Ever since his death in 1997, many have wondered: who was Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan? While LaVey gave a thorough account of his life in The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton LaVey, many of the details were later refuted by a particular journalist who decided to delve into the life of LaVey. While it is difficult to extract the truth from a dead man, one thing is for certain: Anton LaVey was a showman who founded the Church of Satan and brought Satanism to Hollywood.
Howard Stanton LaVey was born in Chicago, IL, on April 11, 1930, to parents Michael Joseph LaVey and Gertrude Augusta Coultron. The LaVey family moved to San Francisco when Anton was still a child and he remained there for the rest of his life, eventually turning his childhood home into the Church of Satan headquarters. Aside from those basic facts - and even those particulars were sensationalized and wholly changed by LaVey - little is known about his life and accomplishments. The details are all a bit strange, but Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey facts, myths, and stories will leave you as captivated as a newly recruited member of Satan's league.
He Founded The Church Of Satan In 1966
LaVey Claimed To Have Had An Affair With Marilyn Monroe
He Had A Relationship With Jayne Mansfield But It May Have Been A Publicity Stunt
He Worked As A Photographer For The San Francisco Police Department
He Starred In And Worked On Several FilmsVideo: YouTube
LaVey Fathered Three ChildrenPhoto: flickr / CC0