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Black Leather Jesus: The Most Horrifying Origin Story Ever

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The case the Ramirez is referring to is that of Colleen Stan. When she was 20-years-old she was kidnapped while hitchhiking by Cameron Hooker, whose wife and child were in the car at the time. The purpose of the kidnapping was the fulfillment of an arrangement between Hooker and his wife Janice.

Hooker had been forcing her to participate in increasingly brutal sexual bondage games, and she agreed to allow Hooker to get a slave whom he would be allowed to torture as long as he reserved sex for his wife alone.

Stan was indeed forced to live under the couple's bed, and Hooker would take her out one hour each night to torture her. He would leave her hanging above his wife and himself while they had sex. Eventually, he began orally raping Stan, as well as penetrating her vaginally and anally with various objects feeling that this did not constitute a breach of contract with his wife.

Stan was also kept in thrall through Stockholm Syndrome, where a captive begins to have illusions that their captor is working in their best interest, and through threats of an all-powerful, invisible organization Hooker invented called the company. Stan was so scarred mentally by her ordeal, that even when Hooker began allowing her out to jog, care for his children, and even work outside the home, she made no attempt to escape.

Janice Hooker pulled the plug on the entire thing once her husband began saying he wanted to make Stan his full second wife. Janice released Stan, and after several weeks of freedom she called the police and related her story. Hooker was sentenced to 104 years in prison in 1985. His wife received full immunity for testifying.

We were led from Ramirez's location by the man himself, who seemed pleasant enough no matter what horrible things we now had in our head thanks to him. The last thing he said before removing the blindfold was...

"Black Leather Jesus to me takes on a different meaning. It's more of a constraint - bondage if you will - that religion has on people. It's so sadomasochistic in every sense."

As the staff Satanist, we don't really know what to make of Ramirez's statement. Hooker may very well have claimed to be Jesus. Who among us hasn't at least once? However, a man like Hooker has only one god, Pain. What does that say about the music of Black Leather Jesus. Honestly, we're too frightened to explore any further.

Final Definition

Black Leather Jesus (n): 1. An act of particularly brutal sadomasochism. 2. An experimental noise band from Houston. 3. Pain.

Black Leather Jesus plays with Balaclavas, DJ Dull Knife, and DJ Chemical Mange Sunday at Notsuoh.


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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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