Satanism has been in the news recently, or more accurately, the ghost of Satanic hysteria has reared its head as two different murder inquiries offer journalists details that are sure to generate page-views. First, there’s the alleged murder of Corriann Cervantes by two teenage boys, with intimations of drug-use and the alleged intention to sell a soul to the Christian Devil. “Assistant Harris County District Attorney John Jordan disclosed details of the occult killing Tuesday but provided no explanation for what may have motivated the two boys or where their interest in devil worship had come from. ‘They discussed the fact that Mr. Reyes had sold his soul to the devil,’ said Jordan. ‘And if they ended up killing this teenager, it would allow the 16-year-old to also sell his soul to the devil.'”
Trials are currently ongoing in that case, with one of the accused being tried as an adult, and the other being held in a juvenile facility.
A Texas man who was convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old girl is appealing his death sentence on the grounds that the prosecution used information about his affiliation with the Church of Satan to influence jurors. While Irving Davis’ guilt in this crime is not in doubt, the way his chosen faith was inserted into the sentencing hearing should raise a few eyebrows. “Jurors were shown, over defense objections, Davis’ drawings depicting satanic symbols, books removed from his cell that included “The Satanic Bible” and a pentagram tattoo on his chest. Prosecutors also introduced a grievance form that showed Davis complaining about being denied a gong, candles, chalice, black robes, a vial of blood and other items he said were needed to practice his religion. Prosecutor Lily Stroud said the evidence was meant to show that Davis had chosen to affiliate with an organization that condones and encourages human sacrifice and other illegal acts.” Prosecution is arguing that the Satanism material was relevant because it shows he is a “continuing threat to society”, and therefore should be given the death penalty instead of merely life in prison.