Satanist groups have rejected the claims of "Craigslist killer" Miranda Barbour who said she joined a satanic cult and killed 22 people. The groups said Barbour is not part of any official organization.
"According to our records, we have never had any contact from this woman, nor her accomplice," said Magus Peter Gilmore, head priest of the Church of Satan, according to CNN. "It seems to me that she is calling herself a member of a 'satanic cult,' not a legally incorporated above-ground form of Satanism."
The 19-year-old Pennsylvania woman is being charged with the Nov. 11 killing of Troy LaFerrara, Pa., who she and her husband met through Craigslist. more >>
A 15-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Houston, Texas, and police believe that her death was part of a satanic ritual led by a 17-year-old and 16-year-old. Both boys have been charged in her kidnapping and murder.
Jose E. Reyes, 17, is accused of the rape and murder of Corriann Cervantes, whom he kidnapped on Wednesday. Her remains were found on Saturday morning. She was found with an upside-down cross carved into her stomach and various religious items around her partially naked body. Police said that her body showed signs of being violently raped.
Reyes confessed to the crime and said he killed Cervantes so his friend could "sell his soul to the devil," according to KTRK. He was arrested after Webster Police received a tip that Reyes had confessed to a family member. Reyes, Cervantes, and the 16-year-old suspect all attended Clear Path Alternative School, but it was unclear why Reyes and his accomplice specifically targeted Cervantes. more >>
Thieves who stole a reliquary containing blood from Pope John Paul II are being asked by an Italian Roman Catholic Church official to return the item.
Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L'Aquila stated in a letter sent out earlier this week asking whoever was responsible for stealing the gold container with blood to "give it back."
Award-winning gospel artist Natalie Grant left the Grammys early on Sunday, refusing to say why. Bloggers speculated that she left in response to Katy Perry's "satanic" performance or because of a mass wedding of 34 couples that included homosexuals.
"We left the Grammy's early. I've had many thoughts, most of which are probably better left inside my head," Grant tweeted that night. The artist kept her message positive, however, declaring, "I've never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I've never been more sure of the path I've chosen."
Before Grant walked out, Katy Perry and Juicy J performed the song "Dark Horse" in a manner widely described as "satanic." Perez Hilton praised the performers as "fiery Satanists," adding that "we hope KP's parents weren't too mad at that Satan-themed performance." E! Online tweeted a revealing question, "um, did we just witness actual witchcraft during Katy Perry's #Grammys performance?" CatholicVote asked the question "didn't you hear Satan attended this year's Grammy awards?" more >>
A New Jersey-based atheist organization has filed a lawsuit calling for the removal of a 2,000 pound Ten Commandments display from the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
American Atheists filed the suit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against the Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission that placed the monument at the capitol in 2012.
"This action challenges the constitutionality, under federal law, of the state of Oklahoma's placement of a massive monument displaying an abridgement of a portion of religious text originating from a Hollywood movie director's rendition of one of many versions from the Bible," reads the suit in part. more >>
An ordained minister who was once a Satanist, but now seeks to evangelize to those involved in the occult, has applauded the Roman Catholic Church's training of new exorcists.
Jeff Harshbarger, author and head of Refuge Ministries, told The Christian Post that he approved of the increased emphasis on dealing with those "demonically possessed."
"I do believe there is a tremendous need for trained exorcists; be it by the Catholic church or the Protestant church," said Harshbarger. "The Catholic church has had an awareness of dealing with the demonically possessed. That has waned recently, but they have been made aware and are responding." more >>