Italian police have arrested three more members of a Satanic black metal sect, "Beasts of Satan", after accusing them of ordering the murder of at least five young people in the Milan area since 1998.
Paolo "Ozzy" Leoni (photo#1, photo#2), 27, Eros Monterosso (photo), 27, and Marco Zampollo (photo), 28, were charged with ordering the ritual murders of Chiara Marino and Fabio Tollis, whose bodies were found in shallow graves in Northern Italy last month.
The revelations began in early June when two shallow graves were uncovered in woods near Somma Lombardo, north-west of Milan. One contained the remains of 19-year-old Chiara Marino (photo), who according to the confession of one of the group was stabbed to death because they thought she was the personification of the Virgin Mary.
Marino and Tollis were last heard of in January 1998, and their disappearance remained a mystery until one of the boys' friends confessed the teens were part of a cocaine-fuelled dark satanic sacrifice.
According to the U.K.'s The Independent, another alleged member of the group, Andrea Volpe (photo), has given evidence about three other murders. Mariangela Pezzota, Volpe's girlfriend, was allegedly killed by the sect on January 26, 2004, while Andrea Bontade was drugged and forced to drive his car into a wall at high speed in September 1998. Andrea Ballarin was found hanged at a school in Somma Lombardo on 7 May, 2000, according to evidence from Volpe.
"She wasn't in the sect, but we killed her because she knew everything," La Repubblica newspaper quoted Volpe as saying.
Police believe the Satanists also may have killed three friends of Sapone who died mysteriously: Antonio Lombardo, 26, who worked at a cemetery in the town of Legnano, and who set himself on fire on December 14, 2003; Stefano Longone, who was run over by a lorry in May 1998; and Luca Colombo, the son of a cemetery florist, who was found hanged May 5, 2004.