Unrelated to a previous story, but in the same geographical ball park of central east Russia.

Satanic cult teens 'sacrificed' victims then ate them

Seven young members of a satanic sect have gone on trial in Russia accused of four gruesome murders in which they "ritually sacrificed" their victims before cooking and eating parts of them.

Prosecutors say the murders took place on 29 and 30 June 2008 in a remote forested area close to Yaroslavl with two victims killed per night.
The self-styled devil worshippers, which included a young teenage girl, lured three girls and a boy aged from 15 to 17 to the spot by plying them with alcohol and inviting them to sit round a bonfire.

They then killed them in a sacrificial ceremony, stabbing them 666 times each in homage to the so-called Number of the Beast.

Prosecutors say the young killers then dismembered their victims' bodies and cooked certain body parts such as the hearts and the tongues before consuming them.

They buried the rest of the remains in a giant pit which they marked with an inverted cross topped with a dead cat. Investigators say the sect was formed in 2006 and gleaned its knowledge of Satanism from the Internet, initially killing cats and dogs before graduating to homicide. [...]

The 'satanism' owes more to Hollywood than any arcane scribblings or underground cults. A point unfortunately neglected.

Tags: 666, cannibalism, russia, sacrifice, satanism

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"The defendants' young age - four of the accused were under eighteen at the time of the murders - and the sheer cruelty of their crimes combined with the fact that none of them came from poor families has left many locals struggling to understand their motives."

See, we could understand human sacrifice and cannibalism if they were poor and in their twenties, but this just has us baffled!
I can't see why. There are many examples of unrestrained, influenceable, idle teens playing cruel and vicious games like this, regardless of age and social class. The only constant seem to be the presence of a charismatic (usually older) group leader.
He was being sarcastic.
Duh!
The 'satanism' owes more to Hollywood than any arcane scribblings or underground cults.

They're probably not literate enough to make a difference between 'arcane' and 'arcade'.
Satanism = Just another horrible religion.
These are the kind of kids that bring bad reps and names to certain "religions," plus, after reading the full article it says because they were young when the committed the murders they might be charged lighter than if they would of done it at older ages. Always in my opinion when a young kid commits murder he should be charged like an adult. If a kid was mature enough to kill without feelings, he can deal with the punishment. To me, if you can commit an adult crime, you can/ should get an adult punishment no matter what age.
That might have made a smidgeon of sense prior to the invention of firearms, but since human brains don't finish developing until the age of 25 or so, nah, it's just plain loony to charge and punish kids as adults.
You say the brain doesn't stop developing until the age of 25, if that's so, so anyone who murders someone under the age of 25 should be able to get away with it? I don't think so, If they committed a murder then they should have to face the judge and get some punishment.
Did I say they should get away with it? Nice attempt to put words in my mouth, Kellesta. There is ample justification for treating younger offenders more leniently. To assert otherwise is to deny the empirical facts about human development.
I'm not trying to be rude I'm just saying what I think and thought. Way I took it is that if they do it, they shouldn't be punished. If that's so, then most people I'm sure would kill or harm someone or something at a young age so they can get away with it. I'm not trying to argue, these are my opinion's. I respect yours as you should mine. :)
Always in my opinion when a young kid commits murder he should be charged like an adult.

Are you really saying an eight year old child ought to be treated the same as a 28 year old adult?

If a kid was mature enough to kill without feelings, he can deal with the punishment.

What the hell does maturity have to do with the presence or absence of feelings? Conduct and personality disorders affect the immature and mature.

Is "without feelings" your pop-psychological diagnosis of these children? Or do you mean something else by that phrase? Whatever the case, the sentence — including any ideas purported to be expressed by it — makes no sense. It's a strange mix of tautology and non sequitur. Quite an accomplishment, given that such a mix might usually be considered incompatible. Indeed, the whole sentence is a mini-factory churning out all manner of mass-production logical fallacies. Congratulations on achieving this stupendous low in logical thinking.

To me, if you can commit an adult crime, you can/ should get an adult punishment no matter what age.

Are you really advocating that where a State maintains the death penalty for murder, an eight year old child ought to be executed just as a 28 year old adult can be? Or perhaps you don't really mean what you write, think that does go too far, and think life in prison is an appropriate punishment for an eight year old child?

And what, prey-tell, is an adult crime? Or, for that matter, what is a child crime? Do adults commit child crimes? And if they do, do they get child punishments if convicted? Do such adults have to sit on the naughty chair for 15 minutes and think about what they've done, or is a good stern talking to enough?

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