+quot;S.F. Satanist Ordered to Sell Home and Cult Memorabilia+quot; by Bill Wallace, _San

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"S.F. Satanist Ordered to Sell Home and Cult Memorabilia" by Bill Wallace, _San Francisco Chronicle_ August 28, 1991, Page A-17 __ Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, faces a devil of a problem: A San Francisco judge has ordered him to sell his home and collection of Satanic memorabilia and split the money with his common-law wife. The "Black House", LaVey's 2-story home at 6114 California Street, is the headquarters for LaVey's international Satanic church and is considered something of a Mecca by his followers. On August 5 Judge Ollie Marie Victoire ruled that LaVey had defaulted on a lawsuit filed by the woman who had been his common-law wife since 1962, Diane Hegarty. The judge ordered that a receiver sell LaVey's home and contents to pay Hegarty's damages, court costs, and legal fees. According to an inventory filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the house contains a unique collection of art objects, historical oddities, and items related to the occult, including a shrunkenhead, a reproduction of Tutankhamen's sarcophagus, an antique Egyptian skull, and a stuffed wolf. LaVey's lawyer, Kent Russell, is asking the court to give the famous Satanist a new hearing or at the very least to reduce the damage award issued against him. "Mr. LaVey was not represented by a lawyer [during the litigation] and was ill," Russell said. "He didn't know all that was going on ... The damages he has been assessed with are excessive." LaVey, a former circus animal trainer, carnival organist, and "psychic investigator", lived with Hegarty from 1962 until 1986. The pair incorporated the Church of Satan in 1966, and Hegarty helped LaVey run the organization for 20 years and write several books on devil- worship and occult subjects. The wrangle over the house began in the 1980s after a number of domestic disputes between the couple, including incidents in which Hegarty claimed LaVey physically and verbally abused her. Despite the friction the couple remained together until 1986. In 1988 Hegarty filed a breach-of-contract suit against LaVey, saying he had not kept a 1985 agreement under which he said he would partition the "Black House" and build a private entrance for Hegarty and her daughter. Early in the litigation LaVey fired his lawyer and began representing himself, court papers show. In recent years he missed at least 3 depositions during which he was to be questioned about the lawsuit, the most recent of them in June of this year. When the suit came to trial August 5, LaVey did not appear in court or send an attorney to represent him. He was ruled in default, and Victoire ordered his house and memorabilia to be sold within 60 days. Among the items scheduled to go on the auction block under Victoire's order are several electronic synthesizers, two fake machine guns, an assortment of automatic pistols, a collection of movie posters, two crossbows, 3 pinball machines, and a classic Rock-ola jukebox. A hearing has been set for September 17 on LaVey's request for a new hearing.


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