HBO's True Detective re-opened the discussion about satanic ritual abuse or SRA by depicting children suffering through these horrific practices in the show's storyline.
This lead to a media frenzy and the resurfacing of past stories that may have been used as inspiration for the plot of season one. Some publications mocked the allegations behind the practice including The Citizen, who blasted True Detective for its depictions of something close to SRA.
"True Detective is a brilliant, compelling drama but, like The Birth of a Nation, its plot depends on exploiting a massive distortion of the historical truth or, less demurely, on transmuting noxious lies about the past into art," wrote Paul Campos regarding the show's depiction of the occult. more >>
Michigan parents are accusing a chiropractor of brainwashing their daughters and say his office is a front for a Christian cult, which they believe the doctor leads.
In a WJBK-TV report released on Wednesday, correspondent Rob Wolchek investigated claims from more than 12 family members who allege that Dr. Craig Stasio, who owns and operates the Clinton Township-based Agape Massage Therapy & Chiropractic, persuaded their relatives to drop out of college and move into a commune filled with office employees.
Rich Fisher, Tom and George (the newscast does not give the last names of the latter two), all say their daughters were college students before interacting with Stasio. more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson has recently stated that watching graphic entertainment such as a horror series or X-rated material can give demons "permission" to haunt a person.
The host of the television program "The 700 Club" received a letter from a viewer named "Michele" who asked a question about the linkage between demonic hauntings and disturbing entertainment.
"I was watching a horror movie the other day on the recommendation of others. It was rather strange and awfully macabre. And then, this past Sunday, I got into an accident leaving church," wrote Michele. more >>
Satanism existing in the church seems as contradictory as a KKK member at a new black panthers meeting, but this controversial practice allegedly occurred in the past.
The HBO series True Detective, which had its season finale this past Sunday started some interesting conversations about the occult, its connection to the government and its ability to conceal itself in religious institutions, particularly those that are Christian.
One of the show's characters Billy Lee Tuttle runs a massive evangelical establishment in the rural South comparable to the churches of a Joel Osteen or T.D. Jakes. The case presented in the first season leads to the detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle connecting Tuttle to a string of murders, missing persons and even a video-taped child sacrifice. Although he ends up not being the main antagonist, Tuttle's institution provides the perfect cover for some of his more demented family members who kill in their worship of a Satan-like figure named the Yellow King on a regular basis. more >>
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 >>