Satanic graffiti found in house

Saturday, October 24, 1998

BY SHEILA McLAUGHLIN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Hamilton Twp. Cpl. Andrew Roose inspects the house.
(Gary Landers photo)

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -- A construction crew moves in today to board up a deserted mansion on Striker Road that police said may have been on its way to becoming a house of devil worship.

Lately, the pillared white house -- envisioned by developers as the centerpiece of a future golf complex -- has become a landmark for curiosity seekers this Halloween season. Police have stepped up their patrols, resulting in the arrests of about 30 students from Kings Local and Little Miami high schools for trespassing in the past few weeks.

"It's Halloween time. It's the mystery. It's the mystique," township police Chief Eugene Duvelius said of the attention the stately, but abandoned home is receiving.

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Symbols of death and satanism are painted throughout.
(Gary Landers photo)

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Trespassers have told police they are drawn by rumors of satanic activity and curiosity about the house's place on the Underground Railroad during Civil War times.

Since the increased patrols the satanic activity has died off, but not suspicions about the symbolism.

Over several weeks in August and September, graffiti appeared throughout the building. Police discovered it when a nearby resident called to report trespassers on the property.

Middletown Detective J.B. Chase, brought into the Warren County case because of his expertise in the occult and gang activity, said the symbolism is suspect -- but not to be sensationalized.

He thinks whoever is responsible for the graffiti may be dabbling in some form of satanism, but they are not true practitioners of the religion.

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The house has attracted many curiosity seekers.
(Gary Landers photo)

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"They are potential wanna-bes. They are dabblers," said Detective Chase, who teaches seminars on the occult and gangs to police and parents across the country.

"Anytime you have a dabbler, you have potential to go into the next stage which is the dangerous stage, to animal sacrifices and such. They believe it, and that's when it gets dangerous."

A tour of the house on Friday, as police completed their investigation, revealed red spray-painted messages of death and satanic symbols -- such as the Seal of Solomon, a ram's head, the sign of the beast -- scrawled on the walls in nearly every room.

The rear side entrance opening to a mud room announced that this is "Hell's Gate."

Other symbols -- "666" (the sign of the beast from the Book of Revelation) and the words "To Hell" -- pointed up the front and rear staircases to the second floor.

There, the likeness of the horned beast along with the Seal of Solomon -- a six-pointed star inside a circle and the most powerful symbol in the occult -- marred a large arched window at the front of the house.

That signifies that the house has been sanctioned as a satanic worship place, police said.

The purported "purification room," a bathroom with red paint spilled over the edge of the tub, leads to a possible meeting room, where a makeshift altar was set up. Graffiti above the bathtub beckoned visitors to "Join Us."

Despite the symbolism, there was no evidence that a "black mass" had occurred there.

Lacking were evidence of candles, wax drippings, blood or animal carcasses -- all consistent with such worship of the devil, Detective Chase said.

He also thinks that an established satanic group would not have set up in a place where they could be so easily discovered.

Hamilton Township police are just glad the group appears to be gone.

"We're hoping we spooked them enough that they will relocate," Chief Duvelius said. "If we keep them on the move, maybe they won't have time to establish."



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