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Occult killer shows no remorse

2011-11-21 22:28

Virginia - Convicted occult killer Chane van Heerden showed no remorse while re-telling how she helped kill and butcher a young man, a Free State court heard on Monday.

After the killing in Welkom, she used skinning techniques she had learnt while hunting with her step-father as a young girl, when she helped him to slaughter game.

Social worker Marilise Vergottini told the Virginia Circuit Court that Van Heerden could remember in detail her actions on the night Michael van Eck 23, was killed in a cemetery.

But she showed no remorse.

After Van Eck was killed in April this year, the 20-year-old Van Heerden removed his head. She and Maartens van der Merwe, 24, each removed a hand, a foot and an arm.

The pair dug a shallow grave with spoons and knives.

Van Heerden said she removed Van Eck's eyes, ears and facial skin the next day and placed these in the freezer.

When the police contacted her several days later, she immediately confessed and gave her co-operation.

Abnormal fantasies

Vergottini said Van Heerden displayed strange behaviour, even as a young girl.

When her mother told her that dolls come alive at night, Van Heerden blindfolded her own dolls and bound them with shoe laces, said Vergottini.

Van Heerden's meeting with her co-accused Van der Merwe led to a disastrous partnership.

"They together [in a relationship] are a disaster. It created a platform for their behaviour," Vergottini said.

Van der Merwe was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 14.

Vergottini said when Van Heerden and Van der Merwe met, they discovered they both had fantasies that were not normal to the rest of the world.

The couple watched the television series Dexter, in which a serial killer is the hero, reading it as condonation for their own activities.

But Van Heerden was disappointed after killing Van Eck, because the pair felt no "kick" afterwards, as described in some books she had read about serial killers.

Throughout the testimony, Van Heerden, dressed in a purple T-shirt and jeans, with her black shoulder-length hair hanging loose, showed no emotion.

The court heard how she become sexually active and started using drugs from an early age, and how her parents' divorce caused instability in her life.

Vergottini testified during sentencing procedures after Judge Albert Kruger found Van Heerden guilty of murder, robbery and dismembering Van Eck’s body.

Van Heerden pleaded guilty to all the charges.

Her lawyer Leona Smit read out the plea before Kruger convicted her.

Van Heerden and Van der Merwe have been charged with luring Van Eck, 23, to the Welkom cemetery where he was killed and dismembered.

Had to be caught

In her plea, Van Heerden said she and Van der Merwe had been in a relationship.

They had studied occult literature and practised their own rituals.

She said Van der Merwe had suggested that they tackle something more challenging.

"We then decided to look for a human victim."

Van Heerden's legal counsel only called Vergottini to present mitigating circumstances.

Vergottini testified that Van Heerden’s "reality" of the world around her was not normal.

"She described the incident as if she had read it in a book."

Vergottini said Van Heerden related stories how the pair killed cats in rituals, but she could not get herself to kill a dog when they decided to move on from cats.

The court also heard that Van Heerden only got insight into the consequences of the crime after she saw how it affected the victim's family and her own father.

Vergottini said Van Heerden acknowledged that she would have killed again if she was not caught.

"She said, she had to be caught."

Schizophrenic

Replying to a question from State prosecutor Johan de Nysschen, Vergottini said rejection, labelling and psychological problems could have played a part in the murder as well as the "unique" relationship with Van der Merwe.

Vergottini agreed with De Nysschen that satanism could not have played a role in the murder, but that occult practices might have had an influence.

The court heard Van Heerden would benefit from psychological help.

Earlier, the court postponed the trial of Van der Merwe to February 24 2012 for further investigations.

Van der Merwe's lawyer, Sunette Kruger, told the court he would get a further psychiatric evaluation before a plea would be entered.

Van der Merwe was apparently diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2001, at the age of 14, for which he received medicine.

He was referred for 30-days of psychiatric evaluation during an initial court appearance.

Kruger postponed the hearing to Tuesday. The State was expected to call four witnesses to testify.

Comments
  • Fred - 2011-11-22 05:18

    This is an awful story. However the headline is misleading. It should be "Religious killer shows no remorse" as there is no difference between any of the the other religious death cults, Christianity, Islam, etc., and worshiping someone called Satan who is in fact a product of these religions. These people were brainwashed as kids t believe in talking snakes, donkeys and bushes, people flying through the air and walking on water, murderous gods, evil women and demons. They just take these crazy fantasies one step further and act them out with disastrous consequences. Look at the Christian communion; drinking the blood and eating the flesh of the imaginary Jeebus. Pure occult stuff.

      Lionel - 2011-11-22 05:26

      Well said; even the easter bunny is dangerous! :D

      Dirk - 2011-11-22 05:58

      I think you both should go for urgent evaluation- dont delay. You clearly have absolutely no idea what you are talking about and you must establish if this is just due to ignorance or if there is an underlying flaw.

      Squeegee - 2011-11-22 06:38

      Your'e a troll; out to upset people of faith into reacting. Dirk is right, you need urgent help as you cannot discern between good and evil.

      SamuraiMama - 2011-11-22 07:12

      I could not have said it better, Fred. Spot on

      Neels - 2011-11-22 07:12

      Is this ignorance or just plain stupidity?

      SamuraiMama - 2011-11-22 07:13

      Squeegee, can YOU distinguish between good and evil? evilbible.com.

      Kerry - 2011-11-22 07:16

      You are really misinformed. I pray the scales will be removed from your eyes. May God continue to bless you.

      Dirk - 2011-11-22 07:50

      Samora- join them. However, one should not be surprized at all by these perverted "views".They dont realise it but they are fulfilling prophecy, so thank you. This very behaviour/opinions are accurately described in 2 Tim.3:1-5 Read it, its frightening

      Dirk - 2011-11-22 08:35

      Kerry- Go and read the Scripture I quoted above and then you will understand these "comments" Its actually an encouragement. There is not only a rejection of Jesus, but an active hate driven, satanically inspired campaign against Him.Once again, no surprise- He said that it would be exactly like this. And these delusional "campaigners" would of course attribute their opposition to their "intellect", "intelligence","wisdom", the"I, me and myself" Phah! I was spiritually blinded and deaf for more than 30 yrs, and we know who causes that. To the deceived I can say this; You may fool the blind, but you have no chance of fooling those born again, Holy Spirit baptized followers of Jesus. But thank you nevertheless, for doing EXACTLY what the Bible said you would do.We need to visibly experience this occasionly to see exactly HOW REAL the word is.

      TheSlip - 2011-11-22 09:50

      This is your main reason why people commit crimes, your logic is completely flawed. What about Hitler? . . and Stalin? :) I'm really curious what the church bullies did to you as a kid ;-) Well, not as curious as you are about boys . .

      Ann - 2011-11-22 10:21

      It is just really scary that people like this walk amongst us. She should be placed into an institution and never let out for this extremely cruel behaviour. It is really sad that people take on this type of strange and bizarre belief system. Even worse is that it seems to have been encouraged by her mother. RIP Michael van Eck and may your family also find peace :(

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:40

      Religion is opium for the masses of sheep ! Damn the Man , save the Empire !

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 11:17

      @Kerry take the plank out of your eye before you judge others !

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 11:20

      @Dirk people are against jeebus because he's not real , people have killed in his name and use his name to get rich ! If there was a God why would he need money ? His people would be treated as they were in the old testament , when God was vengeful and like killing. Why has his presence left or was it ever here ?

  • Ian - 2011-11-22 07:15

    hang the filth and stop wasting tax payers money

  • adrian.berghoff - 2011-11-22 07:46

    Hang them.

  • Virginia - 2011-11-22 07:47

    Absolutely agree with Fred!!!

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:45

      Fred has my support as-well !

  • Bob - 2011-11-22 08:17

    Lead them to a cemetery, make them dig their own graves...slit their throats and throw them in...Cover them up, 2 less scumbags on this planet to worry about!

      Eben - 2011-11-22 09:28

      It is disturbing to see that we recommend the very acts that so abhor us...

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:46

      Its a problem with society , that's just a plaster to hide whats really going on ?

  • Kay - 2011-11-22 08:26

    Does anyone find this absolutely disgusting and scary? The poor guy was cut to pieces , thinking he was going to meet a girl he chatted with and bam. RIP to the guy. And the worst part is there are more of these people out there just building up the courage to finally live their dreams and move on from animals, which makes me just that much more sick. These people need to go to church and find god.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:51

      And please don't quote the book as proof ?

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 15:12

      WOW they took my post ? Shocking

  • Neil - 2011-11-22 08:30

    Just shows you what a hold Satan has on this world. It does not matter if the article is about satanism or hinduism or any religion out there. Christians are always the only people who get bashed. I pity the people who say that God does not exist, in the end even the non believers will confess that there is a God. Unfortunately they would not be able to change their decision when judgement is passed upon the earth.

      hannesenbrianda - 2011-11-22 09:35

      You van only proof it to yourself Fred, because that is how faith works. Open the door and take the leap of faith if you dare, it is all your choice.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:54

      Prove it to yourself , you mean a delusion ? Look back in history to see what your religion really is and what it stood for then we can chat again ! Or shouldn't you turn the other cheek ?

      Ari - 2011-11-22 14:36

      Why bother with religeon? A cap of good acid costs fifty bucks and for that you can hear the Universal Symphony with God singing solo and Holy Ghost on drums.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 15:13

      @Ari dude we must talk ?

  • Neil - 2011-11-22 08:37

    Fred, I'll go the extra mile, come to church with me and then you can see for yourself.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:56

      Fred that sounds like an awesome Sunday ?

      Moi - 2011-11-22 12:44

      @jody.beggs - you seem very angry? Why so much negativity?

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 13:19

      @Moi1980 I'm not angry just disappointed that there are so many sheep out there ! If everyone could think for themselves we wouldn't have this mess... With knowledge comes power and the knowledge of the existence of God has been suppressed through time ! Wake up and think for yourselves people , not in a random believe that has been manipulated time and again to confuse , abuse and murder humanity. Where is the proof ? Or is lack of evidence proof enough that God doesn't exist ?

      Moi - 2011-11-22 14:41

      Why care about what the other people believe in? It's a personal choice, same as yours.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 15:04

      @Moi1980 Because I don't take count of how many "Souls" I've saved in order to get into heaven or further into God graces. Because I don't convert people to my religion , I offer facts! Because I don't have a superiority complex ? Because its not the truth or isn't the truth important anymore ? Need More ?

      Moi - 2011-11-22 15:31

      "@Moi1980 Because I don't take count of how many "Souls" I've saved in order to get into heaven or further into God graces. Because I don't convert people to my religion , I offer facts! Because I don't have a superiority complex ? Because its not the truth or isn't the truth important anymore ? Need More ?" What do any of the above points have to do with caring about what others believe in? How is what you are doing any different to the bible bashers?

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 15:49

      @Moi1980. Wow you really take this God thing personally, or are you a closet atheist ? Dude don't take life so seriously ! We don't get out alive ! Interesting though , Why do you care about what the other people believe in ? I care Because its not the truth or isn't the truth important anymore ?

      Moi - 2011-11-23 07:23

      Nope, there's not much I take personally. My beliefs are my own and therefore only concern me. You should really take your own advice about not taking life so seriously. Interesting justification. You do realise your truth is not their truth?

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-23 10:14

      @Moi1980 there can only be one truth and if it comes from a book that can be translated in many ways , how can that be truthful ? Do you take the bible word for word or is it just a guideline ?

      Moi - 2011-11-23 10:27

      Hmmm...that's a matter of opinion. Everyone has their own version of the truth and that's not likely to change anytime soon! You will never convince a religious person that they are wrong, just as a religious person will never convince you that you are wrong.

  • Neil - 2011-11-22 08:59

    Well at least I tried Fred. Let me know when you change your mind.

      Keiran - 2011-11-22 09:05

      Neil please respond with the evidence...i'm also waiting...and dont tell me i need to go to church because i don't want to listen to a preacher reading out lines from a the bible. present your evidence

      Fred - 2011-11-22 09:06

      I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. - Stephen F. Roberts Think about it.

  • Neil - 2011-11-22 09:26

    Deat Lord, Fred and Keiran are asking for evidence that you truly exist. I pray that you will give it to them, reach into their hearts and let them see You are truly who You say You are. I pray that their eyes will open to Your glory and majesty. I pray this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen

      Fred - 2011-11-22 10:25

      Jeez this is real happy farm stuff.

  • jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:42

    Don't you find it strange that over the years the bible and religion have changed so much ? How can the word of god be variable ? Just a thought ...

  • ofentse.ramorula - 2011-11-22 10:44

    interestingly no one has yet send a comment that says "Welcome to africa"

      Omnivore - 2011-11-22 13:10

      Agreed, but I sure wish you had kept it that way.

  • jay035 - 2011-11-22 12:40

    these are two wicked SAVAGES,DISGUSTING PSYCOPATHS

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2011-11-22 13:19

      No they are just very sick people. And its terrifying what can happen when a sociopath and schizophrenic getogether.. Their parents should have been on the ball.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 13:34

      Usually its the parents who get the ball rolling ! Abuse neglect , allowing your schizophrenic daughter to skin animals ... What happened to love , compassion and understanding ? Both could have been treated if caught in time but the people that needed to do the catching fell asleep , drunk , or didn't give a crap.

  • davidfvanstaden - 2011-11-26 00:11

    And now Dexter is getting a bad name...Their atrocities has got nothing to do with it, it is how you perceive things...I wouldn't hurt a fly and I love Dexter

  • mosamedi.ephraim - 2012-10-30 07:39

    I rebuke you Satan in the name of Jesus!

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