Before I became a Christian, the notion that certain geographical areas in the world are, in fact, more populated by demonic entities than others seemed, well, absurd. It was just another example of the twisted thinking of those “crazy Christians.”
However, since I became a Christian, my studies have focused on the topic of occultism in the world. Today, I’d say that the notion of certain specific places in the world are populated by demons is absolutely believable. The Bible absolutely validates this.
There are many places in the world that are said to be the locations of demonic activity, but the one I want to talk about here is a sleepy little beach community called Isla Vista, which is a home to a large group of students who attend the University of California at Santa Barbara.
I was a student at UCSB between 1968 and 1971. During that period of time, I lived in more than a dozen different apartments in Isla Vista. During that period, I also quit school and became, for all intents and purposes, a hippie (though, in fact, I always had an intense dislike for hippies).
I smoked my first marijuana cigarette in Isla Vista. In fact, the apartment complex I lived in was said to be “the place” for obtaining marijuana. I also took my first dose of LSD while living in Isla Vista. I took it on several occasions.
It was while living in Isla Vista that I joined a cult led by Indian Guru named Jiddu Krishnamurti, whose teaching I became acquainted with while studying Eastern mysticism. I spent my days at the Unicorn bookstore, which stocked a massive array of books on occultism and Eastern mysticism.
I can’t say whether or not it was because of the drugs I was taking, but the fact is, I always had a sense that there was a palpable aura of “evil” in Isla Vista. It was nothing I could put my finger on; it was just a feeling – one that was impossible to ignore.
I have gone back to visit Isla Vista several times during the years since I left there in 1971. Every time I go there, the aura of evil that seems to fill the air is so thick that I literally become sick to my stomach. In fact, the last time I went there, it was so bad, I realized I could never go back there again.
Over the years, Isla Vista has been the scene of a number of killings and/or mass murders, which have tarnished the reputation of the “sleepy little beach front community” and caused many parents of children who were slated to attend UCSB not to allow their kids to go there.
On the night of July 4, 1970, three men in sleeping bags on the beach near the UCSB Campus Point were attacked by three men with axes or a machete and knives. Two of the victims died at the scene. The third victim, Thomas M. Hayes, who somehow survived the attack, told authorities at least one of his attackers was Asian. No money or jewelry was taken, so valuables clearly were not the motive.
Five other murders on nearby beaches took place between February 1970 and June, 1972 – three of which occurred in Santa Barbara, and two of which occurred in Isla Vista.
On the evening of Feb. 23, 2001, just after 11 p.m., UCSB student David Attias – son of television director Daniel Attias – drove his 1991 Saab down the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde Road at high speed. Attias ran the stop sign at the intersection of Sabado Tarde and Camino Pescadero at around 50 mph. It was a peak time for foot traffic in Isla Vista. After slamming his Saab into two parked vehicles, Attias then deliberately ran down five pedestrians and sideswiped seven other vehicles. Four of the pedestrians were killed, and the fifth was critically injured.
Attias was charged with four counts of murder, four counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and five counts of felony driving under the influence. Residents of his dormitory told police and the campus paper that Attias had been known for his erratic behavior, including stalking of another student. Several students referred to him, with rolled eyes, as “Crazy Dave” and “Tweaker.”The case received additional media attention because Attias is the son of a prominent Hollywood TV director.
Attias pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and the following trial sparked significant interest.
On June 11, 2002, Attias was convicted in a jury trial of four counts of second-degree murder. He was acquitted of driving under the influence. One week later, the same jury found that Attias was legally insane. This resulted in a sentence of up to 60 years at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino. It never came up in the trial that when Attias’ apartment was searched, he had a massive library of books on the occult. One friend of Attias (who shall remain nameless) told a writer that Attias had “sold his soul to the devil.”
The next incident of mass murder in Isla Vista took place in 2014. The killer was 22-year-old student Elliot Rodger.
The spree began when Rodger stabbed to death three men in his apartment. Leaving the scene in his car, he drove to a sorority house, where he shot four people outside, fatally wounding two female students. He drove to a nearby delicatessen and shot to death a male student who was inside. He then sped through Isla Vista, shooting at bystanders and striking four people with his car.Rodger exchanged gunfire with police twice during the killing spree, receiving a non-fatal gunshot to the hip. The rampage ended when his car crashed into a parked vehicle and came to a stop. Police found him dead in the car, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Before driving to the sorority house, Rodger uploaded to YouTube a video, titled, “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” in which he outlined details of his upcoming attack and the motivations behind his killing spree, which Rodger described as a desire to punish women for rejecting him and also a desire to punish sexually active men for living a better life than he did. YouTube removed the video after the killings, saying it violated their guidelines with its threats of violence.
After he uploaded the video, Rodger e-mailed a lengthy autobiographical manuscript to about a dozen acquaintances and family members. The document, which he titled “My Twisted World,” was made available on the Internet and became widely known as his “manifesto.” In it, he describes his childhood, family conflicts and frustration over not being able to find a girlfriend, his hatred of women, racial minorities and interracial couples, and his plans for committing the killing spree.
Many of Rodgers friends told authorities that Rodgers had displayed an unusual interest in the occult – and particularly in demons.
The burning question is, can I make a case here for my statement that the little beach own of Isla Vista is, in fact, infested by demons?
I think I can. I have no tangible proof. What I can say is that the Lord has confirmed this to me during prayers sessions in which I have asked Him to reveal the truth to me about this issue.
Let me know what you think.