The Devil in Modern Europe Jul 7, 2017 14:02:20 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Jul 7, 2017 14:02:20 GMT -5
The Devil in Modern Europe
“Satanism.” The word alone causes many people to panic. Some laugh out loud. Others find the idea of black-caped devil worshipers silly and melodramatic. After all, wasn’t it the backwards folks of Salem Village who sent innocent people to their deaths because they sincerely believed in black magic? After reaching its apex in Early Modern Europe, when both Catholics and Protestants sent suspected witches to the gallows or funeral pyre, fears of Satanic power slowly faded, despite a resurgence in literature concerning the Black Mass (the diabolic inversion of the Roman Catholic Mass) in the late 19th century. However, something strange happened in the 1960s. In 1966, Anton LaVey of San Francisco founded the Church of Satan. Then, in the 1970s and 80s, a slew of serial killers with an interest in the occult began appearing on television screens across Europe and North America. These days, thanks to the Internet, many independent researchers are looking into the possible connections between Satanism and pedophilia. In Europe, where fears of Satanism took root, many underground voices report that Satanic activity is afoot. The following cases are their proof.
The Secrets of Belgium. Anneke Lucas is now a woman over the age of 50, but in 1969, at age six, Lucas claimed she was sold into sexual slavery. By the time she turned 12, Lucas had experienced more than 1,700 hours of rape and sexual abuse. Just the year before, at 11, Lucas’ abusers considered her too old and therefore useless and decided to kill her. Fortunately, the girl managed to escape her pursuers and became a witness against pedophilia. Shockingly, Lucas claimed her abusers included well-known Belgian and European politicians. She also saw noblemen abusing little boys and girls.
Many decades later, another Belgian, serial killer Marc Dutroux, confessed that an elite ring of pedophiles hired him to kidnap and deliver young boys and girls to their secret meetings. Dutroux was arrested in August 1996 and soon thereafter, Belgian police discovered the corpses of many missing girls in the basements of Dutroux’s homes (above). Although Dutroux apparently wanted to complete an underground city full of his own sex slaves, he claimed at trial that Satanic elites in Brussels used his services for their own ends. Some circumstantial evidence, including the fact police officers admitted to hearing female screams when they visited one of Dutroux’s houses, certainly suggests Dutroux had some high-level connections. The first judge assigned to the case, Jean-Marc Connerotte, later admitted that very powerful people were interested in covering up the case as much as possible.
The Procurer. Between 1989 and 1997, French serial killer Patrice Alegre took out his sexual frustrations on five young women, most of whom had long brown hair. Some of these women danced at the club where Alegre worked. Like many sexual predators, Alegre was full of rage and was especially angry because women routinely rejected him. So, often while drunk, Alegre would capture women, torture them, rape them and then strangle them to death. Although his official body-count is five, many suspect he killed several more. During his trial, Alegre revealed that an elite ring of sadomasochists hired him to dispose of the body of a dead transvestite. The cult members, some of whom were interested in magical rituals, feared the prostitute was close to revealing their identities. Alegre, who was known to be a compulsive manipulator, claimed he sometimes procured sex slaves for this very exclusive ring of sexual sadists.
Heavy Metal Murder. On April 29, 1993, a German student Sandro Beyer was strangled to death. Ultimately, one of those involved turned out to be a black metal musician named Hendrik Mobus, who was the leader of a band called Absurd. Mobus was also known as an active participant in the neo-Nazi subculture of eastern Germany. Absurd, which included two other members, combined their love of Nazism with their deep interest in Satanism. For the murder of Beyer, Mobus was sentenced to eight years in prison. Upon release, an unrepentant Mobus claimed that Beyer was murdered for being a “race defiler.” Mobus would later relocate to America, where he was arrested on an international arrest warranted for violating the terms of his parole.
Grandmothers and Bad Magick. On November 15, 1998, The Scotsman newspaper reported a very shocking series of arrests in the Italian city of Modena. Six adults, all of whom were above the age of 60, were arrested and charged with a litany of crimes, most of which involved prostitution and sexual assault. According to the initial reports, eyewitnesses had seen the parents of the victimized children drop their young ones off at the homes of grandmotherly women and one 70-year-old male. From there, the children were driven to isolated farmhouses and sold for sex. Several of the victims claimed they were subjected to ritualized abuse, including being dragged to a Satanic ceremony in a rural cemetery and during the night, some 30 adults reportedly wore animal masks and made pledges to “Our Devil.”
Teen Suicides. On August 25-26, 2001, three German teenagers jumped off the Goeltzschtal Bridge (above) in Reichebach. The Saxon bridge has long been a popular destination for suicides. However, these three boys, ages 14, 17 and 18, cited the growing risk of “death chats” on the Internet that lead to murder or suicide. Interestingly, all three teenagers were known devotees of Satanism. Although not connected with any particular Satanic cult or coven, all three boys apparently agreed on a suicidal pact as part of their interest in the dark arts. According to reports filed in 2001, the eastern half of Germany, which was then mired in economic poverty, had a Satanic population numbering 3,000 to 8,000 individuals.
Nursery School Horror. In 2007, the Italian town of Rignano Flaminio was rocked by allegations that sounded eerily similar to the Satanic ritual abuse cases of the “Satanic Panic” era. Fifteen students at a nursery school just outside Rome accused several of their teachers of participating in black magic rituals. Six individuals were singled out as the ringleaders responsible for the abuse that supposedly went on in the school. A subsequent investigation turned failed to uncover any credible evidence, despite the testimony of some eyewitness who claimed the sex acts and ritual blood-drinking were all recorded on video.
Satanic Cannibals. In 2008, four teenagers, all ages 16 or 17, went missing from their homes in the Russian Yaroslavl region, 300 miles north east of Moscow. Police later surmised the teens were forced to drink alcohol, then hacked to pieces, roasted over an open fire and eaten by members of a Satanic cult. Human remains were discovered near the apartment of Nikolai Ogolobyak, the cult leader. Also found was the body of a small rodent crucified upside down on a cross. A total of eight people were arrested. One told police: “Satan will help me to avoid responsibility. I made lots of sacrifices to him.”
Also in 2008, there were reportedly 400,000 professional occultists operating in Russia, fueling a $30 billion black magic black market prompting the Russian interior ministry to issue a warning that Satanism was a greater threat to national security than Islamic extremism.
A Popular Predator. For decades, British entertainer Jimmy Savile was the lovable and kooky television personality who appeared in films and on the radio. His popularity proved so enduring that he became Sir Jimmy Savile before his death in 2011. Not long after his passing, a major scandal erupted. As it turned out, Savile was a ruthless sexual predator who frequently abused children in the BBC studios of London. The revelation of Savile’s pedophilia set off a panic in the UK, because it appeared the BBC and other powerful organizations covered up Savile’s many crimes.
Given that Savile allegedly molested, abused and raped underage children for decades, it would seem he would be capable of anything. In 2013, a 12-year-old girl came forward to claim that Savile was the leader of a Satanic ring that sexually exploited children. Specifically, the woman claimed a hooded Savile and others led a Black Mass over her hospital bed sometime in 1975.
Decapitated Ducks. Ewes aren’t the only targets of ritualistic killers in England’s West Country. In July and August of 2013, police in Devon’s Teign Valley received calls about decapitated and mutilated ducks. All told, two ducks had been decapitated, while others had their necks snapped. The gruesome pictures began appearing online. Incredibly, along with the butchered ewe and decapitated ducks, Teign Valley has also seen other animal mutilations over the years. On July 23, 2013, a two-month-old pony was discovered dead in the middle of an ash pile and its right ear and testicles had been removed. Similarly, in 2006, approximately a hundred sheep were found dead in the valley and many were missing their eyes, tongues and sex organs.*
The Dartmoor Ewe. During the Summer Solstice in 2015, a white-face Dartmoor ewe was found hacked up in a farmer’s field. The poor animal had its throat cut and one of its legs and ears removed by some sort of sharp implement. With its blood, the perpetrators drew a spiral before leaving the corpse to rot in the English sun. A farmer in the Teign Valley of Devon claimed he had previously lost several other sheep to Satanic killers who usually struck on moonlit nights. This publicized killing, which had the appearance of a ritualized slaughter, brought many other Cornish and Devonshire farmers forward who told similar tales of livestock attacks.
Greek Tragedy. On Eastern Orthodox Sunday in 2014, a 22-year-old confessed Satanist named Alexandros Papageorgiou committed a heinous predawn attack against a 41-year-old homeless woman in the Greek resort town of Glyfada. According to investigators who apprehended Papageorgiou, the killer confessed to attacking the woman with a stone. After hitting his defenseless victim until she died, Papageorgiou used a knife to cut open his own arm. Using his blood, the young Satanist wrote “666” on a nearby park bench. The 22-year-old told police he was inspired to commit the crime as a sacrifice believing it would ultimately bring him closer to Satan.
Satan and the ‘Love’ Ring. During the “Satanic Panics” of the 1980s, many conspiracy theorists began arguing that daycares and schools were more or less operated by organized pedophile rings that worshiped the Devil. Using the now discredited method of recovered memory therapy, moral crusaders during the age of Reagan effectively ruined the lives of many innocent educators and daycare workers. This being said, there is evidence linking Satanic practices to pedophilia. In 2014, 48-year-old Colin Batley, a Tesco security guard based in the Welsh town of Kidwelly, was convicted of performing sex acts on minors. Batley and three female conspirators were also found guilty of eleven rapes and operating a prostitution ring. Batley used Egyptian-inspired black magic and the teachings of Thelema (the religion created by Aleister Crowley) to coerce those around him to engage in perverted sexual activities.
The Vatican’s Growing Industry. In October 2016, it was reported in the international media that the archdiocese of Milan had performed twice as many exorcisms in 2016 as it had in 2015. Elsewhere, in the holy city of Rome, church officials had set up a hotline in order to deal with the increase in exorcism requests. Father Vincenzo Taraborelli told newspapers he sees as many as 30 clients per day. Some of those seeking an exorcism have mental problems, the priest admitted, but others really did require the divine intervention of the Church. According to another priest, Father Ildebrando Di Fulvio, the country-wide increase in exorcisms is due to the popular interest in Ouija boards and séances. Other cases of possession, he said, result form people joining Satanic sects or fooling around with black magic.
Violence, Satanism and a French School. Many people have the misconception that mass shootings are a purely American phenomenon. While they did begin in the U.S., and America has produced most of the major school and mass event shootings in history, rampage killers armed with rifles and pistols have appeared all over Europe since the 1990s. In March 2017, a 16-year-old French student named Kylian Barbey walked into the Alexis de Tocqueville School (above) in Grasse. Armed with a rifle, two handguns and a series of grenades, Barbey injured eight students and teachers. It was later revealed that Barbey had frequently watched mass shooting videos from America prior to committing his own massacre. Barbey, the son of a municipal councillor, was frequently described in the media as a “lonely Satanist.” Apparently, Barbey’s target was the school’s principal.
Betrayed by God. In January 2017 in the Russian region of Tambov, a 17-year-old named Aleksandr Kireev used an axe to kill his mother, father, grandmother and sister. The news struck the small village of Sosnovka very hard, particularly because the Kireev family were not known to be troublemakers or a dysfunctional family. While police investigators speculated that a family dispute could have triggered Aleksandr’s killing spree, the suspect himself confessed that he felt that God had “betrayed” him. Some of Aleksandr’s classmates told reporters the killer was an open Satanist who would routinely blaspheme against Christianity. Whether or not Kireev’s alleged Satanism had anything to do with the murders has not been established.
A Russian Cop’s Zombie Army. In February 2017, Arsen Bairambekov, a former Russian police officer, was caught ritualistically slaughtering men as sacrifices to Satan. Nine hundred miles east of Moscow in the town of Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Bairambekov would lure homeless men to a remote part of the forest where he killed them. Believing himself a necromancer, he later returned to dig up the corpses in an attempt to create a zombie army.
Sources: Benjamin Welton, The Richest, July 6, 2017, and Warren Manger, The Mirror, February 27, 2017.
*When birds feed on dead animals, they eat the softest parts first – the eyes, tongue and genitals – because they are unable to break the tough skin. This has led to allegations of Satanic animal abuse where none exists.