In an unusual story about three missing kids, CBS Atlanta has learned three Cobb County students all disappeared within a few days of each other.
The three McEachern High School teens were said to be involved a Goth lifestyle, had an obsession with vampires, and then they disappeared each within a week of each other.
Two of the teens turned up over the weekend. But Shelby Elllis, a 16 year old sophomore, is still missing and her parents fear the worst.
Shelby has been missing for three weeks. On Oct. 11, she took the bus to school and never came home. Her last known activity on the Internet was logging onto the website “Vampire Freaks,” where her parents say she lived a double life.
“You have the obvious thoughts of pentagrams and candles and the crazy things that you see on TV that are associated with the darker cult lifestyle,” Rich Ellis said.
“A lot of them are in this dark, ‘let’s be gothic, let’s be different, let’s suck blood.’ All kinds of dark stuff,” Wendy Ellis said.
She said the three girls were fascinated with vampires and the dark side of life.
Spiked hair, black boots and eyeliner welcome
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania — Churches continually strive to attract fresh faces into their flocks, and one of the challenges they face is getting the attention of younger people who may have turned their backs, according to the Rev. Lou Divis, deacon in charge at St. George’s Episcopal Church.
To address this quandary, the church on Main Street in Nanticoke embraced a new approach called the Goth Liturgy on Saturday night at 9. Unlike the traditional Sunday-morning service in which an organist, choir and congregation join in energetic hymns of praise, the Goth Liturgy is more “meditative,” Divis said.
The church is dimly light, lined with candles and full of the aroma of burning incense. Gregorian chants from the 12th century and faith-based music from techno bands such as Depeche Mode and Love Spirals Downward played softly during the hymn segments.
The servers were dressed in black robes and the guest celebrant, the Rev. Peter D’Angio from St. Luke‘s Episcopal Church in Scranton, was clothed in a flowing white robe. The sanctuary had a noticeably more intimate ambiance.
The Goth Liturgy took off in England in the 1990s, Divis added, and may gain momentum locally if the congregations grow. Saturday night’s service will be followed by several more during Advent season at St. George’s, which ends at Christmas, Divis said.
Divis said the present image of Goth comes more from the music the teenagers buy. However, Goth has a steeped European history, which includes a mass conversion to Christianity hundreds of years ago.
The modern Goths are viewed as mysterious and aloof, with their white faces and black attire. The truth is that during the Middle Ages, Goth images were filled with Christian themes, D’Angio said.
Many local Goths are Christians, Divis said. And, they can feel free to attend St. George’s Goth Liturgies adorned in spiked hair, black boots and eyeliner.
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A gang of savage beasts — jailed for their attack on a Goth couple, in which the woman died and the man was permanently injured — have appealed their lengthy sentences.
On passing sentence at Preston Crown Court in April, Judge Anthony Russell QC described the attack in August 2007 as “feral thuggery” and said the boys’ behaviour “degrades humanity itself”. [Read more...]
Goths in England have marched in memory of Sophie Lancaster, a young woman who was murdered
simply for the way she looked.
She was brutally attacked along with her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, while walking through a park near Manchester almost a year ago. The couple wore gothic fashion and were members of the goth subculture. [Read more...]
Two teenagers were jailed for life today for murdering a young woman in a park because she was dressed as a Goth. [Read more...]
A 15-year-old boy was found guilty at Preston Crown Court today of murdering a young woman who was kicked to death in a park because she was dressed as a Goth, writes Fran Yeoman. [Read more...]
Some lowlife savage beasts attacked two people merely because they wore Goth clothes. The court heard Miss Lancaster’s facial injuries were so severe, paramedics did not know what sex she was. [Read more...]