The Devil's Advocate Episode

Season 2, Episode 6,  Oct 18, 11:08 PM

Has the Devil ever been found guilty in any of the cases where murderers have accused him of being the reason they killed?

*Warning* This episode includes details of child murders, which some listeners may find upsetting. Listener discretion is advised. 

The Devil in the White City. The Devil’s Rooming House. The Devil Made Me Do It

The first two are titles of books about American serial killers. The last one is a movie title about a murder that inspired the third movie in the Conjuring franchise

You might have noticed they all have something in common. Devil is in all of their titles.

That’s because the criminals are either likened to being the devil themselves or tried to blame the devil for their deeds.

There have also been cases where Satanists have been accused of killing in the name of the devil --or were planning to. Like the 2018 case of the 11 and 12-year old middle schoolers in Florida. The girls were luckily caught and arrested before they could carry out their mass murder/suicide plot, though.

But what about if we look at it from his perspective --"he" being the Devil-- and play devil’s advocate, so to speak. 

Don’t worry. We’re not venturing into satanism territory. Just flipping the script. 

The Devil is often named as a co-conspirator in crimes, but has he ever been the target of murder? Has he ever been sued? 

That’s what we’re going to explore in this episode of Haunting American True Crimes.


“Bizarre Happenings Surround Brookfield Killings” The Hartford Courant, Oct. 29, 1981

“Weird Rites to ‘Drive Devil’ from Girl’s Body Termed Death Cause” Corpus Christi Times, Dec. 23, 1932

“Court’s Limits Leave Satan Breathe Easier” The Daily Courier, Dec. 8, 1971

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