A UK man named Colin Batley was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment in 2012. He was alleged to have exercised a Manson-esque domination over three women; his wife Elaine Batley, Jacqueline Marling and Shelley Millar – who were all convicted of related offences in the same trial. Judge Thomas said:
“You set yourself up as the ruler of a sick little kingdom surrounded by three women who danced as your willing attendants regarding you as their master.”
The “head prosecutor” said; “The prosecution was able to show that Colin Batley was at the centre of this activity and it is right that his sentence reflects this.
“However, all of those sentenced today are guilty of horrific crimes and therefore it is also right that they have received lengthy sentences.”
All four were convicted of sexual offences involving minors, and the group was labelled a “sex cult” in press reports. Batley was accused of raping the victims – two boys and four girls – of forcing them to commit sexual acts with the women and each other, and of prostituting some of the victims to other persons in the community who were not members of the group.
Batley is said to have claimed: “I’m in a cult”, and to have controlled his victims in part through threats that “the cult” would murder them if they did not do whatever he told them to do. The ‘cult’, however, seems to have consisted solely of Batley and the 3 women – although one victim claimed to have undergone an involuntary initiation into membership in the group as a young child. She described this initiation as a brief lecture “on the occult” after which Batley raped her.
Some of the victims, who are all now adults, talked about Batley and the women being enamored of Aleister Crowley and some of his writings especially the scripture-poem called The Book of The Law. Batley is said to have professed that passages from Crowley’s writings justified his criminal and abusive activities. The group sometimes dressed in robes and read from The Book of The Law, and then they would disrobe and have sex, according to witness testimony.
Some blog commentators are proclaiming this case to be “the UK’s first real satanic ritual abuse crime conviction” and that “ritual abuse has been proven to be real”. Are these claims really justified?