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Punning with the Devil

30 November 2009 1:16 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Last night I dusted off an old DVD of mine called Death Scenes. This documentary explored the photo scrapbook (“a catalog of horrid indiscretions”) of a police officer who pounded the beat of Depression-era Los Angeles. The grisly slideshow of crime scenes unfolds under the baleful narration of one Anton Szandor Lavey (1930-1997), head of the Church of Satan and, as it happened, close pal of Forry Ackerman.

Lavey was one of the subjects Forry and I discussed when we first met in Pennsylvania. The two men, more alike than it would at first seem, fostered a relationship of mutual respect. As Forry himself put it in his dictation to me:

“Although Anton Szandor Lavey by his own declaration was something like a Son of Satan and was known to hold Black Masses, when my wife and I knew him we didn’t find a mean bone in his body. »

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