IDIOT FLESH – Teen Devil Worshipper

Idiot Flesh, like their following reincarnation as Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, are a music group and at the same time some fine chroniclers of American culture, life, and history, especially in its dark aspects (mention also be made to Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads, who’s not American). Somewhat like Macabre, an extreme metal band from Chicago that has an entire album about Jeffrey Dahmer, Idiot Flesh and SGM’s titles and lyrics often thematize extreme events such as killing sprees and domestsic terrorism. For instance, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum’s “FC (The Freedom Club)” is a reference to Theodore John Kaczynski, more well-known as the Unabomber. Idiot Flesh’s “Teen Devil Worshipper” is based on a true event. In 1998, 19 year-old Jonathan Cantero confessed to have slayed his mother, a Bible-quoting fundamentalist woman from Tampa whose son was a satanist. Cantero later told the police that he read numerous books on devil worship and had watched a Geraldo Rivera talk show about satanism days before the killing. The list of equipment in the lyrics were found as evidence of the crime, just like the to-do list.

Teen devil worshipper Jonathan Cantero’s list of equipment for the 12th of October

1. Knife and sheath
2. Vail and lid for blood
3. Plastic bag for left hand
4. Small bag for money
5. Handkerchief to cover mouth
6. Jeans
7. T-shirt
8. A book of shadows

Teen devil worshipper Jonathan Cantero’s list of activities for the 12th of October

1. Go to school
2. Leave at 11:45
3. Pull up at Mom’s house
4. Enter/greet Mom
5. Go to bathroom
6. Prepare knife and handkerchief
7. Go directly to Mom
8. When back is turned
9. Cover her mouth
10. Stab until dead
11. Cut off her left hand

Teen devil worshipper Jonathan Cantero’s list of activities for the 12th of October

“Lord Satan thou hast stricken this woman from the earth, I have killed the womb from which I was born. I have ended her reign of desecration of my mind. She is no longer of me, yet only a simple serpent on a lower plane.”

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