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Bride of Satan shared leopard man's hideaway.

Byline: ALLAN HALL in BERLIN

A MURDERING devil worshipper lived in a cave in Scotland with a bizarre recluse dubbed the Leopard Man.

German Satanist Manuela Ruda told a court in Germany that she came to Edinburgh when she ran away from grammar school.

She says she then met hermit Tom Leppard and lived with him in the Highlands where the pair practiced devil worship.

OAP Leppard has spent almost pounds 6000 to have his entire body tattooed with spots.

The crank has also had fangs custom-made by a dentist to complete his transformation to a jungle cat.

Leppard, a former soldier, is recognised as the most tattooed man on earth by the Guinness Book of Records.

He lives in a hut he built with sticks and stones on the Isle of Skye and travels by canoe once a week to pick up his pension and supplies.

Ruda, in the dock with husband Daniel for the ritual murder of Frank Hacki, said she found the cave too cold in winter and headed to London.

The 23-year-old - dubbed the Bride of Satan - said she learned to drink human blood during holidays in Scotland and England.

She told a court in Bochum, Germany, that she teamed up with occult members in Edinburgh who were keen to let her drink their blood.

Ruda and Daniel came back to the UK two years ago.

She said: "Men were always trotting after me. I made them pay for their affections...with their blood. That's all I wanted from them - to drink their blood. I tolerated them. They were my blood donors."

Ruda and Daniel each face life in prison for the slaying of Frank, a former friend.

The couple lured the 33-year-old back to their flat last year, then murdered him with 66 machete blows and drank his blood at an altar topped with skulls.

Then they carved a Satanic symbol on his stomach and burned his back with cigarettes.

Afterwards, they had sex in a silk-lined coffin.

The pair, who fled the scene of their crime in July last year have been brought into court all week in chains.

Earlier this week, Ruda said: "We met many people in Scotland and England who offered up their blood to us to drink. In London we connected with vampires."

The trial continues.
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