Los Angeles Man Receives Life Sentence For Skinning And Dismembering Mother In Satanic Ritual Killing

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This incredibly disturbing saga harkens back to the heyday of heavy metal moral panic. Via the Los Angeles Times:

Prosecutors say that Moises Meraz-Espinoza strangled his mother and then skinned, filleted and dismembered her body as part of a satanic ritual. The woman’s internal organs were never recovered. A Norwalk jury convicted him of first-degree murder in June.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Heba Matta, said Meraz-Espinoza was motivated by satanic beliefs, which he was “heavily entrenched in.” His mother disapproved of his listening to death metal music and he regularly disobeyed her, Matta said.

“This crime was not in the heat of passion or rash and impulsive,” Matta said. “It was done for the purpose of devotion. That’s pretty much the ultimate sacrifice.”

Meraz-Espinoza has numerous tattoos that draw on satanic imagery, such as upside-down crosses and a 666 behind his right ear. Authorities recovered his copy of a satanic bible near the crime scene. The date he chose to strangle and dismember his mother, Feb. 2, 2011, also fell on a day in the satanic calendar that calls for ritual human or animal sacrifice.

Officers found an electrical circular saw with pieces of bone, blood and flesh stuck to the blade. Nearby, in a freezer, police found skin and muscles stored in plastic bags. The woman’s skull, with all her teeth plucked out, her eyes removed and two upside-down crosses carved into the bone, was stashed in a backpack.

  • echar

    The Satanic Panic of the 80s really did a number of inserting awful things in the collective consciousness. This disturbed man was influenced by the fundamentalist idea of what other worldviews/spiritual systems are. It’s really quite sad that their lack of accountability has spread it’s tendrils as a very real societal evil plague. Blaming the devil can make devils.

    • zero

      Yep. A self fulfilling prophecy.

    • InfvoCuernos

      not to mention the fact that the Satanic Bible explicitly does not condone human sacrifice, to say nothing of skinning your Mom.

      • zero

        That’s “a satanic bible”, not “the satanic bible”.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      Probably anything we collectively blame or promote can become real and tangible by that very act. It’s what makes the black arts of psyops so powerful.

    • Brother John

      Are you saying someone other than he deserves any blame?

      • echar


  • fuck off

    that…not what statanism is about. what bible did he have? certainly not lavey’s version.