Let's look at some recent disturbing news in this realm.
A police statement said the Greek suspect confessed to killing the woman with a heavy stone during a pre-dawn “ritual Satanist ceremony” in the seaside Glyfada suburb.
The 41-year-old woman was found dead on April 20, 2014, Orthodox Easter Sunday, with severe head injuries. A nearby bench had been daubed in blood with Satanist insignia. Blood on a makeshift altar?
The suspect's arrest on Monday, was also in Glyfada. Police identified Papageorgiou by references to the killing on social media, DNA analysis and a fingerprint on a plastic bag containing the murder weapon, found in a nearby trash container.
The suspect allegedly told police that he had intended to carry out another ritual killing on the day of the summer solstice, but it was unclear whether or not he had selected a prospective victim yet, according to the Associated Press.
In Coffee County, Tennessee, devil worshipper Gregory Hale (pictured), 37, met Lisa Hyder, 36, on June 6, then attacked her later that same day, beheaded her and put her hands and feet in a bucket, before eating her.
The ex-slaughterhouse worker was arrested and quickly he admitted killing her and eating part of her body. Suspected cannibal Hale’s Facebook page is filled with images and descriptions of blood, gore, killing, and the metal band Slayer.
In one bizarre passage, two months ago, Hale talked about eating a vegetarian, writing: “would tha vegetarian taste like that fake soy meat like they got in sum fast food places???”
Gregory Hale noted he wished he could have met serial killer and rapist Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, who died in a California prison in June 2013.
Hale was arrested on June 8th, after he asked a friend to help dispose of Hyder's body.
A friend said the former slaughterhouse employee was a self-proclaimed satanist who was fired after his boss found him carrying out a ritual with animal parts.
Hale is being held in jail on a high bond and is due to face court on June 23, charged with murder and abuse of a corpse, reports the Daily Mirror.
Ronnie Candelaria was arrested in Florida for the shooting deaths of a mother and her son.
The 21-year-old Candelaria is accused of the double murder in a SW Miami-Dade home. Candelaria said he wanted to kill the male victim because he believed he “was the Devil.”
Ronnie Candelaria allegedly shot and killed Gale Sikora and her son Anthony Sikora while they were inside their home in Arbor Courts on June 12, 2014, around 4 a.m.
Thursday morning, Candelaria, according to the arrest affidavit, left his home armed with an AK-74 along with seven magazines filled to capacity with 30 rounds—as well as a Glock with six magazines filled to capacity of 15 rounds, and two more magazines filled to capacity with 10 rounds. Loaded with ammunition, the arrest affidavit states, the suspect drove to the victims’ home, confronted them, and killed them.
According to the arrest affidavit, the defendant went to the victims’ home to kill the male victim “because after watching the movies The Punisher, The Punisher-War Zone, Little Nicky, and the series Breaking Bad, he believed the male victim was the Devil.”
Little Nicky appears to be a conscious play on the moniker Old Nick, which is a colloquialism for the Devil. In the film, Nicky (played by Adam Sandler) is one of the three sons of the Devil. Two of Nicky's siblings say that Nicky's mother is a goat and torment him by controlling his body with their minds.
Claims of mind control is a theme throughout many of these Satanic killings.
Candelaria means "Candlemas" in Spanish, ultimately derived from Spanish candela "candle." This name is given in honor of the church festival of Candlemas, which commemorates the presentation of Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary.
(BTW, about those grains of salt...it is a common superstition that requires you to toss a pinch of the spilt salt over your left shoulder, into the face of the Devil who lurks there.)
While others wish to bring in the Illuminati to this discussion, it appears to be enough to look at this long list of solstice deaths, and thus stay with just the data, first.
One well-publicized solstice murder event was of the startling killing of five children by Andrea Pia Yates, on June 20, 2001, in Clear Lake, Texas. Yates was quoted as saying:
"It was the seventh deadly sin. My children weren't righteous. They stumbled because I was evil. The way I was raising them, they could never be saved. They were doomed to perish in the fires of hell."
She also told her jail psychiatrist that Satan influenced her children and made them more disobedient.Discussions about such deaths appear to make an association with Solstices (summer and winter), and are often said to be on the 25ths of the months.
Two prominent examples are Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, and James Brown on December 25, 2006.
Brittany Murphy, who died on December 20, 2009, at the young age of 32, is listed as a "solstice sacrifice." Here is an eleven-minute video containing such a claim (and this is a claim that is that of the video producer, and not necessarily of this author).