Witch Coven Members Deny Charges of Ritual Child Abuse

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:

The Guardian:

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.

The Guardian.

Hat Tip: Skeptic.com.

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    Daggers, incense, and lavender?!


    Also, I appreciate the nod to the “satanic panic”. Thats the very first thing across my mind when I read the headline.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Wait a second, are you trying to tell me that old men would use religion to get laid?!?!? No Way. (<-that's sarcasm).

  • markhovcheney

    Lavender! Hang the bastards!

  • jimmy jazz

    The article tries to establish an equivalence between Christianity and witchery/ Satanism. This is an absurdity of the highest order. Suppose the police find Bibles and crosses in the home of a molester who pretends to be a “priest.” What do those Bibles say and what do the crosses symbolize? The Bibles say “thou shalt not molest children.” The “priest” is guilty both of a civil and a spiritual crime.

    In contrast, one of the more commonly accepted mottoes of Satanism says “Do as thou wills.” As in “Do molest children if you feel like it.” So the Satanist pervert may have committed a civil crime, but he has done that not in opposition but in accord with his dogma.

    And therein lies the problem.

    • “Big” Richard Johnson


      Read the article twice “jimmy”

    • Bruteloop

      No, the problem lies with people making incorrect interpretations and assumptions based on lack of knowledge and an unwillingness to actually research something before they spout off about it.

      “Do What Thou Wilt” is Thelemic (Crowley) and not Satanic. Your True Will is the essence of you, your true purpose free from the tyranny and poison of ego. By definition following your True Will would not involve harming others. That would be the ego, twisted as it is by the perversities of cultural and societal conditioning and repression.

      It does not mean do what the hell you like.

      Crowley also said “Every man and woman is a star”. I don’t think he was referring to ‘America’s Got Talent’.

      You really need to look a little deeper and think a lot more.

      Satanism is invariably an inverse of Christianity and thus shackled to it. The one cannot exist without the other.

      • Simiantongue

        Ooh snap!

      • Matt Staggs

        I think Mr. Jazz is a troll. “The Bibles say ‘Thou shalt not molest children'” is pretty lulzworthy.

        • jimmy jazz

          Glad you appreciate my sense of humor!

          To be honest one can come up with a counter-argument centering on circumcision. Which is in the Old Testament, along with other interesting notions…

          But semantics aside, it was quite clear what I was trying to say.

      • jimmy jazz

        I stick to my point. It’s absurd to make an equivalence between Christianity and Satanism/ Witchcraft. As you say, Satanism is the “inverse” of Christianity. The Christian religion is quite clear on the molestation of children. What would be the inverse of a prohibition on such molestation?

        Granted, there all sorts of people calling themselves witches or luciferians or whatever, and many of them, shall we say, adhere to a principle of non-molestation. But that’s beside the point. When one labels oneself a “witch” or a “satanist,” one can’t whine about being treated with prejudice. If witches are just harmless worshipers of Gaia, let them call themselves Gaians and get on with their business.
        Bottom line – the author of the original article engaged in a false equivalence. “You really need to look a little deeper and think a lot more.” <- No doubt; — and not only I.

        • jimmy jazz

          Though I must admit that prejudice is a bad counsel, since nowadays both the terms “witch” and “Christian” are so watered down as to mean nothing.

          So as far as the purported molesters in the original article go, I suppose one should assume they are “innocent until proven guilty,” and let the judicial system do its job.

    • dagon

      Just to clarify: “do as thou will” is a paraphrase of “do what thou wilt” which is thelemic and not satanic and is not the same as “do whatever you want”.

  • PT

    Why is there a picture of the wizard of newzealand in there? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard_of_New_Zealand

    • Simiantongue

      Whats the difference all those witches look alike. Amiright Matt?

      • Matt Staggs

        I’m limited to Creative Commons and Public Domain images. I’m also an American who knows nothing about New Zealand’s wizards, beyond Gandalf and Saruman. I searched for “Wizard” and found an elderly gentleman in robes. No offense to the mighty wizards and witches among us, least of all this august gentleman. I’ll burn a candle for my affront.

        • Matt Staggs

          @12531347452b8ad3f1551b26b3192632:disqus @2ead29e030c3b6b79df9dc4dd12bbc8e:disqus I found a new image. Hope you like it. ūüėČ

          • “Big” Richard Johnson

            I lol’d

          • Simiantongue

            Oh great, now what have you got against bears?

            Lol kidding. I shouldn’t give you crap you do a bang up job around here.

        • Potter

          I am glad to see you fixed this. It’s really inappropriate to have any real person’s picture next to a story like this.

          • Matt Staggs

            Yeah, it’s difficult to illustrate a touchy story like this without copyright free photos of the accused. I can’t just post traditional Wiccan/pagan images like pentacles without being accused that I’m disparaging an entire religion. I can’t use traditional public domain images of “witches”, because obviously those aren’t in any way representative of real human beings, not to mention how troublesome it is to find an image of a male witch. Obviously, I can’t just picture children – it’s an identity issue, just like our wizard – and it doesn’t represent the story in any real way. It’s a continuing issue when it comes to sensitive topics like religion and crimes against children.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Two priests of a Cornwall ‚ÄúRoman Catholic Church‚ÄĚ have been accused of molesting young boys over the course of 30 years. Authorities say that the the two men, Fr. Peter Petrauske, 72, and Fr. Jack Kemp, 69, molested boys as young as three years-old during ceremonies in which the men wore robes and wielded incense censers.

    Children were plied with “communion wine” before being made to undress in front of a crowd of men wearing robes, it was claimed. When Fr. Petrauske was arrested last year, detectives discovered wine, candles, incense and a statue of a naked Baby Jesus at his home, the court heard.

  • Matt G

    Picture not cool should have at least done some photoshop work on it. Article about a pedo… Whatever

    • Matt Staggs

      @Matt G I’ve replaced the image. I hope that you enjoy(?) the new one. It’s a pedo… bear.

  • Roger Mexico

    Wasn’t Jack Kemp Bob Dole’s running mate in 1996?

    Coincidence I’m sure. Or is it?