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Spate of Occult Killings = Rise of Demons?

Spate of Occult Killings = Rise of Demons

Do recent spate of occult kill- ings reflect a rising tide of activity?  It certainly seems the case.  These stories shouldn’t be dismissed lightly as mere mental illness. News.com.au summarizes three recent American cult killings with substantial media coverage in article,A spate of occult-based killings in the United States has an exorcist decrying the rise of the demons.”  The article quickly points out, “…the three occult occurrences that have gripped the nation in the past month alone. February 1 is the Satanic new year. The month is a special one for occult rituals.”

1) Miranda Barbour, a 19 year old self-declared Satan worshiper, covered previously here, claims to have murdered almost 100 people over past six years.   Perhaps, most disturbing in her case, evidence Barbour suffered indoctrination under control of a “ruler” and branded physically. Article captures depravity of Barbour’s existence – hardly a life – with following excerpt: “Three weeks after their marriage, Barbour and her husband Elytte, 22, allegedly consummated their union through the killing of Troy LaFerrara, 42. Barbour contacted LaFerrara via the website Craigslist. She offered him sex for $100. Instead, she is said to have stabbed him to death.”

2) Katie Nichols made shocking public confession in a manner similar to Barbour – as if relieving an immense psychological burden.  ““The Satanic cult in this city has been casting Satanic spells on me for three, four days,’  Nichols blurted to WQAD. ‘I’m exhausted. I came home and found out my mom was the ringleader and was trying to kill my daughter,'” reports article.  Nichols openly confessed to local reporters: “…it was she who had stabbed her mother to death in front of her own young daughter.”  Wow!

3) Jose Reyes, 17 years old, along with a 16 year old accomplice reveals article, “allegedly enticed a 15-year-old girl into a home as part of a human sacrifice ritual to ‘sell their souls’ to the devil.”  On the surface, tragic killing may be dismissed as misguided teenage behavior – although in the extreme.  However, when contracts for selling souls are discussed, readers shouldn’t dismiss them as lunatic fringe material.   Declarations of giving your soul to “the devil” should be viewed as a complete failure of our culture, society and civilization.   Article gets creepy with following quote:  “‘They discussed the fact that Mr Reyes had sold his soul to the devil, and if they ended up killing this teenager, this would allow the 16-year-old to also sell his soul to the devil,’  Harris County assistant attorney John Jordan told media.  Wow!

Are more people playing into the Devil’s hands?  An interesting observation by a Catholic priest may be revealing: “Father Vincent Lampert, designated exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, last week told the National Catholic Register that reports of demonic activity were increasing, keeping the United States’ 50 trained exorcists busy, “ informs article,  ‘I don’t think the devil has upped his game,’  Father Lampert said,   ‘I think people today are more apt to play his game.’”  It’s also good to keep in mind, some people celebrate the New Year with fireworks others with ritual blood sacrifice!

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