Two members of a Cornwall “white witch coven” have been accused of molesting young girls over the course of 30 years. Authorities say that the the two men, Peter Petrauske, 72, and Jack Kemp, 69, molested girls as young as three years-old during ceremonies in which the men wore robes and wielded daggers:
Children were plied with alcohol before being made to undress in front of a crowd of men wearing robes, it was claimed.
The alleged victims, the youngest of whom aged three to five, were then abused by their tormentors before being given money and sweets to buy their silence, Truro crown court was told.
When Petrauske was arrested last year, detectives discovered daggers, candles, incense and lavender at his home, the court heard.
A case like this would have been a televangelist’s wet dream during the “Satanic Panic” of the eighties. What I find particularly odd about this story is the line about the detectives finding daggers, candles, incense and lavender in one of the suspect’s homes. I don’t practice any religions, but I’m pretty sure they could find all of the same stuff in my own home. There’s an undertone of religious prejudice here. I doubt that the police would report finding Bibles and crucifixes in the home of a Christian Priest accused of similar crimes.