"In 1983, he even made a special trip to San Francisco to meet LaVey personally. LaVey was later reported as commenting that, ‘I thought Richard was very nice - very shy. I liked him.’ "His trial was a media circus. Ramirez would engage in such antics as flashing a pentagram he had drawn in the palm of his hand, shouting ‘Hail Satan!’ and holding up his fingers alongside his head in imitation of devil’s horns. Parts of the statement he made during his sentencing even seemed to echo some of the themes of The Satanic Bible:
"I am beyond good and evil…. Lucifer dwells in all of us…. I don’t believe in the hypocritical, moralistic dogma of this so-called civilized society. I need not look beyond this courtroom to see all the liars, the haters, the killers, the crooks, the paranoid cowards…. Hypocrites one and all. We are all expendable for a cause. No one knows that better than those who kill for policy, clandestinely or openly, as do the governments of the world which kill in the name of God and country….’"