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TRUE OCCULT CRIMES
From 1960 To
1969

Cab driver was a victim of the Zodiac Killer

1960 Lago Bundi, Chile Two Chilean Indian Natives were charged with the murder of Jose Painecur as part of a Shamanistic ritual. Pagans  Juan Panan and Jose Vargas confessed to police they flung their victim into the sea by order of a Mapuche "malachi" (sorceress, shaman, witch, take your pick). The "malachi" explained this had to be done to "appease the water gods", The superstitious "shaman" believed an earthquake and tidal wave that ravaged  a reservation at Lago Bundi had been caused by "angry gods" who had to have a child sacrifice! Apparently plate tectonics are not taught in Shamanism. The said witch, Juana Nucarma, was never charged, and Panan and Vargas were released after just two years by a no doubt equally superstitious judge citing Chile's 'compelled to kill by irresistible psychic force of ancient belief" superstitious baloney law previously mentioned. Please pray the ACLU never hears of that law.


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1961 California Nine witnesses saw John Wesley Riley chase his wife to a fence, and then shoot her dead while she begged for her life on her knees.  Riley pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorney said in court that Riley was under a voodoo spell.  Riley testified that he had been told his wife and her boyfriend had put a hex on him and, in his own desperation to undo the spell, he had consulted Voodoo priests and priestesses.  In her summation, Root argued that he was “the victim of a compelling belief in the supernatural powers of the evil eye, the hex, and the occult and sinister powers of voodooism.” He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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1963 Yerba Buena, Mexico The Hernadez brothers, Cayetano and Santo,  persuaded gullible farmers that Aztec “mountain gods” would give them gold if they would join their modern day Aztec cult. Membership dues came in the form of sex, with the women giving themselves to Santo, and Cayetano sodomizing the men, and also whatever monetary gain the pair could scam out of the peasants...which wasn't much, because they were Mexican peasants, after all.

       When the riches failed to materialize, and the men enlisted the aid of a blond bisexual prostitute named Magdelena Solis. The brothers agreed to give Solis her share of their take, and she agreed to pose as a “mountain goddess”. You think even peasant Mexican farmers would know a blond hooker isn’t a goddess, but they fell for it. The farmers were appeased with getting to have sex with the “goddess”, but some still wanted to see the gold. Cayetano announced the gods must be appeased with human sacrifice, as in ancient times. The choice of human sacrifice were two doubters, who were beaten to death, and their blood collected and drank by the followers. Six more doubter sacrifices followed over the following weeks.

       Magdelena became jealous when a teenage girl devotee and lover slept with Santo, & she ordered her to be sacrificed. She was tied to a cross, beaten to death, and then burned. She then ordered the sacrifice of a man she decided was a heretic, and followers hacked him to death immediately. A teenage boy happened to witness the cult’s activities, and notified police. The patrolman sent disappeared along with his guide. Next a flying squad was sent from Ciudad Victoria. They found the mutilated bodies of the cop and his guide. The cop’s heart had been ripped out. The cult had retreated to a cave, & a shootout ensued with the police that left 3 cops wounded.  Santos was killed, his brother had been killed earlier by a rival to the “Aztec priesthood”. The goddess and 12 followers were all arrested, tried, and received life in prison.


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1963 Clophill, Bedfordshire, England St. Mary's Church was desecrated as part of a black magic ritual. Six graves were desecrated and the skeleton of one woman was arranged on the altar. A rooster was also sacrificed on the altar, and upside down crosses had been drawn on the walls. This was part of a rash of such incidents during the early 1960's of the UK. While some of the more minor incidents could be written off as childish pranks, clearly this one cannot.

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1963 Figueras, Spain 10 y.o. Maria Diaz disappeared from her neighborhood on 5-21-63.  Maria was never seen again. Some witnesses claim they saw her climb into a new car that day occupied by two men. The following night, a local shepherd tending his flock on San Salvador mountain heard chants and shouts and saw a bonfire on the summit above, where a roofed site of worship constructed by monks centuries earlier lay. At daybreak he went to investigate and discovered a tattered piece of cloth that turned out to belong to the dress Maria was wearing when she vanished. There was also the smell of incense in the air, and stubs of black candles, as well as occult symbols drawn on the ground. Police think Maria was a human sacrifice. To date, the case remains unsolved. Anyone with any information should contact Spanish Law Enforcement authorities.

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1964 Los Angeles Vaughn Greenwood begins his career as “The Skid row Slasher”. Greenwood slays homeless victims by slashing their throats, collecting the blood in a chalice, drinking a toast to Satan, & drawing markings near the victim’s wounds of apparently occult significance, & sprinkling salt around the victim’s bodies. Salt is used in occult rituals as a means of purification and exorcism. In Voodoo, it’s believed that salt can kill Zombies. Greenwood is believed to have committed at least 11 more skid row killings in an identical manner. Greenwood was finally caught in 1975 and sentenced to life in prison in 1976.

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1964 Guilford, England Police discover the remnants of a black magic ritual held inside a ruined church. The crime scene included black candles, Satanic graffiti, and two sheep hearts pierced with wooden stakes.

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1965 Lake Titcaca, Peru Herminia Alave and her infant son were both murdered as part of a Pagan human sacrifice. Their bodies were dismembered and their remains were scattered along the lake’s shore. The culprit was an Indian “yatiri” (shaman) who used the alias Maximo Coa. Coa said he killed them as part of a “prosperity spell”. He was sentenced to just 6 years in prison, and continued to practice sorcery, including human sacrifices, right into the 1980s. In 1980 at Unicachi, Peru, Nieves Chipana Uchario was killed as a human sacrifice by Maxima Coa at the request of a drug cartel Coa was convicted and received 20 years in prison this time, but his sons bribed guards, who let him leave prison, and Coa resumed his shaman/hitman career. There are at least 7 more victims attributed to him.

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1966 London, England Wiccan Roy Bowers, a.k.a Robert Cochrane commits suicide by ingesting Bella Donna leaves on the Summer Solstice, June 21st as a human sacrifice. Cochrane/Bowers was the founder of a Wiccan "tradition" known by the names of "Tubal Cain" "1736" and "The Windsor Cuveen". Later his followers continue on, and rename the group "The Regency". Cochrane's 8 y.o. son was slated to take over the group when he became an adult but rejected Wicca instead.

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1966 Helikon, Switzerland Police raid the headquarters of a Satanic cult known as the "Seekers of Mercy", (ironically often mis-identified as a Christian group in some accounts because of the name) and discover a scene out of a horror movie. After the suspicious death of a female follower, police decided to investigate further, raided the group's "church".  Police discovered an altar with black candles, occult books and paraphernalia, and a well equipped torture chamber. Apparently the name "Seekers of Mercy" had to do with Sado-Masochism, rather than forgiveness of sins.  Further investigation revealed the girl had been sexual assaulted, tied to a large upside down cross,  and flogged as part of a "Black Mass". Several members were tried and received life in prison.

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1968 Yucatan, Mexico A gunboat commanded by Captain by Domingo Caseguena captured a suspicious looking cruiser running under a Haitian flag. The boat, Le Roukur, was manned only by the captain, Emmanuel Dessilies. He claimed he was headed to Key West to sell the boat. Down bellow Mexican authorities found 16 black men in a catatonic state in filthy conditions and an unbelievable stench. The captain eventually revealed the human cargo was intended for sale as slaves in a bizarre plot to finance an overthrow of the Papa Doc Duvalier regime. The boat, the captain, and the "zombies" were returned to Haiti, their fate is unknown, but probably very unpleasant. 2 weeks later the FBI raided a Haitian expatriate camp in the Florida Everglades, apparently as a result, although details were not given.  There is some truth to the Voodoo legend of Zombies. Anthropologist Wade Davis discovered Zombies are not dead people that have been "re-animated", but actually people who have been drugged (with a very complex drug made from blow fish) into a coma, buried alive, and later dug up, revived, and made into slaves. The "zombification" process seems to cause the victims to remain in a catatonic like state, almost as if lobotomized (probably due to brain damage). Zombies are used on plantations as slave labor, although some die in the zombification process, or go completely insane. Being made into a zombie in Haiti is considered a horrible punishment.

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1968 San Fransisco, California Police have no luck in trying to capture a serial killer who taunts them with messages by phone and mail known as "The Zodiac". Police surmise the killer has knowledge of the occult from things the killer mentions in his letters, particularly astrology and references to the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The killer also enjoyed writing in cyphers, another tool of some occultists.

Letter taunting police from Zodiac KillerBetween Dec. 1968 to October 1969, seven people - -four men and three women - -were murdered in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco. The Zodiac claimed a total of 37 murders, although police believe the total body count was actually 7. The killer's identity still remains unknown, although there  has been much speculation over the years.

Some crime buffs have speculated the Zodiac could have possibly been (unbeknown to the other members) a member of the Church of Satan. In addition to living in San Fransisco and being into the occult, the Zodiac was also fascinated by movies, particularly silent movies. The Church of Satan got much inspiration from silent movies and film noir as well.  Considering the Church of Satan was attractive to some members of the Manson Family, Richard Ramirez, and other thrill killers, it doesn't seem impossible.

      Realizing the Zodiac's love for movies, the San Fransisco Police Department financed a low budget horror film titled Zodiack in hopes of luring the killer to local theaters, where they hoped to possibly catch him. The killings also were the inspiration for the better known film, Dirty Harry, starring Clint Eastwood as a character based very loosely on one of the detectives who worked on the Zodiac case.

      The killer, according to eyewitness survivors, was said to have worn a black jumpsuit with a black hood. Covering the outfit was a frontlet with a white cross inside a white circle, the astrological symbol of the Earth, and it also resembles a bull's eye. One survivor gave a description of the hood with occult symbols that Zodiac wore that sounded similar in description to a hood worn by Aleister Crowley. The taunting letters to the police and murders apparently continued right into the early 1980's. In the final letters the Zodiac seemed depressed and talked about suicide, and the police think the killer may have finally killed himself.

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1968 Warwickshire, England Police launch an investigation to find culprits responsible for a weird Satanic ritual at Malvern Park. The crime scene included an inverted cross, black candles, and two animal hearts skewered to a makeshift altar made from park benches. 

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1968 Los Angeles, California  Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy,  giving conspiracy theorists a field day in the process. What isn't well known is that Sirhan is deeply into the occult, in particular Theosophy and numerology. A copy of H.P. Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine was found on his person when police arrested him, and he requested the book first thing when he was in jail. Sirhan also said to have had connections to The Process Satanic cult (as did the Mason Family).

1969 Isle of Mann, England Monique Wilson, the heir apparent to Gerald Gardner's original Wicca, and her husband were charged with the abuse of their daughter, 11 y.o., Yvette. Gardnerian Wicca, unlike it's watered down New Age-y versions of today, practices rituals that involve nudity, Sado-Masochism, and sex, as well as chalices full of wine, and swords and daggers. It's not hard to see how the authorities might get a little concerned with reports of a 14 y.o. girl attending such things.

       British child protective services oversaw the case for the next three years. In 1973 Wilson sold Gardner's "witchcraft museum" to Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the family moved to Spain. They appeared to no longer practice witchcraft there, and opened a cafe instead. Monique died in 1980, and her husband 2 years later. Yvette is apparently no longer involved in Wicca.

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1969 Blythe, California Georgia Brayton was the leader of a renegade(?) faction of Alesiter Crowley's Ordro Templi Orientis, known as the Solar Lodge. The cult had been responsible for drug trafficking, child abuse, and may have been responsible for the disappearance of one member,  a Palm Springs dentist, who is still missing. When a building burned down on the cult's ranch, she punished 6 year old Anthony Gibbons. First she burned his hands to get a confession, and then forced him to bury the charred remains of the cult's sacrificed goats. When this failed, the boy was said to have been "beaten all day" by fellow O.:T.:O.: members with bamboo rods. Allegedly still unrepentant, the Crowley devotees chained the poor child in a crate all day and night in the boiling California sun from May 23rd to July 26th, until passersby called the police. A police raid netted the arrest of 11 O.:T.O.: members, and one body dead from a drug overdose. Boyton and her husband turned themselves in a year later after being on the lam, and eventually committed suicide. (The Family 1st Edition, by Ed Sanders)
 

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