Satanism: Threat in the New Millennium

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Satanism:
Threat in the New Millennium

William H. Kennedy

October 2004

The ultimate concern of this examination is to trace the history of Satanism from its emergence in the post World War Two era to the various threats this movement poses to society in the new millennium.

In this regard a provisional definition of Satanism is necessary. Satanism may be defined as a belief system which seeks to venerate the Fallen Angel Lucifer either as a metaphor or as a metaphysical being. As will be demonstrated the fact that some Satanists see the Devil as merely a symbol and others as a real spiritual entity turns out to be irrelevant when considering the underlying theology and long term goals of this movement. Although many factors contributed to the growth of this diabolical belief system over the centuries, the contemporary movement can be traced to the activities of one individual who gave shape to the modern world of Satanism.

Crowley: The Godfather of Modern Satanism

In any discussion of contemporary Satanism the figure of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) looms like a mafia godfather over a shadowy underworld. Crowley (rhymes with “holy”) is the single most influential character in the formation of modern Satanism and Witchcraft (Wicca). Born to a wealthy family who were the sole owners of a brewery and pub chain, Crowley resented the stern Christian up-bringing and harsh Victorian morals which were inflicted upon him in his native Britain.

Crowley enrolled at Cambridge University but never graduated having instead chosen to embark upon period of self-examination and the study of occult doctrine. It should be noted that Crowley was a world-class mountain climber and was a minor celebrity as a young man. However, the majority of his time was spent in the study of ritual magic and mystical practices. Much of this esoteric exploration was Satanic in nature despite claims to the contrary by Crowley’s contemporary followers. In his quest for spiritual enlightenment Crowley began combining drugs with meditative practices and sex rituals to form a system of sex-magick. (Crowley used the alternative spelling “magick” to distinguish his metaphysical teachings from stage magic) Within this system advocates claim that drugs, visualization and the frenzy of sex combine to make them merge with and become the deity they focus on. In one ritual which Crowley undertook early in his career, he identified himself as Jesus Christ. In fact the most popular photograph of Crowley shows him with arms outstretched like Christ on the Cross. [Drury: 2000]

This ritual mimics Lucifer’s rebellion which is recounted in Isaiah Chapter 14. It constitutes a reenactment of the Fallen Angel’s attempt to invert Heaven and be worshiped as God. It is a ceremonial imitation of Lucifer’s mutiny and constitutes a mini-victory for the Prince of this World in that God is eclipsed. Crowley himself was worshiped as God in this bizarre rite. At other times Crowley identified himself as Satan (and other mostly ancient Egyptian deities) and likewise encouraged his disciples to venerate him.

This notion of inversion is essential to understanding the phenomenon of Satanism. Ultimately inversion involves the replacing of God with something else as an object of veneration. It really does not matter what replaces God so long as the Christian Deity is eclipsed in the hearts and minds of followers. Crowley was well aware of this notion of inversion even having to have gone as far as to call his new religion “Crowleyanity” as an inversion of “Christianity.” He symbolically inverted the Divine order by replacing Christ with himself and had his deranged followers venerate him as the Messiah. In his bid for spiritual power Crowley even directly petitioned the Fallen Angel by praying and killing small birds before a human skeleton which he mounted on a makeshift altar in his home. [Wilson: 2000]

Crowley later believed that he was also the Anti-Christ. In his most famous work The Book of the Law, written at a time when Crowley was openly referring to himself as  The Great Beast 666, he wrote that, “With my hawk’s head I peck at the eyes of Jesus.” And it is where he wrote his most famous axiom, “Do what thy will shall be the whole of the law.” This book called for a New Age of global conflict, constant bloodshed and the eventual destruction of Christianity in an apocalyptic battle. [Wilson: 1987] Again, the inversion of the Christian faith was of utmost concern to Crowley. It did not matter if Crowley played the role of Jesus or Satan – the primary goal was to obscure the real Christ by whatever means necessary.

In his obsession to overturn Christendom Crowley was even willing to adopt atheism and communism if need be. Just after World War One Crowley wrote to the newly installed Communist government in Moscow and offered his services as propaganda minister for atheism with the express intent of deriding Christianity. The fact that the Russian Reds had no metaphysical beliefs was of little concern to Crowley. It was the Communist Central Committee’s vow to destroy Christianity that really grabbed Crowley’s attention. The Great Beast 666 was only concerned with the obliteration of the Christian Faith and would use anyone or any system at his disposal to promote this agenda. The Communists must have believed that The Great Beast 666 would better serve their revolution if he remained in the West as they never answered his letter. [Wilson: 1987]

Crowley’s relationship with Fascism is somewhat complex. The Great Beast would adopt any system which sought to replace the Judeo-Christian Tradition but was not one to subordinate himself in any meaningful way
to any Leader no matter how appealing his ideas were. In this sense Crowley was certainly not a Nazi or Nazi sympathizer. However, Crowley did state that the prophecies depicted in The Book of the Law have cognates in a book of quotes entitled Hitler Speaks. In this sense Crowley identified his system with that of the Nazi Party Leader. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

Virtually all of Crowley’s later disciples adopted strong elements of Fascism and Nazi occultism as part and parcel of fulfilling The Great Beast’s agenda. One of Crowley’s primary German followers was Martha Kunzel who sincerely believed that Hitler was following Crowley’s principles and became an avid member of the Nazi Party. The British occult writer Gerald Suster speculated that the rise of totalitarian despots in the 20th century and the world wars they started were, in reality, a bleak fulfillment of The Great Beast’s forecasts concerning the epoch of violence which Crowley believed would eventually topple Christianity. As will be demonstrated this trend of mixing Nazism and Crowleyanity would be continued by the Great Beast’s devotees into the new millennium. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

Crowley’s version of Satanism still crops up in modern Devil worship. As will be demonstrated, one can find Satanists who worship themselves, Satanists who venerate the Devil as a real being and atheistic Satanists who use this diabolical faith as a convenient springboard to overturn Christianity. Oftentimes these competing convictions and interpretations of Satanism causes division within this movement but this is to be expected and in no way hinders their ultimate goal of destroying Christianity. From a theological perspective it must be kept in mind that Hell is full of Devil worshipers who bicker among themselves so it comes as no surprise that there is squabbling among contemporary Satanic groups in this World.

Crowley belonged to various mystical societies over the course of his career including the Freemasons, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) – which he was later to lead and started branches all over the Western world. As a means to engage in intense sex magick practices, Crowley started a commune in Sicily where he combined hard drugs, magical incantations and ritual sex with his strange followers. Refusing to submit to any moral codes, Crowley allowed several pre-teen children to witness sex rituals which involved explicit carnal acts – a fact his admirers never like to mention. [Wilson: 1987] There is also a vague reference to the human sacrifice of a male child in Magick in Theory and Practice but modern Crowleyites claim this is merely a “metaphor” and that the The Great Beast 666 did not intend for his initiates to butcher babies in rituals.

Trouble came to Crowley’s commune when one of his followers died from toxic shock after ingesting cat’s blood from a sliver chalice during an arcane rite. The authorities were informed of the death and the Fascist government deported The Great Beast and his commune closed for good. Crowley turned much of his attention to spreading  the OTO with its sodomy rituals which The Great Beast greatly enjoyed. (source)

The modern founder of Witchcraft Gerald Gardener hired Crowley to formulate the primary magical ceremonies practiced in some form by the vast majority of Wiccans to this day. Despite their claims that they are practicing the continuation of pre-Christian Goddess religion which survived from ancient times, most modern Witches are merely celebrating the nature rites of the Great Beast 666. Crowley surely enjoyed the money he received to formulate these Wicca rituals but he must also have seen the potential this Mother Nature religion had for further toppling Christianity. [Drury: 2000]

During these final years of his life Crowley worked to keep his teachings going after his death. One of his schemes was to infiltrate the Catholic Church and subvert it from within. For this end he ordered his disciple Charles S. Jones to convert to the Church of Rome and begin to replace it with Crowleyanity. Jones was arrested once for indecent exposure in Canada.  How well he did within the Catholic Church is unknown. [Wilson: 1987]

Crowley was debt ridden and burnt-out from drugs when he died in 1947. The lives of his followers took an even worse turn with many of his male and female sex-magick partners eventually going insane. Two of Crowley’s wives even committed suicide. [Wilson: 1987] Crowley’s primary American follower was rocket designer Jack Parsons who revolutionized missile propulsion by inventing solid rocket fuel. One of Parson’s magical partners was L. Ron Hubbard who went on to found Dianetics and the Church of Scientology. Parson’s died in an explosion in the late 40s but not before secured a place for the Great Beast 666 in American culture.

In the late 1940s The Berkeley OTO branch was frequented by actor and film-maker Kenneth Anger (b. 1930). Anger’s interest in occultism runs very deep and his interest in Crowley is obsessive. In his effort to understand the Great Beast Anger went on a pilgrimage in the 1950s to Crowley’s old commune in Sicily and made a film based on Crowleyian principles entitled Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954). Many years later Anger would become a household name for penning the pop-culture masterpiece Hollywood Babylon (1981) the first book to expose the rampant homosexuality and deviancy in the film industry and is a must read for anyone interested in American cultural history. No one can deny what a talented film-maker and writer Kenneth Anger is even though one may strongly disagree with his philosophy. Anger is still involved in Crowleyanity and is one of the major promoters of the Great Beast’s world-view. Crowley is hugely popular today – more so than in his lifetime. In 1967 he appeared on the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. In a 2002 BBC survey of the 100 Greatest Britons Crowley ranked number 73.

The Church of Satan

The Berkeley OTO had a San Franciscan member named Howard Stanton Levey (1930-1997) who started frequenting the lodge in 1951. Levey had been in correspondence with Jack Parsons in the late 1940s and was an eager student of the occult. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002] His background is somewhat shrouded in mystery primarily because he misrepresented his early life and work when he was later to emerge as a major figure in occult circles. It is clear, however, that Levey was a musician who played keyboard at various burlesque houses and nightclubs in the Bay Area in the 1950s.

Levey and Anger became fast friends and shared an interest in the more nefarious side of life. The two men intensely studied such matters as werewolves, vampires, tarot, ESP and just about every other occult and
mystical teaching under the sun. By 1961 they began to hold meetings at Levey’s house where they charged for public lectures on occultism which attracted fairly large crowds as esoteric subjects began to become more and more popular. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

As the public decency laws began to change in California burlesque houses were allowed to offer topless and eventually full nude dancing. Levey was already ingrained in the adult entertainment industry as a keyboard player in the older burlesque club scene. As a means to earn money Levey recruited and organized strip shows in San Francisco and, according to his daughter Zeena, Howard Levey often turned to pimping women in San Francisco’s red light district called the Tenderloin when money was short.

In 1966 Levey formulated a scheme by which he could combine his favorite interests – sex, money and magick. With Anger’s blessing Levey shaved his head, donned black clothing, and announced the formation of the Church of Satan. He also changed his name to Anton Szandor LaVey and declared himself to be The Black Pope. In order to have a secure base of operation LaVey painted his house black and designed and built an elaborate ritual chamber which would act as the headquarters for the new diabolical church. LaVey went on a publicity blitz which afforded him celebrity status in the growing 60s counter culture. Over the course of the next few years LaVey gathered a fairly large following of about 2000 members world-wide with around 500 of these being serious hardcore devotees. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

In 1969 Avon books published The Satanic Bible LaVey’s attempt at giving shape to his diabolical purview. Later books included The Satanic Rituals, The Satanic Witch and The Devil’s Notebook. The Black Pope’s Bible turned out to be mostly a plagiarized version of the book Might is Right an anti-Catholic diatribe most likely written by a disgruntled Irish Catholic immigrant who wrote under the pen name of R. Redbeard. The primary ritual contained in The Satanic Bible is a reworking the 17th century Black Mass – a parody of Roman Catholic services.

Some of the other rituals LaVey promotes in these tomes have clear and distinct Nazi elements. One ritual was accompanied by the Nazi hymn Germany Awake composed by the fanatic Fascist Dietrich Eckart which was broadcast daily in the Third Reich. One can find references to Nazism in LaVey’s ceremonies with purely Fascist terms like Thule, Vril, and Abnenerbe sprinkled throughout his diabolical rites. LaVey was not shy about admitting his deep admiration for the SS even claiming that one of his rituals was based on Himmler’s most elite ceremonies which was reserved for the highest members of his inner circle. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

LaVey’s defenders often point out that The Black Pope had Jewish blood and could not really have been a Nazi sympathizer. But when one considers that the most vicious guards in Germany’s concentration camps were in fact Jewish it really renders this argument moot. This refers, of course, to the Capos – Jews the Nazis recruited to harass and murder their own kind. Most of these Capos were volunteers.

The formation of the Church of Satan would also afford the Black Pope many tax breaks as he quickly devised a scheme to combine his Devil worship with the adult entertainment industry. LaVey had contacts within organized crime from an uncle who was one of Al Capone’s henchman. This connection gave him access to the strip club owners in San Francisco and LaVey began to recruit young women to perform in these new clubs . As a means to avoid taxation The Black Pope called one of his strip shows “The Witches Review” and declared that this topless dance was a legitimate religious ceremony. This afforded LaVey certain tax breaks and buffered him from government censors in that he could always claim that they were infringing on his right to practice his religion if the authorities ever changed the decency laws.

One young women who LaVey recruited to perform topless in The Witch’s Review was a sexy drifter named Susan Atkins. Atkins played the role of a seductive vampireress who emerged topless from a coffin and would point her index finger, which had a long red painted fingernail, at the leering audience.  She would  hiss and symbolically beckon for the blood of the trench coat wearing customers who paid their admission to Black Pope’s religious ceremony. Her stage act strangely presaged her later criminal activities. [Schreck: 1989]

Susan Atkins became a household name in 1969 after viciously murdering the pregnant actress Sharon Tate by stabbing her in the stomach. Susan then compulsively licked the blood of the popular star off of her own fingers.  In a sense she took her role of vampire to heart. [Schreck 1989] After breaking with LaVey, Atkins joined up with The Family – Charles Manson’s motley crew of Devil Worshipers. Susan Atkins was present at all three sets of murders ordered by Charles Manson at the Hinman, Tate and Labianca homes. (graphic Tate photo)

Another Church of Satan member who defected to Manson was Robert “Bobby” Beausoleil who brutally murdered Gary Hinman at the request of Charlie. (Like Crowley, Manson demanded to be worshiped as Jesus and Satan). Both of these former Church of Satan members are doing life in prison.

Beausoleil tattooed himself with Nazi symbols and joined the Aryan Nations prison gang – another link between mainstream Satanism and violent neo-Nazism.

LaVey, like all pimps, had an excessive need to exploit people and decided that he would charge huge sums to Church of Satan members for his advanced teachings. In 1975 members were shocked to find an ultimatum in LaVey’s newsletter The Cloven Hoof that, from now on, all higher degrees of initiation would only be available if large contributions in cash, real estate or valuable works of art were donated to The Black Pope. In his greed LaVey must have forgotten that he taught all of these people to be out for themselves and never to be anyone’s sucker. Consequently, the majority of hardcore followers left and formed other Satanic organizations some of which will be covered below. [Goodrick-Clarke]

This mass defection dealt a serious blow to LaVey – one from which neither he or his organization ever fully recovered from. With his core followers gone LaVey lost his major source of income and until his death he lived in abject poverty. The Black Pope lived primarily off of handouts from a few close friends and occasional wealthy individuals who joined his organization and could afford the large stash of cash he demanded for official diplomas from the Church of Satan. The Black Pope would make anyone a High Priest in his diabolic order if they paid him enough – he would issue these degrees without even offering the payee any arcane instruction. Many a wealthy businessman in San Francisco and elsewhere would pay for these bogus certificates to use as a novelty items to show friends and shock business partners. [Drury: 2000] Even with these schemes The Black Pope almost lost his house due to a defaulted mortgage but a wealthy friend purchased it and allowed LaVey to live there for the rest of his life.

LaVey’s philosophy of selfishness soon impacted his personal life and his marriage and family suffered greatly. According to Zeena LaVey Schreck – the Black Pope’s youngest daughter – her father regularly beat his wife Diane and the police had to be called on one occasion to break up a particularly nasty domestic fight. In this instance, the High Priest of the Church of Satan attempted to strangle his spouse to death. Zeena also claims that Anton was a bullying father who mistreated both her and her older sister Karla. She also claims that LaVey neglected and abused his collection of exotic animals. In a most startling statement Zeena claims that her father passively watched a friend of many years molest her son in the Black Pope’s presence. The perpetrator was later sent to prison for sexually abusing another child.

As a means to secure cash in the 1980s and 90s LaVey returned to his practice of pimping. When young females joined the Church of Satan LaVey would often initiate them by having them sell their bodies in the Tenderloin sex district. LaVey pocketed most of the cash these naïf girls returned with. For prostituting themselves these devotees were allowed to enter the higher degrees of the Church of Satan.

LaVey’s latter years were quite strange. He became more and more paranoid believing that people were out to kill him. He became reclusive and saw less and less of even his closet devotees. The Black Pope’s house was surrounded by a large fence with barbed wire and he spent the majority of his time inside playing his organ and interacting with a cadre of low-tech robots he had created or collected over the years. Nor did LaVey really bother with anyone apart from those who would supply him with much needed cash.

The rise of the Internet afforded LaVey new hope for his movement and he sought contributions through the Church of Satan web page which went online in 1995. His ex-wife and daughters had little to do with The Black Pope. His only companion was his lover Blanche Barton. Howard Stanton Levey departed from this world in 1997 from heart disease and was at the time of his passing the most famous occultist in history.

Michael Aquino and the Temple of Set

The largest Satanic church to spin-off from the Church of Satan is undoubtedly the Temple of Set formed by The Black Pope’s number one disciple Dr. Michael Aquino. Aquino joined up in 1969 while he was a US army officer and psychological operations expert at the Presidio Army base in San Francisco. A highly educated and sophisticated man with a PhD from UC Santa Barbara, Aquino was the polar opposite of the high school drop out and street hustler LaVey. This class difference was bound to cause tension between the two men. This came to a head in 1975 when, as stated, LaVey tried to pull a con-job on his devotees and drain them of whatever wealth they had in order to receive the higher initiation rites of The Black Pope’s organization. The final rupture came when LaVey accepted money for the rites and proffered little or no instruction on the tenets of Satanism to the attention seeking dilettantes who handed envelops of cash to The Black Pope. [Drury: 2000]

Aquino took his diabolical beliefs seriously and undertook a long and detailed study of occultism and the rites of the Church of Satan. This academic Devil worshiper just could not stomach the fact that LaVey gave away the very advanced degrees he worked hard to attain. He stated that the church was attracking too many “Fad followers, egomaniacs and assorted oddballs whose interest in becoming Satanists was to flash their membership cards for cock-tail party notoriety.” [Drury: 2000]

Nor did Aquino appreciate LaVey’s notion of atheism and self-assertion. For Aquino Satan was a real metaphysical being whose devotees were meant to worship and serve their diabolical deity. This constitutes the first break between atheistic Satanists and theistic Satanists – a rift which has little meaning when considering that either way is consistent with Crowley’s notion of inversion. To repeat it does not matter if a Satanist replaces God with himself or the Devil – the ultimate end result serves the same agenda of overturning Christianity and replacing it with Devil Worship. Whether the individual Satanist prefers atheistic or theistic Satanism is moot.

As will be demonstrated below some spin-off groups of theistic Satanists believe that this rift will be settled with the emergence of the Anti-Christ in global affairs.

Aquino not only claims to have Faith in the Fallen Angel but believes the Prince of Darkness spoke to him and gave him a further revelation from Hell. This communication from the Devil was eventually written down in Aquino’s treatise The Book of Coming Forth by Night (1985). In this text the Arch-fiend identified himself as Set – the ancient Egyptian name for Satan – and instructed Aquino to form a new organization called the Temple of Set (with members referred to as Setians) which was to act as a vehicle for the emergence of a new Satanic Age. [Drury: 2000]

The trend of self-promotion and eclipsing the Christian God still survived the break from the Church of Satan as evinced in the statement of leading Setian Don Webb, “The mission of the Temple of Set is to recreate a tradition of self deification.” For all Aqunio’s squabbling over the years he retained the key element of both LaVey and Crowley’s ultimate concern – to replace the Christian God with something else. In Aqunio’s theology it is valid to replace the Christian God with oneself and/or Satan (Set). From A Christian perspective adopting either of these concepts eclipses God one way or the other.

Aquino’s Temple of Set became fairly popular and even converted Zeena LaVey and her husband Nicholas Schreck for a time. Although they espouse Setian views the Schrecks have also adopted Crowleyanity having experimented with and written about various forms of sex magick. The Shrecks founded their own order called The Storm which seeks to include ancient Indo-European sex themes into their greater purview.  Like many Satanists they have incorporated neo-Nazi occultism and racism as part and parcel of their diabolical practices. The Schrecks recorded a CD under the group name of Radio Werewolf – a name borrowed from Himmler’s underground broadcasting network which sent out pro-Nazi messages after the Third Reich surrendered. The Schrecks moved to Germany and are directly associated with neo-Fascist Skin Head groups. They also produced a movie entitled Charles Manson Superstar [1989] a documentary which afforded Manson a chance to rant away concerning his murderous intentions from inside the maximum-security prison from which he shall never emerge. The Schrecks have also produced a series of quite interesting books one of which is on the history of Satanism in the cinema.

Many Temple of Set members are Jewish yet Aquino still hails Himmler as a great Satanic initiate. He even performed a series of rituals at the old SS head-quarters at Wewelsburg Castle in Germany where Himmler’s occult priests once tried to resurrect several severed heads and make them speak. Aquino believed that Wewelsburg Castle was a major earthly nexus of nefarious powers and sought to tap into this diabolical gold-mine. It was at this High Temple of Nazism that Aquino claimed to achieve an even higher initiation and further merged with his malevolent god Set. He set down his experiences with Nazi mysticism in The Wewelsburg Working (1982). How any Jew could join the Temple of Set is beyond reason. [Goodrick-Clarke]

Although Aquino is a master at media manipulation and various forms of mind control from his years as a US Army psi-op officer he still could not avoid a series of law suites which seriously damaged his reputation. The New Religious Movements page best sums up the troubles Aquino faced and it should be noted that he was never charged with any crime:

A scandal that broke out in 1986 did much to hurt the credibility of Michael Aquino and the Temple of Set. Charges of child molestation surfaced at the day-care center at Presidio Army Base, where Lt. Col. Aquino was assigned. Gary Hambright, a day-care worker, was charged with 12 counts of sodomy, oral copulation, and lewd conduct. Aquino, along with his wife Lilith, were identified by some of the children as possibly being another man who had participated in the molestations. However, no formal charges were ever brought against Aquino, and the case against Hambright was later dismissed.

In 1994, Aquino sued Linda Blood, a former member of the Temple of Set, for libel in her book The New Satanists . The book, Aquino’s lawyers said, depicted him and his fellow Setians as “pedophiles, child abusers, murderers and the masterminds behind a nationwide satanic conspiracy”. This was settled out of court, with details of the settlement kept confidential.

The latest lawsuit, in 1997, was brought against an internet provider for failing to block defamatory posts from an anonymous user. A person using the name “Curio” had posted over 500 messages that accused Aquino of “having participated in heinous crimes, sexual perversions and acts of moral turpitude,” according to Aquino’s lawyers. That case against the internet company ElectriCiti was thrown out of court.

Aquino has retired from public life and turned over the operations of the Temple of Set to Don Webb.

The Process Church of the Final Judgment

Although it is now defunct no discussion of modern Satanism would be complete without reviewing the strange saga of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. The lineage of this Church can be directly traced to Aleister Crowley via Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard. The Process Church was started by two former Church of Scientology members named Robert and Mary Anne Moore DeGrimston in England in 1965. They soon began recruiting rich young people into their cult. The Process Church of the Final Judgment had a Satanic theology in which Jesus and Satan were different aspects of the same Divine Being. In their apocalyptic purview the DeGrimston’s believed that the world would erupt into global war which would be ended by a return of Jesus and Satan. Jesus would judge the Living and the Dead and his other aspect Satan would inflict punishment on the unjust. Members were encouraged to worship both Jesus and Lucifer in their clearly diabolic belief system.

The Process Church also began to adopt Nazi style symbols and language in their diabolic theology of death and destruction. The primary symbol of DeGrimston’s organization looks very much like Hitler’s swastika.

As the cult spread to the New World they encountered Charles Manson and The Family in San Francisco. Manson was another former Scientologist who claimed that he and Robert Moore DeGrimston were “one and the same” at his trial in 1970. Manson claimed to be Jesus and Satan at the same time and wrote an article for the Process Church magazine. Author Ed Saunders was sued by the Process Church for suggesting that members were somehow involved in Manson’s Helter Skelter program of murder and mayhem. Sander’s conceded and removed the offensive passage form his book The Family.

Researcher Maury Terry was likewise sued by the OTO for claiming links between them, the Process Church, The Family and Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz in his book The Ultimate Evil. No OTO or Process Church member was charged with any crime while being active members of these groups. Bobby Beausoleil was no longer involved with Ken Anger or LaVey when he butchered Gary Hinman. Likewise, no Process Church member was ever charged with murder in relation to the Son of Sam shootings. However, Berkowitz claims to this day that he was part of a Process Church offshoot but no one takes his claims seriously as he originally said his neighbor’s dog Sam ordered him to kill those people.

Terry settled out of court but still promotes his book which makes the same assertions.

Eventually Robert Moore DeGrimston suffered from sexual problems with his wife and requested she allow him to bring another women to their bed for a three-some. Mary Anne refused and this lead to the entire collapse of the Process Church which formally disbanded in 1975 and destroyed all of its records.

The Skull and Bones Society

The only non-Crowleyan Satanist group has actually had the most influence in politics, economics and popular culture. Founded at Yale in 1832 the Skull and Bones Society (aka The Order) came in the wake of President John Quincy Adams purging of Freemasons from government jobs who, the President felt, had inordinate power in American political life. As a means to continue the Freemasonic tradition in the power structure of the United States, a Yale student went to Germany and secured a charter from some unnamed university Masonic-like secret society. A legal entity called the Russell Trust was set up as the parent organization of the Skull and Bones Society and this corporation owns all the land on which Yale University rests and could technically evict this Ivy League institution from its home. This is the reason Yale University refuses to even speak of The Order and professors and instructors are ordered never to comment to the press about the Skull and Bones.

The Skull and Bones is headquartered in a bizarre building in the center of Yale’s campus in New Haven called the Tombs. The structure has an eerie quality and looks very much like a mausoleum. It is reported that the interior part of the building is decorated with coffins and real human skulls including that of the Native American leader Geronomo. Potential initiates meet twice a week for elaborate dinners. Members are called Bonesman. Even these high society Satanists cannot get away from Nazi practices. Since the late 1940s members of The Order use a silver cutlery set once owned and used by Hitler himself. It was stolen by a Bonesman who served in Europe at the end of WW2.

The Skull and Bones Society fits our definition of a Satanist organization because of their initiation ceremony. Like all Masonic orders the Skull and Bones has a mock resurrection ceremony (a parody of Christian resurrection) and has even more disturbing rituals which have nothing less than a Satanic slant to them. For example, the initiates drink blood from a skull. The tallest member of the initiation group is deemed “The Big Devil” and the shortest “The Little Devil”. At the final part of the ceremony the initiate kneels before three figures who are dressed as a Devil with horns, a Black Knight and a Pope wearing a miter who rests his foot on a stone skull. The Black Knight (the fool Don Quixote) walks over and dubs the initiate “a knight of eulogia.”

The three diabolic figures are clearly a representation of the infernal trinity of Lucifer (the horned figure), Anti-Christ (the Pope figure with the skull), and Satan (the Black Knight). This is a diabolical inversion of the Christian Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Consequently, all members ultimately owe their allegiance to the infernal trinity.

According to Alexandra Robbins in Secrets of the Tomb (2002) Eulogia is a Greek Goddess and thus gives the Skull and Bones a strong link to witchcraft and Neo-paganism. Again this is all meant to obscure the Christian God and replace Him as a means to gain control over the hearts, minds and souls of those who offer allegiance to the infernal trinity and the goddess.

Bonesmen and Boneswomen (women are now initiated) take blood oaths never to admit their membership publicly and are told to leave the room or change the subject if non-members ever question them about The Order. They operate purely for mutual aid for other members and are expected to help one another as far as their station in life allows. They have a yearly meeting of the 800 or so living members on a secret private island on the St. Lawrence River which is owned by the Russell Trust. What rites take place there are currently unknown – no member has ever revealed the exact nature of the activities which occur on this remote island.

What becomes frightening about the Skull and Bones is the high number of powerful people who are Order members like both President Bushs, Presidential candidate John Kerry not to mention a hoard of prominent people in politics, business and high society. It does not matter if members believe that what they knelt before was a metaphor – their allegiance is still to the infernal realm. It doses not matter if Skull and Bones members never engage in such rituals again – from a Christian perspective one need only sell his or her soul to the Devil once and it’s a done deal for this life and the next unless the initiate renounces the oaths they took and denounces the organization.

President George W. Bush (a Methodist and alleged born again Christian) and Senator John F. Kerry (a Roman Catholic) have never renounced their oaths to the Skull and Bones – in fact they keep them. This is evinced in the Meet the Press interviews hosted by Tim Russert during the 2004 Presidential election. When Russert questioned both these men about the Skull and Bones they refused to answer and changed the subject.

The teachings of the Skull and Bones are really not too far away from Crowley’s ideas and both have their roots in Masonic influenced secret societies. Crowley always claimed to be part of an older tradition and the Skull and Bones seems to be part of this same ancient nefarious system.

Satanic Crime and the New Millennium

A philosophy of life which centers on selfishness and disregard for all forms of authority will inevitably lead to criminal activity. As mentioned LaVey had ties to organized crime and claimed that Las Vegas gangsters were his role models.   He did pimp women in San Francisco’s red light district his whole adult life. It is no wonder that his disciples like Atkins were to perform heinous murders. The Black Pope’s Satanic teaching has influenced a variety of criminals who also claimed to be Satanists. This is not to say that the Church of Satan or any of its offshoots are responsible for the criminal actions of others but their publications and related media certainly encourage illicit activities.

There are also other Satanic groups which espouse violence and criminal activities behind the veil of free speech.  Several groups seek to unify Satanists in a final battle against Christians.  Radio Free Satan has broadcast shows which encourages teenagers to commit suicide. There are many more examples which could be drawn from. However, the case of the Columbine shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, demonstrates what is perhaps the most shocking case of Satanic crime in recent memory.

Was Columbine a Satanic Crime?

The rampage which ensued on April 20, 1999 (Hitler’s Birthday) at Columbine High School situated in a quiet and scenic suburb of Denver left an indelible mark on the collective American psyche. Even before the onslaught ended journalists were speculating as to the motivations of the shooters. Michael Moore was later to make an academy award winning motion picture which basically blamed the easy accessibility of firearms and media induced hysteria to explain the events surrounding that most horrible day when 12 children and 1 teacher died, 20 people wounded and 100rds left with deep emotional scares. However, there were clear and distinct Satanic elements to this murder which Moore did not cover but instead focused on vindicating the clearly innocent Marilyn Manson who was unfairly made a scapegoat for the crimes by the popular media.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bullied by athletes at Columbine High School and joined a rag tag group of outsiders called the Trench Coat Mafia. This loose association consisted of various misfits whose inability to function in structured environments caused them to adopt a variety of anti-social philosophies. Even their name is a reference to organized crime. (photo)

It should be acknowledged that secondary education as it exists in America today has little tolerance for such non-traditional students and schools must design more inclusive programs which afford marginalized teenagers a sense of self-value. Students who perform poorly in academic and athletic pursuits must be taught that they have value merely by being human beings and that they do posses talents which are of benefit to society. The model of “winners and losers” (in reality a form of social Darwinism), which is encouraged by teachers, must be replaced with more positive models based on the intrinsic self-worth of individuals. Bullying is also a rampant problem as well and new strategies must be developed by educational psychologists to curtail this widespread menace. These issues must not be lost in learning the lesson of Columbine and Michael Moore was correct in pointing these issues out in his film.

The Trench Coat Mafia devised an eclectic model of anti-social teachings ranging from Hollywood films which advocated school violence (The Basketball Diaries) to the glaring misanthropy of Black Metal music. Satanism was certainly a major part of their world-view. According to Brooks Brown in No Easy Answers (2002) (a former member of the Trench Coat Mafia) both Harris and Klebold were “big into Anti-God Satanism”. In the midst of the shooting spree Valeen Schnurr – who lay on the floor wounded – began to pray to God for help. Eric Harris took a few minutes from his deadly rampage to belittle her Christian beliefs and left her in a pool of blood to ponder the impotency of her God in such situations as she lay dieing. Luckily, Schnurr survived her physical wounds – her prayers were answered.

For those who believe that the easy availability of firearms caused the final bloodbath should consider that Brooks Brown also claims that Harris was experimenting with pipe bombs for over a year before that fateful day. If guns were not readily available than the pair would have used a series of explosives which would most definitely caused far more blood-shed and death.  The boys had homemade bombs with them on that fateful day some of which exploded in their four hour rampage and others which failed to explode or where not used.   Weapons are secondary when pondering the real reasons behind Columbine.

According to a report filed by Forrest Sawyer on MSNBC in 2001 both shooters were on a Satanic chat room a few months before the shooting spree which is run by Satanist Les Masters and communicated with a High Priest of The First Church of Satan (a spin-off group) named Lord Egan who was at his home in Salem, Massachusetts.  Although no violence was discussed, the boys did express their dissatisfaction with life and this demonstrated a closer connection to Satanism than was previously believed.

This went virtually unreported in the popular press and the news media instead focused on the antics of Marilyn Manson as the cause of the bloodbath.  Eric Harris also posted a drawing he made of the Devil supervising his murderous actions just a few hours before the deadly rampage on his website.  (The image can be seen by clicking here) In this his final message to the world Harris also posted to his site the lyrics to this German techno song whose words speak of starting the Apocalypse with guns and can be seen online here.  AOL shut down Harris’s site a few hours after the tragic events but not before it was downloaded by several groups, like the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had been keeping an eye on Harris’s site for quite some time.

No one in the media bothered to explore what Harris and Klebold were into apart from their musical tastes. However, is there any proof that Klebold and Harris were somehow fulfilling some Satanic agenda to promote their pro-Satanism, anti-Christian views? The answer is yes.

In a documentary called Speak of the Devil (1993) – a biography of Anton LaVey – Boyd Rice, a high ranking priest in the Church of Satan and mentor of shock rocker Marilyn Manson, can be seen in a bowling ally dressed all in black like the Columbine Shooters. He speaks of how most Satanists meet in bowling allies “working on their scores .” This segment is quite eerie when one considers that Harris and Klebold bowled for almost two hours before they began their murderous rampage. A short clip of the Rice bowling ally scene where he describes the harsh social philosophy of Satanism can be seen online here.

In a 2002 remake of the CD Music Martinis and Misanthropy by Boyd Rice and Friends a bonus song is included where Rice addresses the Columbine shootings and  has the line “Boyd Rice is the one who did it – now I’ve heard the secret news”   The Columbine bonus song can be heard online here (hit play button on left when media player appears)

This is not to say that the Church of Satan or Boyd Rice are criminally culpable in any way, shape or form for Harris and Klebold’s crimes but it is difficult to believe that this film did not act as a major influence in their deadly actions. It becomes even clearer when one considers that Rice is Denver based – just a short bus ride from Columbine. It would be interesting to ascertain whether either of these boys owned a copy of Speak of the Devil but they could have easily viewed the film if some other member of the Trench Coat Mafia owned a copy. Brooks Brown’s assertion that the Trench Coat Mafia were Satanic in nature makes this seem very plausible.  Rice’s new Columbine bonus song make it just about certain.

Rice was once question by the secret service for associating with members of Charles Manson’s cult and was banned from visiting Manson in jail for attempting to smuggle a bullet into the prison where Charlie is being held.  At the time Manson had access to an arts and crafts shop and could easily have constructed a “zip-gun”.  For his part Rice claims to have forgotten that the bullet was in his pocket – an odd thing to forget when entering a maximum security federal prison.  Now Rice encourages Columbine-type murderous sprees.

There is no way to stop this type of violent encouragement because most Satanist leaders hide behind free speech laws. We can, however, educate young people against the manipulating tendencies of Satanists. They get some cheap thrill out of pushing children and unstable adults over the edge to commit sick crimes while avoiding personal liability themselves. We must warn young people against such tactics.

For example, when one considers that Church of Satan Priest, and the last person to interview Anton LaVey, Shane Bugbee praises the actions of Klebold and Harris by putting them on the cover of his new video – a clear glorification of their actions and an encouragement of their debased crimes – better education concerning this movement must be made. Notice the two faces on the bottom half of Bugbee’s recent video cover which can be seen by clicking here

The girl depicted on Bugbee’s cover looks a great deal like Cassie Bernall – one of the students who was killed for her Christian beliefs by Harris and Klebold.  (see her picture by clicking here).  Bugbee is encouraging violence against Christians.

Shane Bugbee was once questioned by the Secret Service when a guest on his radio show threatened the President’s life.  Even after that Bugbee later commented on the 2004 election by stating “If you’re not voting with lead its not worth a f—–g vote.” (airdate 11/26/04)

Why doesn’t the extremely talented Mr. Michael Moore make a documentary about this sort of sick Satanic encouragement?

Sources

Drury, N. The History of Magic in the Modern Age, Carroll and Graf 2000.

Goodrick-Clarke, N., Black Sun, Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity, New York University Press 2002.

Wilson, C., Rogue Messiahs: Tales of Self-Proclaimed Saviors, Hampton Roads 2000.

Wilson, C., Aleister Crowley, The Nature of the Beast, Aquarian Press 1987.

Schreck, N. & Z., Charles Manson Superstar, (DVD release) Film 1989.

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Special Halloween Article
Satanism:
Threat in the New Millennium

William H. Kennedy

October 2004

The ultimate concern of this examination is to trace the history of Satanism from its emergence in the post World War Two era to the various threats this movement poses to society in the new millennium.

In this regard a provisional definition of Satanism is necessary. Satanism may be defined as a belief system which seeks to venerate the Fallen Angel Lucifer either as a metaphor or as a metaphysical being. As will be demonstrated the fact that some Satanists see the Devil as merely a symbol and others as a real spiritual entity turns out to be irrelevant when considering the underlying theology and long term goals of this movement. Although many factors contributed to the growth of this diabolical belief system over the centuries, the contemporary movement can be traced to the activities of one individual who gave shape to the modern world of Satanism.

Crowley: The Godfather of Modern Satanism

In any discussion of contemporary Satanism the figure of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) looms like a mafia godfather over a shadowy underworld. Crowley (rhymes with “holy”) is the single most influential character in the formation of modern Satanism and Witchcraft (Wicca). Born to a wealthy family who were the sole owners of a brewery and pub chain, Crowley resented the stern Christian up-bringing and harsh Victorian morals which were inflicted upon him in his native Britain.

Crowley enrolled at Cambridge University but never graduated having instead chosen to embark upon period of self-examination and the study of occult doctrine. It should be noted that Crowley was a world-class mountain climber and was a minor celebrity as a young man. However, the majority of his time was spent in the study of ritual magic and mystical practices. Much of this esoteric exploration was Satanic in nature despite claims to the contrary by Crowley’s contemporary followers. In his quest for spiritual enlightenment Crowley began combining drugs with meditative practices and sex rituals to form a system of sex-magick. (Crowley used the alternative spelling “magick” to distinguish his metaphysical teachings from stage magic) Within this system advocates claim that drugs, visualization and the frenzy of sex combine to make them merge with and become the deity they focus on. In one ritual which Crowley undertook early in his career, he identified himself as Jesus Christ. In fact the most popular photograph of Crowley shows him with arms outstretched like Christ on the Cross. [Drury: 2000]

This ritual mimics Lucifer’s rebellion which is recounted in Isaiah Chapter 14. It constitutes a reenactment of the Fallen Angel’s attempt to invert Heaven and be worshiped as God. It is a ceremonial imitation of Lucifer’s mutiny and constitutes a mini-victory for the Prince of this World in that God is eclipsed. Crowley himself was worshiped as God in this bizarre rite. At other times Crowley identified himself as Satan (and other mostly ancient Egyptian deities) and likewise encouraged his disciples to venerate him.

This notion of inversion is essential to understanding the phenomenon of Satanism. Ultimately inversion involves the replacing of God with something else as an object of veneration. It really does not matter what replaces God so long as the Christian Deity is eclipsed in the hearts and minds of followers. Crowley was well aware of this notion of inversion even having to have gone as far as to call his new religion “Crowleyanity” as an inversion of “Christianity.” He symbolically inverted the Divine order by replacing Christ with himself and had his deranged followers venerate him as the Messiah. In his bid for spiritual power Crowley even directly petitioned the Fallen Angel by praying and killing small birds before a human skeleton which he mounted on a makeshift altar in his home. [Wilson: 2000]

Crowley later believed that he was also the Anti-Christ. In his most famous work The Book of the Law, written at a time when Crowley was openly referring to himself as  The Great Beast 666, he wrote that, “With my hawk’s head I peck at the eyes of Jesus.” And it is where he wrote his most famous axiom, “Do what thy will shall be the whole of the law.” This book called for a New Age of global conflict, constant bloodshed and the eventual destruction of Christianity in an apocalyptic battle. [Wilson: 1987] Again, the inversion of the Christian faith was of utmost concern to Crowley. It did not matter if Crowley played the role of Jesus or Satan – the primary goal was to obscure the real Christ by whatever means necessary.

In his obsession to overturn Christendom Crowley was even willing to adopt atheism and communism if need be. Just after World War One Crowley wrote to the newly installed Communist government in Moscow and offered his services as propaganda minister for atheism with the express intent of deriding Christianity. The fact that the Russian Reds had no metaphysical beliefs was of little concern to Crowley. It was the Communist Central Committee’s vow to destroy Christianity that really grabbed Crowley’s attention. The Great Beast 666 was only concerned with the obliteration of the Christian Faith and would use anyone or any system at his disposal to promote this agenda. The Communists must have believed that The Great Beast 666 would better serve their revolution if he remained in the West as they never answered his letter. [Wilson: 1987]

Crowley’s relationship with Fascism is somewhat complex. The Great Beast would adopt any system which sought to replace the Judeo-Christian Tradition but was not one to subordinate himself in any meaningful way
to any Leader no matter how appealing his ideas were. In this sense Crowley was certainly not a Nazi or Nazi sympathizer. However, Crowley did state that the prophecies depicted in The Book of the Law have cognates in a book of quotes entitled Hitler Speaks. In this sense Crowley identified his system with that of the Nazi Party Leader. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

Virtually all of Crowley’s later disciples adopted strong elements of Fascism and Nazi occultism as part and parcel of fulfilling The Great Beast’s agenda. One of Crowley’s primary German followers was Martha Kunzel who sincerely believed that Hitler was following Crowley’s principles and became an avid member of the Nazi Party. The British occult writer Gerald Suster speculated that the rise of totalitarian despots in the 20th century and the world wars they started were, in reality, a bleak fulfillment of The Great Beast’s forecasts concerning the epoch of violence which Crowley believed would eventually topple Christianity. As will be demonstrated this trend of mixing Nazism and Crowleyanity would be continued by the Great Beast’s devotees into the new millennium. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

Crowley’s version of Satanism still crops up in modern Devil worship. As will be demonstrated, one can find Satanists who worship themselves, Satanists who venerate the Devil as a real being and atheistic Satanists who use this diabolical faith as a convenient springboard to overturn Christianity. Oftentimes these competing convictions and interpretations of Satanism causes division within this movement but this is to be expected and in no way hinders their ultimate goal of destroying Christianity. From a theological perspective it must be kept in mind that Hell is full of Devil worshipers who bicker among themselves so it comes as no surprise that there is squabbling among contemporary Satanic groups in this World.

Crowley belonged to various mystical societies over the course of his career including the Freemasons, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) – which he was later to lead and started branches all over the Western world. As a means to engage in intense sex magick practices, Crowley started a commune in Sicily where he combined hard drugs, magical incantations and ritual sex with his strange followers. Refusing to submit to any moral codes, Crowley allowed several pre-teen children to witness sex rituals which involved explicit carnal acts – a fact his admirers never like to mention. [Wilson: 1987] There is also a vague reference to the human sacrifice of a male child in Magick in Theory and Practice but modern Crowleyites claim this is merely a “metaphor” and that the The Great Beast 666 did not intend for his initiates to butcher babies in rituals.

Trouble came to Crowley’s commune when one of his followers died from toxic shock after ingesting cat’s blood from a sliver chalice during an arcane rite. The authorities were informed of the death and the Fascist government deported The Great Beast and his commune closed for good. Crowley turned much of his attention to spreading  the OTO with its sodomy rituals which The Great Beast greatly enjoyed. (source)

The modern founder of Witchcraft Gerald Gardener hired Crowley to formulate the primary magical ceremonies practiced in some form by the vast majority of Wiccans to this day. Despite their claims that they are practicing the continuation of pre-Christian Goddess religion which survived from ancient times, most modern Witches are merely celebrating the nature rites of the Great Beast 666. Crowley surely enjoyed the money he received to formulate these Wicca rituals but he must also have seen the potential this Mother Nature religion had for further toppling Christianity. [Drury: 2000]

During these final years of his life Crowley worked to keep his teachings going after his death. One of his schemes was to infiltrate the Catholic Church and subvert it from within. For this end he ordered his disciple Charles S. Jones to convert to the Church of Rome and begin to replace it with Crowleyanity. Jones was arrested once for indecent exposure in Canada.  How well he did within the Catholic Church is unknown. [Wilson: 1987]

Crowley was debt ridden and burnt-out from drugs when he died in 1947. The lives of his followers took an even worse turn with many of his male and female sex-magick partners eventually going insane. Two of Crowley’s wives even committed suicide. [Wilson: 1987] Crowley’s primary American follower was rocket designer Jack Parsons who revolutionized missile propulsion by inventing solid rocket fuel. One of Parson’s magical partners was L. Ron Hubbard who went on to found Dianetics and the Church of Scientology. Parson’s died in an explosion in the late 40s but not before secured a place for the Great Beast 666 in American culture.

In the late 1940s The Berkeley OTO branch was frequented by actor and film-maker Kenneth Anger (b. 1930). Anger’s interest in occultism runs very deep and his interest in Crowley is obsessive. In his effort to understand the Great Beast Anger went on a pilgrimage in the 1950s to Crowley’s old commune in Sicily and made a film based on Crowleyian principles entitled Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954). Many years later Anger would become a household name for penning the pop-culture masterpiece Hollywood Babylon (1981) the first book to expose the rampant homosexuality and deviancy in the film industry and is a must read for anyone interested in American cultural history. No one can deny what a talented film-maker and writer Kenneth Anger is even though one may strongly disagree with his philosophy. Anger is still involved in Crowleyanity and is one of the major promoters of the Great Beast’s world-view. Crowley is hugely popular today – more so than in his lifetime. In 1967 he appeared on the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. In a 2002 BBC survey of the 100 Greatest Britons Crowley ranked number 73.

The Church of Satan

The Berkeley OTO had a San Franciscan member named Howard Stanton Levey (1930-1997) who started frequenting the lodge in 1951. Levey had been in correspondence with Jack Parsons in the late 1940s and was an eager student of the occult. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002] His background is somewhat shrouded in mystery primarily because he misrepresented his early life and work when he was later to emerge as a major figure in occult circles. It is clear, however, that Levey was a musician who played keyboard at various burlesque houses and nightclubs in the Bay Area in the 1950s.

Levey and Anger became fast friends and shared an interest in the more nefarious side of life. The two men intensely studied such matters as werewolves, vampires, tarot, ESP and just about every other occult and
mystical teaching under the sun. By 1961 they began to hold meetings at Levey’s house where they charged for public lectures on occultism which attracted fairly large crowds as esoteric subjects began to become more and more popular. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

As the public decency laws began to change in California burlesque houses were allowed to offer topless and eventually full nude dancing. Levey was already ingrained in the adult entertainment industry as a keyboard player in the older burlesque club scene. As a means to earn money Levey recruited and organized strip shows in San Francisco and, according to his daughter Zeena, Howard Levey often turned to pimping women in San Francisco’s red light district called the Tenderloin when money was short.

In 1966 Levey formulated a scheme by which he could combine his favorite interests – sex, money and magick. With Anger’s blessing Levey shaved his head, donned black clothing, and announced the formation of the Church of Satan. He also changed his name to Anton Szandor LaVey and declared himself to be The Black Pope. In order to have a secure base of operation LaVey painted his house black and designed and built an elaborate ritual chamber which would act as the headquarters for the new diabolical church. LaVey went on a publicity blitz which afforded him celebrity status in the growing 60s counter culture. Over the course of the next few years LaVey gathered a fairly large following of about 2000 members world-wide with around 500 of these being serious hardcore devotees. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

In 1969 Avon books published The Satanic Bible LaVey’s attempt at giving shape to his diabolical purview. Later books included The Satanic Rituals, The Satanic Witch and The Devil’s Notebook. The Black Pope’s Bible turned out to be mostly a plagiarized version of the book Might is Right an anti-Catholic diatribe most likely written by a disgruntled Irish Catholic immigrant who wrote under the pen name of R. Redbeard. The primary ritual contained in The Satanic Bible is a reworking the 17th century Black Mass – a parody of Roman Catholic services.

Some of the other rituals LaVey promotes in these tomes have clear and distinct Nazi elements. One ritual was accompanied by the Nazi hymn Germany Awake composed by the fanatic Fascist Dietrich Eckart which was broadcast daily in the Third Reich. One can find references to Nazism in LaVey’s ceremonies with purely Fascist terms like Thule, Vril, and Abnenerbe sprinkled throughout his diabolical rites. LaVey was not shy about admitting his deep admiration for the SS even claiming that one of his rituals was based on Himmler’s most elite ceremonies which was reserved for the highest members of his inner circle. [Goodrick-Clarke: 2002]

LaVey’s defenders often point out that The Black Pope had Jewish blood and could not really have been a Nazi sympathizer. But when one considers that the most vicious guards in Germany’s concentration camps were in fact Jewish it really renders this argument moot. This refers, of course, to the Capos – Jews the Nazis recruited to harass and murder their own kind. Most of these Capos were volunteers.

The formation of the Church of Satan would also afford the Black Pope many tax breaks as he quickly devised a scheme to combine his Devil worship with the adult entertainment industry. LaVey had contacts within organized crime from an uncle who was one of Al Capone’s henchman. This connection gave him access to the strip club owners in San Francisco and LaVey began to recruit young women to perform in these new clubs . As a means to avoid taxation The Black Pope called one of his strip shows “The Witches Review” and declared that this topless dance was a legitimate religious ceremony. This afforded LaVey certain tax breaks and buffered him from government censors in that he could always claim that they were infringing on his right to practice his religion if the authorities ever changed the decency laws.

One young women who LaVey recruited to perform topless in The Witch’s Review was a sexy drifter named Susan Atkins. Atkins played the role of a seductive vampireress who emerged topless from a coffin and would point her index finger, which had a long red painted fingernail, at the leering audience.  She would  hiss and symbolically beckon for the blood of the trench coat wearing customers who paid their admission to Black Pope’s religious ceremony. Her stage act strangely presaged her later criminal activities. [Schreck: 1989]

Susan Atkins became a household name in 1969 after viciously murdering the pregnant actress Sharon Tate by stabbing her in the stomach. Susan then compulsively licked the blood of the popular star off of her own fingers.  In a sense she took her role of vampire to heart. [Schreck 1989] After breaking with LaVey, Atkins joined up with The Family – Charles Manson’s motley crew of Devil Worshipers. Susan Atkins was present at all three sets of murders ordered by Charles Manson at the Hinman, Tate and Labianca homes. (graphic Tate photo)

Another Church of Satan member who defected to Manson was Robert “Bobby” Beausoleil who brutally murdered Gary Hinman at the request of Charlie. (Like Crowley, Manson demanded to be worshiped as Jesus and Satan). Both of these former Church of Satan members are doing life in prison.

Beausoleil tattooed himself with Nazi symbols and joined the Aryan Nations prison gang – another link between mainstream Satanism and violent neo-Nazism.

LaVey, like all pimps, had an excessive need to exploit people and decided that he would charge huge sums to Church of Satan members for his advanced teachings. In 1975 members were shocked to find an ultimatum in LaVey’s newsletter The Cloven Hoof that, from now on, all higher degrees of initiation would only be available if large contributions in cash, real estate or valuable works of art were donated to The Black Pope. In his greed LaVey must have forgotten that he taught all of these people to be out for themselves and never to be anyone’s sucker. Consequently, the majority of hardcore followers left and formed other Satanic organizations some of which will be covered below. [Goodrick-Clarke]

This mass defection dealt a serious blow to LaVey – one from which neither he or his organization ever fully recovered from. With his core followers gone LaVey lost his major source of income and until his death he lived in abject poverty. The Black Pope lived primarily off of handouts from a few close friends and occasional wealthy individuals who joined his organization and could afford the large stash of cash he demanded for official diplomas from the Church of Satan. The Black Pope would make anyone a High Priest in his diabolic order if they paid him enough – he would issue these degrees without even offering the payee any arcane instruction. Many a wealthy businessman in San Francisco and elsewhere would pay for these bogus certificates to use as a novelty items to show friends and shock business partners. [Drury: 2000] Even with these schemes The Black Pope almost lost his house due to a defaulted mortgage but a wealthy friend purchased it and allowed LaVey to live there for the rest of his life.

LaVey’s philosophy of selfishness soon impacted his personal life and his marriage and family suffered greatly. According to Zeena LaVey Schreck – the Black Pope’s youngest daughter – her father regularly beat his wife Diane and the police had to be called on one occasion to break up a particularly nasty domestic fight. In this instance, the High Priest of the Church of Satan attempted to strangle his spouse to death. Zeena also claims that Anton was a bullying father who mistreated both her and her older sister Karla. She also claims that LaVey neglected and abused his collection of exotic animals. In a most startling statement Zeena claims that her father passively watched a friend of many years molest her son in the Black Pope’s presence. The perpetrator was later sent to prison for sexually abusing another child.

As a means to secure cash in the 1980s and 90s LaVey returned to his practice of pimping. When young females joined the Church of Satan LaVey would often initiate them by having them sell their bodies in the Tenderloin sex district. LaVey pocketed most of the cash these naïf girls returned with. For prostituting themselves these devotees were allowed to enter the higher degrees of the Church of Satan.

LaVey’s latter years were quite strange. He became more and more paranoid believing that people were out to kill him. He became reclusive and saw less and less of even his closet devotees. The Black Pope’s house was surrounded by a large fence with barbed wire and he spent the majority of his time inside playing his organ and interacting with a cadre of low-tech robots he had created or collected over the years. Nor did LaVey really bother with anyone apart from those who would supply him with much needed cash.

The rise of the Internet afforded LaVey new hope for his movement and he sought contributions through the Church of Satan web page which went online in 1995. His ex-wife and daughters had little to do with The Black Pope. His only companion was his lover Blanche Barton. Howard Stanton Levey departed from this world in 1997 from heart disease and was at the time of his passing the most famous occultist in history.

Michael Aquino and the Temple of Set

The largest Satanic church to spin-off from the Church of Satan is undoubtedly the Temple of Set formed by The Black Pope’s number one disciple Dr. Michael Aquino. Aquino joined up in 1969 while he was a US army officer and psychological operations expert at the Presidio Army base in San Francisco. A highly educated and sophisticated man with a PhD from UC Santa Barbara, Aquino was the polar opposite of the high school drop out and street hustler LaVey. This class difference was bound to cause tension between the two men. This came to a head in 1975 when, as stated, LaVey tried to pull a con-job on his devotees and drain them of whatever wealth they had in order to receive the higher initiation rites of The Black Pope’s organization. The final rupture came when LaVey accepted money for the rites and proffered little or no instruction on the tenets of Satanism to the attention seeking dilettantes who handed envelops of cash to The Black Pope. [Drury: 2000]

Aquino took his diabolical beliefs seriously and undertook a long and detailed study of occultism and the rites of the Church of Satan. This academic Devil worshiper just could not stomach the fact that LaVey gave away the very advanced degrees he worked hard to attain. He stated that the church was attracking too many “Fad followers, egomaniacs and assorted oddballs whose interest in becoming Satanists was to flash their membership cards for cock-tail party notoriety.” [Drury: 2000]

Nor did Aquino appreciate LaVey’s notion of atheism and self-assertion. For Aquino Satan was a real metaphysical being whose devotees were meant to worship and serve their diabolical deity. This constitutes the first break between atheistic Satanists and theistic Satanists – a rift which has little meaning when considering that either way is consistent with Crowley’s notion of inversion. To repeat it does not matter if a Satanist replaces God with himself or the Devil – the ultimate end result serves the same agenda of overturning Christianity and replacing it with Devil Worship. Whether the individual Satanist prefers atheistic or theistic Satanism is moot.

As will be demonstrated below some spin-off groups of theistic Satanists believe that this rift will be settled with the emergence of the Anti-Christ in global affairs.

Aquino not only claims to have Faith in the Fallen Angel but believes the Prince of Darkness spoke to him and gave him a further revelation from Hell. This communication from the Devil was eventually written down in Aquino’s treatise The Book of Coming Forth by Night (1985). In this text the Arch-fiend identified himself as Set – the ancient Egyptian name for Satan – and instructed Aquino to form a new organization called the Temple of Set (with members referred to as Setians) which was to act as a vehicle for the emergence of a new Satanic Age. [Drury: 2000]

The trend of self-promotion and eclipsing the Christian God still survived the break from the Church of Satan as evinced in the statement of leading Setian Don Webb, “The mission of the Temple of Set is to recreate a tradition of self deification.” For all Aqunio’s squabbling over the years he retained the key element of both LaVey and Crowley’s ultimate concern – to replace the Christian God with something else. In Aqunio’s theology it is valid to replace the Christian God with oneself and/or Satan (Set). From A Christian perspective adopting either of these concepts eclipses God one way or the other.

Aquino’s Temple of Set became fairly popular and even converted Zeena LaVey and her husband Nicholas Schreck for a time. Although they espouse Setian views the Schrecks have also adopted Crowleyanity having experimented with and written about various forms of sex magick. The Shrecks founded their own order called The Storm which seeks to include ancient Indo-European sex themes into their greater purview.  Like many Satanists they have incorporated neo-Nazi occultism and racism as part and parcel of their diabolical practices. The Schrecks recorded a CD under the group name of Radio Werewolf – a name borrowed from Himmler’s underground broadcasting network which sent out pro-Nazi messages after the Third Reich surrendered. The Schrecks moved to Germany and are directly associated with neo-Fascist Skin Head groups. They also produced a movie entitled Charles Manson Superstar [1989] a documentary which afforded Manson a chance to rant away concerning his murderous intentions from inside the maximum-security prison from which he shall never emerge. The Schrecks have also produced a series of quite interesting books one of which is on the history of Satanism in the cinema.

Many Temple of Set members are Jewish yet Aquino still hails Himmler as a great Satanic initiate. He even performed a series of rituals at the old SS head-quarters at Wewelsburg Castle in Germany where Himmler’s occult priests once tried to resurrect several severed heads and make them speak. Aquino believed that Wewelsburg Castle was a major earthly nexus of nefarious powers and sought to tap into this diabolical gold-mine. It was at this High Temple of Nazism that Aquino claimed to achieve an even higher initiation and further merged with his malevolent god Set. He set down his experiences with Nazi mysticism in The Wewelsburg Working (1982). How any Jew could join the Temple of Set is beyond reason. [Goodrick-Clarke]

Although Aquino is a master at media manipulation and various forms of mind control from his years as a US Army psi-op officer he still could not avoid a series of law suites which seriously damaged his reputation. The New Religious Movements page best sums up the troubles Aquino faced and it should be noted that he was never charged with any crime:

A scandal that broke out in 1986 did much to hurt the credibility of Michael Aquino and the Temple of Set. Charges of child molestation surfaced at the day-care center at Presidio Army Base, where Lt. Col. Aquino was assigned. Gary Hambright, a day-care worker, was charged with 12 counts of sodomy, oral copulation, and lewd conduct. Aquino, along with his wife Lilith, were identified by some of the children as possibly being another man who had participated in the molestations. However, no formal charges were ever brought against Aquino, and the case against Hambright was later dismissed.

In 1994, Aquino sued Linda Blood, a former member of the Temple of Set, for libel in her book The New Satanists . The book, Aquino’s lawyers said, depicted him and his fellow Setians as “pedophiles, child abusers, murderers and the masterminds behind a nationwide satanic conspiracy”. This was settled out of court, with details of the settlement kept confidential.

The latest lawsuit, in 1997, was brought against an internet provider for failing to block defamatory posts from an anonymous user. A person using the name “Curio” had posted over 500 messages that accused Aquino of “having participated in heinous crimes, sexual perversions and acts of moral turpitude,” according to Aquino’s lawyers. That case against the internet company ElectriCiti was thrown out of court.

Aquino has retired from public life and turned over the operations of the Temple of Set to Don Webb.

The Process Church of the Final Judgment

Although it is now defunct no discussion of modern Satanism would be complete without reviewing the strange saga of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. The lineage of this Church can be directly traced to Aleister Crowley via Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard. The Process Church was started by two former Church of Scientology members named Robert and Mary Anne Moore DeGrimston in England in 1965. They soon began recruiting rich young people into their cult. The Process Church of the Final Judgment had a Satanic theology in which Jesus and Satan were different aspects of the same Divine Being. In their apocalyptic purview the DeGrimston’s believed that the world would erupt into global war which would be ended by a return of Jesus and Satan. Jesus would judge the Living and the Dead and his other aspect Satan would inflict punishment on the unjust. Members were encouraged to worship both Jesus and Lucifer in their clearly diabolic belief system.

The Process Church also began to adopt Nazi style symbols and language in their diabolic theology of death and destruction. The primary symbol of DeGrimston’s organization looks very much like Hitler’s swastika.

As the cult spread to the New World they encountered Charles Manson and The Family in San Francisco. Manson was another former Scientologist who claimed that he and Robert Moore DeGrimston were “one and the same” at his trial in 1970. Manson claimed to be Jesus and Satan at the same time and wrote an article for the Process Church magazine. Author Ed Saunders was sued by the Process Church for suggesting that members were somehow involved in Manson’s Helter Skelter program of murder and mayhem. Sander’s conceded and removed the offensive passage form his book The Family.

Researcher Maury Terry was likewise sued by the OTO for claiming links between them, the Process Church, The Family and Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz in his book The Ultimate Evil. No OTO or Process Church member was charged with any crime while being active members of these groups. Bobby Beausoleil was no longer involved with Ken Anger or LaVey when he butchered Gary Hinman. Likewise, no Process Church member was ever charged with murder in relation to the Son of Sam shootings. However, Berkowitz claims to this day that he was part of a Process Church offshoot but no one takes his claims seriously as he originally said his neighbor’s dog Sam ordered him to kill those people.

Terry settled out of court but still promotes his book which makes the same assertions.

Eventually Robert Moore DeGrimston suffered from sexual problems with his wife and requested she allow him to bring another women to their bed for a three-some. Mary Anne refused and this lead to the entire collapse of the Process Church which formally disbanded in 1975 and destroyed all of its records.

The Skull and Bones Society

The only non-Crowleyan Satanist group has actually had the most influence in politics, economics and popular culture. Founded at Yale in 1832 the Skull and Bones Society (aka The Order) came in the wake of President John Quincy Adams purging of Freemasons from government jobs who, the President felt, had inordinate power in American political life. As a means to continue the Freemasonic tradition in the power structure of the United States, a Yale student went to Germany and secured a charter from some unnamed university Masonic-like secret society. A legal entity called the Russell Trust was set up as the parent organization of the Skull and Bones Society and this corporation owns all the land on which Yale University rests and could technically evict this Ivy League institution from its home. This is the reason Yale University refuses to even speak of The Order and professors and instructors are ordered never to comment to the press about the Skull and Bones.

The Skull and Bones is headquartered in a bizarre building in the center of Yale’s campus in New Haven called the Tombs. The structure has an eerie quality and looks very much like a mausoleum. It is reported that the interior part of the building is decorated with coffins and real human skulls including that of the Native American leader Geronomo. Potential initiates meet twice a week for elaborate dinners. Members are called Bonesman. Even these high society Satanists cannot get away from Nazi practices. Since the late 1940s members of The Order use a silver cutlery set once owned and used by Hitler himself. It was stolen by a Bonesman who served in Europe at the end of WW2.

The Skull and Bones Society fits our definition of a Satanist organization because of their initiation ceremony. Like all Masonic orders the Skull and Bones has a mock resurrection ceremony (a parody of Christian resurrection) and has even more disturbing rituals which have nothing less than a Satanic slant to them. For example, the initiates drink blood from a skull. The tallest member of the initiation group is deemed “The Big Devil” and the shortest “The Little Devil”. At the final part of the ceremony the initiate kneels before three figures who are dressed as a Devil with horns, a Black Knight and a Pope wearing a miter who rests his foot on a stone skull. The Black Knight (the fool Don Quixote) walks over and dubs the initiate “a knight of eulogia.”

The three diabolic figures are clearly a representation of the infernal trinity of Lucifer (the horned figure), Anti-Christ (the Pope figure with the skull), and Satan (the Black Knight). This is a diabolical inversion of the Christian Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Consequently, all members ultimately owe their allegiance to the infernal trinity.

According to Alexandra Robbins in Secrets of the Tomb (2002) Eulogia is a Greek Goddess and thus gives the Skull and Bones a strong link to witchcraft and Neo-paganism. Again this is all meant to obscure the Christian God and replace Him as a means to gain control over the hearts, minds and souls of those who offer allegiance to the infernal trinity and the goddess.

Bonesmen and Boneswomen (women are now initiated) take blood oaths never to admit their membership publicly and are told to leave the room or change the subject if non-members ever question them about The Order. They operate purely for mutual aid for other members and are expected to help one another as far as their station in life allows. They have a yearly meeting of the 800 or so living members on a secret private island on the St. Lawrence River which is owned by the Russell Trust. What rites take place there are currently unknown – no member has ever revealed the exact nature of the activities which occur on this remote island.

What becomes frightening about the Skull and Bones is the high number of powerful people who are Order members like both President Bushs, Presidential candidate John Kerry not to mention a hoard of prominent people in politics, business and high society. It does not matter if members believe that what they knelt before was a metaphor – their allegiance is still to the infernal realm. It doses not matter if Skull and Bones members never engage in such rituals again – from a Christian perspective one need only sell his or her soul to the Devil once and it’s a done deal for this life and the next unless the initiate renounces the oaths they took and denounces the organization.

President George W. Bush (a Methodist and alleged born again Christian) and Senator John F. Kerry (a Roman Catholic) have never renounced their oaths to the Skull and Bones – in fact they keep them. This is evinced in the Meet the Press interviews hosted by Tim Russert during the 2004 Presidential election. When Russert questioned both these men about the Skull and Bones they refused to answer and changed the subject.

The teachings of the Skull and Bones are really not too far away from Crowley’s ideas and both have their roots in Masonic influenced secret societies. Crowley always claimed to be part of an older tradition and the Skull and Bones seems to be part of this same ancient nefarious system.

Satanic Crime and the New Millennium

A philosophy of life which centers on selfishness and disregard for all forms of authority will inevitably lead to criminal activity. As mentioned LaVey had ties to organized crime and claimed that Las Vegas gangsters were his role models.   He did pimp women in San Francisco’s red light district his whole adult life. It is no wonder that his disciples like Atkins were to perform heinous murders. The Black Pope’s Satanic teaching has influenced a variety of criminals who also claimed to be Satanists. This is not to say that the Church of Satan or any of its offshoots are responsible for the criminal actions of others but their publications and related media certainly encourage illicit activities.

There are also other Satanic groups which espouse violence and criminal activities behind the veil of free speech.  Several groups seek to unify Satanists in a final battle against Christians.  Radio Free Satan has broadcast shows which encourages teenagers to commit suicide. There are many more examples which could be drawn from. However, the case of the Columbine shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, demonstrates what is perhaps the most shocking case of Satanic crime in recent memory.

Was Columbine a Satanic Crime?

The rampage which ensued on April 20, 1999 (Hitler’s Birthday) at Columbine High School situated in a quiet and scenic suburb of Denver left an indelible mark on the collective American psyche. Even before the onslaught ended journalists were speculating as to the motivations of the shooters. Michael Moore was later to make an academy award winning motion picture which basically blamed the easy accessibility of firearms and media induced hysteria to explain the events surrounding that most horrible day when 12 children and 1 teacher died, 20 people wounded and 100rds left with deep emotional scares. However, there were clear and distinct Satanic elements to this murder which Moore did not cover but instead focused on vindicating the clearly innocent Marilyn Manson who was unfairly made a scapegoat for the crimes by the popular media.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bullied by athletes at Columbine High School and joined a rag tag group of outsiders called the Trench Coat Mafia. This loose association consisted of various misfits whose inability to function in structured environments caused them to adopt a variety of anti-social philosophies. Even their name is a reference to organized crime. (photo)

It should be acknowledged that secondary education as it exists in America today has little tolerance for such non-traditional students and schools must design more inclusive programs which afford marginalized teenagers a sense of self-value. Students who perform poorly in academic and athletic pursuits must be taught that they have value merely by being human beings and that they do posses talents which are of benefit to society. The model of “winners and losers” (in reality a form of social Darwinism), which is encouraged by teachers, must be replaced with more positive models based on the intrinsic self-worth of individuals. Bullying is also a rampant problem as well and new strategies must be developed by educational psychologists to curtail this widespread menace. These issues must not be lost in learning the lesson of Columbine and Michael Moore was correct in pointing these issues out in his film.

The Trench Coat Mafia devised an eclectic model of anti-social teachings ranging from Hollywood films which advocated school violence (The Basketball Diaries) to the glaring misanthropy of Black Metal music. Satanism was certainly a major part of their world-view. According to Brooks Brown in No Easy Answers (2002) (a former member of the Trench Coat Mafia) both Harris and Klebold were “big into Anti-God Satanism”. In the midst of the shooting spree Valeen Schnurr – who lay on the floor wounded – began to pray to God for help. Eric Harris took a few minutes from his deadly rampage to belittle her Christian beliefs and left her in a pool of blood to ponder the impotency of her God in such situations as she lay dieing. Luckily, Schnurr survived her physical wounds – her prayers were answered.

For those who believe that the easy availability of firearms caused the final bloodbath should consider that Brooks Brown also claims that Harris was experimenting with pipe bombs for over a year before that fateful day. If guns were not readily available than the pair would have used a series of explosives which would most definitely caused far more blood-shed and death.  The boys had homemade bombs with them on that fateful day some of which exploded in their four hour rampage and others which failed to explode or where not used.   Weapons are secondary when pondering the real reasons behind Columbine.

According to a report filed by Forrest Sawyer on MSNBC in 2001 both shooters were on a Satanic chat room a few months before the shooting spree which is run by Satanist Les Masters and communicated with a High Priest of The First Church of Satan (a spin-off group) named Lord Egan who was at his home in Salem, Massachusetts.  Although no violence was discussed, the boys did express their dissatisfaction with life and this demonstrated a closer connection to Satanism than was previously believed.

This went virtually unreported in the popular press and the news media instead focused on the antics of Marilyn Manson as the cause of the bloodbath.  Eric Harris also posted a drawing he made of the Devil supervising his murderous actions just a few hours before the deadly rampage on his website.  (The image can be seen by clicking here) In this his final message to the world Harris also posted to his site the lyrics to this German techno song whose words speak of starting the Apocalypse with guns and can be seen online here.  AOL shut down Harris’s site a few hours after the tragic events but not before it was downloaded by several groups, like the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had been keeping an eye on Harris’s site for quite some time.

No one in the media bothered to explore what Harris and Klebold were into apart from their musical tastes. However, is there any proof that Klebold and Harris were somehow fulfilling some Satanic agenda to promote their pro-Satanism, anti-Christian views? The answer is yes.

In a documentary called Speak of the Devil (1993) – a biography of Anton LaVey – Boyd Rice, a high ranking priest in the Church of Satan and mentor of shock rocker Marilyn Manson, can be seen in a bowling ally dressed all in black like the Columbine Shooters. He speaks of how most Satanists meet in bowling allies “working on their scores .” This segment is quite eerie when one considers that Harris and Klebold bowled for almost two hours before they began their murderous rampage. A short clip of the Rice bowling ally scene where he describes the harsh social philosophy of Satanism can be seen online here.

In a 2002 remake of the CD Music Martinis and Misanthropy by Boyd Rice and Friends a bonus song is included where Rice addresses the Columbine shootings and  has the line “Boyd Rice is the one who did it – now I’ve heard the secret news”   The Columbine bonus song can be heard online here (hit play button on left when media player appears)

This is not to say that the Church of Satan or Boyd Rice are criminally culpable in any way, shape or form for Harris and Klebold’s crimes but it is difficult to believe that this film did not act as a major influence in their deadly actions. It becomes even clearer when one considers that Rice is Denver based – just a short bus ride from Columbine. It would be interesting to ascertain whether either of these boys owned a copy of Speak of the Devil but they could have easily viewed the film if some other member of the Trench Coat Mafia owned a copy. Brooks Brown’s assertion that the Trench Coat Mafia were Satanic in nature makes this seem very plausible.  Rice’s new Columbine bonus song make it just about certain.

Rice was once question by the secret service for associating with members of Charles Manson’s cult and was banned from visiting Manson in jail for attempting to smuggle a bullet into the prison where Charlie is being held.  At the time Manson had access to an arts and crafts shop and could easily have constructed a “zip-gun”.  For his part Rice claims to have forgotten that the bullet was in his pocket – an odd thing to forget when entering a maximum security federal prison.  Now Rice encourages Columbine-type murderous sprees.

There is no way to stop this type of violent encouragement because most Satanist leaders hide behind free speech laws. We can, however, educate young people against the manipulating tendencies of Satanists. They get some cheap thrill out of pushing children and unstable adults over the edge to commit sick crimes while avoiding personal liability themselves. We must warn young people against such tactics.

For example, when one considers that Church of Satan Priest, and the last person to interview Anton LaVey, Shane Bugbee praises the actions of Klebold and Harris by putting them on the cover of his new video – a clear glorification of their actions and an encouragement of their debased crimes – better education concerning this movement must be made. Notice the two faces on the bottom half of Bugbee’s recent video cover which can be seen by clicking here

The girl depicted on Bugbee’s cover looks a great deal like Cassie Bernall – one of the students who was killed for her Christian beliefs by Harris and Klebold.  (see her picture by clicking here).  Bugbee is encouraging violence against Christians.

Shane Bugbee was once questioned by the Secret Service when a guest on his radio show threatened the President’s life.  Even after that Bugbee later commented on the 2004 election by stating “If you’re not voting with lead its not worth a f—–g vote.” (airdate 11/26/04)

Why doesn’t the extremely talented Mr. Michael Moore make a documentary about this sort of sick Satanic encouragement?

Sources

Drury, N. The History of Magic in the Modern Age, Carroll and Graf 2000.

Goodrick-Clarke, N., Black Sun, Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity, New York University Press 2002.

Wilson, C., Rogue Messiahs: Tales of Self-Proclaimed Saviors, Hampton Roads 2000.

Wilson, C., Aleister Crowley, The Nature of the Beast, Aquarian Press 1987.

Schreck, N. & Z., Charles Manson Superstar, (DVD release) Film 1989.

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