Chilean Black Metal Fan Declared 'Mentally Ill', Escapes Murder Charge

A Chilean black metal fan who killed an Italian Catholic priest at the conclusion of a Mass at Santiago's Metropolitan Cathedral on July 24 was declared mentally ill and will receive psychiatric treatment instead of imprisonment, the court that investigated the crime announced earlier this week.

Judge Veronica Sabaj of the Third Criminal Court of Santiago determined that Rodrigo Orias, 25, is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, which is characterized by paranoid delusions and hallucinations, and has decided against charging him with the murder of Father Faustino Gazziero.

Orias slit Gazziero's throat, smeared his face with the victim's blood and then stabbed himself several times in the chest and neck with the same knife while hundreds of churchgoers watched in horror, according to published reports.

Orias, who had a pentagram branded on the left side of his chest (covering his heart) and several other symbols of the occult tattooed on his body, reportedly asked DARK FUNERAL singer Emperor Magus Caligula during the Swedish black metal band's visit to Santiago last year to burn an inverted cross on Rodrigo's arm with a cigar — a "mark" which Orias later planned to make into a tattoo.

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