Nearly all metal bands have been accused of worshipping Satan with their music at some point in their careers. While many people judge the book by its cover, some bands made their own bed with countless references to Satanism in their lyrics, looks, and album cover arts which caused quite some trouble.
Slayer is one of the bands that receive major criticism over its lyrics and album art that explore controversial topics such as murder, torture, hate crimes, and most importantly, Satanism. The band’s early image also contributed to these allegations since it heavily relied on Satanic themes, including pentagrams and inverted crosses.
Even though these instances aren’t enough to call them Satanists, three fans caused immense damage to the band’s reputation when they sacrificed a young girl named Elyse Pahler after being inspired by Slayer’s music. Let’s take a look into this blood-chilling brutality and how it affected the band.
15-Year-Old Elyse Pahler Was Murdered For Satanism
Three young musicians named Jacob Delashmutt, Joseph Fiorella, and Royce Casey choked and stabbed the 15-year-old Elyse Pahler to death in 1995. Tthe young girl’s body wasn’t found for eight months until one of the boys confessed his crime after converting to Christianity, and the details of the actions horrified everybody.
The teen boys had a band named Hatred and they wanted their metal band to be successful. In the hope of making their band famous, the three boys decided to kill the 15-year-old girl as a part of a Satanic ritual and then sexually assaulting the corpse repeatedly. In addition to confessing their crimes, the three boys also said Pahler’s killing had been plotted beforehand, and their further confessions were straight-up gory.
Slayer Was Blamed For Inspiring The Satanic Sacrifice
On top of admitting that the murder was for Satanic purposes, the three criminals claimed that they were inspired to kill after listening to Slayer. After learning that a band’s music sparked the cruel murder of their 15-year-old daughter, late Pahler’s parents, David and Lisanne, filed a lawsuit against Slayer.
The devastated parents accused the lyrics of the band’s songs, ‘Postmortem’ and ‘Dead Skin Mask’ instructed the three criminals on how to murder their daughter. Furthermore, the family filed another lawsuit against Slayer, claiming that the band is releasing dangerous music to young listeners on purpose, promoting Satanism, murder, and similar crimes.
Both cases were dismissed by the judge who didn’t consider Slayer’s music harmful to minors and the band members have made it clear during multiple interviews that they don’t support Satanism or worship Satan. While this doesn’t sound convincing considering that their lyrics are directly related to Satanism, fans believe that none of the band members would purposely support the murder of a young innocent girl in such an unmerciful way.