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Over 40 years since the murder of Arlis Perry, police found her killer through DNA evidence. But the question remains: was this some sort of satanic ritual?

The Arlis Perry murder has new DNA evidence: Was it a satanic ritual?

Over forty years have passed since news publications learned of the gruesome death of California teen Arlis Perry. On October 12th, 1974, 19-year-old Perry was found lying naked in Stanford University’s Stanford Memorial Church brutally beaten & raped. 

The truth of the murder remained a mystery for many. Why would a devout Christian girl be killed in a church? New DNA evidence may provide the answer on whether the tragic event was a mysterious satanic ritual or psychotic act.

Over 40 years since the murder of Arlis Perry, police found her killer through DNA evidence. But the question remains: was this some sort of satanic ritual?

How ritual rumors began

Based on the location of Perry’s death, positioning of her body, and evidence found at the scene, police suspected a ritual or possibly satanic element. During the time of Perry’s death, the Manson Family were making their way through Southern California and more cults were made known to the public. 

According to missingleads.com, Perry was raped with two 24-inch altar candles and her body was posed to represent a sigil. Due to all of the present details, police and other sources could not ignore the message the killer must have been sending. Bestselling author of the time Maury Terry wrote in his book Ultimate Evil the murder of Arlis Perry may have been tied to the 1970s Son of Sam murders in New York.

Over 40 years since the murder of Arlis Perry, police found her killer through DNA evidence. But the question remains: was this some sort of satanic ritual?

Security guard holds all

Steve Crawford was the officer on duty who found Perry and called it in. “Hey, we’ve got a stiff here.” The military vet had once been an armed police officer, but his job was reduced to unarmed security, according to Palo Alto Online. 

Palo Alto Online reported Crawford was so mad he “found ways to exact revenge against the university”, including stealing art and books. The reported stolen art was originally quoted by his landlord as additional information to paint him as a normal unassuming tenant: he was “a good guy, never had any problems” who had “nice bronze statues of horses with Indians on them.” 

Over 40 years since the murder of Arlis Perry, police found her killer through DNA evidence. But the question remains: was this some sort of satanic ritual?

Unfortunately, his landlord had no idea Crawford was arrested for stealing related items in 1992. 

In 2018, cold case investigators used DNA evidence to conclude the murderer was Steve Crawford. Police acquired a palm print from own of the beeswax candles at the scene, as well as a semen deposit from a cushion inside the church. Crawford was arrested on June 28th, 2018; the elderly man committed suicide in front of the officers.

Whether this crime was genuinely a satanic act is still unconfirmed, but what is now known is Steve Crawford is the psycho who murdered Arlis Perry.

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