- A woman who says she and her husband killed a German
friend with 66 knife wounds on orders from the devil has claimed that she
became a satanist in Britain.
Manuela Ruda: 'I signed my soul to Satan'
German police say any evidence pointing to possible crimes or an illegal
satanic ring in Britain will be sent to the relevant authorities.
Manuela Ruda and her husband, Daniel, have admitted killing their friend,
Frank Haagen, "for Satan". She said she got a taste for vampirism
and the occult while in London and Scotland.
She appeared at the regional court in Bochum in full gothic garb, her head
partly shaved to reveal an upside down crucifix and a target tattooed on
Mrs Ruda, 23, gave a chilling account of drinking blood from volunteers
contacted on the internet. She said: "I was in England and Scotland,
met people and vampires in London. We went out at night, to cemeteries,
in ruins and in the woods.
"We drank blood together, from willing donors. You can't drink from
the arteries, no-one is allowed that. I had implanted pegs put in the teeth
which were pulled out and were replaced with fangs.
"I also slept on graves and even allowed myself to be buried in a
grave to test the feeling. I signed over my soul to Satan two and a half
The couple have denied responsibility for killing Mr Haagen, 33, although
both have admitted committing the crime.
Mrs Ruda told the court: "It was not murder. We are not murderers.
It was the execution of an order. Satan ordered us to. We had to comply.
It was not something bad. It simply had to be. We wanted to make sure that
the victim suffered well."
Her husband compared himself and his wife to a vehicle involved in a fatal
accident. "The car would not be charged," he said. "The
driver is the bad guy. I have nothing to regret because I haven't done
Mrs Ruda said she and her 26-year-old husband lured their victim to their
flat. When they arrived a "strange force" and "other beings"
"We were sitting on the couch the whole time, then my husband stood
up," she said. "He had terrible, glowing eyes and hit out with
"Frank stood up and said something, or wanted to say something. The
knife was glowing and a voice told me: 'Stab him in the heart.'
"He then sank down. I saw a light flickering around him. That was
the sign that his soul was going down. We said a satanic prayer.
"We were then exhausted, and alone, wanted to die ourselves. But the
visitation was too short. We could no longer kill ourselves."
After killing Mr Haagen the couple cut an occult star on his stomach, drank
his blood from a bowl and had sex in an oak coffin in which Mrs Ruda usually
The couple were arrested in their flat, the walls of which were covered
in satanic slogans and hung with an array of knives, axes and machetes.
Mr Haagen's mutilated and partially-decomposed body was found next to the
coffin in the living room.
Dieter Justinsky, the public prosecutor, said: "I have never, ever
seen such a picture of cruelty and depravity before. They simply had a
lust for murder.
"Both believed in Satan, they worshipped him. A death list found in
the flat contained the names of future victims. They drank his blood, slept
in coffins and believed they would achieve immortality as vampires."
Several witnesses have testified that the couple suffered from personality
disorders. They could both face long terms at secure psychiatric institutions.
The Rudas told police that they went to Britain twice, spending five months
in Scotland in 1996 and visiting London in February 1997. The gothic phenomenon,
an off-shoot of the punk scene, emerged in the late 1970s.
A spokesman for Bochum police said last night that any information relating
to crimes in Britain would be passed to the relevant authorities.
The case continues.