A Satanist who headed a cult of Devil worshipers that celebrated the
Black Mass. LaViosin’s use of a nude girl as an altar was practiced by
later Satanists groups, including Anton LaVey’s original Church of
Satan. The chicken or egg question is, was LaViosin the first to
celebrate actual Black Masses inspired by earlier but untrue legends,
or did some sort of abominations actually take place in the centuries
prior to her cult, providing an actual basis for the stories? At any
rate, LaViosin’s case is well documented...perhaps the best documented
witch trial ever...and such rituals did take place, and the parties
involved were not innocent of their crimes.
LaViosin was a witch and fortune teller who also ran an “abortion
clinic” of sorts and sold poisons. She would take the fetuses of unborn
babies and unwanted infants and slit their throats in Black Masses. Her
clients who bought poison were usually nobility, often women. The Paris
Police broke up her poison ring which reached all the way to England.
They were tipped off by two Roman Catholic priests who had received
several confessions of French noble ladies who confessed to trying to
poison their husbands. The stories were almost always the same; a noble
woman would poison her husband’s shirts, causing him to break out. His
wife would then give him an ointment for the rash...which was more
poison. Sometimes the husbands figured out what was happening, and fled
to monasteries for safety, but some were not as fortunate.
Priests are obliged to keep confessions secret, because Priests are
bound by what is known as the “seal of the confession” not so their
Bishop told the twoPriests involved to give the police just enough
information to begin searching without actually naming names of
confessors. This information began an investigation that
ultimately lead police to LaViosin. When the police raided
LaViosin’s house, they knew something was strange about her family
immediately because they all slept in the same bed. Police
discovered a hidden chamber in the house that led to a room draped
completely in black with black candles, and an altar covered with a
mattress. Also discovered were several books on black magic and
astrology owned by LaViosin. 367 people were arrested in all, and 74
people were sentenced. Many French nobles fled to England and other
countries to avoid arrest, and the scandal rocked French high society.
A debauched priest named Gibourg created communion wafers from flour
and blood from the sacrificed infants. These were then used in the
Black Masses against King Louis XIV. The King’s mistress had employed
LaViosin to use Satanic black magic to kill the King, which didn’t
work. When this failed to work, she planned to poison him, but the plot
was uncovered before she could carry it out.
LaViosin and several debauched Priests who had converted to Satanism
conducted Black Masses with placentas and fetuses of the aborted babies
provided by LaViosin’s abortion business, as well as living unwanted
ones, over the naked bodies of young girls as altars. During the
Masses, the demons Astoroth and Asmodeus were “invoked” for assistance.
LaVisoin later confessed to police that over the years she had cremated
some of the remains of the fetuses and babies in her furnace, and some
she buried some in her garden. This was confirmed when authorities
unearthed thousands of bones of infants on her property. An exact body
count of the child murders and poisonings was impossible to tell, but
must have been quite high.
To avoid a public
scandal, King Louis the 14th ordered the trial to be conducted in a
sealed court ( a star chamber). LaViosin and her gang were all
arrested, tried, and convicted for their crimes. The Government of
France then created laws against fortune telling, sorcery, and poison
to help assure successor cults didn’t arise. Years later the King
ordered all records of the trial to be burned, but a few copies
accidentally (or intentionally) weren’t destroyed and survive even
today. Even though LaVisoin practiced human sacrifices, which some
occultists consider to be the ultimate act for attaining power (it was
widely practiced by the Pagans of old), it still did her no good. The
Devil never gives complete success to those who follow him.
LaViosin was burned at the stake in 1680.
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