In his book Kingdom of
Darkness, F. W. Thomas tells the story of a photojournalist and
magazine photographer who set out to investigate black magic in
London—an attempt to secure material for a newspaper story. This man,
Serge Kordeiv, and his wife eventually found themselves in a room where
ceremonies were conducted in the name of Satan. They were told to kneel
and then to swear perpetual homage to Satan, and they signed an oath
written in contract form, with their own blood.
Satan’s high priest then
formally welcomed this couple into the coven by abruptly placing his
hands on their genitals. [Here we have a Satanic mockery of the
Christian rite of the laying on of hands to impart spiritual
blessing.] The strange thing about this part of the ceremony, report
the Kordeivs, was the sudden inexplicable, "surge of energy" that went
all through them when the obscene hands grabbed their private parts.
After going through the
Satanic initiation ritual, Serge Kordeiv found his whole life was
dramatically changed. Everything he touched turned to money. Never had
he and his wife enjoyed such financial prosperity. But after attending
several more meetings, Serge and his wife decided to quit the group.1
Thomas proceeds to tell of
some of the activities that caused them to realize how evil were the
activities with which they had become associated. In one Black Mass, a
wax dummy representing a prominent businessman was "killed" by a knife
being plunged into it, whereupon red liquid gushed over a nude girl who
was stretched out on the altar. The members of the coven had to drink
the blood from a bird that was killed, the blood having been first
drained into a chalice. At the next meeting of the group, Kordeiv was
shocked at being shown a newspaper report of the sudden death of the
businessman they had murdered in effigy—he had collapsed and died of a
heart attack on that same night.
The Kordeivs decided to
withdraw at a later time when they were supposed to go through a satanic
confirmation ceremony involving sex acts. They broke off, and in the
days and weeks that followed, they went through a series of terrifying
incidents and experiences. As is often the case, where before they had
known great financial success, now the opposite was true. In various
other ways, they were made to realize that they had displeased the
powers of darkness. The report continues:
Such was the experience of
an unwise couple whose curiosity for black magic dragged them through
untold anguish and despair. One cannot just pick up the dark bolts of
magical fire and drop them at will without getting burned. There is
always a price to pay for use of these forbidden powers, in this world
as well as in the world to come.2
In the mid-1980s Rolling
Stone reported on the satanic murder of 17-year-old Gary Lauwers.3
Whether or not the satanic cult, "Knights of the Black Circle," was a
serious group or a loosely knit association of teenage drug users
playing on the fringes of Satanism, one of its founding members was
serious about the devil. Richard Kasso, who later hanged himself in
jail, would use drugs to attempt to contact the devil. In graveyard
rituals he would chant "Satan, Satan, Satan," and he allegedly "wanted
to be the devil’s second hand." At the time of Lauwers’ death, Kasso
forced him to his knees and made him say "I love Satan." He then took
out a knife and repeatedly stabbed the youth until he died.
The above story was the
leadoff for a special report on the May 16, 1985, ABC Newsmagazine show
"20/20," titled "The Devil Worshippers." It referred to
"perverse, hideous acts that defy belief including "suicides, murders,
and the ritualistic slaughter of children and animals." It noted that
cases of satanic activity are found in every state but that "even more
frightening is the number of reported murders and suicides with satanic
clues." It reported on three different categories of Satanism: 1)
self-styled Satanists, like the Kasso group above, who dabble in
Satanism; 2) religious Satanists who publicly worship the devil; and 3)
satanic cults constituting highly secretive groups who commit criminal
acts, including murder. The segment interviewed a number of authorities
and cited other examples of horrible acts done in the name of the devil.
We note a few comments by
some of the authorities interviewed.
Dr. Lawrence Pazder,
psychiatrist and author of Michele Remembers (1980), a book on
ritual child abuse in Satanism:
Children are involved in
graveyards, in crematorias, in funeral parlors, because one of the
primary focuses of these people is death. Everything is attempted to
be destroyed and killed in that child and in society, everything of
goodness. And death is a major preoccupation... These people cover
their tracks very well.... They’re not going to do some simple murder
and leave a body in a stream for you to pick up the pieces of.4
Police Chief Dale Griffis:
When you get into one of
these groups, there’s only a couple of ways you can get out. One is
death. The other is mental institutions. Or third, you can’t get out.5
Tom Jariel, "20/20"
Nationwide, police are
hearing strikingly similar horror stories, and not one has ever been
proved.... Police are very reluctant to investigate these crimes as
satanic crimes.... They prefer to try to categorize them as
drug-related crimes, sex-related crimes or robbery or something that
they’re more familiar with.6
Anton LaVey, founder, Church
This is a very selfish
religion. We believe in greed, we believe in selfishness, we believe
in all of the lustful thoughts that motivate man, because this is
man’s natural feeling.7
The Napa Register
tells of a man who was convicted for the sex slaying of a teenage girl:
"The purpose of calling [the girl] to the house was to sacrifice her to
Satan," the defendant testified.
He slashed her throat,
violated her sexually, and hid her body under his house. He was also
found guilty of beheading a hitchhiker, of molesting him sexually, and
then leaving his body near a freeway. Three prosecution psychiatrists
testified that the guilty man was sane, and a jury of seven women and
five men deliberated for only one hour after a two-week trial before
finding him guilty of first-degree murder on both counts.8
The San Francisco
Chronicle states that "a group of ‘Satan cultists’ tortured and beat
a 17-year-old to death, believing he was an undercover narcotics agent."
He was not, but he had been lured to an apartment where members of a
Satan cult had been living commune-style; and he underwent a bizarre
weekend of torture before he died. The report states that he was tied to
a bed and beaten, then moved into a basement altar room that was
decorated with a long black table on which candles had been placed in
blackened bottles. In this room satanic tridents and chains were hanging
on the wall, the wall itself being painted with splotches of red that
were meant to signify blood. It seems the 17-year-old youth was tied to
the table, flogged with chains, and slashed with pieces of glass. When
his body was eventually found in a wooded area, his head had been
crushed, apparently by a club.9
Such accounts can now be
multiplied hundreds or thousands of times. Worldwide, since the 1960s,
literally millions of people have been involved in satanic and/or
witchcraft ritual. Witchcraft and Satanism are spreading like a cancer
today, in ways that only a generation ago would have been considered
impossible. The newspaper reports in many countries are remarkably
similar in their acceptance of the fact that this dreaded phenomenon in
our midst is a serious problem.
Even today in America there
are thousands of adults who claim to remember satanic abuse as a child,
including such things as rape, cannibalism, and human sacrifice done in
honor to Satan.
Most people tend to scoff at
such reports either from an inbred skepticism or because little or no
evidence exists to corroborate the claims of these individuals.
We cannot say how many of
these stories are true, but we think it is wrong to dismiss them all. If
occultism has a long history of such activities, and if no one denies
that there are tens of thousands of members of Satanist and related
groups in America, we think some of these accounts are more likely to be
explained by something real than merely by people’s imaginations.
1 Cited in Clifford Wilson
and John Weldon, Psychic Forces (Chattanooga, TN: Global,
1987), pp. 12-13.
3 Rolling Stone,
Nov. 22, 1984; cf. Newsweek, Jul. 23, 1984.
4 "The Devil Worshippers,"
ABC News 20/20 transcript, show #521, May 16, 1985, pp. 6-7.
5 Ibid., p. 8.
6 Ibid., pp. 5, 8.
8 Napa Register,
Mar. 30, 1973.
9 The San Francisco
Chronicle, May 3, 1973.