Brazil brothers charged with burying father alive

Two brothers were charged with killing their father, a local Afro-Brazilian religious leader, by knocking him out with sleeping pills and then burying him alive, investigators told a Brazilian news website.

Antonio Valente Filho, chief of police of Timon, in Maranhao state, told Globo TV’s G1 website that the brothers, ages 18 and 21, confessed this week to planning the murder. They told police their father was a violent man who drank too much and didn’t accept their homosexuality, said Filho said.

The chief said police are investigating whether the victim’s role as head of a local Afro-Brazilian religious congregation may have been a motivation for the killing.

“We believe they might have been fighting for control of the ceremonial grounds,” Valente Filho said. “We don’t think this was just over their fights regarding the sons’ sexual orientation.”

Woman who killed boy not criminally responsible: judge

A British Columbia woman on trial for the murder of a 12-year-old autistic boy was found not criminally responsible Friday due to mental disorder.

Both Crown and defence lawyers agreed during the second-degree murder trial of Kimberly Ruth Noyes that she was psychotic when she stabbed John Fulton to death last August in her home in Grand Forks, B.C.

During the trial, the court heard about Noyes’ long history of mental illness and her one-time belief that she should sacrifice her own daughter in order to resurrect her.

Psychiatrist Dr. Honald Vasi testified that Noyes did not recognize that she had bipolar disorder, refused to take medications, and believed she had supernatural powers.

Vasi said Noyes was diagnosed in 2003 with bipolar disorder, a condition that causes manic delusional episodes as well as suicidal depressions.

Noyes believed her dead father was God, that the devil was in her house and that God was coming in a helicopter to take everyone away.

In August 2007, Vasi saw Noyes again. She told him she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit with seven babies.


Street Preachers Killed In United States

Murder A religious liberty group warned Saturday, February 6, that “Anti-Christian hostility is getting increasingly deadly” in the United States after two street preachers were shot and killed by a teenager who apparently opposed their message.

“The increasing demonization of Christians in our culture makes some feel its open season on Christians,” said Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. [Read more...]

Gunman kills pastor, stabs self and wound 2 others during Illinois church

Fred Winters A gunman walked down the aisle of a suburban St. Louis church during Sunday services and shot the pastor to death before stabbing himself and slashing two others as parishioners wrestled him to the ground, authorities said.

The Rev. Fred Winters, said to be in his 40s, died at nearby Anderson Hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest, officials said.

The attacker, whose identity has not been released, was in serious condition at St. Louis University Hospital, where he was being taken into surgery for treatment of self-inflicted stab wounds. [Read more...]