Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2001

Grisly discovery brings suspicion of devil worship

July 12, 2001


— Police searching an apartment found a fetus in a jar sitting on a dresser, along with a skull, a brain, marijuana and rolling papers. Authorities said they suspected the tenant was involved in satanic worship.

George Picard, 34, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of distributing marijuana, breaking and entering and receiving stolen property and three charges that involved digging in a cemetery and defacing tombs.

"My suspicion is that he is involved with some kind of devil worship or satanic activities," Police Lt. Russell Jenkins told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy.

Police believe the fetus and brain were stolen from a hospital and that the skull was dug up from a nearby cemetery.

Investigators also found antique tea cups and a chair reportedly stolen from an apartment in the same building, as well as glass vials of liquid mercury and bottles of phenolchloroform and hydrochloric acid, which can be combined to form an explosive, Jenkins said.

Picard pleaded innocent last month to charges of possessing marijuana and receiving stolen property.

The clerk magistrate's office at Quincy District Court did not know whether Picard had an attorney.

Picard was being held at a state mental hospital until his next court appearance.

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