Blanche Barton

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Blanche Barton
Born
Sharon Leigh Densley

(1961-10-01) October 1, 1961 (age 59)
Alma materRedlands College[citation needed]

Blanche Barton (born Sharon Leigh Densley; October 1, 1961) is an American religious leader who is Magistra Templi Rex within the Church of Satan, and is addressed by Satanists as Magistra Barton.[1]

Biography[edit]

Barton was raised in San Diego, California. She began a relationship with Church of Satan leader Anton LaVey in 1984 after he had separated from his companion of twenty-five years, Diane Hegarty.[2][3] When Hegarty resigned from her role as Church of Satan High Priestess, LaVey bestowed the role and title to Zeena LaVey (daughter of LaVey and Hegarty), who served from 1985–1990. In 1990 Zeena abdicated from the role of High Priestess and LaVey then bestowed the title to his eldest daughter, Karla LaVey. Upon LaVey's death, on October 29, 1997 Barton claimed the role of High Priestess, although Karla LaVey had not abdicated her role as High Priestess.[4]

On November 7, 1997, Karla LaVey held a press conference to announce the death of her father Anton LaVey. It was at this time that Barton and Karla LaVey announced that they would run the Church of Satan as co-High Priestesses.[5]

Several days later Barton produced a hand written will claiming that LaVey had left all of his belongings, property, writings, and royalties, including the Church of Satan to be put in a trust, exclusively for Barton's son Satan Xerxes Carnacki LaVey, managed by Barton. Karla contested this will which was later found to be invalid.

A settlement was later reached in which Anton LaVey’s belongings, intellectual property and royalties would be split among his three children, Karla, Zeena and Satan, and that Barton would receive the “corporation known as Church of Satan.” After the Church of Satan as corporation was in Blanche Barton's control, Karla LaVey formed the First Satanic Church on October 31, 1999.[6]

In 1999 Barton led an unsuccessful campaign to raise $400,000 with which to repurchase the Black House, where many of the church's rites were performed.

Barton remained High Priestess until April 30, 2002, when she appointed Peggy Nadramia as High Priestess and assumed Nadramia's previous role of Chair Mistress of the Council of Nine.

Barton wrote The Church of Satan: A History of the World's Most Notorious Religion (1990) and The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton LaVey (1990).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blanche Barton - Filmography - Movies & TV". NYTimes.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ Staff, SF Weekly (1998-06-17). "Has the Church of Satan Gone to Hell?". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  3. ^ "Church of Satan History: Ever Forward". Church of Satan. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  4. ^ Lattin, Don. "Satan's Den in Great Disrepair / Relatives of S.F. hellhound Anton LaVey battle over `Black House'". sfgate.com. SFGate.
  5. ^ Sward, Susan. "Satanist's Daughter To Keep the `Faith', Nov. 8, 1997". sfgate.com. SFGate.
  6. ^ LaVey, Karla. "First Satanic Church". satanicchurch.com.

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Preceded by
Zeena LaVey 1985–1990
High Priestess of the Church of Satan
1990–2002
Succeeded by
Peggy Nadramia 2002-present