Accused devil worshiper sentenced to death

May 1, 1987
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WHEATON, Ill. -- Accused devil worshiper Andrew Kokoraleis, suspected of taking part in the killings of as many as 16 young women, was sentenced to death for the 1982 rape and murder of a 21-year-old secretary.

Kokoraleis, 23, expressed no emotion when DuPage County Judge Edward Kowal pronounced the sentence that was recommended by a jury on March 20.

Kokoraleis, a former resident of west suburban Villa Park, is already serving a life sentence for his part in another 1982 murder and abduction. Police say he was part of a group that practiced devil worship and may have killed as many as 16 area women between May 1981 and October 1982.

He was convicted last month in the kidnapping, rape and torture murder of Lorraine Borowski, a 21-year-old Elmhurst woman who disappeared on May 15, 1982, while walking from her apartment to her job as a secretary at a realty office.

Her body was found on Oct. 10, 1982, in a shallow grave at the Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien. She had been stabbed six times, was severely beaten and her left breast was cut off.

Kowal set a July 10 execution date. In addition to the death penalty, Kokoraleis was sentenced to an extended term of 30 years on a charge of aggravated kidnapping.

He is currently serving a term of natural life in prison for the September 1982 murder of Rose Beck Davis of Broadview. She had been raped, strangled and impaled.

Kokoraleis also has been charged with the murder of Linda Sutton, a 26-year-old Chicago woman whose decomposed body was found in a Villa Park motel near Kokoraleis' home.

Kokoraleis allegedly was part of a four-man group of devil worshipers who cruised the streets of Chicago and its suburbs looking for women walking alone. In most of the cases, the victim's breasts were cut off.

The alleged ringleader, Robin Gecht, 33, of Chicago, is serving 120 years for the kidnapping, rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman. Edward Spreitzer, 26, has been sentenced to life terms for each of five slayings and was given the death penalty for a sixth.

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