Satanists Jailed for Ritual Murder of Four Teens

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Six members of a Satanic cult in Russia were sentenced to up to 20 years for the ritual “sacrifice” of four teens whose bodies were then dismembered and partially eaten.

London’s Telegraph is reporting on the bizarre case of six youth who were found guilty yesterday of “murdering four teens with the aim of carrying out an initiation ritual into a sect and of desecrating the bodies of the dead,” said a statement issued by a court in the Russian city of Yaroslavl.

The case, which was held behind closed doors due to the horrific nature of the crime, involved the murder of four teens ranging in age from 16 to 17 in June 2008 who were lured to the scene by the promise of a party. Russian authorities say Olga Pukhova, Anna Gorokhova, Varya Kuzmina and Andrei Sorokin were then stabbed 666 times. Some of their body parts were cut off and their hearts ripped out as part of a ritual. The Satanists then built a bonfire, threw some of the parts into the flames, and ate some of the roasted pieces.

According to press reports, authorities eventually found the mutilated bodies of the missing teens buried in a forest a few months later. The spot was marked by an upside down cross upon which a small rodent had been crucified.

The leader of the group, Nikolai Ogolobyak, told police he wasn’t concerned about his arrest because he believed Satan would help him “avoid responsibility” because “I made a lot of sacrifices to him.”

Another member of the group, said he turned to Satan when his prayers to God went unanswered.  “I tried to turn to God but it didn’t bring me any money,” he said. “I prayed to Satan and things improved.”

Ogolobyak received the maximum sentence of 20 years and the four minors involved in the crime received the maximum possible sentence for murder which is 10 years. Another member was convicted of murder but was pronounced insane and sentenced to compulsory psychiatric treatment.

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