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March 3, 2014 | From a Times staff writer
A San Jose man accused of killing his high school classmate for the thrill of it allegedly told police detectives that he had planned the attack for weeks and that it was endorsed by his religion, Satanism. Jae Williams, who was 15 at the time, and his alleged 16-year-old accomplice, Randy Thompson, befriended Michael Russell for the sole purpose of killing him, and six weeks before his death in 2009, started looking for opportunities to carry out the attack, prosecutors say. The new details contained in the transcript, obtained by the  San Jose Mercury News , come roughly two weeks before jury selection begins in Williams' first-degree murder trial.
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April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Start with a sex-mad baroness and her frisky ménage à trois. Add in a stern German philosopher who fancied himself the next Friedrich Nietzsche, his mistress and a married couple who wanted a wholesome Swiss Family Robinson experience for their son. Throw them all together on one of the remotest spots on Earth and simmer until things come to a steamy boil. You couldn't make this stuff up, and, as a lively new documentary reports, you don't have to. "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" tells a humdinger of a story about wild doings on those celebrated islands off the coast of Ecuador.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1985
With the capture of the man police believe is the Night Stalker, I, like, everyone else in the city, can feel a little bit safer, a little more relieved to go to sleep at night. There are several things, however, in your reporting of the incident (Sept. 2) about "Satanism" that has me and many others a bit outraged. Your writers should have been more thorough in their research of the meaning of the symbol of the Pentagram (or five-pointed star) and the differences between Witchcraft and Satanism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | From a Times staff writer
A San Jose man accused of killing his high school classmate for the thrill of it allegedly told police detectives that he had planned the attack for weeks and that it was endorsed by his religion, Satanism. Jae Williams, who was 15 at the time, and his alleged 16-year-old accomplice, Randy Thompson, befriended Michael Russell for the sole purpose of killing him, and six weeks before his death in 2009, started looking for opportunities to carry out the attack, prosecutors say. The new details contained in the transcript, obtained by the  San Jose Mercury News , come roughly two weeks before jury selection begins in Williams' first-degree murder trial.
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December 13, 1992 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randy Emon was once a true believer. He was convinced that ritual satanic abuse was rampant in large and small communities, from the suburbs to the inner city. "I believed people were killing and maiming, and kids were involved in ritual sacrifice," said Emon, a Southern California policeman who asked that the city he works for not be identified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1999
Glen Mason, one of three homeless youths charged in the death of 14-year-old Shevawn Geoghegan, preached Satanism to friends, considered himself immortal and may have orchestrated the killing as part of a ritual sacrifice, according to evidence presented this week during pretrial proceedings. Jury selection in the case against Mason, 23, is expected to begin next week. Friends say that Mason considered himself the demon in charge of the abandoned building at 1525 Euclid St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1986 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
It all began innocently enough. Robert Thomas was browsing through the stacks of books at El Camino High School's library one day last year when he spotted them--dozens of volumes on the mysteries of witchcraft and satanism. Many students might have been intrigued, but Thomas was downright alarmed. A devout Christian, the tousle-haired 17-year-old thumbed through the books, finding page after page filled with graphic descriptions of satanic rituals and drawings depicting symbols of the occult.
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February 26, 1994 | JENNIFER OLDHAM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A loner charged with the hatchet murder of an 89-year-old Glendale woman collected objects related to Satanism, including a photo bearing the words "Human Sacrifice Would Open Up The Gates Of Hell," court records and the dead woman's grandson said Friday. David Condry, 30, is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Glendale Superior Court on one count of murder in the death of Josephine Adinolfi.
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February 10, 1997 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What the devil has gotten into the Egyptians? Devil-mania has been the order of the day in Cairo since police swooped into homes on the night of Jan. 22, rounding up scores of upper-class teenagers and young adults. The crime? They were accused of losing their religion and worshiping the devil.
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May 17, 1992 | BARRY SIEGEL, Barry Siegel is a Times national correspondent. "Shades of Gray," a collection of his articles, was published by Bantam Books in March. and
AT FIRST, THOSE FEW WHO PASSED BY were not even certain what they were seeing. A trapper, checking his lines in the remote sand dunes just south of the Minidoka County Landfill, not far from the rural southeast Idaho hamlet of Rupert, thought he glimpsed a burned monkey when he peered inside the round metal cylinder. Days later, a group of teen-agers out four-wheeling dismissed it as junk--a washing machine tub--blown over from the landfill.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Son of God" won't be giving the devil his due - or rather, his screen time. To avoid another controversy about the character of Satan bearing a physical resemblance to President Obama in the upcoming religious film, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to edit the devil's scenes out of "Son of God," which is based on the TV miniseries "The Bible. " "It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor," producer Roma Downey told the Hollywood Reporter . "This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time.
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January 8, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated. See note below.
A religious group believes it has an idea that could "complement and contrast" the Ten Commandments monument located on Oklahoma state Capitol grounds: a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan, depicted as a Baphomet -- a goat-headed figure with wings and horns -- sitting on a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children at its side. On Monday, the New York-based religious group Satanic Temple formally submitted its application for the monument to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission , which oversees the Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Why can't the Satanists be just a little more tasteful? There is no way the statue they've proposed for the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds is going to fly. Even if it does have wings. Does anybody anywhere want to have a 7-foot goat-headed, horned creature right out of the scary part of “Ghostbusters” staring at them when they walk across a deserted lawn at dusk? “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair, where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation,” said Lucien Greaves, a co-founder of the Satanic Temple , which is behind the unusual proposal.
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November 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Mariah Carey didn't dance around the issue when asked about her time on "American Idol. " During a recent radio appearance, the singer said her time as a judge on the show was like "going to work every day in hell with Satan. " Carey appeared on "The Angie Martinez Show" on New York radio station Hot 97 on Tuesday and was asked, "Did you like [working on 'American Idol']?" Carey's response: "Honestly? I hated it. ... Here's what I was led to believe. I was the first person signed on. ... I thought it was going to be a three-person panel.
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November 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Mariah Carey didn't hold back about her true feelings regarding her "American Idol" hosting gig. So much for "The Art of Letting Go. " The pop icon unleashed quite a bit of vitriol during a Tuesday interview with New York's Hot 97 host Angie Martinez . Carey didn't refer by name to her former co-judges - Nicki Minaj or Keith Urban - but did liken the whole experience to being "in hell with Satan. " Basically, she didn't like it one bit. PHOTOS: 'Idol' judges through the years "Honestly, I hated it," the 43-year-old said.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Michael Muskal
BOSTON - With a cultivated air of indifference, convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger sat in a Boston courtroom Wednesday listening to his victims take the stand and condemn his involvement in a string of murders during a reign of terror in this Massachusetts city decades ago. Bulger, now 84, was convicted in August for crimes including gruesome stranglings during the 1970s and '80s. Wednesday was the first day of a two-day sentencing hearing for the crime lord, who portrayed himself as a good guy and a Robin Hood-like figure during 16 years in the wind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing before an AK-47 carbine, four knives, a skull and two electric guitars seized from an alleged satanic cult, authorities Monday announced the arrest of four men suspected of defacing a local church. The alleged cult members--two 18-year-olds, a 19-year-old and a 31-year-old--idolized Charles Manson and "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez, and some were members of Ritual, a so-called "black metal" band, Glendale Police Sgt. Jim Lowrey said. "This is way past a childish prank.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Justice Antonin Scalia sat for a revealing interview with New York Magazine that is being variously described as “weird,” “bizarro” and proof that Scalia is a terrible man. A lot of what Scalia has to say won't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed his career or read his opinions. He thinks that not every stupid law is unconstitutional. He believes the Constitution should be interpreted according to its original meaning. He's adamant that he was right not to sit out a case involving his duck-hunting buddy Dick Cheney.
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October 7, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
It's the first week of October, which puts the U.S. Supreme Court in focus in a way it almost never is unless chads are hanging - as in the 2000 post-election mess - or the justices are rendering decisions on fraught subjects like gay marriage or Obamacare. This term, which opened Monday, may extend last year's run of cases with high political content. The court is expected to reach judgments on campaign finance, abortion, religion and the healthcare plan's contraception rules, among other issues.
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