True Stories People Who Blamed Their Crimes on the Devil  

Jacob Shelton
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If there's one thing that can be depended on to scare the bejeezus out of just about anyone, it's Satan worship. Every few years, another round of Satanic panic takes hold of housewives and youth groups, letting their minds run amok with defilements made in the name of the Prince of Darkness. When people pledge allegiance to the big red guy, they're capable of pretty much anything. Or at least they think they are. Mostly they're capable of drawing crudely rendered pentagrams and listening to heavy metal. While many satanic crimes actually turn out to be horribly overblown, there are some that are so grisly that they really give the whole pagan thing a bad name. These are some of the worst crimes ever perpetrated in the name of the devil. 

We're totally sure that your cousin Peggy who babysat you all the way through grade school, and who also happens to worship Baphomet "every once in a while" is a really nice girl, but just by judging her from the people on this list, you should watch your back. You never know when she's going to try to make a goblet out of your skull thanks to a demonic possession.

When it comes to devil worship and possession, things can get very messy very fast; it's hard to tell someone that they weren't possessed when they totally believe they wore. And who are we to say that an evil deity didn't come to you in your sleep and tell you to sacrifice all the children in your village? In any case, each possessed killer on this list blamed their crimes on the devil, not that that helped them get away with the acts.

Whether or not the people on this list were telling the truth about whatever caused them to commit their crimes doesn't matter. What does matter is that they all committed some truly heinous crimes, supposedly because the devil told them to.
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Russian Goth Murders

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You know what Satan loves? Blood sacrifices. Seriously, give that guy a good sacrifice and you guys are gonna be tight. In 2008, Nikolai Ogolobyak lured four teenagers into the woods outside of Yaroslavl (this all went down in Russia, in case you hadn't caught on by now) and proceeded to stab each one of them exactly 666 times before cutting off their genitals, scalping them, and removing some of the most tender meat to cook and eat over a bonfire.

Source: The Daily Mail
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The Curious Case of Sister Margaret Ann

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Sister Margaret Ann was one day short of her 72nd birthday when she was strangled and then stabbed between 27 and 32 times. Nine of those stab wounds were in the shape of an inverted cross. The priest who led her parish, Fr. Robinson was a suspect from the start - a factor that did not prevent him from officiating at Sister Margaret Ann's funeral. The case was cold for 20 years before an unidentified woman came forward and alleged Robinson had sexually assaulted her, and forced her to participate in Satanic rituals like being placed in a coffin crawling with cockroaches, being forced to eat a human eyeball and being penetrated with a snake to consecrate her orifices to Satan.

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NSFW, Seriously

NSFW, Seriously is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Blamed Their Crimes on the Devil
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Moises Meraz-Espinoza strangled his mother, Amelia, and then mutilated her lifeless body before skinning her, removing her organs, and cutting the body into pieces with a circular saw. Slices of skin and flesh were later found stacked in a freezer. Amelia’s head, which was found in a backpack, received some special treatment. All of her teeth were plucked out, her eyes were removed, and two upside-down crosses were carved into the bone. Moreover, the date of Amelia’s horrid death matched a day of human or animal sacrifice in the Satanic calendar.

Source: Huffington Post
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Ripper Crew

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In 1982, this quartet of young gentlemen drove around Chicago picking up prostitutes in their van. Once they landed a lady of the night, they would take her back to their leader's apartment and murder her while reading from the Satanic Bible. Then they would chop off the prostitute’s breasts and desecrate them before eating them.

Source: Viral Nova
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