Keywords: the Church of Satan, CoS, C/S, Satanism, Satan, Dark Doctrines, Cult, Crime, Corporation Sole, Fraud, Sham, Religious Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, Anton LaVey, Blanche Barton, Peter Gilmore, Peggy Nadramia, Prostitution.
Last updated: January 20, 2001.
This collection of files document how the Church of Satan (CoS) uses lies and two-faced policies, discloses personal membership information, requests that its members harass other people and other organizations, all in order to recruit people who will pay $100 in membership registration.
Some members of the CoS would rather believe that the documentation found in these files is not correct, and have attempted to dismiss it as "hearsay," "out of context," etc. I have compiled a reply to the various objections.
My personal involvement in the CoS was exclusively based on the CoS' endorsement of the dark doctrines. Today, the CoS has radically departed from this policy--or more specifically, this collection of files shows that the people now in charge of the CoS never had that policy. I was expelled from the CoS for defending the dark doctrines, as were others; some others simply resigned; yet others still hope the CoS may "return" to a state they have yet to realize it was never in.
When I encountered the CoS, it was the only organization that endorsed the dark doctrines. Today, several Satanic organizations embrace the dark doctrines. Now that the CoS has turned its back on the dark doctrines, it is these other organizations that offer Satanism while the CoS offers nothing but a group wailing ground for suffering egos in need of delusions of worth.
What is documented in these files is only the tip of the iceberg. I have left the organization unscarred, but others who are still in the organization are subject to harassment, intimidation, depersonalization, and other forms of "education" (Blanche Barton's word)--and apparently some enjoy it. Steer clear of this organization!
I am hosting this documentation to save people the $100, the divulgation of their personal data, and their wasted time, and to make up for my share of the responsibility of luring people into the CoS with the promise of Satanism.
If you have any further evidence, please let me know. (See this document for what I mean by "further evidence.")
The CoS files are available for download as a compressed Zip file for offline browsing.
When members of the CoS complain about abuse, Peggy Nadramia's usual responses are variants of "get proof or shut up." In the few occasions where the members saved the pertinent documentation, typically the member would typically be told that this was just that one person "having fun," and that the member not bother about it.
Here is the whole sequence of events that transpired from Peggy telling me (Tani Jantsang) to "get proof" that Andre Schlesinger and Lestat Ventrue were being AWFUL to their own COS members in chat and otherwise. What was uncovered was a lot more.
The CoS responded promptly once the proof was irrefutably available by terminating the title of Tani Jantsang, and by expelling Hr. Vad and Ole Wolf, who were all opposed to the oppressive policy.
Did you have a Web site with Satanic content, and were you greeted with a polite response from a CoS official who "had been alerted" to your site?
If so, it was not praise for your good work. You simply received a form email that is intended to make you join the CoS. The form email is usually tailored to the situation; here is an example of an attempt to coerce a person into the CoS, and a form letter that was originally written by Peter Gilmore.
The CoS asks its members harass other organizations and help silence people who speak up against the CoS. This email from Peter Gilmore where he practically says "come to us for dirt" proves it. Evidently, some members harassing other people have been requested by the CoS officials to do so.
This document also shows an exchange of emails between Ole Wolf and Lord Egan, who founded the First Church of Satan.
Despite his claims, Peter Gilmore does read alt.satanism. He does not post on this newsgroup, however, but relies on CoS members whom he asks to post his messages, as this sample documents. It is not clear whether he abstains from posting because of an image he wants to maintain, or whether it is because he can post incorrect messages without personally taking responsibility.
Timorthy Stewart had originally solicited comments on the subject of Satanism versus fascism. When he put the findings on his Web site, Peter Gilmore found it necessary to subject himself to reading and commenting it. This document commenting on it. Stewart immediately suffered selective amnesia, claiming that Tani had made him alter his document. This is Tani's reply to Stewart.
Amina Lap has been a member of the CoS since 1997, and has done a significant amount of work. Amina was not scared like Timothy Stewart. This file documents how Peter Gilmore first praised her work, then later attempted to scare her--and it documents how he lies.
In this email from Peter Gilmore, it is evident that Peter Gilmore considers Egan a threat to the CoS. It was when Tani Jantsang refused to combat Egan for using a tradition that the CoS has no exclusive rights to use (ANYONE can use real knowledge) that Peter Gilmore turned against her. This strongly suggests that the CoS only used the dark doctrines to lure people into the organization.
The CoS has a number of "Satanic Rules of the Earth," one of which states that Satanists keep their noses to themselves and not interfering with other people's businesses. However, the CoS actively interferes with other people. Here we have proof of Lestat Ventrue being in #satanmuse, the chatroom owned by the dark doctrines people, posing as "someone" that just "happens" to be there.
Here is proof that the COS slanders people, that the COS administrators can't stop their members and officials from slandering people, and that they care far too much about what people on #satanmuse are doing. They go far out of their way here, and admit it, to annoy and harass people who are trying to mind their own business in their own chat rooms. These logs are incredible and have information that will blow the mind of some readers, including COS readers.
Dr. Sigmund Rascher, the third side, evil doktor, and nutcase_tani are all the same person, a fellow that CoS member "Dr. Joseph Mengele" took under his wing. He got banned from #satanmuse after shit-disturbing on two occasions. He then proceeded to "try to annoy Tani" with multiple PMs by spamming her in private messages from #satannet.
These messages show how Robert Merciless, a long time shit-disturber on alt.satanism and relatively new member of the CoS, slanders Tani Jantsang on both alt.satanism and the Satannet message board.
Here is proof of Schlesinger, acting on orders from the Corporation of Satan (is he a PAID employee?), interfering with another Satanic organization being in the news.
The CoS uses spies to investigate and harass other organizations. These emails and message board postings from Jason Roberts show how.
Shortly after the above was published on the CoS files, Jason Roberts attempted to have them removed by threatening Ole Wolf with a lawsuit and later by having two people plead his case. Neither being successful, the email correspondence now included in the CoS files between Jason Roberts, Gretchen Bennett, Tani Jantsang, and Ole Wolf soon proved Jason Roberts to be a liar.
This is an email written by evangelist Bobby Rush showing the CoS interfering with a Christian Web site, which they had NO BUSINESS poking their nose into in the first place.
Not only the CoS itself, but also the suck-ups to the CoS think they can gain points by trashing other organizations. Here is one more example of people that just can't let other people mind their business. The CoS people are so obsessed worrying about other organizations. Do we worry about that other organizations are doing? Hell no: if they leave us alone, we'll gladly leave them alone.
The suck-upery that demanded of CoS members is perhaps best illustrated by Rocio Carrasco in this message to alt.satanism, where she openly admits to unconditional obediance. This politically required level of obedience should be kept in mind when reading Peter Gilmore's request that CoS members attack other organizations.
Everyone that was ever in the chatrooms run by the CoS officials know of the behavior of the owners. Here are logs that show it.
The CoS is listed as a "Corporations Sole." This text illuminates what a "Corporations Sole" legally is. Note comments inside the text.
This information from Michael Aquino explains which documents reveal what the CoS "forgets" to inform its membership of in terms of where the fees are going.
The CoS officially states that it keeps information about its membership confident. However, as this email shows, the CoS does in fact divulge membership information. Max Barrons, at that time, was opposing the CoS on alt.satanism.
The Church of Satan supported a pimp in Amsterdam who ran a brothel and sex club, using the appeal of the Devil to lure people into his grotto. The Church of Satan was fully aware of this business, where not all the hookers were voluntary. Two independent sources know of this, as shown in this document.
The CoS may not be a fascist/Nazi organization, according to official policy. However, one notes that several administrators and highest-ranking officials in the CoS are just that. Boyd Rice, Jeff Nagy, and Rex Church are examples of officials that were given titles as Magisters and who are notably fascist.
Odal noted that by throwing people out for supporting the very same doctrines as the CoS endorses on the official CoS Web site, the CoS employs a two-faced policy. His email notifying the Satanic Reds proves this two-facing.
Having spotted a clear case of two-faced policies in the CoS, Odal was inspired to write an essay about the situation.
Tani Jantsang has been part of the occult societies since prior to the establishment of the CoS. Did she ever meet Anton LaVey? In this essay, Tani Jantsang relates her first meeting with Anton LaVey.
It was the insight into the dark doctrines, which constitute the foundation of Satanism, that prompted Anton LaVey to grant Tani Jantsang and Phil Marsh their titles. While LaVey was still alive, the CoS officially claimed that its roots derived from these doctrines.
Similarly, Peter Gilmore uses the information embedded in the dark doctrines on the official CoS page. However, his action of removing the very people that gave him this information and those who agree with them from the CoS reveals his true agenda.
Today, when Anton LaVey is dead and the CoS suddenly expels people for adhering to the dark doctrines, evidently the CoS does not consider the dark doctrines to form the roots of the CoS. Juxtaposed with its previous statement, one must conclude that the CoS is thus rootless, based only on the philisophy of one man, Anton LaVey.
The only reason this information is still on the CoS Web page is presumably to lure people into the CoS that would otherwise have joined other Satanic organizations, leading them to believe that the CoS embraces the dark doctrines.
Michael Aquino debunks the wild claims made by William Gidney, and Tani replies to both in this alt.satanism message. In another message, he similarly reminds William and Ygraine Gidney of their time in the Temple of Set.
Now that the dark doctrines crew has been either expelled or asked to resign, the CoS is quick to apply revisionism to the proof that we provide. This is one early example.
Here Kevin Filan, acting as a spokesman for the COS, is telling every other organization out there what not to do; and we all know that if any other organization does this (or even if they do not!) they can expect harassment and interferenece from Andre Schlesinger, the unpaid lackey of Peter Gilmore. You see, the COS as a corporation can't be legally attacked if Schlesinger does the harassing. Are they sure about that? I seem to remember the leader of an organization being financially ruined via law suits due to the actions of three strangers that he never even met; simply because they read his literature and then bothered people.
Some of the information pertaining to the dark doctrines on Hr. Vad's Web site was an offshot of flames aimed at the ToS. These flames were specifically requested by Peter Gilmore, who provided Tani Jantsang and Phil Marsh with incomplete--or perhaps incorrect--information. A necessary preface to these flames has now been written.
Here Radu sums up the CoS' policies, and how it bullies its members and other organizations. Also included is a brief discussion between Jeff Gerber and Ole Wolf.
Where do members of the CoS look for "proper behavior?" Apparently Blanche Barton takes the lead in a letter to Chris Bray about Michael Aquino.
Aquino's rebuttal is right on the money.
Ignored by Wiccans and Pagans, Blanche Barton has a hang-up on feminism fostered by her patriarchal, Mormon background. Her anger that a bookstore would not print her writing spawned an article and a ritual against Wiccans that she published in The Cloven Hoof, issue 127.
Her article was severely mistaken on several accounts, and Phil Marsh felt compelled to educate her. His reply, which prompted Anton LaVey to grant Phil Marsh a Magister title, is included in this document.
Shane Margolin was thrown out of the CoS for doing against Schlesinger what Schlesinger and others in Peter Gilmore's clique are free to do to anyone. Here is Margolin's explanation.
Justin Moss sent his resignation to the CoS email address listed on the CoS Web site. This is the reply from the CoS, followed by an immediate trolling of Justin's guest book.
Vad had been tired of the CoS' odd behavior endorsing bullies at the expense of Satanism, and had composed a letter. He did not send this letter until he heard of Blanche Barton's revocation of Tani Jantsang's title as Magistra that was given to her by Anton LaVey. He then composed another letter describing the foolishness of Blanche's action, and sent both letters to her.
After having written to Blanche describing that he disagrees with her revocation of Tani's title and the behavior of the Peter Gilmore clique, Vad was promptly expelled. This is his announcement of CoS' decision.
Ole Wolf was expelled from the CoS for defending the dark doctrines against those CoS members that belonged to Peter Gilmore's clique. The CoS had endorsed the dark doctrines, which were Ole Wolf's reason for joining the CoS in the first place; since the CoS now rejects the dark doctrines, Ole Wolf concluded that he had joined the CoS because of deliberately falsified information. In this letter to Blanche Barton, Ole Wolf demands a refund of the $100 that was thus wrongly charged.
While Peter Gilmore paid lip service to the dark doctrines, Ole Wolf was supportive of the CoS, and his favors included Danish translations of various texts included on the official CoS Web site. When Peter Gilmore's lies had been exposed, Ole Wolf informed Peter Gilmore that he had revoked the rights to the translations.
Ole Wolf revoked the rights to the translations shortly after two email exchanges. The first one was an exchange between Kaiden Fox and Peter Gilmore, and the second one a harsh email from Ole Wolf to Peter Gilmore because of Peter Gilmore's meddling in Timothy Stewart's business.
Morena was on Peggy Nadramia's "shit list" for being friends with Audy Morgan. She was harassed by the CoS, and explains the events that took place to Tani in this letter.
Rosa Wolf sent a letter to Blanche informing her that she will not play along with the rules of CoS. Rosa Wolf had already been disillusioned by the CoS due to its silent support of her counter-productive ex husband at the expense of her.
This section illustrates what a back-stabbing, mealy-mouthed bunch the Gilmore clique consists of, people that gang together to hate others even more than they hate each other.
John Davis ("Xloptuny") was one of the people that was allowed to harass other CoS members (a Jew) quite vitriolically on alt.satanism. It soon turned out that his greatest enemy was himself, and his mindless rage is shown in the last emails he got from Tani, one of the last things this miserable bastard did while he was alive was indulge in a screaming flame war over what would have been a joyful thing had not the klippothic CoS suckups chosen to involve themselves in the making of someone else's chat room. They had to butt in. Well, at least Xloptuny finally butt out: of life.
Ygraine ignores her own desires, and now defends Peter Gilmore and other people she evidently doesn't like. Her story also shows what André Schlesinger is made of.
Ygraine had a fit that Tani showed Peggy the email and logs she wrote about Schlesinger and the entire story of her history with Paul Valentine and others. The email and logs of Ygraine showing her hatred for Schlesinger got posted on alt.satanism, and after that Paul Valentine posted his take on it. All of it appears in this file.
It is not only the new people joining the CoS that dislike it. Here are the words of an old timer, who also dislikes the ruler/serf mentality.
Sir Chaos was one who first opposed the fascist faction headed by Peter Gilmore, but after Peter Gilmore had lied sufficiently to Sir Chaos, Sir Chaos suffered the selective amnesia that characterizes those who are scared of being expelled from the CoS. In this message to alt.satanism, Amina refreshes Sir Chaos' memory.
Amina is not the only person that dislikes Chaos. Here is a chat log with a "CoS insider" talking about Chaos.
Lupo is not a member of the CoS. However, it is remarkable how the CoS condones his hostility against Peter Gilmore's opponents compared to their actions taken against those who oppose Peter Gilmore's clique. Lupo's hating the dark doctrines crew was caused by a flame written to someone else by a fifteen year old gay queen several years ago. This message, by an anonymous poster, analyzes a statement made by Lupo.