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Satan Law And The Dragon Tattoo

In the top-seller novels by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, known best by the first of the crime thriller trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the author uses Satanic rituals and rape to keep his readers titillated. He creates a bizarre Da Vinci Code-like set of murders based on a perverse interpretation of Biblical passages.

The real scary part is that it is grounded in the Bible.

Noble Order of the DevilIn legal history, the Bible represents ancient Mosaic law, set by tribal custom dated well over 1,000 years before Jesus was born. Presumably, bestiality was a problem. Leviticus 20 reports to set out the exact words a Divine Being called God gave to Moses:

"If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal.

"If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is fiction. Satanic torture and murder are used to entrance readers and to support a plot which delivers horrific struggles by likeable characters. It is art or culture not unlike the 1985 Tom Cruise movie Legend which portrayed a red Devil with huge horns growing from his head (see image from movie poster below).

But with very little digging, one can turn up horrific crime in every city in every jurisdiction. The problem is hard to solve as there is no way of isolating psychopaths until they strike and even then, they have to be identified - not always an easy task as this branch of criminal can usually be distinguished by a higher than usual intelligence quotient.

So, too, with Satanic cults. Their objective is not to punish anti-social behaviour, such as bestiality, but many of them profess to wish to commit evil just for evil's sake. Further, the danger is not just one wacko but group activity that directly attacks what our justice system, by design, must protect: peace, law, order, security and individual rights.

From Russia With Hate

Not that far from Sweden, where the events of the dragon tattoo girl were set, Satanic sects appear to have taken root.

According to the RIA Novosti news agency:

"Russia takes the threat of Satanist groups, which mushroomed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, extremely seriously. In 2008, Interior Ministry experts announced that Satanism was a greater threat to the country's national security than Islamic radicalism."

Deep in the bowels of Russia, in a Republic with the name worthy of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel ("Mordovia"), Satanic crime has already besmirched the docket of courts of law.

Medical student Aleksandr Kazakov, 25, from Belarus,  created Nobilis ordo Diaboli - the Noble Order of the Devil in 2003. The sect was based in Saransk, Mordovia. Kazakov carefully enlisted members, including minors, having each one sign a contract which gave Kazakov, the designated high priest, ownership of his or her soul. His lieutenant was 24 year old Dennis Danshin, who later renounced the sect and turned informant. In subsequent police investigations, it was suggested that the membership list of Nobilis ordo Diaboli reached a total of 70. Female members had to have sex with their male controller.

The police feared the group was preparing for human sacrifices and moved in 2009. When Kazakov was arrested, his creative defense was that he was merely the organizer of a role-playing group.

In 2010, Kazakov received a mere 20-month prison term.

According to police statements reported by the London Telegraph, another group of young Russian adults formed a Satanic sect in 2006, first murdering cats and dogs under the leadership of Nikolai Ogolobyak.

The fatal human rituals occurred at the end of June 2008 near a city named after a historic lawmaker, Yaroslavl (after Yaroslav the Wise). Four young teenagers were promised alcohol to then be lured deep into a park. The ritual consisted in the sacrifice of two humans for every new initiate.

The victims were given alcohol and then stabbed 666 times each (according to Satanist literature, 666 is the numeric symbol of the devil). Their bodies of the victims were then cooked and cannibalized. The eight members of the sect then buried their victims, placing an upside down cross and an immolated animal to mark the spot. The cross and the animal remains, and the buried human remains  were discovered by the police in August.

The Satanist were rounded up in September 2008. Unbeknownst to the Satanists , some of the victims had managed to make cell phone calls on the night they were murdered. Those phone calls became critical to the investigation and led the police to Ogolobyak. All the murderers were Goths: teenagers that conceal themselves within deep black makeup and clothing.

In July of 2010, Ogolobyak received the maximum penalty of 20 years. Four of his co-accused were minors and they escaped with 10 year sentences. The sixth member of the group was diagnosed with schizophrenia and sentenced to a psychiatric facility.

Law Hates Evil

Arguably, if one believes in God and the Bible, one must accept the existence of the evil arch enemy of the so-called Divine Being, aka Satan. The devil is acknowledged in the Bible, a book of parables, but taken literally by so many. The Vatican recognizes exorcism; a religious exercise in which Satan is supposedly ferreted out of H victim's body. Apparently, it can happen to lawyers: see The Possession of Robert Brigges.

Just look at the bestsellers: Harry Potter, vampires, werewolves and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Modern culture is fascinated with the occult; youth especially.

As society evolves and law becomes the new God, the law will increasingly have to pick up the baton in the fight against evil. The goal and purpose of law and justice is to suppress evil, a simple fact often lost in the mountains of law books on corollary subjects such as tort or contracts. Lawyers, politicians and judges are not comfortable with the generic term "evil", nor do they necessarily recognize it, academically, as the primary target of their body of work. Yet it is plainly so.

Thus, at this time, the response of the law to Satanism is often a restraining jacket and a padded white room.

But this response, if appropriate at all, as it does not promote accountability, is in any event reactive as opposed to proactive to the attraction of Satanism, especially to young people. For it is the youth who are committing these crimes. Brainwashed by their parents at a young age to believe in Divine Beings, they grow disenchanted with fictional expectations. And they rebel by turning to the object of their parent's religious hatred, Satan.

With that simple lateral transition comes all the heinous features of evil worship.

It's a lot more than Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of Larson's novels, can round up.

When it comes to Satan, she'd need some understanding and help from tough, unforgiving and uncompromising law.

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