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Teen-ager Arrested For Slashing In Apparent Cult Attack

April 17, 1992

HOUSTON (AP) _ A teen-ager was charged Thursday with attempted murder in the slashing of a teen-age girl. Police said he had confessed to practicing ″Satanism and the occult.″

Scott Edward May, 17, is accused of cutting the throat of a 16-year-old girl and slashing her with several knives while the two were on a date April 11, said Houston police spokesman John Leggio.

The girl was able to flee the car where the attack occurred and seek help, Leggio said. She remained hospitalized Thursday, he said.

May was jailed Thursday with bail set at $150,000 bond.

Several library books on satanic rituals and the occult were found during a search of May’s apartment, Leggio said.

″The man’s confession to this particular crime indicated that he practices Satanism and the occult,″ he said.

Police on Thursday were trying to verify details May provided about two to four stabbing murders he said he committed as part of his satanic rituals.

″It is beyond a fantasy thing,″ Sgt. Jim Binford said. ″He has been evasive in talking about some of them (other slashings), but has bragged about some of them. He has shown no remorse.″

Police said May was part of a juvenile transfer program that allowed him to move from Georgia to Texas about seven months ago. They had no details about his record in Georgia.

The program allows communities in one state to exchange ″troubled or disturbed″ juveniles for offenders from other states, hoping the new environment will keep them out of trouble, Leggio said.

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