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John Kerry Meets Satanist Anton LaVey?


Netlore Archive: 'Newspaper clipping' circulating on the Internet purports to show a youthful John Kerry shaking hands with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey.

Description: Viral image / Hoax
Circulating since: Feb. 2004
Status: Fake (see details below)

As posted on the Internet, July 2004:

Purportedly a photograph of Democratic Senator (now presidential candidate) John Kerry shaking hands with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey
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Analysis: Hoax. This is a meeting that never took place. The image is a composite of elements from a photo of John Kerry shaking hands with clown Rami Salami in 1998 and a photo of Satanist Anton LaVey meeting rock star Marilyn Manson in 1994.

Another giveaway is the supposed date of the newspaper clipping: Sunday, July 17, 1982. In the real world, July 17, 1982 fell on a Saturday.

Anton LaVey (b. 1930) founded the so-called Church of Satan in San Francisco, California in 1966. Insisting he believed in the existence of neither God nor Satan, LaVey said the basic tenets of his "religion" were self-interest and hedonism. He died in 1997.

When this hoax began circulating, John Kerry was a U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for the U.S. presidency.

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Sources and further reading:

Rami Salami
Home page of clown Rami Salami, "King of the Balloon Twisters"

The Marilyn Manson Picture Show
(Caution: some images on this site are for mature viewers only)

Strange Bedfellows: Anton LaVey, Former Head of Church of Satan, Meets John Kerry
Illuminati News, 2 March 2004

Anton LaVey: A Biographical Sketch
From the official Church of Satan Website

Marilyn Manson Profile
From Xtreme Musician

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