Satanism’s Toll Rises as Suicides Spread In Germany
by Lore Schnieder
Parents and teachers in Europe are concerned about an increasing number of teenage suicides linked to satanic activity.
Rural Germany, in the state of Saxony, which was part of East Germany until the Berlin Wall fell, has had 15 occult-related youth suicides in less than two years. Four other youths survived suicide attempts.
These events have put parents and officials on edge across Europe.
Noting the trend, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Britain is asking schools to begin monitoring children’s use of the Internet and to warn them about dabbling unsupervised with satanic sites — many of which describe blood rituals in detail.
“This goes beyond reading a Harry Potter story,” the association’s general secretary Warren Jackson told The Times of London. “This represents an extremely worrying trend among young people. Parents and teachers should educate children and young people about the dangers of dabbling in the occult before they become too deeply involved.”
Parents are also being warned not to depend on Internet filters to sift out satanic and occult Web sites.
While there are no official figures on occult-driven suicides in Britain, authorities nevertheless say they are becoming more common.
GERMAN TEEN SUICIDES LINKED TO SATANISM
Otto Frankfurter, Premier of the German state of Saxony, has promised a full investigation into devil-worship in the region “to determine what forces are driving our children to these desperate acts.”
That commitment was made after three Reichenbach teens leapt to their deaths on August 26. A police spokesman told Deutsche Presse-Agentur the teens were known to be heavily involved with Satanism.
Authorities say the suicides are closely related to the Blue Rose cult, which preys on the boredom of rural, unemployed youths and encourages suicide via the Internet.
The Internet has played a major role in making satanic rituals look glamorous, and Saxony parents are confiscating computers and mobile phones from their children in an effort to halt the trend, according to Cecil Dawson, The Times’ Berlin correspondent. Others have sent their children out of the region to live with friends and relatives.
Teachers in the area of Klietz, Germany, have told police and youth authorities about a “depressed atmosphere” hanging over their classes. “It is very troubling what is happening to our youth,” added one unnamed headmaster.
Local vicar Carl Fischer said: “The occult scene is thriving in this region. They have had black masses in the ruins of buildings and in the open. They have rituals and swear oaths.”
There has also been evidence of ritualistic animal sacrifice.
The upsurge in occult activities is no surprise to those watching the European youth scene. Last year 30,000 youths gathered near Leipzig to hear occult bands Wolfsheim and Elegia perform morbid songs about suicide and depression.
The Rev. Dierk Kirsch, Germany’s foremost cult expert, told United Press International he is not surprised by this concentration of occult-related teen suicides in the former East Germany. He says the secularization that started with Hitler in the 1930s and continued under communism has taken its toll.
“During three generations, the ecclesial structures and the Christian background of our society were willfully and systematically obliterated,” said Kirsch, a minister of the territorial Protestant church of Berlin and Brandenburg. “The grassroots have been destroyed.
“If kids are exposed to the constant glorification of power and violence and do not succeed in this endeavor, they might well be tempted to seek a ‘better’ life by putting a violent end to the present one,” Kirsch said. “Perhaps this is the rationale of all these teenage suicides.”
Home life may also play a key role, according to another German theologian, Rev. Wilhelm Roth, provost of the Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Berlin.
Roth told UPI that most of the teens caught in Germany’s Satanism revival share a common history. “They tend to hail from broken families without any religion. They were raised in soulless, Soviet-style housing estates, whose tenants no longer even have a faint memory of Christianity.”
SATANISM GROWING IN BRITAIN
Taking note of these happenings on the European continent, and the growing number of British children who report having an interest in the occult, British authorities want to take steps to head off the trend.
Police experts say about 1,000 cults now operate in Britain and spread their popularity through the Internet.
Sergeant Rebecca Williams of the City of London Police special investigations unit, has been touring schools to dispel the idea that only vulnerable youngsters fall prey to satanic cults. She told The Times that recruiters are also active at college and university campuses, distributing free magazines that offer links to scores of Internet sites.
“There is no doubt the Internet means that many more youngsters can dip into areas of the occult without realizing what they are [getting] themselves into,” she said.
SATANIC ANIMAL SACRIFICES IN THE U.S.
Interest in Satanism and the occult is spreading on this side of the ocean as well. While the dismantling of Christian culture has not progressed as far as in Europe, occult-related interest and actions continue to grow.
Authorities in Colorado reported concern after two cats were found slain in a ritualistic fashion in a Superior, Colorado, playground in late July. The killings followed a similar incident in Jefferson County that occurred June 21.
Authorities in Boulder County say they are concerned the killings may be related to a sacrifice or ceremony.
“This sort of thing in Superior doesn’t happen at all, not cats being killed like that,” Boulder County Deputy Dave Rawson told The Rocky Mountain News. “Even cruelty to animals, there’s very little of it here in town.”
On August 20, the San Miguel family of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, came home to the news that their pet dogs had been killed in ritualistic fashion.
Victor Smith, the Lehigh County Humane Society’s police officer, told The Express-Times he suspects the slayings involved “some kind of witchcraft.”
The same day, August 20, four people were arrested in Ardmore, Oklahoma, following a rash of arson fires, including one that destroyed a church.
The arrests of Bobby Micheal Watts, 19, and Michelle Jane Harrison, 28, came after fire destroyed the Milo Baptist Church on August 13. Two private residences were also set on fire, as were several grass fires.
Two others, Alicea Rose Lane, 19, and Peter James Toohey, 21, were arrested on August 18 for allegedly desecrating more than 70 graves at a local cemetery.
Gene Autry Baptist Church, a school in Springer, and the Gene Autry Museum were also vandalized during that time.
Carter County Sheriff Adam Jones told KOCO-TV that the four were self-professed Satanists. He was relieved the arrests took only a week. “Sometimes you never catch ’em. We were sure hoping there was more than one, because usually when there’s more than one somebody talks, and that’s what happened,” he said.
Jones said the group had planned to burn another church in the Sulphur area. “They also discussed burning a black church,” he said.
Given the popularity of satanic and occult themes in entertainment, could the troubles now facing Germany be just around the corner for American youth?