In what has been called a “Satanic Sex Ritual”, an 18 year old man was stabbed hundreds of times in a bizarre incident involving two women from Milwaukee and some books of the occult. The man had met 22 year old Rebecca Chandler on the internet web site Gaia Online. He then traveled by bus from Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to meet her.
The man, later identified as Ruben Vati, told police that he was bound and “stabbed” more than 300 times by Chandler and her roomate Raven Larrabee at their apartment on Knapp Street. This happened over a period of 2 days. A report says he “suffered multiple puncture wounds and slash wounds to his back, face, arms, legs, and neck.” Officers found bloody duct tape and rope at the scene. The man managed to escape, leaving a blood trail behind him.
Rebecca Chandler told police that the two were having sexual relations, and that the cutting was consensual but quickly “got out of hand.” She also told them that most of the cutting was performed by her roommate “Scarlett”, later revealed to be Raven Larrabee. Chandler claims that Larrabee was involved in Satanic activities.
A couple of books were found in the apartment by authorities. One was called The Necromantic Ritual Book. This book, written by Leilah Wendell, talks has references to the “Angel of Death” and includes rituals related to contacting this “death energy.” One Amazon poster describes the book as “personifying death, and then utilizing that personification to better comprehend and accept death.”
Leilah Wendell is the curator of a place in New Orleans called Westgate, described as a shop and also “Temple to the Angel of Death.”
In one description of the Wendell’s book:
Wendell is fully absorbed in her devotion to “death energy.” She believes that necrophilia has been unfairly vilified and she wants people to understand what it means to love Death. It’s a preference, not a compulsion, and it’s a way through which one can seek to achieve emotional and spiritual intimacy with death.
The other book found at the scene was a humor book called The Werewolf’s Guide to Life. Written by Ritch Duncan and Bob Powers, the guide has important information, including a checklist to find out if you are indeed a werewolf. The book is described as offering “indispensable advice on how to tell if you’re really a werewolf, post-attack etiquette, breaking the news to your spouse, avoiding government abduction, and how to not just survive, but thrive.”
Ritch Duncan has already responded to the incident in his blog, saying:
Ultimately, we wrote a book about how you’re NOT supposed to hurt people, and that advice goes for both werewolves and non-werewolves….And I don’t believe I actually have to say this, but knock it off with the Satanic blood orgies, OK?
He wrote some more about it at Salon.
Other stuff taken from the apartment of the so-called “Satanic Sex Ritual” included something called “The 7 Pentacles of Planets” (most likely references to the Key of Solomon) and a folder labeled “Intro to Sigilborne Spirits” (reference to the online-game Aftershock)
Ruben Vati was released from the hospital and has returned to Arizona. He has filed no charges against the women.
On November 27th, Vati wrote this on his Facebook wall (for public):
I’ve been offline for awhile and would like to clarify some things. I never said I was stabbed ‘over 300 times’. I never said I was there against my will. Most of the wounds were shallow and have already healed. Everything has been exaggerated by the media. I don’t appreciate my name and photo being published without my consent. I still have no intent to speak about what happened.
As many bloggers have mentioned, chances are that this “Satanic Sex Ritual” was hardly Satanic, and like Vati says, the media exaggerates everything. Most of the documents and books found by police are either related to gaming/humor, or are things you would expect any young goth/wiccan kid to have an interest in. As for the cutting – lots of young people do that; no occult involvement.
This story was originally reported by The Smoking Gun. Some clarity given at The Examiner.