Blaming Satanists for 25 year old murder

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Registered: 09-14-1997
Blaming Satanists for 25 year old murder
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Sat, 03-13-2010 - 9:36pm

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/24156

UTICA — The last hours of Kimberly Simon’s life in 1985 were likely spent with a group of young men who worshiped the devil, tortured cats, used hallucinogenic drugs and sexually abused women, according to investigators who have been probing her homicide for the past 16 months.

Investigators still are awaiting final test results comparing DNA found on Simon’s body with DNA from several people of interest. One member of that group — Richard W. Miller Jr. — died recently, and a local attorney who questioned him in the years after Simon’s slaying described him as once being a knife-wielding youth with a chilling obsession toward death.

Investigators with the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office on Monday released new details and theories regarding the night that Simon, a 16-year-old Whitesboro High School junior, was killed and left in a wooded area along the Mohawk River in Marcy. They reopened the case in 2008 after DNA evidence exonerated the man convicted in 1989 of killing Simon — Steven Barnes.

By disclosing the new information, investigators hope to stir public interest in watching the “America’s Most Wanted” episode scheduled to feature Simon’s case.

While the broadcast won’t name any of the five possible suspects, aged 16 to 23 at the time, investigators said their identities should be easily figured out by some people who knew them at that time.

“They built quite a reputation for themselves,” District Attorney’s Office Investigator Richard Ferrucci said of the Satan worshipers. “To the people they were close with, they did not try to hide the fact that they were involved in this sort of stuff. It was sort of a shock value, and they really enjoyed putting that out there for people to know about.”

Witness accounts have placed Simon in the company of these Satan worshipers during the night of Sept. 18, 1985, at a popular hangout spot for youths along the Sauquoit Creek in New York Mills called “Three Bears,” Ferrucci said.

While witnesses described the types of activities that were going on that night, Ferrucci said it still is unclear whether the young girl was killed as the result of any satanic ritual.

- Source / Full Story: Satan worshipers possible suspects in Simon slaying , Rocco LaDuca, Observer Dispatch, Mar. 8, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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Registered: 02-18-2006
Sat, 03-13-2010 - 10:37pm
Well... if they ARE Satanists, they're Satanist in the same way Westboro "Baptist" Church are Southern Baptists, in that they're not, they just use the name. Firstly because, as far as I know, Satanists neither worship, nor believe in, Satan. Secondly because Satanists DO NOT harm animals except for defense or food, it's considered worse than harming a human, so far as I know, because they are more innocent. And since everything else they did was for "shock value" according to the report, I'm sure that calling themselves "Satan worshippers" was for the same purpose.



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Registered: 09-14-1997
Sat, 03-13-2010 - 10:44pm

The very sad thing about this case is that the whole "satan worship" thing is distracting people from the fact that a young lady was killed and a young man lost 20 years of his life being wrongfully accused.

I barely remember hearing about satan-worshipers in the area, from adults. From the teens, I heard mostly about drugged-and-drunken-orgies.

Was there probably a nutcase in the crowd who killed animals for fun...yeah. Sociopath, not satanist.

On another note...the same people blaming satanists were also looking for a witness to the crime, without realizing she died of a drug overdose in 1997- in the same city the DA is from.

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Sun, 03-14-2010 - 2:56pm
I agree. The implication in the story is that all Satanists do evil things. Which is just like saying all Christians are nasty like that Westboro Church. Not true. Not at all. Lumping all people of a belief system together like this just fosters further ignorance and stereotyping. :// And it will be a short hop condemning all Pagan religions, given the amount of total ignorance and prejudice out there. (eye roll)


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Sun, 03-14-2010 - 2:59pm
"Was there probably a nutcase in the crowd who killed animals for fun...yeah. Sociopath, not satanist."



Exactly! ITA!



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The Air shares its spirit with

all the life it supports."

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