Beasts of Satan

The Beasts of Satan (Bestie di Satana) were a satanic group, members of which were tried and convicted of a series of satanic ritual murders between 1998 and 2004.wikipedia
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The Beasts of Satan (Bestie di Satana) were a satanic group, members of which were tried and convicted of a series of satanic ritual murders between 1998 and 2004.

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The slayings were called "one of the most shocking crimes in post-war Italy" by the BBC.

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The slayings were called "one of the most shocking crimes in post-war Italy" by the BBC.

Somma Lombardo

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The first incident was a January 1998 double homicide that occurred in the woods near Somma Lombardo, northwest of Milan. Mariangela Pezzotta, 27-year-old shop assistant, prior girlfriend of group member Andrea Volpe was first shot in the throat, mutilated and later buried while she was still alive in a greenhouse in the nearby town of Golasecca not far from Somma Lombardo. Additionally sect members were accused of pushing their drummer, Andrea Bontade, to commit suicide because he refused to join Volpe and Sapone at Somma Lombardo and help them kill Marino and Tollis.

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The first incident was a January 1998 double homicide that occurred in the woods near Somma Lombardo, northwest of Milan.

Human sacrifice

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The Beasts of Satan (Bestie di Satana) were a satanic group, members of which were tried and convicted of a series of satanic ritual murders between 1998 and 2004. Chiara Marino, shop assistant, aged 19, and her boyfriend Fabio Tollis, a 16-year-old student and heavy metal musician, were sacrificially stabbed and beaten in a drug-fueled occult rite involving sex and heavy metal music.

Occult

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Chiara Marino, shop assistant, aged 19, and her boyfriend Fabio Tollis, a 16-year-old student and heavy metal musician, were sacrificially stabbed and beaten in a drug-fueled occult rite involving sex and heavy metal music.

Sex

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Chiara Marino, shop assistant, aged 19, and her boyfriend Fabio Tollis, a 16-year-old student and heavy metal musician, were sacrificially stabbed and beaten in a drug-fueled occult rite involving sex and heavy metal music.

Heavy metal music

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The young couple had spent a normal Saturday night drinking beer and listening to heavy metal music at Midnight Pub, which was the center of the city's metal scene, but never returned home.

Black metal

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Michele Tollis discovered just how deeply they had become involved in satanism and the occult, both common themes of the black metal and death metal genres that his son and friends were interested in.

Death metal

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Michele Tollis discovered just how deeply they had become involved in satanism and the occult, both common themes of the black metal and death metal genres that his son and friends were interested in.

Golasecca

Mariangela Pezzotta, 27-year-old shop assistant, prior girlfriend of group member Andrea Volpe was first shot in the throat, mutilated and later buried while she was still alive in a greenhouse in the nearby town of Golasecca not far from Somma Lombardo.

Cocaine

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Hours later Volpe and Ballarin took a heavy dose of cocaine and heroin and decided to get rid of Pezzotta's car by driving it into a nearby river but they had a car crash and were arrested.

Heroin

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Hours later Volpe and Ballarin took a heavy dose of cocaine and heroin and decided to get rid of Pezzotta's car by driving it into a nearby river but they had a car crash and were arrested.

Suicide

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Additionally sect members were accused of pushing their drummer, Andrea Bontade, to commit suicide because he refused to join Volpe and Sapone at Somma Lombardo and help them kill Marino and Tollis.

Busto Arsizio

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On February 22, 2005 Andrea Volpe and Pietro Guerrieri were sentenced in the northern city of Busto Arsizio to 30 and 16 years imprisonment respectively.

Life imprisonment

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Nicola Sapone, leader of the group and the suspected mastermind behind the killings, received a life sentence.

Catholic Church

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In February 2005, a Roman Catholic university connected to the Vatican began offering a two-month course on diabolical possession and exorcism for priests and seminarians.

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In February 2005, a Roman Catholic university connected to the Vatican began offering a two-month course on diabolical possession and exorcism for priests and seminarians.