He named his fellow perpetrators and he named their child victims.
It marked the beginning of the Hosanna Church Scandal and exposed a vicious pedophile ring in a case whose shockwaves reverberate in Lamonica’s former parish of Tangipahoe to this day.
The leader: Pastor Louis Lamonica confessed to performing Satanic rituals, child abuse and animal sacrifice in the Hosanna Church in Hammond, Louisiana.
His wife Nicole called the sheriff to spill the beans on the cult just two days before Lamonica made his confession.
She was charged with two counts of aggravated rape but charges were dismissed.
This week writer Nic Pizzolatto, hinted that this case was his inspiration for HBO's massive hit ‘True Detective,' in which detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle, played by Woody Harrelson and Matthew Mc Conaughey, uncover a string of ritualistic satanic murders committed under the cover of a powerful evangelical establishment in South Louisiana.
Now, for the first time, Mail Online has seen the full shocking confession that fired the starting pistol on the most notorious scandal in recent Church history, reviewed hundreds of pages of Lamonica’s own writing and spoken to the officer who took the pastor’s confession that day.‘I’m an old guy. I thought I’d seen it all and sometimes I reckon you have seen it all, only in different ways. It stays with you.’In his confession, seen by Mail Online, Lamonica sat down and announced: ‘I want to talk about the dedication (to Satan) of a baby.
There were candles burning, dark, red candleholders.
And the dedication of baby A into Satan with this Pentagram, she was put in the middle, in a black dress.’On other occasions ‘certain girls would be picked and have sexual relationships with.
The guys would line up, one by one, they would come and they would have sex with that girl.
It was held at the church, upstairs, in what was called the Youth Room.’There was a pentagram in the middle of the floor, he said and a book of ‘Spells and Temptations.’ On this occasion, he claimed, there were five others present: Austin ‘Trey’ Bernard III, then 36, Lamonica’s wife Robin, 45, church member Paul Fontenot, 21, sheriff’s deputy Chris Labat, 24 and Patricia ‘Trish’ Pierson, 56.
All but Le Bat later pleaded guilty to charges ranging from aggravated rape to sexual battery to obstruction of justice.