SATANIC CULT KILLER?
Admitted murderess Miranda Barbour has claimed in an interview with reporter Francis Scarcella that she has killed over 22 people as well as stating that she belonged to a “satanic cult” in Alaska when she was 13 years old. Her husband Elytte Barbour has apparently told police that the couple killed one person in Pennsylvania whom they lured via advertising on Craigslist, and had failed in attempts to kill others. He has as of this point neither confirmed nor denied his wife’s statements. This situation is currently under investigation.
Some basic points for the curious: The Church of Satan is not a cult. We are an above-ground, legally incorporated religious organization and we only allow membership to those who are legal adults. We are atheists, not devil worshippers. We do not support the practice of human or animal sacrifice. We have no record of any contact whatsoever with this couple. Our philosophy embraces a social contract wherein law and order are both upheld. We hold that the punishment should fit in kind and degree the crime. We do not condone murder, nor do the actions of this couple in any way reflect the philosophy of adherents of the Church of Satan. Since our founding in 1966 we have served as consultants for law enforcement and we do not hesitate to notify them of situations that come to our attention indicating potential dangerous activity.
Northeastern University criminologist Jack Levin for CNN analyzed these claims to serial killing on such a large scale and found them implausible, based on current understanding of the behavior of such murderers. I consider his thoughts to be persuasive. It is worth remembering that Henry Lee Lucas, who was arrested in 1983, had similarly claimed to be a member of a cult and at times asserted he was responsible for killing hundreds and later thousands of victims. Apparently he was for a time a member of a Christian commune. These inflated claims as well as the existence of the cult were determined to be falsehoods.
Having been a representative of the Church of Satan through “The Satanic Panic” of the mid 80s-90s, I am well aware of the popular myth of the existence of “satanic cults” who ritually abuse people via acts of torture and murder. While leading journalists back then promoted this hysteria, when rigorous analysis—particularly by agents of law enforcement—was brought to bear, these claims proved untrue. Today, law enforcement is much more organized, particularly post 9/11, and I find it difficult to believe that a “killer cult” of any sort could be in operation before being noticed and their murderous members captured and prosecuted.
There have been isolated instances of small groups of people dabbling in devil worship who have committed murder. These cases often involved the use of illegal drugs as well as cobbled-together religious ideas that come primarily from horror films, video games or the literature produced by evangelical Christians. Their belief in Satan is a Christian one, seeing him as a real being demanding chaos, sacrifice and murder as forms of worship. The Church of Satan has never held that view as we consider both God and Satan to be fictional. Satan serves us as a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, much as he has for creative individuals such as Milton, Byron and Carducci. Mark Twain, a sharp observer of the human animal, also used Satan in this manner in his more controversial works.
If you have ever seen films like BADLANDS (1973) or NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994), which explore the motivations of couples who are “thrill killers,” you’ll note that the concept of a couple committing murders primarily for personal excitement and gaining attention has been out there for some time. There are quite a number of documented incidents of similar behavior and it is disturbing that certain individuals may decide to murder others as a means for entertainment. Psychologists continue to study this aberration and may in time uncover more about what motivates such reprehensible behavior. Whether the Barbour’s actually have committed one or many murders is yet to be determined, but there is ample material out there upon which such a story could be based.
It should come as no surprise that Satan has once again been chosen as a scapegoat, since criminals often seek to blame others for their actions and The Devil has historically been named as inspiring many acts deemed to be evil. However, we think it is crucial to understand that the philosophy of Satanism as codified by Anton LaVey is one that condemns murder and advocates that the perpetrators should be punished to the full extent of the law.
I have confidence that law enforcement will uncover the truth about this situation and I trust that the guilty will be punished for their heinous deeds
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
A FINE DAY TO CELEBRATE YOUR LUST!
Whether you conjure the ancient Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, or find inspiration via the traditional date to share tokens of romantic love with those who have aroused your passions, may you have a lust-filled day (and musk-filled night) with your eager partners, you horny, happy, life-loving devils! Here’s to one of the most delightful of indulgences!
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
Otto’s Shrunken Head Presents “Darren Deicide Rings in Ragnarok”
New York City, NY – Otto’s Shrunken Head and Darren Deicide join to present a special show commemorating the symbolic rise of Ragnarok. The show will take place Saturday, February 22nd at New York City’s own Tiki bar and original music venue, Otto’s Shrunken Head.
On the 14th of November 2013, the mythical Gjallerhorn was blown in York to signal 100 days to Ragnarok, the Viking apocalypse. According to scholars of Nordic mythology, February 22nd, 2014 would be the date Ragnarok rises. Danielle Daglan, director of the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, said, “Ragnarok is the ultimate landmark in Viking mythology, when the gods fall and die, so this really is an event that should not be underestimated.”
To commemorate this lesser-known doomsday prediction, Otto’s Shrunken Head will be throwing a special “Darren Deicide Rings in Ragnarok” show. The complimentary show will begin at 7pm and will go into the night when at 10pm it transitions into “Thee Midnight Monster Hop”, featuring premiere rock n’ roll bands from New York City as well as guest DJ, Mike Decay, who will be playing rockabilly and psycho-billy all night.
New York’s new sleaze, sexploitation rock n’ roll ensemble DANSE dESADE will be performing in their stage debut at the famed Brighton Bar in New Jersey. Come February 16th and experience a carnival panorama of sin and sound as they celebrate the pleasures of the flesh with hymns of bourbon, serpents, sex… and Satan!
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Also featured on Radio Free Satan is a 2-part special of Lambert’s Basement, all about the Tiki-infused jazz known as Exotica. All podcasts are available now on RadioFreeSatan.com, iTunes, and elsewhere.
THE DEVIL’S MISCHIEF #486
VASCA Radio - Episode 34
VASCA Radio returns with a brand-new episode loaded with acoustic ammunition. Your host shares a powerful selection of his personal favourite tunes of 2013 with the listeners and highlights some exceptional releases of the past year. Your host clarifies that VASCA Radio is continuing to stand strong and true to his concept.
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