Accused Killers Giving Satan Worship a Bad Name

Categories: Crime, Religion

Satan, as drawn by Gustave Dore.
"If you were going to cut somebody," says Satan worshiper Jef Rouner (and a frequent contributor to the Press), "you'd get the same amount of energy from jerking off." Laid out in the Satanic Bible are rituals for wealth, revenge and other things that are mostly symbolic, he says. You're not supposed to go around killing people though.

From jail, Miranda Barbour told a small town Pennsylvania newspaper she joined a satanic murder cult in Alaska when she was a teen, according to the Associated Press. She claims to have participated in almost two dozen murders, including one in Texas.

CNN followed up this Satan worship claim with a call to some ranking followers.

"Top Satanists say they have no ties to Barbour or her husband, Elytte Barbour, who is also charged in the 2013 killing of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara. Police say LaFerrara responded to a 'companionship' ad placed by Miranda Barbour on Craigslist."

Rouner also doesn't buy any of it, and he's been a self-proclaimed Satanist since the late 1980s. "When you bring me the Satanic version of Warren Jeffs, when there is a compound where you can prove to me that child rape and murder were done by devout Satanists who thought that they were doing the right thing, when you show me a single conviction where sober faith and not raving lunacy invoked Satan in a heinous ritual crime, then I will believe it."

Satanism after all is about worshiping yourself and Satanist nationwide have been fighting the evil, ritual-killings stereotype as their Church of Satan and related practices inch into the mainstream. Conspiracies abound.

For now, no matter who they owe their souls to the Barbour's face the death penalty, and here Reyes could face life in prison.

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