Anton Sandor La Wei

Anton Sandor La Wei

was born in 1930, died in 1997. This person became famous and stood on a par with the pop guru and messianic personalities in the US in the 60s of last century. Glory to Anton was brought by his “Satanic Bible” and the title of High Priest of the Church of Satan.

It is not surprising that this man became the ideal scarecrow for the whole of American society, a favorite of hunters before the sensations of the yellow press. La Wei reflects the “American dream,” this is the man who made himself in the literal sense, it must be said is the only instructive moment in his history.

Anton himself skillfully propagated legends about himself, both in interviews and in conversations with students. A major role in the propaganda of the myth about him was played by his official biographies, which La Wei naturally subtly redacted.

On the “Guru Satanism” came out the following books: “The Devil’s Avenger” in 1974 by Burton Wolff and “The Secret Life of the Satanist” in 1990 by Blanche Barton, Personal Secretary of La Wei. However, an inquisitive researcher can discover in the biography of La Wei a lot of mysteries of human origin, which we’ll talk about here.

Anton Sandor La Wei is a real name.

In fact, this person was given the name of Howard Stanton Leway at birth. This is clearly shown by the birth certificate issued in Cook-land, Illinois on November 4, 1930. Also these data were confirmed by his relatives.

Parents were called Joseph and Augusta La Wei.

The parents were born Michael and Gerdtrude Levey. This is clearly stated in the birth certificate of the child already mentioned. Also these data are confirmed by the priests of the Priest – Carla and Zeena.

Black magic of the child was taught by a grandmother, who was originally from Transylvania.

Grandmother wore the name Lyubov Koltunova, nee Primakov. This woman was a Ukrainian emigrant, who naturally had nothing in common with either the gypsies or Transylvania. This is again confirmed by relatives.

In 1945, when La Wei was 15 years old, he, together with his uncle, a Coast Guard officer, visited Germany, where he saw forbidden films about satanic societies and their rituals.

La Wei himself in his work “Satanic rituals” claimed that part of the rituals just reproduce what they saw then. In fact, in 1945 the young Howard was in Northern California, in Germany he had not visited either then, or ever at all. And Howard’s uncle was never in the ranks of the US Army, he was imprisoned in 1945, as he was a criminal of the Al Capone gang. And in connection with the post-war treaty, US citizens did not have the right to visit Germany at all, the law was valid until the country was divided. The so-called “Germanic rituals” are written in a broken distorted German. If you are familiar with the works of Frank Long and Herbert Wells, then you can easily find in the rituals similarities with the stories “The Hounds of Tyndalos” and “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” This information was confirmed by the relatives of La Wei and his wife, as well as the testimonies of Rosalinda Gerkommer, who translated “Satanic rituals” into German.

At the age of 15, La Wei was the youngest musician who played in the orchestra with the ballet of San Francisco, the instrument of the boy was oboe.

First of all, it’s worth mentioning that then there was no such orchestra at all, and in the subsequent documents of the group that accompanied the performances of the ballet of San Francisco, there are no references either to Leway or La Wee. This can be found in the library at the Museum of the Arts of San Francisco.

After fleeing the house in 1947, Anton wandered with the traveling circus of Clyde Beattie, where he mastered the tamer tamer and played on the organ-kalliol, accompanying the performances of famous circus performers.

In accounting books of the Beatty troupe from the Museum of Circus Arts, the name Levi or La Wei, again, is not mentioned, also there is not a word about the 17-year-old tamer tamer or organists in general.Yes, and the celebrities mentioned with La Wei with the Beatty troupe never cooperated.

Ан In 1948, while working as an organist at the club “Mayan Burlesque Theater” Anton met Marilyn Monroe, who became his mistress.

At this time, supposedly, the girl worked as a stripper because of poverty, and the proof was a calendar with a nude Monroe and a signature: “Dear Tony, you’ve seen this so many times.” I love, Marilyn. ” Friend and publisher of La Wei Edward Webber claims that this was not, Monroe was never familiar with Anton. Lover, Marilyn Robert Slatzer and her agent, Harry Lipton, testify that Monroe paid all of her bills even in the most difficult times. The director of the club at that time, Paul Valentine, strongly denied the performance of striptease in his institution, moreover, he clearly says that these two celebrities have never worked for him. Yes, and La Wei’s wife, Diane. Over time, she admitted the fact of forging an autograph.

In the early 50’s, La Wei worked as a photographer in the San Francisco Police Department, where he learned all the cruelty of people.

In the archives of the city police department, there are no references to either Howard Leve or Anton La Wei. This post was held by Frank Moser, but could not recall any La Wei.

During the Korean War, La Wei studied at San Francisco College of Forensics.

Journalists studied the archives of the City College and did not find any mention of La Wei.

The center of the Church of Satan was in house No. 6114, which bought La Wei on California Street because of the former finding of a brothel there.

In the house itself, according to La Wei, there were many secret and secret rooms that existed there to hide from police raids. In fact, the house belonged to the parents of Howard Leway, he certainly never was a brothel. First, Michael and Gertrude allowed his son and his first wife, Carol, to stay there a little, and in 1971 they issued a gift for him and handed it to Howard and Diana Levey.

In the 1950s, La Wei traveled to France, and in the city of Nis he recorded an album of organ music, using the pseudonym “Georges Montalba”.

In France, Levey was only once, it happened already in the 70’s, the trip was financed by Anton’s pupil – Maarten Lamers, who was the owner of a network of sex clubs in Amsterdam. The story about the pseudonym came about this way. In 1989, one of the members of the Church of Satan, listening to the record of the unknown organist Georges Montalba, discovered that the music reminds him of the music of their leader. La Wei readily confirmed that the music belongs to him, thus creating a new myth about the pseudonym.

Until 1966, La Wei was the city organist of San Francisco, accompanying his game all meetings of politicians and their banquets.

But the employee of the Department of Civil Auditors of the city Julia Bufford argues that in San Francisco there was never a city organist. During the divorce proceedings with La Wei’s first wife, she said that Howard’s only permanent income was at the nightclub “Lost Weekend.”

On April 30, 1966, at Walpurgis Night, La Wei suddenly proclaimed himself “the High Priest of Satan,” thereby establishing the “Church of Satan.”

It was also declared about the beginning of the “age of Satan”. In 1966, Levey worked on weekends, reading lectures on the occult sciences. The entrance to the hearing cost $ 2, no special income it did not bring. A friend and future publisher of Leway, Webber, advised him to found a church. Which will be funded by the state of California. Journalists are sure to be interested in this fact, in any case, the attention of the public will be received. And Leviev’s friend in the club “Lost Weekend”, private detective Jack Webb, advised something similar. Not surprisingly, in the summer of 1966, in one of the announcements about lectures, Levey was casually called “priest of the Church of Satan”.

In 1966, at Walpurgis Nights, La Wei shaved his head, thereby symbolizing his own initiation into the High Priests.

In this way, according to him, the Iraqi nomads of Yezidi worshiped Satan. In reality, Leviev’s head was shaved later, only in the summer, at the request of Diana’s wife. Yes, and in the rites of the Muslim Yezidi there is nothing associated with shaved head.

La Wei personally designed in 1966 the official emblem of the “Church of Satan”, depicting the head of Baphomet in the pentogram.

It was stated that copying of the symbol is allowed only by the official permission of the “Church of Satan”. The emblem of the Satanists was far from original, being used by members of the Knights Templar. The design appeared in 1931 in the book of Oswald Wirth, and on the cover of Maurice Bessie’s popular book The History of Magic and the Supernatural in Pictures, this emblem is generally depicted in an identical form. By the way, in the early photos of the rituals of the Satanists, it is evident that Bessi’s book is located on the altar. Deny that Levy was not familiar with it – it is mentioned in the bibliography of Anton’s book “All about witchcraft.”

La Wei collaborated with Roman Polanski – was his technical adviser during the filming of “The Rosemary Child.”

Another part of the myth is the assertion that La Wei even played an episodic role of the devil, but he was not mentioned in the credits. Producers of the film “The Rosemary’s Child” William Castle and Jean Gutowski are friends of Polanski remember that there were no technical consultants, it was simply not necessary, because the film was completely shot according to the novel by Aira Levin. And numerous participants in the filming testify to this. There is also no evidence of dating La Wei and Polanski. The devil, according to the father of actress Mia Farrow, was played by a young and unknown dancer. The costume itself was purchased in 1971 by studio “Studio One” for the filming of the low-budget film “Sanctuary of Satan”. Michael Avino, the former technical consultant of this creation, claims that even the size of the suit would not have fit Levey. However, we can not exclude some attitude of Levey to the film. At the premiere of “Child Rosemary” in 1968 in San Francisco, the administration of the cinema asked La Wei to advertise it.

Jane Mansfield, a sex symbol of that time and a popular actress, was an official member of the Church of Satan and the lover of Leway.

According to the recollections of the advertising agent Mansfield she took part in advertising campaigns along with Levey. Satanist tried to pester Jane, for which he received a slap in the face. The actress has never made a secret of her scandalous hobbies, but closeness with Leway excludes: “… he just fell in love with me and always got his affection.” He was just ridiculous. ” The agent recalls how the actress called home to Levy, teasing him. The statements of the Satanist about the relationship with Jane appeared only after she died in a car crash. Levey also attributed this event to himself, calling it “the curse he imposed on Mansfield’s lover, Sam Brodie.”

The “Satanic Bible” was written by Leway, as a set of spiritual instructions for his followers.

In the late 1960s, the society formed a peak of interest in witchcraft and Satanism, so the publishing house “Avon Books” asked Leway to write a book. The contract was signed, but Levey did not have time to pass the book on time, so he resorted to an uneventful tool – plagiarism. As a source, the books “Strength is the Law” by Ragnar Redbird of 1896, “The Equinox” by Aleister Crowley and “Atlas Shrugs” by Ein Rand came in handy. The last words of the book written were “Yankee Rose”. For many years this was a mystery to the followers of La Wei and only a few guessed that this was the name of a popular song that was in Anton’s permanent repertoire.

The number of members of the “Church of Satan” reached several hundred thousand.

So, in any case, La Wei thought.Diane La Wei, who was the administrator of the Church from 1966 to 1984, Michael Aquino, the senior Master and editor of the church’s journal, Zeena La Wei, the High Priestess from 1985 to 1990, testifies that even at best times the number of members of the sect did not exceed 300 people, including sympathizers and friends of the family.

La Wei was a multimillionaire.

In the course of Diane Hegarty’s lawsuit regarding the payment of alimony and the division of property, an investigation was carried out, followed shortly by Levei’s declaration of bankruptcy. It was found out that everything that the Satanist owned was half the house on California Street, which he had been given to him in due time as a parent. In recent years, La Wei lived on a poverty benefit. When his inventory of property was made after his death, it was discovered that the building was in a very deplorable state, it was doubtful to sell it and raise any money. Yes, and members of the Leway family testify that in the 1970s they lived on the verge of poverty, they were saved only by the money and bounties of friends of the house and father of Leway, Joseph.

La Wei was a loving father.

There are facts in the police that Anton brutally beat his children and his wife, this is particularly mentioned in the report of the San Francisco Police Department for 1984. Then Levey nearly strangled Diana to death, which was rescued at the last moment by Carla, her daughter, who pulled her mother out of the house. Levi scoffed at his followers, forcing some of them to engage in prostitution, in fact acting as a pimp. Before his eyes in 1986, his own grandson was corrupted by a homosexual maniac. A little later, in 1990, he told one of the mentally ill friends the address of finding his own daughter Zeena, exposing that mortal danger.

La Wei died on Halloween on October 31, 1997.

The San Francisco Police conducted an investigation, during which it was determined that La Wei’s death had occurred on October 29, 1997.

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