A satanic ritual held in a Bridgeport cemetery involved pouring cologne on chickens and setting them on fire, police said.
Bridgeport Police Officer Ken Ruge said in a report that as he was patrolling early Saturday, he noticed a large, scorched patch of ground in St. Augustine Cemetery at Arctic and Helen streets.
He said he found a rooster, burned to death on the ground and an empty bottle of cologne nearby. Apparently the cologne was poured on the rooster, which was then set on fire, Ruge wrote.
A second chicken was found behind a headstone, burned but still alive.
The report says “Satanic” but later on mentions past rituals of Santeria that were discovered. Big difference! And I think they are getting it wrong. Anytime dead animals appear, the first adjective the media wants to tag it with is “Satanic”. What evidence do they have? The cultural meme about Satan worshippers is incorrect or overblown. This article describes that it may be people dabbling in what they THINK is Satanism.
Satan worshippers appear to be VERY rare and not out sacrificing animals in cemeteries. Why does this connection continue? (I know why; this is a rhetorical question.)
Here is a good intro into Satanism from the site Religious Tolerance. And here is the same source about Santeria. You’ll notice chickens are mentioned but the devil is not. Even according to this, the perpetrators of the Connecticut crime did not know what they were doing or were just messed up to begin with.
Ritual Sacrifices: These form an integral part of many Santerian religious rituals. The animal’s blood is collected and offered to the Orisha. Chickens are the most common animal used. Their sacrifice is believed to please the Saints, and to bring good luck, purification and forgiveness of sins.