KING DIAMOND's 'Melissa' Recovered? reports that members of the American Nihilist Underground Society — an organization known for its extensive and elitist Dark Legions metal archives — last week returned a long-lost artifact of heavy metal history to its rightful owner.

The "Melissa" skull, which was once owned by heavy metal crooner King Diamond, was stolen at a MERCYFUL FATE show in Holland in the mid 1980s. The skull was said to be that of a witch who suffered at the hands of Judeo-Christianity before finding its way to King Diamond. Prior to the theft, the skull often accompanied King Diamond on shows and inspired multiple MERCYFUL FATE and KING DIAMOND songs; one of which was chosen as the title for MERCYFUL FATE's debut album.

The ANUS member who recovered Melissa declined to give his real name, but opted to give his ANUS screen name of "Penisbird". To read his story, in a slightly edited and abridged version, visit


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