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The concern over ritualised satanic killings is usually misplaced and the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of the motivation of some murders. However the Beast of Satan killings were interpreted as validating Italian society’s concern over satanism in the early 2000′s.

In 1998 a young teenage couple were brutally murdered by their friends, all of whom were involved in the black metal music scene in Italy at the time. The crime would later be described as a drug fuelled satanic rite, where the young couple were stabbed to death. The father of one of the victim’s was convinced that the disappearance of his son had some connection to his involvement in the black metal scene, and he would conduct a personal investigation into his disappearance that would stretch out for another six years. The murderers were Andrea Volpe, Nicola Sapone and Mario Maccione - all members of the black metal band ‘Beast of Satan’.

They would not be apprehended by the authorities however until the committed their third murder six years later. The victim this time was Mariangela Pezzotta, a 27 year old who was the ex-girlfriend of Volpe. She was shot in the throat, hit several times with a shovel and then buried alive. This was not an alleged ritualistic killing, but instead an attempt to silence someone who knew too much about the bands past. Volpe, and his fiancé at the time, attempted to move the body to hide the evidence, but were apprehended when the car they were using to transport the corpse crashed.

The group are also thought to have played a part in the death of their drummer, who completed suicide, however authorities were never able to conclusively link the other members to his death.

It’s worth noting that the first murders committed by members of the band was carried out while they were heavily under the influence of drugs, and the later murder was motivated solely by self-preservation. Despite this the authorities viewed the crimes and the link to death metal, as proof of a network of satanic sects across Italy, and attempted to set up a special satanist task force in the wake of the Beast of Satan trial. 

“Le bestie di Satana” (Satan’s beasts) was an Italian heavy metal band and a Satanic cult known for having murdered 3 people between 1998 and 2004. It is said that one of the victims, drummer Andrea Bontade, was led to suicide by the other members of the cult.

The first two murders occurred in January 1998 in the woods near Somma Lombardo, Lombardia.
Members Andrea Sapone, Nicola Volpe and Mario Maccione lured Chiara Marino, 19, and Fabio Tollis, 16, into the woods, using a ritual as an excuse. Once they got there, Sapone stabbed Marino fatally and Volpe and Maccione proceeded to attack Tollis. Maccione repeatedly hit the victim on the head with a hammer, and Sapone finally cut his throat in such a violent way that the blade of the knife broke.

Andrea Bontade, who was supposed to help with the murder of Marino and Tollis but didn’t go, committed suicide on September 21, 1998, after members of the Satan’s beasts threatened his life and suggested suicide. After drinking heavily, Bontade crashed his car into a wall at the speed of 112 miles per hour.

The third murder occurred in January 2004. The victim, Mariangela Pezzotta, 28, was Andrea Volpe’s ex girlfriend. On January 24, 2004, Sapone ordered Volpe to kill Pezzotta as she knew too many details about the disappearance of Chiara Marino and Fabio Tollis back in 1998.
Volpe invited his ex girlfriend over for dinner and after a violent fight, he shot her in the face, but she didn’t die. Volpe’s new girlfriend Elisabetta Ballarin was there, too, preparing doses of speedball in the kitchen. They were heavily drugged so they called Sapone for help. Sapone went and hit the agonizing victim with a shovel. He then ordered to get rid of the victim’s body and car, and returned back home.
Pezzotta was still alive when she was buried.