Man sentenced to 15 years in ‘Vampire Cult’ Murder

James T. Gay, the fourth of the five so-called “Vampire Cult” murder suspects was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday.

The News Herald (Panama City, Florida) says

Judge James Fensom sentenced James Gay to the maximum sentence for the aggravated battery charge Gay was convicted of during his April jury trial.

Gay, 21, was recruited by William Chase to help ambush Jacob Hendershot in July 2011, along with Joel Millsap, Tammy Morris and Stephanie Pistey. Pistey and Hendershot were romantically involved briefly, and after he broke off their relationship, Pistey told Chase that Hendershot had raped her. Chase planned to jump Hendershot in retaliation, though police found no evidence to support the rape allegations.

Millsap and Morris lured Hendershot to their apartment, which is a short walk from the apartment where Hendershot was staying with his estranged birth mother during a summer visit from his home in Tennessee. As soon as Hendershot got inside the apartment, Gay punched him in the head several times with a chain wrapped around his fist.

Gay left the scene during the attack and wasn’t present when Millsap and Chase, who have both been convicted of murder, cut Hendershot’s throat and choked him to death. […]

Each of the remaining defendants in the case has been convicted of either murder or accessory charges. Millsap was sentenced to 25 years for second-degree murder. Morris and Pistey, who were both convicted of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, were sentenced to three years probation and 12 years in prison, respectively.

The case picked up the name ‘vampire cult’ when one of the suspects claimed to be part vampire, part werewolf

The case picked-up the name “Vampire Cult” because 18-year-old Stephanie Pistey claims she is part vampire, part werewolf.

Last March the News Herald said Pistey

pleaded no contest to accessory charges and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Stephanie Pistey, 19, entered a plea to Judge James Fensom shortly after he declared her mental competency had been restored during her stay at a state hospital. Fensom sentenced her to three years of probation after she serves her prison term. […]

Pistey, on her Facebook page and in televised interviews after her arrest, said she was part vampire and that she thought Henderson’s blood was “cool.”

Nancy Robinson, Hendershot’s biological mother, said in the months between Hendershot’s disappearance and Pistey’s arrest, Pistey would taunt her when they saw each other in the neighborhood.

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So Called Vampire Cult in Court

ReligionNewsBlog.com — Two of the five suspects in the so-called vampire cult murder in Parker, FL in July last year, may be more competent to stand trial than they want you to believe, WJHG reports.

Last September the New York Daily News reported that Stephanie Pistey, 18, is accused of luring Jacob Hendershot into a trap where he was beaten to death in July by a pack of four men.

While Pistey says she did not drink Hendershot’s blood, she believes she is a vampire and must quench her thirst, the paper said.

She did claim she has drunk the blood of her fiance and co-defendant William Chase, 25.

In December after receiving the results of two psychiatric evaluations, Judge James Fensom ruled 18 year old Stephanie Pistey was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

WJHG says Chase, charged with second degree murder, also appeared before Judge Fensom.

Chase has had two psychiatric evaluations by two different doctors. One found him incompetent while the other found him competent to stand trial. His lawyer Rex Wilson requested Chase receive one more evaluation before standing trial. […]

A competency hearing is scheduled March 16th for Pistey and chase on March 22nd if he’s received his evaluation on time.

Missing 16-Year-Old’s Parents Fear Girl In Vampire Cult

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. [Read more...]

Arizona ‘Vampires’ arrested after stabbing roommate for blood

Aaron Homer and Amanda Williamson Police have released additional details on a stabbing that took place in Chandler earlier this week. The story has attracted national attention as the “vampire stabbing” after suspects told police they practice vampireism and paganism and said they were trying to suck the victim’s blood.

Police say the victim, 25-year-old Robert Maley, was stabbed after refusing to let his roommates suck his blood. [Read more...]

Vampires get their teeth into US public

Vampirism Vampires are in fashion across the United States, encouraged by the hit TV series “True Blood,” now in its third season, the “Twilight” movies and “Vampire Diaries.” Stories about feeding on blood are greedily consumed and eagerly published.

For a pastime with dark, anti-religious overtones vampire fashion is itself becoming oddly like an organized religion. There are rules, priests, private gatherings and large-scale celebrations. [Read more...]