"Here's who's trying us!" - Piergiorgio Bonora, pointing at a crucifix, in the courtroom "Paolo Borsellino," Tribunal of Bologna, February 13th, 1997, 9:00 am.
"Dimitri, Bonora and Luongo should pay dearly and pay for everything, pornography on the Internet, teenagers' suicides, violent TV, the new drugs, you name it. They are being sacrificed to expiate the 'sins' of a world which reactionaries have always described as 'gone insane' and 'out of control." Such a new kind of McCarthyism is thousands of times more sly; it strikes only isolated individuals on a prejudicial basis, it digs inside their soul as if it were Stevanin's field." Luther Blissett, "Hunters, record-keepers and chemical gelders," Zero in Condotta, Bologna, September 13 1996.
The whole thing starts in Bologna on January 24th, 1996, when the Carabinieri arrest Marco Dimitri (33), Piergiorgio Bonora (21) and Gennaro Luongo (28), i.e. the top leaders of the Luciferian cult of the Bambini di Satana [Children of Satan]. This action is going to snowball into a big raid against Satanists and "paedophiles." The charge is: "abduction aimed a lechery and sexual violence."
Dimitri & Co. have been accused by Luongo's 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, whose real name cannot be mentioned in the media. From now on she will always be called 'Simonetta.' Simonetta charges Luongo and the others with having chloroformed and raped her during a black mass. In the USA, where everything becomes an acronym, they call it SRA, Satanic Ritual Abuse.
The sixteen-year-old girl, getting over embarassment and the understandable hesitations, collaborated with the magistrature and narrated having been forced to drink a deadly potion which deprived her of any defensive power[...] The inquiries by the carabinieri proved [the potion] to be a mix of water and chloroform [...] She maintains to have awaken from an odd sleep and felt numbed, with her pants stained and her stockings pulled off. But in the first instance she affirms that the violence took place in the head office of the "Children of Satan," in the second she sets it at Villa Spalleggiari [R. Canditi, "The mass is over, go to jail," Il Resto del Carlino, January 24 1996].
Simonetta's story is full of gaps and supported by no evidence. Actually the Carabinieri haven't 'proved' anything about the alleged 'fatal potion,' of which there are no traces, nor have they found any pot. Despite this, and although the defendants firmly claim their innocence, so-called "public opinion" immediately considers them guilty, thanks to the most-read local newspaper, Il Resto del Carlino. This right-wing rag is nothing other than the house organ of the Carabinieri.
On the following day the defendants' lawyers state that Simonetta was conditioned by her family, which had been opposed to her affair with Luongo. According to the lawyers, two months ago she tried to retract her testimony by telephoning the Carabinieri. She wanted to admit that she had made up her story, and 'threatened to tell the whole truth to Il Resto del Carlino.
In the meanwhile, The Carlino starts to bombard the readers with bullshit: On Friday the 1st Canditi writes about some floppy disks which allegedly contain . . .
the names of fifty underage people: some are just twelve [...] Thus, rather than satanists, they were perverts [...] It is possible that many minors have also been used in the "sacrifices," but the circumstances are still to be cleared up [...] Pornographic movies with children in erotic poses, file-cards of a large number of underage neophytes. . . .
Later on, those diskettes will be shown to contain videogames to run on Amiga, therefore incompatible with Dimitri's Mac. As regards the underage members and their 'use' during 'sacrifices,' Dimitri will explain over and over again that the "sexual rituals" consisted of intercourse betweeen 'initiates' of legal age. The under-18-year-olds were only allowed to 'go to the office in via Riva Reno, buy the sweatshirts and the other gadgets produced by the Bambini di Satana Ltd.'
On February the 4th, The Carlino bears the headline: 'Among The Initiates A Well Known Paedophile.' The reporter Nicoletta Rossi writes: 'William Andraghetti, formerly arrested during the anti-pedophile raid, was an initiate of the cult.' No source is cited for this 'scoop,' which calls in question a person who was framed in 1987 and virtually lynched by a violent press campaign . He's not going to be mentioned in the press coverage of this case ever again; it's just one of the many pieces of shit that The Carlino threw in the fan at the beginning of the inquiry.
Supplement: letter from a "monster"
Dear Sir Luther and Messrs. editors of Zero in condotta,
I have read with much interest the article written in your most recent issue, titled "I Carlini di Satana, or: One year of sulphur candies" . I'm William Andraghetti, the paedophile, and since I have been mentioned in the article, I decided to write to you to make some things clear. First of all I would like to congratulate Mr. Luther since I seldom happen to read such an objective and well-balanced article on a topic like satanism, which causes any pressman (Canditi counted in) to turn up his nose and make an outcry. I think that nowadays the categories of people the most mistreated by the media are twofold: satanists and paedophiles.
Then if a satanist is believed to be a paedophile (as in Dimitri's case) or, vice versa, a pedophile is thought to be a satanist (as in my case), the press orgy will be unleashed in all its virulence, muddling up reality and imagination just in order to sell and create sensationalism.
In the article by Nicoletta Rossi that appeared last February 4th ("Among the followers a notorious paedophile") there's nothing plausible! I have known Dimitri but was never a member of the Children of Satan, neither did I participate in their rites[...] I have known Dimitri since 1985 when, still a young man, he attended with me an esoteric centre. Later, in 1987, when I was arrested on the charge of raping minors, our paths parted.
When the penalty was over in 1993, he was to phone me, wanting to have a chat in memory of the old times; he gave me a date in his office where he was operating already as the leader of the Children of Satan. He asked me, it is true, to enter the sect but I don't consider myself a satanist and so I refused. We met just twice more: last time I spoke to Dimitri was in July '94; on that occasion he communicated that he intended to start up a chat-line devoted to satanism. Last time I phoned him was in January '95, I left a message on his answering machine, but he didn't call back.
When I heard about the arrest and the charges of rape of a minor, I nearly laughed since I knew very well that Dimitri is homosexual and that he didn't give a damn about women, and even less would he have raped them. Dimitri is not the violent kind (and few people know he's a vegetarian). Neither do I grant any trust to the story of the three-year-old child who had allegedly undergone abuses: Dimitri is not interested in children. I think that Dimitri got arrested in order to eliminate from Bologna an awkward sect of satanists which, in such a bigoted and provincial town, caused too much scandal. The only way to shut down the Children of Satan's office was to arrest their leader[...] I always asserted in my book Journal of a Paedophile that justice will never exist for "deviants," and my trial events proved me right: I was condemned for abuses which never took place and was forced to suffer an ignoble persecution through the media (the same persecution Dimitri is undergoing now). All this leads me to conclude that for some categories of accused -- yesterday the "gang of paedophiles" and today the "gang of satanists" -- there will never be true justice or any tutelage. I would say to Canditi (and his acolytes) that it's simple to cry at monsters and rapists, and fake indignation for these events. It's harder, instead, to look for the truth and respect people still waiting for judgment, (or to be committed for trial), and, before cursing, all of us should examine our consciences keeping in mind that before the definitive verdict the accused MUST be considered innocent [...]
To Dimitri, in case he should read this letter: I make my best greetings and send the wish that his vicissitudes come to the best end, and I'm convinced that the charges brought by Lucia Musti are totally groundless. A big greeting to the editorial staff of Zero in condotta and Luther Blissett [...] An ordinary different man. -- W. Andraghetti, "Letter from a monster," Zero in Condotta, Bologna, October 11th, 1996
The defendants' lawyers start to make themselves heard. They denounce "a disparity between the prosecutor and the defense. The GIP [Judge for Preliminary Investigations] has acquired additional documents on whose grounds she has decided to not release the Children of Satan. We were not aware of those documents, thus we were not allowed to confute them."
The lawyers appeal the GIP's decision to continue the defendants' detention. On Friday the 12th, the Tribunal of Re-hearings decides on their release from prison. Three days later, a headline on The Carlino blares: 'Dimitri's free, I'll Kill Myself.' The reporter Biagio Marsiglia writes that Simonetta has attempted suicide. She was about to throw herself down a bridge in Casalecchio di Reno [near Bologna] but a heroic Romanian truck-driver saved her life. Marsiglia, who waxes so lyric that he doesn't care about the Presumption of Innocence, comments:
The sixteen year old is going to live protected from now on. Someone will be close to her, will follow her and will try to make her forget those strange rites devoted to Satan that, in a November night marked, her forever.
Some people begin to suspect the whole thing to be a scam. The investigations have been entrusted to the Vice-District Attorney Lucia Musti, a protagonist in search of the spotlights. The whole inquiry benefits by the 'advice' of the Gruppo di Ricerca e Informazione sulle Sette [Group for Research and Investigation on Cults]. This group claims to be non-confessional, and yet its office is in via del Monte, just inside the palazzo of the Curia [local ecclesiastic authority]. This 'advice' may actually include pressure from the Curia's ultra-reactonary head, Cardinal Giacomo Biffi.
In fact, Dimitri is a scapegoat; hidden powers have been at work since last summer in order to frame him. Before long, thanks to the fervour of the GRIS and some exorcists (yes!), the Children of Satan will be overwhelmed by additional charges, including an SRA on "Federico," a less-than-three-year-old little boy. Simonetta will keep bearing witness, adding more and more grotesque details to her incredible story. Most likely it's the investigators themselves and The Carlino visionary hacks who inspire her accounts.
Back to the attempted suicide: one year later (February 12th, 1997), during an interview on La Repubblica, Musti herself will admit that it was "a bluff [...] due to Simonetta's usual urge to show off [...] It is her way of looking for affection and attention."
The story about "Federico" emerges on February 22th, 1996. On the pages of The Carlino, Canditi mentions:
A three-year-old child [...] dragged into a black mass, during which he's supposed to have been made to lie down in a tiny coffin or a tomb, wherein a skull was. Reality or imagination? The story assumed worrying outlines because the person in whose custody the minor was gravitates around the Children of Satan.
A few days later people will learn that the child's parents ('particularly careful persons who always select the TV programs he can see') have taken him to a priest who, according to Canditi...is said to have given the child a strong blessing in an attempt to "armour" that young soul against the Evil one's attacks.