Delphi murder suspect’s lawyers claim teens were killed by pagan cult

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The lawyers of Richard Allen, the man accused of murdering two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana, in 2017, have made a shocking claim that the victims were killed by members of a pagan Norse religion and white nationalist group called Odinism. The defense team filed a 136-page memorandum on Monday, requesting a hearing to challenge the validity of a search warrant that led to Allen’s arrest in October 2022.

Evidence of ritualistic killing at the crime scene

According to the memorandum, the crime scene where Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, were found dead on February 14, 2017, had evidence of Odinism signatures, such as symbols formed with sticks and tree branches. The defense lawyers argued that these symbols were obvious clues that the girls were killed as part of a ritual sacrifice by several people, not Allen.

The memorandum also alleged that investigators ignored and omitted evidence of a ritualistic killing and proceeded to request a search of Allen’s home based on faulty probable cause. The defense lawyers claimed that nothing linked Allen to Odinism or any religious cult.

Odinism: a pagan religion hijacked by white nationalists

Odinism is a term often used to describe a racist variant of the Norse pagan religion known as Asatru, which attempts to revive the ancient beliefs and practices of pre-Christian Europe. According to the Anti-Defamation League, some white supremacists have adopted Odinism as a way to express their opposition to Christianity and multiculturalism.

Delphi murder suspect’s lawyers

The defense lawyers stated that they had information that connected two groups of men who practiced Odinism to the murders, one in or near Delphi and another in Rushville. They accused the prosecution and several law enforcement officers of hiding information about the Odinist connections to the murders.

Richard Allen: a drugstore worker who lived in plain sight

Richard Allen, 52, was arrested on murder charges in October 2022 after investigators said they found evidence at the crime scene that matched his DNA profile. Allen was a licensed pharmacy technician who worked at a CVS store in Delphi. He had processed photos of the girls at the store and did not charge their family for the cost, according to one of Libby’s relatives.

Allen had continued to live in the same small community where the teens resided until his arrest. He reportedly told reporters that he was “hiding in plain sight”. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and insisted that he is innocent.

The defense lawyers listed 92 reasons why they believe Allen is not the killer and why it is not plausible that one person was responsible for the murders. They requested a hearing to suppress the evidence from the search warrant and to dismiss the charges against Allen.

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