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Four Arrested In Warehouse Said To Be Satanic Shrine

November 13, 1985

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Four people have been arrested for illegally entering a vacant downtown warehouse believed used for satanic rituals, police said Tuesday.

Broken glass and burned pages of a Bible were found in a glass container inside the room in the Haver Warehouse, Police Officer Dan DeSpain said.

The room was discovered after a security guard reported seeing people entering the building late Sunday, he said.

″If it hadn’t been for the security officer seeing them, we’d never know about it,″ DeSpain said. ″I was just called on a trespass in progress.″

Investigators are trying to determine if the room was connected to a similar one found several months ago just a block away.

The room was located in front of a crawl space, DeSpain said. On a bench outside the room were a cup, candles and a black robe, he said.

″There was a book of spells and Satan’s bible,″ he said. ″The chapter marked was how to bring about the incantation for destruction.″

Also on a table were a cup containing a pink, foamy liquid, a butcher knife and other items. The table faced a wooden arch on which the words, ″Satan Lives, 666″ were painted over a drawing of a goat’s head with a human face, DeSpain said.

The mural was also decorated with a pentagram, a five-sided star linked to satanic rituals.

One of those arrested told investigators the shrine was used to worship ″Thoth,″ a purported disciple of Satan, De Spain said.

Booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of trespassing were Samantha A. Pearce, 19, of Salt Lake City; Clyde Franklin Stacks, 52, a transient, and Tamara Lynn Coates, 18, of Salt Lake City. John Solonzano, 19, of South Salt Lake, was booked for investigation of criminal trespassing. Stacks and Solonzano were released Tuesday, but Ms. Pearce and Ms. Coates remained jailed, authorities said.

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