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A 23-year-old was arrested in Queens, New York, in November 2021 on gun possession charges.
What investigators found on his social media pages and in his home put them hot on the trail of an international satanic pedophile cult whose members often pursue the "end-goal of forcing the minors they extort into committing suicide on live-stream for their own entertainment."
A devil-worshiping pedophile in Astoria
Angel Luis Almeida, who previously served an 18-month sentence in Florida for third-degree burglary, was arrested in late November 2021, after the FBI received several tips over the two previous months alleging he had "possessed firearms, was violent, and posted sexually explicit images of children online."
Among the multitude of red flags that prompted law enforcement to pounce were the various self-incriminating posts Almeida allegedly made on social media, reported the Guardian.
In one instance, he apparently posted an image of himself wearing bullet-laden bandoliers and spikes in front of a flag associated with a satanic/wiccan group called "Order of the Nine Angles" or "O9A," which is known for its anti-Semitism, its hatred for Christianity, its identitarianism, and its admiration for Osama Bin Laden, Adolf Hitler, and similar historic figures.
The BBC indicated that the O9A has roots going back to the 1960s and seeks the overthrow of the West's Judeo-Christian order.
In March, former Army Pvt. Ethan Meltzer was sentenced to 45 years in jail for plotting with O9A to kill his fellow soldiers. The traitor pleaded guilty in June 2022 to aiding and abetting the attempt to murder U.S. service members, providing material support and resources to terrorists, and illegally transmitting national defense information. His plan was thwarted in 2020 by the FBI and the U.S. Army.
Another post attributed to Almeida showed him wearing a shirt that said "Kiddie Fiddler," in front of a Nazi flag with a caption stating he was addicted to child porn.
The pedophile's detention memorandum makes clear that his residence, which law enforcement raided on Nov. 23, was a horror show.
They reportedly seized a 9mm Taurus handgun; bandoliers of rifle ammunition; over 30 rounds of 9mm ammunition; the satanic-Nazi flag seen in one of his social media posts; a blood-soaked drawing of a hooded figure with glowing red eyes, invoking various demons with a note stating, "A covenant signed in blood. May the DEVIL walk with you always - SATANE MANIBUS"; and various devil-worshiper books including "Lucifer Rising," "Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic," "The Sinister Tradition: Order of Nine Angles," and "Necronomicon."
The Department of Justice noted that Almeida was charged in December 2021 with being a felon in possession of a firearm. In February 2023, the DOJ announced the satanic pedophile had also been charged with child exploitation and possession of child pornography, which had been recovered from multiple cell phones.
The Guardian indicated that Almeida was deemed fit to stand trial earlier this month, despite having attempted to attack a Justice Department staffer in the courtroom as well as his own legal representative on another occasion. His trial is scheduled for Dec. 4. Almeida faces possible life in prison.
They are legion
Almeida was apparently not alone.
After the satanist's arrest in New York, investigators reportedly picked up the trail of 764, an apparent offshoot of the Order of Nine Angles.
The FBI issued a warning on Sept. 12, detailing how there are "violent online groups deliberately targeting minor victims on publicly available messaging platforms to extort them into recording or live-streaming acts of self-harm and producing child sexual abuse material."
The groups, which operate on social media sites and mobile apps, use a variety of names, including 676, 764, CVLY, Court Kaskar, Harm Nation, Leak Society, and H3II.
According to the FBI, members of this "continuously evolv[ing]" pedophilic cabal use "threats, blackmail, and manipulation to control the victims into recording or live-streaming self-harm, sexually explicit acts, and/or suicide; the footage is then circulated among members to extort victims further and exert control over them."
Threats of swatting and doxxing are among the tactics used by the pedophiles.
Investigators indicated that membership in these groups often requires prospects to provide filmic evidence of their child victims hurting animals, hurting themselves, committing suicide, committing murder, or engaging in other acts of savagery.
The cabal targets victims between the ages of 8 and 17. Often, those targeted are non-straight youths, racial minorities, and the mentally ill.
According to the Guardian, these pedophilic cultists prey on children in popular games like Roblox, on gaming platforms such as Discord and Twitch, and on Telegram.
The New York Post reported that 764 has previously struck overseas. A German teen with "764" tattoos as well as "necro," a word employed by Almedia in his online handles, allegedly slaughtered his Romanian foster family.
The FBI noted in its warning earlier this month that the public should consider the following when sharing content or engaging others online:
- "Monitor children's online activity and discuss risks associated with sharing personal content";
- "Use discretion when posting images, videos, and personal content, particularly those that include children or their information";
- "Run frequent online searches of you and your children's information ... to help identify the exposure and spread of personal information on the internet";
- "Apply privacy settings on social media accounts — including setting profiles and your friends' lists as private — to limit the public exposure of your photos, videos, and other personal information";
- "Consider using reverse image search engines to locate any photos or videos that have circulated on the internet without your knowledge";
- "Exercise caution when accepting friend requests, communicating, engaging in video conversations, or sending images to individuals, you do not know personally. Be especially wary of individuals who immediately ask or pressure you to provide them photos or videos";
- "Do not provide any unknown or unfamiliar individuals with money or other items of value";
- "Use discretion when interacting with known individuals online who appear to be acting outside their normal pattern of behavior";
- "Secure social media and other online accounts using complex passwords or passphrases and multi-factor authentication"; and
- "Research the privacy, data sharing, and data retention policies of social media platforms, apps, and websites before uploading and sharing images, videos, or other personal content."
Victims are urged to contact the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, the FBI's field office at 1-800-225-5324, and/or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.