On 7 February 1982, Arturo Laeri, a 67-year-old priest from Tressana Alta, a small town in Northern Italy, was arrested and charged with the murder of seven men. They were all members of his parish.
Police were never able to determine the full sequence of events. Investigators and psychiatrists struggled to get inside Laeri’s head.
This carnage opened a profound rift in the heart of a small and close-knit community.
For some reason this story didn’t make it into the mainstream newspapers. The investigation exposed a dark and frightening twist that emerged from the priest’s confession.
Italian newspapers always approached supernatural cases with extreme caution but somebody within the media has recently uncovered a very particular part of that confession.
For those inclined to believe, this will be seen as the act of an evil force, a supernatural being that destroyed the lives of seven families and shook forever the people of Tressana Alta. Others will say that this is just the madness of a man, a solitary and dangerous beast.