Satan worshipper killed and skinned his mother on ‘unholy day’ that demands for a ritual human sacrifice
- Upside down crosses found carved into skull of dismembered woman
- Judge says ‘ritualistic‘ murder was most vulgar he had ever seen
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 18 July 2013
The murder by Moises Meraz-Espinoza was described as one of the ‘most disgusting, hideous and vulgar’ cases the judge had ever seen.
A trail of blood and an electrical circular saw, with bone, blood and flesh stuck to the blade, were found in Meraz-Espinoza’s California apartment after he confessed to the killing in February 2011.
Confession: Moises Meraz-Espinoza has been sentenced to 25 years for killing his mother
Victim: Amelia Espinoza was dismembered and symbols were carved in her skull
The 42-year-old woman’s dismembered body was found in a freezer in the Maywood apartment. Her skull, with the eyes and teeth removed and two upside down crosses carved into it, was discovered in a backpack, but her organs were never found.
According to CBS Los Angeles, he used box cutters to skin his mother before freezing her, and got a tattoo of an upside down cross when first in jail.
Prosecutor Heba Matta said Meraz-Espinoza had been motivated by satanic beliefs, which he was ‘heavily entrenched in’, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Mr Matta said Meraz-Espinoza has several tattoos with satanic imagery, including upside-down crosses and a 666 behind his right ear.
A satanic bible was found near the crime scene and the date of the murder, February 2, 2011, fell on a day in the satanic calendar that calls for ritual human or animal sacrifice.
The date, which is celebrated as Candlemas by Christians, and is also celebrated as Groundhog Day, falls halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, and has pagan roots.
According to some satanist worshiping websites, it is celebrated by oral or anal sex and human or animal sacrifice as a way to initiate new members.
‘This crime was not in the heat of passion or rash and impulsive,’ Mr Matta said. ‘It was done for the purpose of devotion. That’s pretty much the ultimate sacrifice.’
Meraz-Espinoza, from east Los Angeles, was convicted of first-degree murder by a Norwalk jury in June.
He had confessed to the murder two days after killing his mother, when a cousin he confided in convinced him to go to police.
‘I don’t know what I can say to turn your life around, but you’ll have a lot of time to think about it,’ Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas McKnew Jr told the 21-year-old, who appeared in court with foot-long braids and a partly shaved head.
Crime scene: Police followed a trail of blood to the shower and found a circular saw with bones and flesh in it
Ritual: Prosecutors claim Meraz-Espinonza was motivated to kill his mother at their home by satanic beliefs
Defense attorney Jonathan Roberts tried to play down the connection, telling the court: ‘The contemporary church of satan doesn’t believe in human sacrifice,. I never bought that an [18-year-old] kid would adopt the principles of an organization from 50 years ago.’
He added that the factory worker lacked the expertise to skin and dismember a person on his own and referred to Meraz-Espinoza’s later statements claiming two other people were also involved.
At the time of the murder, ABC 7 reported that he was believed to be depressed after his girlfriend was knocked down and killed by a car.
However, Mr Matta told the court: ‘This was sheerly motivated by evil.’
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