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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Satan Worshipers Leave Their Mark in Bernal Heights?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Earlier this month, denizens of the Mission District were horrified when a headless goat and dead chicken were found on the sidewalk along Capp Street. That only crystallized fear and longtime suspicion that residents are practicing Santeria religion on top of the lonely Bernal Hill.

Santeria -- a religion mostly practiced in the Caribbean -- includes animal sacrificing; goats' blood is thought to help cure diseases and prolong life. But is this religious sacrificing a myth? The other day, a Bernal Heights resident who calls herself Agent  Amy says she came across this eerie Satanic pentagram.

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Here's what Amy wrote on the Bernalwood blog:

"I saw this brand-spanking new pentagram at the top of Bernal Hill. The paint's still wet! In the center there's a red paper goat, but also charred goo and drip marks suggesting some mysterious satanic gore. At

the points of the pentagram are playing cards and melted black candles."

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SF Weekly called around to find out what neighbors think of this. Terry Milne of the Bernal History Project, who has lived in Bernal Heights since "the hippies were here," tells us the notion that anyone is sacrificing anything on the hill is just a load of crap.

"Twenty years ago, people would say that -- and then you'd find out they were just watching too much TV," Milne says. "What they were really seeing was a dead bird that fell from a tree, but there's no evidence of any rituals."

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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