosecution presented evidence of his
satanic belief system.
1989, New York. Monika Beerle, a dancer in New York 
was dismembered by her boyfriend, Daniel Rakowitz. 
He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. In 1992, 
Randy Charles Easterday, 27, was charged as a participant 
in the crime. Reportedly, Monika's boyfriend was involved 
in a satanic cult and he had served a human finger in soup 
to homeless people.
November 1989, Gibreville, Gabon. Mba Ntem was found 
guilty and sentenced to death for murder and leading
cannibalism rites.
Overview: Several members of this religious cult were 
found guilty of aiding in "cannibalism ceremonies by 
serving human flesh to worshippers." A victim's mutilated
remains were found in another town, and a photo was
published of the high priest with a knife in his teeth
and a jar containing pieces of a victim's tongue in his
manacled hands. In the ceremony led by Ntem, members of
the cult ate the victim's stomach, liver, heart, lungs,
tongue and genitals in what their leader called a
"sacred plate." Some of the worshippers were unaware of the 
contents, Ntem told the court. The court prohibited
other details from being released. The news article
states that "Animism" is a loose religious belief popular 
in central Africa and other parts of the word that a 
spirit or force resides in every animate and inanimate 
object. See, Associated Press, November 26, 1989.
December 1988, State of Ohio. v. John L. Fryman, 
Case No. CA87-10-125, Lexis 5296, Conviction for murder 
Overview: Fryman took a woman to his "sorcery room 
where he had erected an altar for satanic worship".
He shot her. The next day he cut off the woman's legs 
above the knees and disposed of them behind an old 
church. The rest of the body was never found. Fryman 
claimed that he had killed her because she had insulted 
him by bringing another magician to his trailer, and 
that he disposed of her legs behind the church
because "it was the place he practiced magic. By 
throwing her legs there he increased the power of that 
November 1988, Singapore. Three cult members hanged for 
Overview: Adrian Lim, 46, his wife, Tan Mui Choo, 34, and 
his girlfriend Hoe Kah Hong, 33, were convicted in 1983 of
murdering Agnes Ng Siew Heok, eight, and Ghazali Marzuki, 
10, in 1981. The three perpetrators belonged to a cult 
thatbelieved sacrificing children could bring good luck. 
The three drank the children's blood after suffocating 
them in a bathtub. See, "Three Singaporeans Hanged for 
Cult Murder of Children", Reuters, November 25, 1988
July 1988, New York, In the Matter of DANIEL "DD" et al., 
Alleged to be Abused and Neglected Children, 
530 N.Y.S.2d 314, July 7, 1988. Finding of Neglect Affirmed.
Overview: The mother was appealing an order from Family 
Court finding she had neglected her children. She had 
allowed visitations to continue between the father and
his girlfriend even though she knew that the girlfriends
children had been removed from the home for sexual abuse,
and she did not question the situation until the father
and girlfriend were arrested on sexual abuse charges.
Social Services had investigated the case. All children 
had been forced by threats of physical abuse to "engage
in acts of sexual intercourse...among themselves and with
adults." In addition, they described participation in
forced acts of bestiality, as well as involvement in
satanic rituals involving the sacrifice of animals and 
the drinking of blood. The court cites there was evidence 
that the mother may have been involved in these activities
as well.
August 1986, State of Maine v. Scott Waterhouse. 
513 A.2d 862, Murder conviction affirmed
Overview: Waterhouse was convicted for the murder of a 
12 yr. old girl. Evidence of satanism and excerpts from 
the"Satanic Bible" were admitted at trial for purposes of 
showing motive and intent. During taped conversations with
detectives, Waterhouse described his beliefs about sex 
and destruction rituals.
March 1986, Commonwealth of Massachussetts v. Carl H. Drew, 
489 N.E.2d 1233, Murder conviction affirmed.
Overview: Drew was convicted of the first degree murder
of one of his satanic cult members in Fall River. The 
victim, Karen Marsden, was identified by a portion of 
the skull, clumps of hair, clothing, and jewelry. 
Evidence was admitted describing Marsden and another
woman who worked for Drew as prostitutes. Another 
prostitute, Doreen Levesque was killed. According to 
witness testimony... "the killing was performed as a 
diabolic ritual during which the soul of Marsden was 
purportedly given to Satan." Earlier, Marsden 
had tried to sever relationship with the cult. Drew 
threatened to kill her on several occasions, which he 
finally did.  "Murphy dragged Marsden by the throat and 
hair into the woods. As she did this, the defendant 
walked alongside while Fletcher and Davis followed 
close behind. Murphy and the defendant then began 
striking Marsden with rocks. After further 
brutalizing Marsden, the defendant ordered Murphy to 
slit Marsden'sthroat and Murphy complied. The defendant 
then tore the head from the body and kicked it." Drew 
later told another person that he had killed Marsden 
because "she wanted to leave the cult and that he 
wanted her to feel pain." The court specificially 
stated Drew's involvement in Satanism and the victim's 
desire to leave the cult was evidentially
important to detail the context of the crime to the
jury, as opposed to viewing the murders as just 
random acts of violence.
February 1986, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, v. 
Frank G. Costal, Jr., 505 A.2d 337, Murder conviction 
Overview: Expert testimony regarding satanism and mind 
control was admitted into the court record to explain 
the killings of a mother and her 4 yr. old daughter.
The killings appeared to be in retaliation for the 
mother's interference in a drug deal and homosexual 
relationship between her husband and Costal. The state 
submitted evidence that the murders were performed in 
a "ritualistic manner." The victims were stabbed 
in a similar fashion, in the same pattern. Ceremonial 
robes, books, posters, plastic skulls and bats, and 
marriage licenses drawn up by Costal and signed by him 
as a "high priest" of Satan were seized from his 
apartment. A witness testified that Costal told him 
of attendance at human sacrifices and that 17 was 
the number of stab wounds required at these
ritualistic killings.
December 1983, Detroit, Michigan. Arzell Jones 
was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual 
conduct, single counts of kidnapping and using a 
firearm during a felony. Linda Greene was convicted 
of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual
Overview: Arzell Jones, a private investigator, 
and Linda Greene, a Detroit policewoman, were 
convicted of sexually assaulting a 31-year-old 
woman who was held for more than three days and 
forced to take part in satanic rituals. The prosecutor 
stated the woman was a victim of some "cultism, 
some ultimate psychological warfare". See, 
"Judge Says Victim was Subjected to 'Reign of 
Terror' Man, Policewoman Guilty of Sexual Assault 
in Satanic Rituals," Detroit Free Press, 
December 3, 1983.
May 1982, William Smith v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
436 N.E.2d 377, Immunity for witness was affirmed.
Overview: William Smith contested immunity for witness 
who was to testify against him for a murder. The 
appellate opinion states "these murders were among 
a series of ritual killings performed in the Fall 
River area by members of a Satanic cult...The witness 
described the ritual that accompanied the murder, 
and named various participants." The witness also 
recanted several times before finally testifying. 
September 1979, Philippines. A couple were charged with 
murder for "eating" two brothers.
Overview: Police reported that a couple, whose names were 
not disclosed, belonged to a sect which believed that 
cannibalism confers supernatural powers. The brothers were
kidnapped from a city 650 miles from Manila. They were 
allegedly beheaded by members of the sect, then photographs
of the beheadings were taken by a leader of the cult and
sent to the widow of one of the victims. Officials stated
it took a long time to bring charges because witnesses were
too fearful of testifying due to fears of reprisals by the
cannibal sect. See, "A man and his wife have been charged 
by Philippines police with eating two brothers." Reuters, 
September 20, 1979


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