A news article, published December 4, 1968, describing Sloane as a “Witch” ,
Herbert Arthur Sloane was the first person known to have organized and led a specifically Satanic religious group. Its name was the Ophite Cultus Sathanas. Sloane — a World War II U. S. Army veteran, barber, Spiritualist minister, numerologist, card and tea leaf reader, hypnotist, and evidentiary medium — formed the group in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1948, and also headed his own local branch of the organization, Our Lady of Endor Coven. As Sloane changed location, the headquarters of the Ophite Cultus Sathanas relocated with him, first to Mishawaka and South Bend, Indiana in the 1950s, and then to Toledo, Ohio in the 1960s, where it remained until Sloane’s death in 1975. It is estimated that membership in his group numbered fewer than a dozen people at any given time; according to one contemporary account there were five local members.
satanservice.org has gathered previously unknown documents pertinent to the life of Sloane, the first public Satanist leader in American history, for public viewing here.
This .pdf, Our Lady Of Endor Coven Memo 1968 – Herbert Sloane, is a memo in which Sloane clarifies his beliefs.