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October 13 2011By Megan Baadjies
Crude sketch of Christ on the cross.
The family of a 14-year-old girl fear she may be part of a satanic cult after finding evil drawings and poems in her school books.
And a local priest warns the girl is on the brink of being lost to the devil if she hasn’t already sold her soul to Satan.
The teen’s concerned 57-year-old foster mother made the disturbing discovery when she checked her daughter’s school books after she went missing from their Steenberg home.
The teen, whose biological family live in Bishop Lavis, has been in the care of the Steenberg family since last year.
“I took her in because I wanted to give her a better life,” says the mom. “She’s a very quiet, withdrawn child and she doesn’t have many friends.”
In spite of this, the family never suspected the child could be living a double life.
“I saw her book lying on the bed and when I opened it, this is what I found,” the mom says pointing to the twisted images and notes.
Some are even written backwards, a trait of satanic messages.
One poem reads: “Lucifer was here and now he is gone. Maybe we should try and just carry on. The devil is cool, he is fly. The beast is the apple of his eye. Satan is our king and he wears the crown. And he ain’t letting us walk with a frown… ”
“… baptised by our Lord with his dragons’ waters. We stand together as one with our father… ”
Another drawing shows Christ nailed to a cross with the words “he lied, he cried, he died”.
There is also a drawing in red pen of a horned beast above the words: “Death is the only way when you feel like me.”
Daily Voice took the books to holy man Father Mike Williams.
“She feels very rejected and it’s normal for young people to try and find their identity,” he says, paging through the books.
“Even though one can see she’s already delved deep into this whole thing, this doesn’t mean that she’s possessed.
“We must see if she has given her soul to the devil or took part in a black mass.”
The mom says her foster daughter will be home on Friday when she hopes to take her for counselling and have a meeting with a spiritual leader.
“I’m afraid she might have suicidal thoughts because of this,” she says. “Parents need to be aware that these things are happening to their children.”
Feb 3 12 3:22 AM
YORK, Maine — A local man convicted of murdering an acquaintance at his mobile home in 1999 wants a federal court judge to require Maine prison officials to allow him to practice Satanism as a religion.
So far, Joshua Cookson has been unsuccessful; he is now on his penultimate appeal.
Cookson was sentenced in 2000 to 30 years in prison for murdering Portsmouth, N.H., resident Robin Rainville, following an evening of drinking and taking drugs.
Cookson said in his complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, that he has been practicing Satanism on a daily basis at the Maine State Prison since 2007.
In 2009, he began his quest to get prison officials to allow him to practice in the prison's activities building, where group practices of other religions take place. According to Assistant Attorney General James Fortin, these include not only so-called mainstream religions, but also paganism and American Indian spirituality.
Cookson doesn't deny that he is allowed to practice Satanism in his own cell, but he wants permission to practice with others. In his brief, he said Satanism "answers fundamental questions about life, death, purpose and overall conception of the universe." He also believes "in using only nonviolent practices and rituals ... and that no aspect of his religious practice requires him to jeopardize the safety and security" of staff or inmates.
He said performing a ceremony with others "is one of the fundamental parts of his religious beliefs."
He filed grievances within the prison system and was denied, appealing to the commissioner of corrections, at the time Martin Magnusson.
Magnusson, according to court documents, handled a grievance in 2002 from other inmates seeking to practice Satanism and had denied their request. He used the same arguments to deny Cookson's request. He referenced The Satanic Bible, which espouses "vengeance instead of turn the other cheek," "hate for your adversary" and "extreme violence." For those reasons, he said he couldn't allow a group practice.
Cookson, on appeal to the U.S. District Court, took issue with Magnusson and eventually with the new commissioner, Joseph Ponte, who agreed with his predecessor.
Cookson said his practice of Satanism had nothing to do with violence and said he disdained violence.
"Ignorance does not excuse anyone from prematurely banning a religion just because they are repulsed by one sect of it," he wrote.
Earlier this month, federal Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk wrote in a 23-page recommendation that she concurred with corrections officials. She said the risks to the safety of inmates was too great to allow a group practice.
Cookson last week filed an objection to her recommendation, which will be part of the record when U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock makes a final decision. If Woodcock decides against him, Cookson can appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, said Fortin.
Fortin said Kravchuk's opinion makes sense.
"Mr. Cookson seems to suggest the he can practice peacefully and, until someone gets hurt, you really can't ban him," he said.
But Cookson said in court documents that he sees it differently, saying the commissioners "failed to articulate, much less support with evidence, a secular reason why a meeting of Satanist inmates would pose a greater security risk than inmates of other faiths."
Cookson is in prison for murdering Rainville on Jan. 14, 1999. According to court testimony, the two were playing with a .22-caliber rifle when Rainville began shooting it inside the mobile home. Cookson said he was scared of Rainville's actions and was acting in self-defense when he shot the man 13 times in the head and chest. He turned himself in and later confessed to the crime.
Mar 31 12 3:39 AM
29 March 2012 BY PULENG MASHABANE
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - The mother of a teen girl killed during a so-called satanic ritual hugged and kissed the mother of her daughter’s killer at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Kirsty Theologo’s mother Sylvia and Myrtle Moody comforted each other after Lester Moody and co-accused Jeremy King pleaded guilty to murdering Kirsty, 18.
They were sentenced to 17 years imprisonment, with five years suspended.“I’m glad they showed remorse, admitted and spoke out about it. But no sentence will bring her back,” Sylvia Theologo said.Myrtle Moody said she was grateful Moody was not given a life sentence. Moody and King, both 18, entered into a plea bargain with the State in exchange for a lesser sentence and to testify against co-accused, Lindon Wagner, 21, Robin Harwood, 18, Harvey Isha, 23, and a minor aged 15.On October, 21, Theologo, 18, and Bronwyn Grammer’s hands were allegedly cut and placed on a Bible to allow the blood to soak in.
They were later doused with petrol and set alight as part of the ritual on a hill in Linmeyer, Johannesburg.Theologo succumbed to burn wounds and Grammer, 14, was hospitalised for months and underwent skin grafts.Shortly after sentencing the two, Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff said in his 22 years as a judge, the case was the “most shocking I have ever had to deal with”.In statements read to the court by their lawyer, Rod Montano, King and Moody admitted to planning to “sacrifice” Theologo three weeks ahead of the incident.Two evening meetings were held, one at Wagner’s apartment and another at the minor’s home, to discuss the “sacrifice” which Wagner said he had seen in his dream.Theologo was present during the second meeting and the two said she might have taken it as a joke.But King and Moody said they were influenced by Wagner, who, they told the court, played a leading role in Theologo’s murder, including dousing her with petrol. They also admitted to being under the influence of alcohol and drugs when they committed the murder.Magistrate Van der Schyff asked if the two were admitting the incident related to the occult and Montano replied: “They were never involved in a satanic ritual before. “The idea of cutting the hand and with respect to biblical scripture (Revelations 17 verses 16) was Wagner’s.”Sylvia Theologo, who was in court with family members and friends wearing T-shirts bearing Theologo’s face, sobbed as the admissions were read.“It is heartbreaking that they planned to kill my little girl,” she said.State prosecutor Colleen Ryan said the attempted murder case against the two was not withdrawn.The murder and attempted murder case against Wagner, Harwood, Isha and a minor was postponed to April 13.http://www.citizen.co.za/...rers-jailed-for-17-years
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