The Beasts of Satan
Satanic murders are always a hot topic for novels. What happens, then, when these dark rituals spill into real life? Many people who follow the Satanic path in the modern world simply ascribe to self-reliant, highly individualistic philosophy. There are a certain few, however, who take the dark rites and rituals of a dark god very seriously and follow it to its monstrous conclusion.
Italy is a highly religious country, and in many ways, it seemed like it was the least likely candidate for for a series of Satanic and occult killings. During the early part of the 21st century, however, it provided the horrified backdrop for the savage slayings of three people.
Chiara Marino and Fabio Tollis were two teenagers who were engaged to be married. People found them to be a charming couple. Their only real eccentricity was their interest in the heavy metal and death metal scene at the time. It was through heavy metal concerts that they had the misfortune to meet Andrea Volpe, Nicola Sapone and Mario Maccione. These three men who belonged to a sect known as the Beasts of Satan, would initially befriend the couple. Their plans may not have been dark from the beginning, but it was due to these three that Marino and Tollis would meet their ends.
In July of 1998, Marino and Tollis were lured from the heavy metal club known as the Midnight Pub. They were taken to the forests close to Sommo Lombardo, a community close to Milan. When they were in the woods, at first, all seemed well. Soon though, Marino and Tollis realized that they were not allowed to leave. Tollis was forced to call his father, telling him that he and his fiancee were never coming back.
After that call was made, Volpe, Sapone and Maccione proceeded to kill the hapless couple. Volpe and Sapone stabbed the two while Maccione struck Fabio in the head with a hammer. According to court testimony, they buried the pair in a large grave. Afterwards, after the bodies were covered, they danced on top of them, crying out, “Now you’re both zombies! Try to get out of this hole, if you dare!”
The murders were investigated by the trio had covered their tracks too well. The only person who remained on the case was Michele Tollis, Fabio Tollis’ father. He believed his son would not reject him, and he spent the next six years putting together what happened that dark night and figuring out how Volpe, Sapone and Maccione were involved.
The next murder did not take place until 2004. During a quarrel with Mariangela Pezzotta, Volpe shot her in the head. According to later testimony, she had revealed that she knew of the murders of Marino and Tollis. Fearing she would go to the authorities, Volpe killed her.
Horrifyingly enough, Pezzotta was not dead. He summoned Sapone to the scene. The two of them took the still-living Pezzotta to the greenhouse of the Ballarin family, a well-to-do family to which Volpe’s current girlfriend belonged. The two struck Pezzotta violently on the head with a spade before continuing on to bury her alive.
At that point, Volpe and his girlfriend decided to take Pezzotta’s car and drive it into a lake, hiding the evidence that she had met with them. Along the way to the site they were going to use, however, they got into a car accident, and all of Volpe’s crimes came to light.
Michele Tollis’ careful work was used to link Volpe to the killing of Marino and Tollis. Maccione, racked by guilt, confessed to the murders, and finally Volpe and Sapone had to admit their guilt as well. It was also revealed at this point that Volpe had urged other members of the sect to push another member towards suicide.
All of the people involved in the murders went to jail, Volpe for 30 years and Sapone, who was thought to have masterminded the murders initially, for life.
The specter of Satanic ritual murder still hangs like a pall over that area of Italy, and it is unknown when, if ever, it will lift.